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Synthesis and characterization of flexible epoxy nanocomposites reinforced with amine functionalized alumina nanoparticles: a potential encapsulant for organic devices

Gupta, Satyajit and Ramamurthy, Praveen C and Madras, Giridhar (2011) Synthesis and characterization of flexible epoxy nanocomposites reinforced with amine functionalized alumina nanoparticles: a potential encapsulant for organic devices. In: Polymer Chemistry , 2 (1). pp. 221-228.

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Abstract

Research on conducting polymers, organic light emitting diodes and organic solar cells has been an exciting field for the past decade. The challenge with these organic devices is the long term stability of the active material. Organic materials are susceptible to chemical degradation in the presence of oxygen and moisture. The sensitivity of these materials towards oxygen and moisture makes it imperative to protect them by encapsulation. Polymer nanocomposites can be used as encapsulation materials in order to prevent material degradation. In the present work, amine functionalized alumina was used as a cross-linking and reinforcing material for the polymer matrix in order to fabricate the composites to be used for encapsulation of devices. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy were used to elucidate the surface chemistry. Thermogravimetric analysis techniques and CHN analysis were used to quantify grafting density of amine groups over the surface of the nanoparticles. Mechanical characterizations of the composites with various loadings were carried out with dynamic mechanical analyzer. It was observed that the composites have good thermal stability and mechanical flexibility, which are important for an encapsulant. The morphology of the composites was evaluated using scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Royal Society of Chemistry.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
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Date Deposited: 27 Dec 2010 07:39
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2010 07:39
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/34597

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