Hydrophilization of Poly(ether ether ketone) Films by Surface-initiated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization

Charlotte Juel Fristrup, Rüya Eskimergen, J.T. Burkrinsky, Katja Jankova Atanasova, Søren Hvilsted

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Poly(ether ether ketone) (PEEK) replaces aluminum and other metals in aerospace, electronics, medical, and automotive applications. Therefore, the demand for metallization of PEEK is continuously increasing. Metals seldom bond to a polymer without undergoing some chemical interaction - this is the mechanism leading to good adhesion. From the different types of bonding, the covalent bond at the polymer - metal interface is the strongest. In this work the surface ofPEEK is functionalized by covalently bounding of hydrophilic polymer brushes ofpoly(ethyleneglycol) methacrylate (PEGMA) from initiator-modified PEEK using Surface-Initiated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (SI ATRP). Surface reduction of PEEK to form hydroxyl groups [1, 2, 3] was .performed prior to the attachment of 2-bromoisobutyrate initiating groups. Each modification step of PEEK as well as the polymer grafting was followed and confirmed by ATR FTIR, water contact ang;le, and Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA). The surface topography was evaluated by "Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) has been used to investigate the degree of functionalization. The performed modification allowed for successful electro-less deposition of various metals and very good adhesion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordic Polymer Days 2008, Abstract Book
Number of pages95
Publication date2008
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventNordic Polymer Days 2008 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 11 Jun 200813 Jun 2008


ConferenceNordic Polymer Days 2008

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Fristrup, C. J., Eskimergen, R., Burkrinsky, J. T., Jankova Atanasova, K., & Hvilsted, S. (2008). Hydrophilization of Poly(ether ether ketone) Films by Surface-initiated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization. In Nordic Polymer Days 2008, Abstract Book Unpublished.