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Jožef Stefan
International
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
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Course Description

Advanced Processing of Materials

Program

Ecotechnologies, third-level study programme
Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies, third-level study programme

Lecturers:

prof. dr. Uroš Cvelbar
prof. dr. Miran Mozetič

Goals:

This course provides students insides into advanced processing of materials, which are based mostly on use of thermodynamically non-equilibrium states of gas called plasma processing. The major benefits of this processing are ecological advantages and modifications or synthesis of materials on atomic scale atom-by-atom. The most useful plasmas for industrial environment are low or atmospheric pressure processing plasmas. Within this course, students gain knowledge on principles of plasma-surface interactions and material processing, which leads to surface activation, selective etching, cold ashing, surface nanostructuring and synthesis of new materials. Students become familiar with plasma processes for degradation of toxic materials and decontamination of surfaces. The lectures include the case studies of technological solutions for industrial applications, which enable students’ critical assessment of applicability of processing technologies for materials in practice.

Content:

• Overview of processing plasmas
• Low-pressure versus atmospheric pressure plasmas
• Application of plasmas into industrial processes for material treatment
• Plasma surface activation
• Selective etching of materials
• Nanostructuring surfaces
• Plasma synthesis of (nano)materials
• Cold ashing
• Degradation of toxic materials
• Decontamination of surfaces
• Depositions of nanomaterials
• Case studies (Polymer composites and technologies for their treatments)

Course literature:

• F.F. Chen, J.P. Chang: Lecture Notes on Principles of Plasma Processing, Springer, 2013.
• M.A. Lieberman, A.J. Lichtenberg: Principles of Plasma Discharges and Material Processing, John Wiley and Sons, 2005.
• M. Sankaran (ed): Plasma Processing of Nanomaterials, CRC, 2011.
• H. Rauscher, M. Perucca, G. Buyle (ed): Plasma Technologies for Hyperfunctional Surfaces: Food, Biomedical and Textile Applications, Wiley-VCH, 2010.
• J. Friedrich: The Plasma Chemistry of Polymer Surfaces: Advanced Techniques for Surface Design, Wiley, 2012.
• R. Roth: Industrial Plasma Engineering, vol.2, IOP Publishing, 2001.
• A.W. Adamson, A.P. Gast: Physical Chemistry of Surfaces, John Wiley and Sons, 1997.
• A. Grill: Cold Plasma in Material Fabrication, IEEE Press, Piscataway NJ, 1993.

Significant publications and references:

• U. Cvelbar, M. Mozetič. Method for improving the electrical connection properties of the surface of a product made from a polymer-matrix composite, mednarodni patent EP 1828434 (B1), European Patent Office, 2008.
• M. Mozetič, U. Cvelbar. Plasma treatment for purifying copper or nickel, mednarodni patent EP 1620581 (B1), European Patent Office, 2007.
• M. Mozetič, A. Vesel, U. Cvelbar. Method and device for local functionalization of polymer materials, mednarodni patent WO 2006130122, 2006.
• U. Cvelbar. Treatment of polymer-graphite composite surface with oxygen plasma, Ph.D. thesis, 2004.
• U. Cvelbar, M.K. Sunkara. Large-scale, plasma-assisted growth of nanowires. Poglavje v knjigi: R.M. Sankaran (ur.), Plasma processing of nanomaterials, (Nanomaterials and their applications). CRC Press, 2012, str. 109-146.
• U. Cvelbar, S. Pejovnik, M. Mozetič, A. Zalar. Increased surface roughness by oxygen plasma treatment of graphite/polymer composite, Appl. surf. sci., 2003, vol. 210, str. 255-261.
• U. Cvelbar, M. Mozetič, M. Klanjšek-Gunde. Selective oxygen plasma etching of coatings. IEEE trans. plasma sci., 2005, vol. 33, no. 2, str. 236-237.
• I. Junkar, U. Cvelbar, A. Vesel, N. Hauptmanm M. Mozetič. The role of crystallinity on polymer interaction with oxygen plasma. Plasma process. poly., 2009, vol. 6, no. 10, str. 667-675.
• U. Cvelbar et al. Oxygen plasma functionalization of poly(p-phenilene sulphide). Appl. surf. sci., 2007, vol. 253, str. 8669-8673.
• X. Deng et al. Engineering of composite organosilicon thin films with embedded silver nanoparticles via atmospheric pressure plasma process for antibacterial activity. Plasma process. poly., 2014, vol. 11, no. 10, str. 921-930
• M. Mozetič, U. Cvelbar. A method for the rapid synthesis of large quantities of metal oxide nanowires at low temperatures. Adv. mater. (Weinh.), 2005, vol. 17, str. 2138-2142.
• K. Ostrikov, I. Levchenko, U. Cvelbar, M.K. Sunkara, M. Mozetič. From nucleation to nanowires : a single-step process in reactive plasmas. Nanoscale, 2010, vol. 2, no. 10, str. 2012-2027.
• U. Cvelbar. Towards large-scale plasma-assisted synthesis of nanowires. J. phys. D: Applied physics, 2011, vol. 44, str. 174014.

Examination:

Seminar and oral exam, in which the candidate demonstrates his/her knowledge and understanding of the essential course content, and presents how this new knowledge can be included in his/her research project – in front of the course leader and postgraduate's project supervisor.

Students obligations:

Seminar and oral exam, in which the candidate demonstrates his/her knowledge and understanding of the essential course content, and presents how this new knowledge can be included in his/her research project – in front of the course leader and postgraduate's project supervisor.

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