Interfacial control of PVDF-TrFE/SWCNT nanocomposites using P3HT-PMMA block copolymer for ultra-low percolation threshold

Kie Yong Cho, Yun Jae Lee, Hyun Ji Kim, Ho Gyu Yoon, Seung Sang Hwang, Yang Kyoo Han, Kyung Youl Baek

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Poly(vinylidenefluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) (PVDF-TrFE)/SWCNT nanocomposites with ultra-low percolation threshold were prepared by interfacial control using a block copolymer comapatibilizer. For this, a well-defined block copolymer of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) (P3HT-b-PMMA) was synthesized by combination of GRIM and ATRP (Mn = 24 K, Mw/Mn = 1.25), where the P3HT block segment wrapped the SWCNTs by π-π interaction and the resulting PMMA block segment dangled from the SWCNTs, which gave de-bundled SWCNTs without any aggregations for over 5 months in most common organic solvents for PMMA. The block copolymer coated SWCNT (TMCNT) was then mixed with PVDF-TrFE to prepare PVDF-TrFE/SWCNT nanocomposites (PVT-TMCNT), which enabled excellent dispersion of SWCNT in a PVDF-TrFE matrix without aggregation due to the miscibility of the PMMA on TMCNT and PVDF-TrFE. Obtained PVT-TMCNT showed large enhancements of the electrical conductivity and the dielectric constant with ultra-low percolation threshold (fc = 0.07 wt.%) due to excellent interfacial control by the block copolymer comapatibilizer between SWCNT and PVDF-TrFE. Improved ferroelectric properties of PVT-TMCNT were also observed by an increase of field-induced polarization response, which was almost over 10-times higher than for neat PVDF-TrFE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-63
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Oct 23

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was financially supported by the International Collaborative R&D Program ( N0000678 ) funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy, (MOTIE, Korea) and partially from a grant from the Materials Architecturing Research Center of Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST).

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  • Block copolymers
  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Fluoropolymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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