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Jožef Stefan
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
Fax: +386 1 477 31 10


Course Description

Advanced Processing of Polymer Composites


Ecotechnologies, third-level study programme


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


Students gain knowledge on basic properties of composite materials with polymer matrix. They get knowledge needed to consider critically the implementation of these materials as substitutes for metals. They get comprehension on advanced methods for polymer composite surface modifications based on treatment with thermodynamically non-equilibrium state of gas. They become familiar with principles of surface processing that result in selective etching and surface activation resulting in superhydrophilicity of polymer composites. Students also recognize the ecological advantages of such materials and technologies for their processing. The lectures include the survey of specific technological solutions for industrial applications, which enable students’ critical assessment of applicability of these materials and processing technologies in practice.


• Properties of polymer composites
• Polymer composites as advanced substitutes for metals
• Methods for surface processing of composites
• Plasma treatment of polymer composites
• Selective etching and surface activation
• Superhydrophilicity
• Ecological perspectives of polymer composites and technologies for their processing
• Industrial applications

Course literature:

• K. Friedrich, S. Fakirov, Z. Zhang. Polymer Composites: From Nano to Macro Scale, Springer, 2005.
• L. Hollaway. Handbook of Polymer Composites for Engineers, Woodhead Publisching Limited, 1994.
• C. Ageorges. Fusion Bonding of Polymer Composites, Springer, 2002.
• R. Talreja, J.E. Manson. Polymer Matrix Composites, Springer, 2001.
• A.W. Adamson, A.P. Gast. Physical Chemistry of Surfaces, John Wiley and Sons, 1997.
• F.F. Chen, J.P. Chang. Principles of Plasma Processing, Plenum/Kluwer, 2002.
• M.A. Lieberman, A.J. Lichtenberg. Principles of Plasma Discharges and Material Processing, John Wiley and Sons, 2001.
• A. Grill. Cold Plasma in Material Fabrication, IEEE Press, Piscataway NJ, 1993.
• R. Roth. Industrial Plasma Engineering, vol.2, IOP Publishing, 2001.

Significant publications and references:

• U. Cvelbar, M. Mozetič. Metoda za obdelavo kompozitnih vlaken s polimerno matriko, patent št. SI 21180A, 2003.

• U. Cvelbar, M. Mozetič. Method for improving the electrical connection properties of the surface of a product made from a polymer-matrix composite, mednarodna patentna prijava, PCT/EP2004/010362, 2004.

• U. Cvelbar, M. Mozetič, S. Milošević, N. Krstulović. Method and device for selective etching of composite materials by laser ablation, mednarodna patentna prijava št. PCT/SI2007/000025, 2006.

• U. Cvelbar, M. Mozetič. Method for improving the electrical connection properties of the surface of a product made from a polymer-matrix composite, mednarodna patentna prijava PCT/EP2004/010362, 2004.

• M. Mozetič, A. Vesel, U. Cvelbar. Method and device for local functionalization of polymer materials, patent WO 2006130122, 2006.

• U. Cvelbar. Treatment of polymer-graphite composite surface with oxygen plasma, Ph.D. thesis, 2004.

• 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.

• M. Mozetič, U. Cvelbar, A. Zalar, M. Klanjšek-Gunde, M. Kunaver. Selective plasma etching of powder coatings, Mater. forum (Rushcutters Bay), 2005, vol. 29, str. 438-440.

• M. Klanjšek-Gunde, M. Kunaver, A. Horvat, U. Cvelbar. Bonding process efficiency and Al-flake orientation during the curing of powder coatings. Prog. org. coat., 2005, vol. 54, no. 2, str. 113-119.

• M. Klanjšek-Gunde, M. Kunaver, U. Cvelbar, N. Barle. Oxygen plasma etching of a two-component clear coating, Vacuum, 2005, vol. 80, no. 1/3, str. 189-192.

• U. Cvelbar, B. Markoli, I. Poberaj, A. Zalar, L. Kosec, S. Spaić. Formation of functional groups on graphite during oxygen plasma treatment. Appl. surf. sci., 2006, vol. 253, issue 4, str. 1861-1865.

• T. Vrlinič, A. Vesel, U. Cvelbar, M. Krajc, M. Mozetič. Rapid surface functionalization of poly(ethersulphone) foils using a highly reactive oxygen-plasma tretament. Surf. interface anal., 2007, vol. 39, no. 6, str. 476-481.

• U. Cvelbar et al. Oxygen plasma functionalization of poly(p-phenilene sulphide). Appl. surf. sci., 2007, vol. 253, str. 8669-8673.

• M. Mozetič, A. Vesel, U. Cvelbar, A. Ricard. An iron catalytic probe for determination of the O-atom density in an Ar/O2 afterglow. Plasma chem. plasma process., 2006, vol. 26, str. 103-117.

• 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.


• experimental work
• seminar

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.