Hierarchical, Plasma Nanotextured, Superamphiphobic Polymeric Surfaces


  • Kosmas Ellinas NCSR Demokritos, Greece
  • Katerina Tsougeni NCSR Demokritos, Greece
  • Angeliki Tserepi NCSR Demokritos, Greece
  • Evangelos Gogolides NCSR Demokritos, Greece




A facile, mass production amenable, rapid method for making superamphiphobic / amphiphobic surfaces by random plasma nanotexturing of polymers in plasmas is presented. Plasma etched and simultaneously randomly roughened (nanotextured) polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) Polyether-ether-ketone (PEEK), Cyclic-olefin-copolymer (COC) and Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrates show hierarchical roughness and complex high-aspect-ratio morphology. Here, they are investigated as superamphiphilic surfaces after plasma etching or superamphiphobic surfaces, after plasma deposition of a thin fluorocarbon film following plasma etching. We show that polymer surfaces etched in oxygen (PMMA, PEEK, COC) or SF6 (PDMS) plasma for few minutes (with texture height< 600nm) exhibit excellent superamphiphobic behaviour, while surfaces treated for longer time show porous-like filamental morphology (filaments several microns height), which is coalesced and stabilized upon wetting, allowing their potential long-term use. Superamphiphobic / amphiphobic behaviour is observed in all cases.




How to Cite

Ellinas K, Tsougeni K, Tserepi A, Gogolides E. Hierarchical, Plasma Nanotextured, Superamphiphobic Polymeric Surfaces. PSE [Internet]. 2013 Mar. 4 [cited 2021 Dec. 5];2(13):30-3. Available from: https://wcc.ep.liu.se/index.php/PSE/article/view/384