PLASMA PROCESSING FOR OPTIMAL MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURINGAuthors: Les Wood and James Getty, Ph.D.
Company: March Plasma Systems
Date Published: 4/25/2005 Conference: Medical Electronics Symposium
Plasma is the only successful method for treating the surface of chemical-resistant materials. Plasma cleaning removes organic materials that can prohibit desired bond strengths. In addition, plasma treatment can add functional groups to the surface, changing the surface chemistries for improved lubricity and surface adhesion. The following paper will explore the plasma processes used for surface modification of the various material types used in the manufacture of medical devices.
Key words: gas plasma, plasma treatment, hydrophilic, hydrophobic.
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