Degradation of polymer films

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In this review paper the current state of research into the physical degradation of polymer films is elucidated. Modern applications of polymer films and the implication of their degradation are discussed. Recent investigations into solid interactions such as abrasion, adhesion, fatigue and other failure modes as well as plasma and photonic interactions are examined. This investigation highlights key degradation mechanisms as well as areas where controversy over these mechanisms lies, and suggests directions for future research.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-358
Number of pages15
JournalSoft Matter
Issue number2
Early online date24 Oct 2012
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2013