Hydrogen plasma immersion ion implantation of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene

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Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) was treated by hydrogen plasma immersion ion implantation (PHI). Accelerating voltages (U) between 15 and 30 kV, fluences (F) between 1 × 1017 and 3 × 10 17 cm-2 with fluence rates (FR) between 3 × 10 13 and 7 × 1013 cm-2 s-1 were applied. The surface chemical characterisation was performed by XPS. Nanomechanical properties like hardness (H), reduced modulus (E) and slope of scratch (S) of the untreated and modified surfaces were characterised by nanoindentation and nanoscratch measurements. The results demonstrate that hydrogen PIII-treatment can significantly and favourably modify the nanomechanical properties of UHMWPE. The dependence of these properties on the main process parameters has been determined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)898-902
Number of pages5
JournalSurface and Interface Analysis
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2006


  • Nanomechanical properties
  • Plasma immersion ion implantation
  • XPS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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