Observation and Removal of Atmospheric Micro-Contaminants on SUS304 Steel
Micro-contaminants on SUS304 stainless steel were observed and confirmed by atomic force microscope, and the micro-contaminant removal was carried out by ultraviolet (UV) illumination. The amount of micro-contaminants on the specimen surface decreased with an increase in the UV illumination time, with extensive removal of the organic substance in the contaminants but leaving part of the contained water in the contaminants. The surface for macro-droplets after the UV illumination became hydrophilic, while no large change of the wettability for micro-droplets on the same surface can be observed.
Zhengyi Jiang, Shanqing Li, Jianmin Zeng, Xiaoping Liao and Daoguo Yang
R. G. Wang et al., "Observation and Removal of Atmospheric Micro-Contaminants on SUS304 Steel", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 189-193, pp. 876-880, 2011