Title

Activation of non-metallic substrates for metal deposition using organic solutions

Abstract

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.

Department(s)

Materials Science and Engineering

Sponsor(s)

Institute for Chemical and Process Metallurgy

Keywords and Phrases

Metal Deposition; Nano-Metal Particle Nucleation; Organic Extraction; Surface Activation

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2011 Elsevier, All rights reserved.

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