Surface Modification of Silicone Elastomer Using Perfluorinated Ether

  title={Surface Modification of Silicone Elastomer Using Perfluorinated Ether},
  author={Shilpa K. Thanawala and Manoj K Chaudhury}
The surface properties of a poly(dimethylsiloxane) elastomer have been modified by reacting an allyl amide functional perfluorinated ether (PFE) to the siloxane network by a hydrosilation reaction. Examination of the surface by contact angle and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed that the perfluorinated ether migrates to the surface of the polymer, thus reducing its surface energy from 22 to about 8 mJ/m2 without affecting its bulk material properties. The resultant surface however… CONTINUE READING
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