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The influence of mesoporous silica in low T-g cyclic olefin copolymer nanocomposite films: Mechanical and moisture barrier studies

Saravanan, S and Ramamurthy, Praveen C and Madras, Giridhar (2014) The influence of mesoporous silica in low T-g cyclic olefin copolymer nanocomposite films: Mechanical and moisture barrier studies. In: COMPOSITES SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 96 . pp. 80-87.

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Abstract

In this study, mesoporous silica-cyclic olefin copolymer nanocomposite films were fabricated by solution casting. With an increase in silica loading, the stiffness of the matrix increased. The nanocomposite film shows increased strain to failure with moisture after aging by matrix plasticization. The storage modulus and loss factor for samples with silica content show better results compared with pristine polymer, as indicated by dynamic mechanical analysis. The interaction between filler-polymer chain exhibit hydrophobicity compared to the neat polymer. Water absorption studies at room temperature and near the T-g of the polymer (similar to 64 degrees C) were carried out. The nanocomposites up to 4 wt% filler reduces the water diffusion by forming hydrogen and chemical bonding. The result by calcium degradation test method for moisture permeability and Schottky structured organic device encapsulation under weathering condition confirms the effective reinforcement effect of silica particles in the matrix. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to the ELSEVIER SCI LTD, THE BOULEVARD, LANGFORD LANE, KIDLINGTON, OXFORD OX5 1GB, OXON, ENGLAND
Keywords: Hybrid composites; Interface; Mechanical properties; Thermogravimetric analysis; Moisture diffusion
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Division of Interdisciplinary Research > Centre for Nano Science and Engineering
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Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2014 05:03
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2014 05:03
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/49298

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