Treatment of poly(tetrafluoroethylene-co-hexafluoropropylene) (FEP) with vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation from high pressures of helium in rotating dc arc plasmas was investigated. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) detected defluorination and appearance of the functional groups (C=O, O-C=O and C-O) on the surface. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy showed the appearance of a band at 1884 cm(-1) indicating the formation of the carboxylic acid fluoride moiety, -(C=O)-F. Improvement in film wettability was observed by contact angle measurements while SEM micrographs showed an increased amount of cracking on the surface with VUV exposure. Adhesion measurements of Cu sputter-coated onto the photo-modified surfaces resulted in failure within the fluoropolymer (cohesive failure) and not at the Cu-fluoropolymer interface. Cohesive failure occurred with shorter treatment times than for VUV exposure downstream from low pressure Ar microwave plasmas.

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