A simple approach for surface hardening of polystyrene

Hirofumi Tsuruta, Yukari Ikinaga, Yoshihisa Fujii, Keiji Tanaka

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    One strategy in prolonging the lifetime of polymer materials is to improve their surface mechanical properties. A simple and easy method to modify the polymer surface based on the preferential segregation of inorganic materials is applied to a glassy polymer. We clearly show that the polystyrene film with a few nm-thick hybrid surface layer with hydrolyzed tetraethoxysilane exhibits excellent wear resistance and anti-oxidant properties.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)589-592
    Number of pages4
    JournalApplied Surface Science
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • General Chemistry
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • General Physics and Astronomy
    • Surfaces and Interfaces
    • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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