Deposition and adsorption of organic matter in the sub-monolayer range studied by experimental and numerical techniques

Abstract : Plasma surface treatments present an efficient, economical and ecological tool for surface functionalization. For this technique the deposition and adhesion of molecules and precursors in the sub-monolayer range are of utmost interest, since this layer defines the surface properties and the adhesion between deposit and substrate. The species in the plasma and their energy and angular distributions control the deposition process. To get insights into the latter, a multidisciplinary approach combining DFT calculations with experimental techniques is used for the preparation and characterisation of sub-monolayer deposits of PS and PMMA. The deposits are prepared by sputter deposition using an Ar beam and analysed by ToF-SIMS and XPS. The amount of deposited matter increases well with deposition time or fluence. ToF-SIMS analyses showed also that the proportion of large fragments on the collector surface is increasing with fluence, although the opposite was expected. This can only be explained by the recombination of smaller fragments to form larger ones. This hypothesis is supported by DFT calculations which showed that the adsorption energy, and hence the adsorption probability, is higher for the small fragments than for the large ones. DFT calculations have been extended to Si, Pt and Al2O3 substrates, showing that adsorption energies are highest for Si and Pt
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Canan Turgut. Deposition and adsorption of organic matter in the sub-monolayer range studied by experimental and numerical techniques. Engineering Sciences [physics]. Université de Lorraine, 2015. English. ⟨NNT : 2015LORR0012⟩. ⟨tel-02076379⟩

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