A Study on Electroless Copper Plating on Poly (Methyl Methacrylate) Through Organic Covalent Grafting
Electroless copper plating on Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) is a technology that is increasingly popular and widely used in practice. Poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), also known as by the trade names, Plexiglas®, is a transparent thermoplastic often used in sheet form as a lightweight or shatter-resistant alternative to glass. Especially with the transparent plastic equipment requiring high aesthetic such as equipment in the automotive industry, toilet equipment, … coating a Copper layer on the material surface simply provides the device a high aesthetic ability, which prevents dust and also easy to be cleaned. However, most of the copper plating processes on plastics use Cr6+, which is toxic to the environment. This article presents a new approach, Copper plating on PMMA through organic covalent bonding, which is both safe and environmentally responsible.
KeywordsElectroless plating Covalent bonding Palladium catalyst Chromic Acid EDX SEM
The work described in this paper was supported by Thai Nguyen University of Technology for a scientific project.
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