Improvement of adhesion between liquid crystalline polyester films by plasma treatment

  • Kurihara Y
  • Ohata H
  • Kawaguchi M
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Surface modification of thermotropic liquid crystalline aromatic polyester (LCP) films was carried out by low-pressure plasma treatment to improve the initial adhesion as well as the long-term adhesion reliability, a measure of durability between the LCP films used as substrates for printed circuit boards. Plasma irradiation was carried out in various plasma gases with different plasma modes such as reactive-ion-etching, and direct-plasma (DP) with pressures ranging from 6.7 Pa to 26.6 Pa. The introduction of polar groups on the film surface such as phenolic hydroxyl groups and carboxyl groups enhanced the initial adhesion by increased chemical interaction. However, if the concentration of polar groups became too high, the long-term adhesion reliability estimated by the pressure cooker test was degraded due to the acceleration of the penetration of water molecules into the interface. A large surface roughness was also effective in preventing the decrease in the long-term adhesion reliability. However, too much increase in surface roughness decreases the long-term adhesion reliability. The DP-treatment in the O(2) atmosphere at a gas pressure of 6.7 Pa was found to be the best plasma condition for both the initial adhesion as well as the long-term adhesion reliability between the LCP films. (C) Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008

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  • Adhesion
  • Cold plasma
  • Liquid-crystalline polymers
  • Printed circuit board
  • Surface modification

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  • Yasuhiro Kurihara

  • Hiroyuki Ohata

  • Masahiko Kawaguchi

  • Shinichi Yamazaki

  • Kunio Kimura

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