Poly(vinylidene fluoride)/nickel nanocomposites from semicrystalline block copolymer precursors

Vincent S. D. Voet, Martijn Tichelaar, Stefania Tanase, Marjo C. Mittelmeijer-Hazeleger, Gerrit ten Brinke*, Katja Loos

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The fabrication of nanoporous poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and PVDF/nickel nanocomposites from semicrystalline block copolymer precursors is reported. Polystyrene-block-poly(vinylidene fluoride)-block-polystyrene (PS-b-PVDF-b-PS) is prepared through functional benzoyl peroxide initiated polymerization of VDF, followed by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of styrene. The crystallization of PVDF plays a dominant role in the formation of the block copolymer structure, resulting in a spherulitic superstructure with an internal crystalline-amorphous lamellar nanostructure. The block copolymer promotes the formation of the ferroelectric beta-polymorph of PVDF. Selective etching of the amorphous regions with nitric acid leads to nanoporous PVDF, which functions as a template for the generation of PVDF/Ni nanocomposites. The lamellar nanostructure and the beta-crystalline phase are conserved during the etching procedure and electroless nickel deposition.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)184-192
Aantal pagina's9
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusPublished - 2013

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