Behnam Akhavan

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Highly negatively charged particles were fabricated via an innovative plasma-assisted approach for the removal of heavy metal ions. Thiophene plasma polymerization was used to deposit sulfur-rich films onto silica particles followed by the introduction of oxidized sulfur functionalities, such as sulfonate and sulfonic acid, via water-plasma treatments.(More)
A novel two-step process consisting of plasma polymerization and oxidative plasma treatment is introduced in this article for the first time for the fabrication of -SO(x)(H)-functionalized surfaces. Plasma-polymerized thiophene (PPT) was initially deposited onto silicon wafers and subsequently SO(x)(H)-functionalized using air or oxygen plasma. The(More)
In recent years, functionalized hydrophobic materials have attracted considerable interest as oil removal agents. This investigation has applied plasma polymerization as a novel method to develop hydrophobic and oleophilic particles for water purification. 1,7-Octadiene was plasma polymerized onto silica particles using a radio frequency inductively coupled(More)
Although plasma polymerization is traditionally considered as a substrate-independent process, we present evidence that the propensity of a substrate to form carbide bonds regulates the growth mechanisms of plasma polymer (PP) films. The manner by which the first layers of PP films grow determines the adhesion and robustness of the film. Zirconium,(More)
Plasma polymerization is traditionally recognized as a homogeneous film-forming technique. It is nevertheless reasonable to ask whether micrometer thick plasma polymerized structures are really homogeneous across the film thickness. Studying the properties of the interfacial, near-the-substrate (NTS) region in plasma polymer films represents particular(More)
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