Polymers are materials widely used in many important technologies and applications because of their optical, physical, mechanical, thermal and chemical properties. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) foil is often used as an insulating material in printed electronics, flexible circuitry, displays, industrial applications, graphic films, or for clinical and healthcare applications. A big inconvenience of PET film is the low surface tension which also implies a low wettability, resulting in poor coating adhesion and poor printing properties. In order to eliminate this disadvantage, a surface treatment was used by means of a dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) operating in ambient air at atmospheric pressure which consisted of a high voltage AC source and two circular metal electrodes 60 mm in diameter. The paper aims are to treat two different PET film substrates designed in this work as PET 1, without thermal treatment, and PET 2 which is heat stabilized. The effect of plasma exposure was assessed by determining the water contact angle by means of an Ossila goniometer and by measuring the surface tension with a special ink. The considered foils were exposed to different DBD treatment times (0.2, 0.5, 1, 5, 10, 30 s) and the evolution of the water contact angle overtime after treatment up to 96 hours was monitored. It was found that the water contact angle of the untreated PET 1 and PET 2 was 74° and 73.5°, respectively, and after 30 s DBD treatment time it decreased to 30.9° and 30°, respectively.

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