Plasma surface functionalization of poly[bis(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy) phosphazene] films and nanofibers

Harry R. Allcock, Lee B. Steely, Seong Kim, Jeong H. Kim, Bang Kwon Kang

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

36 Scopus citations


Polyphosphazenes are a class of hybrid organic-inorganic macromolecules with high thermo-oxidative stability and good solubility in many solvents. Fluoroalkoxy phosphazene polymers also have high surface hydrophobicity. A method is described to tune this surface property while maintaining the advantageous bulk materials characteristics. The polyphosphazene single-substituent polymer, poly[bis(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy)phosphazene], with flat film, fiber mat, or bead mat morphology was surface functionalized using an atmospheric plasma treatment with oxygen, nitrogen, methane, or tetrafluoromethane/hydrogen gases. Surface chemistry changes were detected by static water contact angle (WCA) measurements as well as X-ray photon spectroscopy (XPS). It was found that changes in the WCA of as much as 150° occurred, accompanied by shifts in the ratio of elements on the polymer surface as detected by XPS. Overall this plasma technique provides a convenient method for the generation of specific surface characteristics while maintaining the hydrophobicity of the bulk material.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8103-8107
Number of pages5
Issue number15
StatePublished - Jul 17 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Plasma surface functionalization of poly[bis(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy) phosphazene] films and nanofibers'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this