Polymers: Plasma Micro-Nanotexturing and Plasma-Directed Organization

Dimitrios Kontziampasis, Angeliki Tserepi, Evangelos Gogolides

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Plasmas are often used in a subtractive manner to remove material, i.e., etch a substrate. However, while etching a material, microscale and nanoscale roughness may be formed, with varying morphology, such as cones, hills, fibrils, nanowires, and others. These micro- or nanostructures may be random or quasi-ordered; for the random structures, the term micro-nanotexturing is used, while for the ordered, the term plasma-directed organization is often reserved. Nevertheless, both are manifestations of the capability of the plasma to direct the assembly of nanostructures on the surface being etched. We present an introduction to plasma-directed assembly or plasma nanoassembly during etching mostly of soft materials, and we give a flavor of the many possible applications focusing mainly on life sciences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Plasma Technology
EditorsJ. Leon Shohet
Place of PublicationBoca Raton
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781351204958
ISBN (Print)9781466500594
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016


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