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Fast track: gas plasma treatments for water repellent technology
published in Issue 27, 4th quarter 2008
Gas plasma technology can be used to change the surface properties of certain types of materials, including ceramics, fabrics, leather, metals, paper and polymers.
The technology involves the exposure of the material to a plasma at low pressure, usually in a purpose built chamber. A plasma is a partially ionised gas in which a certain proportion of negatively charged electrons are able to flow freely rather than being bound to an atom or molecule. This makes the plasma electrically conductive and highly responsive to electromagnetic fields.
Recently, gas plasma technology has been successfully applied to performance footwear as an alternative to water repellent coatings.
The technology offers a number of benefits compared with traditional chemical treatments. In particular, the treatment is said to be more thorough as it covers the surface of every fibre and the voids in between the fibres.
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