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

  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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