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Title: Effect of low-temperature plasma pre-treatment on the chemical silver-plated polyester fabrics
Authors: Jiang, SQ 
Yuen, CWM
Tao, XM 
Kan, CW 
Choi, PSR
Keywords: LTP pre-treatment
Chemical silver plating
Polyester fabric
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Source: Research journal of textile and apparel, 2006, v. 10, no. 3, p. 37-41 How to cite?
Journal: Research journal of textile and apparel 
Abstract: Low-temperature plasma (LTP) has been increasingly employed for polymer surface modifications. In this paper, plasma gases of oxygen and argon were used for pre-treating polyester fabrics before conducting chemical silver plating, aiming to increase the amount of metal content and improve the performance of the polyester fabrics. After LTP pre-treatment, there was a thin plasma layer generation on the fabric surface which was in good contact with the fibre. Based on the observation of micro-structure using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), it was found that there was an increase in the amount of silver particles deposited on the fibre surface after the LTP pre-treatment. The surface observation implies that the LTP pre-treatment could enhance the hydrophilicity of fibre surface and help facilitate the absorption of silver particle layer to reach the necessary level of uniformity and adhesive strength.
ISSN: 1560-6074
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