Journal of Electronic Materials

, Volume 48, Issue 10, pp 6298–6305 | Cite as

Fabrication of Nickel Coating on Polyethylene Terephthalate Substrate Modified with Primer: Effect of Surface Roughness on Structural Properties of Plated Coating

  • Zhiping Sun
  • Junjun HuangEmail author


Fabrication of nickel coating on polyethylene terephthalate substrate via primer modification combined with PdCl2 activation and electroless nickel plating is researched. The effect of surface roughness on structural properties of the plated coating was investigated. The modified substrate could adsorb Sn2+ and Pd2+, which can catalyze the electroless nickel plating. Increasing the SiO2 content in the primer could enhance surface roughness of primer coating, adsorbed capacity of Sn2+ and Pd2+, crystallinity and adhesive force of nickel-plated coating. The nickel-plated film was compact, as SiO2 particles were uniformly dispersed and well bonded with nickel coating. When the average roughness was about 18 μm, the plated coating presented thickness of 2 μm, a low resistivity of 6.6 × 10−5 Ω cm and good adhesive strength of 5B. In addition, selective and flexible nickel patterns could be obtained successfully after laser etching.


Nickel electroless plating SiO2 primer surface roughness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Electromechanical and Automobile EngineeringChangzhou Vocational Institute of EngineeringChangzhou CityPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Chemical and Materials EngineeringHefei UniversityHefei CityPeople’s Republic of China

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