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Combinatorial Peel Tests for the Characterization of Adhesion Behavior of Polymeric Films



R Song, Martin Chiang, A J. Crosby, Alamgir Karim, Eric J. Amis, Naomi Eidelman


The self-adhesion behavior of an optically smooth poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) thin film (ca.. 100 nm) on different evaporated metal substrates has been investigated using a combinatorial method approach. In this investigation through high-throughput peel tests, the relationship between annealing time, annealing temperature, surface energy, and ultraviolet degradation to the film adhesion has been examined. In addition, atomic force microscopy, optical microscopy and Fourier transform infrared microspectroscopy techniques have been adopted to elucidate the observations on the adhesion behavior from the peel tests. The results of this study demonstrate that the proposed combinatorial approach to characterize the dependence of adhesion on adhesion-controlling parameters has the potential to assess various factors affecting the adhesion.
Plasma Processes and Polymers
No. 5


adhesion, annealing time and temperature, Combinatorial Method, contact angle, peel test, PMMA


Song, R. , Chiang, M. , Crosby, A. , Karim, A. , Amis, E. and Eidelman, N. (2005), Combinatorial Peel Tests for the Characterization of Adhesion Behavior of Polymeric Films, Plasma Processes and Polymers, [online], (Accessed June 18, 2024)


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Created January 31, 2005, Updated October 12, 2021