A Quartz Crystal Microbalance Simulation to Examine the Effect of Ultraviolet Light Treatment on Characteristics of Polyethylene Surface

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Abstract

The effect of ultraviolet light irradiation on the characteristics of the polyethylene (PE) surface was investigated by the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) technique. The PE film was prepared on the gold electrodes of the QCM by spin-coating from the solution and then was treated by the excimer UV lamp in ambient air. The changes in the hydrophilic properties, moisture adsorption, and water retention of the PE film due to the UV irradiation were determined from the frequency change of the QCM. To evaluate the detergency of the PE film, stearic acid as model oily soil was deposited onto the PE film formed on the QCM by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique, and was ultrasonically cleaned in aqueous detergent solutions containing ethanol or surfactant. The removal efficiency obtained from the frequency change of the QCM was found to increase considerably after the UV irradiation. From independently determined contact angles and the surface free energy components of the PE film, the free energy change resulting from the penetration of the detergent solution between stearic acid and PE in the zone of contact was calculated. Good relation was found between the removal efficiency and the free energy change, indicating that the increase in the detergency of the PE surface by UV irradiation was explained by surface energetics.<br>

Journal

  • Journal of Oleo Science

    Journal of Oleo Science 57(9), 495-501, 2008

    Japan Oil Chemists' Society

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  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    130000055374
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AA11503337
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • ISSN
    1345-8957
  • NDL Article ID
    9614337
  • NDL Source Classification
    ZP25(科学技術--化学・化学工業--油脂類)
  • NDL Call No.
    Z54-J571
  • Data Source
    NDL  J-STAGE 
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