Applied Surface Science, Vol.169, 433-437, 2001
Structural modification of poly(methyl methacrylate) by proton irradiation
A general survey is presented on the structural modification of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) by proton implantation. The implanted PMMA films were characterized by FT-IR attenuated total reflection (FT-IR ATR), Raman, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS), gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and surface profiling. The ion fluence of 350 keV protons ranged from 2 x 10(14) to 1 x 10(15) ions/cm(2). The IR and Raman spectra showed the reduction of peaks from the pendant group of PMMA. The change of absorption and composition was observed by W-VIS and RES, respectively. These results showed that the pendant group is readily decomposed and eliminated by proton irradiation. The change of molecular weight distribution was also measured by GPC and G-value of scission was estimated to be 0.67.