New project of Mirko Nitschke funded by DFG
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) will support Dr. Mirko Nitschke over the next three years through his project „3D structure and dynamics of plasma-treated polymer materials“.
Low pressure plasma techniques are versatile tools for surface modification of polymeric materials. A wide range of physical and chemical effects can be achieved in the near-surface region. However, actual depth profiles of material properties are often neither known quantitatively nor utilized to full capacity. The research project sets out to overcome this limitation by looking in detail at exemplary and application-relevant cases. A range of complementary and partly new surface diagnostic techniques, capable of depth profiling on a sub-micron scale, is employed to demonstrate additional degrees of freedom for surface and interface engineering of polymeric materials.