Effects of surface oxidation treatments on PAN-based Courtaulds high
modulus (HM), low modulus (LM), and Akzo LM carbon fibres have been
studied using XPS, chemical derivatisation, ATR-FTIR, contact angle
measurement, and SEM. Surface oxygen concentration was found to increase
with oxidation treatments. For Courtaulds fibres, the increase was more
significant for LM fibre than for HM fibre, which was attributed to the less
graphitic nature of LM fibre and more reactive edge sites present on LM fibre
A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy at Loughborough University.