How to Develop and Quantitatively Control Plasma Treatment Processes for Polymers

December 11

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Plasma treatment has been utilized for decades as a means for engineering the surface properties of polymeric materials for applications such as adhesion. Until recently, plasma treatment has been a batch vacuum process, limiting its broader application. Recent development of atmospheric pressure treatment systems has made continuous processes practical for many manufactured products, including cast, molded, extruded, and thermoformed parts. Medical device, electronics, automotive, aerospace, and consumer products industries have been rapidly adopting these processes. This webinar discusses the basic principles of plasma treatment of polymerics and outlines well-defined methodologies for developing, evaluating, and controlling these processes. 

Primary Topics: 
1. Basic understanding of parameters that affect plasma treatment of polymers 
2. Knowledge of the effects of plasma treatment on polymer surface 
3. Basic skills in developing and evaluating plasma treatment processes 
4. Tools for controlling plasma treatment processes, in the lab and manufacturing 

Presenters: Giles Dillingham and Khoren Sahagian 
Dr. Giles Dillingham has worked in the areas of surfaces, interfaces, and adhesive bonding for 30 years. He earned a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Cincinnati, then worked at Dow Chemical developing surface treatments for aerospace applications. Returning to Cincinnati he worked on plasma processing of materials and adhesive bonding of advanced composites while incorporating and growing BTG Labs since 2001. 

Khoren Sahagian is Chief Process Engineer and Applications Manager to Plasmatreat USA. His expertise in surface manufacturing technologies includes process development, surface chemistry and characterization for high performance material systems and bonding in the medical device, automotive, electronics, and aerospace markets.