Activation of non-metallic substrates for metal deposition using organic solutions
Non-metallic substrates, such as plastics or oxides, need to be activated before electroless metal deposition. In this paper, a novel process of using metal Pd and Pd-Cu ion loaded organic solutions for surface activation of non-metallic substrates is described. The organic media used are strong polarizing and low ionic conducting solutions of the type commonly used in the solvent extraction industry. Different types of non-metallic substrates, including polyester, alumina and carbon nanotubes, have been evaluated, and it was shown that a uniform and complete Cu coating can be electrolessly deposited after activation in metal ion loaded organic solutions.
J. Li et al., "Activation of non-metallic substrates for metal deposition using organic solutions," Surface and Coatings Technology, Elsevier, Feb 2011.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.surfcoat.2010.11.016
Materials Science and Engineering
Institute for Chemical and Process Metallurgy
Keywords and Phrases
Metal Deposition; Nano-Metal Particle Nucleation; Organic Extraction; Surface Activation
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