Polymer and Materials Science
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Graft polymerization of acrylamide (AAm) was performed onto the surface of a poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) film with the simultaneous UV irradiation method but using no photosensitizer and without degassing. To examine whether polyacrylamide (PAAm) was introduced into the bulk place of PET film by the surface graft polymerization, an x-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) study was performed on the PAAm-grafted PET films. The distribution of grafted PAAm chains on and in the PET films was estimated from the PAAm/PET ratio calculated from the XPS spectra of PET films with different amounts of grafted PAAm. The results clearly demonstrate that graft polymerization has actually occurred not merely on the outermost surface but also within the thin surface region of the PET film. In addition, the XPS analysis revealed that the PET component was always present in the grafted surface region by a mole fraction of 0.1 to 0.05 even when the amount of PAAm grafted was larger than 10 μg/cm2.
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