Fabrication and Characterization of RF Plasma Polymerized Thin Films from 3,7-Dimethyl-1,6-octadien-3-ol for Electronic and Biomaterial Applications
Poly(linalool) thin films were fabricated using RF plasma polymerisation. All films were found to be smooth, defect-free surfaces with average roughness of 0.44 nm. The FTIR analysis of the polymer showed a notable reduction in –OH moiety and complete dissociation of C=C unsaturation compared to the monomer, and presence of a ketone band absent from the spectrum of the monomer. Poly(linalool) were characterised by chain branching and a large quantity of short polymer chains. Films were optically transparent, with refractive index and extinction coefficient of 1.55 and 0.001 (at 500 nm) respectively, indicating a potential application as an encapsulating (protective) coating for circuit boards. The optical band gap was calculated to be 2.82 eV, which is in the semiconducting energy gap region.
Joong Hee Lee
K. Bazaka et al., "Fabrication and Characterization of RF Plasma Polymerized Thin Films from 3,7-Dimethyl-1,6-octadien-3-ol for Electronic and Biomaterial Applications", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 123-125, pp. 323-326, 2010