Hydrophobic recovery of oxygen-plasma-treated polystyrene has been studied with regard to its dependence on temperature, molecular weight and plasma parameters, namely radio frequency power. Plasma chemistry has been studied by actinometry, while surface analysis has been performed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (X.p.s.) and contact angle measurements. Molecular weight changes have been investigated by gel permeation chromatography. Plasma-treated surfaces become richer in oxygen and more crosslinked than untreated ones. Two basic mechanisms have been observed: one is based on short range motions within the plasma-modified layer, burying polar groups away from the surface without modifying its X.p.s. composition; the other involves long range motions, i.e. diffusion of non-modified macromolecules or segments from the bulk to the surface, altering its X.p.s. composition. The latter mechanism becomes important upon increasing ageing temperatures, or lowering molecular weight or extent of crosslinking of the surface layer.
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Hydrophobic recovery of oxygen-plasmatreated polystyrene / E. Occhiello, M. Morra, P. Cinquina and F. Garbassi // Polymer. – 1992. – Vol 33. – P. 3007-3015.