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Title: Thermal imidization of poly(amic acid) precursors on surface-modified poly(tetrafluoroethylene) films via graft copolymerization with glycidyl methacrylate
Authors: Ang, A.K.S.
Kang, E.T. 
Neoh, K.G. 
Liaw, B.Y.
Liaw, D.J.
Issue Date: 2000
Source: Ang, A.K.S.,Kang, E.T.,Neoh, K.G.,Liaw, B.Y.,Liaw, D.J. (2000). Thermal imidization of poly(amic acid) precursors on surface-modified poly(tetrafluoroethylene) films via graft copolymerization with glycidyl methacrylate. Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology 14 (7) : 897-914. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: A novel method for preparing composites of polyimides (PI) laminated to poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) films is reported. PI/PTFE composites were developed through thermal imidization of poly(amic acid) (PAA) precursors on surface-modified PTFE films. Surface modification of PTFE films was carried out via Ar plasma pretreatment of the films, followed by UV-induced graft copolymerization with glycidyl methacrylate (GMA). The surface composition and topography of the graft copolymerized PTFE films and the delaminated PI and PTFE surfaces were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM), respectively. The adhesion strengths of the PI (imidized PAA) on the GMA graft copolymerized PTFE films were evaluated as a function of various thermal imidization schedules. The adhesion reliability of the PI/PTFE composites was tested by a series of hydrothermal cycles. The development of strong T-peel adhesion strengths of about 8 N/cm with excellent reliability for the PI/PTFE composites was attributable to the synergistic effect of coupling the curing of the epoxide functional groups of the grafted GMA chains with the imidization process of the PAA and the fact that the GMA chains were covalently tethered onto the PTFE surface. The PI/PTFE composites delaminated via cohesive failure inside the PTFE substrates. The delaminated PI film with a covalently adhered 'rough' PTFE surface layer exhibited a water contact angle as high as 140°.
Source Title: Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/66884
ISSN: 01694243
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