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Omniphobic Surfaces with Carbon Nanomaterials and Plasma Technology

 

The Physiochemistry of Carbon Materials Research Group at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, have been publishing and completing work to produce new durable, transparent hydrophobic, superhydrophobic and omniphobic surfaces with the aid of modern carbon nanomaterials and a thermal feathering technique developed in a previous study.

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Materials Library - High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS)

The majority of common engineering polymers have inherently low surface energy and therefore exhibit poor adhesion characteristics. Plasma treatment offers a reliable and environmentally friendly method of both cleaning and activating the polymer surface, increasing the surface energy and wettability, resulting in greatly improved adhesion characteristics.

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Materials Library - Cyclic Olefin Copolymer (COC)

The majority of common engineering polymers have inherently low surface energy and therefore exhibit poor adhesion characteristics. Plasma treatment offers a reliable and environmentally friendly method of both cleaning and activating the polymer surface, increasing the surface energy and wettability, resulting in greatly improved adhesion characteristics.

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Plasma Activated Water [PAW] Application Note

 
In our most recent application note we investigate the potential of Plasma Activated Water (PAW), where atmospheric plasmas interact with water to create a unique blend of reactive species. This biochemically active water has applications in many industries including agriculture and food . Our experiments, using the Henniker 'Cirrus' atmospheric plasma system, reveal insights into pH, conductivity, and nitrate changes during plasma-water interaction. Collaborating with Hiden Analytical, we employ membrane inlet mass spectrometry to investigate dissolved species. In our accompanying timelapse video, we show how PAW can improve the health and growth of cut roses.
 

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Plasma Application Posters

 

Here, you'll find a collection of informational posters that delve into the unique properties, applications, and importance of plasma in various scientific and technological fields. Feel free to browse through our posters to discover the incredible and versatile properties of plasma.

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Materials Library - Polycarbonate

The majority of common engineering polymers have inherently low surface energy and therefore exhibit poor adhesion characteristics. Plasma treatment offers a reliable and environmentally friendly method of both cleaning and activating the polymer surface, increasing the surface energy and wettability, resulting in greatly improved adhesion characteristics.

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Plasma Surface Modification of Wool and Cotton Fabrics for Inkjet Printing


 
A team of researchers from Heriot-Watt University recently conducted a study on inkjet printing techniques for wool and cotton fabrics. The research focused on achieving a sustainable and improved quality printing method compared with conventional methods. The results showed that inkjet printing, using plasma surface modification techniques, can produce vibrant and durable prints on natural fabrics with minimal environmental impact. Here we discuss the application of our HPT-200 system for the research.

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Let's Talk About... Reducing Adhesion Failures in the Automotive Industry

Plasma pre-treatment is a crucial step for improving the quality and durability of automotive assemblies and components. It enhances the adhesion and compatibility of different materials that are used for encapsulation, printing, or painting processes. By applying plasma to the surface of low-energy materials, it removes contaminants and creates functional groups that increase the surface energy and reactivity. This results in a stronger and more uniform bond between the materials, reducing the risk of failure and defects.

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