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TiO2/EVOH based reactive interlayer in Surlyn for organic device encapsulation

Kopanati, Gayathri N and Ramamurthy, Praveen C and Madras, Giridhar (2016) TiO2/EVOH based reactive interlayer in Surlyn for organic device encapsulation. In: MATERIALS RESEARCH EXPRESS, 3 (2).

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/2053-1591/3/2/025302


Barrier materials are important for improving the stability and lifetimes of organic electronic devices. A simple technique for improving the barrier properties of polymer films was considered in this work by using TiO2 nanoparticles in the interlayer to be incorporated in the polymer film. TiO2 was synthesized by the solution combustion technique, was further functionalized using stearic acid or octadecylamine to induce hydrophobicity and enhance processing of the composite interlayer. The grafting of these compounds on to TiO2 was investigated using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, elemental analysis and thermo-gravimetric analysis. The functionalized and neat TiO2 were blended with poly (vinyl alcohol-ethylene) (EVOH) and were melt compressed between Surlyn films. The resulting nanocomposite films were tested for their transparency and barrier properties using UV-visible spectroscopy and calcium degradation test, respectively. Further, the effectiveness of these barrier films in encapsulating organic devices was determined from accelerated aging tests. Therefore, the synthesized barrier films with neat and functionalized TiO2 in the interlayers proved to be effective as moisture barrier composite films.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the IOP PUBLISHING LTD, TEMPLE CIRCUS, TEMPLE WAY, BRISTOL BS1 6BE, ENGLAND
Keywords: polymer nanocomposite; barrier materials; encapsulation; water vapor transmission
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences > Centre for Nano Science and Engineering
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2016 10:13
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2016 10:13
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/54212

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