Synthesis and study of conductivity behaviour of blended conducting polymer films irradiated with swift heavy ions of silicon

Sonar, P., Sharma, A. L., Chandra, A., Muellen, K., & Srivastava, A. (2003) Synthesis and study of conductivity behaviour of blended conducting polymer films irradiated with swift heavy ions of silicon. Current Applied Physics, 3(2-3), pp. 247-250.

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In recent times, blended polymers have shown a lot of promise in terms of easy processability in different shapes and forms. In the present work, polyaniline emeraldine base (PANi-EB) was doped with camphor sulfonic acid (CSA) and combined with the conducting polymer polyfluorene (PF) as well as the insulating polymer polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to synthesize CSA doped PANi-PF and PANi-PVC blended polymers. It is well known that PANi when doped with CSA becomes highly conducting. However, its poor mechanical properties, such as low tensile, compressive, and flexural strength render PANi a non-ideal material to be processed for its various practical applications, such as electromagnetic shielding, anti-corrosion shielding, photolithography and microelectronic devices etc. Thus the search for polymers which are easily processable and are capable of showing high conductivity still continues. PANi-PVC blend was prepared, which showed low conductivity which is limiting factor for certain applications. Therefore, another processable polymer PF was chosen as conducting matrix. Conducting PF can be easily processed into various shapes and forms. Therefore, a blend mixture was prepared by using PANi and PF through the use of CSA as a counter ion which forms a "bridge" between the two polymeric components of the inter-polymer complex. Two blended polymers have been synthesized and investigated for their conductivity behaviour. It was observed that the blended film of CSA doped PANi-PVC showed a room temperature electrical conductivity of 2.8 × 10-7 S/cm where as the blended film made by CSA doped PANi with conducting polymer PF showed a room temperature conductivity of 1.3 × 10-5 S/cm. Blended films were irradiated with 100 MeV silicon ions with a view to increase their conductivity with a fluence ranging from 1011 ions to 1013 per cm2 from 15 UD Pelletron accelerator at NSC, New Delhi.

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ID Code: 75246
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Heavy ion irradiation, PANi-PF, PANi-PVC, Polymer blend
DOI: 10.1016/S1567-1739(02)00210-9
ISSN: 1567-1739
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Elsevier Science B.V.
Deposited On: 28 Oct 2014 02:07
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2014 02:07

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