A report presents findings from recent research on the use of monatomic oxygen to form microscopic textures on the surfaces of polymers and extends the concept to some forms of carbon. Earlier developments in this field were described in two articles in NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 20, No. 11 (November 1996); "Atomic-Oxygen Treatment To Obtain Non-Stick Polymer Surfaces" (LEW-15796) on page 44 and "Details of Atomic-Oxygen treatment of Polymer Surfaces" (LEW-15901) on page 95.

This work was done by Sharon K. Rutledge and Bruce A. Banks of Lewis Research Center.

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Refer to LEW-16604.