Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 43, Issue 22, pp 7121–7131 | Cite as

Electroless copper deposition on aluminum-seeded ABS plastics

  • Dapeng Li
  • Kate Goodwin
  • Chen-Lu YangEmail author


We report a method of converting non-conductive plastic surfaces into conductive by coating either aluminum or aluminum-carbon black containing enamel pastes onto acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) plastics to create aluminum-seeded surfaces for a subsequent copper deposition. Through a simple electroless procedure, copper ions were reduced on the Al seeds and deposited on the ABS surface to develop a conductive layer in about 10-min deposition time. We demonstrate that addition of carbon black particles to the pastes shorten the time to reach the maximum conductivity and enhance the adhesion of electrolessly deposited copper layer to the ABS substrate surface. The electroless copper deposition process developed in this study may open up a new route of plating on plastics (POP) for printed circuit boards, electromagnetic interference shielding, and many other applications.


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The authors are grateful to Mr. Bernard Nolan, the electrical engineer of Advanced Technology and Manufacturing at the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth for technical support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Materials and TextilesUniversity of Massachusetts – DartmouthNorth DartmouthUSA
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry and BiochemistryUniversity of Massachusetts – DartmouthNorth DartmouthUSA
  3. 3.Advanced Technology and Manufacturing CenterUniversity of Massachusetts – DartmouthFall RiverUSA

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