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Metallization of carbon fiber reinforced polymers: Chemical kinetics, adhesion, and properties

Addou, Fouzi and Duguet, Thomas and Bosso, Piera and Zhang, Anne and Amin-Chalhoub, Eliane and Fanelli, Fiorenza and Vahlas, Constantin Metallization of carbon fiber reinforced polymers: Chemical kinetics, adhesion, and properties. (2016) Surface and Coatings Technology, 308. 62-69. ISSN 0257-8972

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.surfcoat.2016.06.098


In the present study, we investigate different surface pretreatments and their influence on a subsequent surface metallization. A direct liquid injection metalorganic CVD (DLI-MOCVD) process is presented for the low temperature metallization of composites, ultimately aiming at the surface unctionalization of 3D parts. The process involves the organometallic precursor Cu(I) hexafluoroacetylacetonate 2-methyl-1-hexene-3-yne (hfac)Cu(MHY). We determine chemical kinetics of the global deposition reaction and show the improvement of the adhesion of the Cu films by applying surface pretreatments that etch and/or activate the surface before deposition. To this purpose, gas phase and wet chemical processes are used. Gas phase pretreatments consist either in the use of a remote microwave plasma, an in situ UV oxidation, or in the deposition of acrylic acid/ethylene plasma buffer layer by using an atmospheric pressure cold plasma jet. The liquid phase pretreatment is based on a commercial series of solutions that includes swelling, oxidation, and neutralization steps. The adhesive strength of the Cu films on poly-epoxy and on carbon fiber/poly-epoxy composite surfaces is specifically investigated by scratch and cross-cut testing, and is correlatedwith topographical, chemical, and energetic characteristics of the surfaces prior deposition, investigated by interferometry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and wettability measurements through the sessile drop method. Pretreatments result in surface functionalization and topographical changes which significantly increase the surface energy and improve the wettability. In some cases the induced modification of the microstructure of the Cu films is found to be eneficial to the electrical resistivity.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Thanks to Elsevier editor. The definitive version is available at http://www.sciencedirect.com
HAL Id:hal-01440967
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > University of Bari (ITALY)
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Conseil Régional Midi-Pyrénées - Agence Nationale de la Recherche
Deposited On:19 Jan 2017 14:30

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