A cold plasma feed with either oxygen or nitrogen was used to modify thin Low Density Polyethylene films. The treatment improved both the surface wettability and the curing kinetic of a polyurethane based adhesive spread on the surface. The chemical functionalities responsible of the observed behaviours were investigated and monitored over time by high resolution x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Atomic force microscopy were used to compare the effects of the two feeding gases on the surface morphology of films exposed (to the plasma) for equal times. The effect on the treated films of the atmosphere exposure and of the aging time were also considered.
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