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Polymer surface with increased hydrophilicity and method of making

United States Patent Application

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A polymer having a surface with increased hydrophilicity comprises a functionalized surface with a modified water contact angle less than the contact angle characteristic of an as-received, non-functionalized polymer surface. A method for making the hydrophilic polymer having the functionalized surface comprises exposing the non-functionalized surface to a plasma and a reactive gas.
Rieke, Peter C. (Pasco, WA)
10/ 764,223
January 22, 2004
[0001] This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC0676RL01830 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.