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  1. Characterization of polymer decomposition products by laser desorption mass spectrometry

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    Pallix, Joan B.; Lincoln, Kenneth A.; Miglionico, Charles J.; Roybal, Robert E.; Stein, Charles; Shively, Jon H.

    1993-01-01

    Laser desorption mass spectrometry has been used to characterize the ash-like substances formed on the surfaces of polymer matrix composites (PMC's) during exposure on LDEF. In an effort to minimize fragmentation, material was removed from the sample surfaces by laser desorption and desorbed neutrals were ionized by electron impact. Ions were detected in a time-of-flight mass analyzer which allows the entire mass spectrum to be collected for each laser shot. The method is ideal for these studies because only a small amount of ash is available for analysis. Three sets of samples were studied including C/polysulfone, C/polyimide and C/phenolic. Each set contains leading and trailing edge LDEF samples and their respective controls. In each case, the mass spectrum of the ash shows a number of high mass peaks which can be assigned to fragments of the associated polymer. These high mass peaks are not observed in the spectra of the control samples. In general, the results indicate that the ash is formed from decomposition of the polymer matrix.

  2. Synthesis, characterization and non-isothermal decomposition kinetic of a new galactochloralose based polymer.

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    Kök, Gökhan; Ay, Kadir; Ay, Emriye; Doğan, Fatih; Kaya, Ismet

    2014-01-30

    A glycopolymer, poly(3-O-methacroyl-5,6-O-isopropylidene-1,2-O-(S)-trichloroethylidene-α-d-galactofuranose) (PMIPTEG) was synthesized from the sugar-carrying methacrylate monomer, 3-O-methacroyl-5,6-O-isopropylidene-1,2-O-(S)-trichloroethylidene-α-d-galactofuranose (MIPTEG) via conventional free radical polymerization with AIBN in 1,4-dioxane. The structures of glycomonomer and their polymers were confirmed by UV-vis, FT-IR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, GPC, TG/DTG-DTA, DSC, and SEM techniques. SEM images showed that PMIPTEG had a straight-chain length structure. On the other hand, the thermal decomposition kinetics of polymer were investigated by means of thermogravimetric analysis in dynamic nitrogen atmosphere at different heating rates. The apparent activation energies for thermal decomposition of the PMIPTEG were calculated using the Kissinger, Kim-Park, Tang, Flynn-Wall-Ozawa (FWO), Kissinger-Akahira-Sunose (KAS) and Friedman methods and were found to be 100.15, 104.40, 102.0, 102.2, 103.2 and 99.6 kJ/mol, respectively. The most likely process mechanism related to the thermal decomposition stage of PMIPTEG was determined to be a Dn deceleration type in terms of master plots results. PMID:24299780

  3. Slow spinodal decomposition in binary liquid mixtures of polymers

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    Izumitani, Tatsuo; Hashimoto, Takeji

    1985-10-01

    Isothermal demixing process of binary polymer mixtures of SBR (styrene-butadiene random copolymer) and polybutadiene at deep quench depths was investigated by time-resolved light scattering technique. The results indicated that the systems undergo extremely slow spinodal decomposition of the type as adequately characterized by Cahn's linearized theory in the early stage and in the small q regime (q≲qmax≂105 cm-1) covered in this experiment where q is wave number of growing fluctuations and qmax is the q value having maximum growth rate. The spinodal decomposition studied in this work was that in the diffusion-control regime, and in the slowest case of the decomposition, the early stage was found to extend up to about 80 min, corresponding to the reduced time τ about 2.7. The shortest reduced time achieved in this experiment is about 0.03.

  4. Spinodal decomposition in liquid-crystal/polymer mixtures

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    Lapeña, Amelia M.; Nyquist, Rebecca M.; Liu, Andrea J.; Sunaidi, Abdullah Al; Glotzer, Sharon C.; Langer, Stephen A.; Lukovich, Jennifer; Ennis, Roland

    1997-03-01

    Materials based on mixtures of liquid crystals and polymers are used for a variety of optical devices, and are often formed by kinetic processes that involve both phase separation and orientational ordering. Here we describe a simplified model that allows for composition and orientation fields to evolve with time in a coupled fashion, based on previous work by Liu and Fredrickson(A. J. Liu and G. H. Fredrickson, Macromolecules 29), 8000 (1996).. Because of this coupling, orientational ordering can influence domain morphology. We present phase diagrams and the linear stability analysis of spinodal decomposition from a mixed isotropic phase into coexisting polymer-rich isotropic and liquid-crystal-rich nematic phases. We show how the kinetics can amplify thermodynamic tendencies and lead to anisotropic domain shapes. We are currently working on numerical solutions of the nonlinear equations of motion.

  5. Spectroscopic characterization of polymers: report

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    Koenig, J.L.

    1987-10-01

    Polymer characterization has presented major difficulties to the analytical chemist, who has had to develop techniques to cope with the challenge. Even the elementary problem of measuring molecular weight is not easy. Yet such measurements are essential, because the physical, mechanical, and flow properties depend on the length of the polymer chain. Because of the limited solubility and high viscosity of polymers, many classical techniques have been of little use or have had to be extensively modified to measure the molecular weight of polymers. Size-exclusion chromatographic techniques such as gel permeation have been developed to measure these molecular weight distributions. Special chromatographic instruments with a range of spectroscopic detectors (including infrared and laser-light scattering) have emerged commercially to aid the analytical chemist in the fundamental endeavor to measure the length of the polymer chain and its distribution. The author describes the advantages and disadvantages and disadvantages of various spectroscopic techniques.

  6. Spin labelled polymers for composite interface studies: Synthesis and characterization

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    Snow, A.W.; Pace, M.D.

    1993-12-31

    For the purpose of investigating the epoxy resin composite interface, a series of spin labelled epoxy polymers and model compounds were synthesized and characterized. Linear epoxy polymers were prepared by reacting systematically varying quantities of 4-amino-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperid-1-yloxy and cyclohexyl amine with an equivalence bisphenol A diglycidyl ether. The adducts of phenylgylcidyl ether and 4-cumylphenylgylcidyl ether with 4-amino-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperid-1-yloxy were synthesized as model compounds. Characterization determined that the 125{degrees}C polymerization temperature did not cause significant decomposition of the nitroxyl free radical, magnetic dilution of the spin label in the epoxy polymer to 3% of the amine repeat units is sufficient for observation of unobscured nitroxyl hyperfine structure in the ESR spectrum of the labelled epoxy polymer in the solid state, and a polymer glass transition temperature of 66{degrees}C as not affected by variation in the amine composition.

  7. Characterization and measurement of polymer wear

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    Buckley, D. H.; Aron, P. R.

    1985-01-01

    Analytical tools which characterize the polymer wear process are discussed. The devices discussed include: visual observation of polymer wear with SEM, the quantification with surface profilometry and ellipsometry, to study the chemistry with AES, XPS and SIMS, to establish interfacial polymer orientation and accordingly bonding with QUARTIR, polymer state with Raman spectroscopy and stresses that develop in polymer films using a X-ray double crystal camera technique.

  8. Characterization and measurement of polymer wear

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    Buckley, D. H.; Aron, P. R.

    1984-01-01

    Analytical tools which characterize the polymer wear process are discussed. The devices discussed include: visual observation of polymer wear with SEM, the quantification with surface profilometry and ellipsometry, to study the chemistry with AES, XPS and SIMS, to establish interfacial polymer orientation and accordingly bonding with QUARTIR, polymer state with Raman spectroscopy and stresses that develop in polymer films using a X-ray double crystal camera technique.

  9. ID Image Characterization by Entropic Biometric Decomposition

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    Smoaca, Andreea; Coltuc, Daniela; Fournel, Thierry

    2011-03-01

    The paper proposes a statistical-based biometric decomposition for ID image recognition robust to a series of non malicious attacks generated by print/scan operations. Our goal is to label the single face expression by a signature, which is almost invariant to low filtering, noise addition and geometric attacks. The method is based on Independent Component Analysis (ICA) in a configuration which will allow a decomposition into some face characteristics. In this configuration known in literature as Architecture I, the most important coefficients issued from ICA are selected by looking for the independent components with maximum local entropy. A biometric label of fixed length is associated to any ID image to be enrolled, after projection on the learned basis, uniform quantization of the obtained coefficients and binary encoding. Two parameters were tuned: the number of quantization levels and the number of face characteristics. The latter one was modified, either by discarding coefficients after Principal Component Analysis in the beginning of FastICA algorithm, or by selecting the most prominent biometric features by applying an entropic criterion. The suggested method inherits the robustness of a global approach.

  10. Fabrication of chain-like Mn 2O 3 nanostructures via thermal decomposition of manganese phthalate coordination polymers

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    Salavati-Niasari, Masoud; Mohandes, Fatemeh; Davar, Fatemeh; Saberyan, Kamal

    2009-12-01

    A novel manganese coordination polymer [Mn(Pht)(H 2O)] n as a precursor was obtained by chemical precipitation involving an aqueous solution of anhydrous manganese acetate and phthalate anion as a potential O-banded ligand. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) results proved that phthalate anions coordinate to metal cations as a chelating bidentate ligand, making polymeric structure. The Mn 2O 3 nanostructures have been prepared via thermal decomposition of as-prepared manganese phthalate polymers as precursor in the presence of oleic acid (OA) and triphenylphosphine (TPP) as a stabilizer and capping. Different approaches such as FT-IR, X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were applied to characterize the products. TEM images and XRD analysis indicated that the as-synthesized chain-like Mn 2O 3 has a crystal phase of cubic syngony with a mean size of ˜40 nm.

  11. Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell fault diagnosis based on empirical mode decomposition

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    Damour, Cédric; Benne, Michel; Grondin-Perez, Brigitte; Bessafi, Miloud; Hissel, Daniel; Chabriat, Jean-Pierre

    2015-12-01

    Diagnosis tool for water management is relevant to improve the reliability and lifetime of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). This paper presents a novel signal-based diagnosis approach, based on Empirical Mode Decomposition (EMD), dedicated to PEMFCs. EMD is an empirical, intuitive, direct and adaptive signal processing method, without pre-determined basis functions. The proposed diagnosis approach relies on the decomposition of FC output voltage to detect and isolate flooding and drying faults. The low computational cost of EMD, the reduced number of required measurements, and the high diagnosis accuracy of flooding and drying faults diagnosis make this approach a promising online diagnosis tool for PEMFC degraded modes management.

  12. Accelerated Characterization of Polymer Properties

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    R. Wroczynski; l. Brewer; D. Buckley; M. Burrell; R. Potyrailo

    2003-07-30

    This report describes the efforts to develop a suite of microanalysis techniques that can rapidly measure a variety of polymer properties of industrial importance, including thermal, photo-oxidative, and color stability; as well as ductility, viscosity, and mechanical and antistatic properties. Additional goals of the project were to direct the development of these techniques toward simultaneous measurements of multiple polymer samples of small size in real time using non-destructive and/or parallel or rapid sequential measurements, to develop microcompounding techniques for preparing polymers with additives, and to demonstrate that samples prepared in the microcompounder could be analyzed directly or used in rapid off-line measurements. These enabling technologies are the crucial precursors to the development of high-throughput screening (HTS) methodologies for the polymer additives industry whereby the rate of development of new additives and polymer formulations can be greatly accelerated.

  13. Characterization of Tantalum Polymer Capacitors

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    Spence, Penelope

    2012-01-01

    Overview Reviewed data Caution must be taken when accelerating test conditions Data not useful to establish an acceleration model Introduction of new failure mechanism skewing results Evidence of Anti-Wear-Out De-doping of polymer Decreased capacitance Increased ESR Not dielectric breakdown Needs further investigation Further investigation into tantalum polymer capacitor technology Promising acceleration model for Manufacturer A Possibility for use in high-reliability space applications with suitable voltage derating.

  14. Preparation and characterization of beryllium doped organic plasma polymer coatings

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    Brusasco, R.; Letts, S.; Miller, P.; Saculla, M.; Cook, R.

    1995-10-04

    We report the formation of beryllium doped plasma polymerized coatings derived from a helical resonator deposition apparatus, using diethylberyllium as the organometaric source. These coatings had an appearance not unlike plain plasma polymer and were relatively stable to ambient exposure. The coatings were characterized by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy. Coating rates approaching 0.7 {mu}m hr{sup {minus}1} were obtained with a beryllium-to-carbon ratio of 1:1.3. There is also a significant oxygen presence in the coating as well which is attributed to oxidation upon exposure of the coating to air. The XPS data show only one peak for beryllium with the preponderance of the XPS data suggesting that the beryllium exists as BeO. Diethylberyllium was found to be inadequate as a source for beryllium doped plasma polymer, due to thermal decomposition and low vapor recovery rates.

  15. Decomposition

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    Middleton, Beth A.

    2014-01-01

    A cornerstone of ecosystem ecology, decomposition was recognized as a fundamental process driving the exchange of energy in ecosystems by early ecologists such as Lindeman 1942 and Odum 1960). In the history of ecology, studies of decomposition were incorporated into the International Biological Program in the 1960s to compare the nature of organic matter breakdown in various ecosystem types. Such studies still have an important role in ecological studies of today. More recent refinements have brought debates on the relative role microbes, invertebrates and environment in the breakdown and release of carbon into the atmosphere, as well as how nutrient cycling, production and other ecosystem processes regulated by decomposition may shift with climate change. Therefore, this bibliography examines the primary literature related to organic matter breakdown, but it also explores topics in which decomposition plays a key supporting role including vegetation composition, latitudinal gradients, altered ecosystems, anthropogenic impacts, carbon storage, and climate change models. Knowledge of these topics is relevant to both the study of ecosystem ecology as well projections of future conditions for human societies.

  16. Polarization and Characterization of Piezoelectric Polymers

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    Bodiford, Hollie N.

    1995-01-01

    Piezoelectric materials exhibit an electrical response, such as voltage or charge, in reaction to a mechanical stimuli. The mechanical stimuli can be force, pressure, light, or heat. Therefore, these materials are excellent sensors for various properties. The major disadvantage of state of the art piezoelectric polymers is their lack of utility at elevated temperatures. The objective of this research is to study the feasibility of inducing piezoelectricity in high performance polymer systems. The three aspects of the research include experimental poling, characterization of the capacitance, and demonstration of the use of a piezoelectric polymer as a speaker.

  17. Interfacial Characterization of Rigid Polymer Coatings

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    DeNolf, Garret C.

    In order to enhance the performance and durability of today's polymer coatings it is pivotal to be able to characterize their mechanical and chemical properties, with emphasized importance on coating-substrate interfaces which are common points of material failure. The purpose of this thesis was to develop and demonstrate novel characterization methods to measure the interfacial and bulk properties of these polymer films and improve the overall understanding of these materials. The first portion of this thesis explores a new peel test technique to measure the adhesion between substrates and coatings. The employed method examines the effect of processing conditions and substrate treatment on the adhesion of polyurethane coatings. This technique successfully quantifies the adhesion of polyurethane coatings to a variety of treated substrates and at multiple curing temperatures. The second thrust of this thesis involves the utilization of a quartz crystal microbalance instrument to characterize the bulk rheological properties of polymer films and coatings in situ. This novel method enables the examination of the effect of temperature and mixing stoichiometry on the rheological properties of curing polyurethane coatings and polymer films. This analysis is extended to measure the curing and aging of paint systems relevant to the art conservation scientific community. The final portion of this thesis focuses on understanding the effect of pH on the interfacial swelling of polymer films in aqueous environments. The quartz crystal microbalance is used to characterize the swelling of interfacial polymer films as water reaches the interface, and the corresponding permeability and osmotic pressure provides insight into the mechanisms of delamination and adhesive failure of coatings attached to metal surfaces. The novel methods and calculations established in this thesis enable precise measurements of coating interfaces and rheological properties and have considerable potential

  18. Mercer's spectral decomposition for the characterization of thermal parameters

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    Ahusborde, E.; Azaïez, M.; Belgacem, F. Ben; Palomo Del Barrio, E.

    2015-08-01

    We investigate a tractable Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) method used in thermography for the characterization of thermal parameters. The inverse problem to solve is based on the model of transient heat transfer. The most significant advantage is the transformation of the dynamic identification problem into a steady identification equation. The time dependence is accounted for by the SVD in a performing way. We lay down a mathematical foundation well fitted to this approach, which relies on the spectral expansion of Mercer kernels. This enables us to shed more light on most of its important features. Given its potentialities, the analysis we propose here might help users understanding the way the SVD algorithm, or the TSVD, its truncated version, operate in the thermal parameters estimation and why it is relevant and attractive. When useful, the study is complemented by some analytical and numerical illustrations realized within MATLAB's code.

  19. The mechanisms for desensitization effect of synthetic polymers on BCHMX: Physical models and decomposition pathways.

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    Yan, Qi-Long; Zeman, Svatopluk; Zhang, Xiao-Hong; Málek, Jiří; Xie, Wu-Xi

    2015-08-30

    The project involves determination of the activation energies and physical models for thermolysis of BCHMX and its PBXs. The initial decomposition pathways were also proposed on the basis of molecular dynamic simulation. The goal is to find the mutual relationships among the physical models, decomposition pathways, and the impact sensitivities for BCHMX and its PBXs. It has been shown that the physical model of the first step of BCHMX thermolysis is close to first order and the second step is governed by a first order autocatalytic model, which turns to "2D or 3D Nucleation and Growth" models under the effect of polymeric binders probably due to their hindrances on topochemical reaction of BCHMX. Simulation results show that the scission of N-NO2 is the initial step for BCHMX pyrolysis, followed by HONO and HNO eliminations, where the latter is due to nitro-nitrite rearrangement. Under the effect of hydrocarbon polymers, the HONO/HON elimination and collapse of ring structure of BCHMX occur earlier without changing the time for N-NO2 scission, which might be the reason why those polymers have little effect on the thermal stability of BCHMX, while they could make it decompose almost in a single complex step. PMID:25867587

  20. Physical structure characterization of theophylline in some acidic film-forming polymers.

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    Sarisuta, N; Kumpugdee, M; Lawanprasert, P

    2000-06-01

    The physical structure and drug-polymer interactions of theophylline in Eudragit L100, shellac, polyvinyl acetate phthalate (PVAP), cellulose acetate phthalate (CAP), hydroxypropylmethylcellulose acetate phthalate (HPMCP), and hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC) were studied. The drug-polymer films were prepared by casting and were characterized using powder X-ray diffractometry (PXRD), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, and thin-layer chromatography (TLC). Theophylline was found to recrystallize in the modification II form in all kinds of polymers, which was the same as that recrystallized solely from the solvent system and the original powder. The PXRD and NMR results indicated a superficial drug-polymer interaction between theophylline and Eudragit L100, while there was no evidence of interaction for the others. No drug decomposition was observed by TLC for all drug-polymer mixtures. PMID:10826118

  1. Synthesis, crystal structure and catalytic effect on thermal decomposition of RDX and AP: An energetic coordination polymer [Pb2(C5H3N5O5)2(NMP)·NMP]n

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    Liu, Jin-jian; Liu, Zu-Liang; Cheng, Jian; Fang, Dong

    2013-04-01

    An energetic lead(II) coordination polymer based on the ligand ANPyO has been synthesized and its crystal structure has been got. The polymer was characterized by FT-IR spectroscopy, elemental analysis, DSC and TG-DTG technologies. Thermal analysis shows that there are one endothermic process and two exothermic decomposition stages in the temperature range of 50-600 °C with final residues 57.09%. The non-isothermal kinetic has also been studied on the main exothermic decomposition using the Kissinger's and Ozawa-Doyle's methods, the apparent activation energy is calculated as 195.2 KJ/mol. Furthermore, DSC measurements show that the polymer has significant catalytic effect on the thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate.

  2. The development and characterization of methanol decomposition catalysts

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    Logsdon, B.W.

    1989-01-01

    The effect of catalyst doping was investigated using 2% and 3% palladium catalysts. The dopant was found to have a significant effect on the activity, selectivity, and thermal stability of the catalysts. The lithium, sodium, and barium-doped catalysts deactivated when exposed to a thermal cycle, whereas, the rubidium, cesium, and lanthanum-doped catalysts did not. Catalyst doping generally resulted in a decrease in the initial catalyst activity. This varied from a small decrease for the lanthana-doped catalyst to a large decrease for the alkali-doped catalysts. Selectivity for CO and H{sub 2} was increased by doping due to the neutralization of acid sites on the alumina. To avoid the use of large quantities of rare materials in the catalysts, two approaches were taken: (1) Development of a catalyst using 0.5% Pd, and (2) development of a base metal catalyst. Lowering the palladium content of the catalysts resulted in severe deactivation of all catalysts. The base metal catalyst development showed iron, cobalt and copper catalysts to be unacceptable due to severe deactivation. Nickel catalysts operating under the proper conditions were found to be adequate methanol decomposition catalysts. A final study demonstrated the feasibility of developing a high temperature methanol decomposition catalysts for use in hypersonic aircraft. The second phase of the study was the characterization of the palladium catalysts. Chemisorption results indicated that the palladium dispersion was affected by the dopant. The dispersion of the palladium, however, cannot account for the variation in the initial catalyst activity. CO{sub 2} thermal desorption results indicated that the alkali metal dopants effectively neutralized the acidic sites on the alumina support and produced a basic surface.

  3. Electrical characterization of polymer solar cells

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    Green, Christopher; Cohick, Zane; Tzolov, Marian

    2013-03-01

    Polymer solar cell devices were fabricated using a mixture of the polymer PCPDTBT, PCBM, and 1,8-diiodooctane. The films were spin coated on ITO patterned substrates and covered with a hole injection layer. The film drying was performed at varied annealing temperatures and times. These devices were characterized utilizing current-voltage characteristics and the fill factor was determined. Devices were tested under dark and bright conditions using a xenon lamp. The current-voltage characteristics were modeled with an equivalent circuit yielding values for the shunt and series resistances. The variations in performance due to the changes in annealing temperatures and drying times were studied. Impedance spectroscopy was used to determine the dielectric constant of the active film.

  4. Quantum efficiency of PAG decomposition in different polymer matrices at advanced lithographic wavelengths

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    Fedynyshyn, Theodore H.; Sinta, Roger F.; Mowers, William A.; Cabral, Alberto

    2003-06-01

    The Dill ABC parameters for optical resists are typically determined by measuring the change in the intensity of transmitted light at the wavelength of interest as a function of incident energy. The effectiveness of the experiment rests with the fact that the resist optical properties change with exposure and that the optical properties are directly related to the concentration of PAG compound. These conditions are not typically satisfied in CA resists and thus C is unobtainable by this method. FT-IR spectroscopy can directly measure changes in the photoactive species by isolating and measuring absorbance peaks unique to the photoactive species. We employed the ProABC software, specially modified to allow FT-IR absorbance input, to extract ABS parameters through a best fit of the lithography model to experimental data. The quantum efficiency of PAG decomposition at 157-, 193-, and 248-nm was determined for four diazomethane type PAGs in four different polymer matrices. It was found that both the Dill C parameter and the quantum efficiency for all PAGs increased as wavelength decreased, but that the magnitude of the increase was strongly dependent on the polymer matrix.

  5. Design, synthesis, characterization and study of novel conjugated polymers

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    Chen, W.

    1997-06-24

    After introducing the subject of conjugated polymers, the thesis has three sections each containing a literature survey, results and discussion, conclusions, and experimental methods on the following: synthesis, characterization of electroluminescent polymers containing conjugated aryl, olefinic, thiophene and acetylenic units and their studies for use in light-emitting diodes; synthesis, characterization and study of conjugated polymers containing silole unit in the main chain; and synthesis, characterization and study of silicon-bridged and butadiene-linked polythiophenes.

  6. Electrochemical characterization of aminated acrylic conducting polymer

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    Rashid, Norma Mohammad; Heng, Lee Yook; Ling, Tan Ling

    2015-09-01

    New attempt has been made to synthesize aminated acrylic conducting polymer (AACP) using precursor of phenylvinylsulfoxide (PVS). The process was conducted via the integration of microemulsion and photopolymerization techniques. It has been utilized for covalent immobilization of amino groups by the adding of N-achryiloxisuccinimide (NAS). Thermal eliminating of benzene sulfenic acids from PVS has been done at 250 °C to form electroactive polyacetylene (PA) segment. Characterization of AACP has been conducted using fourier transform infrared (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and linear sweep cyclic voltammetry (CV). A range of 0.3-1.25μm particle size obtained from SEM characterization. A quasi-reversible system performed as shown in electrochemical study.

  7. Electrochemical characterization of aminated acrylic conducting polymer

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    Rashid, Norma Mohammad; Heng, Lee Yook; Ling, Tan Ling

    2015-09-25

    New attempt has been made to synthesize aminated acrylic conducting polymer (AACP) using precursor of phenylvinylsulfoxide (PVS). The process was conducted via the integration of microemulsion and photopolymerization techniques. It has been utilized for covalent immobilization of amino groups by the adding of N-achryiloxisuccinimide (NAS). Thermal eliminating of benzene sulfenic acids from PVS has been done at 250 °C to form electroactive polyacetylene (PA) segment. Characterization of AACP has been conducted using fourier transform infrared (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and linear sweep cyclic voltammetry (CV). A range of 0.3-1.25μm particle size obtained from SEM characterization. A quasi-reversible system performed as shown in electrochemical study.

  8. Supersonic jet/multiphoton ionization spectrometry of chemical species resulting from thermal decomposition and laser ablation of polymers

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    Hozumi, Masami; Murata, Yoshiaki; Cheng-Huang Lin, Imasaka, Totaro

    1995-04-01

    The chemical species resulting from thermal decomposition and laser ablation of polymers are measured by excitation/fluorescence and multiphoton ionization/mass spectrometries after supersonic jet expansion for rotational cooling to simply the optical spectrum. The signal of minor chemical species occurred is strongly enhanced by resonant excitation and multiphoton ionization, and even the isomer can be clearly differentiated. For example, p-cresol occurred by thermal decomposition of polycarbonate is detected selectively by mass-selected resonant multiphoton ionization spectrometry. Various chemical species occurred by laser ablation of even a polystyrene foam are also measured by this technique.

  9. Characterization of Hybrid CNT Polymer Matrix Composites

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    Grimsley, Brian W.; Cano, Roberto J.; Kinney, Megan C.; Pressley, James; Sauti, Godfrey; Czabaj, Michael W.; Kim, Jae-Woo; Siochi, Emilie J.

    2015-01-01

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been studied extensively since their discovery and demonstrated at the nanoscale superior mechanical, electrical and thermal properties in comparison to micro and macro scale properties of conventional engineering materials. This combination of properties suggests their potential to enhance multi-functionality of composites in regions of primary structures on aerospace vehicles where lightweight materials with improved thermal and electrical conductivity are desirable. In this study, hybrid multifunctional polymer matrix composites were fabricated by interleaving layers of CNT sheets into Hexcel® IM7/8552 prepreg, a well-characterized toughened epoxy carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite. The resin content of these interleaved CNT sheets, as well as ply stacking location were varied to determine the effects on the electrical, thermal, and mechanical performance of the composites. The direct-current electrical conductivity of the hybrid CNT composites was characterized by in-line and Montgomery four-probe methods. For [0](sub 20) laminates containing a single layer of CNT sheet between each ply of IM7/8552, in-plane electrical conductivity of the hybrid laminate increased significantly, while in-plane thermal conductivity increased only slightly in comparison to the control IM7/8552 laminates. Photo-microscopy and short beam shear (SBS) strength tests were used to characterize the consolidation quality of the fabricated laminates. Hybrid panels fabricated without any pretreatment of the CNT sheets resulted in a SBS strength reduction of 70 percent. Aligning the tubes and pre-infusing the CNT sheets with resin significantly improved the SBS strength of the hybrid composite To determine the cause of this performance reduction, Mode I and Mode II fracture toughness of the CNT sheet to CFRP interface was characterized by double cantilever beam (DCB) and end notch flexure (ENF) testing, respectively. Results are compared to the

  10. Physical and Electrical Characterization of Aluminum Polymer Capacitors

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    Liu, David; Sampson, Michael J.

    2010-01-01

    Polymer aluminum capacitors from several manufacturers with various combinations of capacitance, rated voltage, and ESR values were physically examined and electrically characterized. The physical construction analysis of the capacitors revealed three different capacitor structures, i.e., traditional wound, stacked, and laminated. Electrical characterization results of polymer aluminum capacitors are reported for frequency-domain dielectric response at various temperatures, surge breakdown voltage, and other dielectric properties. The structure-property relations in polymer aluminum capacitors are discussed.

  11. Physical and Electrical Characterization of Polymer Aluminum Capacitors

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    Liu, David; Sampson, Michael J.

    2010-01-01

    Polymer aluminum capacitors from several manufacturers with various combinations of capacitance, rated voltage, and ESR values were physically examined and electrically characterized. The physical construction analysis of the capacitors revealed three different capacitor structures, i.e., traditional wound, stacked, and laminated. Electrical characterization results of polymer aluminum capacitors are reported for frequency-domain dielectric response at various temperatures, surge breakdown voltage, and other dielectric properties. The structure-property relations in polymer aluminum capacitors are discussed.

  12. Characterization of dielectric electroactive polymer transducers

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    Nielsen, Dennis; Møller, Martin B.; Sarban, Rahimullah; Lassen, Benny; Knott, Arnold; Andersen, Michael A. E.

    2014-03-01

    Throughout this paper, a small-signal model of the Dielectric Electro Active Polymer (DEAP) transducer is analyzed. The DEAP transducer have been proposed as an alternative to the electrodynamic transducer in sound reproduction systems. In order to understand how the DEAP transducer works, and provide guidelines for design optimization, accurate characterization of the transducer must be established. A small signal model of the DEAP transducer is derived and its validity is investigated using impedance measurements. Impedance measurements are shown for a push-pull DEAP based loudspeaker, and the dependency of the biasing voltage is explained. A measuring setup is proposed, which allows the impedance to be measured, while the DEAP transducer is connected to its biasing source.

  13. Decomposition of the Multistatic Response Matrix and Target Characterization

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    Chambers, D H

    2008-02-14

    Decomposition of the time-reversal operator for an array, or equivalently the singular value decomposition of the multistatic response matrix, has been used to improve imaging and localization of targets in complicated media. Typically, each singular value is associated with one scatterer even though it has been shown in several cases that a single scatterer can generate several singular values. In this paper we review the analysis of the time-reversal operator (TRO), or equivalently the multistatic response matrix (MRM), of an array system and a small target. We begin with two-dimensional scattering from a small cylinder then show the results for a small non-spherical target in three dimensions. We show that the number and magnitudes of the singular values contain information about target composition, shape, and orientation.

  14. Characterization of passive polymer optical waveguides

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    Joehnck, Matthias; Kalveram, Stefan; Lehmacher, Stefan; Pompe, Guido; Rudolph, Stefan; Neyer, Andreas; Hofstraat, Johannes W.

    1999-05-01

    The characterization of monomode passive polymer optical devices fabricated according to the POPCORN technology by methods originated from electron, ion and optical spectroscopy is summarized. Impacts of observed waveguide perturbations on the optical characteristics of the waveguide are evaluated. In the POPCORN approach optical components for telecommunication applications are fabricated by photo-curing of liquid halogenated (meth)acrylates which have been applied on moulded thermoplastic substrates. For tuning of waveguide material refractive indices with respect to the substrate refractive index frequently comonomer mixtures are used. The polymerization characteristics, especially the polymerization kinetics of individual monomers, determine the formation of copolymers. Therefore the unsaturation as function of UV-illumination time in the formation of halogenated homo- and copolymers has been examined. From different suitable copolymer system, after characterization of their glass transition temperatures, their curing behavior and their refractive indices as function of the monomer ratios, monomode waveguides applying PMMA substrates have been fabricated. To examine the materials composition also in the 6 X 6 micrometers 2 waveguides they have been visualized by transmission electron microscopy. With this method e.g. segregation phenomena could be observed in the waveguide cross section characterization as well. The optical losses in monomode waveguides caused by segregation and other materials induce defects like micro bubbles formed as a result of shrinkage have been quantized by return loss measurements. Defects causing scattering could be observed by convocal laser scanning microscopy and by conventional light microscopy.

  15. Synthesis, crystal structure and catalytic effect on thermal decomposition of RDX and AP: An energetic coordination polymer [Pb{sub 2}(C{sub 5}H{sub 3}N{sub 5}O{sub 5}){sub 2}(NMP)·NMP]{sub n}

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    Liu, Jin-jian; Liu, Zu-Liang; Cheng, Jian; Fang, Dong

    2013-04-15

    An energetic lead(II) coordination polymer based on the ligand ANPyO has been synthesized and its crystal structure has been got. The polymer was characterized by FT-IR spectroscopy, elemental analysis, DSC and TG-DTG technologies. Thermal analysis shows that there are one endothermic process and two exothermic decomposition stages in the temperature range of 50–600 °C with final residues 57.09%. The non-isothermal kinetic has also been studied on the main exothermic decomposition using the Kissinger's and Ozawa–Doyle's methods, the apparent activation energy is calculated as 195.2 KJ/mol. Furthermore, DSC measurements show that the polymer has significant catalytic effect on the thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate. - Graphical abstract: An energetic lead(II) coordination polymer of ANPyO has been synthesized, structurally characterized and properties tested. Highlights: ► We have synthesized and characterized an energetic lead(II) coordination polymer. ► We have measured its molecular structure and thermal decomposition. ► It has significant catalytic effect on thermal decomposition of AP.

  16. Recycle polymer characterization and adhesion modeling

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    Holbery, James David

    Contaminants from paper product producers that adversely affect fiber yield have been collected from mills located in three North American geographic regions. Samples have been fractionated using a modified solvent extraction process and subsequently quantitatively characterized and it was found that agglomerates were comprised of the following: approximately 30% extractable polymeric material, 25--35% fiber, 12--15% inorganic material, 15% non-extractable high molecular-weight polyethylene or cross-linked polymers, and 2--4% starch residue. Three representative polymers, paraffin, low-molecular weight polyethylene, and a commercial hot-melt adhesive were selected for further analysis to model the attractive and repulsive behavior using Scanning Probe Microscopy in an aqueous cell. Scanning force probes were characterized using an original technique utilizing a nano-indentation apparatus that is non-destructive and is accurate to within 10% for probes with force constants as low as 1 N/m. Surface force measurements were performed between a Poly (Styrene/30% Butyl Methacrylate) sphere and substrates produced from paraffin, polyethylene, and a commercial hot-melt adhesive in solutions ranging in NaF ionic concentrations from 0.001M to 1M. Reasonable theoretical agreement with experimental data has been shown between a combined model applying van der Waals force contributions using the Derjaguin approximation and electrostatic contributions as predicted by a Debye-Huckel linearization of the Poisson-Boltzmann equation utilizing Hamaker constants derived from critical surface energies determined from Zisman and Lifshitz-van der Waals energy approaches. This model has been applied to measured data and indicates the strength of adhesion for the hot-melt to be 0.14 nN while that of paraffin is 1.9 nN and polyethylene 2.8 nN. Paraffin and polyethylene are 13.5 and 20 times greater in attraction than the hot-melt adhesive. Hot-melt adhesive repulsion is predicted to be 220

  17. Yttrium-succinates coordination polymers: Hydrothermal synthesis, crystal structure and thermal decomposition

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    Amghouz, Zakariae; Roces, Laura; Garcia-Granda, Santiago; Garcia, Jose R.; Souhail, Badredine; Mafra, Luis; Shi, Fa-nian; Rocha, Joao

    2009-12-15

    New polymeric yttrium-succinates, Y{sub 2}(C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 4}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}.6H{sub 2}O and Y{sub 2}(C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 4}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}, have been synthesized, and their structures (solved by single crystal XRD) are compared with that of Y{sub 2}(C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 4}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}.H{sub 2}O. Three compounds were obtained as single phases, and their thermal behaviour is described. - Graphical abstract: In the field of coordination polymers or MOF's, few studies report on the polymorphs of Ln(III)-succinic acid. Here, we describe the hydrothermal synthesis and structural characterization of two novel yttrium-succinates coordination polymers, respectively 2D and 3D, Y{sub 2}(C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 4}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}.6H{sub 2}O and Y{sub 2}(C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 4}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}.

  18. Characterization of Combinatorial Polymer Blend Composition Gradients by FTIR Microspectroscopy

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    Eidelman, Naomi; Simon, Carl G.

    2004-01-01

    A new FTIR technique was developed for characterizing thin polymer films used in combinatorial materials science. Fourier transform infrared microspectroscopy mapping technique was used to determine the composition of polymer blend gradients. Composition gradients were made from poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) and poly(D,L-lactic acid) (PDLLA) in the form of thin films (6 cm × 2 cm) deposited on IR reflective substrates. Three composition gradient films were prepared and characterized. The results demonstrate the reproducibility and feasibility of a new, high-throughput approach for preparing and characterizing polymer composition gradients. The combination of composition gradient film technology and automated nondestructive FTIR microspectroscopy makes it possible to rapidly and quantitatively characterize polymer composition gradients for use in combinatorial materials science. PMID:27366606

  19. Microstructural Characterization of Polymers with Positrons

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    Singh, Jag J.

    1997-01-01

    Positrons provide a versatile probe for monitoring microstructural features of molecular solids. In this paper, we report on positron lifetime measurements in two different types of polymers. The first group comprises polyacrylates processed on earth and in space. The second group includes fully-compatible and totally-incompatible Semi-Interpenetrating polymer networks of thermosetting and thermoplastic polyimides. On the basis of lifetime measurements, it is concluded that free volumes are a direct reflection of physical/electromagnetic properties of the host polymers.

  20. Fabrication and characterization of particulate polymer nanocomposites

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    Du, Ying

    2007-06-01

    composites. Three volume fractions (0.1%, 0.5% and 1%) MWNT/polyester nanocomposites were fabricated and subsequently characterized on mechanical behaviors. The results showed the great increase in static fracture toughness of the composites, while decrease in compression strength, compared with the virgin polyester specimens. The transport properties of the carbon nanotubes/polymer composites, including the electrical conductivity and the thermal conductivity, were reviewed and suggestions were given for the future researches.

  1. Characterization of explosives processing waste decomposition due to composting

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    Griest, W.H.; Tyndall, R.L.; Stewart, A.J.; Ho, C.H.; Ironside, K.S.; Caton, J.E.; Caldwell, W.M.; Tan, E.

    1991-11-01

    Static pile and mechanically stirred composts generated at the Umatilla Army Depot Activity in a field composting optimization study were chemically and toxicologically characterized to provide data for the evaluation of composting efficiency to decontaminate and detoxify explosives-contaminated soil. Characterization included determination of explosives and 2,4,6,-trinitrotoluene metabolites in composts and their EPA Synthetic Precipitation Leaching Procedure Leachates, leachate toxicity to Ceriodaphnia Dubia and mutagenicity of the leachates and organic solvent extracts of the composts to Ames bacterial strains TA-98 and TA-100. The main conclusion from this study is that composting can effectively reduce the concentrations of explosives and bacterial mutagenicity in explosives -- contaminated soil, and can reduce the aquatic toxicity of leachable compounds. Small levels of explosive and metabolites, bacterial mutagenicity, and leachable aquatic toxicity remain after composting. The ultimate fate of the biotransformed explosives, and the source(s) of residual toxicity and mutagenicity remain unknown.

  2. Characterizing abrupt changes in the stock prices using a wavelet decomposition method

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    Caetano, Marco Antonio Leonel; Yoneyama, Takashi

    2007-09-01

    Abrupt changes in the stock prices, either upwards or downwards, are usually preceded by an oscillatory behavior with frequencies that tend to increase as the moment of transition becomes closer. The wavelet decomposition methods may be useful for analysis of this oscillations with varying frequencies, because they provide simultaneous information on the frequency (scale) and localization in time (translation). However, in order to use the wavelet decomposition, certain requirements have to be satisfied, so that the linear and cyclic trends are eliminated by standard least squares techniques. The coefficients obtained by the wavelet decomposition can be represented in a graphical form. A threshold can then be established to characterize the likelihood of a short-time abrupt change in the stock prices. Actual data from the São Paulo Stock Exchange (Bolsa de Valores de São Paulo) were used in this work to illustrate the proposed method.

  3. Decomposition of 2-chloroethylethylsulfide on copper oxides to detoxify polymer-based spherical activated carbons from chemical warfare agents.

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    Fichtner, S; Hofmann, J; Möller, A; Schrage, C; Giebelhausen, J M; Böhringer, B; Gläser, R

    2013-11-15

    For the decomposition of chemical warfare agents, a hybrid material concept was applied. This consists of a copper oxide-containing phase as a component with reactive functionality supported on polymer-based spherical activated carbon (PBSAC) as a component with adsorptive functionality. A corresponding hybrid material was prepared by impregnation of PBSAC with copper(II)nitrate and subsequent calcination at 673K. The copper phase exists predominantly as copper(I)oxide which is homogeneously distributed over the PBSAC particles. The hybrid material containing 16 wt.% copper on PBSAC is capable of self-detoxifying the mustard gas surrogate 2-chloroethylethylsulfide (CEES) at room temperature. The decomposition is related to the breakthrough behavior of the reactant CEES, which displaces the reaction product ethylvinylsulfide (EVS). This leads to a combined breakthrough of CEES and EVS. The decomposition of CEES is shown to occur catalytically over the copper-containing PBSAC material. Thus, the hybrid material can even be considered to be self-cleaning. PMID:24140529

  4. Char characterization-thermal decomposition chemistry of poly(vinyl alcohol)

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    Gilman, J.W.; VanderHart, D.L.; Kashiwagi, Takashi

    1995-12-01

    Currently, due to concerns over the environmental effects of halogenated compound, there is an international demand for the control of polymer flammability without the use of halogenated additives. An alternative to the use of halogenated fire retardants, which control flammability primarily in the gas phase, is to control polymer flammability by manipulating the condensed phase chemistry. Our approach is to increase the amount of char that forms during polymer combustion. Char formation reduces, through crosslinking reactions, the amount of small volatile polymer pyrolysis fragments, or fuel, available for burning in the gas phase; this, in turn reduces the amount of heat feedback to the polymer surface. The char also insulates the underlying virgin polymer. The polymer we chose to investigate was polyvinyl alcohol, PVA, because it is one of the few linear, non-halogenated, aliphatic, polymers with a measurable (approximately 4%) char yield. We report the CP/MAS {sup 13}C NMR characterization of the fundamental condensed phase processes and structures which lead to char formation during the pyrolysis of poly (vinyl-alcohol), PVA, and PVA with nonhalogenated additives.

  5. Characterizing SWCNT Dispersion in Polymer Composites

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    Lillehei, Peter T.; Kim, Jae-Woo; Gibbons, Luke; Park, Cheol

    2007-01-01

    The new wave of single wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) infused composites will yield structurally sound multifunctional nanomaterials. The SWCNT network requires thorough dispersion within the polymer matrix in order to maximize the benefits of the nanomaterial. However, before any nanomaterials can be used in aerospace applications a means of quality assurance and quality control must be certified. Quality control certification requires a means of quantification, however, the measurement protocol mandates a method of seeing the dispersion first. We describe here the new tools that we have developed and implemented to first be able to see carbon nanotubes in polymers and second to measure or quantify the dispersion of the nanotubes.

  6. Isotropic photo-decomposition of spherical organic polymers on rutile TiO₂(110) surfaces.

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    Ishida, Nobuyuki; Iwasaki, Tamaki; Fujita, Daisuke

    2011-04-15

    We observed the photo-decomposition process of polystyrene latex (PSL) spheres on a rutile TiO₂(110) single crystal surface by using atomic force microscopy. During the decomposition process, both the height and width of the PSL spheres linearly decreased with the irradiation time in a similar way from the beginning, suggesting that the PSL spheres are isotropically decomposed. This indicates that the interface between the PSL spheres and the TiO₂ surface is not a dominant reaction site, as expected from normal photocatalytic reactions. PMID:21389569

  7. Synthesis and characterizations of novel polymer electrolytes

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    Chanthad, Chalathorn

    Polymer electrolytes are an important component of many electrochemical devices. The ability to control the structures, properties, and functions of polymer electrolytes remains a key subject for the development of next generation functional polymers. Taking advantage of synthetic strategies is a promising approach to achieve the desired chemical structures, morphologies, thermal, mechanical, and electrochemical properties. Therefore, the major goal of this thesis is to develop synthetic methods for of novel proton exchange membranes and ion conductive membranes. In Chapter 2, new classes of fluorinated polymer- polysilsesquioxane nanocomposites have been designed and synthesized. The synthetic method employed includes radical polymerization using the functional benzoyl peroxide initiator for the telechelic fluorinated polymers with perfluorosulfonic acids in the side chains and a subsequent in-situ sol-gel condensation of the prepared triethoxylsilane-terminated fluorinated polymers with alkoxide precursors. The properties of the composite membranes have been studied as a function of the content and structure of the fillers. The proton conductivity of the prepared membranes increases steadily with the addition of small amounts of the polysilsesquioxane fillers. In particular, the sulfopropylated polysilsesquioxane based nanocomposites display proton conductivities greater than Nafion. This is attributed to the presence of pendant sulfonic acids in the fillers, which increases ion-exchange capacity and offers continuous proton transport channels between the fillers and the polymer matrix. The methanol permeability of the prepared membranes has also been examined. Lower methanol permeability and higher electrochemical selectivity than those of Nafion have been demonstrated in the polysilsesquioxane based nanocomposites. In Chapter 3, the synthesis of a new class of ionic liquid-containing triblock copolymers with fluoropolymer mid-block and imidazolium methacrylate

  8. Image characterization by fractal descriptors in variational mode decomposition domain: Application to brain magnetic resonance

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    Lahmiri, Salim

    2016-08-01

    The main purpose of this work is to explore the usefulness of fractal descriptors estimated in multi-resolution domains to characterize biomedical digital image texture. In this regard, three multi-resolution techniques are considered: the well-known discrete wavelet transform (DWT) and the empirical mode decomposition (EMD), and; the newly introduced; variational mode decomposition mode (VMD). The original image is decomposed by the DWT, EMD, and VMD into different scales. Then, Fourier spectrum based fractal descriptors is estimated at specific scales and directions to characterize the image. The support vector machine (SVM) was used to perform supervised classification. The empirical study was applied to the problem of distinguishing between normal and abnormal brain magnetic resonance images (MRI) affected with Alzheimer disease (AD). Our results demonstrate that fractal descriptors estimated in VMD domain outperform those estimated in DWT and EMD domains; and also those directly estimated from the original image.

  9. Multifunctional nanolayers via polymer brush approach: Synthesis and characterization

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    Swaminatha Iyer, K. L.

    The strong effect of boundary surfaces on a material's performance is generally recognized. This is why in order to get materials with the desired performance, their surfaces are often modified before use. Ultrathin polymer films grafted to the surface can dramatically alter the surface properties of a substrate, such as conductivity, lubrication, adhesion, wettability, friction and biocompatibility. Moreover, if several functional polymers are used for the grafting, hybrid polymer layers can be synthesized and surfaces with responsive properties can be obtained. The ultimate goal of the current study is to fabricate and characterize nanolayers via polymer brush approach to modify surface properties of organic and inorganic substrates. Substrates were modified with polymer brushes using "grafting to", "grafting from" and physisorption techniques. The initial part of the investigation deals with the development and understanding of a "universal platform" to modify substrates using a macromolecular anchoring layer approach. It was demonstrated that the approach worked effectively on PET substrates. Finally, polymer brushes were successful fabricated to tune wettability of surfaces, develop stable silver/polymer nanocomposites and self-cleaning surfaces.

  10. Characterization and characteristics of degradable polymer sacks

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    Davis, Georgina

    2003-10-15

    This paper reviews the categories and characteristics of degradable polymers used to manufacture sacks for the collection and subsequent treatment of organic wastes from householders. The characteristics of polyethylene (PE) and starch-based sacks were examined using a number of different methods, including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), chemical analysis and mechanical strength testing of the sacks during their use. The analyses revealed that the characteristics of the PE and starch-based sacks were very different. Photomicrographs indicated that the surface of the PE sack was much smoother than the surface of the starch-based sacks. Polyethylene sacks exhibited a greater mechanical strength, both in the unused state and over time during householder use. The severe loss of mechanical strength during use of the starch-based sacks indicated that only thicker gauge sacks were suitable for the fortnightly kerbside collection of biodegradable municipal waste (BMW). Chemical analysis of two different PE sacks indicated that transition metals and other elements were commonly incorporated into the PE structure in order to facilitate increased polymer degradation.

  11. Hydrodynamic mechanisms of spinodal decomposition in confined colloid-polymer mixtures: a multiparticle collision dynamics study.

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    Winkler, Alexander; Virnau, Peter; Binder, Kurt; Winkler, Roland G; Gompper, Gerhard

    2013-02-01

    A multiscale model for a colloid-polymer mixture is developed. The colloids are described as point particles interacting with each other and with the polymers with strongly repulsive potentials, while polymers interact with each other with a softer potential. The fluid in the suspension is taken into account by the multiparticle collision dynamics method (MPC). Considering a slit geometry where the suspension is confined between parallel repulsive walls, different possibilities for the hydrodynamic boundary conditions (b.c.) at the walls (slip versus stick) are treated. Quenching experiments are considered, where the system volume is suddenly reduced (keeping the density of the solvent fluid constant, while the colloid and polymer particle numbers are kept constant) and thus an initially homogeneous system is quenched deeply into the miscibility gap, where it is unstable. For various relative concentrations of colloids and polymers, the time evolution of the growing colloid-rich and polymer-rich domains are studied by molecular dynamics simulation, taking hydrodynamic effects mediated by the solvent into account via MPC. It is found that the domain size [script-l](d)(t) grows with time t as [script-l](d)(t) [proportionality] t(1/3) for stick and (at late stages) as [script-l](d)(t) [proportionality] t(2/3) for slip b.c., while break-up of percolating structures can cause a transient "arrest" of growth. While these findings apply for films that are 5-10 colloid diameters wide, for ultrathin films (1.5 colloid diameters wide) a regime with [script-l](d)(t) [proportionality] t(1/2) is also identified for rather shallow quenches. PMID:23406143

  12. Characterization of chitosan composites with synthetic polymers and inorganic additives.

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    Lewandowska, Katarzyna

    2015-11-01

    In the present study, the results from thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), contact angle measurements, tensile tests, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) of polymer composites containing chitosan (Ch) and montmorillonite (MMT) with and without poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) are presented. Measurements of the contact angles for diiodomethane (D) and glycerol (G) on the surfaces of chitosan films, Ch/MMT and Ch/PVA/MMT, were made and surface free energies were calculated. It was found that the wettability of the chitosan/MMT or Ch/PVA/MMT composite films decreased relative to the wettability of chitosan. The microstructure of unmodified polymers and their composites, as observed by SEM and AFM, showed particles that are relatively well dispersed in the polymer matrix. The TGA thermograms and mass loss percentages at different decomposition temperatures showed that the thermal stability of the binary composite slightly decreases upon the addition of PVA. The film mechanical properties such as tensile strength, Young's modulus and tensile strain at break depend on the composition and varied non-uniformly. Both composites possessed a tensile strength and Young's modulus of 27.6-94.3MPa and 1.5-3.5GPa, respectively. The addition of PVA to the composite led to a reduction in tensile strength by approximately 40%. PMID:26253510

  13. Spinodal decomposition of polymer solutions: molecular dynamics simulations of the two-dimensional case

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    Reith, Daniel; Bucior, Katarzyna; Yelash, Leonid; Virnau, Peter; Binder, Kurt

    2012-03-01

    As a generic model system for phase separation in polymer solutions, a coarse-grained model for hexadecane/carbon dioxide mixtures has been studied in two-dimensional geometry. Both the phase diagram in equilibrium (obtained from a finite size scaling analysis of Monte Carlo data) and the kinetics of state changes caused by pressure jumps (studied by large scale molecular dynamics simulations) are presented. The results are compared to previous work where the same model was studied in three-dimensional geometry and under confinement in slit geometry. For deep quenches the characteristic length scale ℓ(t) of the formed domains grows with time t according to a power law close to \\ell (t)\\propto \\sqrt{t}. Since in this problem both the polymer density ρp and the solvent density ρs matter, the time evolution of the density distribution PL(ρp,ρs,t) in L × L subboxes of the system is also analyzed. It is found that in the first stage of phase separation the system separates locally into low density carbon dioxide regions that contain no polymers and regions of high density polymer melt that are supersaturated with this solvent. The further coarsening proceeds via the growth of domains of rather irregular shapes. A brief comparison of our findings with results of other models is given.

  14. Synthesis and structure characterization of chromium oxide prepared by solid thermal decomposition reaction.

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    Li, Li; Yan, Zi F; Lu, Gao Q; Zhu, Zhong H

    2006-01-12

    Mesoporous chromium oxide (Cr2O3) nanocrystals were first synthesized by the thermal decomposition reaction of Cr(NO3)3.9H2O using citric acid monohydrate (CA) as the mesoporous template agent. The texture and chemistry of chromium oxide nanocrystals were characterized by N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, FTIR, X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis, and thermoanalytical methods. It was shown that the hydrate water and CA are the crucial factors in influencing the formation of mesoporous Cr2O3 nanocrystals in the mixture system. The decomposition of CA results in the formation of a mesoporous structure with wormlike pores. The hydrate water of the mixture provides surface hydroxyls that act as binders, making the nanocrystals aggregate. The pore structures and phases of chromium oxide are affected by the ratio of precursor-to-CA, thermal temperature, and time. PMID:16471518

  15. Structural characterization of semicrystalline polymer morphologies by imaging-SANS

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    Radulescu, A.; Fetters, L. J.; Richter, D.

    2012-02-01

    Control and optimization of polymer properties require the global knowledge of the constitutive microstructures of polymer morphologies in various conditions. The microstructural features can be typically explored over a wide length scale by combining pinhole-, focusing- and ultra-small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) techniques. Though it proved to be a successful approach, this involves major efforts related to the use of various scattering instruments and large amount of samples and the need to ensure the same crystallization kinetics for the samples investigated at various facilities, in different sample cell geometries and at different time intervals. With the installation and commissioning of the MgF2 neutron lenses at the KWS-2 SANS diffractometer installed at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz neutron source (FRMII reactor) in Garching, a wide Q-range, between 10-4Å-1 and 0.5Å-1, can be covered at a single instrument. This enables investigation of polymer microstructures over a length scale from lnm up to 1μm, while the overall polymer morphology can be further examined up to 100μm by optical microscopy (including crossed polarizers). The study of different semi-crystalline polypropylene-based polymers in solution is discussed and the new imaging-SANS approach allowing for an unambiguous and complete structural characterization of polymer morphologies is presented.

  16. The hemocompatibility of a nitric oxide generating polymer that catalyzes S-nitrosothiol decomposition in an extracorporeal circulation model

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    Major, Terry C.; Brant, David O.; Burney, Charles P.; Amoako, Kagya A.; Annich, Gail M.; Meyerhoff, Mark E.; Handa, Hitesh; Bartlett, Robert H.

    2011-01-01

    Nitric oxide (NO) generating (NOGen) materials have been shown previously to create localized increases in NO concentration by the catalytic decomposition of blood S-nitrosothiols (RSNO) via copper (Cu)-containing polymer coatings and may improve extracorporeal circulation (ECC) hemocompatibility. In this work, a NOGen polymeric coating composed of a Cuo-nanoparticle (80 nm)-containing hydrophilic polyurethane (SP-60D-60) combined with the intravenous infusion of an RSNO, S-nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine (SNAP), is evaluated in a 4 h rabbit thrombogenicity model and the anti-thrombotic mechanism is investigated. Polymer films containing 10 wt.% Cuo-nanoparticles coated on the inner walls of ECC circuits are employed concomitantly with systemic SNAP administration (0.1182 μmol/kg/min) to yield significantly reduced ECC thrombus formation compared to polymer control + systemic SNAP or 10 wt.% Cu NOGen + systemic saline after 4 h blood exposure (0.4 ± 0.2 NOGen/SNAP vs 4.9 ± 0.5 control/SNAP or 3.2 ± 0.2 pixels/cm2 NOGen/saline). Platelet count (3.9 ± 0.7 NOGen/SNAP vs 1.8 ± 0.1 control/SNAP or 3.0 ± 0.2 × 108/ml NOGen/saline) and plasma fibrinogen levels were preserved after 4 h blood exposure with the NOGen/SNAP combination vs either the control/SNAP or the NOGen/saline groups. Platelet function as measured by aggregometry (51 ± 9 NOGen/SNAP vs 49 ± 3% NOGen/saline) significantly decreased in both the NOGen/SNAP and NOGen/saline groups while platelet P-selectin mean fluorescence intensity (MFI) as measured by flow cytometry was not decreased after 4 h on ECC to ex vivo collagen stimulation (26 ± 2 NOGen/SNAP vs 29 ± 1 MFI baseline). Western blotting showed that fibrinogen activation as assessed by Aγ dimer expression was reduced after 4 h on ECC with NOGen/SNAP (68 ± 7 vs 83 ± 3% control/SNAP). These results suggest that the NOGen polymer coating combined with SNAP infusion preserves platelets in blood exposure to ECCs by attenuating activated

  17. Fourier decomposition of polymer orientation in large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow

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    Giacomin, A. J.; Gilbert, P. H.; Schmalzer, A. M.

    2015-03-19

    In our previous work, we explored the dynamics of a dilute suspension of rigid dumbbells as a model for polymeric liquids in large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow, a flow experiment that has gained a significant following in recent years. We chose rigid dumbbells since these are the simplest molecular model to give higher harmonics in the components of the stress response. We derived the expression for the dumbbell orientation distribution, and then we used this function to calculate the shear stress response, and normal stress difference responses in large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow. In this paper, we deepen our understanding of the polymer motion underlying large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow by decomposing the orientation distribution function into its first five Fourier components (the zeroth, first, second, third, and fourth harmonics). We use three-dimensional images to explore each harmonic of the polymer motion. Our analysis includes the three most important cases: (i) nonlinear steady shear flow (where the Deborah number λω is zero and the Weissenberg number λγ 0 is above unity), (ii) nonlinear viscoelasticity (where both λω and λγ 0 exceed unity), and (iii) linear viscoelasticity (where λω exceeds unity and where λγ 0 approaches zero). We learn that the polymer orientation distribution is spherical in the linear viscoelastic regime, and otherwise tilted and peanut-shaped. We find that the peanut-shaping is mainly caused by the zeroth harmonic, and the tilting, by the second. The first, third, and fourth harmonics of the orientation distribution make only slight contributions to the overall polymer motion.

  18. Fourier decomposition of polymer orientation in large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow.

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    Giacomin, A J; Gilbert, P H; Schmalzer, A M

    2015-03-01

    In our previous work, we explored the dynamics of a dilute suspension of rigid dumbbells as a model for polymeric liquids in large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow, a flow experiment that has gained a significant following in recent years. We chose rigid dumbbells since these are the simplest molecular model to give higher harmonics in the components of the stress response. We derived the expression for the dumbbell orientation distribution, and then we used this function to calculate the shear stress response, and normal stress difference responses in large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow. In this paper, we deepen our understanding of the polymer motion underlying large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow by decomposing the orientation distribution function into its first five Fourier components (the zeroth, first, second, third, and fourth harmonics). We use three-dimensional images to explore each harmonic of the polymer motion. Our analysis includes the three most important cases: (i) nonlinear steady shear flow (where the Deborah number [Formula: see text] is zero and the Weissenberg number [Formula: see text] is above unity), (ii) nonlinear viscoelasticity (where both [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] exceed unity), and (iii) linear viscoelasticity (where [Formula: see text] exceeds unity and where [Formula: see text] approaches zero). We learn that the polymer orientation distribution is spherical in the linear viscoelastic regime, and otherwise tilted and peanut-shaped. We find that the peanut-shaping is mainly caused by the zeroth harmonic, and the tilting, by the second. The first, third, and fourth harmonics of the orientation distribution make only slight contributions to the overall polymer motion. PMID:26798789

  19. Fourier decomposition of polymer orientation in large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow

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    Giacomin, A. J.; Gilbert, P. H.; Schmalzer, A. M.

    2015-03-19

    In our previous work, we explored the dynamics of a dilute suspension of rigid dumbbells as a model for polymeric liquids in large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow, a flow experiment that has gained a significant following in recent years. We chose rigid dumbbells since these are the simplest molecular model to give higher harmonics in the components of the stress response. We derived the expression for the dumbbell orientation distribution, and then we used this function to calculate the shear stress response, and normal stress difference responses in large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow. In this paper, we deepen our understanding of themore » polymer motion underlying large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow by decomposing the orientation distribution function into its first five Fourier components (the zeroth, first, second, third, and fourth harmonics). We use three-dimensional images to explore each harmonic of the polymer motion. Our analysis includes the three most important cases: (i) nonlinear steady shear flow (where the Deborah number λω is zero and the Weissenberg number λγ 0 is above unity), (ii) nonlinear viscoelasticity (where both λω and λγ 0 exceed unity), and (iii) linear viscoelasticity (where λω exceeds unity and where λγ 0 approaches zero). We learn that the polymer orientation distribution is spherical in the linear viscoelastic regime, and otherwise tilted and peanut-shaped. We find that the peanut-shaping is mainly caused by the zeroth harmonic, and the tilting, by the second. The first, third, and fourth harmonics of the orientation distribution make only slight contributions to the overall polymer motion.« less

  20. Synthesis and characterization of some transition metals polymer complexes

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    Masoud, Mamdouh S.; Abdou, Azza E. H.; Ahmed, Wael M.

    2015-09-01

    Co2+, Ni2+, Cu2+, Cr3+, Mn2+ and Fe3+ complexes of Polyacrylamide are prepared and characterized by elemental analyses, IR, UV-Vis spectra, magnetic measurements, and thermal analyses. The data suggests octahedral geometry for all complexes. The thermal behavior of the complexes has been studied applying TG, DTA, and DSC techniques, and the thermodynamic parameters and mechanisms of the decompositions were evaluated. The ΔS# values of the decomposition steps of the metal complexes indicated that the activated fragments have more ordered structure than the undecomposed complexes. The thermal processes proceeded in complicated mechanisms where the bond between the central metal ion and the ligands dissociates after losing 6(C2H5 N) and 6(CO), the metal complexes are ended with metal as a final product. Viscosity and Shale instability using liner swell meter were carried out. Comparisons of the experimental and theoretical IR spectra were also carried out besides some other theoretical calculations.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of polymer matrix nanocomposites and their components

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    Burnside, Shelly Dawn

    Herein we present synthesis schemes and characterization results for polymer matrix nanocomposite reinforced with organically modified layered silicates. These host materials with ultrafine dimensions are promising candidates for polymer and have been previously shown to yield substantial property enhancements at low silicate loadings due to their extreme geometry. Siloxane nanocomposites with a variety of nanostructures were formed. Thermal stability, solvent uptake and moduli of the nanocomposites were explores. Exfoliated nanocomposites displayed enhanced properties when compared to unreinforced siloxanes, and at lower volume fraction filler than in conventional composites. Large amounts of bound polymer, polymer affected by the silicate, were found in exfoliated nanocomposites as a result of the extreme geometry of the layered silicate. This bound polymer was related to the dramatic property enhancements in the nanocomposites. The behavior of these nanocomposites is compared to behavior expected from traditional models developed for conventional composites and model elastomeric networks. A lightly brominated polymer has been intercalated into a single crystal of organically exchanged vermiculite. The intercalation was followed using x-ray diffraction by monitoring the gallery height of the vermiculite host. Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy, used to confirm polymer intercalation, showed a constant bromine content in the direction normal to the layers. Atomic Force Microscopy images of a cleaved polymer-intercalated crystal showed raised hemispheres on an otherwise flat background. The hemispheres consist of single chains or aggregates of 3-40 polymer chains resulting from relaxations following cleaving. Three component or Hansen solubility parameters (delta) of organically modified layered silicates, the reinforcing agent in polymer matrix nanocomposites presented herein, have been determined. Two experimental techniques, temporal turbidimetry and

  2. Damage characterization for particles filled semi-crystalline polymer

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    Lauro, Franck; Balieu, Romain; Bennani, Bruno; Haugou, Gregory; Bourel, Benjamin; Chaari, Fahmi; Matsumoto, Tsukatada; Mottola, Ernesto

    2015-09-01

    Damage evolution and characterization in semi-crystalline polymer filled with particles under various loadings is still a challenge. A specific damage characterization method using Digital Image Correlation is proposed for a wide range of strain rates considering tensile tests with hydraulic jacks as well as Hopkinson's bars. This damage measurement is obtained by using and adapting the SEE method [1] which was developed to characterize the behaviour laws at constant strain rates of polymeric materials in dynamic. To validate the characterization process, various damage measurement techniques are used under quasi-static conditions before to apply the procedure in dynamic. So, the well-known damage characterization by loss of stiffness technique under quasi-static loading is applied to a polypropylene. In addition, an in-situ tensile test, carried out in a microtomograph, is used to observe the cavitation phenomenon in real time. A good correlation is obtained between all these techniques and consequently the proposed technique is supposed suitable for measuring the ductile damage observed in semi-crystalline polymers under dynamic loading. By applying it to the semi-crystalline polymer at moderate and high speed loadings, the damage evolution is measured and it is observed that the damage evolution is not strain rate dependent but the failure strain on the contrary is strain rate dependent.

  3. Synthesis and characterization of a new silicone multiblock polymer

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    Riley, M.O.; Kolb, J.R.; Jessop, E.S.

    1982-05-10

    The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has an active interest in the synthesis of new polysiloxanes as base polymers for cellular silicone materials. These elastomers have properties uniquely suited to very specific engineering requirements. While the polymers which we have prepared via random equilibrium of various cyclic tetrasiloxanes have adequate properties for certain applications, there is evidence to suggest that alternating block polysiloxanes prepared via condensation-polymerization techniques have properties more suited to our end uses as flexible foam materials (cushions). The synthetic sequence developed to prepare these materials involves reactions of functionally terminated (silylamino and silanol) polysiloxane oligomers to produce alternating multiblock (ABAB...) materials of high molecular weight. Dialkylamines are condensation byproducts in this reaction. The analysis and characterization of these multiblock polymers is reported.

  4. Synthesis and characterization of aminated perfluoro polymer electrolytes

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    Page-Belknap, Zachary Stephan Glenn

    Polymer electrolytes have been developed for use in anion exchange membrane fuel cells for years. However, due to the highly corrosive environment within these fuel cells, poor chemical stability of the polymers and low ion conductivity have led to high development costs and thus prevention from widespread commercialization. The work in this study aims to provide a solution to these problems through the synthesis and characterization of a novel polymer electrolyte. The 800 EW 3M PFSA sulfonyl fluoride precursor was aminated with 3-(dimethylamino)-1-propylamine to yield a functional polymer electrolyte following quaternization, referred to in this work as PFSa-PTMa. 1 M solutions of LiPF6, HCL, KOH, NaOH, CsOH, NaHCO3 and Na2CO3 were used to exchange the polymer to alternate counterion forms. Chemical structure analysis was performed using both FT and ATR infrared spectroscopy to confirm sulfonyl fluoride replacement and the absence of sulfonic acid sites. Mechanical testing of the polymer, following counterion exchange with KOH, at saturated conditions and 60 ºC exhibited a tensile strength of 13 +/- 2.0 MPa, a Young's modulus of 87 +/- 16 MPa and a degree of elongation reaching 75% +/- 9.1%, which indicated no mechanical degradation following exposure to a highly basic environment. Conductivities of the polymer in the Cl- and OH- counterion forms at saturated conditions and 90 ºC were observed at 26 +/- 8.0 mS cm-1 and 1.1 +/- 0.1 mS cm-1, respectively. OH- conductivities were slightly above those observed for CO32- and HCO 3- counterions at the same conditions, 0.63 +/- 0.18 and 0.66 +/- 0.21 mS cm-1 respectively. The ion exchange capacity (IEC) of the polymer in the Cl- counterion form was measured via titration at 0.57 meq g-1 which correlated to 11.2 +/- 0.10 water molecules per ion site when at 60ºC and 95% relative humidity. The IEC of the polymer in the OH- counterion form following titration expressed nearly negligible charge density, less than 0.01 meq

  5. Combined photothermal lens and photothermal mirror characterization of polymers.

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    Aréstegui, Odon S; Poma, Patricia Y N; Herculano, Leandro S; Lukasievicz, Gustavo V B; Guimarães, Francine B; Malacarne, Luis C; Baesso, Mauro L; Bialkowski, Stephen E; Astrath, Nelson G C

    2014-01-01

    We propose a combined thermal lens and thermal mirror method as concurrent photothermal techniques for the physical characterization of polymers. This combined method is used to investigate polymers as a function of temperature from room temperature up to 170 °C. The method permits a direct determination of thermal diffusivity and thermal conductivity. Additional measurements of specific heat, linear thermal expansion, and temperature-dependent optical path change are also performed. A complete set of thermal, optical, and mechanical properties of polycarbonate and poly (methyl methacrylate) samples are obtained. Methods presented here can be useful for in situ characterization of semitransparent materials, where fast and non-contacting measurements are required. PMID:25014843

  6. Novel carbosilane containing polymers: Synthesis, characterization and applications

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    Wu, Zhizhong

    2004-12-01

    Cyclolinear carbosilane polymers with disilacyclobutane (DSCB) rings in the main chain structure were prepared by means of acyclic diene metathesis (ADMET) polymerization of the corresponding 1,3-dibutenyl-1,3-disilacyclobutanes. The copolymerization of a monomer of this type with a non-cyclic organosilane diene allowed for the incorporation of a varying number of DSCB rings into the polymer backbone. Subsequent hydrogenation of the double bonds with p-toluenesulfonhydrazide resulted in a saturated hydrocarbon structure in the main chain without affecting the DSCB ring. All of the resultant polymers are well-defined materials with a DSCB ring incorporated into the backbone structure, as evidenced by NMR spectroscopy and GPC analyses. The thermal behavior of these polymers was characterized by DSC and TGA. DSC indicated low Tgs and TGA evidenced high thermal stability in an inert atmosphere. In addition, large exothermic peaks were observed in the DSC, which indicated, along with the IR and Solid State 29Si NMR spectra, that crosslinking occurs during heating to ca. 250°C via opening of the imbedded DSCB rings. The dielectric constant of the dense, fully crosslinked polymer is quite low (2.37), which is substantially lower than that of any other known, non-fluorinated, non-porous, dielectric material. The dielectric constant of this material is also lower than the 2.6 effective dielectric constant value that is currently targeted for the next two generations of integrated circuits. Furthermore, we have found that the thermally induced crosslinking of this cyclolinear polycarbosilane is initiated at a considerably lower temperature (ca. 160°C) on a copper metal surface than on a Si or glass surface (ca. 250°C). This allows the selective coating of Cu by this electrically insulating, chemically inert, and thermally stable polymer, which has the potential for use as a dielectric material that will not require the use of a separate barrier layer to prevent Cu

  7. Coordination Polymer: Synthesis, Spectral Characterization and Thermal Behaviour of Starch-Urea Based Biodegradable Polymer and Its Polymer Metal Complexes

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    Malik, Ashraf; Parveen, Shadma; Ahamad, Tansir; Alshehri, Saad M.; Singh, Prabal Kumar; Nishat, Nahid

    2010-01-01

    A starch-urea-based biodegradable coordination polymer modified by transition metal Mn(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), and Zn(II) was prepared by polycondensation of starch and urea. All the synthesized polymeric compounds were characterized by Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), 1H-NMR spectroscopy, 13C-NMR spectroscopy, UV-visible spectra, magnetic moment measurements, differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The results of electronic spectra and magnetic moment measurements indicate that Mn(II), Co(II), and Ni(II) complexes show octahedral geometry, while Cu(II) and Zn(II) complexes show square planar and tetrahedral geometry, respectively. The thermogravimetric analysis revealed that all the polymeric metal complexes are more thermally stable than the parental ligand. In addition, biodegradable studies of all the polymeric compounds were also carried out through ASTM standards of biodegradable polymers by CO2 evolution method. PMID:20414461

  8. Toward a reliable decomposition of predictive uncertainty in hydrological modeling: Characterizing rainfall errors using conditional simulation

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    Renard, Benjamin; Kavetski, Dmitri; Leblois, Etienne; Thyer, Mark; Kuczera, George; Franks, Stewart W.

    2011-11-01

    This study explores the decomposition of predictive uncertainty in hydrological modeling into its contributing sources. This is pursued by developing data-based probability models describing uncertainties in rainfall and runoff data and incorporating them into the Bayesian total error analysis methodology (BATEA). A case study based on the Yzeron catchment (France) and the conceptual rainfall-runoff model GR4J is presented. It exploits a calibration period where dense rain gauge data are available to characterize the uncertainty in the catchment average rainfall using geostatistical conditional simulation. The inclusion of information about rainfall and runoff data uncertainties overcomes ill-posedness problems and enables simultaneous estimation of forcing and structural errors as part of the Bayesian inference. This yields more reliable predictions than approaches that ignore or lump different sources of uncertainty in a simplistic way (e.g., standard least squares). It is shown that independently derived data quality estimates are needed to decompose the total uncertainty in the runoff predictions into the individual contributions of rainfall, runoff, and structural errors. In this case study, the total predictive uncertainty appears dominated by structural errors. Although further research is needed to interpret and verify this decomposition, it can provide strategic guidance for investments in environmental data collection and/or modeling improvement. More generally, this study demonstrates the power of the Bayesian paradigm to improve the reliability of environmental modeling using independent estimates of sampling and instrumental data uncertainties.

  9. Newly isolated and characterized bacteria with great application potential for decomposition of lignocellulosic biomass.

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    Maki, Miranda L; Idrees, Amna; Leung, Kam Tin; Qin, Wensheng

    2012-01-01

    This study focuses on the isolation and characterization of bacteria from municipal waste and peat to determine those bacteria with good potential for modification and decomposition of lignocellulosic biomass for industrial application. Twenty cellulase-producing bacteria belonging to four major phyla - Firmicutes, Actinobacteria, Proteobacteria and Bacteroidetes - were found when screened on carboxymethyl cellulose-containing agar. Six isolates also exhibited activities towards filter paper as the sole carbon source in salt media, while 12 exhibited activities towards xylan when screened on xylan-containing plates. Moreover, 5 isolates survived in and increased the absorbance of 1% black liquor in salt media by an average of 2.07-fold after 21 days of incubation. Similarly, these 5 isolates increased the absorbance of 0.1% pure lignin at 280 nm in salt media, indicating modification of lignin. Additionally, the Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analysis of 1% barley straw treated for 21 days with these 5 strains showed a preference for consumption of hemicelluloses over lignin; however, a change in lignin was observed. A Bacillus strain (55S5) and a Pseudomonas strain (AS1) displayed the greatest potential for lignocellulose decomposition due to a variety of cellulase activities, as well as xylanase activity and modification of lignin. Several of these isolates have good potential for industrial use in the degradation of lignocellulosic biomass. PMID:22832891

  10. Synthesis and characterization of polymers for light waveguide applications

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    Li, Bo

    The overall goal of this research was to prepare organo- soluble polymers that display low birefringence, low optical loss, and high thermal stability for use in light waveguide devices. Thus, two series of thermally stable polymers, i.e., aromatic polyimides and perfluorocyclobutane-containing poly(aryl ethers), were synthesized and characterized. The approach to the aromatic polyimides involved the synthesis of a new series of 4,4'-(9- fluorenylidene)dianilines containing large polarizable substituents. The diamines were polymerized with 2,2'-bis[4-(3,4- dicarboxyphenoxy)phenyl]propane dianhydride (BisA-DA) and 2,2'-bis(3,4- dicarboxyphenyl)hexafluoropropane dianhydride (6FDA) in refluxing m-cresol containing a catalytic amount of isoquinoline. The polyimides were soluble in common organic solvents such as N-methyl-2- pyrrolidinone (NMP), tetrahydrofuran (THF), chloroform (CHCl3), and cyclopentanone and could be solution cast into tough films. Thin films of the new cardo polyimides displayed birefringences that ranged from -0.0042 to 0.0074. In the second part of this work, a series of new difunctional and trifunctional trifluorovinylether-containing monomers was synthesized and polymerized via the thermal cyclodimerization of the vinyl groups. The number of carbon-hydrogen bonds was minimized in these systems in order to minimize the optical loss. A tough, transparent film was made from a polymer prepared from a trifunctional monomer, 1,1,1- trifluoro-2,2,2-tris(4-trifluorovinyloxyphenyl)ethane, which had a birefringence of 0.0008. The film showed negligible absorption at 1550 nm in the near-IR region. The polymer was also very thermally stable. Most of the linear polymers were soluble in common organic solvents such as NMP, THF, chloroform and cyclopentanone and could be solution cast into thin films, which displayed birefringences that ranged from -0.0005 to 0.0048.

  11. Characterization of biodegradable polymers irradiated with swift heavy ions

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    Salguero, N. G.; del Grosso, M. F.; Durán, H.; Peruzzo, P. J.; Amalvy, J. I.; Arbeitman, C. R.; García Bermúdez, G.

    2012-02-01

    In view of their application as biomaterials, there is an increasing interest in developing new methods to induce controlled cell adhesion onto polymeric materials. The critical step in all these methods involves the modification of polymer surfaces, to induce cell adhesion, without changing theirs degradation and biocompatibility properties. In this work two biodegradable polymers, polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) and poly- L-lactide acid (PLLA) were irradiated using carbon and sulfur beams with different energies and fluences. Pristine and irradiated samples were degradated by immersion in a phosphate buffer at pH 7.0 and then characterized. The analysis after irradiation and degradation showed a decrease in the contact angle values and changes in their crystallinity properties.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of macromolecular layers grafted to polymer surfaces

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    Burtovyy, Oleksandr

    The composition and behavior of surfaces and interfaces play a pivotal role in dictating the overall efficiency of the majority of polymeric materials and devices. Surface properties of the materials can be altered using surface modification techniques. It is necessary to highlight that successful methods of surface modification should affect only the upper layer of the polymer material without changing bulk properties. The processes must introduce new functionalities to the surface, optimize surface roughness, lubrication, hydrophobicity, hydrophilicity, adhesion, conductivity, and/or biocompatibility. Research presented in this dissertation is dedicated to the synthesis, characterization, and application of thin macromolecular layers anchored to polymer substrates. Specifically, attachment of functional polymers via a "grafting to" approach has been extensively studied using PET and nylon model substrates. First, poly(glycidyl methacrylate) was used to introduce permanent functionalities to the model substrates by anchoring it to model films. Then, three different functional polymers were grafted on top of the previous layer. As one part of this study, the temperature and time dependence of grafting functional layers were studied. The surface coverage by hydrophobic polymer was determined from experimental data and predicted by a model. In general, the model has a high degree of predictive capability. Next, surface modification of polymeric fibers and membranes is presented as an important application of the polymer thin layers targeted in the study. Specifically, the procedures developed for surface modification of model substrates was employed for modification of PET, nylon, and cotton fabrics as well as PET track-etched membranes. Since epoxy groups are highly reactive in various chemical reactions, the approach becomes virtually universal, allowing both various surfaces and end-functionalized macromolecules to be used in the grafted layer synthesis. PET

  13. Synthesis and Characterization of Polymer-Templated Magnetic Nanoparticles

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    Tamakloe, Beatrice

    This research reports on the investigation into the synthesis and stabilization of iron oxide nanoparticles for theranostic applications using amine-epoxide polymers. Although theranostic agents such as magnetic nanoparticles have been designed and developed for a few decades, there is still more work that needs to be done with the type of materials that can be used to stabilize or functionalize these particles if they are to be used for applications such as drug delivery, imaging and hyperthermia. For in-vivo applications, it is crucial that organic coatings enclose the nanoparticles in order to prevent aggregation and facilitate efficient removal from the body as well as protect the body from toxic material. The objective of this thesis is to design polymer coated magnetite nanoparticles with polymers that are biocompatible and can stabilize the iron oxide nanoparticle to help create mono-dispersed particles in solution. It is desirable to also have these nanoparticles possess high magnetic susceptibility in response to an applied magnetic field. The co-precipitation method was selected because it is probably the simplest and most efficient chemical pathway to obtain magnetic nanoparticles. In literature, cationic polymers such as Polyethylenimine (PEI), which is the industry standard, have been used to stabilize IONPs because they can be used in magnetofections to deliver DNA or RNA. PEI however is known to interact very strongly with proteins and is cytotoxic, so as mentioned previously the Iron Oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) synthesized in this study were stabilized with amine-epoxide polymers because of the limitations of PEI. Four different amine-epoxide polymers which have good water solubility, biodegradability and less toxic than PEI were synthesized and used in the synthesis and stabilization of the magnetic nanoparticles and compared to PEI templated IONPs. These polymer-templated magnetic nanoparticles were also characterized by size, surface charge, Iron

  14. Fabrication and characterization of solid-state, conducting polymer actuators

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    Xie, J.; Sansinena, J. M.; Gao, J.; Wang, H. L.

    2004-01-01

    We report here the fabrication and characterization of solid-state, conducting polymer actuators. The electrochemical activity of polyaniline (PANI) thin film coated with solid-state polyelectrolyte is very similar to the polyaniline thin film in an aqueous solution. The solid-state actuator is adhere to a lever arm of an force transducer and the force generation is measured in real time. The force generated by the actuator is found to be length dependent. However, the overall torques generated by the actuators with different lengths remains essentially the same. The effect of stimulation signals such as voltage, current, on the bending angle and displacement is also studied using square wave potential.

  15. Mechanical characterization of low dimensional nanomaterials and polymer nanocomposites

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    Gao, Hongsheng

    This research was aimed to characterize the mechanical properties of low dimensional nanomaterials and polymer nanocomposites, and to study the reinforcing mechanisms of nanoscale reinforcements. The nanomaterials studied were zero-dimensional nanomaterial--cuprous oxide (Cu2O) nanocubes, one-dimensional nanomaterials--silver nanowires and silicon oxide (SiO2) nanowires, and two-dimensional nanomaterial--nanometer-thick montmorillonite clay platelets. The hardness and elastic moduli of solid Cu 2O nanocubes and silver nanowires were measured by directly indenting individual cubes/wires using a nanoindenter. The elastic modulus of amorphous SiO2 nanowires was measured by performing three-point bending on suspended wires with an atomic force microscope (AFM) tip. The elastic modulus of the nanometer-thick clay platelets was assessed by the modulus mapping technique. An array of nanoscale indents was successfully made on a nanowire. The nanowires were cut to the length as needed. The nanoindentation approach permits the direct machining of individual nanowires without complications of conventional lithography. The nanomechanical properties of single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT)-reinforced epoxy composites with varying nanotube concentrations were measured by nanoindentation/nanoscratch techniques. Hardness and elastic modulus were measured using a nanoindenter. Viscoelastic properties of the nanocomposites were measured using nanoindentation dynamic mechanical analysis tests. The SWCNT reinforcing mechanisms were further studied by both Halpin-Tsai and Mori-Tanaka theories, which were found applicable to SWCNT-reinforced, amorphous-polymer composites. The possible reinforcing mechanisms that work in polymer-SWCNT composites and reasons responsible for SWCNTs' low mechanical reinforcement were analyzed. Nanoclay-reinforced agarose nanocomposites with varying clay concentrations were structurally and mechanically characterized. Structural characterization was carried

  16. Evaluation and characterization of the methane-carbon dioxide decomposition reaction

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    Davenport, R. J.; Schubert, F. H.; Shumar, J. W.; Steenson, T. S.

    1975-01-01

    A program was conducted to evaluate and characterize the carbon dioxide-methane (CO2-CH4) decomposition reaction, i.e., CO2 + CH4 = 2C + 2H2O. The primary objective was to determine the feasibility of applying this reaction at low temperatures as a technique for recovering the oxygen (O2) remaining in the CO2 which exits mixed with CH4 from a Sabatier CO2 reduction subsystem (as part of an air revitalization system of a manned spacecraft). A test unit was designed, fabricated, and assembled for characterizing the performance of various catalysts for the reaction and ultraviolet activation of the CH4 and CO2. The reactor included in the test unit was designed to have sufficient capacity to evaluate catalyst charges of up to 76 g (0.17 lb). The test stand contained the necessary instrumentation and controls to obtain the data required to characterize the performance of the catalysts and sensitizers tested: flow control and measurement, temperature control and measurement, product and inlet gas analysis, and pressure measurement. A product assurance program was performed implementing the concepts of quality control and safety into the program effort.

  17. Accelerated characterization for long-term creep behavior of polymer

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    Zhao, Rongguo; Chen, Chaozhong; Li, Qifu; Luo, Xiyan

    2008-11-01

    Based on the observation that high stress results in increasing creep rate of polymeric material, which is analogous to the time-temperature equivalence, where high temperature accelerates the process of creep or relaxation of polymer, the time-stress equivalence is investigated. The changes of intrinsic time in polymer induced by temperature and stress are studied using the free volume theory, and a clock model based on the time-temperature and time-stress equivalence is constructed to predict the long-term creep behavior of polymer. Polypropylene is used for this work. The specimens with shape of dumbbell are formed via injection molding. The short-term creep tests under various stress levels are carried out at ambient temperature. The creep strains of specimens are modeled according to the concept of time-stress equivalence, and the corresponding stress shift factors are calculated. A master creep curve is built by the clock model. The result indicates that the time-stress superposition principle provides an accelerated characterization method in the laboratory. Finally, the time-dependent axial elongations at sustained stress levels, whose values are close to the tensile strength of polypropylene, are measured. The three phases of creep, i.e., the transient, steady state and accelerated creep phases, are studied, and the application and limitation of the time-stress superposition principle are discussed.

  18. Replacement of silicone polymer A with silicone polymer B and the subsequent characterization of the new cellular silicone materials

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    Schneider, J.W.

    1994-04-01

    The purpose of this project is to replace silicone polymer A with silicone polymer B produced by Vendor B. Silicone polymer B and the resulting B-50 cellular silicone have been used to produce cushions for the W87 program. Approximately 5.5 years of stress relaxation aging study data as well as actual part surveillance data have been collected, characterizing the stockpile life performance of the B-50 cellular silicone cushion material. Process characterization of new cellular silicone materials as a result of replacing silicone polymer A with silicone polymer B has been completed. Load deflection requirements for the new cellular silicone materials based on silicone polymer B have been met. The silicone polymer B based cellular silicone materials must be compounded at densities of approximately 0.03 g/cm{sup 3} less than the silicone polymer A based cellular silicone materials in order to achieve the same load deflection requirements has also been demonstrated. The change in silicone polymers from A to B involved a decrease in volatile content as well as a decrease in part shrinkage.

  19. Characterization of Nonlinear Rate Dependent Response of Shape Memory Polymers

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    Volk, Brent; Lagoudas, Dimitris C.; Chen, Yi-Chao; Whitley, Karen S.

    2007-01-01

    Shape Memory Polymers (SMPs) are a class of polymers, which can undergo deformation in a flexible state at elevated temperatures, and when cooled below the glass transition temperature, while retaining their deformed shape, will enter and remain in a rigid state. Upon heating above the glass transition temperature, the shape memory polymer will return to its original, unaltered shape. SMPs have been reported to recover strains of over 400%. It is important to understand the stress and strain recovery behavior of SMPs to better develop constitutive models which predict material behavior. Initial modeling efforts did not account for large deformations beyond 25% strain. However, a model under current development is capable of describing large deformations of the material. This model considers the coexisting active (rubber) and frozen (glass) phases of the polymer, as well as the transitions between the material phases. The constitutive equations at the continuum level are established with internal state variables to describe the microstructural changes associated with the phase transitions. For small deformations, the model reduces to a linear model that agrees with those reported in the literature. Thermomechanical characterization is necessary for the development, calibration, and validation of a constitutive model. The experimental data reported in this paper will assist in model development by providing a better understanding of the stress and strain recovery behavior of the material. This paper presents the testing techniques used to characterize the thermomechanical material properties of a shape memory polymer (SMP) and also presents the resulting data. An innovative visual-photographic apparatus, known as a Vision Image Correlation (VIC) system was used to measure the strain. The details of this technique will also be presented in this paper. A series of tensile tests were performed on specimens such that strain levels of 10, 25, 50, and 100% were applied to

  20. Synthesis, physical and electrical characterization of polymer electrolytes and polymer complexes containing polyhalides

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    Tipton, A.L.

    1992-01-01

    The conductivity and dielectric response was determined for poly (propylene oxide) (PPO), the polymeric solid electrolytes (PPO)[sub 8]NH[sub 4]SO[sub 3]CF[sub 3], (PPO)[sub 16]NaI, (PPO)[sub 10]NaI and (PPO)[sub 8]NaI and the sodium polyiodide complex, (PPO)[sub 8]NaI[sub 9], in the frequency range from dc to 6 GHz and the temperature range from 173-323 K at 3 GHz. These data were used to make the first comparisons between an amorphous host polymer and its salt complexes. The addition of salt to PPO results in a considerable change in dielectric properties. The dielectric loss spectrum of PPO displays a broad [beta]-relaxation attributed to the micro-Brownian motion of the polymer while no appreciable relaxation peak is observed for (PPO)[sub 8]NH[sub 4]SO[sub 3]CF[sub 3]. The conductivity of the previously characterized (PEO)[sub 8]NH[sub 4]SO[sub 3]CF[sub 3] is higher than (PPO)[sub 8]NH[sub 4]SO[sub 3]CF[sub 3] over the entire frequency range covered. The methyl group on PPO apparently sterically restricts the local motions of the polymer necessary for ion conduction. The dielectric loss spectrum of (PPO)[sub 8]NaI displays a narrow relaxation peak around 10 MHz, possibly associated with the motions of NaI aggregates. (PPO)[sub 8]NaI[sub 9] displays a much higher conductivity than simple polymer-salt complexes. The lack of frequency dependence of the (PPO)[sub 8]NaI[sub 9] conductivity compared to that of the simple polymer-salt complexes suggests that long range charge transport in (PPO)[sub 8]NaI[sub 9] is dominated by a process that is much faster than the diffusion of ions in the polymer solvent. Resonance Raman spectra reveal the presence of a rich variety of polyhalide species in the products resulting from the addition of Br[sub 2], IBr or I[sub 2] to PPO-LiBr or PPO-LiI salt complexes. Impedance measurements demonstrate high bulk conductivities. There appears to be little correlation between conductivity and iodine or bromine content.

  1. Characterization of Local Mechanical Properties of Polymer Thin Films and Polymer Nanocomposites via AFM indentations

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    Cheng, Xu

    AFM indentation has become a tool with great potential in the characterization of nano-mechanical properties of materials. Thanks to the nanometer sized probes, AFM indentation is capable of capturing the changes of multiple properties within the range of tens of nanometers, such task would otherwise be difficult by using other experiment instruments. Despite the great potentials of AFM indentation, it operates based on a simple mechanism: driving the delicate AFM probe to indent the sample surface, and recording the force-displacement response. With limited information provided by AFM indentation, efforts are still required for any practice to successfully extract the desired nano-scale properties from specific materials. In this thesis, we focus on the mechanical properties of interphase between polymer and inorganic materials. It is known that in nanocomposites, a region of polymer exist around nanoparticles with altered molecular structures and improved properties, which is named as interphase polymer. The system with polymer thin films and inorganic material substrates is widely used to simulate the interphase effect in nanocomposites. In this thesis, we developed an efficient and reliable method to process film/substrate samples and characterize the changes of local mechanical properties inside the interphase region with ultra-high resolution AFM mechanical mapping technique. Applying this newly developed method, the interphase of several film/substrate pairs were examined and compared. The local mechanical properties on the other side of the polymer thin film, the free surface side, was also investigated using AFM indentation equipped with surface modified probes. In order to extract the full spectrum of local elastic modulus inside the surface region in the range of only tens of nanometers, the different contact mechanics models were studied and compared, and a Finite Element model was also established. Though the film/substrate system has been wide used as

  2. Characterization and degradation studies on synthetic polymers for aerospace application

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    Hsu, M. T. S.

    1982-01-01

    The anti-misting additive for jet fuels known as FM-9 (proprietary polymer) was characterized by elemental analysis, solubility studies and molecular weight determination. Physical properties of surface tension, viscosity, specific gravity and other physical parameters were determined. These results are compared with properties of polyisobutylene and fuels modified with the same; the misting characteristics of polyisobutylene and FM-9 in Jet A fuel are included. Characterization and degradation of phthalocyanine and its derivatives were accomplished by use of a mass spectrometer and a pyroprobe solid pyrolyzer. Metal phthalocyanine tetracarboxylic acids and phthalocyanine-tetraamine cured epoxies were studied. Epoxy/graphite composite panels were exposed to a NASA-Ames radiant panel fire simulator in the flaming and non-flaming modes; toxic gases of HCN and HZS were measured along with oxygen, Co2, Co, and organic gases.

  3. Characterization of novel soybean-oil-based thermosensitive amphiphilic polymers for drug delivery applications

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    Characterization, aggregation behavior, physical properties and drug-polymer interaction of novel soybean oil-based polymers i.e., hydrolyzed polymers of (epoxidized) soybean oil (HPESO), were studied. The surface tension method was used to determine the critical micelle concentration (CMC). CMC w...

  4. A characterization of the two-step reaction mechanism of phenol decomposition by a Fenton reaction

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    Valdés, Cristian; Alzate-Morales, Jans; Osorio, Edison; Villaseñor, Jorge; Navarro-Retamal, Carlos

    2015-11-01

    Phenol is one of the worst contaminants at date, and its degradation has been a crucial task over years. Here, the decomposition process of phenol, in a Fenton reaction, is described. Using scavengers, it was observed that decomposition of phenol was mainly influenced by production of hydroxyl radicals. Experimental and theoretical activation energies (Ea) for phenol oxidation intermediates were calculated. According to these Ea, phenol decomposition is a two-step reaction mechanism mediated predominantly by hydroxyl radicals, producing a decomposition yield order given as hydroquinone > catechol > resorcinol. Furthermore, traces of reaction derived acids were detected by HPLC and GS-MS.

  5. Ozone decomposition

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    Batakliev, Todor; Georgiev, Vladimir; Anachkov, Metody; Rakovsky, Slavcho

    2014-01-01

    Catalytic ozone decomposition is of great significance because ozone is a toxic substance commonly found or generated in human environments (aircraft cabins, offices with photocopiers, laser printers, sterilizers). Considerable work has been done on ozone decomposition reported in the literature. This review provides a comprehensive summary of the literature, concentrating on analysis of the physico-chemical properties, synthesis and catalytic decomposition of ozone. This is supplemented by a review on kinetics and catalyst characterization which ties together the previously reported results. Noble metals and oxides of transition metals have been found to be the most active substances for ozone decomposition. The high price of precious metals stimulated the use of metal oxide catalysts and particularly the catalysts based on manganese oxide. It has been determined that the kinetics of ozone decomposition is of first order importance. A mechanism of the reaction of catalytic ozone decomposition is discussed, based on detailed spectroscopic investigations of the catalytic surface, showing the existence of peroxide and superoxide surface intermediates. PMID:26109880

  6. Ozone decomposition.

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    Batakliev, Todor; Georgiev, Vladimir; Anachkov, Metody; Rakovsky, Slavcho; Zaikov, Gennadi E

    2014-06-01

    Catalytic ozone decomposition is of great significance because ozone is a toxic substance commonly found or generated in human environments (aircraft cabins, offices with photocopiers, laser printers, sterilizers). Considerable work has been done on ozone decomposition reported in the literature. This review provides a comprehensive summary of the literature, concentrating on analysis of the physico-chemical properties, synthesis and catalytic decomposition of ozone. This is supplemented by a review on kinetics and catalyst characterization which ties together the previously reported results. Noble metals and oxides of transition metals have been found to be the most active substances for ozone decomposition. The high price of precious metals stimulated the use of metal oxide catalysts and particularly the catalysts based on manganese oxide. It has been determined that the kinetics of ozone decomposition is of first order importance. A mechanism of the reaction of catalytic ozone decomposition is discussed, based on detailed spectroscopic investigations of the catalytic surface, showing the existence of peroxide and superoxide surface intermediates. PMID:26109880

  7. Choosing the optimal mother wavelet for decomposition of radio-frequency intravascular ultrasound data for characterization of atherosclerotic plaque lesions

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    Bedekar, Devyani; Nair, Anuja; Vince, D. Geoffrey

    2005-04-01

    Aim: The objective of this work is to determine the optimal basis function to perform wavelet analysis for tissue characterization of radio frequency intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) backscattered data. This is the most important step in wavelet analysis as it ensures accurate decomposition of the original signal into the various frequency bands. The criterion to choose the mother wavelet that is best suited to the data depends on the intended application. Wavelet families possessing properties like orthogonality, regularity, stability and admissibility have previously been shown to have application in tissue characterization. Algorithm: Depending on the usable data bandwidth known from previous studies we decomposed data using a 4-level decomposition scheme. We then calculated Shannon"s entropy for every level and employed "minimum Shannon entropy criterion" to determine the best mother wavelet for signal decomposition. According to this criterion, accurate decomposition is indicated when the total entropy of the daughter (decomposed) levels is lower than the entropy of the parent level. Analysis and Results: We acquired 40 MHz IVUS data ex-vivo from 10 left anterior descending (LAD) coronary arteries. Data was acquired such that each frame comprised of 256 scanlines. Next, we randomly selected 3 scanlines for each LAD and applied the above-mentioned Shannon entropy criterion for these 30 scanlines. We analyzed 23 mother wavelets from different families. Daubechies 3rd order wavelet accurately decomposes 29/30 scanlines at all levels. Daubechies 6th order wavelet appears optimal for 21/30 scanlines. Future direction: To obtain more precise signal decomposition, the optimal mother wavelet should be selected at every decomposition level. The best mother wavelet is indicated by the lowest Shannon entropy for that particular level.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of redox active polymers at surfaces

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    Palmore, G.T.R.

    1992-01-01

    Chapter 1. This chapter presents the basic elements of cyclic voltammetry of electroactive solution and surface confined species, surface attachment of siloxane reagents, the electrochemistry of quinones and viologens, and charge trapping phenomenon associated with molecular reagents confined at electrode surfaces. Chapter II. Electrochemical characterization of electrode-confined siloxane polymers (NQ-BV[sup 3+])[sub n] and (NQ-BV-BV[sup 5+])[sub n], derived from monomers which contain both napthoquinone (NQ) and benzyl viologen (BV[sup 2+]) subunits, is presented. Chapter III. The author reports the studies of chemical mechanisms for release of charge trapped in the pH-dependence rectifying polymers, (NQ-BV[sup 3+]/siloxane)[sub n] and (NQ-BV-BV[sup 5+]/siloxane)[sub n]. The polymers are derived from monomers which contain both naphthoquinone (NQ) and benzyl viologen (BV[sup 2+]) subunits. Particular to these types of surface confined homopolymers is the ability to trap charge at low pH in the form of reduced quinone. Chapter IV. A methylene linked chromophore-acceptor complex consisting of a rhenium tricarbonyl bipyridine chromophore and a benzylviologen acceptor, BV[sup 2+], were confined to a metal oxide surface via a trimethoxysilyl functional group at the BC[sup 2+] terminus. Photocurrent quantum yield was determined for irradiated electrodes derivatized with either the linked chromophore-acceptor complex, SRe(CO)[sub 3] [4-methyl-4'-[l brace]N-methyl-N'-(4 trimethoxysilyl phenylmethyl)-4,4'-bipyridinium[r brace]-2,2'-bipyridine][sup 2+] [Br[sup [minus

  9. Characterization of Solid Polymers, Ceramic Gap Filler, and Closed-Cell Polymer Foam Using Low-Load Test Methods

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    Herring, Helen M.

    2008-01-01

    Various solid polymers, polymer-based composites, and closed-cell polymer foam are being characterized to determine their mechanical properties, using low-load test methods. The residual mechanical properties of these materials after environmental exposure or extreme usage conditions determines their value in aerospace structural applications. In this experimental study, four separate polymers were evaluated to measure their individual mechanical responses after thermal aging and moisture exposure by dynamic mechanical analysis. A ceramic gap filler, used in the gaps between the tiles on the Space Shuttle, was also tested, using dynamic mechanical analysis to determine material property limits during flight. Closed-cell polymer foam, used for the Space Shuttle External Tank insulation, was tested under low load levels to evaluate how the foam's mechanical properties are affected by various loading and unloading scenarios.

  10. Characterization of a polymer-infiltrated ceramic-network material

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    Corazza, Pedro H.; Zhang, Yu

    2015-01-01

    Objectives To characterize the microstructure and determine some mechanical properties of a polymer-ingfiltrated ceramic-network (PICN) material (Vita Enamic, Vita Zahnfabrik) available for CAD–CAM systems. Methods Specimens were fabricated to perform quantitative and qualitative analyses of the material’s microstructure and to determine the fracture toughness (KIc), density (ρ), Poisson’s ratio (v) and Young’s modulus (E). KIc was determined using V-notched specimens and the short beam toughness method, where bar-shaped specimens were notched and 3-point loaded to fracture. ρ was calculated using Archimedes principle, and v and E were measured using an ultrasonic thickness gauge with a combination of a pulse generator and an oscilloscope. Results Microstructural analyses showed a ceramic- and a polymer-based interpenetrating network. Mean and standard deviation values for the properties evaluated were: KIc = 1.09 ± 0.05 MPa m1/2, ρ = 2.09 ± 0.01 g/cm3, v = 0.23 ± 0.002 and E = 37.95 ± 0.34 GPa. Significance The PICN material showed mechanical properties between porcelains and resin-based composites, reflecting its microstructural components. PMID:24656471

  11. Characterization of Hyaluronan-Protein Microstructures and Polymer Solutions

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    Curtis, J. E.; McLane, L.; Bedoya, M.; Beatty, R.; Kramer, A.; Boehm, H.; Scrimgeour, J.

    2010-03-01

    Evidence is mounting that mechanical and topographical features of biomaterials can be as critical for cellular behavior as chemical properties. A case in point is hyaluronan (HA), a large polysaccharide with unique mechanical and hydrodynamic properties, found in many tissues and bodily fluids. Thanks to a large variety of accessible conformations and aggregation states, this remarkable polymer can impart on its biological environment a diverse range of structural and viscoelastic properties with far-reaching consequences for cell physiology (migration, inflammation, cancer). Supramolecular assembly of HA is typically mediated by HA-binding proteins. These specialized molecules are known to assist the formation of organized structures, such as cross-linked bundles, gels, or the all-important pericellular coat, a polymer network anchored to many cell surfaces. Precisely how the material properties of HA-rich matrices and aggregates are modified by the associated proteins, however, is largely a matter of speculation. We will present new insights concerning the cell coat and HA-protein solutions characterized using passive microrheology, fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP), and optical force probe microscopy.

  12. Strain-dependent characterization of electrode and polymer network of electrically activated polymer actuators

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    Töpper, Tino; Osmani, Bekim; Weiss, Florian M.; Winterhalter, Carla; Wohlfender, Fabian; Leung, Vanessa; Müller, Bert

    2015-04-01

    Fecal incontinence describes the involuntary loss of bowel content and affects about 45 % of retirement home residents and overall more than 12 % of the adult population. Artificial sphincter implants for treating incontinence are currently based on mechanical systems with failure rates resulting in revision after three to five years. To overcome this drawback, artificial muscle sphincters based on bio-mimetic electro-active polymer (EAP) actuators are under development. Such implants require polymer films that are nanometer-thin, allowing actuation below 24 V, and electrodes that are stretchable, remaining conductive at strains of about 10 %. Strain-dependent resistivity measurements reveal an enhanced conductivity of 10 nm compared to 30 nm sputtered Au on silicone for strains higher than 5 %. Thus, strain-dependent morphology characterization with optical microscopy and atomic force microscopy could demonstrate these phenomena. Cantilever bending measurements are utilized to determine elastic/viscoelastic properties of the EAP films as well as their long-term actuation behavior. Controlling these properties enables the adjustment of growth parameters of nanometer-thin EAP actuators.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of triglyceride based thermosetting polymers

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    Can, Erde

    2005-07-01

    Plant oils, which are found in abundance in all parts of the world and are easily replenished annually, have the potential to replace petroleum as a chemical feedstock for making polymers. Within the past few years, there has been growing interest to use triglycerides as the basic constituent of thermosetting polymers with the necessary rigidity, strength and glass transition temperatures required for engineering applications. Plant oils are not polymerizable in their natural form, however various functional groups that can polymerize can easily be attached to the triglyceride structure making them ideal cross-linking monomers for thermosetting liquid molding resins. Through this research project a number of thermosetting liquid molding resins based on soybean and castor oil, which is a specialty oil with hydroxyls on its fatty acids, have been developed. The triglyceride based monomers were prepared via the malination of the alcoholysis products of soybean and castor oil with various polyols, such as pentaerythritol, glycerol, and Bisphenol A propoxylate. The malinated glycerides were then cured in the presence of a reactive diluent, such as styrene, to form rigid glassy materials with a wide range of properties. In addition to maleate half-esters, methacrylates were also introduced to the glyceride structure via methacrylation of the soybean oil glycerolysis product with methacrylic anhydride. This product, which contains methacrylic acid as by-product, and its blends with styrene also gave rigid materials when cured. The triglyceride based monomers were characterized via conventional spectroscopic techniques. Time resolved FTIR analysis was used to determine the curing kinetics and the final conversions of polymerization of the malinated glyceride-styrene blends. Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) was used to determine the thermomechanical behavior of these polymers and other mechanical properties were determined via standard mechanical tests. The use of lignin

  14. Synthesis And Characterization Of Reduced Size Ferrite Reinforced Polymer Composites

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    Borah, Subasit; Bhattacharyya, Nidhi S.

    2008-04-24

    Small sized Co{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite particles are synthesized by chemical route. The precursor materials are annealed at 400, 600 and 800 C. The crystallographic structure and phases of the samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The annealed ferrite samples crystallized into cubic spinel structure. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) micrographs show that the average particle size of the samples are <20 nm. Particulate magneto-polymer composite materials are fabricated by reinforcing low density polyethylene (LDPE) matrix with the ferrite samples. The B-H loop study conducted at 10 kHz on the toroid shaped composite samples shows reduction in magnetic losses with decrease in size of the filler sample. Magnetic losses are detrimental for applications of ferrite at high powers. The reduction in magnetic loss shows a possible application of Co-Ni ferrites at high microwave power levels.

  15. Acoustic resonant spectroscopy for characterization of thin polymer films

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    Tohmyoh, Hironori; Imaizumi, Takuya; Saka, Masumi

    2006-10-01

    An acoustic resonant spectroscopy technique for measuring the acoustic impedance, ultrasonic velocity, and density of micron-scale polymer films is developed. The method, which is based on spectral analysis, observes the acoustic resonance between water, the film, and a tungsten plate with high acoustic impedance in the frequency range of 20-70MHz. The interface between the film being examined and the plate is vacuum sealed, enabling us to characterize the low-density polyethylene film with acoustic impedances as low as about 1.9MNm-3s and the poly(vinyl chloride) film as thin as about 8μm. The error in the film density measurements is found to be less than 1%, and the validity of the technique is verified.

  16. Characterization of Polymer Blends: Optical Microscopy (*Polarized, Interference and Phase Contrast Microscopy*) and Confocal Microscopy

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    Ramanathan, Nathan Muruganathan; Darling, Seth B.

    2015-01-01

    Chapter 15 surveys the characterization of macro, micro and meso morphologies of polymer blends by optical microscopy. Confocal Microscopy offers the ability to view the three dimensional morphology of polymer blends, popular in characterization of biological systems. Confocal microscopy uses point illumination and a spatial pinhole to eliminate out-of focus light in samples that are thicker than the focal plane.

  17. Synthesis and characterization of iron based hybrid nanoparticles with polymer surfactant-Pluronic(R) F127

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    Lai, Jriuan

    2005-12-01

    Nanotechnology is one of the current major research fields. Due to numerous applications, magnetic nanoparticles have become one of the most interesting areas of research. In a previous study Mn-Fe mixed oxide nanoparticles were synthesized by irradiating the solution of Mn and Fe carbonyls with high intensity ultrasound. They exhibited crystal structure and magnetism which changed with the Mn:Fe ratio. However, since these materials were amorphous, they had to be annealed and this led to aggregation decreasing the surface:volume ratio. In order to prevent this sintering, we have now adopted a wet chemical method in which organometals were decomposed by heating to form metals or metal oxides. Micelles of the polymer PluronicRTM, were used for dimensional confinement, leading to the control of the particle size. Pluronic RTM stabilizes the surface of the particles and the heating crystallizes the particles, so that the resulting products are non-aggregated crystals. By using this synthetic method, we have accomplished the following objectives. (1) Iron/iron oxide particles are obtained from thermo decomposition of Fe(CO)5 solution. The size of the particles is controlled by adjusting the concentration of surfactant. The particles size changed from 5.6 to 22.3 nm from high to low concentration of PluronicRTM. (2) Mn-Fe or Co-Fe mixed oxide particles are obtained by the thermal decomposition of Mn2(CO)10 and Fe(CO)5 or Co2(CO)8 and Fe(CO)5 solutions. We observed crystal structure and magnetism transformations when the Mn:Fe or Co:Fe ratio was increased. (3) Heterostructure core/shell nanoparticles were obtained by using Fe nanoparticles to catalyze the decomposition of chromium hexacarbonyl. The resulting particles have a Cr core and a gamma-Fe2O 3 shell. The materials were characterized by synchrotron power XRD for their crystal structure, SQUID and Mossbauer spectra for their magnetic properties, and TEM and HRTEM for their morphology.

  18. Mass spectrometry characterization of the thermal decomposition/digestion (TDD) at cysteine in peptides and proteins in the condensed phase.

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    Basile, Franco; Zhang, Shaofeng; Kandar, Sujit Kumar; Lu, Liang

    2011-11-01

    We report on the characterization by mass spectrometry (MS) of a rapid, reagentless and site-specific cleavage at the N-terminus of the amino acid cysteine (C) in peptides and proteins induced by the thermal decomposition at 220-250 °C for 10 s in solid samples. This thermally induced cleavage at C occurs under the same conditions and simultaneously to our previously reported thermally induced site-specific cleavage at the C-terminus of aspartic acid (D) (Zhang, S.; Basile, F. J. Proteome Res. 2007, 6, (5), 1700-1704). The C cleavage proceeds through cleavage of the nitrogen and α-carbon bond (N-terminus) of cysteine and produces modifications at the cleavage site with an amidation (-1 Da) of the N-terminal thermal decomposition product and a -32 Da mass change of the C-terminal thermal decomposition product, the latter yielding either an alanine or β-alanine residue at the N-terminus site. These modifications were confirmed by off-line thermal decomposition electrospray ionization (ESI)-MS, tandem MS (MS/MS) analyses and accurate mass measurements of standard peptides. Molecular oxygen was found to be required for the thermal decomposition and cleavage at C as it induced an initial cysteine thiol side chain oxidation to sulfinic acid. Similar to the thermally induced D cleavage, missed cleavages at C were also observed. The combined thermally induced digestion process at D and C, termed thermal decomposition/digestion (TDD), was observed on several model proteins tested under ambient conditions and the site-specificity of the method confirmed by MS/MS. PMID:21952765

  19. Characterization of polymer materials and powders for selective laser melting

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    Wudy, K.; Drummer, D.; Drexler, M.

    2014-05-01

    Concerning individualization, the requirements to products have increased. The trend towards individualized serial products faces manufacturing techniques with demands of increasing flexibility. Additive manufacturing techniques generate components directly out of a CAD data set while requiring no specific tool or form. Due to this additive manufacturing processes comply, in opposite to conventional techniques, with these increased demands on processing technology. With a variety of available additive manufacturing techniques, some of them have a high potential to generate series products with reproducible properties. Selective laser melting (SLM) of powder materials shows the highest potential for this application. If components made by SLM are desired to be applied in technical series products, their achievable properties play a major part. These properties are mainly determined by the processed materials. The range of present commercially available materials for SLM of polymer powders is limited. This paper shows interrelations of various material properties to create a basic understanding of sintering processes and additional qualifying new materials. Main properties of polymer materials, with regard to their consolidation are viscosity and surface energy. On the one hand the difference of the surface energy between powder and melt influences, the wetting behavior, and thus the penetration depth. On the other hand, a high surface tension is fundamental for good coalescence of bordering particles. To fulfill these requirements limits of the surface tension will be determined on the basis of a reference material. For these reason methods for determining surface tension of solids, powders and melts are analyzed, to carry out a possible process-related material characterization. Not only an insight into observed SLM phenomena is provided but also hints concerning suitable material selection.

  20. Automated metric characterization of urban structure using building decomposition from very high resolution imagery

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    Heinzel, Johannes; Kemper, Thomas

    2015-03-01

    Classification approaches for urban areas are mostly of qualitative and semantic nature. They produce interpreted classes similar to those from land cover and land use classifications. As a complement to those classes, quantitative measures directly derived from the image could lead to a metric characterization of the urban area. While these metrics lack of qualitative interpretation they are able to provide objective measure of the urban structures. Such quantitative measures are especially important in rapidly growing cities since, beside of the growth in area, they can provide structural information for specific areas and detect changes. Rustenburg, which serves as test area for the present study, is amongst the fastest growing cities in South Africa. It reveals a heterogeneous face of housing and building structures reflecting social and/or economic differences often linked to the spatial distribution of industrial and local mining sites. Up to date coverage with aerial photographs is provided by aerial surveys in regular intervals. Also recent satellite systems provide imagery with suitable resolution. Using such set of very high resolution images a fully automated algorithm has been developed which outputs metric classes by systematically combining important measures of building structure. The measurements are gained by decomposition of buildings directly from the imagery and by using methods from mathematical morphology. The decomposed building objects serve as basis for the computation of grid statistics. Finally a systematic combination of the single features leads to combined metrical classes. For the dominant urban structures verification results indicate an overall accuracy of at least 80% on the single feature level and 70% for the combined classes.

  1. Synthesis Characterization and Decomposition Studies of tris[N-N-dibenzyidithocarbaso)Indium (III) Chemical Spray Deposition of Polycrystalline CuInS2 on Copper Films

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    Hehemann, David G.; Lau, J. Eva; Harris, Jerry D.; Hoops, Michael D.; Duffy, Norman V.

    2005-01-01

    This paper presents the results of the synthesis characterization and decomposition studies of tris[N-N-dibenzyidithocarbaso)Indium (III) with chemical spray deposition of polycrystalline CuInS2 on Copper Films.

  2. Photothermal and morphological characterization of PLA/PCL polymer blends

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    Correa-Pacheco, Z. N.; Jiménez-Pérez, J. L.; Sabino, M. A.; Cruz-Orea, A.; Loaiza, M.

    2015-09-01

    Nowadays, some synthetic polymers have been replaced by biodegradable polymers in order to avoid environmental contamination. Among these biodegradables polymers, aliphatic polyesters such as polylactic acid (PLA) and polycaprolactone (PCL) have been widely used. In the present study, solvent-casting films of PLA, PCL and polymer blends with and without compatibilizer (PLA grafted with maleic anhydride) were prepared. The thermal diffusivity ( α) of each sample was obtained by using the open photoacoustic cell technique. Morphology and thermal properties were determined by using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), respectively. The blends showed lower thermal diffusivity compared to pure polymers. However, when the compatibilizer was used, the highest value of thermal diffusivity was obtained. Also, cold crystallization with the highest value of enthalpy of fusion was observed for the compatibilized sample, which was revealed by DSC. To our knowledge, this is the first time that the thermal diffusivity of these biodegradable polymer blends is reported.

  3. Synthesis and Characterization of Polymers for Fuel Cells Application

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    Tytko, Stephen F.

    2003-01-01

    The goal of this summer research is to prepare Polymer Exchange Membranes (PEM s) for fuel cell application. Several high temperature polymers such as polybenzimidazoles and polyether ketones were known to possess good high temperature stability and had been investigated by post-sulfonation to yield sulfonated polymers. The research project will involve two approaches: 1. Synthesis of polybenzimidazoles and then react with alkyl sultonse to attach an aliphatic sulfonic groups. 2. Synthesis of monomers containing sulfonic acid units either on a aromatic ring or on an aliphatic chain and then polymerize the monomers to form high molecular weight sulfonate polymers.

  4. Characterization of Conjugated Polymer Actuation under Cerebral Physiological Conditions

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    Daneshvar, Eugene Dariush; Smela, Elisabeth

    2014-01-01

    Conjugated polymer actuators have potential use in implantable neural interface devices for modulating the position of electrode sites within brain tissue or guiding insertion of neural probes along curved trajectories. The actuation of polypyrrole (PPy) doped with dodecylbenzenesulfonate (DBS) was characterized to ascertain whether it could be employed in the cerebral environment. Microfabricated bilayer beams were electrochemically cycled at either 22 or 37 °C in aqueous NaDBS or in artificial cerebrospinal fluid (aCSF). Nearly all the ions in aCSF were exchanged into the PPy – the cations Na+, K+, Mg2+, Ca2+, as well as the anion PO43−; Cl− was not present. Nevertheless, deflections in aCSF were comparable to those in NaDBS and they were monotonic with oxidation level: strain increased upon reduction, with no reversal of motion despite the mixture of ionic charges and valences being exchanged. Actuation depended on temperature. Upon warming, the cyclic voltammograms showed additional peaks and an increase of 70% in the consumed charge. Bending was, however, much less affected: strain increased somewhat (6-13%) but remained monotonic, and deflections shifted (up to 20%). These results show how the actuation environment must be taken into account, and demonstrate proof of concept for actuated implantable neural interfaces. PMID:24574101

  5. Characterization studies of plasticized PEO-PMMA nano-composite polymer electrolyte system

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    Sharma, Poonam; Kanchan, D. K.; Gondaliya, Nirali; Pant, Meenakshi; Jayswal, Manish S.; Joge, Prajakta

    2012-06-01

    Present study reports the characterization studies on silver based PEO-PMMA-PEG nano composite polymer electrolyte system, prepared by solution cast technique. The complexation among various constituents of polymer samples was carried by XRD and FTIR analysis. Thermal analysis of the samples was carried out by DSC study.

  6. The rheology, degradation, processing, and characterization of renewable resource polymers

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    Conrad, Jason David

    Renewable resource polymers have become an increasingly popular alternative to conventional fossil fuel based polymers over the past couple decades. The push by the government as well as both industrial and consumer markets to go "green" has provided the drive for companies to research and develop new materials that are more environmentally friendly and which are derived from renewable materials. Two polymers that are currently being produced commercially are poly-lactic acid (PLA) and polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) copolymers, both of which can be derived from renewable feedstocks and have shown to exhibit similar properties to conventional materials such as polypropylene, polyethylene, polystyrene, and PET. PLA and PHA are being used in many applications including food packaging, disposable cups, grocery bags, and biomedical applications. In this work, we report on the rheological properties of blends of PLA and PHA copolymers. The specific materials used in the study include Natureworks RTM 7000D grade PLA and PHA copolymers of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate). Blends ranging from 10 to 50 percent PHA by weight are also examined. Shear and extensional experiments are performed to characterize the flow behavior of the materials in different flow fields. Transient experiments are performed to study the shear rheology over time in order to determine how the viscoelastic properties change under typical processing conditions and understand the thermal degradation behavior of the materials. For the blends, it is determined that increasing the PHA concentration in the blend results in a decrease in viscosity and increase in degradation. Models are fit to the viscosity of the blends using the pure material viscosities in order to be able to predict the behavior at a given blend composition. We also investigate the processability of these materials into films and examine the resultant properties of the cast films. The mechanical and thermal properties of the

  7. Characterization and decomposition of residue from winter and spring canola cultivars

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    The residue characteristics and decomposition of spring and winter canola (Brassica napus L.) cultivars currently grown in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) was investigated. Above- and below-ground residue was collected post-harvest in 2011 and 2012 from Univ. of Idaho Canola Winter Variety Trials at Od...

  8. Synthesis and Characterization of Ca, Mg, La- PMMA Polymer Composites for Phosphate Removal

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    In this study calcium, magnesium and lanthanum- PMMA polymer composites were synthesized, characterized and investigated for phosphate removal from wastewater using rapid small scale column tests. Theoretical and experimental capacity of the media was determined and unused and sp...

  9. Synthesis, Decomposition and Characterization of Fe and Ni Sulfides and Fe and CO Nanoparticles for Aerospace Applications

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    Cowen, Jonathan E.; Hepp, Aloysius F.; Duffy, Norman V.; Jose, Melanie J.; Choi, D. B.; Brothers, Scott M.; Baird, Michael F.; Tomsik, Thomas M.; Duraj, Stan A.; Williams, Jennifer N.; Kulis, Michael J.; Gaier, James R.

    2009-01-01

    We describe several related studies where simple iron, nickel, and cobalt complexes were prepared, decomposed, and characterized for aeronautics (Fischer-Tropsch catalysts) and space (high-fidelity lunar regolith simulant additives) applications. We describe the synthesis and decomposition of several new nickel dithiocarbamate complexes. Decomposition resulted in a somewhat complicated product mix with NiS predominating. The thermogravimetric analysis of fifteen tris(diorganodithiocarbamato)iron(III) has been investigated. Each undergoes substantial mass loss upon pyrolysis in a nitrogen atmosphere between 195 and 370 C, with major mass losses occurring between 279 and 324 C. Steric repulsion between organic substituents generally decreased the decomposition temperature. The product of the pyrolysis was not well defined, but usually consistent with being either FeS or Fe2S3 or a combination of these. Iron nanoparticles were grown in a silica matrix with a long-term goal of introducing native iron into a commercial lunar dust simulant in order to more closely simulate actual lunar regolith. This was also one goal of the iron and nickel sulfide studies. Finally, cobalt nanoparticle synthesis is being studied in order to develop alternatives to crude processing of cobalt salts with ceramic supports for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis.

  10. Synthesis, Characterization and Biological Studies of New Linear Thermally Stable Schiff Base Polymers with Flexible Spacers.

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    Qureshi, Farah; Khuhawar, Muhammad Yar; Jahangir, Taj Muhammad; Channar, Abdul Hamid

    2016-01-01

    Five new linear Schiff base polymers having azomethine structures, ether linkages and extended aliphatic chain lengths with flexible spacers were synthesized by polycondensation of dialdehyde (monomer) with aliphatic and aromatic diamines. The formation yields of monomer and polymers were obtained within 75-92%. The polymers with flexible spacers of n-hexane were somewhat soluble in acetone, chloroform, THF, DMF and DMSO on heating. The monomer and polymers were characterized by melting point, elemental microanalysis, FT-IR, (1)HNMR, UV-Vis spectroscopy, thermogravimetry (TG), differential thermal analysis (DTA), fluorescence emission, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and viscosities and thermodynamic parameters measurements of their dilute solutions. The studies supported formation of the monomer and polymers and on the basis of these studies their structures have been assigned. The synthesized polymers were tested for their antibacterial and antifungal activities. PMID:26970795

  11. Characterization of tissue-simulating polymers for photoacoustic vascular imaging

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    Vogt, William C.; Jia, Congxian; Garra, Brian S.; Pfefer, T. Joshua

    2014-05-01

    Photoacoustic tomography (PAT) is a maturing imaging technique which combines optical excitation and acoustic detection to enable deep tissue sensing for biomedical applications. Optical absorption provides biochemical specificity and high optical contrast while ultrasonic detection provides high spatial resolution and penetration depth. These characteristics make PAT highly suitable as an approach for vascular imaging. However, standard testing methods are needed in order to characterize and compare the performance of these systems. Tissue-mimicking phantoms are commonly used as standard test samples for imaging system development and evaluation due to their repeatable fabrication and tunable properties. The multi-domain mechanism behind PAT necessitates development of phantoms that accurately mimic both acoustic and optical properties of tissues. While a wide variety of materials have been used in the literature, from gelatin and agar hydrogels to silicone, published data indicates that poly(vinyl chloride) plastisol (PVCP) is a promising candidate material for simulating tissue optical and acoustic properties while also providing superior longevity and stability. Critical acoustic properties of PVCP phantoms, including sound velocity and attenuation, were measured using acoustic transmission measurements at multiple frequencies relevant to typical PAT systems. Optical absorption and scattering coefficients of PVCP gels with and without biologically relevant absorbers and scatterers were measured over wavelengths from 500 to 1100 nm. A custom PAT system was developed to assess image contrast in PVCP phantoms containing fluid channels filled with absorbing dye. PVCP demonstrates strong potential as the basis of high-fidelity polymer phantoms for developing and evaluating PAT systems for vascular imaging applications.

  12. Microstructural Characterization of Polymers by Positron Lifetime Spectroscopy

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    Singh, Jag J.

    1996-01-01

    Positrons provide a versatile probe for monitoring microstructural features of molecular solids. In this paper, we report on positron lifetime measurements in two different types of polymers. The first group comprises polyacrylates processed on earth and in space. The second group includes fully-compatible and totally-incompatible Semi-Interpenetrating polymer networks of thermosetting and thermoplastic polyimides. On the basis of lifetime measurements, it is concluded that free volumes are a direct reflection of physical/electromagnetic properties of the host polymers.

  13. Electrical characterization of proton conducting polymer electrolyte based on bio polymer with acid dopant

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    Kalaiselvimary, J.; Pradeepa, P.; Sowmya, G.; Edwinraj, S.; Prabhu, M. Ramesh

    2016-05-01

    This study describes the biodegradable acid doped films composed of chitosan and Perchloric acid with different ratios (2.5 wt %, 5 wt %, 7.5 wt %, 10 wt %) was prepared by the solution casting technique. The temperature dependence of the proton conductivity of complex electrolytes obeys the Arrhenius relationship. Proton conductivity of the prepared polymer electrolyte of the bio polymer with acid doped was measured to be approximately 5.90 × 10-4 Scm-1. The dielectric data were analyzed using Complex impedance Z*, Dielectric loss ɛ', Tangent loss for prepared polymer electrolyte membrane with the highest conductivity samples at various temperature.

  14. Syntheses and characterizations of two new energetic copper-amine-DNANT complexes and their effects on thermal decomposition of RDX

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    Qiu, Qianqian; Xu, Kangzhen; Yang, Shihe; Gao, Zhe; Zhang, Hang; Song, Jirong; Zhao, Fengqi

    2013-09-01

    Two novel copper complexes of dinitroacetonitrile (DNANT), Cu(NH3)4(DNANT)2 (1) and Cu(en)2(DNATN)2 (2), have been synthesized for the first time through an unique reaction, and structurally characterized. The single-crystal X-ray structural analysis shows that the Cu2+ cations in the two complexes share a similar four-coordinated structure, which however does not directly involve the main energetic DNANT- anion. The differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) study reveals that the two complexes have higher thermal stability and lower sensitivity than the analogous FOX-7 complexes, and exhibit good catalytic action to the decomposition of RDX.

  15. Design and characterization of well-defined supramolecular polymers

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    Schaefer, Kathleen; Kade, Matthew; Hawker, Craig; Kramer, Edward

    2007-03-01

    Polymeric materials with well-defined and controllable temperature dependent properties are of interest both for technological applications and fundamental physical studies. Melt processing requires low viscosity, while resistance to fracture is desirable at material operating temperatures, and these two properties are often mutually exclusive. Through controlled radical polymerization (ATRP) we have synthesized tailor-made polymers with MHB groups specifically located at one or both chain ends or randomly along the backbone to provide thermal tunability, and by changing the nature of the MHB group (complementary or self-complementary) we can control the specificity and type of the polymer-polymer interaction. As a simple model system, we investigate the case of two end-functional MHB homopolymers that form a novel supramolecular diblock copolymer. Two energies are expected to be important in this system---χN, the Flory-Huggins interaction parameter times the degree of polymerization, which describes the polymer-polymer interaction, and ɛ, the binding energy of the MHB group. Using deuterium labeled polymers in various multilayer thin film structures, dynamic secondary ion mass spectrometry (dSIMS) allows each of these parameters to be measured independently and these values used to design technologically and physically interesting new materials.

  16. Synthesis and characterization of quantum dot–polymer composites†

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    Weaver, Joe; Zakeri, Rashid; Aouadi, Samir

    2009-01-01

    In this study, we demonstrate a facile and simple synthesis of quantum dot (QD)–polymer composites. Highly fluorescent semiconducting CdSe/ZnS quantum dots were embedded in different commercially available polymers using one easy step. QD–polymer composite nanoparticles were also synthesized using template-assisted synthesis. In particular, we self-assembled lamellar micelles inside nanoporous alumina membranes which were used for the synthesis of mesoporous silica hollow nanotubes and solid nanorods. We observed that the addition of excess free octadecylamine (ODA) in the QD–silica solution resulted in gelation. The gelation time was found to be dependent on free ODA concentration. Similarly, the emission of QD–polymer composites was also found to be dependent on free ODA concentration. Highly purified QDs provided polymer composites that have a much lower emission compared to unpurified nanocomposites. This was attributed to passivation of the QD surfaces by amine, which reduced the surface defects and non-radiative pathways for excited QDs. Finally, highly fluorescent QD–polymer patterns were demonstrated on glass substrates which retained their emission in both polar and non-polar solvents. PMID:19936033

  17. Development and Characterization of NMR Measurements for Polymer Gel Dosimetry

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    Kwong, Zachary; Whitney, Heather

    2012-03-01

    Polymer gel dosimeters are systems of water, gelatin, and monomers which form polymers upon irradiation. The gelatin matrix retains dose distribution in 3D form, facilitating truly integrated measurements of complex dose plans for radiation therapy. Polymer gels have two proton pools coupled by exchange: free solvent protons and bound polymerized macromolecular protons. Measuring magnetization transfer (MT) and relaxation affords useful insights into particle rigidity and chemical exchange effects on relaxation in polymer gels. Polymer gel dose response has been previously quantified with several techniques, most often in terms of MRI parameters, usually at field strengths of 1.5 T and below. The research described here investigates the dose response of a revised MAGIC gel dosimeter via both high-field imaging and simpler nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. This includes both transverse and longitudinal relaxation rates (R2 and R1) and quantitative MT parameters. We investigated estimating polymer molecular weight for a given applied dose using the Rouse model and R2 data from the imaging study. Finally, we began development of NMR methods for studying dose response, requiring adaption of NMR experiments to accommodate for radiation damping.

  18. Ultrasonic characterization of silicate glasses, polymer composites and hydrogels

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    Lee, Wan Jae

    In many applications of material designing and engineering, high-frequency linear viscoelastic properties of materials are essential. Traditionally, the high-frequency properties are estimated through the time-temperature superposition (WLF equation) of low-frequency data, which are questionable because the existence of multi-phase in elastomer compounds. Moreover, no reliable data at high frequencies over MHz have been available thus far. Ultrasound testing is cost-effective for measuring high-frequency properties. Although both ultrasonic longitudinal and shear properties are necessary in order to fully characterize high-frequency mechanical properties of materials, longitudinal properties will be extensively explored in this thesis. Ultrasonic pulse echo method measures longitudinal properties. A precision ultrasonic measurement system has been developed in our laboratory, which allows us to monitor the in-situ bulk and/or surface properties of silicate glasses, polymer composites and even hydrogels. The system consists of a pulse-echo unit and an impedance measurement unit. A pulse echo unit is explored mainly. First, a systematic procedure was developed to obtain precise water wavespeed value. A calibration curve of water wavespeed as a function of temperature has been established, and water wavespeed at 23°C serves as a yardstick to tell whether or not a setup is properly aligned. Second, a sound protocol in calculating attenuation coefficient and beam divergence effects was explored using three kinds of silicate glass of different thicknesses. Then the system was applied to four composite slabs, two slabs for each type of fiberglass reinforced plastics, phenolic and polyester manufactured under different processing conditions: one was made by the normal procedures and the other with deliberate flaws such as voids, tapes and/or prepared at improper operation temperature and pressure. The experiment was conducted under the double blind test protocol. After

  19. Characterization of polymer adsorption onto drug nanoparticles using depletion measurements and small-angle neutron scattering.

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    Goodwin, Daniel J; Sepassi, Shadi; King, Stephen M; Holland, Simon J; Martini, Luigi G; Lawrence, M Jayne

    2013-11-01

    Production of polymer and/or surfactant-coated crystalline nanoparticles of water-insoluble drugs (nanosuspensions) using wet bead milling is an important formulation approach to improve the bioavailability of said compounds. Despite the fact that there are a number of nanosuspensions on the market, there is still a deficiency in the characterization of these nanoparticles where further understanding may lead to the rational selection of polymer/surfactant. To this end small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements were performed on drug nanoparticles milled in the presence of a range of polymers of varying molecular weight. Isotopic substitution of the aqueous solvent to match the scattering length density of the drug nanoparticles (i.e., the technique of contrast matching) meant that neutron scattering resulted only from the adsorbed polymer layer. The layer thickness and amount of hydroxypropylcellulose adsorbed on nabumetone nanoparticles derived from fitting the SANS data to both model-independent and model dependent volume fraction profiles were insensitive to polymer molecular weight over the range Mv = 47-112 kg/mol, indicating that the adsorbed layer is relatively flat but with tails extending up to approximately 23 nm. The constancy of the absorbed amount is in agreement with the adsorption isotherm determined by measuring polymer depletion from solution in the presence of the nanoparticles. Insensitivity to polymer molecular weight was similarly determined using SANS measurements of nabumetone or halofantrine nanoparticles stabilized with hydroxypropylmethylcellulose or poly(vinylpyrrolidone). Additionally SANS studies revealed the amount adsorbed, and the thickness of the polymer layer was dependent on both the nature of the polymer and drug particle surface. The insensitivity of the adsorbed polymer layer to polymer molecular weight has important implications for the production of nanoparticles, suggesting that lower molecular weight polymers

  20. New insights into the characterization of 'insoluble black HCN polymers'.

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    Ruiz-Bermejo, Marta; de la Fuente, José L; Rogero, Celia; Menor-Salván, César; Osuna-Esteban, Susana; Martín-Gago, José A

    2012-01-01

    The data presented here provide a novel contribution to the understanding of the structural features of HCN polymers and could be useful in further development of models for prebiotic chemistry. The interpretation of spectroscopic and analytical data, along with previous results reported by other authors, allowed us to propose a mechanism for the aqueous polymerization of HCN from its primary and simplest isolated oligomer, the diaminomaleonitrile (DAMN) tetramer. We suggest that 'insoluble black HCN polymers' are formed by an unsaturated complex matrix, which retains a significant amount of H(2) O and important bioorganic compounds or their precursors. This polymeric matrix can be formed by various motifs of imidazoles and cyclic amides, among others. The robust formation of HCN polymers assayed under several conditions seems to explain the plausible ubiquity of these complex substances in space. PMID:22253100

  1. Synthesis and characterization of polymers and interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs) with nonlinear optical (NLO) properties and related numerical studies

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    Sharma, P. R. Srikanth

    Copolymers of methyl methacrylate (MMA) and 2-propenoic acid, 2-methyl-, 2-[[[[4-methyl-3-[[[2-methyl-4-nitrophenyl)amino]carbonyl]aminophenyl]carbonyl]oxy]ethyl ester (PAMEE) exhibiting nonlinear optical (NLO) properties have been synthesized. Two kinds of urethane containing interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs), consisting of nonlinear optical (NLO) chromophore, 2-methyl-4-nitroaniline (MNA) or Disperse Red1 (DR1) have been synthesized. The IPN systems consist of either aliphatic polycarbonate urethane (PCU) or 2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene oxide (PPO) as one network and crosslinked poly (MMA-co-PAMEE) or poly (MMA-co-PMNEE) as the second network. Copolymers and interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs) were characterized by IR spectroscopy, UV-VIS spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and second harmonic generation (SHG) measurements. The thin films of copolymers and IPNs were optically transparent and the corona poled polymers produced relatively large and stable SHG signals at room temperature. To understand the polarization decay of our NLO polymer we studied a simple theoretical model which can account for the main features which we observe. The addition of an apparent "chemical" reaction with a reaction activation energy EAB to the neighbor-facilitated Fredrickson-Anderson model shows the existence of a beta relaxation occurring simultaneously with the main alpha process. The combination of an Ising-model with antiferromagnetic interaction and the neighbor-facilitated Fredrickson-Anderson model allows a description of the polarization decay of polarized materials, such as our polymers, below the glass transition temperature Tg. The relaxation time for the polarization scales with the relaxation time of the alpha-process of the glass transition, and shows a typical curvature in the ln tau versus T-1 plot. Real polymers, such as poly(MMA-co-PAMEE) which we study possess both of these features and its

  2. Synthesis, Characterization, and Application of Metal-Chelating Polymers for Mass Cytometric Bioassays

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    Majonis, Daniel

    This thesis describes the synthesis, characterization, and application of metal-chelating polymers for mass-cytometric bioassays. Mass cytometry is a cell characterization technique in which cells are injected individually into an ICP-MS detector. Signal is provided by staining cell-surface or intracellular antigens with metal-labeled antibodies (Abs). These Abs are labeled through the covalent attachment of metal-chelating polymers which carry multiple copies of a lanthanide isotope. In this work, my first goal was to develop a facile, straightforward synthesis of a new generation of metal-chelating polymers. The synthesis began with reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization, and was followed by numerous post-polymerization pendant group transformations to introduce DTPA lanthanide chelators to every repeat unit, and a maleimide at the end of the chain. The second goal was to apply these metal-chelating polymers in bioassay experiments. The DTPA groups were loaded with lanthanide ions, and the maleimide group was used to covalently attach the polymer to an Ab. This goat anti-mouse conjugate was found to carry an average of 2.4 +/- 0.3 polymer chains. Then, primary Ab conjugates were prepared and used in an 11-plex mass cytometry assay in the characterization of umbilical cord blood cells. The third goal was to expand the multiplexity of the assay. In current technology, the number of Abs that can be monitored simultaneously is limited to the 31 commercially available, stable lanthanide isotopes. Thus, I had an interest in preparing metal-chelating polymers that could carry other metals in the 100-220 amu range. I synthesized polymers with four different polyaminocarboxylate ligands, and investigated the loading of palladium and platinum ions into these polymers. Polymer-Ab conjugates prepared with palladium- and platinum-loaded polymers gave curious results, in that only dead cells were recognized. The fourth goal was to create dual

  3. Dynamic Mechanical Characterization of Thin Film Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Herring, Helen M.; Gates, Thomas S. (Technical Monitor)

    2003-01-01

    Many new materials are being produced for aerospace applications with the objective of maximizing certain ideal properties without sacrificing others. Polymer composites in various forms and configurations are being developed in an effort to provide lighter weight construction and better thermal and electrical properties and still maintain adequate strength and stability. To this end, thin film polymer nanocomposites, synthesized for the purpose of influencing electrical conductivity using metal oxide particles as filler without incurring losses in mechanical properties, were examined to determine elastic modulus and degree of dispersion of particles. The effects of various metal oxides on these properties will be discussed.

  4. Molecular dynamics modeling and characterization of graphene/polymer nanocomposites

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    Rahman, Rezwanur

    The current work focuses on the characterization of graphene based nanocomposites using molecular dynamic simulation and multiscale modeling approaches. Both graphene-epoxy and graphene-cellulose nanocomposites were considered in this study. A hierarchical multiscale modeling approach has been proposed using peridynamics and molecular dynamics simulation. Firstly, the mechanical properties of crosslinked graphene/epoxy (G-Ep) nanocomposites were investigated by molecular mechanics (MM) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The influence of graphene's weight concentration, aspect ratio and dispersion on stress-strain response and elastic properties were studied. The results show significant improvement in Young's modulus and shear modulus for the G-Ep system in comparison to the neat epoxy resin. It appears that the RDF, molecular energy and aspect ratios are influenced by both graphene concentrations and aspect ratios. The graphene concentrations in the range of 1-3% are seen to improve Young's modulus and shorter graphenes are observed to be more effective than larger ones. In addition, the dispersed graphene system is more promising in enhancing in-plane elastic modulus than the agglomerated graphene system. The cohesive and pullout forces versus displacements data were plotted under normal and shear modes in order to characterize interfacial properties. The cohesive force is significantly improved by attaching the graphene with a chemical bond at the graphene-epoxy interface. In the second part of the work, cellulose was considered to study the mechanical properties of graphene-cellulose bionanocomposite. Similar to graphene-epoxy systems, the effect of graphene dispersion and agglomeration were studied in the stress-strain plots of graphene-cellulose system. A pcff forcefield was used to define intermolecular and intramolecular interactions. The effect of graphene's aspect ratio and weight concentration on the structural property of each unitcell was

  5. Synthesis and characterization thin films of conductive polymer (PANI) for optoelectronic device application

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    Jarad, Amer N.; Ibrahim, Kamarulazizi; Ahmed, Nasser M.

    2016-07-01

    In this work we report preparation and investigation of structural and optical properties of polyaniline conducting polymer. By using sol-gel in spin coating technique to synthesize thin films of conducting polymer polyaniline (PANI). Conducting polymer polyaniline was synthesized by the chemical oxidative polymerization of aniline monomers. The thin films were characterized by technique: Hall effect, High Resolution X-ray diffraction (HR-XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), and UV-vis spectroscopy. Polyaniline conductive polymer exhibit amorphous nature as confirmed by HR-XRD. The presence of characteristic bonds of polyaniline was observed from FTIR spectroscopy technique. Electrical and optical properties revealed that (p-type) conductivity PANI with room temperature, the conductivity was 6.289×10-5 (Ω.cm)-1, with tow of absorption peak at 426,805 nm has been attributed due to quantized size of polyaniline conducting polymer.

  6. Characterization and antimicrobial activity of silver nanoparticles prepared by a thermal decomposition technique

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    Tam, Le Thi; Phan, Vu Ngoc; Lan, Hoang; Thuy, Nguyen Thanh; Hien, Tran Minh; Huy, Tran Quang; Quy, Nguyen Van; Chinh, Huynh Dang; Tung, Le Minh; Tuan, Pham Anh; Lam, Vu Dinh; Le, Anh-Tuan

    2013-11-01

    Recently, there has been an increasing need of efficient synthetic protocols using eco-friendly conditions including low costs and green chemicals for production of metal nanoparticles. In this work, silver nanoparticles (silver NPs) with average particle size about 10 nm were synthesized by using a thermal decomposition technique. Unlike the colloidal chemistry method, the thermal decomposition method developed has advantages such as the high crystallinity, single-reaction synthesis, and easy dispersion ability of the synthesized NPs in organic solvents. In a modified synthesis process, we used sodium oleate as a capping agent to modify the surface of silver NPs because the oleate has a C18 tail with a double bond in the middle, therefore, forming a kink which is to be effective for aggregative stability. Importantly, the as-synthesized silver NPs have demonstrated strong antimicrobial effects against various bacteria and fungi strains. Electron microscopic studies reveal physical insights into the interaction and bactericidal mechanism between the prepared silver NPs and tested bacteria in question. The observed excellent antibacterial and antifungal activity of the silver NPs make them ideal for disinfection and biomedicine applications.

  7. Characterizing Residuals in New and Aged Fluorotelomer Polymers in Soil

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    Fluorotelomer polymers (FTPs) comprise some of the major products of the fluorotelomer industry. FTPs impart anti-wetting and anti-staining properties which are invaluable to wide range of consumer products including clothing, upholstery, food packaging, and carpeting. FTPs retai...

  8. Characterization of a synthetic bioactive polymer by nonlinear optical microscopy

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    Djaker, N.; Brustlein, S.; Rohman, G.; Huot, S.; de la Chapelle, M. Lamy; Migonney, V.

    2013-01-01

    Tissue Engineering is a new emerging field that offers many possibilities to produce three-dimensional and functional tissues like ligaments or scaffolds. The biocompatibility of these materials is crucial in tissue engineering, since they should be integrated in situ and should induce a good cell adhesion and proliferation. One of the most promising materials used for tissue engineering are polyesters such as Poly-ε-caprolactone (PCL), which is used in this work. In our case, the bio-integration is reached by grafting a bioactive polymer (pNaSS) on a PCL surface. Using nonlinear microscopy, PCL structure is visualized by SHG and proteins and cells by two-photon excitation autofluorescence generation. A comparative study between grafted and nongrafted polymer films is provided. We demonstrate that the polymer grafting improves the protein adsorption by a factor of 75% and increase the cell spreading onto the polymer surface. Since the spreading is directly related to cell adhesion and proliferation, we demonstrate that the pNaSS grafting promotes PCL biocompatibility. PMID:24466483

  9. Lignocellulose decomposition by microbial secretions

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    Carbon storage in terrestrial ecosystems is contingent upon the natural resistance of plant cell wall polymers to rapid biological degradation. Nevertheless, certain microorganisms have evolved remarkable means to overcome this natural resistance. Lignocellulose decomposition by microorganisms com...

  10. Development and characterization of porous polypyrrole-polylactic acid electroactive polymer blends

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    Chan, Christine; Chan, Ellen; Naguib, Hani E.

    2009-03-01

    Conducting polymers have sparked much research interest due to their unique ability to be electrically stimulated. However, these polymers are very brittle and have poor mechanical properties. In order to improve upon its structural integrity, it can be blended with other host polymers that have better mechanical properties. These blended composites would then possess the benefits of conductive properties while having sufficient mechanical properties to be more suitable for practical applications. Polypyrrole-polylactic acid blends were processed using chemical oxidative polymerization and compression molding, followed by gas foaming and saturation techniques to create porous structures. Characterization of these porous blends included its physical, thermal, and mechanical properties.

  11. Mechanical testing and characterization of PVDF, a thin film piezoelectric polymer

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    Vinogradov, A.M.; Holloway, F.

    1997-10-01

    Mechanical properties of the thin film piezoelectric polymer PVDF are examined experimentally. The developed program comprising static, creep and dynamic (oscillatory) tests provides a consistent empirical data base for material characterization of the polymer: The results of the study indicate that PVDF thin films are orthotropic materials. The constitutive equations of linear hereditary viscoelasticity are shown to accurately represent the time-dependent response of PVDF over a wide range of stresses, temperatures and frequencies. The experiments indicate that the polymer exhibits thermorheologically simple behavior governed by the temperature-frequency correspondence principle.

  12. Polymers.

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    Tucker, David C.

    1986-01-01

    Presents an open-ended experiment which has students exploring polymer chemistry and reverse osmosis. This activity involves construction of a polymer membrane, use of it in a simple osmosis experiment, and application of its principles in solving a science-technology-society problem. (ML)

  13. Synthesis of lead zirconate titanate nanofibres and the Fourier-transform infrared characterization of their metallo-organic decomposition process

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    Wang, Yu; Santiago-Avilés, Jorge J.

    2004-01-01

    We have synthesized Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 fibres with diameters ranging from 500 nm to several microns using electrospinning and metallo-organic decomposition techniques (Wang et al 2002 Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 702 359). By a refinement of our electrospinning technique, i.e. by increasing the viscosity of the precursor solution, and by adding a filter to the tip of the syringe, the diameter of the synthesized PZT fibres has been reduced to the neighbourhood of 100 nm. The complex thermal decomposition was characterized using Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction (XRD). It was found that alcohol evaporated during electrospinning and that most of the organic groups had pyrolysed before the intermediate pyrochlore phase was formed. There is a good correspondence between XRD and FTIR spectra. We also verify that a thin film of platinum coated on the silicon substrate catalyses the phase transformation of the pyrochlore into the perovskite phase.

  14. Characterizing and correcting for the effect of sensor noise in the dynamic mode decomposition

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    Dawson, Scott; Hemati, Maziar; Williams, Matthew; Rowley, Clarence

    2014-11-01

    Dynamic mode decomposition (DMD) provides a powerful means of extracting insightful dynamical information from fluids datasets. Like any data processing technique, DMD's usefulness relies on its ability to extract real and accurate dynamical features from noise-corrupted data. Here we show analytically that sensor noise can bias the results (eigenvalues and modes) of the DMD algorithm. This bias can be accurately predicted, to the point that we may derive an analytic correction factor that facilitates its removal. We propose a number of additional modifications to the DMD algorithm that reduce or eliminate this bias, even when the noise characteristics are unknown. We demonstrate the performance of these modifications on a range of synthetic, numerical, and experimental datasets, and also compare and integrate our modified algorithms with other DMD variants proposed in recent literature. This work was supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, under Award No. FA9550-12-1-0075.

  15. Characterizing and correcting for the effect of sensor noise in the dynamic mode decomposition

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    Dawson, Scott T. M.; Hemati, Maziar S.; Williams, Matthew O.; Rowley, Clarence W.

    2016-03-01

    Dynamic mode decomposition (DMD) provides a practical means of extracting insightful dynamical information from fluids datasets. Like any data processing technique, DMD's usefulness is limited by its ability to extract real and accurate dynamical features from noise-corrupted data. Here, we show analytically that DMD is biased to sensor noise, and quantify how this bias depends on the size and noise level of the data. We present three modifications to DMD that can be used to remove this bias: (1) a direct correction of the identified bias using known noise properties, (2) combining the results of performing DMD forwards and backwards in time, and (3) a total least-squares-inspired algorithm. We discuss the relative merits of each algorithm and demonstrate the performance of these modifications on a range of synthetic, numerical, and experimental datasets. We further compare our modified DMD algorithms with other variants proposed in the recent literature.

  16. Viscoelastic Characterization of Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) Polymer by Sharp Indentation

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    Stan, Felicia; Munteanu, Ana V.; Fetecau, Catalin

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, indentation of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) polymer with a sharp indenter is investigated in order to identify the material parameters. The indentation creep, i.e., the relative change of the indentation depth under constant load, is investigated based on a hereditary integral and on a rheological model which describes a viscoelastic plastic response. Experimental data were fitted to the model in order to identify the model parameters.

  17. Fluorinated bottlebrush polymers based on poly(trifluoroethyl methacrylate): Synthesis and characterizations

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    Xu, Yuewen; Wang, Weiyu; Wang, Yangyang; Zhu, Jiahua; Uhrig, David; Lu, Xinyi; Keum, Jong Kahk; Mays, Jimmy W.; Hong, Kunlun

    2015-11-25

    Bottlebrush polymers are densely grafted polymers with long side-chains attached to a linear polymeric backbone. Their unusual structures endow them with a number of unique and potentially useful properties in solution, in thin films, and in bulk. Despite the many studies of bottlebrushes that have been reported, the structure–property relationships for this class of materials are still poorly understood. In this contribution, we report the synthesis and characterization of fluorinated bottlebrush polymers based on poly(2,2,2-trifluoroethyl methacrylate). The synthesis was achieved by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) using an α-bromoisobutyryl bromide functionalized norbornene initiator, followed by ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) using a third generation Grubbs’ catalyst (G3). Rheological characterization revealed that the bottlebrush polymer backbones remained unentangled as indicated by the lack of a rubbery plateau in the modulus. By tuning the size of the backbone of the bottlebrush polymers, near-spherical and elongated particles representing single brush molecular morphologies were observed in a good solvent as evidenced by TEM imaging, suggesting a semi-flexible nature of their backbones in dilute solutions. Thin films of bottlebrush polymers exhibited noticeably higher static water contact angles as compared to that of the macromonomer reaching the hydrophobic regime, where little differences were observed between each bottlebrush polymer. Further investigation by AFM revealed that the surface of the macromonomer film was relatively smooth; in contrast, the surface of bottlebrush polymers displayed certain degrees of nano-scale roughness (Rq = 0.8–2.4 nm). The enhanced hydrophobicity of these bottlebrushes likely results from the preferential enrichment of the fluorine containing end groups at the periphery of the molecules and the film surface due to the side chain crowding effect. Furthermore, our results

  18. Fluorinated bottlebrush polymers based on poly(trifluoroethyl methacrylate): Synthesis and characterizations

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    Xu, Yuewen; Wang, Weiyu; Wang, Yangyang; Zhu, Jiahua; Uhrig, David; Lu, Xinyi; Keum, Jong Kahk; Mays, Jimmy W.; Hong, Kunlun

    2015-11-25

    Bottlebrush polymers are densely grafted polymers with long side-chains attached to a linear polymeric backbone. Their unusual structures endow them with a number of unique and potentially useful properties in solution, in thin films, and in bulk. Despite the many studies of bottlebrushes that have been reported, the structure–property relationships for this class of materials are still poorly understood. In this contribution, we report the synthesis and characterization of fluorinated bottlebrush polymers based on poly(2,2,2-trifluoroethyl methacrylate). The synthesis was achieved by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) using an α-bromoisobutyryl bromide functionalized norbornene initiator, followed by ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) usingmore » a third generation Grubbs’ catalyst (G3). Rheological characterization revealed that the bottlebrush polymer backbones remained unentangled as indicated by the lack of a rubbery plateau in the modulus. By tuning the size of the backbone of the bottlebrush polymers, near-spherical and elongated particles representing single brush molecular morphologies were observed in a good solvent as evidenced by TEM imaging, suggesting a semi-flexible nature of their backbones in dilute solutions. Thin films of bottlebrush polymers exhibited noticeably higher static water contact angles as compared to that of the macromonomer reaching the hydrophobic regime, where little differences were observed between each bottlebrush polymer. Further investigation by AFM revealed that the surface of the macromonomer film was relatively smooth; in contrast, the surface of bottlebrush polymers displayed certain degrees of nano-scale roughness (Rq = 0.8–2.4 nm). The enhanced hydrophobicity of these bottlebrushes likely results from the preferential enrichment of the fluorine containing end groups at the periphery of the molecules and the film surface due to the side chain crowding effect. Furthermore, our results provide

  19. Fabrication and characterization of shape memory polymers at small-scales

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    Wornyo, Edem

    The objective of this research is to thoroughly investigate the shape memory effect in polymers, characterize, and optimize these polymers for applications in information storage systems. Previous research effort in this field concentrated on shape memory metals for biomedical applications such as stents. Minimal work has been done on shape memory polymers; and the available work on shape memory polymers has not characterized the behaviors of this category of polymers fully. Copolymer shape memory materials based on diethylene glycol dimethacrylate (DEGDMA) crosslinker, and tert butyl acrylate (tBA) monomer are designed. The design encompasses a careful control of the backbone chemistry of the materials. Characterization methods such as dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC); and novel nanoscale techniques such as atomic force microscopy (AFM), and nanoindentation are applied to this system of materials. Designed experiments are conducted on the materials to optimize spin coating conditions for thin films. Furthermore, the recovery, a key for the use of these polymeric materials for information storage, is examined in detail with respect to temperature. In sum, the overarching objectives of the proposed research are to: (i) Design shape memory polymers based on polyethylene glycol dimethacrylate (PEGDMA) and diethylene glycol dimethacrylate (DEGDMA) crosslinkers, 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and tert-butyl acrylate monomer (tBA). (ii) Utilize dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) to comprehend the thermomechanical properties of shape memory polymers based on DEGDMA and tBA. (iii) Utilize nanoindentation and atomic force microscopy (AFM) to understand the nanoscale behavior of these SMPs, and explore the strain storage and recovery of the polymers from a deformed state. (iv) Study spin coating conditions on thin film quality with designed experiments. (iv) Apply neural networks and genetic algorithms to optimize these systems.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of phosphonate ester and phosphonic acid containing polymers and blends

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    Tamber, Harinder Singh

    1997-12-01

    Vinylbenzylphosphonate ester (VBP) was homopolymerized and copolymerized with methyl methacrylate and the reactivity ratio of this pair of monomers was calculated from Finneman-Ross and Kelen-Tudos methods. These methods provided identical values, which are rsb1 (VBP) = 1.23 and rsb2(MMA) = 0.43. The phosphonate ester group, -P = O(OEt)sb2; in VBP and poly(VBP-MMA) copolymers was hydrolysed to phosphonic acid, -P = O(OH)sb2; at room temperature to obtain vinylbenzylphosphonic acid (VBPa) and poly(VBPa-MMA) copolymers. sp1H, sp{13}C & sp{31}P NMR spectroscopy, DSC and FTIR were used to monitor the hydrolysis of these phosphorylated monomers and polymers. The glass transition temperature of PVBP was 13sp°C as compared to 198sp°C of PVBPa. The phosphoryl group in the parent polymers acts as a self plasticizing agent resulting in lower glass transition temperature, on the other hand inter and intra hydrogen bonding results in broad and high Tsbg in these hydrolysed polymers. VBP was also polymerized with BisGMA or TEGDM to low conversions. These oligomers were tested in vitro as potential adhesive materials for dental/enamel and composite resins. The phosphonate esters containing polymers show substantial capacity to dissolve the heavy metal salts, e.g., UOsb2(NO)sb3.6Hsb2O and thus provides radiopaque polymers. Excessive sorption of water lead to phase separation and, hence, loss of radiopacity. Thus, an alternate method of synthesis of radiopaque polymers is also described in which radiopacifying agent is covalently linked to polymer backbone. Styryldiphenylbismuth was prepared by the reaction of diphenylbismuthchloride and Grignard of p-bromostyrene, but some other by-products such as triphenylbismuth, distyrylphenyl bismoth were also obtained as revealed by reverse phase HPLC and the yield of the reaction was low. Iodinated monomers VBTIsb3 and IEMIsb3 were prepared by reacting VBC or IEM to triiodophenol in high yields. Decomposition kinetic analysis was done by

  1. Crystallization behavior and microstructural characterization of drug/polymer systems

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    Zhu, Qing

    Solid dispersions of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) in a polymeric matrix have received extensive attention as a potential approach to increase the dissolution rate of the API. Among different types of solid dispersions, polyethylene glycol (PEG) based semicrystalline solid dispersions have attracted considerable interest, for the reason that PEG enables the delivery of most APIs with low aqueous solubility. However, there are still limitations that restrict the application of this technique for drug formulations. One main concern is the reproducibility of the physicochemical properties of the solid dispersions during scale-up and storage. Additionally, the mechanism by which the dissolution rate is enhanced is still unclear. These are all related to the microstructure of the solid dispersions. Therefore, the purpose of this project is to have a fundamental understanding of the crystallization behavior and microstructural evolution of API/PEG solid dispersions. The model API was comelted with PEG and solidified at predetermined temperatures. The effect of the physicochemical properties of the APIs, polymer matrix and preparation conditions on the crystallization behavior and structure were investigated, using wide-angle X-ray scattering, small-angle X-ray scattering, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and second harmonic imaging microscopy. When API/PEG solid dispersions were formed using different APIs, it was found that, for the fast crystallizing APIs (e.g. naproxen), the interaction between the API and the PEG matrix slowed down the crystallization rate of naproxen. For the slow crystallizing APIs (e.g. ibuprofen), crystalline PEG acted as heterogeneous nuclei to speed up the onset of crystallization. It was also found that, APIs with strong interaction in PEG (e.g. Naproxen/PEG) favored the interlamellar incorporation of naproxen in PEG matrix before naproxen crystallized. When the naproxen/PEG solid dispersions are prepared at

  2. Synthesis, Characterization and Catalytic Properties of Attapulgite/CeO2 Nanocomposite Films for Decomposition of Rhodamine B.

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    Lu, Xiaowang; Li, Xiazhang; Qian, Junchao; Chen, Feng; Chen, Zhigang

    2015-08-01

    ATP(attapulgite)/CeO2 nanocomposite films were prepared on the glass substrates via a sol-gel and dip-coating route. The ATP/CeO2 nanocomposite films were characterized by Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive spectrometry (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The results showed that the ATP/CeO2 nanocomposite films were free from cracks and the nanoparticles were attached onto the surface of attapulgite. The ATP/CeO2 nanocomposite films displayed excellent catalytic activity for decomposition of Rhodamine B. The COD (chemical oxygen demand) removal rate of rhodamine B using ATP/CeO2 nanocomposite films as catalyst reached as high as 94% when the weight ratio of ATP to CeO2 was 2:1. PMID:26369164

  3. Synthesis and characterization of cross-linkable polyurethane-imide electro-optic waveguide polymer

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    Wang, Long-De; Tang, Jie; Li, Ruo-Zhou; Zhang, Tong; Tong, Ling; Tang, Jing

    2016-01-01

    The novel electro-optic (EO) polymers of fluorinated cross-linkable polyurethane-imides (CLPUI) were designed and synthesized by polycondensation of azo chromophore C1 and C2, diisocyanate MDI, and aromatic dianhydride 6FDA. Molecular structural characterization for the resulting polymers was achieved by 1HNMR, FT-IR, elemental analysis, and gel permeation chromatography. The polymers exhibit good film-forming properties, high glass transition temperature ( T g) in the range of 193-200 °C, and thermal stability up to 290 °C. The polymers that possess a high EO coefficient (γ_{33} = 48 and 56 pm/V) at 1550 nm for poled polymer thin films were measured by the simple reflection technique. Excellent temporal stability and low optical losses in the range of 1.1-1.7 dB/cm at 1550 nm were observed for these polymers. Using the synthesized side-chain electro-optic CLPUI as the active core material and of a fluorinated polyimide as cladding material, we have designed and successfully fabricated the high-performance polymer waveguide Mach-Zehnder EO modulators.

  4. Synthesis, characterization, and relaxivity of two linear Gd(DTPA)-polymer conjugates.

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    Duarte, M G; Gil, M H; Peters, J A; Colet, J M; Elst, L V; Muller, R N; Geraldes, C F

    2001-01-01

    Two linear polyamide conjugates of Gd(DTPA)2- were synthesized and characterized by high-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and size exclusion chromatography (SEC). DTPA was copolymerized with two different diamines, 1,6-hexanediamine and trans-1,4-cyclohexanediamine, yielding the polymers DTPA-HMD and DTPA-CHD, with low polydispersity. Their molecular flexibility in solution was studied using 13C spin-lattice relaxation time measurements, indicating that the cyclohexanediamine linking moiety of the DTPA-HMD polymer is more rigid than that of DTPA-CHD. The influence of the flexibility of the linking functionalities on the relaxivity of the Gd3+-DTPA-polymer conjugates was studied by water nuclear magnetic relaxation dispersion (NMRD). The relaxivity of the Gd(DTPA-CHD) polymer was only slightly higher than that of the Gd(DTPA-HMD) polymer, and only two times higher than the usual values for small Gd-DTPA-like chelates. The low relaxivities obtained for both polymers, much lower than expected from the polymer apparent molecular weights, result from their substantial residual flexibility, and also from a too long, nonoptimal, value of the inner-sphere water exchange rate. These polymeric compounds are also cleared very quickly from the blood of rats, indicating that they are of limited value as blood pool contrast agents for MRA. PMID:11312677

  5. Surface characterization of LDEF carbon fiber/polymer matrix composites

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    Grammer, Holly L.; Wightman, James P.; Young, Philip R.; Slemp, Wayne S.

    1995-01-01

    XPS (x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) and SEM (scanning electron microscopy) analysis of both carbon fiber/epoxy matrix and carbon fiber/polysulfone matrix composites revealed significant changes in the surface composition as a result of exposure to low-earth orbit. The carbon 1s curve fit XPS analysis in conjunction with the SEM photomicrographs revealed significant erosion of the polymer matrix resins by atomic oxygen to expose the carbon fibers of the composite samples. This erosion effect on the composites was seen after 10 months in orbit and was even more obvious after 69 months.

  6. New syndioregic main-chain, nonlinear optical polymers, and their ellipsometric characterization

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    Lindsay, Geoffrey A.; Nee, Soe-Mie F.; Hoover, James M.; Stenger-Smith, John D.; Henry, Ronald A.; Kubin, R. F.; Seltzer, Michael D.

    1991-12-01

    New nonlinear optical polymers (NLOP) having potential utility in waveguides for the modulation and switching of optical signals are reported. A new class of chromophoric polymers which assume a folded, polar conformation of the backbone have been prepared. The polymers have a syndioregic arrangement of chromophores within the backbone (i.e., a head-to-head, tail-to-tail configuration). Polymers were synthesized by the polymerization of difunctional, precoupled pairs of chromophores and difunctional, bridging groups. Glassy, noncentrosymmetric films were prepared by electric field poling and by Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) deposition. Characterization of multilayer LB films by null ellipsometry to determine the anisotropic refractive parameters was performed at different angles of incidence and at a wavelength of 1.0 (mu).

  7. Characterization of salt stable, biologically decomposable polymers for commercial application in EOR

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    Kulicke, W.M.; van Eikeren, A.; Jacobs, A.; Littmann, W.; Kleinitz, W.

    1993-12-31

    Polymers that are both stable to salts and biologically degradable are a rarity; one example of a polymer that does possess these properties is the fermentation polymer xanthan. The chemical and steric microstructure of 40 different xanthan samples (both laboratory and commercially available samples) were investigated with the aid of NMR spectroscopy, enzymatic analysis, light scattering and viscometry. In these experiments it was found that xanthan is a quaternary polymer. The viscosity yield depends not only on the initial concentration and molecular weight but also on the chemical composition. The injectability and flow behavior were examined under various conditions. The way in which the samples are pretreated is not only of significance in the characterization of the microstructure but also, and especially, in terms of the flow behavior within the pore spaces. An account of the first trials is also included.

  8. Laboratory bench for the characterization of triboelectric properties of polymers

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    Neagoe, Bogdan; Prawatya, Yopa; Zeghloul, Thami; Souchet, Dominique; Dascalescu, Lucian

    2015-10-01

    The use of polymers as materials for sliding machine components is due to their low cost, ease of manufacturing, as well as appropriate mechanical and thermal properties. The aim of this paper is to present the experimental bench designed for the study of the triboelectric charge generated in sliding conformal contacts between flat polymer materials. The experiments were performed with 4-mm-thick samples of polystyrene and 5-mm-thick samples of poly-vinyl-chloride.The normal contact force can be adjusted using an appropriate control system and measured by a force sensor (± 50 N). The translational back-and-forth motion of the samples is produced by a crank-shaft system that generates a sinusoidal translational speed profile, with amplitudes between 12 and 50 mm/s, for strokes of 36 to 60 mm. The distribution of charge at the surface of the samples is measured by the capacitive probe of an electrostatic voltmeter (± 10 kV). The experiments pointed out that this bench enables the evaluation of the non-uniformity of the electric charge accumulated on the sliding bodies and the study of the correlations that might exists between this charge and the external forces applied to the contact.

  9. Synthesis and Characterization of Magnetically Controllable Nanostructures Using Different Polymers

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    Turcu, Rodica; Nan, Alexandrina; Craciunescu, Izabell; Leostean, Cristian; Macavei, Sergiu; Taculescu, Alina; Marinica, Oana; Daia, Camelia; Vekas, Ladislau

    2010-12-01

    We report a comparative study of hybrid nanostructures prepared by using water based magnetic nanofluids and polymers such as poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) and pyrrole copolymer functionalized with glycyl-leucine. Design of magnetic nanostructures could be achieved using different synthesis procedures that allow either coating or clustering the magnetic nanoparticles from magnetic fluid by the addition of polymer. Physical-chemical characteristics of hybrid magnetic nanostructures were investigated by FTIR, TEM, DLS, rotational viscosimetry and magnetization measurements. Functionalized pyrrole copolymer coated magnetite nanoparticles with mean size around 9 nm have superparamagnetic behavior and saturation magnetization value of 65 emu/g_Fe3O4. Clusters of magnetite nanoparticles from the water based magnetic nanofluid were encapsulated into polymeric PNIPA spheres having diameters in the range 50-100 nm. The procedure applied allowed to achieve high magnetic loading of polymeric microspheres, having saturation magnetization value of 41 emu/g. Also, the stable suspension in water of thermoresponsive magnetic microgel, as well as the dried samples shows superparamagnetic behavior. It was evidenced that the thermally induced transition from the swollen to collapsed state of magnetic microgels occurs around 30° C.

  10. Development, Characterization, and Utilization of Food-Grade Polymer Oleogels.

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    Davidovich-Pinhas, M; Barbut, Shai; Marangoni, A G

    2016-01-01

    The potential of organogels (oleogels) for oil structuring has been identified and investigated extensively using different gelator-oil systems in recent years. This review provides a comprehensive summary of all oil-structuring systems found in the literature, with an emphasis on ethyl-cellulose (EC), the only direct food-grade polymer oleogelator. EC is a semicrystalline material that undergoes a thermoreversible sol-gel transition in the presence of liquid oil. This unique behavior is based on the polymer's ability to associate through physical bonds. These interactions are strongly affected by external fields such as shear and temperature, as well as by solvent chemistry, which in turn strongly affect final gel properties. Recently, EC-based oleogels have been used as a replacement for fats in foods, as heat-resistance agents in chocolate, as oil-binding agents in bakery products, and as the basis for cosmetic pastes. Understanding the characteristics of the EC oleogel is essential for the development of new applications. PMID:26735799

  11. Thermomechanical characterization of environmentally conditioned shape memory polymer using nanoindentation

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    Fulcher, J. T.; Lu, Y. C.; Tandon, G. P.; Foster, D. C.

    2010-04-01

    Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are an emerging class of active polymers that have dual-shape capability, and are therefore candidate materials for multifunctional reconfigurable structures (i.e., morphing structures). However, the SMPs have not been fully tested to work in relevant environments (variable activation temperature, fuel and water swell, UV radiation, etc.) required for Air Force missions. In this study, epoxy-based SMPs were conditioned separately in simulated service environments designed to be reflective of anticipated performance requirements, namely, (1) exposure to UV radiation for 125 cycles, (2) immersion in jet-oil at ambient temperature, (3) immersion in jet-oil at 49°C, and (4) immersion in water at 49°C. The novel high-temperature indentation method was used to evaluate the mechanical properties and shape recovery ability of the conditioned SMPs. Results show that environmentally conditioned SMPs exhibit higher moduli in comparison to an unconditioned one. During free recovery, the indentation impressions of all SMPs disappeared as temperature reached above Tg, indicating that the material's ability to regain shape remains relatively unchanged with conditioning.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of thermally responsive polymer layers

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    Seeber, Michael

    Future devices such as biomedical and microfluidic devices, to a large extent, will depend on the interactions between the device surfaces and the contacting liquid. Further, biological liquids containing proteins call for controllable interactions between devices and such proteins, however the bulk material must retain the inherent mechanical properties from which the device was fabricated from. It is well known that surface modification is a suitable technique to tune the surface properties without sacrificing the bulk properties of the substrate. In the present study, surface properties were modified through temperature responsive polymer layers. After the modification, the surfaces gained switchability toward protein interaction as well as surface wettability properties. Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM), a well studied thermo-responsive polymer was utilized in the subsequent work. Firstly, thermally responsive brushes made from well defined block copolymers incorporating NIPAM and the surface reactive monomer, glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) were fabricated in a single step process. Reaction of the PGMA block with surface hydroxyl groups anchors the polymers to the surface yet allows PNIPAM to assemble at the interface at high enough concentration to exhibit thermally responsive properties in aqueous solutions. Surface properties of the resulting brushes prepared the 1-step process are compared to characteristics of PNIPAM brushes synthesized by already established methods. The thickness, swelling, and protein adsorption of the PNIPAM films were studied by ellipsometry. Chemical composition of the layer was studied by angle-resolved x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Film morphologies and forces of adhesion to fibrinogen were examined using atomic force microscopy (AFM) tapping mode and colloidal probe technique. Block copolymer (BCP) and conventional brush films were abraded and subsequently examined for changes in thermally responsive behavior. The results

  13. Preparation and characterization of light-switchable polymer networks attached to solid substrates.

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    Schenderlein, Helge; Voss, Agnieszka; Stark, Robert W; Biesalski, Markus

    2013-04-01

    Surface-attached polymer networks that carry light-responsive nitrospiropyran groups in a hydrophilic PDMAA matrix were prepared on planar silicon and glass surfaces and were characterized with respect to their switching behavior under the influence of an external light trigger. Functional polymers bearing light-responsive units as well as photo-cross-linkable benzophenone groups were first synthesized using free radical copolymerization. The number of spiropyran groups in the copolymer was controlled by adjusting the concentration of the respective monomer in the copolymerization feed. The polymer films were prepared by spin-coating the functional polymers from solution and by ultraviolet light (UV)-induced cross-linking utilizing benzophenone photochemistry. On substrates with immobilized benzophenone groups, the complete polymer network is linked to the surface. The dry thickness of the films can be controlled over a wide range from a few nanometers up to more than 1 μm. The integration of such light-switchable organic moieties into a surface-attached polymer network allows one to increase the overall number of light-responsive groups per surface area by adjusting the amount of surface-attached polymer networks. The spiropyran's function in dry (solvent-free) and swollen polymer films can be reversibly switched by UV and visible irradiation. In addition, the switching in water is faster than in the dry state. Therefore, implementing light-responsive spiropyran functions in polymer films linked to solid surfaces could allow for switching of the chemical and optical surface properties in a fast and spatially controlled fashion. PMID:23461870

  14. Orthogonal Supramolecular Polymer Formation on Highly Oriented Pyrolytic Graphite (HOPG) Surfaces Characterized by Scanning Probe Microscopy.

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    Gong, Yongxiang; Zhang, Siqi; Geng, Yanfang; Niu, Chunmei; Yin, Shouchun; Zeng, Qingdao; Li, Min

    2015-10-27

    Formation of an orthogonal supramolecular polymer on a highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) surface was demonstrated for the first time by means of scanning probe microscopy (SPM). Atomic force microscopy (AFM) was employed to characterize the variation of both the thickness and the topography of the film formed from (1) monomer 1, (2) monomer 1/Zn(2+), and (3) monomer 1/Zn(2+)/cross-linker 2, respectively. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) was used to monitor the self-assembly behavior of monomer 1 itself, as well as 1/Zn(2+) ions binary system on graphite surface, further testifying for the formation of linear polymer via coordination interaction at the single molecule level. These results, given by the strong surface characterization tool of SPM, confirm the formation of the orthogonal polymer on the surface of graphite, which has great significance in regard to fabricating a complex superstructure on surfaces. PMID:26457462

  15. Synthesis and characterization of soluble conducting polymers and conducting adhesives

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    Oztemiz, Serhan

    With the demanding nature of the technology today, scientists are looking for new materials in order to decrease the cost, increase the efficiency of the use of the materials, and decrease time-consuming steps in order to increase the speed of production. New materials are being studied to decrease the weight of cars, planes and space vehicles; surface properties are being modified to decrease the drag coefficient; new technologies are being introduced for speeding up applications in production and assembly lines. In this research we address the needs of different technological applications from a conductivity perspective. In the first part of the thesis, the synthesis of soluble conducting polymers in order to make them more processable for potential electronic and photovoltaic applications is presented. Soluble conducting polymers of 3-hexylthiophene, 3-octylthiophene, 3-decylthiophene and 3-dodecylthiophene were synthesized electrochemically and thus, doped during synthesis. It was found that the conductivities; molecular weights and degrees of polymerization of the polymers strongly depend on the side chain's length. The substitution of alkyl side chains decreases the reactivity of the growing chain, and with an increasing side-chain length, all of these properties show a decrease. The hexyl substituent, being the shortest of the four side chains, causes the least distortion in the background, has the highest conjugation, and has the highest shift in the UV spectrum when it polymerizes. As the length of the side chain increases, the shift in the UV spectrum decreases, too. Decrease in the pi-stacking, conjugation and delocalization decreases the conductivity. This gives the material an opportunity to be used in photovoltaic applications. In the second part of the thesis, a conducting adhesive formulation that eliminates the need for heat or other expensive and rather bothersome application methods to activate the adhesive is investigated. Using the quick

  16. Design, fabrication and characterization of an arrayable all-polymer microfluidic valve employing highly magnetic rare-earth composite polymer

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    Rahbar, Mona; Shannon, Lesley; Gray, Bonnie L.

    2016-05-01

    We present a new magnetically actuated microfluidic valve that employs a highly magnetic composite polymer (M-CP) containing rare-earth hard-magnetic powder for its actuating element and for its valve seat. The M-CP offers much higher magnetization compared to the soft-magnetic, ferrite-based composite polymers typically used in microfluidic applications. Each valve consists of a permanently magnetized M-CP flap and valve seat mounted on a microfluidic channel system fabricated in poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS). Each valve is actuated under a relatively small external magnetic field of 80 mT provided by a small permanent magnet mounted on a miniature linear actuator. The performance of the valve with different flap thicknesses is characterized. In addition, the effect of the magnetic valve seat on the valve’s performance is also characterized. It is experimentally shown that a valve with a 2.3 mm flap thickness, actuated under an 80 mT magnetic field, is capable of completely blocking liquid flow at a flow rate of 1 ml min‑1 for pressures up to 9.65 kPa in microfluidic channels 200 μm wide and 200 μm deep. The valve can also be fabricated into an array for flow switching between multiple microfluidic channels under continuous flow conditions. The performance of arrays of valves for flow routing is demonstrated for flow rates up to 5 ml min‑1 with larger microfluidic channels of up to 1 mm wide and 500 μm deep. The design of the valves is compatible with other commonly used polymeric microfluidic components, as well as other components that use the same novel permanently magnetic composite polymer, such as our previously reported cilia-based mixing devices.

  17. Micromechanical characterization of nonlinear behavior of advanced polymer matrix composites

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    Gates, Thomas S.; Chen, J. L.; Sun, C. T.

    1994-01-01

    Due to the presence of curing stresses and oriented crystalline structures in the matrix of polymer matrix fiber composites, the in situ nonlinear properties of the matrix are expected to be rather different from those of the bulk resin. A plane stress micromechanical model was developed to retrieve the in situ elastic-plastic properties of Narmco 5260 and Amoco 8320 matrices from measured elastic-plastic properties of IM7/5260 and IM7/8320 advance composites. In the micromechanical model, the fiber was assumed to be orthotropically elastic and the matrix to be orthotropic in elastic and plastic properties. The results indicate that both in situ elastic and plastic properties of the matrices are orthotropic.

  18. Preparation and Characterization of Novel Polymer/Silicate Nanocomposites

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    Harrup, Mason Kurt; Wertsching, Alan Kevin; Jones, Michael Glen

    2002-01-01

    Nanocomposite materials with an inorganic glass and an organic polymer constitute a relatively new and unique area in material science. The term “ormocers”, “ormosils” and “ceramers” are often utilized to describe this class of nanocomposite (1, 2). By combining at the molecular level inorganic and organic polymeric material a blending of unique physical properties can be achieved. The value in these materials is apparent, from fiber optics to paints these materials may provide the requisite physical properties to achieve the next technological advance. There are several different ways of synthesizing this class of nanocomposite; therefore a means of classification is necessary. Most developed nomenclature is based on synthetic techniques; Wilkes has a relatively recent and exhaustive categorization (3). However we chose to classify these materials upon a simpler system first suggested by Novak (4). Five categories cover the majority of composites synthesized with more recent techniques being modifications or combinations from this list.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of nanoscale polymer films grafted to metal surfaces

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    Galabura, Yuriy

    Anchoring thin polymer films to metal surfaces allows us to alter, tune, and control their biocompatibility, lubrication, friction, wettability, and adhesion, while the unique properties of the underlying metallic substrates, such as magnetism and electrical conductivity, remain unaltered. This polymer/metal synergy creates significant opportunities to develop new hybrid platforms for a number of devices, actuators, and sensors. This present work focused on the synthesis and characterization of polymer layers grafted to the surface of metal objects. We report the development of a novel method for surface functionalization of arrays of high aspect ratio nickel nanowires/micronails. The polymer "grafting to" technique offers the possibility to functionalize different segments of the nickel nanowires/micronails with polymer layers that possess antagonistic (hydrophobic/hydrophilic) properties. This method results in the synthesis of arrays of Ni nanowires and micronails, where the tips modified with hydrophobic layer (polystyrene) and the bottom portions with a hydrophilic layer (polyacrylic acid). The developed modification platform will enable the fabrication of switchable field-controlled devices (actuators). Specifically, the application of an external magnetic field and the bending deformation of the nickel nanowires and micronails will make initially hydrophobic surface more hydrophilic by exposing different segments of the bent nanowires/micronails. We also investigate the grafting of thin polymer films to gold objects. The developed grafting technique is employed for the surface modification of Si/SiO2/Au microprinted electrodes. When electronic devices are scaled down to submicron sizes, it becomes critical to obtain uniform and robust insulating nanoscale polymer films. Therefore, we address the electrical properties of polymer layers of poly(glycidyl methacrylate) (PGMA), polyacrylic acid (PAA), poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP), and polystyrene (PS) grafted to

  20. Preparation and characterization of monodisperse molecularly imprinted polymers for the recognition and enrichment of oleanolic acid.

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    Tang, Zonggui; Liu, Changbin; Wang, Jing; Li, Hongmin; Ji, Yong; Wang, Guohong; Lu, Chunxia

    2016-04-01

    Monodisperse molecularly imprinted polymers for oleanolic acid were successfully prepared by a precipitation polymerization method using oleanolic acid as a template, methacrylic acid as a functional monomer, and divinylbenzene/ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as a crosslinker in a mixture of acetonitrile and ethanol (3:1, v/v). The imprinted polymers and nonimprinted polymers were characterized by using scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis. The resulting imprinted polymers had average diameters of 3.15 μm and monodispersity values of 1.024. The results clearly demonstrate that use of ethanol as a cosolvent is indeed exceedingly effective in promoting the dissolution of oleanolic acid and in obtaining uniform microspheres. Molecular recognition properties and binding capability to oleanolic acid were evaluated by adsorption testing, which indicated that the imprinted polymers displayed optimal binding performance with a maximum adsorption capacity of 17.3 mg/g and a binding saturation time of 80 min. Meanwhile, the produced imprinted polymers exhibited higher selectivity to oleanolic acid than that for ursolic acid and rhein. Herein, the studies can provide theoretical and experimental references for the oleanolic acid molecular imprinted system. PMID:27106769

  1. Effective characterization of polymer residues on two-dimensional materials by Raman spectroscopy

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    Park, Ji-Hoon; Choi, Soo Ho; Chae, Won Uk; Stephen, Boandoh; Park, Hyeon Ki; Yang, Woochul; Kim, Soo Min; Lee, Joo Song; Kim, Ki Kang

    2015-12-01

    Large-area two-dimensional (2D) materials grown by chemical vapor deposition need to be transferred onto a target substrate for real applications. Poly(methyl methacrylate) as a supporting layer is widely used during the transfer process and removed after finishing it. However, it is a challenge to diminish the polymer layer completely. It is necessary to readily characterize the polymer residues on 2D materials to facilitate the removal process. Here, we report a method that characterizes the polymer residues on 2D materials by tracking the presence of G-band of amorphous carbons (a-Cs) in the Raman spectrum after forming carbonized a-Cs through thermal annealing. The 13C-graphene is employed to separate the Raman signal G-band between 12C-a-Cs and 13C-graphene in the Raman spectrum. The residence of the polymer residues is clearly confirmed by the different Raman signals of two different isotopes (12C and 13C) due to differences in mass. Our effective method recognizes that while the polymer residue is not easily removed on graphene, those on hexagonal boron nitride and molybdenum disulfide are almost diminished under optimum thermal annealing conditions. Our method will not only contribute to the development of a new transfer process, but also help to achieve a clean surface of 2D materials.

  2. Synthesis and characterization of low flammability polymer/layered silicate nanocomposites

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    Zhang, Xin

    There has been significant interest in the applications of polymer nanocomposites in a variety of areas. Polymer/layered silicate nanocomposites have been of interest because of relatively low raw material cost and improved materials properties such as higher Young's modulus, higher thermal deformation temperature, lower small molecule permeability, lower density (compared to metals and traditional glass fiber reinforced composites) as well as low flammability. The relationships between the flammability and the dispersion of the layered silicate platelets inside the polymer matrix is just being established. The complete set of factors that affect the flammability of polymer/layered nanocomposites are not fully identified. In this thesis polymer/layered silicate nanocomposites with different degrees of platelet dispersion were synthesized. The structure of the nanocomposites was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The flammability of these nanocomposites was characterized by TGA, cone calorimetry and gasification. By coupling the structural and flammability data it has been concluded that forming a nanometer scale dispersed structure significantly improves the flammability but the details of the degree of dispersion are not critical. The improvement in the flammability arises from the formation of a residue or char layer at the surface of the nanocomposite. This residue layer acts as a radiation shield and as a physical barrier preventing the polymer degradation products from escaping and acting as fuel. It is observed that the stability of the residue layer formed during combustion has major impact on the flammability. This thesis also describes work to improve the flammability of the polymer/layered silicate nanocomposites by enhancing char/residue formation in order to improve the residue layer stability.

  3. Characterization of explosives processing waste decomposition due to composting. Phase 2, Final report

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    Griest, W.H.; Tyndall, R.L.; Stewart, A.J.; Ho, C.H.; Ironside, K.S.; Caton, J.E.; Caldwell, W.M.; Tan, E.

    1991-11-01

    Static pile and mechanically stirred composts generated at the Umatilla Army Depot Activity in a field composting optimization study were chemically and toxicologically characterized to provide data for the evaluation of composting efficiency to decontaminate and detoxify explosives-contaminated soil. Characterization included determination of explosives and 2,4,6,-trinitrotoluene metabolites in composts and their EPA Synthetic Precipitation Leaching Procedure Leachates, leachate toxicity to Ceriodaphnia Dubia and mutagenicity of the leachates and organic solvent extracts of the composts to Ames bacterial strains TA-98 and TA-100. The main conclusion from this study is that composting can effectively reduce the concentrations of explosives and bacterial mutagenicity in explosives -- contaminated soil, and can reduce the aquatic toxicity of leachable compounds. Small levels of explosive and metabolites, bacterial mutagenicity, and leachable aquatic toxicity remain after composting. The ultimate fate of the biotransformed explosives, and the source(s) of residual toxicity and mutagenicity remain unknown.

  4. Characterization of explosives processing waste decomposition due to composting. Final report

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    Griest, W.H.; Stewart, A.J.; Ho, C.H.; Tyndall, R.L.; Vass, A.A.; Caton, J.E.; Caldwell, W.M.

    1994-09-01

    The objective of this work was to provide data and methodology assisting the transfer and acceptance of composting technology for the remediation of explosives-contaminated soils and sediments. Issues and activities addressed included: (a) chemical and toxicological characterization of compost samples from new field composting experiments, and the environmental availability of composting efficiency by isolation of bacterial consortia and natural surfactants from highly efficient composts, and (c) improved assessment of compost product suitability for land application.

  5. Optical characterization of phase transitions in pure polymers and blends

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    Mannella, Gianluca A.; Brucato, Valerio; La Carrubba, Vincenzo

    2015-12-01

    To study the optical properties of polymeric samples, an experimental apparatus was designed on purpose and set up. The sample is a thin film enclosed between two glass slides and a PTFE frame, with a very thin thermocouple placed on sample for direct temperature measurement. This sample holder was placed between two aluminum slabs, equipped with a narrow slit for optical measurements and with electrical resistances for temperature control. Sample was enlightened by a laser diode, whereas transmitted light was detected with a photodiode. Measurements were carried out on polyethylene-terephtalate (PET) and two different polyamides, tested as pure polymers and blends. The thermal history imposed to the sample consisted in a rapid heating from ambient temperature to a certain temperature below the melting point, a stabilization period, and then a heating at constant rate. After a second stabilization period, the sample was cooled. The data obtained were compared with DSC measurements performed with the same thermal history. In correspondence with transitions detected via DSC (e.g. melting, crystallization and cold crystallization), the optical signal showed a steep variation. In particular, crystallization resulted in a rapid decrease of transmitted light, whereas melting gave up an increase of light transmitted by the sample. Further variations in transmitted light were recorded for blends, after melting: those results may be related to other phase transitions, e.g. liquid-liquid phase separation. All things considered, the apparatus can be used to get reliable data on phase transitions in polymeric systems.

  6. Characterization of a boron carbide-based polymer neutron sensor

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    Tan, Chuting; James, Robinson; Dong, Bin; Driver, M. Sky; Kelber, Jeffry A.; Downing, Greg; Cao, Lei R.

    2015-12-01

    Boron is used widely in thin-film solid-state devices for neutron detection. The film thickness and boron concentration are important parameters that relate to a device's detection efficiency and capacitance. Neutron depth profiling was used to determine the film thicknesses and boron-concentration profiles of boron carbide-based polymers grown by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) of ortho-carborane (1,2-B10C2H12), resulting in a pure boron carbide film, or of meta-carborane (1,7-B10C2H12) and pyridine (C5H5N), resulting in a pyridine composite film, or of pyrimidine (C4H4N2) resulting in a pure pyrimidine film. The pure boron carbide film had a uniform surface appearance and a constant thickness of 250 nm, whereas the thickness of the composite film was 250-350 nm, measured at three different locations. In the meta-carborane and pyridine composite film the boron concentration was found to increase with depth, which correlated with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)-derived atomic ratios. A proton peak from 14N (n,p)14C reaction was observed in the pure pyrimidine film, indicating an additional neutron sensitivity to nonthermal neutrons from the N atoms in the pyrimidine.

  7. Analysis and characterization of demolding of hot embossed polymer microstructures

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    Dirckx, Matthew E.; Hardt, David E.

    2011-08-01

    Micro-molding techniques including injection molding and hot embossing have great potential for manufacturing microfluidic 'lab-on-a-chip' devices for point-of-care diagnostics and many other applications; however, separating the part from the mold (demolding) can pose problems. This paper presents a study of demolding of hot embossed polymer microstructures, including theoretical analysis and finite element simulations, along with demolding experiments using a newly developed test method. Using this method, the energy dissipated during demolding (the demolding toughness) can be determined for individual microstructures. It has been found that both adhesion and sidewall friction play a role in demolding, with adhesion being degraded by thermal stress and friction being exacerbated as the part cools. A minimum value of demolding toughness occurs at the temperature where adhesion is fully degraded. This temperature depends on the initial adhesion strength, the part's material properties and the geometry of mold features. The minimum toughness temperature has been identified for several simple mold patterns for parts made of poly-methyl-methacrylate and polycarbonate. The minimum toughness temperature is higher for sparser patterns of features and lower for denser ones. Below this temperature, the demolding toughness is related to feature height but is not related to feature width.

  8. Optical characterization of phase transitions in pure polymers and blends

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    Mannella, Gianluca A.; Brucato, Valerio; La Carrubba, Vincenzo

    2015-12-17

    To study the optical properties of polymeric samples, an experimental apparatus was designed on purpose and set up. The sample is a thin film enclosed between two glass slides and a PTFE frame, with a very thin thermocouple placed on sample for direct temperature measurement. This sample holder was placed between two aluminum slabs, equipped with a narrow slit for optical measurements and with electrical resistances for temperature control. Sample was enlightened by a laser diode, whereas transmitted light was detected with a photodiode. Measurements were carried out on polyethylene-terephtalate (PET) and two different polyamides, tested as pure polymers and blends. The thermal history imposed to the sample consisted in a rapid heating from ambient temperature to a certain temperature below the melting point, a stabilization period, and then a heating at constant rate. After a second stabilization period, the sample was cooled. The data obtained were compared with DSC measurements performed with the same thermal history. In correspondence with transitions detected via DSC (e.g. melting, crystallization and cold crystallization), the optical signal showed a steep variation. In particular, crystallization resulted in a rapid decrease of transmitted light, whereas melting gave up an increase of light transmitted by the sample. Further variations in transmitted light were recorded for blends, after melting: those results may be related to other phase transitions, e.g. liquid-liquid phase separation. All things considered, the apparatus can be used to get reliable data on phase transitions in polymeric systems.

  9. Ultrasonic wave techniques and characterization of filled elastomers and biodegradable polymers

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    Wu, Hsueh-Chang

    Ultrasonic wave technique is an excellent method for non-destructive testing and for the monitoring of polymer curing, fatigue damage and polymer transition. It is also a potentially effective tool to be applied in the characterization of high frequency viscoelastic properties of polymers. This research represents the effort to improve and further develop ultrasonic wave techniques and extend its applications to new material evaluation areas. The work is presented as followings: In chapter 1, the fundamental wave propagation theories and characterization of the viscoelastic properties of materials by acoustic parameters were briefly reviewed. In chapter 2, the effects of carbon black filler on the elastomers were studied by the longitudinal wave pulse-echo technique. It is found that the enhanced pulse-echo technique is able to characterize the effects of polymer base, filler loading level, type as well as temperature, on the acoustic properties of filled elastomers. In chapter 3, the application of longitudinal wave pulse-echo technique was extended to the monitoring of the degradation process of biodegradable polymers: poly (glycolic acid)(PGA), poly (lactic acid) (PLA) and their copolymer-poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) (PDLLG). It shows that the pulse-echo technique is able to differentiate the effects of polymer structure and preparation method on the degradation behavior of biopolymers. In chapter 4, the Young's modulus, shear modulus, bulk modulus and Poisson ratio of carbon black filled elastomers were determined by the longitudinal wave pulse-echo method and the shear wave through-transmission method. The effects of polymer base, filler loading and dispersion on the elastomers were also studied by the calculated elastic constants. In chapter 5, the effects of carbon black filler on the elastomers were studied by an innovative calibrated longitudinal and shear wave surface impedance technique. The results show that the effects of polymer base, filler loading

  10. Polymer characterization using the time-resolved phosphorescence of singlet oxygen as a spectroscopic probe

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    Ogilby, P.R.; Kristiansen, M.; Dillon, M.P. . Dept. of Chemistry); Taylor, V.L.; Clough, R.L. )

    1990-01-01

    The lowest excited electronic state of molecular oxygen, singlet oxygen ({sup 1}{Delta}{sub g}0{sub 2}), can be produced in solid organic polymers by a variety of different methods. Once produced, singlet oxygen will return to the ground triplet state by two pathways, radiative (phosphorescence) and non-radiative decay. Although the quantum efficiency of phosphorescence is small ({minus}10{sup {minus}5}), singlet oxygen can be detected by its emission at 1270 mn in both steady-state and time-resolved experiments. The phosphorescence of singlet oxygen can be used to characterize many properties of a solid organic polymer. 2 refs., 5 figs.

  11. Characterization of polymer monoliths containing embedded nanoparticles by scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM).

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    Arrua, R Dario; Hitchcock, Adam P; Hon, Wei Boon; West, Marcia; Hilder, Emily F

    2014-03-18

    The structural and chemical homogeneity of monolithic columns is a key parameter for high efficiency stationary phases in liquid chromatography. Improved characterization techniques are needed to better understand the polymer morphology and its optimization. Here the analysis of polymer monoliths by scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM) is presented for the first time. Poly(butyl methacrylate-co-ethyleneglycoldimethacrylate) [poly(BuMA-co-EDMA)] monoliths containing encapsulated divinylbenzene (DVB) nanoparticles were characterized by STXM, which gives a comprehensive, quantitative chemical analysis of the monolith at a spatial resolution of 30 nm. The results are compared with other methods commonly used for the characterization of polymer monoliths [scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), mercury porosimetry, and nitrogen adsorption]. The technique permitted chemical identification and mapping of the nanoparticles within the polymeric scaffold. Residual surfactant, which was used during the manufacture of the nanoparticles, was also detected. We show that STXM can give more in-depth chemical information for these types of materials and therefore lead to a better understanding of the link between polymer morphology and chromatographic performance. PMID:24552424

  12. Predicting X-ray absorption spectra of semiconducting polymers for electronic structure and morphology characterization

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    Su, Gregory; Patel, Shrayesh; Pemmaraju, C. Das; Kramer, Edward; Prendergast, David; Chabinyc, Michael

    2015-03-01

    Core-level X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) reveals important information on the electronic structure of materials and plays a key role in morphology characterization. Semiconducting polymers are the active component in many organic electronics. Their electronic properties are critically linked to device performance, and a proper understanding of semiconducting polymer XAS is crucial. Techniques such as resonant X-ray scattering rely on core-level transitions to gain materials contrast and probe orientational order. However, it is difficult to identify these transitions based on experiments alone, and complementary simulations are required. We show that first-principles calculations can capture the essential features of experimental XAS of semiconducting polymers, and provide insight into which molecular model, such as oligomers or periodic boundary conditions, are best suited for XAS calculations. Simulated XAS can reveal contributions from individual atoms and be used to visualize molecular orbitals. This allows for improved characterization of molecular orientation and scattering analysis. These predictions lay the groundwork for understanding how chemical makeup is linked to electronic structure, and to properly utilize experiments to characterize semiconducting polymers.

  13. Computational Reduction of Specimen Noise to Enable Improved Thermography Characterization of Flaws in Graphite Polymer Composites

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    Winfree, William P.; Howell, Patricia A.; Zalameda, Joseph N.

    2014-01-01

    Flaw detection and characterization with thermographic techniques in graphite polymer composites are often limited by localized variations in the thermographic response. Variations in properties such as acceptable porosity, fiber volume content and surface polymer thickness result in variations in the thermal response that in general cause significant variations in the initial thermal response. These result in a "noise" floor that increases the difficulty of detecting and characterizing deeper flaws. A method is presented for computationally removing a significant amount of the "noise" from near surface porosity by diffusing the early time response, then subtracting it from subsequent responses. Simulations of the thermal response of a composite are utilized in defining the limitations of the technique. This method for reducing the data is shown to give considerable improvement characterizing both the size and depth of damage. Examples are shown for data acquired on specimens with fabricated delaminations and impact damage.

  14. Novel metal-organic photocatalysts: synthesis, characterization and decomposition of organic dyes.

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    Gopal Reddy, N B; Murali Krishna, P; Kottam, Nagaraju

    2015-02-25

    An efficient method for the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue in an aqueous medium was developed using metal-organic complexes. Two novel complexes were synthesized using, Schiff base ligand, N'-[(E)-(4-ethylphenyl)methylidene]-4-hydroxybenzohydrazide (HL) and Ni(II) (Complex 1)/Co(II) (Complex 2) chloride respectively. These complexes were characterized using microanalysis, various spectral techniques. Spectral studies reveal that the complexes exhibit square planar geometry with ligand coordination through azomethine nitrogen and enolic oxygen. The effects of catalyst dosage, irradiation time and aqueous pH on the photocatalytic activity were studied systematically. The photocatalytic activity was found to be more efficient in the presence of Ni(II) complexes than the Co(II) complex. Possible mechanistic aspects were discussed. PMID:25233028

  15. Synthesis and characterization of a hyper-branched water-soluble β-cyclodextrin polymer.

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    Trotta, Francesco; Caldera, Fabrizio; Cavalli, Roberta; Mele, Andrea; Punta, Carlo; Melone, Lucio; Castiglione, Franca; Rossi, Barbara; Ferro, Monica; Crupi, Vincenza; Majolino, Domenico; Venuti, Valentina; Scalarone, Dominique

    2014-01-01

    A new hyper-branched water-soluble polymer was synthesized by reacting β-cyclodextrin with pyromellitic dianhydride beyond the critical conditions that allow the phenomenon of gelation to occur. The molar ratio between the monomers is a crucial parameter that rules the gelation process. Nevertheless, the concentration of monomers in the solvent phase plays a key role as well. Hyper-branched β-cyclodextrin-based polymers were obtained performing the syntheses with excess of solvent and cross-linking agent, and the conditions for critical dilution were determined experimentally. A hyper-branched polymer with very high water solubility was obtained and fully characterized both as for its chemical structure and for its capability to encapsulate substances. Fluorescein was used as probe molecule to test the complexation properties of the new material. PMID:25550720

  16. Fabrication and characterization of submicron polymer waveguides by micro-transfer molding

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    Wu, Te-Wei

    2009-12-15

    Various methods exist for fabrication of micron and submicron sized waveguide structures. However, most of them include expensive and time consuming semiconductor fabrication techniques. An economical method for fabricating waveguide structures is introduced and demonstrated in this thesis. This method is established based on previously well-developed photonic crystal fabrication method called two-polymer microtransfer molding. The waveguide in this work functions by a coupler structure that diffracts the incident light into submicron polymer rods. The light is then guided through the rods. Characterization is done by collecting the light that has been guided through the waveguide and exits the end of these submicron polymer bars. The coupling and waveguiding capabilities are demonstrated using two light sources, a laser and white light.

  17. Development and Characterization of Healable Carbon Fiber Composites with a Reversibly Cross Linked Polymer

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    Ghezzo, Fabrizia; Smith, David R.; Starr, Tatiana N.; Perram, Timothy; Starr, Anthony F.; Darlington, Thomas K.; Baldwin, Richard K.; Oldenburg, Steven J.

    2010-10-18

    Carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) laminates with remendable cross-linked polymeric matrices were fabricated using a modified resin transfer mold (RTM) technique. The healable composite resin, bis-maleimide tetrafuran (2MEP4F), was synthesized by mixing two monomers, furan (4F) and maleimide (2MEP), at elevated temperatures. The fast kinetic rate of the reaction of polymer constituents requires a fast injection of the healable resin into the carbon fiber preform. The polymer viscosity as a function of time and temperature was experimentally quantified in order to optimize the fabrication of the composite material and to guarantee a uniform flow of the resin through the reinforcement. The method was validated by characterizing the thermo-mechanical properties of the polymerized 2MEP4F. Additionally, the thermo-mechanical properties of the remendable CFRP material were studied.

  18. Crossover time in relative fluctuations characterizes the longest relaxation time of entangled polymers

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    Uneyama, Takashi; Akimoto, Takuma; Miyaguchi, Tomoshige

    2012-09-01

    In entangled polymer systems, there are several characteristic time scales, such as the entanglement time and the disengagement time. In molecular simulations, the longest relaxation time (the disengagement time) can be determined by the mean square displacement (MSD) of a segment or by the shear relaxation modulus. Here, we propose the relative fluctuation analysis method, which is originally developed for characterizing large fluctuations, to determine the longest relaxation time from the center of mass trajectories of polymer chains (the time-averaged MSDs). Applying the method to simulation data of entangled polymers (by the slip-spring model and the simple reptation model), we provide a clear evidence that the longest relaxation time is estimated as the crossover time in the relative fluctuations.

  19. Physiochemical characterization and antimicrobial evaluation of phenylthiourea-formaldehyde polymer (PTF) based polymeric ligand and its polymer metal complexes

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    Ahamad, Tansir; Alshehri, Saad M.

    2013-05-01

    Phenylthiourea-formaldehyde polymer (PTF) has been synthesized via polycondensation of phenylthiourea and formaldehyde in basic medium and its corresponding metal complexes [PTF-M(II)] were prepared with Mn(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II) and Zn(II) ions. The synthesized polymers have been characterized by elemental analysis, magnetic susceptibility, UV-visible, FT-IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR, ESR spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Elemental analysis, electronic spectra and magnetic moment measurement indicate that PTF-Mn(II), PTF-Co(II) and PTF-Ni(II) show octahedral geometry, while PTF-Cu(II) and PTF-Zn(II) show square planar and tetrahedral geometry, respectively. The results of TGA ascribed that all the PTF-M(II) showed better heat-resistance properties than PTF resin. In vitro antimicrobial activities were performed against several bacteria and fungi using agar well diffusion method. The results of microbial activity were compared with Kanamycin and Miconazole as standard antibiotics for antibacterial and antifungal activities respectively.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of CuO-montmorillonite nanocomposite by thermal decomposition method and antibacterial activity of nanocomposite.

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    Sohrabnezhad, Sh; Mehdipour Moghaddam, M J; Salavatiyan, T

    2014-05-01

    CuO-montmorillonite (CuO-MMT) nanocomposite was synthesized by thermal decomposition methods and characterized by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The resultant particles are nearly spherical and particle size is in the range of ~3-5 nm. X-ray diffraction patterns indicate that MMT (1.22 nm) has a d-spacing higher than CuO-MMT nanocomposite (0.97 nm). This result implied that CuO nanoparticles can exist in micropore of MMT. The disappeared of band at 918 cm(-1) and decreasing of intensity of 3630 cm(-1) band in FT-IR spectra confirm substitution of aluminum in octahedral layer by Cu(2+) cations. The diffuse reflectance spectra show that the value of band gap energy for CuO-MMT nanocomposite (2.7 eV) is more than CuO nanoparticles (1.2 eV). It was found that decrease in the particle size of CuO nanoparticles due to quantum size effect. The antibacterial activity of CuO-MMT nanocomposite was tested against Escherichia coli. Nanocomposite showed efficient bactericidal effect. PMID:24531107

  1. Synthesis and characterization of CuO-montmorillonite nanocomposite by thermal decomposition method and antibacterial activity of nanocomposite

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    Sohrabnezhad, Sh.; Mehdipour Moghaddam, M. J.; Salavatiyan, T.

    CuO-montmorillonite (CuO-MMT) nanocomposite was synthesized by thermal decomposition methods and characterized by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The resultant particles are nearly spherical and particle size is in the range of ˜3-5 nm. X-ray diffraction patterns indicate that MMT (1.22 nm) has a d-spacing higher than CuO-MMT nanocomposite (0.97 nm). This result implied that CuO nanoparticles can exist in micropore of MMT. The disappeared of band at 918 cm-1 and decreasing of intensity of 3630 cm-1 band in FT-IR spectra confirm substitution of aluminum in octahedral layer by Cu2+ cations. The diffuse reflectance spectra show that the value of band gap energy for CuO-MMT nanocomposite (2.7 eV) is more than CuO nanoparticles (1.2 eV). It was found that decrease in the particle size of CuO nanoparticles due to quantum size effect. The antibacterial activity of CuO-MMT nanocomposite was tested against Escherichia coli. Nanocomposite showed efficient bactericidal effect.

  2. Synthesis and characterization of a novel polymer-ceramic system for biodegradable composite applications.

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    Yang, Liu; Wang, Jian; Hong, Jason; Santerre, J Paul; Pilliar, Robert M

    2003-09-01

    The objective of this study was to develop a biodegradable polymer resin that could be used for the fabrication of an interpenetrating phase composite (IPC) made of porous calcium polyphosphate (CPP) and an organic polymer resin. The resin was synthesized from a polycarbonate-based divinyl oligomer and monomers containing ionic groups. The physical and chemical properties of the polymer resin and polycarbonate-based divinyl oligomer were characterized by gel permeation chromatography, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and swelling studies. The in vitro degradation of the polymer resins was assessed using cholesterol esterase in a buffer solution at 37 degrees C for 3 weeks. Scanning electron microscopy of the degraded samples indicated that the hydrolysis of the resin was catalyzed by the enzyme. The relative interfacial shear strength between the polymer resin and the CPP ceramic was studied using a microbond test. The addition of ionic groups into the polymer resin chains appeared to improve the chemical bonding between the polymer and the CPP. Preliminary mechanical properties of the IPC were investigated by determining bending strength using a three point bending test. The data showed a sevenfold increase in strength over that of the monolithic CPP, and the addition of more ionic groups into the resin led to a higher bending strength for the newly formed CPP/polycarbonate resin system. Sample cross sections of the IPC examined using scanning electron microscopy suggested that the resin had infiltrated almost all of the pores of the CPP. The results of this study indicate that the IPC could potentially be used for fabricating novel biodegradable load-bearing implants. PMID:12918046

  3. Synthesis and characterization of alkaline polyvinyl alcohol and poly(epichlorohydrin) blend polymer electrolytes and performance in electrochemical cells

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    Yang, Chun-Chen; Lin, Sheng-Jen; Hsu, Sung-Ting

    Alkaline SPE was obtained from a blend of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and poly(epichlorohydrin) (PECH), PVA-PECH, by a solution-cast technique. The PVA host polymer is blended with PECH polymer to provide a polymer electrolyte with improved chemical and mechanical properties. The ionic conductivity of the PVA-PECH polymer electrolytes is between 10 -2 and 10 -3 S cm -1 at room temperature when the blend ratio is varied from 1:0.2 to 1:1. The PVA-PECH polymer was characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, stress-strain test, cyclic voltammetry, and a.c. impedance spectroscopy. It is found that the polymer electrolytes exhibit good mechanical strength and excellent chemical stability. The electrochemical performance of solid-state Zn-air batteries with various types of the blended polymer electrolyte films is examined by a galvanostatic discharge method.

  4. Electrochromic conducting polymers: optical contrast characterization of chameleonic materials.

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    Padilla, Javier; Otero, Toribio F

    2008-09-01

    The optical characterization in the visible wavelength range was obtained for an electrochromic material, poly-3, 4-ethylenedioxy-thiophene (PEDOT), as a function of its redox charge density (charge consumed for the color change between its maximum and minimum absorbance states). The experimental procedure was kept very simple and all the information can be obtained from only one film, including the identification of the maximum achievable contrast for the material. Different films of the electrochromic material were tested in order to check the validity of the predicted values, showing excellent agreement. PMID:18667759

  5. Characterization of selected LDEF: Exposed polymer films and resins

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    Young, Philip R.; Slemp, Wayne S.

    1992-01-01

    The Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) provided a unique environmental exposure of a wide variety of materials. The effects of 5 years and 10 months of Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) exposure of these materials to atomic oxygen, ultraviolet and particulate radiation, meteoroid and debris, vacuum, contamination, and thermal cycling is providing a data base unparalleled in the history of space environment research. Working though the Environmental Effects on Materials Special Investigation Group (MSIG), a number of polymeric materials in various processed forms have been assembled from LDEF investigators for analysis at the NASA Langley Research Center. This paper reports the status of on-going chemical characterization of these materials.

  6. Preparation and Characterization of a pH-Responsive Core Cross-linked Polymer Micelle

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    Kousaka, Shouta; Sugahara, Makoto; Endo, Tatsuya; Yusa, Shin-ichi

    2011-01-01

    Poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(2-(diethylamino) ethyl methacrylate-co-2-cinnamoyl-oxyethyl acrylate) (PEG-b-P(DEA/CEA)) was prepared by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) controlled radical polymerization. pH-responsive association behaviour of PEG-b-P(DEA/CEA) in 0.1 M NaCl was characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS). As solution pH is increased from an acidic pH, the hydrodynamic radius (Rh) increases, indicative of the polymer micelle formation. The formation of a micelle was also supported by static light scattering (SLS) data. The cinnamoyl groups in the core of the polymer micelle undergo photodimerization, yielding cross-links between polymer chains. The core of the polymer micelle was fixed, which was confirmed by DLS, SLS, and small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) techniques. When pH is decreased to 3, Rh of the core cross-linked (CCL) polymer micelle slightly increases due to the protonation of the DEA unit in the cross-linked core. The reversible pH-induced swelling and shrinking behaviour can be observed.

  7. Elastic and viscoelastic characterization of inhomogeneous polymers by bimodal atomic force microscopy

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    Nguyen, Hung K.; Ito, Makiko; Nakajima, Ken

    2016-08-01

    The elastic and viscoelastic responses of inhomogeneous polymers upon interacting with an atomic force microscopy (AFM) probe are simultaneously characterized by a bimodal AFM approach namely the amplitude- and frequency-modulation (AM–FM) method. In this approach, the AFM probe is operated in the AM mode at the first flexural frequency and in the FM mode at a higher flexural frequency. The AM mode provides information about the viscoelasticity of polymers in terms of the mechanical loss tangent, whereas the modulus of polymers is obtained as a function of the frequency shift of flexural frequencies in both modes. For a glassy polymer blend, the AM–FM method provides a consistent result in both the elastic modulus and loss tangent in comparison with those obtained by other methods. Moreover, a significant improvement of the contrast and lateral resolution in the AM–FM modulus image can be observed. However, the current approach shows a substantial increase in the modulus of rubbery polymers.

  8. Preparation and characterization of erythromycin molecularly imprinted polymers based on distillation-precipitation polymerization.

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    Liu, Jiang; Li, Le; Tang, Hui; Zhao, Feilang; Ye, Bang-Ce; Li, Yingchun; Yao, Jun

    2015-09-01

    Erythromycin-imprinted polymers with excellent recognition properties were prepared by an innovative strategy called distillation-precipitation polymerization. The interaction between erythromycin and methacrylic acid was studied by ultraviolet absorption spectroscopy, and the as-prepared materials were characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Moreover, their binding performances were evaluated in detail by static, kinetic and selective sorption tests. It was found that the molecularly imprinted polymers afforded good morphology, monodispersity, and high adsorption capacity when the fraction of the monomers was 7 vol% in the whole reaction system, and the adsorption data for imprinted polymers correlated well with the Langmuir model. The maximum capacity of the imprinted and the non-imprinted polymers for adsorbing erythromycin is 44.03 and 19.95 mg/g, respectively. The kinetic studies revealed that the adsorption process fitted a pseudo-second-order kinetic model. Furthermore, the imprinted polymers display higher affinity toward erythromycin, compared with its analogue roxithromycin. PMID:26118901

  9. Electrochemical characterization of plasma polymer coatings in corrosion protection of aluminum alloys

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    Chan, Yenfong; Yu, Qingsong

    2005-07-01

    Low-temperature plasma polymerization is a promising pretreatment technique to create environmentally friendly coating systems for corrosion protection of aluminum alloys. In this study, the pretreatment effects of plasma treatment and plasma polymerization on corrosion properties of alclad aluminum alloy 2024-T3 ([2A]) were investigated using electrochemical characterization techniques, including cyclic polarization (CP) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The [2A] panels were coated with an ultrathin layer (~50 nm) of plasma polymers in a direct current (dc) glow discharge of trimethylsilane or its mixtures with one of two diatomic gases (O2 and N2). The CP measurement results showed that the plasma polymer coated [2A] panels exhibited more negative corrosion potentials (Ecorr), smaller corrosion currents (Icorr), and no surface passivation when compared with uncoated [2A] control panels. The lower values of Icorr imply a higher corrosion resistance on the plasma polymer coated [2A]. When investigated using EIS, these plasma polymer coated [2A] panels exhibited higher impedance (|Z|) at lower frequency when first immersed in electrolyte solution, yet degraded quickly to a similar level as uncoated controls within 1 day of immersion. These results illustrated that thin plasma polymer films provided a certain but very limited corrosion resistance to [2A] substrate; their dominant role in plasma interface engineered coating systems still relied mostly on their adhesion enhancement at metal/paint interface as observed in our previous studies.

  10. Towards syntactic characterizations of approximation schemes via predicate and graph decompositions

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    Hunt, H.B. III; Stearns, R.E.; Jacob, R.; Marathe, M.V.

    1998-12-01

    The authors present a simple extensible theoretical framework for devising polynomial time approximation schemes for problems represented using natural syntactic (algebraic) specifications endowed with natural graph theoretic restrictions on input instances. Direct application of the technique yields polynomial time approximation schemes for all the problems studied in [LT80, NC88, KM96, Ba83, DTS93, HM+94a, HM+94] as well as the first known approximation schemes for a number of additional combinatorial problems. One notable aspect of the work is that it provides insights into the structure of the syntactic specifications and the corresponding algorithms considered in [KM96, HM+94]. The understanding allows them to extend the class of syntactic specifications for which generic approximation schemes can be developed. The results can be shown to be tight in many cases, i.e. natural extensions of the specifications can be shown to yield non-approximable problems. The results provide a non-trivial characterization of a class of problems having a PTAS and extend the earlier work on this topic by [KM96, HM+94].

  11. Fast Geostatistical Inversion using Randomized Matrix Decompositions and Sketchings for Heterogeneous Aquifer Characterization

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    O'Malley, D.; Le, E. B.; Vesselinov, V. V.

    2015-12-01

    We present a fast, scalable, and highly-implementable stochastic inverse method for characterization of aquifer heterogeneity. The method utilizes recent advances in randomized matrix algebra and exploits the structure of the Quasi-Linear Geostatistical Approach (QLGA), without requiring a structured grid like Fast-Fourier Transform (FFT) methods. The QLGA framework is a more stable version of Gauss-Newton iterates for a large number of unknown model parameters, but provides unbiased estimates. The methods are matrix-free and do not require derivatives or adjoints, and are thus ideal for complex models and black-box implementation. We also incorporate randomized least-square solvers and data-reduction methods, which speed up computation and simulate missing data points. The new inverse methodology is coded in Julia and implemented in the MADS computational framework (http://mads.lanl.gov). Julia is an advanced high-level scientific programing language that allows for efficient memory management and utilization of high-performance computational resources. Inversion results based on series of synthetic problems with steady-state and transient calibration data are presented.

  12. Interfacial and Mechanical Characterization of Soft Materials Using Polymer Membranes Geometries

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    Laprade, Evan J.

    Polymer membranes have found their way in to a wide range of applications including selective barriers, protective coatings, packaging, sensors, and medical implants, becom- ing more pervasive in our lives every day. Their importance is derived not only from their unique mechanical and interfacial properties, but also from the versatility of their geometry. In this thesis, several polymer membrane geometries are employed to interfacially and mechanically characterize the properties of soft materials and polymer thin films. This thesis is organized in to two sections, the first deals with interfacial characterization using a membrane contact geometry. The centerpiece of this section, and this thesis, was the development of a sensitive membrane peel test to measure adhesion. A model membrane-contact system was used to evaluate an analytical model of large deformation contact and ultimately develop a simple protocol for measuring an adhesion energy using a membrane peel geometry. A second investigation in the section looked at the multiple harmonic behavior of quartz crystal resonators during contact mechanics experiments. An analytical solution to the radial mass sensitivity function was calculated and compared to experimentally measured sensitivity profiles from growing water drop and membrane contact experiments. The second half of this thesis deals with non-contact membrane geometries for mechanically characterizing two novel polymer membranes. The first is a highly water permeable sulfonated pentablock copolymer, designed for water purification applications. In this work these membranes were mechanically characterized with a biaxial creep test to investigate the affect of sulfonation level and processing conditions on their deformation behavior. Lastly pendant drop membranes were fabricated by ionically crosslinking amphiphilic gradient copolymers at an oil/water interface. These robust, self healing membranes were modeled with both an elastic and liquid

  13. Development of CdS Nanostructures by Thermal Decomposition of Aminocaproic Acid-Mixed Cd-Thiourea Complex Precursor: Structural, Optical and Photocatalytic Characterization.

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    Patel, Jayesh D; Mighri, Frej; Ajji, Abdellah; Chaudhuri, Tapas K

    2015-04-01

    The present work deals with two different CdS nanostructures produced via hydrothermal and solvothermal decompositions of aminocaproic acid (ACA)-mixed Cd-thiourea complex precursor at 175 °C. Both nanostructures were extensively characterized for their structural, morphological and optical properties. The powder X-ray diffraction characterization showed that the two CdS nanostructures present a wurtzite morphology. Scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray characterizations revealed that the hydrothermal decomposition produced well-shaped CdS flowers composed of six dendritic petals, and the solvothermal decomposition produced CdS microspheres with close stoichiometric chemical composition. The UV-vis absorption and photoluminescence spectra of CdS dendritic flowers and microsphere nanostructures showed that both nanostructures present a broad absorption between 200 and 700 nm and exhibit strong green emissions at 576 and 520 nm upon excitations at 290 nm and 260 nm, respectively. The transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) characterizations confirmed that CdS microspheres were mesoporous and were composed of small nanocrystals. A possible growth mechanism in the formation of the CdS nanostructures was proposed based on morphology evolution as a function of the reaction time. Furthermore, the as-synthesized CdS nanostructures were found to exhibit highly efficient photocatalytic activities for the degradation of methyl orange (MeO) and rhodamine B (RhB) dyes. PMID:26353487

  14. Ab initio characterization of graphene nanoribbons and their polymer precursors

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    Peköz, Rengin; Feng, Xinliang; Donadio, Davide

    2012-03-01

    Bottom-up fabrication of graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) from halogen-terminated aromatic precursors is a promising method for achieving atomically precise nanoribbons at competitive yields. GNR fabrication proceeds via the polymerization of the precursors and successive dehydrogenation. By first principles density functional theory calculations, we perform a systematic characterization of the polymeric precursors and the corresponding graphene nanoribbons in terms of structural and electronic properties, and we compute the Raman and infrared spectra. The band structure properties are examined by considering the bonding features and the partial charge densities of the structures. The physical origin of the infrared and Raman peaks is investigated in terms of the morphology and vibrational properties of the precursors and products. We show that light spectroscopy provides a unique fingerprint for each type of GNR, which may be used to monitor the quality of the final products and the kinetics of the synthesis process.

  15. Carboxymethyl gum kondagogu: synthesis, characterization and evaluation as mucoadhesive polymer.

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    Kumar, Ashok; Ahuja, Munish

    2012-09-01

    The objective of the study was to modify gum kondagogu by carboxymethylation and to evaluate it for potential pharmaceutical applications. Carboxymethylation of gum kondagogu was carried out by reacting gum kondagogu with monochloroacetic acid under alkaline conditions. The results of characterization studies revealed that carboxymethylation of gum kondagogu increases its degree of crystallinity and surface roughness, reduces its viscosity and improves its mucoadhesive properties. Further, carboxymethyl gum kondagogu was explored for pharmaceutical applications by formulating ionotropically gelled beads using metformin as the model drug and calcium chloride as cross-linking agent. Ex vivo bioadhesion study conducted using isolated chick-ileum by wash-off test revealed bioadhesion of >80% over a period of 24 h. It was observed that increasing the concentration of cross-linking agent increases the % drug entrapment and reduces the release rate. The beads were found to release the drug by Fickian-diffusion mechanism and following zero-order release kinetics. PMID:24751087

  16. Synthesis and characterization of thermoreversible hydrogels from associating polymers

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    Jiang, Jun; Li, Chunhua; Rubinstein, Michael; Colby, Ralph; Cohn, Daniel; Rafailovich, Miriam; Sokolov, Jonathan

    2006-03-01

    Multiblock copolymers of poly(ethylene oxide)99-poly(propylene oxide)69-poly(ethylene oxide)99 were synthesized by coupling with hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI). The rheological, morphological and structural properties of the gel were characterized as a function of temperature, composition and block number. Mixtures of multiblock and single block copolymers were also studied. Using neutron scattering we found that a large degree of alignment could be induced in the single block gel, but no order could be found in the multi-block or homopolymer multiblock mixture. The yield strain in samples with 3.2 of multiblocks was nearly an order of magnitude higher than the single bock gel. This was interpreted in terms of an ordered layered state of micelles being formed by steady shear. A model based on the competition between forming non-interacting micelles and forming bridges will be presented.

  17. Acoustical characterization of polysaccharide polymers tissue-mimicking materials.

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    Cuccaro, Rugiada; Musacchio, Chiara; Giuliano Albo, P Alberto; Troia, Adriano; Lago, Simona

    2015-02-01

    Tissue-mimicking phantoms play a crucial role in medical ultrasound research because they can simulate biological soft tissues. In last years, many types of polymeric tissues have been proposed and characterized from an acoustical and a thermal point of view, but, rarely, a deep discussion about the quality of the measurements, in terms of the uncertainty evaluation, has been reported. In this work, considering the necessity to develop laboratory standards for the measurement of ultrasonic exposure and dose quantities, a detailed description of the experimental apparatuses for the sound speed and the attenuation coefficient measurements is given, focusing the attention on the uncertainty evaluation both of the results and analysis algorithms. In particular, this algorithm reveals a novel empirical relation, fixing a limit to the energy content (therefore limits the number of cycles) of the three parts in which the authors have proposed to divide the acoustical signal. Furthermore, the realisation of multi-components phantoms, Agar and Phytagel based tissue-mimicking gels along with others long chain molecules (dextrane or polyvinyl alcohol) and scattering materials (silicon carbide and kieselguhr) are investigated. This paper reports accurate speed of sound and attenuation coefficient measurements. Speed of sound is measured by a pulse-echo technique in far-field condition, using an optical glass buffer rod; while attenuation coefficient is determined by an insertion technique, using demineralized water as reference material. The experimental sound speed results are subjected to an overall estimated relative uncertainty of about 1.5% and the attenuation coefficient uncertainty is less than 2.5%. For the development of laboratory standards, a detailed analysis of the measurement uncertainty is fundamental to make sample properties comparable. The authors believe this study could represent the right direction to make phantoms characterizations referable and traceable

  18. Characterization of ɽ -carrageenan and its derivative based green polymer electrolytes

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    Jumaah, Fatihah Najirah; Mobaraka, Nadhratun Naiim; Ahmad, Azizan; Ramli, Nazaruddin

    2013-11-01

    The new types of green polymer electrolytes based on ɽ -carrageenan derivative have been prepared. ɽ -carrageenan act as precursor was reacted with monochloroacetic acid to produce carboxymethyl ɽ -carrageenan. The powders were characterized by Attenuated Total Reflection Fourier Transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy and 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to confirm the substitution of targeted functional group in ɽ -carrageenan. The green polymer electrolyte based on ɽ -carrageenan and carboxymethyl ɽ -carrageenan was prepared by solution-casting technique. The films were characterized by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy to determine the ionic conductivity. The ionic conductivity ɽ -carrageenan film were higher than carboxymethyl ɽ -carrageenan which 4.87 ×10-6 S cm-1 and 2.19 ×10-8 S cm-1, respectively.

  19. Characterization of ι-carrageenan and its derivative based green polymer electrolytes

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    Jumaah, Fatihah Najirah; Mobaraka, Nadhratun Naiim; Ahmad, Azizan; Ramli, Nazaruddin

    2013-11-27

    The new types of green polymer electrolytes based on ι-carrageenan derivative have been prepared. ι-carrageenan act as precursor was reacted with monochloroacetic acid to produce carboxymethyl ι-carrageenan. The powders were characterized by Attenuated Total Reflection Fourier Transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy and {sup 1}H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to confirm the substitution of targeted functional group in ι-carrageenan. The green polymer electrolyte based on ι-carrageenan and carboxymethyl ι-carrageenan was prepared by solution-casting technique. The films were characterized by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy to determine the ionic conductivity. The ionic conductivity ι-carrageenan film were higher than carboxymethyl ι-carrageenan which 4.87 ×10{sup −6} S cm{sup −1} and 2.19 ×10{sup −8} S cm{sup −1}, respectively.

  20. Sonochemical synthesis and characterization of new one-dimensional manganese(II) coordination polymer nanostructures.

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    Morsali, Ahmad; Hosseini-Monfared, Hassan; Morsali, Ali; Mayer, Peter

    2015-05-01

    A new Mn(II) coordination polymer, [Mn (L1)2(NCS)2]n (1) [L1=3,4-bis(4-pyridyl)-5-(2-pyridyl)-1,2,4-triazole] was synthesized by the reaction of ligand L1 and mixtures of manganese(II) acetate and potassium thiocyanate using the heat gradient method. Compound 1 has been characterized by IR spectroscopy, elemental analyses and X-ray crystallography. The crystal structure of compound 1 was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and shows a new interesting one-dimensional coordination polymer. Nanostructures of compound 1 have been synthesized by sonochemical method. The products were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and IR spectroscopy. The thermal stability of nano particles of compound 1 was studied by thermal gravimetric and differential thermal analyses. PMID:25483353

  1. Development, characterization and applications of electrodes modified with conductive polymers, ionic liquids and proteins

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    Tang, Yijun

    My research involves both fundamental studies and applications of the electrodes whose surfaces are chemically modified. Conductive polymers are one of the major materials that are used to modify electrode surfaces. The thorough understanding of the behavior of conductive polymers in ionic liquids is interesting and important as the ionic liquids are becoming promising solvents. With poly(vinyl ferrocene) as the model conductive polymer, electrochemical studies were performed in various ionic liquid electrolytes. A theoretical square model and dynamic equilibrium were proposed to describe the interaction between conductive polymers and ionic liquids when the electrons transferred between the electrode and electrolyte. These findings were applied to enable and accelerate the structure relaxation of conductive polymers so that the conductive polymers were capable of delivering peptides efficiently. Incorporation of metallic nanoparticles to the conductive polymer matrix entitled new properties to the conductive polymer, increasing conductivity and providing catalytic abilities. This modification on electrode surface might bring potential uses in gas sensing, energy storage, energy conversion, etc. Conductive polymer coated electrodes produced unique double layer in ionic liquids and a fundamental study of quantum charging help to understand the double layer properties. I also studied the application of surface modified electrodes in chemo- and biosensing. A nonregeneration protocol was created to save the cost and the time in analyzing interfacial binding activities and to prevent the potential of deterioration caused to biological ligands by the conventional regeneration. In the study of carbohydrate/protein interactions, a "click" chemical reaction was first used in constructing a carbohydrate-based biosensor, which was capable of detecting and analyzing proteins specifically and accurately. In another biosensor design, the hydrogen bonding between the template and

  2. Nanoscale Mechanical Characterization of Graphene/Polymer Nanocomposites using Atomic Force Microscopy

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    Cai, Minzhen

    Graphene materials, exhibiting outstanding mechanical properties, are excellent candidates as reinforcement in high-performance polymer nanocomposites. In this dissertation, advanced atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques are applied to study the nanomechanics of graphene/polymer nanocomposites, specifically the graphene/polymer interfacial strength and the stress transfer at the interface. Two novel methods to directly characterize the interfacial strength between individual graphene sheets and polymers using AFM are presented and applied to a series of polymers and graphene sheets. The interfacial strength of graphene/polymer varies greatly for different combinations. The strongest interaction is found between graphene oxide (GO) and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), a strongly polar, water-based polymer. On the other hand, polystyrene, a non polar polymer, has the weakest interaction with GO. The interfacial bond strength is attributed to hydrogen bonding and physical adsorption. Further, the stress transfer in GO/PVA nanocomposites is studied quantitatively by monitoring the strain in individual GO sheet inside the polymer via AFM and Raman spectroscopy. For the first time, the strains of individual GO sheets in nanocomposites are imaged and quantified as a function of the applied external strains. The matrix strain is directly transferred to GO sheets for strains up to 8%. At higher strain levels, the onset of the nanocomposite failure and a stick-slip behavior is observed. This study reveals that GO is superior to pure graphene as reinforcement in nanocomposites. These results also imply the potential to make a new generation of nanocomposites with exceptional high strength and toughness. In the second part of this dissertation, AFM is used to study the structure of silk proteins and the morphology of spider silks. For the first time, shear-induced self-assembly of native silk fibroin is observed. The morphology of the Brown Recluse spider silk is investigated and a

  3. Characterization of semicrystalline polymers after nanoimprint by spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Wang, Si; Rond, Johannes; Steinberg, Christian; Papenheim, Marc; Scheer, Hella-Christin

    2016-02-01

    Semicrystalline Reg-P3HT (regio-regular poly-3-hexylthiophene) is a promising material for organic electronics. It features relatively high charge mobility and enables easy preparation because of its solubility. Due to its high optical and electrical anisotropy, the size, number and orientation of the ordered domains are important for applications. To control these properties without limitation from crystalline domains existing after spin coating, thermal nanoimprint is performed beyond the melting point. The state of the art of measurement to analyze the complex morphology is X-ray diffraction (XRD). We address an alternative measurement method to characterize the material by its optical properties, spectroscopic ellipsometry. It provides information on the degree of order from the typical fingerprint absorption spectrum. In addition, when the material is modeled as a uniaxial layer, an anisotropy factor can be derived. The results obtained from spectroscopic ellipsometry are in accordance with those from XRD. In particular, spectroscopic ellipsometry is able to distinguish between order along the backbone and order in π- π stacking direction, which is important with respect to conductivity.

  4. Additive Manufacturing and Characterization of Ultem Polymers and Composites

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    Chuang, Kathy C.; Grady, Joseph E.; Draper, Robert D.; Shin, Euy-Sik E.; Patterson, Clark; Santelle, Thomas D.

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this project was to conduct additive manufacturing to produce aircraft engine components by Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), using commercially available polyetherimides - Ultem 9085 and experimental Ultem 1000 mixed with 10 percent chopped carbon fiber. A property comparison between FDM-printed and injection-molded coupons for Ultem 9085, Ultem 1000 resin and the fiber-filled composite Ultem 1000 was carried out. Furthermore, an acoustic liner was printed from Ultem 9085 simulating conventional honeycomb structured liners and tested in a wind tunnel. Composite compressor inlet guide vanes were also printed using fiber-filled Ultem 1000 filaments and tested in a cascade rig. The fiber-filled Ultem 1000 filaments and composite vanes were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and acid digestion to determine the porosity of FDM-printed articles which ranged from 25-31 percent. Coupons of Ultem 9085 and experimental Ultem 1000 composites were tested at room temperature and 400 degrees Fahrenheit to evaluate their corresponding mechanical properties.

  5. Characterization of the Binding Properties of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers.

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    Ansell, Richard J

    2015-01-01

    The defining characteristic of the binding sites of any particular molecularly imprinted material is heterogeneity: that is, they are not all identical. Nonetheless, it is useful to study their fundamental binding properties, and to obtain average properties. In particular, it has been instructive to compare the binding properties of imprinted and non-imprinted materials. This chapter begins by considering the origins of this site heterogeneity. Next, the properties of interest of imprinted binding sites are described in brief: affinity, selectivity, and kinetics. The binding/adsorption isotherm, the graph of concentration of analyte bound to a MIP versus concentration of free analyte at equilibrium, over a range of total concentrations, is described in some detail. Following this, the techniques for studying the imprinted sites are described (batch-binding assays, radioligand binding assays, zonal chromatography, frontal chromatography, calorimetry, and others). Thereafter, the parameters that influence affinity, selectivity and kinetics are discussed (solvent, modifiers of organic solvents, pH of aqueous solvents, temperature). Finally, mathematical attempts to fit the adsorption isotherms for imprinted materials, so as to obtain information about the range of binding affinities characterizing the imprinted sites, are summarized. PMID:25796622

  6. Synthesis and Characterization of Thin Film Lithium-Ion Batteries Using Polymer Electrolytes

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    Maranchi, Jeffrey P.; Kumta, Prashant N.; Hepp, Aloysius F.; Raffaelle, Ryne P.

    2002-01-01

    The present paper describes the integration of thin film electrodes with polymer electrolytes to form a complete thin film lithium-ion battery. Thin film batteries of the type, LiCoO2 [PAN, EC, PC, LiN(CF3SO2)2] SnO2 have been fabricated. The results of the synthesis and characterization studies will be presented and discussed.

  7. Synthesis and characterization of benzodithiophene and benzotriazole-based polymers for photovoltaic applications.

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    Gedefaw, Desta; Tessarolo, Marta; Bolognesi, Margherita; Prosa, Mario; Kroon, Renee; Zhuang, Wenliu; Henriksson, Patrik; Bini, Kim; Wang, Ergang; Muccini, Michele; Seri, Mirko; Andersson, Mats R

    2016-01-01

    Two high bandgap benzodithiophene-benzotriazole-based polymers were synthesized via palladium-catalysed Stille coupling reaction. In order to compare the effect of the side chains on the opto-electronic and photovoltaic properties of the resulting polymers, the benzodithiophene monomers were substituted with either octylthienyl (PTzBDT-1) or dihexylthienyl (PTzBDT-2) as side groups, while the benzotriazole unit was maintained unaltered. The optical characterization, both in solution and thin-film, indicated that PTzBDT-1 has a red-shifted optical absorption compared to PTzBDT-2, likely due to a more planar conformation of the polymer backbone promoted by the lower content of alkyl side chains. The different aggregation in the solid state also affects the energetic properties of the polymers, resulting in a lower highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) for PTzBDT-1 with respect to PTzBDT-2. However, an unexpected behaviour is observed when the two polymers are used as a donor material, in combination with PC61BM as acceptor, in bulk heterojunction solar cells. Even though PTzBDT-1 showed favourable optical and electrochemical properties, the devices based on this polymer present a power conversion efficiency of 3.3%, considerably lower than the efficiency of 4.7% obtained for the analogous solar cells based on PTzBDT-2. The lower performance is presumably attributed to the limited solubility of the PTzBDT-1 in organic solvents resulting in enhanced aggregation and poor intermixing with the acceptor material in the active layer. PMID:27559416

  8. Synthesis and characterization of benzodithiophene and benzotriazole-based polymers for photovoltaic applications

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    Gedefaw, Desta; Tessarolo, Marta; Bolognesi, Margherita; Prosa, Mario; Kroon, Renee; Zhuang, Wenliu; Henriksson, Patrik; Bini, Kim; Wang, Ergang; Muccini, Michele

    2016-01-01

    Summary Two high bandgap benzodithiophene–benzotriazole-based polymers were synthesized via palladium-catalysed Stille coupling reaction. In order to compare the effect of the side chains on the opto-electronic and photovoltaic properties of the resulting polymers, the benzodithiophene monomers were substituted with either octylthienyl (PTzBDT-1) or dihexylthienyl (PTzBDT-2) as side groups, while the benzotriazole unit was maintained unaltered. The optical characterization, both in solution and thin-film, indicated that PTzBDT-1 has a red-shifted optical absorption compared to PTzBDT-2, likely due to a more planar conformation of the polymer backbone promoted by the lower content of alkyl side chains. The different aggregation in the solid state also affects the energetic properties of the polymers, resulting in a lower highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) for PTzBDT-1 with respect to PTzBDT-2. However, an unexpected behaviour is observed when the two polymers are used as a donor material, in combination with PC61BM as acceptor, in bulk heterojunction solar cells. Even though PTzBDT-1 showed favourable optical and electrochemical properties, the devices based on this polymer present a power conversion efficiency of 3.3%, considerably lower than the efficiency of 4.7% obtained for the analogous solar cells based on PTzBDT-2. The lower performance is presumably attributed to the limited solubility of the PTzBDT-1 in organic solvents resulting in enhanced aggregation and poor intermixing with the acceptor material in the active layer. PMID:27559416

  9. Electrochemical characterization of electrospun nanocomposite polymer blend electrolyte fibrous membrane for lithium battery.

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    Padmaraj, O; Rao, B Nageswara; Venkateswarlu, M; Satyanarayana, N

    2015-04-23

    Novel hybrid (organic/inorganic) electrospun nanocomposite polymer blend electrolyte fibrous membranes with the composition poly(vinylidene difluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) [P(VdF-co-HFP)]/poly(methyl methacrylate) [P(MMA)]/magnesium aluminate (MgAl2O4)/LiPF6 were prepared by the electrospinning technique. All of the prepared electrospun P(VdF-co-HFP), PMMA blend [90% P(VdF-co-HFP)/10% PMMA], and nanocomposite polymer blend [90% P(VdF-co-HFP)/10% PMMA/x wt % MgAl2O4 (x = 2, 4, 6, and 8)] fibrous membranes were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and scanning electron microscopy. The fibrous nanocomposite separator-cum-polymer blend electrolyte membranes were obtained by soaking the nanocomposite polymer blend membranes in an electrolyte solution containing 1 M LiPF6 in ethylene carbonate (EC)/diethyl carbonate (DEC) (1:1, v/v). The newly developed fibrous nanocomposite polymer blend electrolyte [90% P(VdF-co-HFP)/10% PMMA/6 wt % MgAl2O4/LiPF6] membrane showed a low crystallinity, low average fiber diameter, high thermal stability, high electrolyte uptake, high conductivity (2.60 × 10(-3) S cm(-1)) at room temperature, and good potential stability above 4.5 V. The best properties of the fibrous nanocomposite polymer blend electrolyte (NCPBE) membrane with a 6 wt % MgAl2O4 filler content was used for the fabrication of a Li/NCPBE/LiCoO2 CR 2032 coin cell. The electrochemical performance of the fabricated CR 2032 cell was evaluated at a current density of 0.1 C-rate. The fabricated CR 2032 cell lithium battery using the newly developed NCPBE membrane delivered an initial discharge capacity of 166 mAh g(-1) and a stable cycle performance. PMID:25867205

  10. Short wave infrared hyperspectral imaging for recovered post-consumer single and mixed polymers characterization

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    Bonifazi, Giuseppe; Palmieri, Roberta; Serranti, Silvia

    2015-03-01

    Postconsumer plastics from packing and packaging represent about the 60% of the total plastic wastes (i.e. 23 million of tons) produced in Europe. The EU Directive (2014/12/EC) fixes as target that the 60%, by weight, of packaging waste has to be recovered, or thermally valorized. When recovered, the same directive established that packaging waste has to be recycled in a percentage ranging between 55% (minimum) and 60% (maximum). The non-respect of these rules can produce that large quantities of end-of-life plastic products, specifically those utilized for packaging, are disposed-off, with a strong environmental impact. The application of recycling strategies, finalized to polymer recovery, can represent an opportunity to reduce: i) not renewable raw materials (i.e. oil) utilization, ii) carbon dioxide emissions and iii) amount of plastic waste disposed-off. Aim of this work was to perform a full characterization of different end-of-life polymers based products, constituted not only by single polymers but also of mixtures, in order to realize their identification for quality control and/or certification assessment. The study was specifically addressed to characterize the different recovered products as resulting from a recycling plant where classical processing flow-sheets, based on milling, classification and separation, are applied. To reach this goal, an innovative sensing technique, based on the utilization of a HyperSpectral[b] I[/b]maging (HSI) device working in the SWIR region (1000-2500 nm), was investigated. Following this strategy, single polymers and/or mixed polymers recovered were correctly recognized. The main advantage of the proposed approach is linked to the possibility to perform "on-line" analyses, that is directly on the different material flow streams, as resulting from processing, without any physical sampling and classical laboratory "off-line" determination.

  11. pH-Dependent rectification in redox polymers: Characterization of electrode-confined siloxane polymers containing naphthoquinone and benzylviologen subunits

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    Palmore, G.T.R.; Smith, D.K.; Wrighton, M.S.

    1997-04-03

    This paper describes the electrochemical characterization of electrode-confined siloxane polymers that contain both naphthoquinone (NQ) and benzylviologen (BV{sup 2}{sup +}) subunits. These `homopolymers,` abbreviated (NQ-BV{sup 3+}){sub n} and (NQ-BV-BV{sup 5+}){sub n}, are derived from monomers, 2-chloro-3-[[2-(dimethyl[[[N`-[[4-(trimethoxysilyl)phenyl]methyl]-4, 4`-bipyridiniumyl]methyl]phenyl]methyl]ammonium)-ethyl]amino]-1,4-naphthoquinone, 1a, and 2-chloro-3-[[2-(dimethyl[[[[[[[[N`-[N`-[[4-(trimethoxysilyl)phenyl]methy]-4,4`-bipyridiniumyl]methyl]-phenyl]methyl]-4, 4`-bipyridiniumyl]methyl]phenyl]methyl]ammonium)ethyl]amino]-1,4-naphthoquinone, 2a, respectively. Particular to these types of surface-confined homopolymers is the ability to `trap` charge at low pH in the form of reduced quinone. The flexibility of these monolayers apparently allows direct contact of the NQ subunit with the electrode surface. Less flexible and more robust surface-confined polymers, abbreviated (NQ-BV{sup 3+}/siloxane){sub n} and (NQH{sub 2}-BV-BV{sup 5+}siloxane){sub n}, can be prepared by copolymerization of 1a or 2a with 1,2-bis(trimethoxysilyl)ethane. Charge trapped in (NQH{sub 2}-BV{sup 3+}/siloxane){sub n} or (NQH{sub 2}-BV-BV{sup 5+}/siloxane){sub n} can be released and delivered to the surface of the electrode via chemical mediation or by an increase in solution pH. 26 refs., 13 figs.

  12. [Synthesis and Characterization of a Sugar Based Electrolyte for Thin-film Polymer Batteries

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    1998-01-01

    The work performed during the current renewal period, March 1,1998 focused primarily on the synthesis and characterization of a sugar based electrolyte for thin-film polymer batteries. The initial phase of the project involved developing a suitable sugar to use as the monomer in the polymeric electrolyte synthesis. The monomer has been synthesized and characterized completely. Overall the yield of this material is high and it can be produced in relatively large quantity easily and in high purity. The scheme used for the preparation of the monomer is outlined along with pertinent yields.

  13. Investigation and Characterization of Conductive DEAP Polymer Materials with Nickel Nanocomposites

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    Wrisley, Seaver

    Dielectric ElectroActive Polymers, or DEAPs, are devices with coupled electrical and mechanical responses that resemble stretchable parallel plate capacitors, that can act as actuators, sensors, or electrical generators. Currently, the electrode layers on the top and bottom are generally conductive carbon grease, which is dirty and also causes curing issues for certain polymers. This thesis explores several polymers and conductive fillers to identify a conductive nanocomposite material, to replace the grease electrode with a solid material and eliminate issues associated with grease electrodes. It then characterizes the mechanical and electric properties and how they change during cyclic loading, while augmenting an equibiaxial tensile testing machine and advancing the knowledge of equibiaxial characterization. The most promising polymer/filler combination was found to be EcoFlex30, a platinum cure silicone rubber, containing seven volume percent of nickel nanostrands and three volume percent of 0.1 mm length nickel-coated carbon fiber. Using two conductive fillers of different sizes resulted in much higher conductivity than a single filler alone, and an enormous piezoresistive effect. This material gave weak conductivity at no load, increasing several orders of magnitude as strained and well surpassing the benchmark of 1.2 S/m set by conductive carbon grease. Elastomer materials were found to have conductivities as high as 275 S/m under peak strain, and changing the nickel-coated carbon fiber length allowed for strains over 120%. Equibiaxial stress-strain curves were also analyzed for energy lost through hysteresis, in order to compare to published results for DEAPs used as Dielectric Energy Generators. Results and recommendations are presented for using and further improving the materials for applications of DEAPs used as energy harvesters and capacitive sensors, using the material alone as a piezoresistive sensor, and improving the equibiaxial characterization

  14. Automatic, continuous online monitoring of polymerization reactions (ACOMP): Progress in characterization of polymers and polymerization reactions

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    Alb, Alina M.

    An original method is presented as an efficient technique for characterizing polymers, and understanding the kinetics of the polymerization reactions. The Automatic Continuous Online Monitoring of Polymerization Reactions (ACOMP) method developed at Tulane University involves following one or more characteristics of a polymerization reaction: monomer conversion, different molecular weight averages, intrinsic viscosity, etc. By performing an automatic withdrawal and dilution of the polymer solution to create a small stream which flows through a detector train, including light scattering, viscometer, refractive index, Ultraviolet/Visible detectors, a continuum of data points can be obtained, allowing powerful analysis methods to be developed. The goal of this work is to expand ACOMP to new polymerization reactions, such as free radical copolymerization, controlled radical polymerization, inverse emulsion polymerization, both to achieve a complete physical characterization of the polymers synthesized and a better understanding of the reaction mechanisms. For each of the reactions ACOMP brings significant innovations in the analysis of the kinetics. Other new methods, such as Automatic Continuous Mixing (ACM) and Simultaneous Multiple Sample Light Scattering (SMSLS) are also used, as well as traditional multi-detector Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC). As an immediate consequence it is hoped that the information on reaction kinetics and mechanisms offer a better fundamental knowledge, control and ability to optimize reactions. At the industrial scale, online monitoring should allow a more efficient use of resources, energy, reactor and personnel time as well as a higher product quality.

  15. Direct characterization of polymer encapsulated CdSe/CdS/ZnS quantum dots

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    Zorn, Gilad; Dave, Shivang R.; Weidner, Tobias; Gao, Xiaohu; Castner, David G.

    2016-06-01

    Surface engineering advances of semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) have enabled their application to molecular labeling, disease diagnostics and tumor imaging. For biological applications, hydrophobic core/shell QDs are transferred into aqueous solutions through the incorporation of water-solubility imparting moieties, typically achieved via direct exchange of the native surface passivating ligands or indirectly through the adsorption of polymers. Although polymeric encapsulation has gained wide acceptance, there are few reports addressing the characterization of the adsorbed polymers and existing theoretical analyses are typically based on simple geometric models. In this work, we experimentally characterize and quantify water-soluble QDs prepared by adsorption of amphiphilic poly(maleic anhydride-alt-1-tetradecene) (PMAT, MW ~ 9000) onto commercially available CdSe/CdS/ZnS (CdSe/CdS/ZnS-PMAT). Using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) we determined that ~ 15 PMAT molecules are adsorbed onto each QD and sum frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectra were utilized to investigate the mechanism of interaction between PMAT molecules and the QD surface. Importantly, when employed together, these techniques constitute a platform with which to investigate any polymer-nanoparticle complex in general.

  16. An integrated electroactive polymer sensor-actuator: design, model-based control, and performance characterization

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    Hunt, A.; Chen, Z.; Tan, X.; Kruusmaa, M.

    2016-03-01

    Ionic electroactive polymers (IEAPs), particularly ionic polymer-metal composites (IPMCs) and carbon-polymer composites (CPCs), bend when a voltage is applied on their electrodes, and conversely, they generate an electrical signal when subjected to a mechanical bending. In this work we study and compare the capabilities of IPMC and CPC actuators and sensors in closed-loop control applications. We propose and realize an integrated IEAP sensor-actuator design, characterize its performance using three different materials, and compare the results. The design consists of two short IEAP actuators and one sensor mechanically coupled together in a parallel configuration, and an attached rigid extension significantly longer than the IEAPs. This allows the device to be compliant, simple to construct, lightweight, easy to miniaturize, and functionally similar to a one-degree-of-freedom rotational joint. For control design and accurate position sensing in feedback experiments, we adapt physics-based and control-oriented models of actuation and sensing dynamics, and perform experiments to identify their parameters. In performance characterization, both model-based {H}∞ control and proportional-integral control are explored. System responses to step inputs, sinusoids, and random references are measured, and long-duration sinusoidal tracking experiments are performed. The results show that, while IEAP position sensing is stable for only a limited time-span, H ∞ control significantly improves the performance of the device.

  17. Preparation and Characterization of Novel PBAE/PLGA Polymer Blend Microparticles for DNA Vaccine Delivery

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    Balashanmugam, Meenashi Vanathi; Nagarethinam, Sivagurunathan; Jagani, Hitesh; Josyula, Venkata Rao; Alrohaimi, Abdulmohsen; Udupa, Nayanabhirama

    2014-01-01

    Context. Poly(beta-amino ester) (PBAE) with its pH sensitiveness and Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) with huge DNA cargo capacity in combination prove to be highly efficient as DNA delivery system. Objective. To study the effectiveness of novel synthesized PBAE polymer with PLGA blend at different ratios in DNA vaccine delivery. Methods. In the present study, multifunctional polymer blend microparticles using a combination of PLGA and novel PBAE polymers A1 (bis(3-(propionyloxy)propyl)3,3′-(propane-1,3-diyl-bis(methylazanediyl))dipropanoate) and A2 (bis(4-(propionyloxy)butyl)3,3′-(ethane-1,2-diyl-bis(isopropylazanediyl))dipropanoate) at different ratios (85 : 15, 75 : 25, and 50 : 50) were prepared by double emulsion solvent removal method. The microparticles were characterized for cytotoxicity, transfection efficiency, and DNA encapsulation efficiency. Result. It was evident from results that among the microparticles prepared with PLGA/PBAE blend the PLGA : PBAE at 85 : 15 ratio was found to be more effective combination than the microparticles prepared with PLGA alone in terms of transfection efficiency and better DNA integrity. Microparticles made of PLGA and PBAE A1 at 85 : 15 ratio, respectively, were found to be less toxic when compared with microparticles prepared with A2 polymer. Conclusion. The results encourage the use of the synthesized PBAE polymer in combination with PLGA as an effective gene delivery system. PMID:25401137

  18. Novel polymer anchored Cr(III) Schiff base complexes: Synthesis, characterization and antimicrobial properties

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    Selvi, Canan; Nartop, Dilek

    2012-09-01

    New polymer-bound Schiff bases and Cr(III) complexes have been synthesized by the reaction of 4-benzyloxybenzaldehyde, polymer-bound with 2-aminophenol, 2-amino-4-chlorophenol and 2-amino-4-methylphenol. The structure of polymeric-Schiff bases and their Cr(III) complexes have been characterized by elemental analyses, magnetic measurements, IR, UV-Vis, TG-DTA and 1H-NMR. All these compounds have also been investigated for antibacterial activity by the well-diffusion method against Staphylococcus aureus (RSKK-07035), Shigella dysenteria type 10 (RSKK 1036), Listeria monocytogenes 4b(ATCC 19115, Escherichia coli (ATCC 1230), Salmonella typhi H (NCTC 901.8394), Staphylococcus epidermis (ATCC 12228), Brucella abortus (RSKK-03026), Micrococcs luteus (ATCC 93419, Bacillus cereus sp., Pseudomonas putida sp. and for antifungal activity against Candida albicans (Y-1200-NIH).

  19. Synthesis, characterization and magnetic properties of Fe3O4 doped chitosan polymer

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    Karaca, E.; Şatır, M.; Kazan, S.; Açıkgöz, M.; Öztürk, E.; Gürdağ, G.; Ulutaş, D.

    2015-01-01

    Fe3O4 nanoparticles doped into chitosan films were prepared by the solution casting technique. Various samples were synthesized in atmospheric medium and in vacuum. The morphological properties of the samples were characterized by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The structural, magnetic, and microwave absorption properties of magnetic chitosan films have been carried out using the Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) and Ferromagnetic Resonance (FMR). It is shown that the composite polymer behaves like a superparamagnetic material with high blocking temperature. The effective magnetization shows gradual increments with the concentration of dopant Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The microwave absorption characteristic of superparamagnetic composite polymer shows low reflection loss.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of thiol-functionalized polymer as binder in conductive ink

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    Lee, Jungmin; Varadan, Vijay K.

    2011-04-01

    The technology of electrical printing has received industrial and scientific attention due to wide variety of application such as sensors, radio frequency identification cards (RFIDs), flexible display, and flexible solar cell. Especially a roll to roll gravure printing technique has been useful for mass production of electrical products. For the more high quality of conductive ink, the compatibility of organic binder and inorganic filler is very important. In this study, Thiol-functionalized polymer and core-shell conductive nanoparticles were used as the binder and filler. The thiol moieties in binder contribute to functionality of the synthesized polymer. Also, the conductivity and viscosity of synthesized ink and compatibility of filler with binder were characterized in various conditions.

  1. Multiscale characterization of chemical–mechanical interactions between polymer fibers and cementitious matrix

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    Hernández-Cruz, Daniel; Hargis, Craig W.; Bae, Sungchul; Itty, Pierre A.; Meral, Cagla; Dominowski, Jolee; Radler, Michael J.; Kilcoyne, David A.; Monteiro, Paulo J. M.

    2014-04-01

    Together with a series of mechanical tests, the interactions and potential bonding between polymeric fibers and cementitious materials were studied using scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM) and microtomography (lCT). Experimental results showed that these techniques have great potential to characterize the polymer fiber-hydrated cement-paste matrix interface, as well as differentiating the chemistry of the two components of a bi-polymer (hybrid) fiber the polypropylene core and the ethylene acrylic acid copolymer sheath. Similarly, chemical interactions between the hybrid fiber and the cement hydration products were observed, indicating the chemical bonding between the sheath and the hardened cement paste matrix. Microtomography allowed visualization of the performance of the samples, and the distribution and orientation of the two types of fiber in mortar. Beam flexure tests confirmed improved tensile strength of mixes containing hybrid fibers, and expansion bar tests showed similar reductions in expansion for the polypropylene and hybrid fiber mortar bars.

  2. An NDE approach for characterizing quality problems in polymer matrix composites

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    Roth, Don J.; Baaklini, George Y.; Sutter, James K.; Bodis, James R.; Leonhardt, Todd A.; Crane, Elizabeth A.

    1994-01-01

    Polymer matrix composite (PMC) materials are periodically identified appearing optically uniform but containing a higher than normal level of global nonuniformity as indicated from preliminary ultrasonic scanning. One such panel was thoroughly examined by nondestructive (NDE) and destructive methods to quantitatively characterize the nonuniformity. The NDE analysis of the panel was complicated by the fact that the panel was not uniformly thick. Mapping of ultrasonic velocity across a region of the panel in conjunction with an error analysis was necessary to (1) characterize properly the porosity gradient that was discovered during destructive analyses and (2) account for the thickness variation effects. Based on this study, a plan for future NDE characterization of PMC's is presented to the PMC community.

  3. Characterizing the self-sensing performance of carbon nanotube-enhanced fiber-reinforced polymers

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    Loyola, Bryan R.; La Saponara, Valeria; Loh, Kenneth J.

    2010-04-01

    The increased usage of fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP) in recent decades has created a need to monitor the unique response of these materials to impact and fatigue damage. As most traditional nondestructive evaluation methods are illsuited to detecting damage in FRPs, new methods must be created without compromising the high strength-to-weight aspects of FRPs. This paper describes the characterization of carbon nanotube-polyelectrolyte thin films applied to glass fiber substrates as a means for in situ strain sensing in glass fiber-reinforced polymers (GFRP). The layer-by-layer deposition process employed is capable of depositing individual and small bundles of carbon nanotubes within a polyelectrolyte matrix and directly onto glass fiber matrices. Upon film fabrication, the nanocomposite-coated GFRP specimens are mounted in a load frame for characterizing their electromechanical performance. This preliminary results obtained from this study has shown that these thin films exhibit bilinear piezoresistivity. Time- and frequency-domain techniques are utilized to characterize the nanocomposite strain sensing response. An equivalent circuit is also derived from electrical impedance spectroscopic analysis of thin film specimens.

  4. Preparation and characterization of MWCNT nanofiller incorporated polymer composite for lithium battery applications

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    Pradeepa, P.; Raj, S. Edwin; Selvakumar, K.; Sowmya, G.; Prabhu, M. Ramesh

    2015-06-01

    Poly (ethyl methacrylate) based polymer electrolyte films were prepared by solution casting technique incorporating multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) as filler and characterized using XRD and Ac impedance analysis. The electrical conductivity is increased with increasing filler concentration (upto 6wt %), which is attributed to the formation of charge transfer complexes. The maximum ionic conductivity value is found to be 1.171×10-3 Scm-1 at 303K for PEMA (19wt %) -LiClO4 (8wt %) -MWCNT (6wt %) -PC (67wt %) electrolyte system. The temperature dependent ionic conductivity plot seems to obey Vogel -Tamman-Fulcher relation.

  5. Spectral Imaging for Electroluminescence Characterization of a Polymer-Blend Light-Emitting Diode

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    Takada, Noriyuki; Kamata, Toshihide

    2005-12-01

    Spectral imaging for electroluminescence (EL) characterization of a light-emitting diode based on blends of poly[2,7-(9,9-di-n-octylfluorene)] (PFO) and poly[2,7-(9,9-di-n-octylfluorene)-\\textit{alt}-(1,4-phenylene-((4-\\textit{sec}-butylphenyl)amino)-1,4-phenylene)] (TFB) was performed using a two-dimensional microspectroscopy imaging system. We found that EL spectral images changed markedly with increasing applied voltage. Such a variation is presumed to have originated from the transfer of emission sites in the polymer blend layer.

  6. Preparation and characterization of MWCNT nanofiller incorporated polymer composite for lithium battery applications

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    Pradeepa, P.; Raj, S. Edwin; Selvakumar, K.; Sowmya, G.; Prabhu, M. Ramesh

    2015-06-24

    Poly (ethyl methacrylate) based polymer electrolyte films were prepared by solution casting technique incorporating multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) as filler and characterized using XRD and Ac impedance analysis. The electrical conductivity is increased with increasing filler concentration (upto 6wt %), which is attributed to the formation of charge transfer complexes. The maximum ionic conductivity value is found to be 1.171×10{sup −3} Scm{sup −1} at 303K for PEMA (19wt %) -LiClO{sub 4} (8wt %) -MWCNT (6wt %) -PC (67wt %) electrolyte system. The temperature dependent ionic conductivity plot seems to obey Vogel -Tamman-Fulcher relation.

  7. Characterization of 2-(2-Methoxyethoxy)ethanol Substituted Phosphazene Polymers Using Pervaporation, Solubility Parameters and Sorption Studies

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    Orme, Christopher Joseph; Klaehn, John Ray; Harrup, Mason Kurt; Lash, Robert Paul; Stewart, Frederick Forrest

    2005-05-01

    Two linear phosphazene polymers were synthesized with differing amounts of hydrophilic 2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethanol (MEE) and hydrophobic 4-methoxyphenol (MEOP) substituted on the backbone. These high polymers were cast into membranes and their permeability to water, methanol, ethanol, and 2-propanol was evaluated as a function of temperature. An additional polymer with a low content of MEE was studied for water permeation and was characterized by trace flux. At higher levels of MEE on the backbone, fluxes of all solvents increased. Solubility also was found to increase with increasing MEE content for all solvents except water. Unexpectedly, water was found to be less soluble in the higher MEE polymer, although higher membrane fluxes were observed. Diffusion coefficients showed the following trend: methanol 2-propanol > ethanol water. Finally, the affinity of solvents and polymers was discussed in terms of Hansen solubility parameters.

  8. The synthesis and characterization of metal chalcogenide-pedot:pss polymer composites for thermal energy conversion

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    Anderson, Kimberly L.

    This dissertation describes the synthesis and characterization of metal chalcogenide/PEDOT:PSS polymer composites as possible thermoelectric materials for thermal energy conversion; specifically, Te, Bi2Te3, Bi2S3, and Ag2Te. The inorganic materials have high Seebeck coefficients while the PEDOT:PSS has high electrical conductivity. This approach allows for optimization of electrical conductivity of the PEDOT while still maintaining the high Seebeck coefficient of the inorganic materials. XRD analysis confirms the crystallinity of the Te, Bi2S3, and Ag2Te synthesized in the presence of PEDOT:PSS. A detailed spectroscopy study revealed several key findings, which may explain the enhanced electrical conductivity seen in Te/PEDOT:PSS composites. XPS revealed loss of the insulating PSS during the purification process but no loss of the conducting PEDOT. XPS also showed the role the polymer plays as a passivating agent as there was minimal oxidation of the nanowires. UV-Vis/NIR and Raman spectroscopy indicated the remaining PEDOT segments on the polymer to be partially reduced with a benzoid-like conformation. Transport measurements showed ohmic and linear I/V curves at room temperature for all films. The temperature dependent electrical conductivity for all systems was measured from 80 -- 300 K and Mott's VRH model was used to qualitatively determine the hopping mechanism. All systems are consistent with three dimensional VRH. The temperature dependent measurements also showed that these systems were all thermally activated.

  9. Synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of a new (aryl-SCN)n polymer: Polythiocyanatohydroquinone

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    Baryshnikov, Gleb V.; Galagan, Rostislav L.; Shepetun, Ludmila P.; Litvin, Valentina A.; Minaev, Boris F.

    2015-09-01

    In the present work we have demonstrated the first synthesis of the polythiocyanogen-like (aryl-SCN)n compound (polythiocyanatohydroquinone) from the initial 1,4-benzoquinone and NH4SCN reagents under the normal conditions in the glacial acetic acid medium. The synthesized amorphous polymer was characterized experimentally by the FT-IR and UV-vis spectroscopic methods accompanied with theoretical assignments by the density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT calculations. The transmission electron microscopy and the XRD pattern analysis were used to indicate the amorphous structure of the synthesized polymer. The DFT geometry optimization of a number of oligomers (n = 4-8) permit us to predict the possible structure of polythiocyanatohydroquinone and to assign the observed bands in IR and UV-vis absorption spectra. It was found that the synthesized polythiocyanatohydroquinone powder has a complicated structure which can be represented as a branched polymer constructed from the mono- and doubly-SCN-substituted benzene-1,4-diol moieties. This new material demonstrates a good stabilizing effect in respect to colloidal solutions of Ag and Au nanoparticles. Additionally, polythiocyanatohydroquinone is predicted to be a promising candidate for creation of metal-containing composite materials. Its application as a framework for the Pt electrode closing is found very useful.

  10. Probing and characterizing the early stages of cavitation in glassy polymers in molecular dynamics simulations

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    Estevez, R.; Long, D.

    2011-06-01

    This work focuses on a specific aspect of polymer fracture: the onset of cavitation during deformation. Failure in polymers involves plastic deformation by shear yielding and crazing. The competition between these two mechanisms is thought to govern the ductile versus brittle response of the material. The present molecular dynamics (MD) analysis shows that at a small scale, cavitation results from a transition between a homogeneous to a highly heterogeneous deformation field during loading. We characterize here these two regimes thanks to a scalar non-affine displacement probe, which displays a sharp transition at the onset of cavitation. Close scrutiny of cavitation allows for defining a stress-based cavitation criterion, the validity of which is checked for two temperatures in the glassy state. A mapping between the MD results and the corresponding estimates at the continuum scale indicates that the onset of cavitation at high deformation rates corresponds to a noticeably larger stress level as compared with that at low and intermediate loading rates. Since cavitation precedes failure in glassy polymers, this effect could be responsible for the marked increase in toughness reported experimentally under impact conditions.

  11. Characterization of electrospun polymer fibers for applications in cardiac tissue engineering and regenerative medicine

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    Rockwood, Danielle N.

    Electrospinning is a technique where a polymer solution is formed into a non-woven mat by electrically charging the solution as it leaves a capillary. The resulting mats have an interconnected porous network, and the system can be tailored in order to form aligned fibers. In this work, we have chosen to electrospin and characterize two polymers with unique properties with the intention to use them as scaffolds for cardiac tissue. The first polymer studied was poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) (pNIPAM), a material which shows a thermoresponsive behavior around 32°C in aqueous solutions. In this work, pNIPAM was electrospun into fibrous mats from three solvents and the resulting electrospun mats were evaluated using DSC, polarized Raman, and infrared spectroscopy and compared to the bulk material. It was found that the electrospinning process did not alter the polymer and pNIPAM maintained its thermoresponsive behavior. Therefore, it is believed that electrospun pNIPAM mats could have the potential to be used as templates or filters in aqueous solutions at high temperatures, above 32°C, and then removed by lowering the temperature. The next polymer to be investigated was a biodegradable polyurethane (PU). The PU was electrospun into isotropic mats (ES-PU) and the material properties were evaluated via GPC, DSC, and Raman spectroscopy before and after processing. These analyses showed that the polymer was also unaffected by the electrospinning process. Additionally, the degradation profile of ES-PU in the presence of chymotrypsin was assessed. It was concluded that ES-PU mats show potential for use in soft tissue engineering applications. Therefore, the next step in this research was to investigate the ability of ES-PU mats to support cardiac cells and direct tissuegenesis. Cells isolated from immature cardiac ventricles were grown on ES-PU mats with either aligned or unaligned microfibers. ES-PU cultures contained electrically-coupled, contractile myocytes and it was

  12. Decomposition techniques

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    Chao, T.T.; Sanzolone, R.F.

    1992-01-01

    Sample decomposition is a fundamental and integral step in the procedure of geochemical analysis. It is often the limiting factor to sample throughput, especially with the recent application of the fast and modern multi-element measurement instrumentation. The complexity of geological materials makes it necessary to choose the sample decomposition technique that is compatible with the specific objective of the analysis. When selecting a decomposition technique, consideration should be given to the chemical and mineralogical characteristics of the sample, elements to be determined, precision and accuracy requirements, sample throughput, technical capability of personnel, and time constraints. This paper addresses these concerns and discusses the attributes and limitations of many techniques of sample decomposition along with examples of their application to geochemical analysis. The chemical properties of reagents as to their function as decomposition agents are also reviewed. The section on acid dissolution techniques addresses the various inorganic acids that are used individually or in combination in both open and closed systems. Fluxes used in sample fusion are discussed. The promising microwave-oven technology and the emerging field of automation are also examined. A section on applications highlights the use of decomposition techniques for the determination of Au, platinum group elements (PGEs), Hg, U, hydride-forming elements, rare earth elements (REEs), and multi-elements in geological materials. Partial dissolution techniques used for geochemical exploration which have been treated in detail elsewhere are not discussed here; nor are fire-assaying for noble metals and decomposition techniques for X-ray fluorescence or nuclear methods be discussed. ?? 1992.

  13. Pure CuCr2O4 nanoparticles: Synthesis, characterization and their morphological and size effects on the catalytic thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate

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    Hosseini, Seyed Ghorban; Abazari, Reza; Gavi, Azam

    2014-11-01

    In the present paper a pure phase of the copper chromite spinel nanoparticles (CuCr2O4 SNPs) were synthesized via the sol-gel route using citric acid as a complexing agent. Then, the CuCr2O4 SNPs has been characterized by field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). In the next step, with the addition of Cu-Cr-O nanoparticles (NPs), the effects of different parameters such as Cu-Cr-O particle size and the Cu/Cr molar ratios on the thermal behavior of Cu-Cr-O NPs + AP (ammonium perchlorate) mixtures were investigated. As such, the catalytic effect of the Cu-Cr-O NPs for thermal decomposition of AP was evaluated by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). TGA/DSC results showed that the samples with different morphologies exhibited different catalytic activity in different stages of thermal decomposition of AP. Also, in the presence of Cu-Cr-O nanocatalysts, all of the exothermic peaks of AP shifted to a lower temperature, indicating the thermal decomposition of AP was enhanced. Moreover, the heat released (ΔH) in the presence of Cu-Cr-O nanocatalysts was increased to 1490 J g-1.

  14. Controlled release system for ametryn using polymer microspheres: preparation, characterization and release kinetics in water.

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    Grillo, Renato; Pereira, Anderson do Espirito Santo; de Melo, Nathalie Ferreira Silva; Porto, Raquel Martins; Feitosa, Leandro Oliveira; Tonello, Paulo Sergio; Dias Filho, Newton L; Rosa, André Henrique; Lima, Renata; Fraceto, Leonardo Fernandes

    2011-02-28

    The purpose of this work was to develop a modified release system for the herbicide ametryn by encapsulating the active substance in biodegradable polymer microparticles produced using the polymers poly(hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) or poly(hydroxybutyrate-valerate) (PHBV), in order to both improve the herbicidal action and reduce environmental toxicity. PHB or PHBV microparticles containing ametryn were prepared and the efficiencies of herbicide association and loading were evaluated, presenting similar values of approximately 40%. The microparticles were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), which showed that the average sizes of the PHB and PHBV microparticles were 5.92±0.74 μm and 5.63±0.68 μm, respectively. The ametryn release profile was modified when it was encapsulated in the microparticles, with slower and more sustained release compared to the release profile of pure ametryn. When ametryn was associated with the PHB and PHBV microparticles, the amount of herbicide released in the same period of time was significantly reduced, declining to 75% and 87%, respectively. For both types of microparticle (PHB and PHBV) the release of ametryn was by diffusion processes due to anomalous transport (governed by diffusion and relaxation of the polymer chains), which did not follow Fick's laws of diffusion. The results presented in this paper are promising, in view of the successful encapsulation of ametryn in PHB or PHBV polymer microparticles, and indications that this system may help reduce the impacts caused by the herbicide, making it an environmentally safer alternative. PMID:21215514

  15. Synthesis, characterization and analytical applications of Ni(II)-ion imprinted polymer

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    Singh, D. K.; Mishra, Shraddha

    2010-10-01

    Ion recognition-based separation techniques have received much attention because of their high selectivity for target ions. In this study, we have prepared a novel ion imprinted polymer (IIP) to remove nickel ions with high selectivity. The imprinted polymer was prepared by copolymerization of 2-hydroxy ethyl methacrylate (HEMA) with nickel vinylbenzoate complex in the presence of ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) as a crosslinker. The polymerization was carried out in bulk with free radical initiation using 2-methoxy ethanol as a solvent and porogen. The adsorbed nickel was completely eluted with 15 mL of 1 M HCl. Control polymer was also prepared by similar experimental conditions without using imprint ion. The above synthesized polymers were characterized by surface area measurements, FT-IR, microanalysis and SEM analysis. The adsorption capacity of IIP and CP was found to be 1.51 and 0.65 mmol g -1, respectively. The optimal pH for quantitative enrichment was 6.5. Nature of eluent, eluent concentration and eluent volume were also studied. The relative selectivity factor ( αr) values of Ni(II)/Zn(II), Ni(II)/Cu(II) and Ni(II)/Co(II) were 78.6, 111.1 and 91.6, respectively. Five replicate determinations of 30 μg L -1 of Ni(II) gave a mean absorbance of 0.067 with a relative standard deviation of 1.06%. The lowest concentration determined by GTA-AAS below which the recovery becomes non-quantitative is 6 μg L -1. IIP was tested for removal of Ni(II) from sea water sample.

  16. On the mechanical characterization and modeling of polymer gel brain substitute under dynamic rotational loading.

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    Fontenier, B; Hault-Dubrulle, A; Drazetic, P; Fontaine, C; Naceur, H

    2016-10-01

    The use of highly sensitive soft materials has become increasingly apparent in the last few years in numerous industrial fields, due to their viscous and damping nature. Unfortunately these materials remain difficult to characterize using conventional techniques, mainly because of the very low internal forces supported by these materials especially under high strain-rates of deformation. The aim of this work is to investigate the dynamic response of a polymer gel brain analog material under specific rotational-impact experiments. The selected polymer gel commercially known as Sylgard 527 has been studied using a specific procedure for its experimental characterization and numerical modeling. At first an indentation experiment was conducted at several loading rates to study the strain rate sensitivity of the Sylgard 527 gel. During the unloading several relaxation tests were performed after indentation, to assess the viscous behavior of the material. A specific numerical procedure based on moving least square approximation and response surface method was then performed to determine adequate robust material parameters of the Sylgard 527 gel. A sensitivity analysis was assessed to confirm the robustness of the obtained material parameters. For the validation of the obtained material model, a second experiment was conducted using a dynamic rotational loading apparatus. It consists of a metallic cylindrical cup filled with the polymer gel and subjected to an eccentric transient rotational impact. Complete kinematics of the cup and the large strains induced in the Sylgard 527 gel, have been recorded at several patterns by means of optical measurement. The whole apparatus was modeled by the Finite Element Method using explicit dynamic time integration available within Ls-dyna(®) software. Comparison between the physical and the numerical models of the Sylgard 527 gel behavior under rotational choc shows excellent agreements. PMID:27341290

  17. Viscoelastic characterization of thin-film polymers exposed to low Earth orbit

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    Letton, Alan; Farrow, Allan; Strganac, Thomas

    1993-01-01

    The materials made available through the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) satellite provide a set of specimens that can be well characterized and have a known exposure history with reference to atomic oxygen and ultraviolet radiation exposure. Mechanical characteristics measured from control samples and exposed samples provide a data base for predicting the behavior of polymers in low earth orbit. Samples of 1.0 mil thick low density polyethylene were exposed to the low earth orbit environment for a period of six years. These materials were not directly exposed to ram atomic oxygen and offer a unique opportunity for measuring the effect of atomic oxygen and UV radiation on mechanical properties with little concern to the effect of erosion. The viscoelastic characteristics of these materials were measured and compared to the viscoelastic characteristics of control samples. To aid in differentiating the effects of changes in crystallinity resulting from thermal cycling, from the effects of changes in chemical structure resulting from atomic oxygen/UV attack to the polymer, a second set of control specimens, annealed to increase crystallinity, were measured as well. The resulting characterization of these materials will offer insight into the impact of atomic oxygen/UV on the mechanical properties of polymeric materials. The viscoelastic properties measured for the control, annealed, and exposed specimens were the storage and loss modulus as a function of frequency and temperature. From these datum is calculated the viscoelastic master curve derived using the principle of time/temperature superposition. Using the master curve, the relaxation modulus is calculated using the method of Ninomiya and Ferry. The viscoelastic master curve and the stress relaxation modulus provide a direct measure of the changes in the chemical or morphological structure. In addition, the effect of these changes on long-term and short-term mechanical properties is known directly. It

  18. Synthesis, Experimental Characterization and Parametric Identification of Ionic-Polymer Metal Composite Bending Actuators

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    Zhu, Zicai; Li, Huibiao; Chen, Hualing; Zhou, Jinxiong

    2012-03-01

    Ionic polymer metal composite (IPMC) actuator is a sandwiched structure with a thin polyelectrolyte strip or membrane plated with metal electrodes on both sides. Under a low applied voltage the IPMC strip bends toward either electrode depending on its polarity, forming a soft actuator for potential diverse applications. We report in details our methodologies for synthesizing IPMC with high quality electrode morphologies. We describe our experimental setup for measuring the physical and mechanical properties of IPMC. In conjunction with the experimental characterization, we finally present a parameter identification scheme to identify two key parameters for establishing relationship between unbalanced charge density and the associated electrostatic eigenstress, a constitutive law widely used in IPMC literature. The experimental and simulation procedures presented herein pave the avenue for fabrication, characterization and development of novel IPMC-based sensors and actuators.

  19. Size control and characterization of wustite (core)/spinel (shell) nanocubes obtained by decomposition of iron oleate complex.

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    Hai, Hoang Tri; Yang, Hai Tao; Kura, Hiroaki; Hasegawa, Daiji; Ogata, Yasunobu; Takahashi, Migaku; Ogawa, Tomoyuki

    2010-06-01

    Monodisperse wustite (core)/spinel (shell) nanocubes with controllable size from 9 to 22 nm were synthesized by the decomposition of iron oleate complex at high temperature. The composition of the nanocubes was confirmed by X-ray diffraction and magnetic analysis, meanwhile the distributions of wustite and spinel phases within the nanocubes were directly observed by high resolution transmission electron microscopy using the dark-field image technique. The core/shell structure is quite unique, in which spinel phase is distributed not only preferentially on the surface, but also in the interior, while almost all of the wustite phase is located in the core of the nanocubes. The formation of wustite is inherent in the decomposition of the iron oleate complex, as indirectly inferred through the detection of a huge quantity of carbon monoxide generated from the reactor. PMID:20219207

  20. Syntheses and structural characterization of two new nanostructured Bi(III) supramolecular polymers via sonochemical method.

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    Yan, Xiao-Wei; Haji-Hasani, Ensieh; Morsali, Ali

    2016-07-01

    Two new bismuth(III) coordination supramolecular polymers, {[Bi2(Hbpp)(bpp)(μ-I)2I6](Hbpp)·MeOH}n (1) and [Bi(Hbpp)(Br4)] (2), (bpp=1,3-di(pyridin-4-yl)propane) were prepared and were structurally characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction. Single crystalline one-dimensional materials were prepared using a heat gradient applied a solution of the reagents using the branched tube method. The structural determination by single crystal X-ray crystallography shows that compounds 1 and 2 form monoclinic polymers with symmetry space group P21 in the solid state. These new nanostructured Bi(III) supramolecular compounds, {[Bi2(Hbpp)(bpp)(μ-I)2I6](Hbpp)·MeOH} (1) and [Bi(Hbpp)(Br4)] (2), were also synthesized by sonochemical method. The nanostructures were characterized by Field Emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) and IR spectroscopy. PMID:26964932

  1. Polarized Resonant Critical Dimension Small Angle X-Ray Scattering for the Characterization of Polymer Patterns

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    Liman, Christopher; Sunday, Daniel; Ro, Hyun Wook; Richter, Lee; Hannon, Adam; Kline, R. Joseph

    Critical dimension small angle X-ray scattering (CDSAXS) is a recently developed technique that enables the characterization of the three-dimensional shape of periodic patterns, such as directed self-assembled (DSA) block copolymer (BCP) lamellae thin films. Information about the polymer patterns is extracted by fitting simulated scattering patterns to the experimental ones using an inverse iterative algorithm. Conducting CDSAXS at resonant energies near the carbon or nitrogen edge can enhance the strength of the scattering, but also causes the scattering to be influenced by any anisotropic orientation of the polymer chains. In this work, to assess the degree to which the scattering may be influenced by orientation, we simulate polarized resonant CDSAXS patterns for BCP lamellae with varying degrees of orientation, as well as orientation as a function of location within the lamellae, for different polarizations of the incident X-rays. Also, to assess the influence of a higher degree of orientation, we use capillary force lithography to pattern nanogratings of two semiconducting homopolymers which are known to orient strongly. We characterize these nanogratings, which have similar length scales to DSA BCP lamellae, with polarized resonant CDSAXS and spectroscopic ellipsometry. Finally, we fit simulated CDSAXS and ellipsometric data to the experimental data to obtain information about the shape and the orientation of the nanogratings.

  2. Synthesis and characterization of polymer layers for control of fluid transport

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    Vatansever, Fehime

    The level of wetting of fiber surface with liquids is an important characteristic of fibrous materials. It is related to fiber surface energy and the structure of the material. Surface energy can be changed by surface modification via the grafting methodologies that have been reported for introducing new and stable functionality to fibrous substrates without changing bulk properties. Present work is dedicated to synthesis and characterization of macromolecular layers grafted to fiber surface in order to achieve directional liquid transport for the modified fabric. Modification technique used here is based on formation of stable polymer layer on fabric surface using "grafting to" technique. Specifically, modification of fabric with wettability gradient for facilitated one way-liquid transport, and pointed modification of yarn-based channels on textile microfluidic device for directional liquid transport are reported here. First, fabric was activated with alkali (NaOH) solution. Second, poly (glycidyl methacrylate) (PGMA) was deposited on fabric as an anchoring layer. Finally, polymers of interest were grafted to surface through the epoxy functionality of PGMA. Effect of polymer grafting on the wicking property of the fabric has been evaluated by vertical wicking technique at the each step of surface modification. The results shows that wicking performance of fabric can be altered by grafting of a thin nanoscale polymeric film. For the facilitated liquid transport, the gradient polymer coating was created using "grafting to" technique and its dependence on the grafting temperature. Wettability gradient from hydrophilic to hydrophobic (change in water contact angle from 0 to 140 degrees on fabric) was achieved by grafting of polystyrene (PS) and polyacrylic acid (PAA) sequentially with concentration gradient. This study proposes that fabric with wettability gradient property can be used to transfer sweat from skin and support moisture management when it is used in a

  3. Preparation, characterization and applications of electroactive polymers in electrochromism and sensors

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    Liang, Jie

    A series of novel monomers was synthesized. Some of them contain perylene-3, 4, 9, 10-tetracarboxylic diimide or naphthalene-1, 4, 5, 8-tetracarboxylic diimide units and diphenylamine endgroups. Some of them are metal complexes that contain diphenylamine endgroups. All monomers can be electropolymerized easily at the surface of electrodes. The polymer films were characterized by cyclic voltammetry, spectroelectrochemistry and Electrochemical Quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM). By modification of perylene rings and diphenylamine endgroups, the monomers have better Solubilities in common organic solvents. More interestingly, binding four chlorines to perylene rings decreases the reduction potentials and makes polymer films extremely stable in reduction states. By using a series of electroactive polymer films that contain tetrachloroperylene-3, 4, 9, 10-tetracarboxylic diimide units as electrochromic materials, some electrochromic windows with excellent stability, high transmittance ratio and fast response time were developed. In developing electrochromic devices, obtaining stable and electroactive counter electrode's materials is also very important. A new electroactive polymer film, polyallylammonium ferrocyanide film, was developed. This electroactive polymer film is very stable and transparent in both the reduced state and the oxidized state, so it was used as the counter-electrode material for the electrochromic windows developed here. The electroactivity of polyallylammonium ferrocyanide films was found to depend on the amount of trace water in them. This property of polyallylammonium ferrocyanide film led to the development of two electrochemical methods to determine trace water in organic solvents. One method is to determine trace water in organic solvents according to charge consumed during the oxidation of polyallylammonium ferrocyanide film and the other is to determine trace water according to conductivity of polyallylammonium ferrocyanide

  4. Topology sorting and characterization of folded polymers using nano-pores

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    Nikoofard, Narges; Mashaghi, Alireza

    2016-02-01

    Here we report on the translocation of folded polymers through nano-pores using molecular dynamic simulations. Two cases are studied: one in which a folded molecule unfolds upon passage and one in which the folding remains intact as the molecule passes through the nano-pore. The topology of a folded polymer chain is defined as the arrangement of the intramolecular contacts, known as circuit topology. In the case where intramolecular contacts remain intact, we show that the dynamics of passage through a nano-pore varies for molecules with differing topologies: a phenomenon that can be exploited to enrich certain topologies in mixtures. We find that the nano-pore allows reading of the topology for short chains. Moreover, when the passage is coupled with unfolding, the nano-pore enables discrimination between pure states, i.e., states in which the majority of contacts are arranged identically. In this case, as we show here, it is also possible to read the positions of the contact sites along a chain. Our results demonstrate the applicability of nano-pore technology to characterize and sort molecules based on their topology.Here we report on the translocation of folded polymers through nano-pores using molecular dynamic simulations. Two cases are studied: one in which a folded molecule unfolds upon passage and one in which the folding remains intact as the molecule passes through the nano-pore. The topology of a folded polymer chain is defined as the arrangement of the intramolecular contacts, known as circuit topology. In the case where intramolecular contacts remain intact, we show that the dynamics of passage through a nano-pore varies for molecules with differing topologies: a phenomenon that can be exploited to enrich certain topologies in mixtures. We find that the nano-pore allows reading of the topology for short chains. Moreover, when the passage is coupled with unfolding, the nano-pore enables discrimination between pure states, i.e., states in which the

  5. Woodland Decomposition.

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    Napier, J.

    1988-01-01

    Outlines the role of the main organisms involved in woodland decomposition and discusses some of the variables affecting the rate of nutrient cycling. Suggests practical work that may be of value to high school students either as standard practice or long-term projects. (CW)

  6. Piezoelectric Polymers

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    Harrison, J. S.; Ounaies, Z.; Bushnell, Dennis M. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The purpose of this review is to detail the current theoretical understanding of the origin of piezoelectric and ferroelectric phenomena in polymers; to present the state-of-the-art in piezoelectric polymers and emerging material systems that exhibit promising properties; and to discuss key characterization methods, fundamental modeling approaches, and applications of piezoelectric polymers. Piezoelectric polymers have been known to exist for more than forty years, but in recent years they have gained notoriety as a valuable class of smart materials.

  7. Development of orodispersible polymer films with focus on the solid state characterization of crystalline loperamide.

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    Woertz, Christina; Kleinebudde, Peter

    2015-08-01

    The formulation of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) as orodispersible films is gaining interest among novel oral drug delivery systems due to their small size, enhanced flexibility and improved patient compliance. The aim of this work was the preparation and characterization of orodispersible films containing loperamide hydrochloride (LPH) as model drug. As loperamide hydrochloride is poorly soluble in water it was used in crystalline form with a loading of 2mg/6cm(2) film. Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) and different types of hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) in different concentrations were used as film forming polymers whereas arabic gum, xanthan gum and tragacanth served as thickening agents. Films were characterized with respect to the content uniformity, morphology, thermal behavior and crystallinity. Suspensions were investigated regarding their viscosity using a rotational rheometer and the crystal structure of the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) was analyzed using polarized light microscopy. The development of flexible, non-brittle and homogeneous films of LPH was feasible. Two polymorphic forms of LPH appeared in the film formulations dependent on the utilized polymer. While in presence of HPMC the original polymorphic form I remained stable in suspension and films, the polymorphic form II occurred in presence of HPC. Both polymorphic forms were prepared separately and a solid state characterization was performed. Polymorph I showed isometric crystals whereas polymorph II showed needle shaped crystals. Tragacanth was able to prevent the transformation to polymorph II, if it was dissolved first before HPC. When HPC was added first to the suspension, the conversion to form II occurred irreversibly also after further addition of tragacanth. PMID:25976316

  8. [Surface characterization of urushiol-titanium chelate polymers by inverse gas chromatography].

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    Xu, Yanlian; Lin, Jinhuo; Xia, Jianrong; Hu, Binghuan

    2011-03-01

    Urushiol-titanium chelate polymer (UTP), the reaction product of urushiol with titanium compound, is a special eco-friendly polymer with excellent performances, such as strong acids-resistance, strong alkalis-resistance, salt solution-resistance and several organic solvent-resistance. Inverse gas chromatography (IGC) was used to measure the dispersive component of surface free energy (gamma(s)d) and the Lewis acid-base parameters of UTP in this work. The gamma(s)d and the acid/base characters of UTP' surfaces were estimated by the retention time with different non-polar and polar probes at infinite dilution region. n-Pentane (C5), n-hexane (C6), n-heptane (C7), n-octane (C8) and n-nonane (C9) were chosen as the non-polar probes to characterize the gamma(s)d. Trichloromethane (CHCl3), tetrahydrofuran (THF) and acetone were chosen as polar probes to detect the Lewis acid-base parameters. The specific free energy (deltaG(a)AB) and the enthalpy (deltaH(a)AB) of adsorption corresponding to acid-base surface interactions were determined. By correlating deltaH(a)AB with the donor and acceptor numbers of the probes, the acidic (K(a)) and the basic (K(b)) parameters of the samples were calculated. The results showed that the dispersive components of the free energy of UTP were 37.68, 33.53, 35.92, 24.01 and 31.32 mJ/m2 at 70, 80, 90, 100 and 110 degrees C, respectively. The Lewis acidic number K(a) of UTP was 0.185 3, and the Lewis basic number K(b) was 0.966 2. The results were of great importance to the study of the surface properties and the applications for urushiol-metal chelate polymers. PMID:21657056

  9. Experimental and theoretical characterization of implantable neural microelectrodes modified with conducting polymer nanotubes

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    Abidian, Mohammad Reza; Martin, David C.

    2009-01-01

    Neural prostheses transduce bioelectric signals to electronic signals at the interface between neural tissue and neural microelectrodes. A low impedance electrode-tissue interface is important for the quality of signal during recording as well as quantity of applied charge density during stimulation. However, neural microelectrode sites exhibit high impedance because of their small geometric surface area. Here we analyze nanostructured-conducting polymers that can be used to significantly decrease the impedance of microelectrode typically by about two orders of magnitude and increase the charge transfer capacity of microelectrodes by three orders of magnitude. In this study poly(pyrrole) (PPy) and poly(3, 4- ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) nanotubes were electrochemically polymerized on the surface of neural microelectrode sites (1250 μm2). An equivalent circuit model comprising a coating capacitance in parallel with a pore resistance and interface impedance in series was developed and fitted to experimental results to characterize the physical and electrical properties of the interface. To confirm that the fitting parameters correlate with physical quantities of interface, theoretical equations were used to calculate the parameter values thereby validating the proposed model. Finally, an apparent diffusion coefficient was calculated for PPy film (29.2 ± 1.1 cm2/s), PPy nanotubes (72.4 ± 3.3 cm2/s), PEDOT film (7.4 ± 2.1 cm2/s), and PEDOT nanotubes (13.0 ± 1.8 cm2/s). The apparent diffusion coefficient of conducting polymer nanotubes was larger than the corresponding conducting polymer films. PMID:18093644

  10. Fabrication and mechanical characterization of semi-free-standing (conjugated) polymer thin films.

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    Martín, Jaime; Muñoz, Miguel; Encinar, Mario; Calleja, Montserrat; Martín-González, Marisol

    2014-05-13

    Polymers undergo severe low-dimensionality effects when they are confined to ultrathin films since most of the structural and dynamical processes involving polymer molecules are correlated to length scales of the order of nanometers. However, the real influence of the size limitation over such processes is often hard to identify as it is masked by interfacial effects. We present the fabrication of a new type of nanostructure consisting of poly[[9-(1-octylnonyl)-9H-carbazole-2,7-diyl]-2,5-thiophenediyl-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole-4,7-diyl-2,5-thiophenediyl] (PCDTBT) thin film that is held up exclusively over tips of poly(ether-ether-ketone) (PEEK) nanopillars. The fabrication method exploits the nonwetting behavior of PCDTBT onto an ordered PEEK nanopillar array when the mobility of the PCDTBT molecules is enhanced by a solvent annealing process. We use this new configuration to characterize the mechanical behavior of free-standing thin film regions, thus in the absence of underlaying substrate, by means of an atomic force microscope (AFM) setup. First, we study how the finite thickness and/or the presence of the underlying substrate influences the mechanical modulus of the material in the linear elastic regime. Moreover, we analyze deep indentations up to the rupture of the thin film, which allow for the measurement of important mechanical features of the nanoconfined polymer, such as its yield strain, the rupture strain, the bending rigidity, etc., which are impossible to investigate in thin films deposited on substrates. PMID:24111564