Graduation Year


Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Physics & Astronomy

Reader 1

Elizabeth J. Orwin

Reader 2

David M. Tanenbaum

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© 2007 Ajoy Vase. Pomona College has non-exclusive publication rights. Permission is granted to quote from the thesis with the customary acknowledgment of the source. Copyright for each article is retained by the author. Republication in any form requires permission from the author of the thesis.


This work examines the chemical and physical effects of a material treatment process on the biopolymers PEEK, POM-h, POM-c, PTFE and UHMWPE. The polymers are analyzed physically and chemically using atomic force microscopy, profilometry, scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, contact angle measurement, FT infra-red spectroscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry. PEEK is found to be the most suitable polymer and FT Infra-red spectroscopy an informative analytic tool.


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