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  1. Modeling and Simulation of Viscous Electro-Active Polymers

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    Vogel, Franziska; Göktepe, Serdar; Steinmann, Paul; Kuhl, Ellen

    2014-01-01

    Electro-active materials are capable of undergoing large deformation when stimulated by an electric field. They can be divided into electronic and ionic electro-active polymers (EAPs) depending on their actuation mechanism based on their composition. We consider electronic EAPs, for which attractive Coulomb forces or local re-orientation of polar groups cause a bulk deformation. Many of these materials exhibit pronounced visco-elastic behavior. Here we show the development and implementation of a constitutive model, which captures the influence of the electric field on the visco-elastic response within a geometrically non-linear finite element framework. The electric field affects not only the equilibrium part of the strain energy function, but also the viscous part. To adopt the familiar additive split of the strain from the small strain setting, we formulate the governing equations in the logarithmic strain space and additively decompose the logarithmic strain into elastic and viscous parts. We show that the incorporation of the electric field in the viscous response significantly alters the relaxation and hysteresis behavior of the model. Our parametric study demonstrates that the model is sensitive to the choice of the electro-viscous coupling parameters. We simulate several actuator structures to illustrate the performance of the method in typical relaxation and creep scenarios. Our model could serve as a design tool for micro-electro-mechanical systems, microfluidic devices, and stimuli-responsive gels such as artificial skin, tactile displays, or artificial muscle. PMID:25267881

  2. Modeling and Simulation of Viscous Electro-Active Polymers.

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    Vogel, Franziska; Göktepe, Serdar; Steinmann, Paul; Kuhl, Ellen

    2014-11-01

    Electro-active materials are capable of undergoing large deformation when stimulated by an electric field. They can be divided into electronic and ionic electro-active polymers (EAPs) depending on their actuation mechanism based on their composition. We consider electronic EAPs, for which attractive Coulomb forces or local re-orientation of polar groups cause a bulk deformation. Many of these materials exhibit pronounced visco-elastic behavior. Here we show the development and implementation of a constitutive model, which captures the influence of the electric field on the visco-elastic response within a geometrically non-linear finite element framework. The electric field affects not only the equilibrium part of the strain energy function, but also the viscous part. To adopt the familiar additive split of the strain from the small strain setting, we formulate the governing equations in the logarithmic strain space and additively decompose the logarithmic strain into elastic and viscous parts. We show that the incorporation of the electric field in the viscous response significantly alters the relaxation and hysteresis behavior of the model. Our parametric study demonstrates that the model is sensitive to the choice of the electro-viscous coupling parameters. We simulate several actuator structures to illustrate the performance of the method in typical relaxation and creep scenarios. Our model could serve as a design tool for micro-electro-mechanical systems, microfluidic devices, and stimuli-responsive gels such as artificial skin, tactile displays, or artificial muscle. PMID:25267881

  3. Conservation laws of an electro-active polymer

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    Tixier, Mireille; Pouget, Joël

    2014-07-01

    Ionic electro-active polymer is an active material consisting in a polyelectrolyte (for example Nafion). Such material is usually used as thin film sandwiched between two platinum electrodes. The polymer undergoes large bending motions when an electric field is applied across the thickness. Conversely, a voltage can be detected between both electrodes when the polymer is suddenly bent. The solvent-saturated polymer is fully dissociated, releasing cations of small size. We used a continuous medium approach. The material is modelled by the coexistence of two phases; it can be considered as a porous medium where the deformable solid phase is the polymer backbone with fixed anions; the electrolyte phase is made of a solvent (usually water) with free cations. The microscale conservation laws of mass, linear momentum and energy and the Maxwell's equations are first written for each phase. The physical quantities linked to the interfaces are deduced. The use of an average technique applied to the two-phase medium finally leads to an Eulerian formulation of the conservation laws of the complete material. Macroscale equations relative to each phase provide exchanges through the interfaces. An analysis of the balance equations of kinetic, potential and internal energy highlights the phenomena responsible of the conversion of one kind of energy into another, especially the dissipative ones : viscous frictions and Joule effect.

  4. Standing wave tube electro active polymer wave energy converter

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    Jean, Philippe; Wattez, Ambroise; Ardoise, Guillaume; Melis, C.; Van Kessel, R.; Fourmon, A.; Barrabino, E.; Heemskerk, J.; Queau, J. P.

    2012-04-01

    Over the past 4 years SBM has developed a revolutionary Wave Energy Converter (WEC): the S3. Floating under the ocean surface, the S3 amplifies pressure waves similarly to a Ruben's tube. Only made of elastomers, the system is entirely flexible, environmentally friendly and silent. Thanks to a multimodal resonant behavior, the S3 is capable of efficiently harvesting wave energy from a wide range of wave periods, naturally smoothing the irregularities of ocean wave amplitudes and periods. In the S3 system, Electro Active Polymer (EAP) generators are distributed along an elastomeric tube over several wave lengths, they convert wave induced deformations directly into electricity. The output is high voltage multiphase Direct Current with low ripple. Unlike other conventional WECs, the S3 requires no maintenance of moving parts. The conception and operating principle will eventually lead to a reduction of both CAPEX and OPEX. By integrating EAP generators into a small scale S3, SBM achieved a world first: direct conversion of wave energy in electricity with a moored flexible submerged EAP WEC in a wave tank test. Through an extensive testing program on large scale EAP generators, SBM identified challenges in scaling up to a utility grid device. French Government supports the consortium consisting of SBM, IFREMER and ECN in their efforts to deploy a full scale prototype at the SEMREV test center in France at the horizon 2014-2015. SBM will be seeking strategic as well as financial partners to unleash the true potentials of the S3 Standing Wave Tube Electro Active Polymer WEC.

  5. Tunable diffractive optical elements on various electro active polymers

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    Döring, Sebastian; Kollosche, Matthias; Hildebrandt, Niko; Stumpe, Joachim; Kofod, Guggi

    2010-05-01

    An innovative approach for voltage-tunable optical gratings based on dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs) using electro active polymers is presented. Sinusoidal surface gratings, holographically written into azobenzene containing films, are transferred via nanoimprinting to DEAs of different carrier materials. We demonstrate that the surface relief deformation depends on the mechanical and geometrical properties of the actuators. The tested DEAs were made using commercially available elastomers, including a tri-block copolymer poly-styrene-ethylene-butadiene-styrene (SEBS), a silicone polydimethylsiloxane rubber (PDMS) and commonly used polyacrylic glue. The polyacrylic glue is ready to use, whereas the SEBS and the PDMS precursors have to be processed into thin films via different casting methods. The DEA material was pre-stretched, fixed to a stiff frame and coated with stretchable electrodes in appropriate designs. Since the actuation strain of the DEA depends strongly upon the conditions such as material properties, pre-stretch and geometry, the desired voltage-controllable deformations can be optimized during manufacturing of the DEA and also in the choice of materials in the grating transfer process. A full characterization of the grating deformation includes measurements of the grating pitch and depth modulation, plus the change of the diffraction angle and efficiency. The structural surface distortion was characterized by measuring the shape of the transmitted and diffracted laser beam with a beam profiling system while applying an electro-mechanical stress to the grating. Such surface distortions may lead to decreasing diffraction efficiency and lower beam quality. With properly chosen manufacturing parameters, we found a period shift of up to 9 % in a grating with 1 μm pitch. To describe the optical behavior, a model based on independently measured material parameters is presented.

  6. Design of electro-active polymer gels as actuator materials

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    Popovic, Suzana

    Smart materials, alternatively called active or adaptive, differ from passive materials in their sensing and activation capability. These materials can sense changes in environment such as: electric field, magnetic field, UV light, pH, temperature. They are capable of responding in numerous ways. Some change their stiffness properties (electro-rheological fluids), other deform (piezos, shape memory alloys, electrostrictive materials) or change optic properties (electrochromic polymers). Polymer gels are one of such materials which can change the shape, volume and even optical properties upon different applied stimuli. Due to their low stiffness property they are capable of having up to 100% of strain in a short time, order of seconds. Their motion resembles the one of biosystems, and they are often seen as possible artificial muscle materials. Despite their delicate nature, appropriate design can make them being used as actuator materials which can form controllable surfaces and mechanical switches. In this study several different groups of polymer gel material were investigated: (a) acrylamide based gels are sensitive to pH and electric field and respond in volume change, (b) polyacrylonitrile (PAN) gel is sensitive to pH and electric field and responds in axial strain and bending, (c) polyvinylalcohol (PVA) gel is sensitive to electric field and responds in axial strain and bending and (d) perfluorinated sulfonic acid membrane, Nafion RTM, is sensitive to electric field and responds in bending. Electro-mechanical and chemo-mechanical behavior of these materials is a function of a variety of phenomena: polymer structure, affinity of polymer to the solvent, charge distribution within material, type of solvent, elasticity of polymer matrix, etc. Modeling of this behavior is a task aimed to identify what is driving mechanism for activation and express it in a quantitative way in terms of deformation of material. In this work behavior of the most promising material as

  7. The Jellyfish: smart electro-active polymers for an autonomous distributed sensing node

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    Blottman, John B.; Richards, Roger T.

    2006-05-01

    The US Navy has recently placed emphasis on deployable, distributed sensors for Force Protection, Anti-Terrorism and Homeland Defense missions. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center has embarked on the development of a self-contained deployable node that is composed of electro-active polymers (EAP) for use in a covert persistent distributed surveillance system. Electro-Active Polymers (EAP) have matured to a level that permits their application in energy harvesting, hydrophones, electro-elastic actuation and electroluminescence. The problem to resolve is combining each of these functions into an autonomous sensing platform. The concept presented here promises an operational life several orders of magnitude beyond what is expected of a Sonobuoy due to energy conservation and harvesting, and at a reasonable cost. The embodiment envisioned is that of a deployed device resembling a jellyfish, made in most part of polymers, with the body encapsulating the necessary electronic processing and communications package and the tentacles of the jellyfish housing the sonar sensors. It will be small, neutrally buoyant, and will survey the water column much in the manner of a Cartesian Diver. By using the Electro-Active Polymers as artificial muscles, the motion of the jellyfish can be finely controlled. An increased range of detection and true node autonomy is achieved through volumetric array beamforming to focus the direction of interrogation and to null-out extraneous ambient noise.

  8. Electro-Active Polymer (EAP) Actuators for Planetary Applications

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    Bar-Cohen, Y.; Leary, S.; Shahinpoor, M.; Harrison, J. O.; Smith, J.

    1999-01-01

    NASA is seeking to reduce the mass, size, consumed power, and cost of the instrumentation used in its future missions. An important element of many instruments and devices is the actuation mechanism and electroactive polymers (EAP) are offering an effective alternative to current actuators. In this study, two families of EAP materials were investigated, including bending ionomers and longitudinal electrostatically driven elastomers. These materials were demonstrated to effectively actuate manipulation devices and their performance is being enhanced in this on-going study. The recent observations are reported in this paper, include the operation of the bending-EAP at conditions that exceed the harsh environment on Mars, and identify the obstacles that its properties and characteristics are posing to using them as actuators. Analysis of the electrical characteristics of the ionomer EAP showed that it is a current driven material rather than voltage driven and the conductivity distribution on the surface of the material greatly influences the bending performance. An accurate equivalent circuit modeling of the ionomer EAP performance is essential for the design of effective drive electronics. The ionomer main limitations are the fact that it needs to be moist continuously and the process of electrolysis that takes place during activation. An effective coating technique using a sprayed polymer was developed extending its operation in air from a few minutes to about four months. The coating technique effectively forms the equivalent of a skin to protect the moisture content of the ionomer. In parallel to the development of the bending EAP, the development of computer control of actuated longitudinal EAP has been pursued. An EAP driven miniature robotic arm was constructed and it is controlled by a MATLAB code to drop and lift the arm and close and open EAP fingers of a 4-finger gripper. Keywords: Miniature Robotics, Electroactive Polymers, Electroactive Actuators, EAP

  9. Postgraduate education on electro-active polymers at Southern Denmark University

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    Jones, Richard W.

    2009-03-01

    A recently introduced elective to the Master's of Science in Mechatronics program at Southern Denmark University, entitled 'Mechatronics: Design and Build' concentrates on some of the interdisciplinary aspects of Mechatronics Engineering. The 'Motion Control of Mechatronic Devices' is the main theme of this elective. Within this 'theme' the modelling, identification and compensation of nonlinear effects such as friction, stiction and hysteresis are considered. One of the most important components of the elective considers 'Smart Materials' and their use for actuation purposes. The theory, modelling and properties of piezoceramics. magneto- and electro- rheological fluids and dielectric electro active polymers (DEAP) are introduced in the 'Smart Materials' component. This paper initially reviews the laboratory experiments that have been developed for the dielectric electro active polymer section of the 'Mechatronics: Design and Build' elective. In lectures the students are introduced to the basic theory and fabrication of tubular actuators, that use DEAP material based on smart compliant electrode technology. In the laboratory the students to (a) carry out a series of experiments to characterise the tubular actuators, and (b) design a closed-loop position controller and test the performance of the controlled actuator for both step changes in desired position and periodic input reference signals. The last part of this contribution reviews some of the DEAP-based demonstration devices that been developed by Danfoss PolyPower A/S using their PolyPowerTM material which utilizes smart compliant electrode technology.

  10. Micro- and nanostructured electro-active polymer actuators as smart muscles for incontinence treatment

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    Osmani, Bekim; Töpper, Tino; Deschenaux, Christian; Nohava, Jiri; Weiss, Florian M.; Leung, Vanessa; Müller, Bert

    2015-02-01

    Treatments of severe incontinence are currently based on purely mechanical systems that generally result in revision after three to five years. Our goal is to develop a prototype acting in a natural-analogue manner as artificial muscle, which is based on electro-active polymers. Dielectric actuators have outstanding performances including millisecond response times, mechanical strains of more than 10 % and power to mass densities similar to natural muscles. They basically consist of polymer films sandwiched between two compliant electrodes. The incompressible but elastic polymer film transduces the electrical energy into mechanical work according to the Maxwell pressure. Available polymer films are micrometers thick and voltages as large as kV are necessary to obtain 10 % strain. For medical implants, polymer films should be nanometer thin to realize actuation below 48 V. The metallic electrodes have to be stretchable to follow the strain of 10 % and remain conductive. Recent results on the stress/strain behavior of anisotropic EAP-cantilevers have shown dependencies on metal electrode preparation. We have investigated tunable anisotropic micro- and nanostructures for metallic electrodes. They show a preferred actuation direction with improved stress-strain behavior. The bending of the cantilever has been characterized by the laser beam deflection method. The impact of the electrode on the effective Young's Modulus is measured using an Ultra Nanoindentation Tester with an integrated reference system for soft polymer surfaces. Once ten thousand layers of nanometer-thin EAP actuators are available, devices beyond the envisioned application will flood the market.

  11. Micro- and nanostructured electro-active polymer actuators as smart muscles for incontinence treatment

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    Osmani, Bekim E-mail: tino.toepper@unibas.ch; Töpper, Tino E-mail: tino.toepper@unibas.ch; Weiss, Florian M. E-mail: bert.mueller@unibas.ch; Leung, Vanessa E-mail: bert.mueller@unibas.ch; Müller, Bert E-mail: bert.mueller@unibas.ch

    2015-02-17

    Treatments of severe incontinence are currently based on purely mechanical systems that generally result in revision after three to five years. Our goal is to develop a prototype acting in a natural-analogue manner as artificial muscle, which is based on electro-active polymers. Dielectric actuators have outstanding performances including millisecond response times, mechanical strains of more than 10 % and power to mass densities similar to natural muscles. They basically consist of polymer films sandwiched between two compliant electrodes. The incompressible but elastic polymer film transduces the electrical energy into mechanical work according to the Maxwell pressure. Available polymer films are micrometers thick and voltages as large as kV are necessary to obtain 10 % strain. For medical implants, polymer films should be nanometer thin to realize actuation below 48 V. The metallic electrodes have to be stretchable to follow the strain of 10 % and remain conductive. Recent results on the stress/strain behavior of anisotropic EAP-cantilevers have shown dependencies on metal electrode preparation. We have investigated tunable anisotropic micro- and nanostructures for metallic electrodes. They show a preferred actuation direction with improved stress-strain behavior. The bending of the cantilever has been characterized by the laser beam deflection method. The impact of the electrode on the effective Young's Modulus is measured using an Ultra Nanoindentation Tester with an integrated reference system for soft polymer surfaces. Once ten thousand layers of nanometer-thin EAP actuators are available, devices beyond the envisioned application will flood the market.

  12. Control of a Separation bubble at Low Reynolds Numbers Using Electro-Active Polymers

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    Dell'Orso, Haley; Chang, Lucia; Zaremski, Sarah; Demauro, Edward; Leong, Chia; Amitay, Michael

    2013-11-01

    An experimental investigation was performed to study the effects of electro-active polymers (EAPs) on a 3-dimensional separation bubble on a two-dimensional NACA0009 airfoil at a Reynolds number of 20,000 and an angle of attack 5 deg. A single row of EAPs was placed at 20% chord and activated at 1500V and 50Hz, corresponding to the Kelvin-Helmholtz frequency of the separated mixing layer. Stereoscopic Particle Image Velocimetry data were collected in the vicinity of the EAPs for three cases: baseline (no EAP present), EAP present but not actuated, and EAP present and actuated. Data demonstrated that the presence of the EAP slightly reduced the magnitude of the separation bubble. When the EAPs were actuated at the chosen frequency and voltage, the separation bubble was almost completely mitigated.

  13. Standardized piezoelectric polymer (PVDF) gauge for detonator response measurement

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    Moore, L.M.; Graham, R.A.; Reed, R.P.; Lee, L.M.; Bauer, F.; Warren, T.W.

    1989-01-01

    Time-resolved measurements of pressure profiles from the detonation of explosive devices have proven to be essential for detailed study of device performance. At present such measurements are routinely carried out with laser velocity interferometer (VISAR) systems, electromagnetic particle velocity gauges or piezoresistant (Manganin) gauges. One of the most promising new gauges to appear in recent years is the piezoelectric polymer gauge (PVDF) which has been standardized for general use based on the materials processing techniques developed by Bauer. The special problems presented by small size piezoelectric polymer gauges and nonplanar impacts are studied over a range of impact conditions. The response of 1 mm by 1 mm active area PVDF gauges under precisely controlled compressed-gas gun impacts shows highly reproducible results to pressures of 20 GPa. For the PVDF gauge which is placed within 12 microns of the impact surface and under approximately planar loading with small detonator flyer plates, PVDF gauge signals appear to be reduced by about 15% compared to the compressed-gas gun loading response. For highly nonplanar flyer impacts the PVDF signals are reduced by about 35%. In all stress environments, high quality, time-resolved current pulses are observed. 13 refs., 10 figs., 2 tabs.

  14. Standardized Bauer PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) piezoelectric polymer shock gauge

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    Lee, L.M.; Graham, R.A.; Bauer, F.; Reed, R.P.

    1988-01-01

    A standardized transducer that can respond to shock loading over a large stress range (0.2 to 50.0 GPa) is required for shock wave measurements. A cooperative program has been conducted among our laboratories to provide a well understood and highly reproducible standardized PVDF polymer film gauge to investigate stress wave loading and release. The polymer material source and standardized PVDF piezoelectric stress gauges are based on the work by Bauer. The shock response of standardized PVDF piezoelectric stress gauges produced by SNLA/Ktech, ISL, and commercially has been measured in controlled shock wave experiments using a compressed gas gun. Shock wave response measurements made in the 0.3 to 46.0 Gpa range show excellent agreement among gauges produced by three different facilities. These experiments demonstrated that a repeatable, well understood PVDF stress gauge can be produced if strict specifications are met. These experiments demonstrated PVDF gauges could function repeatably under severe shock loading conditions. Specific applications of this unique stress gauge are also presented. 10 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  15. Systematic approach to development of pressure sensors using dielectric electro-active polymer membranes

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    York, A.; Dunn, J.; Seelecke, S.

    2013-09-01

    Dielectric electro-active polymers (DEAPs) have become attractive materials for various actuation and sensing applications due to their high energy and power density, high efficiency, light weight, and fast response speed. However, commercial development has been hindered due to a variety of constraints such as reliability, non-linear behavior, cost of driving electronics, and form factor requirements. This paper presents the systematic development from laboratory concept to commercial readiness of a novel pressure sensing system using a DEAP membrane. The pressure sensing system was designed for in-line pressure measurements for low pressure applications such as health systems monitoring. A first generation sensor was designed, built and tested with a focus on the qualitative capabilities of EAP membranes as sensors. Experimental measurements were conducted that demonstrated the capability of the sensor to output a voltage signal proportional to a changing pressure. Several undesirable characteristics were observed during these initial tests such as strong hysteresis, non-linearity, very limited pressure range, and low fatigue life. A second generation prototype was then designed to remove or compensate for these undesirable characteristics. This prototype was then built and tested. The new design showed an almost complete removal of hysteretic non-linear effects and was capable of operating at 10 × the pressure range of the initial generation. This new design is the framework for a novel DEAP based pressure sensor ready for commercial applications.

  16. Performance prediction of circular dielectric electro-active polymers membrane actuators with various geometries

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    Hau, Steffen; York, Alexander; Seelecke, Stefan

    2015-04-01

    Circular dielectric electro-active polymer (DEAP) membrane actuators are easy to manufacture and therefore can be uniquely designed to perform optimally for specific applications. The performance of these actuators is naturally dependent on the materials used, and also dictated by the specific geometry of the circular design. For a given overall actuator size, changing their internal geometry will directly change the force and stroke output. In addition the DEAP technology itself is a promising technology for constructing lightweight, cost and energy efficient sensor and actuator systems. Thus, several potential applications like pressure sensors, pumps, valves, micro-positioners and loudspeakers were already proposed. The circular DEAP membrane actuators used in this study consist of a silicone based elastomer, carbon ink based electrodes, and are held together with a stiff frame. Experimentally collected force-displacement curves for these actuators can be used to determine force and stroke output of the actuators as described by Hodgins et al. in. This work presents an efficient method to predict these force-displacement plots and thus stroke and force output for different actuator geometries. These results than can be used to adapt the actuator geometry to the needs of a specific application with its particular force and stroke requirements. The prediction method is based on an average stress-stretch calculation for training samples. The calculated stress-stretch data is then geometry independent and can be used to predict desired geometry dependent force-displacement data for stroke and force output analysis.

  17. Experimental analysis of biasing elements for dielectric electro-active polymers

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    Hodgins, Micah; Seelecke, Stefan

    2011-04-01

    This paper presents an experimental investigation of three different, small profile and scalable DEAP actuators. These actuators are designed for use in small scale pumping and valve applications. The actuators used in this paper consist of a biasing element (either a mass, linear spring, or a non-linear spring) coupled with a circular dielectric electro-active polymer (DEAP). These mechanisms bias the DEAP allowing out-of-plane actuation when the voltage is cycled. A constant force input, a linear spring, and a non-linear spring are separately tested as the biasing element of a circular/diaphragm DEAP. Tests are systematically performed at various DEAP pre-deflections, biasing stiffness and electrical loading rates. The displacement stroke performance of each test is examined and analyzed. It was found that the non-linear spring provided the largest displacement stroke over two other biasing elements. It also showed better performance at higher electrical loading rates. Thus, of the three types of biasing tested the non-linear spring shows most promise for use in fluid pump/valve applications. Future work will include optimizing this biasing element for the current DEAP design.

  18. Electronics drivers for high voltage dielectric electro active polymer (DEAP) applications

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    Zhang, Zhe; Andersen, Michael A. E.

    2015-04-01

    Dielectric electro active polymer (DEAP) can be used in actuation, sensing and energy harvesting applications, but driving the DEAP based actuators and generators has three main challenges from a power electronics standpoint, i.e. high voltage (around 2.5 kV), nonlinearity, and capacitive behavior. In this paper, electronics divers for heating valves, loud speakers, incremental motors, and energy harvesting are reviewed, studied and developed in accordance with their corresponding specifications. Due to the simplicity and low power capacity (below 10W), the reversible Fly-back converters with both magnetic and piezoelectric transformers are employed for the heating valve and incremental motor application, where only ON/OFF regulation is adopted for energy saving; as for DEAP based energy harvesting, the noisolated Buck/Boost converter is used, due to the system high power capacity (above 100W), but the voltage balancing across the series-connected high voltage IGBTs is a critical issue and accordingly a novel gate driver circuitry is proposed and equipped; due to the requirements of the audio products, such as low distortion and noise, the multi-level Buck converter based Class-D amplifier, because of its high control linearity, is implemented for the loud speaker applications. A synthesis among those converter topologies and control techniques is given; therefore, for those DEAP based applications, their diversity and similarity of electronics drivers, as well as the key technologies employed are analyzed. Therefore a whole picture of how to choose the proper topologies can be revealed. Finally, the design guidelines in order to achieve high efficiency and reliability are discussed.

  19. Evaluation of piezoelectric PVDF polymers for use in space environments.

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    Dargaville, Tim Richard; Assink, Roger Alan; Celina, Mathias Christopher; Chaplya, Pavel Mikhail

    2003-07-01

    Thin polymer films have been identified as one of the major enabling technologies for future space-based systems. Potential devices include those based on piezoelectric bimorph polymers that deform when a charge is deposited, for example, from an electron gun. The thin-film and lightweight nature of the polymeric devices will allow them to be launched more readily and deployed to operating conditions once in orbit. Until now little work has been done aimed at investigating the performance of piezoelectric properties of PVDF and its copolymers and the prediction of their long-term stability in low Earth orbit (LEO) environmental conditions. In this paper, the piezoelectric properties of PVDF and the copolymers formed from polymerization of vinylidene fluoride and trifluoroethylene (TrFE) or hexafluoropropylene (HFP) have been studied over a broad temperature range simulating that expected in LEO. The temperatures experienced by unprotected polymers on low altitude spacecraft have previously been reported as ranging from approximately -100 C to +130 C as the polymer/spacecraft passes in and out of the Earth's shadow. To examine the effects of temperature on the piezoelectric properties of poled PVDF, P(VDF-TrFE) and P(VDF-HFP) the d{sub 33} piezoelectric coefficients and electric displacement-electric field (D-E) hysteresis loops were measured up to 160 C for the d{sub 33} measurements and from -80 to +110 C for the D-E loops. The room temperature d{sub 33} coefficient of PVDF homopolymer films, annealed for extended periods at 50, 80 and 125 C, dropped rapidly within a few days of heating, then remained unchanged for periods of up to 300 days. In contrast, the TrFE copolymer exhibited greater thermal stability than the homopolymer, with the d{sub 33} remaining almost unchanged from the pre-annealing value after heating at 50, 80 and 125 C. The HFP copolymer exhibited poor retention of d33 at temperatures above 80 C. For all three polymers short term annealing at 160

  20. 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.

  1. An electro-mechanically coupled model for the dynamic behavior of a dielectric electro-active polymer actuator

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    Hodgins, M.; Rizzello, G.; Naso, D.; York, A.; Seelecke, S.

    2014-10-01

    Dielectric electro-active polymer (DEAP) technology holds promise for enabling lightweight, energy efficient, and scalable actuators. The circular DEAP actuator configuration (also known as cone or diaphragm actuator) in particular shows potential in applications such as pumps, valves, micro-positioners and loudspeakers. For a quantitative prediction of the actuator behavior as well as for design optimization tasks, material models which can reproduce the coupled electromechanical behavior inherent to these actuators are necessary. This paper presents a non-linear viscoelastic model based on an electro-mechanical Ogden free energy expression for the DEAP. The DEAP model is coupled with a spring/mass system to study the dynamic performance of such a representative system from static behavior to 50 Hz. The system is identified and validated by several different experiments.

  2. Electric poling-assisted additive manufacturing process for PVDF polymer-based piezoelectric device applications

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    Lee, ChaBum; Tarbutton, Joshua A.

    2014-09-01

    This paper presents a new additive manufacturing (AM) process to directly and continuously print piezoelectric devices from polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) polymeric filament rods under a strong electric field. This process, called ‘electric poling-assisted additive manufacturing or EPAM, combines AM and electric poling processes and is able to fabricate free-form shape piezoelectric devices continuously. In this process, the PVDF polymer dipoles remain well-aligned and uniform over a large area in a single design, production and fabrication step. During EPAM process, molten PVDF polymer is simultaneously mechanically stresses in-situ by the leading nozzle and electrically poled by applying high electric field under high temperature. The EPAM system was constructed to directly print piezoelectric structures from PVDF polymeric filament while applying high electric field between nozzle tip and printing bed in AM machine. Piezoelectric devices were successfully fabricated using the EPAM process. The crystalline phase transitions that occurred from the process were identified by using the Fourier transform infrared spectroscope. The results indicate that devices printed under a strong electric field become piezoelectric during the EPAM process and that stronger electric fields result in greater piezoelectricity as marked by the electrical response and the formation of sharper peaks at the polar β crystalline wavenumber of the PVDF polymer. Performing this process in the absence of an electric field does not result in dipole alignment of PVDF polymer. The EPAM process is expected to lead to the widespread use of AM to fabricate a variety of piezoelectric PVDF polymer-based devices for sensing, actuation and energy harvesting applications with simple, low cost, single processing and fabrication step.

  3. Impact of electrode preparation on the bending of asymmetric planar electro-active polymer microstructures

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    Weiss, Florian M.; Töpper, Tino; Osmani, Bekim; Winterhalter, Carla; Müller, Bert

    2014-03-01

    Compliant electrodes of microstructures have been a research topic for many years because of the increasing interest in consumer electronics, robotics, and medical applications. This interest includes electrically activated polymers (EAP), mainly applied in robotics, lens systems, haptics and foreseen in a variety of medical devices. Here, the electrodes consist of metals such as gold, graphite, conductive polymers or certain composites. The common metal electrodes have been magnetron sputtered, thermally evaporated or prepared using ion implantation. In order to compare the functionality of planar metal electrodes in EAP microstructures, we have investigated the mechanical properties of magnetron sputtered and thermally evaporated electrodes taking advantage of cantilever bending of the asymmetric, rectangular microstructures. We demonstrate that the deflection of the sputtered electrodes is up to 39 % larger than that of thermally evaporated nanometer-thin film on a single silicone film. This difference has even more impact on nanometer-thin, multi-stack, low-voltage EAP actuators. The stiffening effect of many metallic electrode layers is expected to be one of the greatest drawbacks in the multi-stack approaches, which will be even more pronounced if the elastomer layer thickness will be in the sub-micrometer range. Additionally, an improvement in voltage and strain resolution is presented, which is as low as 2 V or 5 × 10-5 above 10 V applied.

  4. Electro-active polymers containing pendent 2,7-diarylfluorene fragments as materials for OLEDs

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    Krucaite, G.; Tavgeniene, D.; Peciulyte, L.; Buika, G.; Liu, L.; Zhang, B.; Xie, Z.; Grigalevicius, S.

    2016-05-01

    Poly[2-phenyl-7-(4-vinylphenyl)-9,9-diethylfluorene)], poly[2-(1-naphtyl)-7-(4-vinylphenyl)-9,9-diethylfluorene)] and poly[2-(4-biphenyl)-7-(4-vinylphenyl)-9,9-diethylfluorene)] were synthesized and characterized by NMR spectroscopy, elemental analysis and gel permeation chromatography. The derivatives represent materials of high thermal stability with initial thermal destruction temperatures from 390°C to 400 °C. The glass transition temperatures of the amorphous materials were 182 °C, 151 °C and 159 °C respectively. Hole-transporting properties of the polymeric materials were tested in the structures of organic light emitting diodes with Alq3 as the green emitter and electron transporting material. The device containing hole-transporting layers of polymer with 2-(4-biphenyl)-7-(4-vinylphenyl)-9,9-diethylfluorene moieties exhibited the best overall performance with turn on voltage of 3.6 V, a maximum photometric efficiency of 3.1 cd/A and maximum brightness of about 5300 cd/m2.

  5. Piezoelectric response of ferroelectric polymers under shock loading: Nanosecond piezoelectric PVDF gauge

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    Bauer, F.; Moulard, H.; Graham, R.A.

    1996-05-01

    The most common piezoelectric polymer is PVDF, based on the monomer CH{sub 2}-CF{sub 2}. Electrical processing with the Bauer cyclic poling method can routinely produce individual samples with a range of remanent polarizations up to 9mC/cm{sup 2}. The behavior of PVDF has been studied over a wide range of pressures with the destructive, but precise, method of very-high-pressure shock loading. It appears that low inductance electrode lead designs prepared via a new poling procedure improve significantly the precision of the piezoelectric response of the PVDF gauges under shock loading. In particular piezoelectric current response of shock compressed PVDF film is of the order of one nanosecond. Studies to pressures of 30 GPa are available which show that the piezoelectric behavior is linearly dependent on volumetric strain to a close approximation as described in a companion paper. Anomalous response of PVDF observed are identified: solutions are given. The first record of detonation profile is presented. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  6. Study on characteristics of PVDF/nano-clay composite polymer electrolyte using PVP as pore-forming agent

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    Dyartanti, Endah R.; Purwanto, Agus; Widiasa, I. Nyoman; Susanto, Heru

    2016-02-01

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) based polymer electrolytes have a high dielectric constant, which can assist in greater ionization of lithium salts. The main advantages of PVDF are its durability in long battery operation and its ability to be a good ion conductor. However, the limitation of this polymer is its crystalline molecular structure. Dispersing nano-particles in the polymer matrix may improve the characteristics of the PVDF polymer. This paper aims to investigate the impact of nano-clay addition on the characteristics of PVDF polymer to be used as a polymer electrolyte membrane. In addition, the effect of poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP) is also investigated. The membrane was prepared by phase separation method whereas the polymer electrolyte membranes was prepared by immersing into 1 M lithium hexafluorophosphate (LiPF6) in ethylene carbonate/dimethyl carbonate (EC/DMC) electrolytes for 1 h. The membranes were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), porosity and electrolyte uptake and performance in battery cell. The results showed that both nano-clay and PVP have significant impacts on the improvement of PVDF membranes to be used as polymer electrolyte.

  7. Optimization of piezo-electric PVDF polymers for adaptive optics in space environments.

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    Dargaville, Tim Richard; Martin, Jeffrey W.; Clough, Roger Lee; Celina, Mathias Christopher

    2003-07-01

    Piezoelectric polymers based on PVDF are of interest for use in large aperture space-based telescopes similar to the James Web Space Telescope. Dimensional adjustments of polymer films depend on their piezoelectric properties with wireless (electron beam) shape control methods having been successfully demonstrated in the past. Such electron beam controls require a detailed understanding of the piezoelectric material responses. Similarly, space applications demand consistent, predictable, and reliable performance. While PVDF as a generic polymer type is a suitable piezoelectric material, it is also well known that fluorinated polymers are highly radiation-sensitive. Mechanical and other physical properties will suffer under various types of radiation (strong vacuum UV, {gamma}-, X-ray, e-beam, ion-beam) and atomic oxygen exposure. Likewise, extreme temperature fluctuations in space environments will result in annealing effects and cyclic stresses. While the radiative degradation chemistry of polymers is an established field there is little information available on the performance of piezoelectric features in PVDF with respect to their expected changes in these environments. Therefore, understanding such fundamental issues becomes mandatory for the design and deployment of satellite systems utilizing these materials/technology. We have investigated the degradation of PVDF and copolymers under a range of stress environments, and have studied the implications with regard to piezoelectrical properties necessary for reliable operation of thin films in space environments. Initial aging studies using {gamma}- and e-beam irradiation to explore material sensitivities for comparison with expected UV doses have shown complex material changes with lowered Curie temperatures, crystallinity, melting points and significant crosslinking, but little affect on piezoelectric d{sub 33} constants. Similar complexities of the aging processes have been observed in accelerated temperature

  8. A study on the effect of surface topography on the actuation performance of stacked-rolled dielectric electro active polymer actuator

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    Sait, Usha; Muthuswamy, Sreekumar

    2016-05-01

    Dielectric electro active polymer (DEAP) is a suitable actuator material that finds wide applications in the field of robotics and medical areas. This material is highly controllable, flexible, and capable of developing large strain. The influence of geometrical behavior becomes critical when the material is used as miniaturized actuation devices in robotic applications. The present work focuses on the effect of surface topography on the performance of flat (single sheet) and stacked-rolled DEAP actuators. The non-active areas in the form of elliptical spots that affect the performance of the actuator are identified using scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dissipated X-ray (EDX) experiments. Performance of DEAP actuation is critically evaluated, compared, and presented with analytical and experimental results.

  9. Ambient Temperature Hybrid Polymer Electrolyte Based on Pvk + Pvdf-Hfp for Lithium Batteries

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    Michael, M. S.; Prabaharan, S. R. S.

    2002-12-01

    Proposed herein is a new ambient temperature Li+ conducting PVDF-HFP-co-polymer based hybrid polymer electrolyte with polyvinyl carbozole (PVK) as additive. The addition of the latter provides high ambient temperature electrolytic conductivity (σi) 0.7 × 10-3S/cm with an ionic transference number of 0.6, besides providing the thermoplastic flexibility to the whole matrix. The membrane is found to exhibit a wide electrochemical potential window, >4.5V against Li/Li+. When prepared properly, the membrane is dry and free standing, yet totally suitable for lithium polymer rechargeable batteries. This paper presents the preparation, microstructure and electrochemical characteristics of this new hybrid polymeric membrane. Finally, the dry polymeric electrolyte membrane has been employed in a lithium polymer cell against LT-LiCo0.8Ni0.2O2 as positive electrode and its interfacial behavior and electrochemical cycling results are presented.

  10. Ionic conduction properties of PVDF-HFP type gel polymer electrolytes with lithium imide salts

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    Saito, Yuria; Kataoka, Hiroshi; Capiglia, C.; Yamamoto, Hitoshi

    2000-03-09

    Conduction properties of gel polymer electrolytes composed of lithium imide salts, LiN(CF{sub 3}SO{sub 2}){sub 2}, LiN(C{sub 2}F{sub 5}SO{sub 2}){sub 2}, and PVDF-HFP copolymer were investigated using the pulsed-field gradient NMR and complex impedance techniques. The diffusion coefficients of the gel decreased with an increase in the polymer fraction in the gel. Carrier concentration exhibited 3 orders of magnitude variation in the fraction change in polymer from 80% to 20%. These results suggest that the polymer interacts with the electrolyte to affect the carrier concentration and mobility of the gel electrolytes. The interactive effect of polymer would be detected in the measurements of spin-lattice relaxation time (T{sub 1}). The deviation of the symmetric curve of the temperature dependence of T{sub 1} could be divided into two components, one was consistent with the component of solution and independent of the polymer fraction and the other depended on the polymer fraction in the gel.

  11. Li Ion Conducting Polymer Gel Electrolytes Based on Ionic Liquid/PVDF-HFP Blends

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    Ye, Hui; Huang, Jian; Xu, Jun John; Khalfan, Amish; Greenbaum, Steve G.

    2009-01-01

    Ionic liquids thermodynamically compatible with Li metal are very promising for applications to rechargeable lithium batteries. 1-methyl-3-propylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (P13TFSI) is screened out as a particularly promising ionic liquid in this study. Dimensionally stable, elastic, flexible, nonvolatile polymer gel electrolytes (PGEs) with high electrochemical stabilities, high ionic conductivities and other desirable properties have been synthesized by dissolving Li imide salt (LiTFSI) in P13TFSI ionic liquid and then mixing the electrolyte solution with poly(vinylidene-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) copolymer. Adding small amounts of ethylene carbonate to the polymer gel electrolytes dramatically improves the ionic conductivity, net Li ion transport concentration, and Li ion transport kinetics of these electrolytes. They are thus favorable and offer good prospects in the application to rechargeable Li batteries including open systems like Li/air batteries, as well as more “conventional” rechargeable lithium and lithium ion batteries. PMID:20354587

  12. Acrylonitrile grafted to PVDF

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    Yang, Jin; Eitouni, Hany Basam

    2015-03-31

    PVDF-g-PAN has been synthesized by grafting polyacrylonitrile onto polyvinylidene fluoride using an ATRP/AGET method. The novel polymer is ionically conducive and has much more flexibility than PVDF alone, making it especially useful either as a binder in battery cell electrodes or as a polymer electrolyte in a battery cell.

  13. Multiscale Modeling of the Electrocaloric Effect in PVDF-based Polymers

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    McGaughey, Alan; Yu, Ying-Ju

    We apply multi-scale modeling to explore the electrocaloric (EC) effect in PVDF-related ferroelectric polymers, which have application in active cooling of microsystems. The EC effect is the temperature rise and drop in some ferroelectric materials due to changes in the configurational entropy when an external electric field is applied and removed. The polymer is modeled as a series of bi-directional permanent dipoles and induced point dipoles distributed on its monomer sites. The flipping of these dipoles due to an applied electric field is leads to polarization changes. Flipping the dipole moment of the polymer chain requires rotation of the individual monomers, each of which has its own energy barrier. This energy pathway is predicted from atomic-level nudged elastic band method calculations for a variety of chain environments. We then use first-passage time analysis to convert each energy pathway into an average transition rate for a full polymer chain rotation. The transition rates for all chains are integrated into a kinetic Monte Carlo algorithm in which the polarization change due to the application of an electric field is determined.

  14. Ionic transport and electrochemical stability of PVDF-HFP based gel polymer electrolytes

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    Rosdi, A.; Zainol, N. H.; Osman, Z.

    2016-02-01

    The gel polymer electrolytes (GPEs) samples consisting of polyvinylidenefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene (PVDF-HFP), ethylene carbonate (EC) and propylene carbonate (PC) with different concentrations of magnesium triflate salt, Mg(CF3SO3)2 were prepared using the solution casting technique. The ionic conductivity of the GPEs was studied by using a.c impedance spectroscopy and the sample containing 20 wt% salt exhibited the highest conductivity of 5.11 × l0-3 Scm-1. Ionic transport number of the GPEs shows that the samples contain ionic species as main charge carrier while cationic transport number for the highest conducting sample was found to be 0.27. The electrochemical properties of the GPEs were studied using Linear Sweep Voltammetry (LSV) and Cyclic Voltammetry (CV). The GPEs show high electrochemical stability ˜3.5V (versus Mg2+/Mg) where the highest conducting sample exhibited the highest stability.

  15. Figure of merit comparison of PP-based electret and PVDF-based piezoelectric polymer energy harvesters

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    Mrlík, M.; Leadenham, S.; AlMaadeed, M. A.; Erturk, A.

    2016-04-01

    The harvesting of mechanical strain and kinetic energy has received great attention over the past two decades in order to power wireless electronic components such as those used in passive and active monitoring applications. Piezoelectric ceramics, such as PZT (lead zirconate titanate), constitute the most commonly used electromechanical interface in vibration energy harvesters. However, there are applications in which piezoelectric ceramics cannot be used due to their low allowable curvature and brittle nature. Soft polymer PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) is arguably the most popular non-ceramic soft piezoelectric energy harvester material for such scenarios. Another type of polymer that has received less attention is PP (polypropylene) for electret-based energy harvesting using the thickness mode (33- mode). This work presents figure of merit comparison of PP versus PVDF for off-resonant energy harvesting in thickness mode operation, revealing substantial advantage of PP over PVDF. For thickness mode energy harvesting scenarios (e.g. dynamic compression) at reasonable ambient vibration frequencies, the figure of merit for the maximum power output is proportional to the square of the effective piezoelectric strain constant divided by the effective permittivity constant. Under optimal conditions and for the same volume, it is shown that PP can generate more than two orders of magnitude larger electrical power as compared to PVDF due to the larger effective piezoelectric strain constant and lower permittivity of the former.

  16. State of the research works on PVDF piezoelectric polymer stress gauges

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    Bauer, F.; Graman, R.A.; Lee, L.M.; Samara, G.

    1988-01-01

    The research work presented here shows the progress realized in the studies of the ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of Polyvinylidene Flouride (PVDF). An attempt has been made to understand the fundamental phenomena of the mechanism responsible for the functioning of the shock loaded ferroelectric PVDF. Fundamental questions have not yet found a sufficient response. The main parameter which must be taken into account in the standardization process, is the polarization which is fixed at a value of 9.15 +- 0.15 ..mu..C/cm/sup 2/. There are different PVDF, but it seems clear that there is only one piezoelectric PVDF which can be used for shock gauge transducers.

  17. Evaluation of piezoelectric PVDF polymers for use in space environments. Part II, Effects of atomic oxygen and vacuum UV exposure.

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    Dargaville, Tim Richard; Martin, Jeffrey W.; Banks, Bruce A.; Celina, Mathias Christopher

    2005-04-01

    The effects of atomic oxygen (AO) and vacuum UV radiation simulating low Earth orbit conditions on two commercially available piezoelectric polymer films, poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) P(VDF-TrFE), have been studied. Surface erosion and pattern development are significant for both polymers. Erosion yields were determined as 2.8 x 10{sup -24} cm{sup 3}/atom for PVDF and 2.5 x 10{sup -24} cm{sup 3}/atom for P(VDF-TrFE). The piezoelectric properties of the residual material of both polymers were largely unchanged after exposure, although a slight shift in the Curie transition of the P(VDF-TrFE) was observed. A lightly cross-linked network was formed in the copolymer presumably because of penetrating vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation, while the homopolymer remained uncross-linked. These differences were attributed to varying degrees of crystallinity and potentially greater absorption, and hence damage, of VUV radiation in P(VDF-TrFE) compared with PVDF.

  18. Performance characteristics of guanine incorporated PVDF-HFP/PEO polymer blend electrolytes with binary iodide salts for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Senthil, R. A.; Theerthagiri, J.; Madhavan, J.; Arof, A. K.

    2016-08-01

    In this work, we have investigated the influence of guanine as an organic dopant in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) based on poly(vinylidinefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP)/polyethylene oxide (PEO) polymer blend electrolyte along with binary iodide salts (potassium iodide (KI) and tetrabutylammonium iodide (TBAI)) and iodine (I2). The PVDF-HFP/KI + TBAI/I2, PVDF-HFP/PEO/KI + TBAI/I2 and guanine incorporated PVDF-HFP/PEO/KI + TBAI/I2 electrolytes were prepared by solution casting technique using DMF as solvent. The PVDF-HFP/KI + TBAI/I2 electrolyte showed an ionic conductivity value of 9.99 × 10-5 Scm-1, whereas, it was found to be increased to 4.53 × 10-5 Scm-1 when PEO was blended with PVDF-HFP/KI + TBAI/I2 electrolyte. However, a maximum ionic conductivity value of 3.67 × 10-4 Scm-1 was obtained for guanine incorporated PVDF-HFP/PEO/KI + TBAI/I2 blend electrolyte. The photovoltaic properties of all these polymer electrolytes in DSSCs were characterized. As a consequence, the power conversion efficiency of the guanine incorporated PVDF-HFP/PEO/KI + TBAI/I2 electrolyte based DSSC was significantly improved to 4.98% compared with PVDF-HFP/PEO/KI + TBAI/I2 electrolyte based DSSC (2.46%). These results revealed that the guanine can be an effective organic dopant to enhance the performance of DSSCs.

  19. The influence of dispersed state on the structure and capability of the polymer electrolytes based on PVDF/PMMA

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    Yang, S. T.; Chen, H. J.; Jia, J. H.

    2002-12-01

    The polymer electrolyte which is firstly made by micro-wave inter-connect method and based on blended PVDF/PMMA and its conductivity is exceeding 10-3S · cm at room temperature. The result of polymer electrolytes that is dispersed by sub-micron SiO2 indicate that the mechanic intension is improved and the conductivity also improved. There is a new state with the test of the SEM and XRD and the non-crystal state of the polymer electrolytes have been improved after system adulteration which are favorable for the migration of Li+ and this is the expiation of the improvement of the conductivity of the polymer electrolytes.

  20. Study of nano imprinting using soft lithography on Krafty glue and PVDF polymer thin films

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    Sankar, M. S. Ravi Gangineni, Ramesh Babu

    2014-04-24

    The present work reveals soft lithography strategy based on self assembly and replica molding for carrying out micro and nanofabrication. It provides a convenient, effective and very low cost method for the formation and manufacturing of micro and nano structures. Al-layer of compact disc (sony CD-R) used as a stamp with patterned relief structures to generate patterns and structures with pattern size of 100nm height, 1.7 μm wide. In literature, PDMS (Polydimethylsiloxane) solution is widely used to get negative copy of the Al-layer. In this work, we have used inexpensive white glue (Polyvinylacetate + water), 15gm (□5) and PVDF (Polyvinylidene difluoride) spin coated films and successfully transferred the nano patterns of Al layer on to white glue and PVDF films.

  1. PVDF as a new polymer for the construction of surgical meshes.

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    Klinge, U; Klosterhalfen, B; Ottinger, A P; Junge, K; Schumpelick, V

    2002-08-01

    Abdominal hernia repair is the most frequently performed operation in surgery. Mostly due to lowered recurrence rates mesh repairs in hernia surgery have become an integral component despite increasing mesh-related complications. Current available mesh prosthesis are made of polypropylene (PP). polyethylene-terephtalat or polytetrafluorethylene. though all of them reveal some disadvantages. The introduction of new materials seems to be advisable. Caused by supposed advantageous textile properties and tissue response two mesh modifications made of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) for abdominal hernia repair were developed. In the present study the PVDF meshes were compared to a common heavy weight PP-mesh (Prolene) in regard to functional consequences and morphological tissue response. After implantation in rats as inlay for 3, 14, 21, 42 and 90 days abdominal wall mobility was recorded by three-dimensional photogrammetry. Tensile strength of the suture zone and the mesh itself were determined. Explanted tissue samples have been investigated for their histological reaction in regard to the inflammatory infiltrate. vascularisation, connective and fat tissue ingrowth. Number of granulocytes, macrophages, fibroblasts, lymphocytes and foreign giant body cells have been evaluated to reflect quality of tissue response. The cellular response was grasped by measurement of DNA strand breaks and apoptosis (TUNEL), proliferation (Ki67) and cell stress (HSP70). Analyzing the results confirmed that construction of hernia meshes made of PVDF could be an advantageous alternative to the commonly used materials due to an improved biostability. lowered bending stiffness and a minimum tissue response. PMID:12099293

  2. Cellulose Electro-Active Paper: From Discovery to Technology Applications

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    Abas, Zafar; Kim, Heung Soo; Kim, Jaehwan; Kim, Joo-Hyung

    2014-09-01

    Cellulose electro-active paper (EAPap) is an attractive material of electro-active polymers (EAPs) family due to its smart characteristics. EAPap is thin cellulose film coated with metal electrodes on both sides. Its large displacement output, low actuation voltage and low power consumption can be used for biomimetic sensors/actuators and electromechanical system. Because cellulose EAPap is ultra-lightweight, easy to manufacture, inexpensive, biocompatible, and biodegradable, it has been employed for many applications such as bending actuator, vibration sensor, artificial muscle, flexible speaker, and can be advantageous in areas such as micro-insect robots, micro-flying objects, microelectromechanical systems, biosensors, and flexible displays.

  3. Magnetic, dielectric and magnetodielectric properties of PVDF-La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} polymer nanocomposite film

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    Thirmal, Ch.; Nayek, Chiranjib; Murugavel, P. Subramanian, V.

    2013-11-15

    We have investigated the structure, magnetic and dielectric properties of PVDF-La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} polymer nanocomposite thick film fabricated by dip coating technique along with the magnetodielectric effect. The structure and dielectric properties show the enhanced β phase in the composite compared to the PVDF film. The coupling between the ferroelectric and magnetic phases in the composite is revealed in the form of dielectric anomaly at the ferromagnetic Curie temperature. We observed 1.9% magnetodielectric effect at 300 K with the possibility of enhanced effect near the transition temperature. In addition, the analysis of the electric modulus indicates that the composite exhibits interfacial related relaxation and it follows Arrhenius Law. Our study suggests that the ac conductivity of the PVDF-La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} composite could be explained by correlated barrier hopping mechanism.

  4. Energy barriers for dipole moment flipping in PVDF-related ferroelectric polymers

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    Yu, Ying-Ju; McGaughey, Alan J. H.

    2016-01-01

    Energy barriers for flipping the transverse dipole moments in poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and related copolymers and terpolymers are predicted using the nudged elastic band method. The dipole moments flip individually along the chain, with an order and energy barrier magnitudes (0.1-1.2 eV) that depend on the chain composition and environment. Trifluoroethylene (TrFE) and chlorofluoroethylene (CFE) monomers have larger energy barriers than VDF monomers, while a chain in an amorphous environment has a similar transition pathway as that of an isolated molecule. In a crystalline environment, TrFE and CFE monomers expand the lattice and lower the energy barriers for flipping VDF monomers. This finding is consistent with experimental observations of a large electrocaloric effect in P(VDF-TrFE-CFE) terpolymers.

  5. Ionic relaxation in PEO/PVDF-HFP-LiClO4 blend polymer electrolytes: dependence on salt concentration

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    Das, S.; Ghosh, A.

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, we have studied the effect of LiClO4 salt concentration on the ionic conduction and relaxation in poly ethylene oxide (PEO) and poly (vinylidene fluoride hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) blend polymer electrolytes, in which the molar ratio of ethylene oxide segments to lithium ions (R  =  EO: Li) has been varied between 3 and 35. We have observed two phases in the samples containing low salt concentrations (R  >  9) and single phase in the samples containing high salt concentrations (R  ⩽  9). The scanning electron microscopic images indicate that there exists no phase separation in the blend polymer electrolytes. The temperature dependence of the ionic conductivity shows two slopes corresponding to high and low temperatures and follows Arrhenius relation for the samples containing low salt concentrations (R  >  9). The conductivity relaxation as well as the structural relaxation has been clearly observed at around 104 Hz and 106 Hz for these concentrations of the blended electrolytes. However, a single conductivity relaxation peak has been observed for the compositions with R  ⩽  9. The scaling of the conductivity spectra shows that the relaxation mechanism is independent of temperature, but depends on salt concentration.

  6. The Structure Design of Piezoelectric Poly(vinylidene Fluoride) (PVDF) Polymer-Based Sensor Patch for the Respiration Monitoring under Dynamic Walking Conditions

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    Lei, Kin-Fong; Hsieh, Yi-Zheng; Chiu, Yi-Yuan; Wu, Min-Hsien

    2015-01-01

    This study reports a piezoelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) polymer-based sensor patch for respiration detections in dynamic walking condition. The working mechanism of respiration signal generation is based on the periodical deformations on a human chest wall during the respiratory movements, which in turn mechanically stretch the piezoelectric PVDF film to generate the corresponding electrical signals. In this study, the PVDF sensing film was completely encapsulated within the sensor patch forming a mass-spring-damper mechanical system to prevent the noises generated in a dynamic condition. To verify the design of sensor patch to prevent dynamic noises, experimental investigations were carried out. Results demonstrated the respiration signals generated and the respiratory rates measured by the proposed sensor patch were in line with the same measurements based on a commercial respiratory effort transducer both in a static (e.g., sitting) or dynamic (e.g., walking) condition. As a whole, this study has developed a PVDF-based sensor patch which is capable of monitoring respirations in a dynamic walking condition with high fidelity. Other distinctive features include its small size, light weight, ease of use, low cost, and portability. All these make it a promising sensing device to monitor respirations particularly in home care units. PMID:26263992

  7. Recent Progress on Cellulose-Based Electro-Active Paper, Its Hybrid Nanocomposites and Applications.

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    Khan, Asif; Abas, Zafar; Kim, Heung Soo; Kim, Jaehwan

    2016-01-01

    We report on the recent progress and development of research into cellulose-based electro-active paper for bending actuators, bioelectronics devices, and electromechanical transducers. The cellulose electro-active paper is characterized in terms of its biodegradability, chirality, ample chemically modifying capacity, light weight, actuation capability, and ability to form hybrid nanocomposites. The mechanical, electrical, and chemical characterizations of the cellulose-based electro-active paper and its hybrid composites such as blends or coatings with synthetic polymers, biopolymers, carbon nanotubes, chitosan, and metal oxides, are explained. In addition, the integration of cellulose electro-active paper is highlighted to form various functional devices including but not limited to bending actuators, flexible speaker, strain sensors, energy harvesting transducers, biosensors, chemical sensors and transistors for electronic applications. The frontiers in cellulose paper devices are reviewed together with the strategies and perspectives of cellulose electro-active paper and cellulose nanocomposite research and applications. PMID:27472335

  8. Adsorbing a PVDF polymer via noncovalent interactions to effectively tune the electronic and magnetic properties of zigzag SiC nanoribbons.

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    Li, Hui; Chen, Wei; Sun, Yuanhui; Huang, Xuri; Yu, Guangtao

    2015-10-01

    On the basis of first-principle computations, we first propose a simple and effective strategy through surface-adsorbing a poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) polymer via noncovalent interactions to tune the electronic and magnetic behaviors of zigzag SiC nanoribbons (zSiCNRs). It is revealed that depositing the strong electron-withdrawing PVDF polymer with a permanent dipole moment can induce the evident change of the electrostatic potential in the substrate zSiCNRs, like applying an electric field. As a result, this kind of noncovalent surface-modification by a polymer can break the magnetic degeneracy of zSiCNRs independent of the adsorption type and position, and sole ferromagnetic metallicity and even antiferromagnetic half-metallicity can be achieved. Moreover, all PVDF-modified zSiCNR systems can exhibit considerable adsorption energies in the range of -0.436 to -1.315 eV, indicating that these joint systems possess high structural stabilities. These intriguing findings will be advantageous for promoting excellent SiC-based nanomaterials in the applications of spintronics and multifunctional nanodevices in the near future. PMID:26312553

  9. Electro-active paper actuators

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    Kim, Jaehwan; Seo, Yung B.

    2002-06-01

    In this paper, the actuation mechanism of electro-active paper (EAPap) actuators is addressed and the potential of the actuators is demonstrated. EAPap is a paper that produces large displacement with small force under an electrical excitation. EAPap is made with a chemically treated paper by constructing thin electrodes on both sides of the paper. When electrical voltage is applied on the electrodes the EAPap produces bending displacement. However, the displacement output has been unstable and degraded with timescale. To improve the bending performance of EAPap, different paper fibers - softwood, hardwood, bacteria cellulose, cellophane, carbon mixture paper, electrolyte containing paper and Korean traditional paper, in conjunction with additive chemicals, were tested. Two attempts were made to construct the electrodes: the direct use of aluminum foil and the gold sputtering technique. It was found that a cellophane paper exhibits a remarkable bending performance. When 2 MV m-1 excitation voltage was applied to the paper actuator, more than 3 mm tip displacement was observed from the 30 mm long paper beam. This is quite a low excitation voltage compared with that of other EAPs. Details of the experiments and results are addressed.

  10. Electrical Properties of Gamma Irradiated PVdF Based Polymer Electrolytes

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    Ayoub, N.; Amin, Y. M.; Arof, A. K.

    2010-07-07

    The effect of different doses of {gamma}-irradiation on the conductivity of PVdF-LiPF{sub 6} solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) was investigated at room temperature. The dielectric constant and loss are seen to increase with increasing radiation doses.

  11. Composite polymer electrolyte based on PEO/Pvdf-HFP with MWCNT for lithium battery applications

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

    2016-05-01

    In the present study PEO and PVdF-HFP blend based composite polymer electrolytes (CPEs) has been prepared by using Multi Walled Carbon Nanotube (MWCNT), in order to examine the filler addition effect on the electrochemical properties. The complexed nanocomposite polymer electrolytes were obtained in the form of dimensionally stable and free standing films by using solution casting technique. The electrochemical properties of CPEs were measured by the AC impedance method. From the ionic conductivity results, the CPE containing MWCNT 2wt% showed the highest ionic conductivity with an excellent thermal stability at room temperature. The dielectric loss curve s for the sample 6.25wt% PEO: 18.75 wt% PVdF-HFP: 2wt% MWCNT reveal the low frequency β relaxation peak pronounced at high temperature, and it may caused by side group dipoles.

  12. Enhanced Microwave Absorption Properties of Flexible Polymer Composite Based on Hexagonal NiCo2O4 Microplates and PVDF

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    Luo, Hui; Wang, Xian; Song, Kai; Yang, Jing; Gong, Rongzhou

    2016-05-01

    Hexagonal NiCo2O4 microplates were synthesized via a facile one-pot hydrothermal method and followed by a subsequent annealing process. The complex permittivity and permeability of a NiCo2O4 and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) composite were investigated over 2-18 GHz. The experiment indicated that the good microwave absorption performance of NiCo2O4@PVDF depends on dielectric loss and quarter-wavelength cancellation. Our results show that the absorption frequency bandwidth of reflection loss (RL) less than -20 dB for the NiCo2O4@PVDF composite can be measured over the frequency range of 3-15.5 GHz with an absorbing thickness that varies in the range of 1.25-5 mm. Furthermore, an optimal RL of -44.8 dB was observed at 10.7 GHz with a thickness of 1.75 mm. The loss mechanism is also discussed.

  13. Enhanced Microwave Absorption Properties of Flexible Polymer Composite Based on Hexagonal NiCo2O4 Microplates and PVDF

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    Luo, Hui; Wang, Xian; Song, Kai; Yang, Jing; Gong, Rongzhou

    2016-08-01

    Hexagonal NiCo2O4 microplates were synthesized via a facile one-pot hydrothermal method and followed by a subsequent annealing process. The complex permittivity and permeability of a NiCo2O4 and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) composite were investigated over 2-18 GHz. The experiment indicated that the good microwave absorption performance of NiCo2O4@PVDF depends on dielectric loss and quarter-wavelength cancellation. Our results show that the absorption frequency bandwidth of reflection loss (RL) less than -20 dB for the NiCo2O4@PVDF composite can be measured over the frequency range of 3-15.5 GHz with an absorbing thickness that varies in the range of 1.25-5 mm. Furthermore, an optimal RL of -44.8 dB was observed at 10.7 GHz with a thickness of 1.75 mm. The loss mechanism is also discussed.

  14. A simple but efficient strategy to enhance hydrostability of intensely fluorescent Mg-based coordination polymer (CP) via forming a composite of CP with hydrophobic PVDF.

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    Zhai, Lu; Zhang, Wen-Wei; Zuo, Jing-Lin; Ren, Xiao-Ming

    2016-02-28

    A coordination polymer (CP) of Mg(2+) with 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylate (BTC(3-)) was synthesized using a solvothermal method. The Mg-CP, with a formula of Mg3(BTC)(HCOO)3(DMF)3, crystallizes in the trigonal space group P3[combining macron], with cell parameters of a = b = 13.972(5) Å, c = 8.090(5) Å and V = 1367.6(11) Å(3), and shows a lamella structure built from planar rosette-type hexanuclear architectures. The Mg-CP emits intense blue fluorescence arising from π* → π transition of intra-ligand of BTC(3-) with 21.69% quantum yield, yet it exhibits poor stability to water. The composites of Mg-CP with hydrophobic polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) were sequentially prepared by mechanically mixed, tableted and annealed processes, which showed good compatibility between Mg-CP and PVDF, high hydrostability, and intense blue emission. This study suggests a simple but efficient method to solve the drawbacks of some functional CPs unstable to water and to promote them as practical applications in the field of functional materials. PMID:26790523

  15. Electro-active sensor, method for constructing the same; apparatus and circuitry for detection of electro-active species

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    Buehler, Martin (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    An electro-active sensor includes a nonconductive platform with a first electrode set attached with a first side of a nonconductive platform. The first electrode set serves as an electrochemical cell that may be utilized to detect electro-active species in solution. A plurality of electrode sets and a variety of additional electrochemical cells and sensors may be attached with the nonconductive platform. The present invention also includes a method for constructing the aforementioned electro-active sensor. Additionally, an apparatus for detection and observation is disclosed, where the apparatus includes a sealable chamber for insertion of a portion of an electro-active sensor. The apparatus allows for monitoring and detection activities. Allowing for control of attached cells and sensors, a dual-mode circuitry is also disclosed. The dual-mode circuitry includes a switch, allowing the circuitry to be switched from a potentiostat to a galvanostat mode.

  16. Electric field poling 2G V/m to improve piezoelectricity of PVDF thin film

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    Hartono, Ambran; Darwin, Ramli, Satira, Suparno; Djamal, Mitra; Herman

    2016-03-01

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) is a polymer with unique characteristics i.e. piezoelectric and ferrroelectric properties. Piezoelectric propertiesof PVDF are determined by the fraction of β-phase structure. Several optimization methods have been developed to improve the piezoelectric properties of PVDF. One of our research efforts is to improve the piezoelectricity of PVDF by electric poling with high electric field 2G V/m. The application of high electric field performed on PVDF films with a thickness of 1 1m. Each sample was made with a deep coating method, with annealing temperature 70°C-110°C. Based on the XRD characterization, we have obtained value of β-fraction of samples after poling are: 56%, 61%, 77%, 81% and 83%, respectively. Therefore, high electric field poling has been able to improve the piezoelectric properties of PVDF films. The PVDF with good piezoelectric properties are potential can did a tes for piezoelectric sensors and actuators devices.

  17. Preparation and characterization of a PVDF-HFP/PEGDMA-coated PE separator for lithium-ion polymer battery by electron beam irradiation

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    Sohn, Joon-Yong; Im, Jong Su; Gwon, Sung-Jin; Choi, Jae-Hak; Shin, Junhwa; Nho, Young-Chang

    2009-07-01

    In this study, polyethylene separators were modified by dip coating of polyethylene (PE) separators in poly(vinylidene fluoride- co-hexafluoropropylene)/poly(ethylene glycol) dimethacrylate (PVDF-HFP/PEGDMA) mixtures at different humidity levels (0-50%), followed by electron beam irradiation. Micro-porous structures of the coating layer were generated by performing dip-coating process at high humidity levels (i.e. phase inversion process) and were found to be affected by the PEGDMA content and humidity level. The thermal shrinkage of the prepared separators significantly decreased with increasing EB absorption dose due to the formation of crosslinked networks of the PVDF-HFP/PEGDMA-coated PE separators. It was also observed that the separators prepared under high humidity condition showed a higher liquid electrolyte uptake and the ionic conductivity than the original PE separators.

  18. Synthesis of eucalyptus/tea tree oil absorbed biphasic calcium phosphate-PVDF polymer nanocomposite films: a surface active antimicrobial system for biomedical application.

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    Bagchi, Biswajoy; Banerjee, Somtirtha; Kool, Arpan; Thakur, Pradip; Bhandary, Suman; Hoque, Nur Amin; Das, Sukhen

    2016-06-22

    A biocompatible poly(vinylidene) difluoride (PVDF) based film has been prepared by in situ precipitation of calcium phosphate precursors. Such films were surface absorbed with two essential oils namely eucalyptus and tea tree oil. Physico-chemical characterization of the composite film revealed excellent stability of the film with 10% loading of oils in the PVDF matrix. XRD, FTIR and FESEM measurements confirmed the presence of hydroxyapatite and octacalcium phosphate in the PVDF matrix which showed predominantly β phase. Strong bactericidal activity was observed with very low minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) values on both E. coli and S. aureus. The composite films also resisted biofilm formation as observed by FESEM. The release of essential oils from the film showed an initial burst followed by a very slow release over a period of 24 hours. Antibacterial action of the film was found to be primarily due to the action of essential oils which resulted in leakage of vital fluids from the microorganisms. Both necrotic and apoptotic morphologies were observed in bacterial cells. Biocompatibility studies with the composite films showed negligible cytotoxicity to mouse mesenchymal and myoblast cells at MBC concentration. PMID:27271864

  19. Electro-active hybrid actuators based on freeze-dried bacterial cellulose and PEDOT:PSS

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    Kim, Si-Seup; Jeon, Jin-Han; Kee, Chang-Doo; Oh, Il-Kwon

    2013-08-01

    We report a high-performance electro-active hybrid actuator based on freeze-dried bacterial cellulose and conducting polymer electrodes. The freeze-dried bacterial cellulose, which has a sponge form, can absorb a much greater amount of ionic liquid, which is a prerequisite for dry-type and high-performance electro-active polymers. In addition, the poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) conducting layers are deposited on the top and bottom surfaces of the freeze-dried bacterial cellulose using a simple dipping and drying method. The results show that the freeze-dried bacterial cellulose actuator with conducting polymer electrodes has a much larger tip displacement under electrical stimuli than pure bacterial cellulose actuators with metallic electrodes. The large bending displacement of the freeze-dried bacterial cellulose actuator under low input voltage is due to the synergistic effects of the ion migration of the dissociated ionic liquids inside the bacterial cellulose and the electrochemical doping processes of the PEDOT:PSS electrode layers.

  20. Silver nanowire dopant enhancing piezoelectricity of electrospun PVDF nanofiber web

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    Li, Baozhang; Zheng, Jianming; Xu, Chunye

    2013-08-01

    A highly sensitive flexible piezoelectric material is developed by using a composite nanofibers web of polymer and metal. The nanofibers webs are made by electrospinning a mixed solution of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and silver nanowires (AgNWs) in the co-solvent of dimethyl formamide and acetone. SEM images show that the obtained webs are composed of AgNWs doped PVDF fibers with diameters ranging from 200nm to 500nm. Our FTIR and XRD results indicate that doping AgNWs into PVDF fiber can enhance the contents of beta phase of the PVDF. UV-Vis spectrum shows a slightly red shift at 324 nm and 341 nm after the AgNWs doping into PVDF, proving the presence of interaction between AgNWs and the PVDF polymer chain. The piezoelectric constant d33 of the nanofibers webs tested with a homemade system, reveals a good agreement with FTIR and XRD characteristic, and the highest one is up to 29.8 pC/N for the nanofibers webs containing 1.5% AgNWs, which is close to that of poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) (P(VDF-TrFE), 77/23). This study may provide a way to develop high-performance flexible sensors.

  1. Composite Gel Polymer Electrolyte Based on Poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) with Modified Aluminum-Doped Lithium Lanthanum Titanate (A-LLTO) for High-Performance Lithium Rechargeable Batteries.

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    Le, Hang T T; Ngo, Duc Tung; Kalubarme, Ramchandra S; Cao, Guozhong; Park, Choong-Nyeon; Park, Chan-Jin

    2016-08-17

    A composite gel polymer electrolyte (CGPE) based on poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) polymer that includes Al-doped Li0.33La0.56TiO3 (A-LLTO) particles covered with a modified SiO2 (m-SiO2) layer was fabricated through a simple solution-casting method followed by activation in a liquid electrolyte. The obtained CGPE possessed high ionic conductivity, a large electrochemical stability window, and interfacial stability-all superior to that of the pure gel polymer electrolyte (GPE). In addition, under a highly polarized condition, the CGPE effectively suppressed the growth of Li dendrites due to the improved hardness of the GPE by the addition of inorganic A-LLTO/m-SiO2 particles. Accordingly, the Li-ion polymer and Li-O2 cells employing the CGPE exhibited remarkably improved cyclability compared to cells without CGPE. In particular, the CGPE as a protection layer for the Li metal electrode in a Li-O2 cell was effective in blocking the contamination of the Li electrode by oxygen gas or impurities diffused from the cathode side while suppressing the Li dendrites. PMID:27463563

  2. Enhanced PVDF film for multi energy harvesting

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    Karunarathna, Ranmunige Nadeeka

    PVDF is a very important piezoelectric polymer material which has a promising range of applications in a variety of fields such as acoustic sensors and transducers, electrical switches, medical instrumentation, artificial sensitive skin in robotics, automotive detection on roads, nondestructive testing, structural health monitoring and as a biocampatible material. In this research cantilever based multi energy harvester was developed to maximize the power output of PVDF sensor. Nano mixture containing ferrofluid (FF) and ZnO nano particles were used to enhance the piezoelectric output of the sensor. The samples were tested under different energy conditions to observe the behavior of nano coated PVDF film under multi energy conditions. Composition of the ZnO and FF nano particles were changed by weight, in order to achieve the optimal composition of the nano mixture. Light energy, vibration energy, combined effect of light and vibration energy, and magnetic effect were used to explore the behavior of the sensor. The sensor with 60% ZnO and 40% FF achieved a maximum power output of 10.7 microwatts when it is under the combined effect of light and vibration energy. Which is nearly 16 times more power output than PVDF sensor. When the magnetic effect is considered the sensor with 100% FF showed the highest power output of 11.2 microwatts which is nearly 17 times more power output than pure PVDF. The effective piezoelctric volume of the sensor was 0.017 cm3. In order to explore the effect of magnetic flux, cone patterns were created on the sensor by means of a external magnetic field. Stability of the cones generated on the sensor played a major role in generated power output.

  3. Femtosecond laser micromachining of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) based piezo films

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    Lee, Seongkuk; Bordatchev, Evgueni V.; Zeman, Marco J. F.

    2008-04-01

    Piezoelectric polymers have been known to exist for more than 40 years, but in recent years they have been recognized as smart materials for the fabrication of microsensors, microactuators and other micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). In this work, femtosecond laser micromachining of a polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) film, coated with NiCu on both sides, has been studied to understand selective patterning mechanisms of NiCu layers and ablation characteristics of PVDF films. A detailed characterization of morphological changes of the laser-irradiated areas has been investigated using scanning electron microscopy. Through morphological analysis, the multiple shot damage thresholds of a 28 µm thick PVDF film and 40 nm thick NiCu layer have been determined. Surface morphology examination indicates that NiCu layers are removed from the PVDF film through a sequence of cracking-peeling off-curling. In addition, the NiCu layer on the rear side was also removed by the partially transmitted laser energy. The PVDF film was removed in forms of bundles of filaments and solid fragments by a combination of pure ablation and explosive removal of material by bursting of bubbles; the role of the explosive removal becomes more dominant with the increase of laser fluence. Optimal process conditions for cutting of the PVDF film and patterning of the NiCu coating without damaging the PVDF polymer have been established and applied to fabricate a vibration microsensor prototype that shows significant potential in using PVDF-based functional microdevices for telecommunications, transportation and biomedical applications.

  4. Growth of BaTiO3-PVDF composite thick films by using aerosol deposition

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    Cho, Sung Hwan; Yoon, Young Joon

    2016-01-01

    Barium titanate (BaTiO3)-polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) composite thick films were grown by using aerosol deposition at room temperature with BaTiO3 and PVDF powders. To produce a uniform composition in ceramic and polymer composite films, which show a substantial difference in specific gravity, we used PVDF-coated BaTiO3 powders as the starting materials. An examination of the microstructure confirmed that the BaTiO3 were well distributed in the PVDF matrix in the form of a 0 - 3 compound. The crystallite size in the BaTiO3-PVDF composite thick films was 5 ˜ 50 times higher than that in pure BaTiO3 thick films. PVDF plays a role in suppressing the fragmentation of BaTiO3 powder during the aerosol deposition process and in controlling the relative permittivity.

  5. PVDF shock sensors: applications to polar materials and high explosives.

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    Bauer, F

    2000-01-01

    Ferroelectric polymers (PVDF) with well-defined and precisely known electrical properties are now routinely available from commercial sources. Electrical processing with the Bauer cyclic poling method can produce individual films with well-defined remanent polarization up to 9 /spl mu/C/cm/sup 2/. These polymers provide an unusual opportunity to study the structure and physical properties of materials subjected to shock loading. The behavior of PVDF has been studied over a wide range of pressures using high-pressure shock loading and has yielded well-behaved, reproducible data up to 25 GPa in inert materials. The application of PVDF gauges for recording shock waves induced in polar materials such as Kel-F, PMMA, or in reactive materials is hampered by observations of anomalous responses due to shock-induced polarization or an electrical charge released inside a shock-compressed explosive. A solution using an appropriate electrical shielding has been identified and applied to PVDF for shock measurement studies of Kel-F, and for Hugoniot measurements of high explosives (PH). Furthermore, shock pressure profiles obtained with in situ PVDF gauges in porous HE (Formex) in a detonation regime have been achieved. Typical results of shock pressure profile versus time show a fast superpressure of a few nanoseconds followed by a pressure release down to a plateau level and then by a pressure decay. More accurate measurements are reported with electrically improved PVDF gauges as well as with 0.25 mm/sup 2/ active area PVDF gauges. PMID:18238691

  6. Surface energy characteristics of zeolite embedded PVDF nanofiber films with electrospinning process

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    Kang, Dong Hee; Kang, Hyun Wook

    2016-11-01

    Electrospinning is a nano-scale fiber production method with various polymer materials. This technique allows simple fiber diameters control by changing the physical conditions such as applied voltage and polymer solution viscosity during the fabrication process. The electrospun polymer fibers form a thin porous film with high surface area to volume ratio. Due to these unique characteristics, it is widely used for many application fields such as photocatalyst, electric sensor, and antibacterial scaffold for tissue engineering. Filtration is one of the main applications of electrospun polymer fibers for specific application of filtering out dust particles and dehumidification. Most polymers which are commonly used in electrospinning are hard to perform the filtering and dehumidification simultaneously because of their low hygroscopic property. To overcome this obstacle, the desiccant polymers are developed such as polyacrylic acid and polysulfobetaine methacrylate. However, the desiccant polymers are generally expensive and need special solvent for electrospinning. An alternating way to solve these problems is mixing desiccant material like zeolite in polymer solution during an electrospinning process. In this study, the free surface energy characteristics of electrospun polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) film with various zeolite concentrations are investigated to control the hygroscopic property of general polymers. Fundamental physical property of wettability with PVDF shows hydrophobicity. The electrospun PVDF film with small weight ratio with higher than 0.1% of zeolite powder shows diminished contact angles that certifying the wettability of PVDF can be controlled using desiccant material in electrospinning process. To quantify the surface energy of electrospun PVDF films, sessile water droplets are introduced on the electrospun PVDF film surface and the contact angles are measured. The contact angles of PVDF film are 140° for without zeolite and 80° for with 5

  7. Optimization of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membrane fabrication for protein binding using statistical experimental design.

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    Ahmad, A L; Ideris, N; Ooi, B S; Low, S C; Ismail, A

    2016-01-01

    Statistical experimental design was employed to optimize the preparation conditions of polyvinylidenefluoride (PVDF) membranes. Three variables considered were polymer concentration, dissolving temperature, and casting thickness, whereby the response variable was membrane-protein binding. The optimum preparation for the PVDF membrane was a polymer concentration of 16.55 wt%, a dissolving temperature of 27.5°C, and a casting thickness of 450 µm. The statistical model exhibits a deviation between the predicted and actual responses of less than 5%. Further characterization of the formed PVDF membrane showed that the morphology of the membrane was in line with the membrane-protein binding performance. PMID:27088961

  8. Infrared spectroscopy study of irradiated PVDF

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    Chappa, Veronica; Grosso, Mariela del; Garcia Bermudez, Gerardo; Behar, Moni

    2007-10-26

    The effects induced by 1 MeV/amu ion irradiations were compared to those induced by 4-12 MeV/amu irradiations. Structural analysis with infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) was carried out on PVDF irradiated using C and He beams with different fluences. From these spectra it was observed, as a function of fluence, an overall destruction of the polymer, amorphization of the crystalline regions and the creation of in-chain unsaturations. The track dimensions were determined using a previously developed Monte Carlo simulation code and these results were compared to a semiempirical model.

  9. Electro-active paper made with aqueous cellulose solution

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    Wang, Niangui; Chen, Yi; Lee, Sunkon; Kim, Jaehwan

    2006-03-01

    Electro-Active Paper (EAPap) is attractive for EAP actuator due to its merits in terms of lightweight, dry condition, large displacement output, low actuation voltage and low power consumption. EAPap actuator has been made with cellulose material. Cellulose fibers are dissolved into a solution and cast in a sheet form, and a thin gold electrode is made on it. The cellulose solution has been made according to the viscous process that uses aqueous solvent NaOH/Urea. The use of strong alkali aqueous solvent results in decreasing hydrogen-bond of cellulose molecules. It makes EAPap material possessing ionic behavior. This paper presents the fabrication process and the performance evaluation of EAPap in terms of free displacement with respect to frequency and activation voltage.

  10. Study on actuating mode shapes of electro-active paper

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    Sundaresan, Mannur; Park, Yongkun; Craft, William J.; Sankar, Jag; Kim, Jaehwan

    2006-03-01

    This paper focuses on actuating mode shapes of cellulose-based electro-active paper (EAPap) in order to investigate its suitability as actuators. Firstly, actuating mechanism of EAPap is addressed based on intrinsic characteristics of cellulose structures under electric fields. EAPap actuator is then fabricated by embedding gold as electrodes into both sides of cellophane sheets. Actuating mode shapes under electric fields are phenomenological measured via laser scanning vibrometer at different exciting frequencies as well as relative humidity. Various actuating performances with large deformations are obtained by applying low electric fields, which can produce a suitable deformation capability with light weight, low power consumption and simple fabrication. Experimental results provide that EAPap can be used as a potential actuating candidate for shape control of smart structures, along with bio-inspired actuator materials.

  11. Mechanical and wear properties of PMMA/PVDF microfilled systems

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    Garcia, J.L.; Koelling, K.W.; Seghi, R.R.

    1996-12-31

    There is a clinical need in fixed prosthodontics for aesthetic materials that are biologically compatible. Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) has been used extensively in dental applications. Blends of PMMA and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) are a new class of materials that might perform as aesthetic restorative materials. The fracture properties of PMMA have been intensively studied because it is an amorphous glass below 110{degrees}C, thus exhibiting brittle fracture under normal testing conditions below about 85{degrees}C. However, this brittle behavior leads to poor wear resistance. The properties of the matrix can be tailored by blending with PVDF. The blends are composed of homogeneous mixtures of the two polymers at the molecular level. Polyvinylidene fluoride molecules do not contribute to the mechanical yield behavior of the blend but do act as plasticizers. Improvements in the mechanical properties may be achieved by incorporating a filler into the polymer matrix.

  12. Reactive Molecular Dynamics Simulations on the Disintegration of PVDF, FP-POSS, and Their Composite during Atomic Oxygen Impact.

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    Zeng, Fanlin; Peng, Chao; Liu, Yizhi; Qu, Jianmin

    2015-07-30

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) is a kind of important piezoelectric polymer used in spacecraft industry. But the atomic oxygen (AO) is the most abundant element in the low Earth orbit (LEO) environment. AO collision degradation is an important issue in the application of PVDF on spacecrafts. To investigate the erosion behaviors of PVDF during AO impacts and how to improve the stability of PVDF against AO impacts, the temperature evolution, mass loss, and erosion yields of neat PVDF, neat polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes compound (3,3,3-trifluoropropyl)8Si8O12 (FP-POSS) and the PVDF/FP-POSS composite under AO impacts, as well as some key disintegrated structures and separated chemical compositions, were researched using the molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and the reactive ReaxFF force field. The simulation erosion yield result of PVDF is very close to the experiment results, which shows our simulations are reliable. The results of the temperature evolution, mass loss, and erosion yield of three materials show that the antierosion performance of PVDF is not outstanding. However, incorporating FP-POSS into PVDF matrix enhances the stability of PVDF against AO impact greatly and reduces the temperature rise, mass loss, and the erosion yield of PVDF rapidly. A detailed analysis on the flight chemical compositions and key snapshots of the structures reveals that the erosion process on PVDF and PVDF/FP-POSS is continuous and should be derived from the same PVDF matrix in two materials. In contrast, the erosion process on FP-POSS is stepped. The erosion will not take place until the number of AO reaches a specific value. There is a barrier for the erosion of high-energy AO because of the stable cagelike Si-O frame in FP-POSS molecules. This should be chiefly responsible for the high stability of FP-POSS and the reinforcement mechanism of FP-POSS on PVDF against AO impacts. This work is helpful for people to understand the erosion details of PVDF and POSS and

  13. Simple casting based fabrication of PEDOT:PSS-PVDF-ionic liquid soft actuators

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    Simaite, Aiva; Tondu, Bertrand; Mathieu, Fabrice; Souéres, Philippe; Bergaud, Christian

    2015-04-01

    Despite a growing interest in conducting polymer based actuators, a robust fabrication technique is still needed. We suggest a fabrication method that allows fast production of conducting polymer actuators from commercially available polyvinylidene flouride membranes (PVDF) and a PEDOT/PSS solution. In order to improve adhesion of those materials, Ar plasma induced grafting is used to create hydrophilic surfaces of up to 40 μm. Hydrophilic PVDF-graft-polyethylene glycol allows diffusion of PEDOT/PSS in the pores of the membranes, while hydrophobic middle layers prevent short circuits. In this way, soft actuators can be fabricated by consequent drop casting and drying of conducting polymer.

  14. Enhanced dielectric properties of electrically poled poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and polycarbonate (PC) multilayer films via interfacial polarization

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    Tseng, Jung-Kai; Mackey, Matthew; Zhou, Zheng; Carr, Joel; Schuele, Donald E.; Baer, Eric; Zhu, Lei

    2014-03-01

    Electrically poled poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and polycarbonate (PC) multilayer films can be considered as a polymer electret, which stores quasi-permanent charges (i.e., ions) at PVDF/PC interfaces. In this study, the corresponding dielectric properties of electrically poled PVDF/PC multilayer films are investigated experimentally. First, the bipolar hysteresis loop becomes narrower for the poled PVDF/PC multilayer films upon increasing the poling time, because the impurity ions in PVDF are locked at the PVDF/PC interfaces. Second, asymmetric DC conductivity in poled PVDF/PC multilayer films is observed because of the pre-existing electric field in the electret layers. When the pre-existing field is in the same direction of the applied external field, enhanced DC conductivity is observed in the leakage current measurement. In contrast, if the pre-existing field is opposite to the applied external field, decreased DC conductivity is seen. More experimental evidence of polarized charge at the PVDF/PC interfaces in poled PVDF/PC multilayer films is also manifested by thermally stimulated depolarization current (TSDC) experiments.

  15. Nanomanufacturing and analysis of novel continuous ferroelectric PVDF and P(VDF-TrFE) nanofibers

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    Ren, Xi

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and PVDF copolymers are well known for their ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties. Currently, they are mainly used in applications in the form of films. Thin PVDF films have been shown to possess unique ferroelectric properties in the nanoscale range. However, their two-dimensional nature limits their applicability in active engineering materials and structures. One-dimensional PVDF nanofibers can be expected to combine ferroelectric behavior with enhanced mechanical properties and ultrahigh flexibility providing critical advantages for applications. In this work, novel continuous PVDF nanofibers were nanomanufactured and systematically studied for the first time. Nanofibers from PVDF and P(VDF-TrFE) copolymer with several molecular weights and co-polymer compositions were manufactured by electrospinning. The method consists of spinning polymer solutions in high electric fields. Effects of process parameters on nanofiber diameters and morphology were studied. Resulting nanofibers were characterized by FE-SEM, TEM, XRD, FTIR, DSC and TGA. Effects of annealing on copolymer nanofibers were analyzed. Nanofiber-reinforced composites were manufactured and their polarization behavior studied using a specially designed experimental device. A number of pioneering observations and discoveries were made as a result of this analysis. For example, analysis of crystalline structure of PVDF nanofibers showed that the initial a phase of the PVDF raw material was converted to beta phase during electrospinning. This result is very encouraging as the beta phase is primarily responsible for the piezo- and ferroelectric behavior of PVDF polymers. It was also shown for the first time that nanofabricated P(VDF-TrFE) nanofibers exhibited distinct Curie points and different structures than their raw materials. Annealing was shown to be an effective way to modify properties of P(VDF-TrFE) co-polymer nanofibers. Overall, the results demonstrated for the

  16. Actuation performance of cellulose based electro-active papers

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    Kim, Jaehwan; Song, Chunseok; Bae, Seung-Hun

    2005-05-01

    Electro-Active Paper (EAPap) is attractive as an EAP actuator material due to its merits in terms of lightweight, dry condition, large displacement output, low actuation voltage and low power consumption. This paper presents the fabrication and performance test of EAPap actuators. EAPap material has been made from cellulose materials. Cellulose fiber is dissolved into a solution and made into a sheet by using a spin coater. Thin electrodes are deposited on the cellophane sheet to comprise an EAPap. Next the EAPap is made into plate or beam specimens cut along a specific orientation to enhance the actuator performance. The EAPap is clamped on electric power connector and placed in an environmental chamber and the tip displacement of EAPap is measured with laser sensor. Also the blocking force of EAPap sample is measured. The measured force is compared with a theoretical beam model. These measurements are performed under a variety of environmental and input factors including frequency, actuation voltage, temperature and humidity. Characteristics of EAPap in terms of fibrous nature, their crystallinity, and mechanical, physical and electrochemical characteristics are presented.

  17. Electro-active paper for a durable biomimetic actuator

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    Yun, Sung-Ryul; Yun, Gyu Young; Kim, Jung Hwan; Chen, Yi; Kim, Jaehwan

    2009-02-01

    Cellulose electro-active paper (EAPap), known as a smart material, has merits in terms of low voltage operation, light weight, dryness, low power consumption, biodegradability, abundance and low price. Since EAPap requires low power consumption, a remotely driven actuator has been proposed using microwave power transmission. This concept is attractive for many biomimetic systems such as crawling micro-insect robots, flying objects like dragon flies and smart wallpapers. However, the actuation performance of EAPap is sensitive to humidity and degrades with time. Thus, in this paper, a durable EAPap is studied. The fabrication of EAPap is explained and the actuation performance is shown with applied electric field, frequency, humidity level and time. The fabrication process includes dissolving cellulose fibers, eliminating solvent and Li ions with a mixture of deionized water and isopropyl alcohol, washing with water, drying and coating with gold. The morphology of the fabricated EAPap is analyzed by taking scanning electron microscope images and x-ray diffractograms. The actuation performance is tested in terms of bending displacement with frequency, time and humidity level

  18. Ionic liquids adsorbed cellulose electro active paper actuator

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    Mahadeva, Suresha K.; Nayak, Jyoti; Kim, Jaehwan

    2009-03-01

    Cellulose has been reported as a smart material that can be used as sensors and actuators. The cellulose smart material is termed as Electro-active paper (EAPap), which is made by regenerating cellulose. However, regeneration of cellulose resulted in reduced performance output of actuators at low humidity levels. To solve this drawback, EAPap bending actuators were made by activating wet cellulose films in three different room temperature ionic liquids BMIPF6, BMICL and BMIBF4. Results showed that the actuator performance was dependent on the type of anions in the ionic liquids and it was in the order of BF4 > Cl > PF6Â. BMIBF4 activated actuator showed the maximum displacement of 3.8 mm with low electrical power consumption at relatively low humidity level. Also, it found that, although size of PF6 anion is larger than BF4 anion it showed the low displacement output due to poor adsorption as indicated the FTIR analysis.

  19. Micro transfer printing on cellulose electro-active paper

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    Kim, Jaehwan; Bae, Seung-Hun; Lim, Hyun-Gyu

    2006-06-01

    A micro-patterning technique regarded as micro transfer printing is studied for gold electrode patterning on cellulose electro-active paper (EAPap), aiming at biodegradable and flexible MEMS fabrication. EAPap is known as a smart material due to the interesting actuation phenomenon of cellulose paper. Accordingly, EAPap can be used for sensor and actuator devices. Since EAPap is made with cellulose, a biodegradable and flexible MEMS device can be made with this material. However, since cellulose-based EAPap is hydrophilic and flexible, conventional lithography and etching techniques cannot be used for micro-patterning. This paper reports a new micro-patterning technique using the micro transfer printing (MTP) method on flexible EAPap material. The MTP technique consists of a master fabrication, a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) stamp construction, and a micro pattern transfer. Details of the technique and key issues are addressed. To demonstrate the feasibility of the MTP technique, a gold electrode pattern for a surface acoustic wave (SAW) MEMS device and a gold micro-strip pattern for a microwave dipole rectenna are made on cellulose paper substrates.

  20. Structural phase study in un-patterned and patterned PVDF semi-crystalline films

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    Pramod, K. Gangineni, Ramesh Babu

    2014-04-24

    This work explores the structural phase studies of organic polymer- polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) thin films in semi-crystallized phase and nano-patterned PVDF thin films. The nanopatterns are transferred with the CD layer as a master using soft lithography technique. The semi-crystalline PVDF films were prepared by a still and hot (SH) method, using a homemade spin coater that has the proficiency of substrate heating by a halogen lamp. Using this set up, smooth PVDF thin films in semi-crystalline α-phase were prepared using 2-Butanone as solvent. XRD, AFM and confocal Raman microscope have been utilized to study the structural phase, crystallinity and quality of the films.

  1. Structural phase study in un-patterned & patterned PVDF semi-crystalline films

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    Pramod, K.; Gangineni, Ramesh Babu

    2014-04-01

    This work explores the structural phase studies of organic polymer- polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) thin films in semi-crystallized phase and nano-patterned PVDF thin films. The nanopatterns are transferred with the CD layer as a master using soft lithography technique. The semi-crystalline PVDF films were prepared by a still and hot (SH) method, using a homemade spin coater that has the proficiency of substrate heating by a halogen lamp. Using this set up, smooth PVDF thin films in semi-crystalline α-phase were prepared using 2-Butanone as solvent. XRD, AFM & confocal Raman microscope have been utilized to study the structural phase, crystallinity and quality of the films.

  2. Fabrication of protein-resistant blend based on PVDF-HFP and amphiphilic brush copolymer made from PMMA and PEGMA

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    Hwangbo, Kyung-Hee; Kim, Yu-Jeong; Cho, Kuk Young

    2012-12-01

    Polymeric blends provide a facile route to obtaining materials with various synergistic properties arising from the individual components. Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP), a hydrophobic polymer, is finding new applications in polymer electrolytes, membranes, and heat-resistant structural materials owing to its high thermal stability, mechanical strength, and weatherability. In this report, blends of PVDF-HFP and polymer brush were prepared with enhanced water uptake and protein resistance, which are important requirements for membranes used in food and biological applications. Polymer brush is composed of poly(methyl methacrylate) main chains, which are miscible with PVDF-HFP, and hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) brush chains. Incorporation of PEG chains through the polymer brush structure not only enhanced water uptake and protein adsorption resistance but also produced a well-distributed morphology of the blending components through the matrix as evidenced by observation of the morphology after selective extraction of polymer brush from the matrix.

  3. An ionic electro-active actuator made with graphene film electrode, chitosan and ionic liquid

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    He, Qingsong; Yu, Min; Yang, Xu; Kim, Kwang Jin; Dai, Zhendong

    2015-06-01

    A newly developed ionic electro-active actuator composed of an ionic electrolyte layer sandwiched between two graphene film layers was investigated. Scanning electronic microscopy observation and x-ray diffraction analysis showed that the graphene sheets in the film stacked in a nearly face-to-face fashion but did not restack back to graphite, and the resulting graphene film with low sheet resistance (10 Ω sq-1) adheres well to the electrolyte membrane. Contact angle measurement showed the surface energy (37.98 mJ m-2) of the ionic electrolyte polymer is 2.67 times higher than that (14.2 mJ m-2) of the Nafion membrane, contributing to the good adhesion between the graphene film electrode and the electrolyte membrane. An electric double-layer is formed at the interface between the graphene film electrode and the ionic electrolyte membrane under the input potential, resulting in a higher capacitance of 27.6 mF cm-2. We report that this ionic actuator exhibits adequate bending strain, ranging from 0.032 to 0.1% (305 to 945 μm) as functions of voltage.

  4. Nanocomposites for Improved Physical Durability of Porous PVDF Membranes

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    Lai, Chi Yan; Groth, Andrew; Gray, Stephen; Duke, Mikel

    2014-01-01

    Current commercial polymer membranes have shown high performance and durability in water treatment, converting poor quality waters to higher quality suitable for drinking, agriculture and recycling. However, to extend the treatment into more challenging water sources containing abrasive particles, micro and ultrafiltration membranes with enhanced physical durability are highly desirable. This review summarises the current limits of the existing polymeric membranes to treat harsh water sources, followed by the development of nanocomposite poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membranes for improved physical durability. Various types of nanofillers including nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes (CNT) and nanoclays were evaluated for their effect on flux, fouling resistance, mechanical strength and abrasion resistance on PVDF membranes. The mechanisms of abrasive wear and how the more durable materials provide resistance was also explored. PMID:24957121

  5. DNA-Assisted β-phase Nucleation and Alignment of Molecular Dipoles in PVDF Film: A Realization of Self-Poled Bioinspired Flexible Polymer Nanogenerator for Portable Electronic Devices.

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    Tamang, Abiral; Ghosh, Sujoy Kumar; Garain, Samiran; Alam, Md Mehebub; Haeberle, Jörg; Henkel, Karsten; Schmeisser, Dieter; Mandal, Dipankar

    2015-08-01

    A flexible nanogenerator (NG) is fabricated with a poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) film, where deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is the agent for the electroactive β-phase nucleation. Denatured DNA is co-operating to align the molecular -CH2/-CF2 dipoles of PVDF causing piezoelectricity without electrical poling. The NG is capable of harvesting energy from a variety of easily accessible mechanical stress such as human touch, machine vibration, football juggling, and walking. The NG exhibits high piezoelectric energy conversion efficiency facilitating the instant turn-on of several green or blue light-emitting diodes. The generated energy can be used to charge capacitors providing a wide scope for the design of self-powered portable devices. PMID:26189605

  6. Attenuating microwave radiation by absorption through controlled nanoparticle localization in PC/PVDF blends.

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    Biswas, Sourav; Kar, Goutam Prasanna; Bose, Suryasarathi

    2015-11-01

    Nanoscale ordering in a polymer blend structure is indispensable to obtain materials with tailored properties. It was established here that controlling the arrangement of nanoparticles, with different characteristics, in co-continuous PC/PVDF (polycarbonate/poly(vinylidene fluoride)) blends can result in outstanding microwave absorption (ca. 90%). An excellent reflection loss (RL) of ca. -71 dB was obtained for a model blend structure wherein the conducting (multiwall carbon nanotubes, MWNTs) and the magnetic inclusions (Fe3O4) are localized in PVDF and the dielectric inclusion (barium titanate, BT) is in PC. The MWNTs were modified using polyaniline, which facilitates better charge transport in the blends. Furthermore, by introducing surface active groups on BT nanoparticles and changing the macroscopic processing conditions, the localization of BT nanoparticles can be tailored, otherwise BT nanoparticles would localize in the preferred phase (PVDF). In this study, we have shown that by ordered arrangement of nanoparticles, the incoming EM radiation can be attenuated. For instance, when PANI-MWNTs were localized in PVDF, the shielding was mainly through reflection. Now by localizing the conducting inclusion and the magnetic lossy materials in PVDF and the dielectric materials in PC, an outstanding shielding effectiveness of ca. -37 dB was achieved where shielding was mainly through absorption (ca. 90%). Thus, this study clearly demonstrates that lightweight microwave absorbers can be designed using polymer blends as a tool. PMID:26431367

  7. Structural deformation measurement via efficient tensor polynomial calibrated electro-active glass targets

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    Gugg, Christoph; Harker, Matthew; O'Leary, Paul

    2013-03-01

    This paper describes the physical setup and mathematical modelling of a device for the measurement of structural deformations over large scales, e.g., a mining shaft. Image processing techniques are used to determine the deformation by measuring the position of a target relative to a reference laser beam. A particular novelty is the incorporation of electro-active glass; the polymer dispersion liquid crystal shutters enable the simultaneous calibration of any number of consecutive measurement units without manual intervention, i.e., the process is fully automatic. It is necessary to compensate for optical distortion if high accuracy is to be achieved in a compact hardware design where lenses with short focal lengths are used. Wide-angle lenses exhibit significant distortion, which are typically characterized using Zernike polynomials. Radial distortion models assume that the lens is rotationally symmetric; such models are insufficient in the application at hand. This paper presents a new coordinate mapping procedure based on a tensor product of discrete orthogonal polynomials. Both lens distortion and the projection are compensated by a single linear transformation. Once calibrated, to acquire the measurement data, it is necessary to localize a single laser spot in the image. For this purpose, complete interpolation and rectification of the image is not required; hence, we have developed a new hierarchical approach based on a quad-tree subdivision. Cross-validation tests verify the validity, demonstrating that the proposed method accurately models both the optical distortion as well as the projection. The achievable accuracy is e <= +/-0.01 [mm] in a field of view of 150 [mm] x 150 [mm] at a distance of the laser source of 120 [m]. Finally, a Kolmogorov Smirnov test shows that the error distribution in localizing a laser spot is Gaussian. Consequently, due to the linearity of the proposed method, this also applies for the algorithm's output. Therefore, first

  8. Resistance switching in polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) thin films

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    Pramod, K.; Sahu, Binaya Kumar; Gangineni, R. B.

    2015-06-24

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PDVF), one of the best electrically active polymer material & an interesting candidate to address the electrical control of its functional properties like ferroelectricity, piezoelectricity, pyroelectricity etc. In the current work, with the help of spin coater and DC magnetron sputtering techniques, semi-crystallized PVDF thin films prominent in alpha phase is prepared in capacitor like structure and their electrical characterization is emphasized. In current-voltage (I-V) and resistance-voltage (R-V) measurements, clear nonlinearity and resistance switching has been observed for films prepared using 7 wt% 2-butanone and 7 wt% Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) solvents.

  9. Fabrications of PVDF gratings :final report for LDRD project 79884.

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    Rogers, J. A. (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign); Carr, Dustin Wade; Bogart, Gregory R.

    2005-12-01

    The purpose of this project was to do some preliminary studies and process development on electroactive polymers to be used for tunable optical elements and MEMS actuators. Working in collaboration between Sandia National Labs and The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, we have successfully developed a process for applying thin films of poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) onto glass substrates and patterning these using a novel stamping technique. We observed actuation in these structures in static and dynamic measurements. Further work is needed to characterize the impact that this approach could have on the field of tunable optical devices for sensing and communication.

  10. Poly(vinylimidazole) radiografted PVDF nanospheres as alternative binder for high temperature PEMFC electrodes

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    Galbiati, Samuele; Coulon, Pierre-Eugène; Rizza, Giancarlo; Clochard, Marie-Claude; Castellino, Micaela; Sangermano, Marco; Nayoze, Christine; Morin, Arnaud

    2015-11-01

    Within the framework of high-temperature polymer fuel cells doped with phosphoric acid, we investigate the replacement of the conventional binder in the catalyst layers by functionalized solid PVDF nanospheres. Aim of this study is to develop and test an innovative binder which might create enhanced electrode porosity and acid distribution. Aqueous suspensions of PVDF nanospheres (d ∼ 200 nm) are obtained by radical emulsion polymerization and are functionalized by Vinyl-Imidazole (VI) groups via in situ γ-radiation. As a consequence the nanospheres can interact with H3PO4 to obtain proton conductivity. Catalyst inks are prepared mixing the nanospheres with commercial Pt/C electrocatalyst powder, solvents and phosphoric acid. Prototype electrodes are deposited by spraying and preliminary fuel cell tests are carried out at 160 °C under dry H2/air. Electrodes with grafted PVDF nanospheres as solid binder are demonstrated and its understanding is in progress. Further improvements are outlined.

  11. Graphene Oxide Quantum Dots Covalently Functionalized PVDF Membrane with Significantly-Enhanced Bactericidal and Antibiofouling Performances.

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    Zeng, Zhiping; Yu, Dingshan; He, Ziming; Liu, Jing; Xiao, Fang-Xing; Zhang, Yan; Wang, Rong; Bhattacharyya, Dibakar; Tan, Timothy Thatt Yang

    2016-01-01

    Covalent bonding of graphene oxide quantum dots (GOQDs) onto amino modified polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membrane has generated a new type of nano-carbon functionalized membrane with significantly enhanced antibacterial and antibiofouling properties. A continuous filtration test using E. coli containing feedwater shows that the relative flux drop over GOQDs modified PVDF is 23%, which is significantly lower than those over pristine PVDF (86%) and GO-sheet modified PVDF (62%) after 10 h of filtration. The presence of GOQD coating layer effectively inactivates E. coli and S. aureus cells, and prevents the biofilm formation on the membrane surface, producing excellent antimicrobial activity and potentially antibiofouling capability, more superior than those of previously reported two-dimensional GO sheets and one-dimensional CNTs modified membranes. The distinctive antimicrobial and antibiofouling performances could be attributed to the unique structure and uniform dispersion of GOQDs, enabling the exposure of a larger fraction of active edges and facilitating the formation of oxidation stress. Furthermore, GOQDs modified membrane possesses satisfying long-term stability and durability due to the strong covalent interaction between PVDF and GOQDs. This study opens up a new synthetic avenue in the fabrication of efficient surface-functionalized polymer membranes for potential waste water treatment and biomolecules separation. PMID:26832603

  12. Graphene Oxide Quantum Dots Covalently Functionalized PVDF Membrane with Significantly-Enhanced Bactericidal and Antibiofouling Performances

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    Zeng, Zhiping; Yu, Dingshan; He, Ziming; Liu, Jing; Xiao, Fang-Xing; Zhang, Yan; Wang, Rong; Bhattacharyya, Dibakar; Tan, Timothy Thatt Yang

    2016-02-01

    Covalent bonding of graphene oxide quantum dots (GOQDs) onto amino modified polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membrane has generated a new type of nano-carbon functionalized membrane with significantly enhanced antibacterial and antibiofouling properties. A continuous filtration test using E. coli containing feedwater shows that the relative flux drop over GOQDs modified PVDF is 23%, which is significantly lower than those over pristine PVDF (86%) and GO-sheet modified PVDF (62%) after 10 h of filtration. The presence of GOQD coating layer effectively inactivates E. coli and S. aureus cells, and prevents the biofilm formation on the membrane surface, producing excellent antimicrobial activity and potentially antibiofouling capability, more superior than those of previously reported two-dimensional GO sheets and one-dimensional CNTs modified membranes. The distinctive antimicrobial and antibiofouling performances could be attributed to the unique structure and uniform dispersion of GOQDs, enabling the exposure of a larger fraction of active edges and facilitating the formation of oxidation stress. Furthermore, GOQDs modified membrane possesses satisfying long-term stability and durability due to the strong covalent interaction between PVDF and GOQDs. This study opens up a new synthetic avenue in the fabrication of efficient surface-functionalized polymer membranes for potential waste water treatment and biomolecules separation.

  13. Graphene Oxide Quantum Dots Covalently Functionalized PVDF Membrane with Significantly-Enhanced Bactericidal and Antibiofouling Performances

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    Zeng, Zhiping; Yu, Dingshan; He, Ziming; Liu, Jing; Xiao, Fang-Xing; Zhang, Yan; Wang, Rong; Bhattacharyya, Dibakar; Tan, Timothy Thatt Yang

    2016-01-01

    Covalent bonding of graphene oxide quantum dots (GOQDs) onto amino modified polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membrane has generated a new type of nano-carbon functionalized membrane with significantly enhanced antibacterial and antibiofouling properties. A continuous filtration test using E. coli containing feedwater shows that the relative flux drop over GOQDs modified PVDF is 23%, which is significantly lower than those over pristine PVDF (86%) and GO-sheet modified PVDF (62%) after 10 h of filtration. The presence of GOQD coating layer effectively inactivates E. coli and S. aureus cells, and prevents the biofilm formation on the membrane surface, producing excellent antimicrobial activity and potentially antibiofouling capability, more superior than those of previously reported two-dimensional GO sheets and one-dimensional CNTs modified membranes. The distinctive antimicrobial and antibiofouling performances could be attributed to the unique structure and uniform dispersion of GOQDs, enabling the exposure of a larger fraction of active edges and facilitating the formation of oxidation stress. Furthermore, GOQDs modified membrane possesses satisfying long-term stability and durability due to the strong covalent interaction between PVDF and GOQDs. This study opens up a new synthetic avenue in the fabrication of efficient surface-functionalized polymer membranes for potential waste water treatment and biomolecules separation. PMID:26832603

  14. Molecular dynamics simulations and morphology analysis of TEM imaged PVDF nanofibers

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    Miao, Jiayuan; Reneker, Darrell; Tsige, Mesfin; Taylor, Philip

    With the goal of elucidating the structure of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) nanofibers, all-atom molecular dynamics simulations were performed, and the results compared with structures observed in high resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) at the molecular level. Simulation shows that the stability of the β-phase component in a PVDF nanofiber is influenced by its thickness and processing history. When exposed to irradiation, as in a TEM observation, the structure is then further modified by the effects of chain scission. The transformation from the β phase into a paraelectric phase can explain the spindle formation and serpentine motion of molecular segments observed by Zhong et al. (Polymer, 54, 2013, 3745-3756) in irradiated PVDF nanofibers. From a comparison between simulated and experimental TEM images it was possible to identify numerous features that are useful in unveiling the inherent structure of PVDF nanofibers. The experimental TEM images appear to match well with those predicted by a model based on α-phase PVDF, while also being consistent with an alternative model (Nanoscale 2015, DOI: 10.1039/c5nr01619c). Work supported by the Petroleum Research Fund of the ACS.

  15. Piezoelectric PVDF materials performance and operation limits in space environments.

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    Dargaville, Tim Richard; Assink, Roger Alan; Clough, Roger Lee; Celina, Mathias Christopher

    2004-11-01

    Piezoelectric polymers based on polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) are of interest for large aperture space-based telescopes. Dimensional adjustments of adaptive polymer films are achieved via charge deposition and require a detailed understanding of the piezoelectric material responses which are expected to suffer due to strong vacuum UV, gamma, X-ray, energetic particles and atomic oxygen under low earth orbit exposure conditions. The degradation of PVDF and its copolymers under various stress environments has been investigated. Initial radiation aging studies using gamma- and e-beam irradiation have shown complex material changes with significant crosslinking, lowered melting and Curie points (where observable), effects on crystallinity, but little influence on overall piezoelectric properties. Surprisingly, complex aging processes have also been observed in elevated temperature environments with annealing phenomena and cyclic stresses resulting in thermal depoling of domains. Overall materials performance appears to be governed by a combination of chemical and physical degradation processes. Molecular changes are primarily induced via radiative damage, and physical damage from temperature and AO exposure is evident as depoling and surface erosion. Major differences between individual copolymers have been observed providing feedback on material selection strategies.

  16. Electron-beam induced RAFT-graft polymerization of poly(acrylic acid) onto PVDF

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    Grasselli, M.; Betz, N.

    2005-07-01

    This paper explores for the first time the post-radiation-induced-graft polymerization on solid substrate using reversible addition-fragmentation transfer (RAFT) mechanism. Radiation-induced graft polymerization onto polymers is a potentially interesting technique to create easily new materials from highly resistant polymers, e.g. surface graft polymerization of acrylic acid (AA) onto poly(vinylidene difluoride) (PVDF) improves its surface properties without losing its excellent mechanical properties. As a consequence of the radical nature of the polymerization processes it is difficult to control molecular weight of grafted chains, and therefore design and standardize the properties of the final product. RAFT polymerization is a suitable method to obtain monodisperse polymers. The ability of the RAFT agents to control the polymer chain length could be an interesting approach to improve the grafted polymers obtained by post-radiation-induced-graft polymerization technique. In this way, graft polymerization of AA onto electron-beam irradiated α-PVDF was performed using trithiocarbonic acid bis(1-phenylethyl) ester as a RAFT agent to control the radical polymerization. We studied several grafting parameters such as solvent, monomer concentration and grafting time in order to achieve a poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) layer onto PVDF surface. Acetic acid was found to be the best solvent for many reasons, as to drive graft polymerization mainly to the polymer surface, complete solubility and stability of all reactants. Hydrolysis of PAA chains was also studied in order to remove the trithiocarbonate functionality from the grafted polymer. A mild chemical condition was achieved in order to have thiol groups that were detected onto the modified PVDF by specific enzymatic reaction.

  17. Observation of electro-activated localized structures in broad area VCSELs.

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    Parravicini, J; Brambilla, M; Columbo, L; Prati, F; Rizza, C; Tissoni, G; Agranat, A J; DelRe, E

    2014-12-01

    We demonstrate experimentally the electro-activation of a localized optical structure in a coherently driven broad-area vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) operated below threshold. Control is achieved by electro-optically steering a writing beam through a pre-programmable switch based on a photorefractive funnel waveguide. PMID:25606953

  18. Fabrication of PVDF-TrFE based bilayered PbTiO3/PVDF-TrFE films capacitor

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    Nurbaya, Z.; Wahid, M. H.; Rozana, M. D.; Annuar, I.; Alrokayan, S. A. H.; Khan, H. A.; Rusop, M.

    2016-07-01

    Development of high performance capacitor is reaching towards new generation where the ferroelectric materials take places as the active dielectric layer. The motivation of this study is to produce high capacitance device with long life cycle. This was configured by preparing bilayered films where lead titanate as an active dielectric layer and stacked with the top dielectric layer, poly(vinyledenefluoride-trifluoroethylene). Both of them are being referred that have one in common which is ferroelectric behavior. Therefore the combination of ceramic and polymer ferroelectric material could perform optimum dielectric characteristic for capacitor applications. The fabrication was done by simple sol-gel spin coating method that being varied at spinning speed property for polymer layers, whereas maintaining the ceramic layer. The characterization of PVDF-TrFE/PbTiO3 was performed according to metal-insulator-metal stacked capacitor measurement which includes structural, dielectric, and ferroelectric measurement.

  19. Numerical Simulation of Output Response of PVDF Sensor Attached on a Cantilever Beam Subjected to Impact Loading

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    Dung, Cao Vu; Sasaki, Eiichi

    2016-01-01

    Polyvinylidene Flouride (PVDF) is a film-type polymer that has been used as sensors and actuators in various applications due to its mechanical toughness, flexibility, and low density. A PVDF sensor typically covers an area of the host structure over which mechanical stress/strain is averaged and converted to electrical energy. This study investigates the fundamental “stress-averaging” mechanism for dynamic strain sensing in the in-plane mode. A numerical simulation was conducted to simulate the “stress-averaging” mechanism of a PVDF sensor attached on a cantilever beam subjected to an impact loading, taking into account the contribution of piezoelectricity, the cantilever beam’s modal properties, and electronic signal conditioning. Impact tests and FEM analysis were also carried out to verify the numerical simulation results. The results of impact tests indicate the excellent capability of the attached PVDF sensor in capturing the fundamental natural frequencies of the cantilever beam. There is a good agreement between the PVDF sensor’s output voltage predicted by the numerical simulation and that obtained in the impact tests. Parametric studies were conducted to investigate the effects of sensor size and sensor position and it is shown that a larger sensor tends to generate higher output voltage than a smaller one at the same location. However, the effect of sensor location seems to be more significant for larger sensors due to the cancelling problem. Overall, PVDF sensors exhibit excellent sensing capability for in-plane dynamic strain induced by impact loading. PMID:27128919

  20. Numerical Simulation of Output Response of PVDF Sensor Attached on a Cantilever Beam Subjected to Impact Loading.

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    Dung, Cao Vu; Sasaki, Eiichi

    2016-01-01

    Polyvinylidene Flouride (PVDF) is a film-type polymer that has been used as sensors and actuators in various applications due to its mechanical toughness, flexibility, and low density. A PVDF sensor typically covers an area of the host structure over which mechanical stress/strain is averaged and converted to electrical energy. This study investigates the fundamental "stress-averaging" mechanism for dynamic strain sensing in the in-plane mode. A numerical simulation was conducted to simulate the "stress-averaging" mechanism of a PVDF sensor attached on a cantilever beam subjected to an impact loading, taking into account the contribution of piezoelectricity, the cantilever beam's modal properties, and electronic signal conditioning. Impact tests and FEM analysis were also carried out to verify the numerical simulation results. The results of impact tests indicate the excellent capability of the attached PVDF sensor in capturing the fundamental natural frequencies of the cantilever beam. There is a good agreement between the PVDF sensor's output voltage predicted by the numerical simulation and that obtained in the impact tests. Parametric studies were conducted to investigate the effects of sensor size and sensor position and it is shown that a larger sensor tends to generate higher output voltage than a smaller one at the same location. However, the effect of sensor location seems to be more significant for larger sensors due to the cancelling problem. Overall, PVDF sensors exhibit excellent sensing capability for in-plane dynamic strain induced by impact loading. PMID:27128919

  1. High-shear effects on the nano-dispersed structure of the PVDF/PA11 blends.

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    Shimizu, Hiroshi; Li, Yongjin; Kaito, Akira; Sano, Hironari

    2006-12-01

    The fabrication of miscible or nanostructured polymer blends or alloys raises much hope, but poses significant scientific and industrial challenges over the past several decades. Here, we propose a novel strategy using high-shear processing and demonstrate the high-shear effects on the nanodispersed structure formed in the poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF)/polyamide 11 (PAll) blends, in which PA11 domains with a size of several tens of nanometers are dispersed in the PVDF phase. For the blend of PVDF/PA11 = 65/35, the TEM image shows that many nanometer-sized PAl1 particles are dispersed in the PVDF domain to form a special type of domain-in-domain morphology. In contrast, no PVDF nano-dispersion was observed in the PA11 phase. The effects of both the screw rotation speed and the mixing time on the blend structure were systematically studied. It shows that the extruder screw rotation speed and the mixing time are two critical factors to prepare the nanostructured blends. In addition, the investigations on the thermal behavior of the obtained blends indicate the improved miscibility between PVDF and PAl1 by the high shear processing. PMID:17256354

  2. Enhancement of retention and antifouling capability for PVDF UF membrane modified by nano-TiO2 sol

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    Jia, Li M.; Wen, Chen; Xu, Jing Y.; Xiao, Chang F.

    2009-07-01

    Novel PVDF/TiO2 hybrid membranes were prepared by phase inversion process from a PVDF/DMAc/PVP/tetrabutyltitanate/water system. The membrane characteristics such as morphology, thermal properties, porosity, water contact angle, tensile strength and separability were investigated by a series of analytical methods including atomic force microscope (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and zeta potential measurements. The performances and surface properties of hybrid and PVDF membranes were tested by the removal of bovine serum albumin (BSA) from aqueous solution, evaluated by using two dyes with different charge (congo red and methylene blue). Based on the experimental results, TiO2 nanoparticles of a quantum size (~8 nm or less) in anatase crystal structure were obtained from the controlled hydrolysis of tetrabutyltitanate. Besides, TiO2 sol was introduced into polymer molecule for the hybrid membrane with less than 12 vol % TiO2 sol to PVDF and contributed to a smooth surface and more apertures due to both the interaction and compatibility between polymer and TiO2 sol, to which the improvement in hydrophilicity, thermal stability, mechanical strength and antifouling ability is attributed. The observed rejections were optimized for PVDF/TiO2 hybrid membrane with respect to PVDF membrane. In particular, the pure water permeation flux was increased from126.6 to166.7 L/m2•h for hybrid membrane with a relative flux of 80 % compared to 50 % of relative flux observed for PVDF membrane.

  3. Monitoring of composite structures using a network of integrated PVDF film transducers

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    Guzmán, Enrique; Cugnoni, Joël; Gmür, Thomas

    2015-05-01

    Aiming to reduce costs, polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) film patches are an emerging alternative to more classic piezoelectric technologies, like ceramic patches, as transducers to measure local deformation in many structural applications. This choice is supported by advantages such as the low weight and mechanical flexibility of PVDF, making this polymer suitable for embedding inside full scale polymer based composite structures. Piezoelectric transducer patches can be used as actuators to dynamically excite full-scale composite structures, and as sensors to measure the strain. The main objective of this paper is to verify that the PVDF transducers can provide exploitable signals in the context of structural health monitoring. In order to do so, two aspects of the design of transducer network are investigated: the optimization of the sensor network, for which the effective independence method is proposed, and the use of operational modal analysis (OMA), since it is a simple method to extract the natural frequencies of a structure from a time series. The results of the analysis are compared to a reference set issued from experimental modal analysis (EMA), a simple, well-known, classic method, which is carried out using accelerometers and an impact hammer. By statistical means, it is shown that there is no significant difference between the two methods, and an optimized PVDF transducer network combined with OMA can perform the dynamic analysis of a structure as well as a classic EMA setup would do. This leads the way to the use of low-cost PVDF embedded transducer networks for robust composite material characterization.

  4. Dielectric Properties of PVDF/PZT

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    Zak, A. Khorsand; Chen, Gan Wee; Majid, W. H. Abd.

    2011-03-30

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride)/ lead zirconate titanate nanocomposite (PVDF/PZT-NPs) were successfully prepared by mixing fine Pb(Zr{sub 0.52}, Ti{sub 0.48})O{sub 3} nanoparticles (PZT-NPs) into a PVDF solution under ultrasonication. The mixture was spin coated onto glass substrate and then annealed at 80 deg. C. X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to characterize the structure and properties of the obtained thin-film nanocomposites. The nanocomposites exhibited good dielectric stability over a wide frequency range.

  5. Efficient Preparation of Super Antifouling PVDF Ultrafiltration Membrane with One Step Fabricated Zwitterionic Surface.

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    Zhao, Xinzhen; He, Chunju

    2015-08-19

    On the basis of the excellent fouling resistance of zwitterionic materials, the super antifouling polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membrane was efficiently prepared though one-step sulfonation of PVDF and polyaniline blend membrane in situ. The self-doped sulfonated polyaniline (SPANI) was generated as a novel zwitterionic polymer to improve the antifouling property of PVDF ultrafiltration membrane used in sewage treatment. Surface attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, surface zeta potential, and water contact angle demonstrated the successful fabrication of zwitterionic interface by convenient sulfonation modification. The static adsorption fouling test showed the quantified adsorption mass of bovine serum albumin (BSA) pollutant on the PVDF/SPANI membrane surface decreases to 3(±2) μg/cm(2), and the water flux recovery ratio (FRR) values were no less than 95% for the three model pollutants of BSA, sodium alginate (SA), and humic acid (HA), which were corresponding hydrophobic, hydrophilic, and natural pollutants in sewage, respectively. This Research Article demonstrated the antifouling advantages of zwitterionic SPANI and aimed to provide a simple method for the large scale preparation of zwitterionic antifouling ultrafiltration membranes. PMID:26218230

  6. Energy harvesting from pavements via PVDF: hybrid piezo-pyroelectric effects

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    Tao, Junliang; Hu, Jie; Wu, Guangxi

    2016-04-01

    In the U.S., there are over 4 million miles (6 million km) of roadways and more than 250 million registered vehicles. The energy lost in the pavement system due to traffic-induced vibration and deformation is enormous. If effectively harvested, such energy can serve as an alternative sustainable energy source that can be easily integrated to the transportation system. The potential of PVDF, which is a piezoelectric polymer material, is investigated as a potential energy harvester integrated in pavement systems. The uniqueness of this study lies in that the electrical response of PVDF under coupled mechanical and thermal stimulations are studied. It is well known that most piezoelectric materials are also pyroelectric materials, which convert temperature change into electricity. However, the potential of PVDF as a hybrid piezo-pyroelectric energy harvester has been seldom studied. Through series of well controlled experiments, it is found that there exists interesting coupling phenomenon between piezoelectric and pyroelectric effects of PVDF: the voltage generated by simultaneous mechanical and thermal stimulations is the sum of voltages generated by separate stimulations. In addition, an estimation of power generation through piezoelectric and pyroelectric effect is conducted. Finally, the overall effects of temperature on hybrid piezo-pyroelectric energy harvesting are discussed.

  7. Superhydrophobic PVDF and PVDF-HFP nanofibrous mats with antibacterial and anti-biofouling properties

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    Spasova, M.; Manolova, N.; Markova, N.; Rashkov, I.

    2016-02-01

    Superhydrophobic nanofibrous materials of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) were prepared by one-pot electrospinning technique. The mats were decorated with ZnO nanoparticles with silanized surface and a model drug - 5-chloro-8-hydroxyquinolinol (5Cl8HQ). The obtained hybrid nanofibrous materials were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), contact angle measurements, mechanical and microbiological tests. The results showed that the incorporation of ZnO nanoparticles into PVDF and PVDF-HFP nanofibers increased the hydrophobicity (contact angle 152°), improved the thermal stability and imparted to the nanofibrous materials anti-adhesive and antimicrobial properties. The mats containing the model drug possessed antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. The results suggested that the obtained hybrid mats could find potential biomedical applications requiring antibacterial and anti-biofouling properties.

  8. Synergistic effect of self-assembled carboxylic acid-functionalized carbon nanotubes and carbon fiber for improved electro-activated polymeric shape-memory nanocomposite

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    Lu, Haibao; Min Huang, Wei

    2013-06-01

    The present work studies the synergistic effect of self-assembled carboxylic acid-functionalized carbon nanotube (CNT) and carbon fiber on the electrical property and electro-activated recovery behavior of shape memory polymer (SMP) nanocomposites. The combination of CNT and carbon fiber results in improved electrical conductivity in the SMP nanocomposites. Carboxylic acid-functionalized CNTs are grafted onto the carbon fibers and then self-assembled by deposition to significantly enhance the reliability of the bonding between carbon fiber and SMP via van der Waals and covalent crosslink. Furthermore, the self-assembled carboxylic acid-functionalized CNTs and carbon fibers enable the SMP nanocomposites for Joule heating triggered shape recovery.

  9. Effects of magnetic field treatment on dielectric properties of CCTO@Ni/PVDF composite with low concentration of ceramic fillers

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    Chi, Q. G. E-mail: empty-cy@l63.com; Gao, L.; Wang, X.; Chen, Y. E-mail: empty-cy@l63.com; Dong, J. F.; Cui, Y.; Lei, Q. Q.

    2015-11-15

    Using melt mixing, we produced a ceramic/polymer composite with a matrix of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and a filler of 5 vol.% Ni-deposited CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} core-shell ceramic particles (CCTO@Ni), and studied its prominent dielectric characteristics for the first. Its phase composition and morphology were analyzed by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. After treating the composite films with various durations of a magnetic field treatment, we compared their dielectric properties. We found that the CCTO@Ni ceramic had a typical urchin-like core-shell structure, and that different durations of the magnetic field treatment produced different distributions of ceramic particles in the PVDF matrix. The dielectric permittivity of the untreated CCTO@Ni/PVDF composite was 20% higher than that of neat PVDF, and it had a low loss tangent. However, only the composite treated for 30 min in the magnetic field had an ultra-high dielectric permittivity of 1.41 × 10{sup 4} at 10 Hz, three orders of magnitude higher than the untreated composite, which declined dramatically with increasing frequency, accompanied by an insulating-conducting phase transition and an increase in loss tangent. Our results demonstrate that changes in the dielectric properties of PVDF composites with magnetic field treatment are closely related to the percolation effect and interfacial polarization.

  10. Effects of magnetic field treatment on dielectric properties of CCTO@Ni/PVDF composite with low concentration of ceramic fillers

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    Chi, Q. G.; Gao, L.; Wang, X.; Chen, Y.; Dong, J. F.; Cui, Y.; Lei, Q. Q.

    2015-11-01

    Using melt mixing, we produced a ceramic/polymer composite with a matrix of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and a filler of 5 vol.% Ni-deposited CaCu3Ti4O12 core-shell ceramic particles (CCTO@Ni), and studied its prominent dielectric characteristics for the first. Its phase composition and morphology were analyzed by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. After treating the composite films with various durations of a magnetic field treatment, we compared their dielectric properties. We found that the CCTO@Ni ceramic had a typical urchin-like core-shell structure, and that different durations of the magnetic field treatment produced different distributions of ceramic particles in the PVDF matrix. The dielectric permittivity of the untreated CCTO@Ni/PVDF composite was 20% higher than that of neat PVDF, and it had a low loss tangent. However, only the composite treated for 30 min in the magnetic field had an ultra-high dielectric permittivity of 1.41 × 104 at 10 Hz, three orders of magnitude higher than the untreated composite, which declined dramatically with increasing frequency, accompanied by an insulating-conducting phase transition and an increase in loss tangent. Our results demonstrate that changes in the dielectric properties of PVDF composites with magnetic field treatment are closely related to the percolation effect and interfacial polarization.

  11. Surface modification of PVDF membrane via AGET ATRP directly from the membrane surface

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    Meng, Jian-Qiang; Chen, Chun-Lin; Huang, Li-Ping; Du, Qi-Yun; Zhang, Yu-Feng

    2011-05-01

    This contribution demonstrates a method for PVDF microporous membrane modification via surface-initiated activators generated by electron transfer atom transfer radical polymerization (AGET ATRP) directly from the membrane surface. Three hydrophilic polymers, poly(2-(N,N-dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA), poly(2-oligo (ethylene glycol) monomethyl ether methacrylate) (POEGMA), and poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA), were grafted from the PVDF membrane surface in aqueous solution at room temperature. Attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) confirmed the successful covalent tethering of the polymer chains onto the PVDF membrane surface. The gravimetry results indicated an approximately linear increase of the graft yields, up to about 330 μg/cm 2 for DMAEMA and 470 μg/cm 2 for both HEMA and OEGMA, with the polymerization time. Block copolymer brushes were prepared by chain extension. Water contact angle decreased over 50% for high yields, indicating improved surface hydrophilicity. The effects of the graft polymerization on membrane surface morphology, pore structure and permeability were investigated. It was found that the surface roughness was decreased and the pore size distribution was narrowed. The membrane permeability increased at low graft yields due to the enhanced hydrophilicity and decreased at high graft yields due to the overall reduction of the pore diameters.

  12. A nano-frost array technique to prepare nanoporous PVDF membranes

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    Lee, Min Kyung; Lee, Jonghwi

    2014-07-01

    Frost, the solid deposition of water vapor from humid air, forms on the surface of a solid substrate when its temperature drops below the freezing point of water. In this study, we demonstrate how this natural phenomenon can be applied to develop novel nanoporous materials. The solvent annealing of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) infiltrated into nanopores induced template-directed dewetting thus preparing nanoembossing films. Then, water nanodroplets formed on the cold polymer nanopatterned surfaces following the embossing patterns, similar to dew formation on the ground. Subsequently, the nanodroplets were frozen and then removed by freeze-drying. This nano-frost array technique produced nanoporous PVDF membranes with an average thickness of 250 (+/-48) nm. It was revealed that the nanopatterned surface formed by solvent annealing played an important role in achieving a nano-frost array with an adjustable size. Additionally, the freezing process led to significant changes of the PVDF crystallinity and polymorphism. Our results prove that the nano-frost array technique can be broadly used to design ordered nanoporous structures and provide new prospects in nanomaterial fields.Frost, the solid deposition of water vapor from humid air, forms on the surface of a solid substrate when its temperature drops below the freezing point of water. In this study, we demonstrate how this natural phenomenon can be applied to develop novel nanoporous materials. The solvent annealing of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) infiltrated into nanopores induced template-directed dewetting thus preparing nanoembossing films. Then, water nanodroplets formed on the cold polymer nanopatterned surfaces following the embossing patterns, similar to dew formation on the ground. Subsequently, the nanodroplets were frozen and then removed by freeze-drying. This nano-frost array technique produced nanoporous PVDF membranes with an average thickness of 250 (+/-48) nm. It was revealed that the

  13. Energy Harvesting Using PVDF Piezoelectric Nanofabric

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    Shafii, Chakameh Shafii

    Energy harvesting using piezoelectric nanomaterial provides an opportunity for advancement towards self-powered electronics. The fabrication complexities and limited power output of these nano/micro generators have hindered these advancements thus far. This thesis presents a fabrication technique with electrospinning using a grounded cylinder as the collector. This method addresses the difficulties with the production and scalability of the nanogenerators. The non-aligned nanofibers are woven into a textile form onto the cylindrical drum that can be easily removed. The electrical poling and mechanical stretching induced by the electric field and the drum rotation increase the concentration of the piezoelectric beta phase in the PVDF nanofabric. The nanofabric is placed between two layers of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) that have interdigitated electrodes painted on them with silver paint. Applying continuous load onto the flexible PVDF nanofabric at 35Hz produces a peak voltage of 320 mV and maximum power of 2200 pW/(cm2) .

  14. Research on polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) hollow-fiber hemodialyzer.

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    Zhang, Qinglei; Lu, Xiaolong; Zhao, Lihua; Liu, Juanjuan; Wu, Chunfeng

    2016-06-01

    In this study, polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) hollow-fiber hemodialysis membranes were prepared by non-solvent-induced phase separation. The PVDF hollow-fiber hemodialyzers were prepared by centrifugal casting. The results showed that the PVDF membrane had better mechanical and separation properties when the membrane wall thickness was 40 μm and the N,N-dimethylacetamide in the core was 70 Vol%. Compared with commercial polysulfone hemodialysis membrane (Fresenius F60S membrane), the PVDF membrane had better mechanical property and ultrafiltration (UF) flux of pure water. The PVDF dialyzer's removal efficiency for middle molecules was proven to be much higher than that of the F60S dialyzer. The UF coefficient of a high-flux PVDF dialyzer is 62.6 ml/h/mm Hg, whereas F60S is 42.5 ml/h/mm Hg, which can promote clearance for middle molecules. PMID:25781663

  15. Impedance characteristics of nanoparticle-LiCoO2+PVDF

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    Panjaitan, Elman; Kartini, Evvy; Honggowiranto, Wagiyo

    2016-02-01

    The impendance of np-LiCoO2+xPVDF, as a cathode material candidate for lithium-ion battery (LIB), has been characterized using impedance spectroscopy for x = 0, 5, 10, 15 and 20 volume percentage (%v/v) and for frequencies in the 42 Hz to 5 MHz range. Both real and imaginary components of the impedance were found to be frequency dependent, and both tend to increase for increasing PVDF (polyvinyilidene fluoride) concentration, except that for 10% PVDF both real and imaginary components of impedance are smaller than for 5%. The mechanism for relaxation time for each addition of PVDF was analyzed using Cole-Cole plots. The analysis showed that the relaxation times of the nanostructured LiCoO2 with PVDF additive is relatively constant. Further, PVDF addition increases the bulk resistance and decreases the bulk capacitance of the nanostructured LiCoO2.

  16. Characterization, performance and optimization of PVDF as a piezoelectric film for advanced space mirror concepts.

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    Jones, Gary D.; Assink, Roger Alan; Dargaville, Tim Richard; Chaplya, Pavel Mikhail; Clough, Roger Lee; Elliott, Julie M.; Martin, Jeffrey W.; Mowery, Daniel Michael; Celina, Mathew Christopher

    2005-11-01

    Piezoelectric polymers based on polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) are of interest for large aperture space-based telescopes as adaptive or smart materials. Dimensional adjustments of adaptive polymer films depend on controlled charge deposition. Predicting their long-term performance requires a detailed understanding of the piezoelectric material features, expected to suffer due to space environmental degradation. Hence, the degradation and performance of PVDF and its copolymers under various stress environments expected in low Earth orbit has been reviewed and investigated. Various experiments were conducted to expose these polymers to elevated temperature, vacuum UV, {gamma}-radiation and atomic oxygen. The resulting degradative processes were evaluated. The overall materials performance is governed by a combination of chemical and physical degradation processes. Molecular changes are primarily induced via radiative damage, and physical damage from temperature and atomic oxygen exposure is evident as depoling, loss of orientation and surface erosion. The effects of combined vacuum UV radiation and atomic oxygen resulted in expected surface erosion and pitting rates that determine the lifetime of thin films. Interestingly, the piezo responsiveness in the underlying bulk material remained largely unchanged. This study has delivered a comprehensive framework for material properties and degradation sensitivities with variations in individual polymer performances clearly apparent. The results provide guidance for material selection, qualification, optimization strategies, feedback for manufacturing and processing, or alternative materials. Further material qualification should be conducted via experiments under actual space conditions.

  17. Characterization of piezoelectric effect and mechanical properties of cellulose based electro-active paper actuator

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    Kim, Heung Soo; Jung, Woochul; Kim, Jaehwan; Yang, Chulho; Song, Kyung Hoon

    2006-03-01

    In this paper, mechanical properties and piezoelectric effects of cellulose based Electro-Active Paper (EAPap) actuators were investigated. Typical pulling tests of cellulose paper, which is a basic material of EAPap actuator, showed distinct elastic modulus and bifurcation point followed by plastic modulus at ambient conditions. The mechanism of this distinct phenomenon was examined to obtain better understanding of EAPap actuator. After that, in-plane strain of EAPap actuator under constant electric field was experimentally investigated to understand piezoelectricity of EAPap. EAPap samples were made by coating very thin gold electrodes on both sides of cellophane film. When external DC voltages were applied, in-plane contractions were induced due to the converse piezoelectric effect of EAPap. It was observed that the EAPap sample with 45° orientation exhibited the largest in-plane strain compared to other orientation samples.

  18. Electro-Active Device Using Radial Electric Field Piezo-Diaphragm for Control of Fluid Movement

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    Bryant, Robert G. (Inventor); Working, Dennis C. (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    A fluid-control electro-active device includes a piezo-diaphragm made from a ferroelectric material sandwiched by first and second electrode patterns configured to introduce an electric field into the ferroelectric material when voltage is applied thereto. The electric field originates at a region of the ferroelectric material between the first and second electrode patterns, and extends radially outward from this region of the ferroelectric material and substantially parallel to the plane of the ferroelectric material. The piezo-diaphragm deflects symmetrically about this region in a direction substantially perpendicular to the electric field. An annular region coupled to and extending radially outward from the piezo-diaphragm perimetrically borders the piezo-diaphragm, A housing is connected to the region and at least one fluid flow path with piezo-diaphragm disposed therein.

  19. Possibility of cellulose-based electro-active paper energy scavenging transducer.

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    Abas, Zafar; Kim, Heung Soo; Zhai, Lindong; Kim, Jaehwan; Kim, Joo Hyung

    2014-10-01

    In this paper, a cellulose-based Electro-Active Paper (EAPap) energy scavenging transducer is presented. Cellulose is proven as a smart material, and exhibits piezoelectric effect. Specimens were prepared by coating gold electrodes on both sides of cellulose film. The fabricated specimens were tested by a base excited aluminum cantilever beam at resonant frequency. Different tests were performed with single and multiple parallel connected electrodes coated on the cellulose film. A maximum of 131 mV output voltage was measured, when three electrodes were connected in parallel. It was observed that voltage output increases significantly with the area of electrodes. From these results, it can be concluded that the piezoelectricity of cellulose-based EAPap can be used in energy transduction application. PMID:25942809

  20. Haptic device development based on electro static force of cellulose electro active paper

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    Yun, Gyu-young; Kim, Sang-Youn; Jang, Sang-Dong; Kim, Dong-Gu; Kim, Jaehwan

    2011-04-01

    Haptic is one of well-considered device which is suitable for demanding virtual reality applications such as medical equipment, mobile devices, the online marketing and so on. Nowadays, many of concepts for haptic devices have been suggested to meet the demand of industries. Cellulose has received much attention as an emerging smart material, named as electro-active paper (EAPap). The EAPap is attractive for mobile haptic devices due to its unique characteristics in terms of low actuation power, suitability for thin devices and transparency. In this paper, we suggest a new concept of haptic actuator with the use of cellulose EAPap. Its performance is evaluated depending on various actuation conditions. As a result, cellulose electrostatic force actuator shows a large output displacement and fast response, which is suitable for mobile haptic devices.

  1. Conductive PVDF-HFP nanofibers with embedded TTF-TCNQ charge transfer complex.

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    Gal-Oz, Reshef; Patil, Nilesh; Khalfin, Rafail; Cohen, Yachin; Zussman, Eyal

    2013-07-10

    Tetrathiafulvalene-tetracyanoquinodimethane charge-transfer complex (TTF-TCNQ CTC) represents a promising organic conductive system. However, application of this donor-acceptor pair is highly limited, because of its ultrafast crystallization kinetics and very low solubility. In this work, conductive organic nanofibers were generated via a coelectrospinning process of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) with embedded TTF and TCNQ in the shell and core solutions, respectively. Upon supply of the polymer solutions, a core-shell droplet was formed at the exit of the spinneret. The electron donor TTF and the electron acceptor TCNQ migrated toward each other, within the compound droplet, to produce conductive CTC crystals. In the presence of a sufficiently strong electric field, jetting set in at the droplet tip, which yielded solidified PVDF-HFP nanofibers embedded with aligned CTC. Fiber diameters ranged between 100 and 500 nm. X-ray analysis showed strong equatorial reflections (110,200) of oriented copolymer PVDF-HFP crystals (β-phase) with copolymer chains oriented along the fiber axis, and of CTC (001), indicating that the CTC molecular planes were aligned parallel to the nanofiber axis. In addition, reflections of unreacted TCNQ (120,220) and TTF (110) crystals were observed. The electrospun nanofibers were collected to form a fiber mat, which was evaluated as a working electrode in a three-electrode cell system, exhibiting differential conductance of 5.23 μmho. PMID:23745509

  2. A nano-frost array technique to prepare nanoporous PVDF membranes.

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    Lee, Min Kyung; Lee, Jonghwi

    2014-08-01

    Frost, the solid deposition of water vapor from humid air, forms on the surface of a solid substrate when its temperature drops below the freezing point of water. In this study, we demonstrate how this natural phenomenon can be applied to develop novel nanoporous materials. The solvent annealing of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) infiltrated into nanopores induced template-directed dewetting thus preparing nanoembossing films. Then, water nanodroplets formed on the cold polymer nanopatterned surfaces following the embossing patterns, similar to dew formation on the ground. Subsequently, the nanodroplets were frozen and then removed by freeze-drying. This nano-frost array technique produced nanoporous PVDF membranes with an average thickness of 250 (± 48) nm. It was revealed that the nanopatterned surface formed by solvent annealing played an important role in achieving a nano-frost array with an adjustable size. Additionally, the freezing process led to significant changes of the PVDF crystallinity and polymorphism. Our results prove that the nano-frost array technique can be broadly used to design ordered nanoporous structures and provide new prospects in nanomaterial fields. PMID:24865989

  3. Preparation of hydrophilic PVDF/PPTA blend membranes by in situ polycondensation and its application in the treatment of landfill leachate

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    Li, Hongbin; Shi, Wenying; Zhang, Yufeng; Zhou, Rong; Zhang, Haixia

    2015-08-01

    High modulus poly(p-phenylene terephtalamide) (PPTA) reinforced composites are of great scientific interests. But the thermodynamic difference makes the polymer pairs incompatible and endows the composites with inferior physical-chemical properties. In this study, hydrophilic poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF)/poly(p-phenylene terephtalamide) (PPTA) blend membrane with improved hydrophilicity and mechanical strength was prepared through in situ polycondensation of p-phenylene diamine (PPD) and terephthaloyl chloride (TPC) in PVDF solution and subsequent immersion precipitation phase inversion process. The effects of PPTA concentration in polymer dopes on membrane formation process, structure, morphology and performance were systematically investigated. The results showed that thermodynamically, PPTA acted as a demixing enhancer which accelerated the phase inversion process. Dynamically, liquid-liquid phase separation was still in control of membrane formation process especially in the later period, whereas the addition of PPTA mainly promoted the early emergence of the liquid-liquid demixing. The surface hydrophilicity, ant-fouling properties and mechanical strength were significantly improved when PPTA content was 17 wt%. When PPTA content increased to 26 wt%, membrane bursting pressure increased to nearly 0.6 MPa which was 1.5 times higher than that of PVDF membrane. The resultant PVDF/PPTA blend membrane exhibited an improved antifouling property than that of PVDF membrane when applied in the MBR in the treatment of landfill leachate and also showed a relatively high removal rate of chemical oxygen demand (COD) and chrom.

  4. Preparation of Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) Hollow Fiber Hemodialysis Membranes.

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    Zhang, Qinglei; Lu, Xiaolong; Zhao, Lihua

    2014-01-01

    In this study, the polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) hollow fiber hemodialysis membranes were prepared by non-solvent induced phase separation (NIPS). The influences of PVDF membrane thickness and polyethylene glycol (PEG) content on membrane morphologies, pore size, mechanical and permeable performance were investigated. It was found that membrane thickness and PEG content affected both the structure and performance of hollow fiber membranes. The tensile strength and rejection of bovine serum albumin (BSA) increased with increasing membrane thickness, while the Ultrafiltration flux (UF) flux of pure water was the opposite. The tensile strength, porosity and rejection of BSA increased with increasing PEG content within a certain range. Compared with commercial F60S membrane, the PVDF hollow fiber membrane showed higher mechanical and permeable performance. It was proven that PVDF material had better hydrophilicity and lower BSA adsorption, which was more suitable for hemodialysis. All the results indicate that PVDF hollow fiber membrane is promising as a hemodialysis membrane. PMID:24957122

  5. Preparation of Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) Hollow Fiber Hemodialysis Membranes

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    Zhang, Qinglei; Lu, Xiaolong; Zhao, Lihua

    2014-01-01

    In this study, the polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) hollow fiber hemodialysis membranes were prepared by non-solvent induced phase separation (NIPS). The influences of PVDF membrane thickness and polyethylene glycol (PEG) content on membrane morphologies, pore size, mechanical and permeable performance were investigated. It was found that membrane thickness and PEG content affected both the structure and performance of hollow fiber membranes. The tensile strength and rejection of bovine serum albumin (BSA) increased with increasing membrane thickness, while the Ultrafiltration flux (UF) flux of pure water was the opposite. The tensile strength, porosity and rejection of BSA increased with increasing PEG content within a certain range. Compared with commercial F60S membrane, the PVDF hollow fiber membrane showed higher mechanical and permeable performance. It was proven that PVDF material had better hydrophilicity and lower BSA adsorption, which was more suitable for hemodialysis. All the results indicate that PVDF hollow fiber membrane is promising as a hemodialysis membrane. PMID:24957122

  6. Experiments on active isolation using distributed PVDF error sensors

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    Lefebvre, S.; Guigou, C.; Fuller, C. R.

    1992-01-01

    A control system based on a two-channel narrow-band LMS algorithm is used to isolate periodic vibration at low frequencies on a structure composed of a rigid top plate mounted on a flexible receiving plate. The control performance of distributed PVDF error sensors and accelerometer point sensors is compared. For both sensors, high levels of global reduction, up to 32 dB, have been obtained. It is found that, by driving the PVDF strip output voltage to zero, the controller may force the structure to vibrate so that the integration of the strain under the length of the PVDF strip is zero. This ability of the PVDF sensors to act as spatial filters is especially relevant in active control of sound radiation. It is concluded that the PVDF sensors are flexible, nonfragile, and inexpensive and can be used as strain sensors for active control applications of vibration isolation and sound radiation.

  7. Giant Electric-Field-Induced Strain in PVDF-Based Battery Separator Membranes Probed by Electrochemical Strain Microscopy.

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    Romanyuk, Konstantin; Costa, Carlos M; Luchkin, Sergey Yu; Kholkin, Andrei L; Lanceros-Méndez, Senentxu

    2016-05-31

    Efficiency of lithium-ion batteries largely relies on the performance of battery separator membrane as it controls the mobility and concentration of Li-ions between the anode and cathode electrodes. Recent advances in electrochemical strain microscopy (ESM) prompted the study of Li diffusion and transport at the nanoscale via electromechanical strain developed under an application of inhomogeneous electric field applied via the sharp ESM tip. In this work, we observed unexpectedly high electromechanical strain developed in polymer membranes based on porous poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-chlorotrifluoroethylene) (PVDF-CTFE) and, using it, could study a dynamics of electroosmotic flow of electrolyte inside the pores. We show that, independently of the separator membrane, electric field-induced deformation observed by ESM on wetted membrane surfaces can reach up to 10 nm under a moderate bias of 1 V (i.e., more than an order of magnitude higher than that in best piezoceramics). Such a high strain is explained by the electroosmotic flow in a porous media composed of PVDF. It is shown that the strain-based ESM method can be used to extract valuable information such as average pore size, porosity, elasticity of membrane in electrolyte solvent, and membrane-electrolyte affinity expressed in terms of zeta potential. Besides, such systems can, in principle, serve as actuators even in the absence of apparent piezoelectricity in amorphous PVDF. PMID:27142946

  8. Strong electric field modulation of transport in PVDF/MWCNT nanocomposite near the percolation threshold

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    Chanmal, Chetan; Deo, Meenal; Rana, Abhimanyu; Jog, Jyoti; Ogale, Satishchandra

    2011-11-01

    A nanocomposite comprising of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) embedded in ferroelectric Poly(vinylidene fluoride) PVDF polymer matrix is examined for electric field induced transport modulation. The pulsed laser deposition (PLD) grown thin films of the nanocomposite with different MWCNT content were characterized. When used as a channel layer in a field effect transistor configuration, a strong electric field modulation of the transport was realized just below the percolation threshold. We believe that this nanocomposite non-percolating channel concept can provide several opportunities for FET devices for organic electronics.

  9. An interfacially plasticized electro-responsive hydrogel for transdermal electro-activated and modulated (TEAM) drug delivery.

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    Indermun, Sunaina; Choonara, Yahya E; Kumar, Pradeep; du Toit, Lisa C; Modi, Girish; Luttge, Regina; Pillay, Viness

    2014-02-28

    This paper highlights the use of hydrogels in controlled drug delivery, and their application in stimuli responsive, especially electro-responsive, drug release. electro-conductive hydrogels (ECHs) displaying electro-responsive drug release were synthesized from semi-interpenetrating networks (semi-IPNs) containing a poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI) and 1-vinylimidazole (VI) polymer blend as the novel electro-active species. The semi-IPNs are systems comprised of polyacrylic acid (PAA) and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA). This paper attempts to investigate the various attributes of the electro-responsive ECHs, through institution of a statistical experimental design. The construction of a Box-Behnken design model was employed for the systematic optimization of the ECH composition. The design model comprised of three variables, viz. poly(ethyleneimine) volume; 1-vinylimidazole volume; and applied voltage, critical to the success of the formulation. Electro-responsive drug release was determined on formulations exposed to varying environments to ascertain the optimal environment for the said desired release. A comparison method of formulation water content and swelling through gravimetric analysis was also conducted. Matrix resilience profiles were obtained as an insight to the ability of the ECH to revert to its original structure following applied stress. Response surface and contour plots were constructed for various response variables, namely electro-responsive drug release, matrix resilience and degree of swelling. The outcomes of the study demonstrated the success of electro-responsive drug release. The findings of the study can be utilized for the development of electro-responsive delivery systems of other drugs for the safer and effective drug delivery. Volumes of poly(ethyleneimine) (>2.6 mL) and 1-vinylimidazole (>0.7 mL), resulted in ideal therapeutic electro-responsive drug release (0.8 mg) for indomethacin. Lower amounts of poly(ethyleneimine) and amounts of 1

  10. Piezoelectric and pyroelectric effects of a crystalline polymer

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    Kundu, Nikhil K.; Kundu, Malay

    1990-01-01

    Polyvinylidene flouride (PVDF) is a crystalline polymer to both piezoelectric and pyroelectric nature. Piezoelectricity produces electrical signals when mechanically deformed, and pyroelectricity is the electrical polarization induced by thermal absorption in crystals. To demonstrate the piezoelectric effect PVDF is subjected to impact loads which produce electrical charges proportional to mechanical stresses. A heat source was used to demonstrate the pyroelectric nature of PVDF. The rise in temperature due to absorbed energy by the polymer produces electrical output. The qualitative test results obtained are graphically reproduced.

  11. Blocked force measurement of an electro-active paper actuator using a cantilevered force transducer

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    Yun, Gyu-young; Kim, Heung Soo; Kim, Jaehwan

    2008-04-01

    The blocked force of an electro-active paper (EAPap) actuator was measured by a custom-built force transducer. The tip deflection of the force transducer was measured and converted into force using a simple Euler beam model. Since the blocked force is the maximum force generated at the tip of a bending actuator without displacement, the blocked force was found from the measured force of the transducer by extrapolating it. The force transducer was made from a thin steel cantilever beam and calibrated using a linear stage and a micro-balance. The measured maximum free bending displacement of the EAPap actuator was 4.4 mm and the blocked force was 224 µN under 350 V mm-1 AC electric field and 33 µN under DC electric field with the same field strength. When an AC electric field was applied to the actuator, the generated blocked force of the EAPap was about 700% larger than that caused by DC excitation. The proposed blocked force measurement is accurate down to a micro-Newton resolution under DC as well as AC electric fields.

  12. Characterization of micro-scale creep deformation of an electro-active paper actuator

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    Lee, Sangwoo; Kim, Joo-Hyung; Kang, Kwangseon; Kim, Jaehwan; Kim, Heung Soo; Yang, Chulho

    2009-09-01

    The creep deformation process of an electro-active paper (EAPap) actuator was investigated by adapting stepwise dead-weight loading. To understand the deformation mechanism of the EAPap film, including morphological and structural changes, various loading conditions below yield strength were applied to cellophane EAPap. From the structural observation, micro-dimples and micro-cracks were detected at applied load lower than 10% of yield strength, while they were not found in higher load conditions. It is hypothesized that only short and random fibers in the amorphous region may respond to the applied stress at the low loading condition, not the fibers in the crystalline area. As a result, deformation energy at the localized spot accumulated and created micro-defects at the surface. Meanwhile, fibers in the crystalline region may sustain most of the loads as creep load increases to a high level. Molecular chains in the fiber may rotate and elongate with high load. Elongated fibers were observed only at a high level of load. From the structural change as a function of applied load, a peak shift of crystal orientation was observed only in high load conditions by wide angle x-ray measurement. This may confirm that creep deformation could give rise to structure changes in EAPap.

  13. Electro-active device using radial electric field piezo-diaphragm for sonic applications

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    Bryant, Robert G. (Inventor); Fox, Robert L. (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    An electro-active transducer for sonic applications includes a ferroelectric material sandwiched by first and second electrode patterns to form a piezo-diaphragm coupled to a mounting frame. When the device is used as a sonic actuator, the first and second electrode patterns are configured to introduce an electric field into the ferroelectric material when voltage is applied to the electrode patterns. When the device is used as a sonic sensor, the first and second electrode patterns are configured to introduce an electric field into the ferroelectric material when the ferroelectric material experiences deflection in a direction substantially perpendicular thereto. In each case, the electrode patterns are designed to cause the electric field to: i) originate at a region of the ferroelectric material between the first and second electrode patterns, and ii) extend radially outward from the region of the ferroelectric material (at which the electric field originates) and substantially parallel to the plane of the ferroelectric material. The mounting frame perimetrically surrounds the peizo-diaphragm and enables attachment of the piezo-diaphragm to a housing.

  14. Multiwalled-carbon nanotubes and polyaniline coating on electro-active paper for bending actuator

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    Yun, Sungryul; Kim, Jaehwan

    2006-06-01

    Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNT) and polyaniline are coated on an electro-active paper (EAPap) to improve the performance of the bending actuator, and its performance is tested. EAPap actuators made with cellulose paper have merits in terms of large bending displacement, ultra-lightweight, dryness, low actuation voltage and power consumption, low cost and biodegradability. However, the force output of actuators is small and the actuation frequency is low. Thus, MWNT and emeraldine salt polyaniline (PANI) are coated on the EAPap material to improve the force and the actuation frequency. The MWNT and PANI solution is made by sonication, and the sonication time and the weight per cents of the MWNT and PANI are optimized to improve the hybrid actuator performance. The optimum condition is associated with conversion of the partial conductive state PANI into the emeraldine formed PANI by the chemical bonding between the MWNT and PANI. The performance improvement of the EAPap actuator coated with MWNT/PANI is investigated in terms of displacement, blocking force and efficiency. In the presence of an electric field (0.35 V µm-1) on the hybrid EAPap actuator, 250% of the output force, 160% of the resonance frequency and 50% of efficiency are improved.

  15. Reciprocated suppression of polymer crystallization toward improved solid polymer electrolytes: Higher ion conductivity and tunable mechanical properties

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    Bi, Sheng; Sun, Che-Nan; Zawodzinski, Thomas A.; Ren, Fei; Keum, Jong Kahk; Ahn, Suk-Kyun; Li, Dawen; Chen, Jihua

    2015-08-06

    Solid polymer electrolytes based on lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl) imide and polymer matrix were extensively studied in the past due to their excellent potential in a broad range of energy related applications. Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and polyethylene oxide (PEO) are among the most examined polymer candidates as solid polymer electrolyte matrix. In this paper, we study the effect of reciprocated suppression of polymer crystallization in PVDF/PEO binary matrix on ion transport and mechanical properties of the resultant solid polymer electrolytes. With electron and X-ray diffractions as well as energy filtered transmission electron microscopy, we identify and examine the appropriate blending composition that is responsible for the diminishment of both PVDF and PEO crystallites. Laslty, a three-fold conductivity enhancement is achieved along with a highly tunable elastic modulus ranging from 20 to 200 MPa, which is expected to contribute toward future designs of solid polymer electrolytes with high room-temperature ion conductivities and mechanical flexibility.

  16. Spectroscopic Investigations on PVDF-MWCNTs Nanocomposites

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    Guerrero, Oscar; Ramirez, Samantha; Jones, Robert; Yust, Brian; Hinthorne, James; Chipara, Mircea

    Nanocomposites have been obtained by dispersing Multi Walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNTs) within polyvinylidene fluoride. Various samples loaded by 0 to 20 % wt. MWCNTs have been obtained by melt mixing using a Haake RheoMixer, with two counter rotating screws. The effect of the nanofiller concentration on the glass, melting, and crystallization temperatures, as determined from Differential Scanning Calorimetry measurements, is reported. Small shifts towards higher temperatures as the loading with MWCNTs was increased have been noticed. A detailed analysis on the effect of MWCNTs on the degree of crystallinity of PVDF is reported. Raman data obtained by using a Renishaw InVia spectrometer have been used to estimate the stress transfer. Additional information was obtained by FTIR and Wide Angle X-Ray Scattering. The nature of the crystalline phases was determined for each sample. Thermogravimetric data showed a small increase of the thermal stability of the polymeric matrix upon the loading with MWCNTs.

  17. A flexible piezoelectric force sensor based on PVDF fabrics

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    Wang, Y. R.; Zheng, J. M.; Ren, G. Y.; Zhang, P. H.; Xu, C.

    2011-04-01

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) film has been widely investigated as a sensor and transducer material due to its high piezo-, pyro- and ferroelectric properties. To activate these properties, PVDF films require a mechanical treatment, stretching or poling. In this paper, we report on a force sensor based on PVDF fabrics with excellent flexibility and breathability, to be used as a specific human-related sensor. PVDF nanofibrous fabrics were prepared by using an electrospinning unit and characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), FTIR spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction. Preliminary force sensors have been fabricated and demonstrated excellent sensitivity and response to external mechanical forces. This implies that promising applications can be made for sensing garment pressure, blood pressure, heartbeat rate, respiration rate and accidental impact on the human body.

  18. Preparation, characterization and performance of a novel PVDF/PMMA/TPU blend hollow fiber membrane for wastewater treatment.

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    Ma, C Y; Huang, J P; Xi, D L

    2012-01-01

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)/polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)/thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) blend hollow fiber membranes were successfully prepared by the wet-spinning method with the loading of PMMA and TPU in a range of polymer concentrations varying from 0 to 20 wt% and at a total polymer concentration of 16 wt%. The influence of the addition of PMMA and TPU on the morphologies and the properties of such prepared membranes was investigated through FTIR-ATR, SEM, viscosity measurements, UF experiments and mechanical strength tests. Based on the experimental results, the compatibility of the PVDF, PMMA and TPU blend was best under the conditions of the PVDF-rich phase. The elongation at break of the membrane increased to a maximum of 146% with increase in the TPU concentration to 20 wt% in dope solution. The addition of PMMA increased the water permeation flux from 120 to 195 L/(m(2) h) initially. The flux then decreased when PMMA concentration was increased to over 10 wt%. The membranes obtained at optimized blending ratio were applied to the dyeing process wastewater filtration. During continuous filtration for 8 h, the flux was stabilized at about 20 L/(m(2) h) at 0.1 MPa. The reduction in COD(Cr), turbidity and color were about 63, 84 and 63% respectively. PMID:22378000

  19. First-principles simulations of PVDF copolymers with high dielectric energy density: PVDF-HFP and PVDF-BTFE

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    Dong, Rui; Ranjan, V.; Buongiorno Nardelli, Marco; Bernholc, J.

    2016-07-01

    Phase diagrams of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and its copolymers with hexafluoropropylene (HFP) and bromotrifluoroethylene (BTFE) are investigated via first-principles simulations and compared to previously studied P(VDF-chlorotrifluoroethylene) (CTFE) data. We find that a nonpolar to polar phase transition induced by an electric field also occurs in HFP and BTFE copolymers and the results for P(VDF-HFP) show good agreement with existing experiments. For P(VDF-BTFE) we show that its nonpolar phase remains the ground state for a substantially larger range of concentrations than for P(VDF-CTFE) and P(VDF-HFP), and predict that a high BTFE concentration copolymer will achieve a significantly higher energy density at low field than P(VDF-CTFE) 9%. The transition pathways connecting the polar and nonpolar phases are also calculated and the energy barriers for the transitions turn out to be similar for the three copolymers, even at different co-monomer concentrations. The similarity of barriers indicates that a mixture of these and related copolymers can be used to optimize the properties of the dielectric, such as energy density, processability, and cost.

  20. 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)

  1. Optical impedance spectroscopy with single-mode electro-active-integrated optical waveguides.

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    Han, Xue; Mendes, Sergio B

    2014-02-01

    An optical impedance spectroscopy (OIS) technique based on a single-mode electro-active-integrated optical waveguide (EA-IOW) was developed to investigate electron-transfer processes of redox adsorbates. A highly sensitive single-mode EA-IOW device was used to optically follow the time-dependent faradaic current originated from a submonolayer of cytochrome c undergoing redox exchanges driven by a harmonic modulation of the electric potential at several dc bias potentials and at several frequencies. To properly retrieve the faradaic current density from the ac-modulated optical signal, we introduce here a mathematical formalism that (i) accounts for intrinsic changes that invariably occur in the optical baseline of the EA-IOW device during potential modulation and (ii) provides accurate results for the electro-chemical parameters. We are able to optically reconstruct the faradaic current density profile against the dc bias potential in the working electrode, identify the formal potential, and determine the energy-width of the electron-transfer process. In addition, by combining the optically reconstructed faradaic signal with simple electrical measurements of impedance across the whole electrochemical cell and the capacitance of the electric double-layer, we are able to determine the time-constant connected to the redox reaction of the adsorbed protein assembly. For cytochrome c directly immobilized onto the indium tin oxide (ITO) surface, we measured a reaction rate constant of 26.5 s(-1). Finally, we calculate the charge-transfer resistance and pseudocapacitance associated with the electron-transfer process and show that the frequency dependence of the redox reaction of the protein submonolayer follows as expected the electrical equivalent of an RC-series admittance diagram. Above all, we show here that OIS with single-mode EA-IOW's provide strong analytical signals that can be readily monitored even for small surface-densities of species involved in the redox

  2. Optical Impedance Spectroscopy with Single-Mode Electro-Active-Integrated Optical Waveguides

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    2015-01-01

    An optical impedance spectroscopy (OIS) technique based on a single-mode electro-active-integrated optical waveguide (EA-IOW) was developed to investigate electron-transfer processes of redox adsorbates. A highly sensitive single-mode EA-IOW device was used to optically follow the time-dependent faradaic current originated from a submonolayer of cytochrome c undergoing redox exchanges driven by a harmonic modulation of the electric potential at several dc bias potentials and at several frequencies. To properly retrieve the faradaic current density from the ac-modulated optical signal, we introduce here a mathematical formalism that (i) accounts for intrinsic changes that invariably occur in the optical baseline of the EA-IOW device during potential modulation and (ii) provides accurate results for the electro-chemical parameters. We are able to optically reconstruct the faradaic current density profile against the dc bias potential in the working electrode, identify the formal potential, and determine the energy-width of the electron-transfer process. In addition, by combining the optically reconstructed faradaic signal with simple electrical measurements of impedance across the whole electrochemical cell and the capacitance of the electric double-layer, we are able to determine the time-constant connected to the redox reaction of the adsorbed protein assembly. For cytochrome c directly immobilized onto the indium tin oxide (ITO) surface, we measured a reaction rate constant of 26.5 s–1. Finally, we calculate the charge-transfer resistance and pseudocapacitance associated with the electron-transfer process and show that the frequency dependence of the redox reaction of the protein submonolayer follows as expected the electrical equivalent of an RC-series admittance diagram. Above all, we show here that OIS with single-mode EA-IOW’s provide strong analytical signals that can be readily monitored even for small surface-densities of species involved in the redox

  3. Conductive PVDF-HFP/CNT composites for strain sensing

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    Hu, Bin; Liu, Yaolu; Hu, Ning; Wu, Liangke; Ning, Huiming; Zhang, Jianyu; Fu, Shaoyun; Tang, Shang; Xu, Chaohe; Liu, Feng; Alamusi; Yuan, Weifeng

    2016-02-01

    A strain sensor based on the composites of poly (vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) filled by multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWNT) was prepared using a proposed fabrication process. Three kinds of MWNT loadings, i.e., 1.0wt.%, 2.0wt.% and 3.0wt.% were employed. Due to good dispersion state of MWNT in PVDF-HFP matrix, which was characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), this sensor was found to be of high sensitivity and stable performance. The sensor’s piezoresistivity varied in a weak nonlinear pattern, which was probably caused by the tunneling effect among neighboring MWNTs. The gauge factor of the sensor of 1.0wt.% MWNT loading was identified to be the highest, i.e., 33. This sensor gauge factor decreased gradually with the increase of addition amount of MWNT, which was 5 for the sensor of 3.0wt.% MWNT loading. This gauge factor was still higher than that of conventional metal-foil strain sensors. The electrical conductivity of PVDF-HFP/MWNT composites was also studied. It was found that with the increase of the addition amount of MWNT, the electrical conductivity of the PVDF-HFP/MWNT composites varied in a perfect percolation pattern with a very low percolation threshold, i.e., 0.77 vol.%, further indicating the very good dispersion of MWNT in the PVDF-HFP matrix.

  4. Enhancing the piezoelectric performance of PVDF-TrFE thin films using zinc oxide nanoparticles

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    Dodds, John S.; Meyers, Frederick N.; Loh, Kenneth J.

    2012-04-01

    Structural health monitoring (SHM) is crucial for detecting sudden and progressive damage and for preventing catastrophic structural failure. Piezoelectric materials have been widely adopted for their use as sensors and as actuators. Piezoceramics (such as lead zirconate titanate) offer high piezoelectricity but are mechanically brittle. Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) piezopolymers are conformable to complex structural surfaces but exhibit lower piezoelectricity. So as to achieve a combination of these desirable properties, piezoelectric zinc oxide (ZnO) nanomaterials are proposed for embedment in flexible polymer matrices during fabrication to yield high-performance piezoelectric nanocomposites. The main objective of this research is to characterize the piezoelectricity of nanocomposites formed by embedding ZnO nanoparticles in a PVDF-trifluoroethylene (TrFE) matrix. Film fabrication is performed by dispersing ZnO into a PVDFTrFE solution and then by spin coating the solution onto a rigid substrate. A high electric field is applied to each of the films for poling, and the films' remnant polarization is quantified by measuring their ferroelectric response using a Sawyer-Tower circuit. Graphs of electric field compared to electric displacement can be obtained for determining the films' piezoelectricity. Finally, validation of their sensing performance is achieved by hammer impact testing.

  5. Silica nanoparticles for the layer-by-layer assembly of fully electro-active cytochrome c multilayers

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    2011-01-01

    Background For bioanalytical systems sensitivity and biomolecule activity are critical issues. The immobilization of proteins into multilayer systems by the layer-by-layer deposition has become one of the favorite methods with this respect. Moreover, the combination of nanoparticles with biomolecules on electrodes is a matter of particular interest since several examples with high activities and direct electron transfer have been found. Our study describes the investigation on silica nanoparticles and the redox protein cytochrome c for the construction of electro-active multilayer architectures, and the electron transfer within such systems. The novelty of this work is the construction of such artificial architectures with a non-conducting building block. Furthermore a detailed study of the size influence of silica nanoparticles is performed with regard to formation and electrochemical behavior of these systems. Results We report on interprotein electron transfer (IET) reaction cascades of cytochrome c (cyt c) immobilized by the use of modified silica nanoparticles (SiNPs) to act as an artificial matrix. The layer-by-layer deposition technique has been used for the formation of silica particles/cytochrome c multilayer assemblies on electrodes. The silica particles are characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS), Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Zeta-potential and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The modified particles have been studied with respect to act as an artificial network for cytochrome c and to allow efficient interprotein electron transfer reactions. We demonstrate that it is possible to form electro-active assemblies with these non-conducting particles. The electrochemical response is increasing linearly with the number of layers deposited, reaching a cyt c surface concentration of about 80 pmol/cm2 with a 5 layer architecture. The interprotein electron transfer through the layer system and the influence of particle size are

  6. Nanocoating of ionic liquid and polypyrrole for durable electro-active paper actuators working under ambient conditions

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    Mahadeva, Suresha K.; Kim, Jaehwan

    2010-05-01

    This paper reports that nanocoating of polypyrrole (PPy) and ionic liquid (IL) on cellulose film improves the electromechanical performance and durability of a cellulose electro-active paper actuator. Cellulose-PPy-IL nanocomposites were fabricated by the polymerization-induced adsorption process of PPy followed by subsequent activation in IL solutions. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and secondary ion mass spectroscopy analyses validated the successful nanocoating of the PPy and IL layers on the cellulose. The results revealed that the cellulose-PPy-IL nanocomposites are suitable for durable bending actuators working under ambient conditions. Preparation, characterization and performance test of the nanocomposites are explained.

  7. Development of Bench and Full-Scale Temperature and pH Responsive Functionalized PVDF Membranes with Tunable Properties

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    Xiao, Li; Isner, Austin; Waldrop, Krysta; Saad, Anthony; Takigawa, Doreen; Bhattacharyya, Dibakar

    2014-01-01

    Temperature and pH responsive polymers (poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm), and polyacrylic acid, PAA) were synthesized in one common macrofiltration PVDF membrane platform by pore-filling method. The microstructure and morphology of the PNIPAAm-PVDF, and PNIPAAm-FPAA-PVDF membranes were studied by attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The membrane pore size was controlled by the swelling and shrinking of the PNIPAAm at the temperature around lower critical solution temperature (LCST). The composite membrane demonstrated a rapid and reversible swelling and deswelling change within a small temperature range. The controllable flux makes it possible to utilize this temperature responsive membrane as a valve to regulate filtration properties by temperature change. Dextran solution (Mw=2,000,000g/mol, 26 nm diameter) was used to evaluate the separation performance of the temperature responsive membranes. The ranges of dextran rejection are from 4% to 95% depending on the temperature, monomer amount and pressure. The full-scale membrane was also developed to confirm the feasibility of our bench-scale experimental results. The full-scale membrane also exhibited both temperature and pH responsivity. This system was also used for controlled nanoparticles synthesis and for dechlorination reaction. PMID:24944434

  8. Fabrication and evaluation of thin layer PVDF composites using MWCNT reinforcement: Mechanical, electrical and enhanced electromagnetic interference shielding properties

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    Bhaskara Rao, B. V.; Kale, Nikita; Kothavale, B. S.; Kale, S. N.

    2016-06-01

    Radar X-band electromagnetic interference shielding (EMS) is one of the prime requirements for any air vehicle coating; with limitations on the balance between strength and thickness of the EMS material. Nanocomposite of multiwalled-carbon-nanotubes (MWCNT) has been homogeneously integrated (0 - 9 wt%) with polymer, poly (vinylidene fluoride, PVDF) to yield 300 micron film. The PVDF + 9 wt% MWCNT sample of density 1.41 g/cm3 show specific shielding effectiveness (SSE) of 17.7 dB/(g/cm3) (99.6% EMS), with maintained hardness and improved conductivity. With multilayer stacking (900 microns) of these films of density 1.37 g/cm3, the sample showed increase in SSE to 23.3 dB/(g/cm3) (99.93% EMS). Uniform dispersion of MWCNTs in the PVDF matrix gives rise to increased conductivity in the sample beyond 5 wt% MWCNT reinforcement. The results are correlated to the hardness, reflection loss, absorption loss, percolation threshold, permittivity and the conductivity data. An extremely thin film with maximum EMS property is hence proposed.

  9. Influence of the Substrate on the Crystalline Phase and Morphology of Poly (vinylidene Fluoride) (pvdf) Thin Film

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    Abdullah, Ibtisam Yahya; Yahaya, Muhammad; Jumali, Mohammad Hafizuddin Hj; Shanshool, Haider Mohammed

    2016-03-01

    The effect of substrate on the crystalline phase and morphology of the poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) thin film has been investigated. The solution of PVDF/Hexamethyl phosphoramide (HMPA) was deposited on four different substrates, namely, silicon (Si), glass (SiO2), indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass and silver (Ag) coated glass respectively by using the spin coating technique. The crystalline structure was investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) techniques. The morphology was determined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). XRD demonstrated that the structure of PVDF thin films on each substrate is β-phase with different orientations of the molecular chains. FTIR results confirmed XRD that the samples contain β-phase. SEM shows spherulites structure, which is rough and porous, besides, the size of spherulites and the porosity are different for each sample. The size of spherulites is in average diameter range (1-6μm) and this range is attributed to the β-phase. The nucleation process of β-phase on the various substrates attributed either to the match of polymer-substrate or to the electrostatic interaction. Among the substrates used, the ITO substrate exhibited a greater tendency for β-phase formation.

  10. Ultrasonic 2D matrix PVDF transducer

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    Ptchelintsev, A.; Maev, R. Gr.

    2000-05-01

    During the past decade a substantial amount of work has been done in the area of ultrasonic imaging technology using 2D arrays. The main problems arising for the two-dimensional matrix transducers at megahertz frequencies are small size and huge count of the elements, high electrical impedance, low sensitivity, bad SNR and slower data acquisition rate. The major technological difficulty remains the high density of the interconnect. To solve these problems numerous approaches have been suggested. In the present work, a 24×24 elements (24 transmit+24 receive) matrix and a switching board were developed. The transducer consists of two 52 μm PVDF layers each representing a linear array of 24 elements placed one on the top of the other. Electrodes in these two layers are perpendicular and form the grid of 0.5×0.5 mm pitch. The layers are bonded together with the ground electrode being monolithic and located between the layers. The matrix is backed from the rear surface with an epoxy composition. During the emission, a linear element from the emitting layer generates a longitudinal wave pulse propagating inside the test object. Reflected pulses are picked-up by the receiving layer. During one transmit-receive cycle one transmit element and one receive element are selected by corresponding multiplexers. These crossed elements emulate a small element formed by their intersection. The present design presents the following advantages: minimizes number of active channels and density of the interconnect; reduces the electrical impedance of the element improving electrical matching; enables the transmit-receive mode; due to the efficient backing provides bandwidth and good time resolution; and, significantly reduces the electronics complexity. The matrix can not be used for the beam steering and focusing. Owing to this impossibility of focusing, the penetration depth is limited as well by the diffraction phenomena.

  11. Development of an endoscopic tactile sensor using PVDF films

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    Okuyama, Takeshi; Sone, Mikiko; Tanahashi, Yoshikatsu; Chonan, Seiji; Tanaka, Mami

    2007-12-01

    In this work, a prototype Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) tactile sensor for endoscopic application has been developed. The sensor aims to measure hardness, which is one of the information of tactile perceptions, of biomedical tissue. This sensor is composed of two PVDF films, a silicone cylindrical column, and an aluminum cylinder. And the classification of hardness is concerned with the ratio of these PVDF outputs. In this paper, two sensors are fabricated using two silicone cylindrical columns with different Young's modulus. The performance evaluation of each sensor is conducted using 6 silicone rubbers as measuring object. The experimental results correspond with the simplified theoretical analysis and the proposed sensor can distinguish a difference of elastic property.

  12. Modeling of a PVDF based gesture controller using energy methods

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    Van Volkinburg, Kyle R.; Washington, Gregory N.

    2014-03-01

    In this paper the concept of a PVDF based gesture controller is introduced and accompanied by a supporting model derived using Hamilton's principle. The model incorporates strain contributions from two loading situations: beam subject to transverse loading and axial loading. The prototype gesture controller is comprised of a compression sleeve with a spatially shaded PVDF element situated above the extensor muscles of the right forearm. The goal of the gesture controller, at this stage, is to be able to measure and discern forearm muscle activity for three distinct hand gestures. In this study the system was modeled and simulated. Test data was then collected for each hand gesture and compared to simulations.

  13. Quantitative PVP mapping in PVDF hollow fiber membranes by using Raman spectroscopy coupled with spectral chemiometrics analysis

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    Dufour, E.; Gassara, S.; Petit, E.; Pochat-Bohatier, C.; Deratani, A.

    2015-07-01

    Fabrication of fouling resistant UF membranes requires the use of hydrophilic polymer additives that must be trapped in the polymer matrix during the phase separation processing. The knowledge of the polymeric additive distribution across the whole thickness should help to the design of more efficient membranes. This paper aims at developing a new methodology based on Raman microscopy spectroscopy owing to its high spatial resolution. A UF hollow fiber made from a blend of PVDF as polymer matrix and PVP as additive was chosen as a model membrane for this study. The PVP concentration profile along the cross-section radial axis was determined by using two ways of spectrum treatment including the analytical method by the peak intensity ratio calculation and a multivariate analysis with a partial least-squares regression model. The feasibility of the two approaches was discussed.

  14. Ag induced electromagnetic interference shielding of Ag-graphite/PVDF flexible nanocomposites thinfilms

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    Kumaran, R.; Alagar, M.; Dinesh Kumar, S.; Subramanian, V.; Dinakaran, K.

    2015-09-01

    We report Ag nanoparticle induced Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) shielding in a flexible composite films of Ag nanoparticles incorporated graphite/poly-vinylidene difluoride (PVDF). PVDF nanocomposite thin-films were synthesized by intercalating Ag in Graphite (GIC) followed by dispersing GIC in PVDF. The X-ray diffraction analysis and the high-resolution transmission electron microscope clearly dictate the microstructure of silver nanoparticles in graphite intercalated composite of PVDF matrix. The conductivity values of nanocomposites are increased upto 2.5 times when compared to neat PVDF having a value of 2.70 S/cm at 1 MHz. The presence of Ag broadly enhanced the dielectric constant and lowers the dielectric loss of PVDF matrix proportional to Ag content. The EMI shielding effectiveness of the composites is 29.1 dB at 12.4 GHz for the sample having 5 wt. % Ag and 10 wt. % graphite in PVDF.

  15. Determination of equivalent circuit for PVDF shock-pressure gauges

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    Kotulski, J.D.; Anderson, M.U.; Brock, B.C.; Gomez, J.; Graham, R.A.; Vittitoe, C.N.

    1993-07-01

    Broadband impedance measurements of a PVDF shock-pressure gauge are used to build an equivalent circuit for the gauge. The essential components are a gauge capacitance and a low-loss transmission line. Component features are consistent with the physical characteristics. With knowledge of this circuit, troublesome oscillations can be anticipated and prevented.

  16. High Dielectric and Mechanical Properties Achieved in Cross-Linked PVDF/α-SiC Nanocomposites with Elevated Compatibility and Induced Polarization at the Interface.

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    Feng, Yefeng; Miao, Bei; Gong, Honghong; Xie, Yunchuan; Wei, Xiaoyong; Zhang, Zhicheng

    2016-07-27

    Remarkably improved dielectric properties including high-k, low loss, and high breakdown strength combined with promising mechanical performance such as high flexibility, good heat, and chemical resistivity are hard to be achieved in high-k dielectric composites based on the current composite fabrication strategy. In this work, a family of high-k polymer nanocomposites has been fabricated from a facile suspension cast process followed by chemical cross-linking at elevated temperature. Internal double bonds bearing poly(vinylidene fluoride-chlorotrifluoroethylene) (P(VDF-CTFE-DB)) in total amorphous phase are employed as cross-linkable polymer matrix. α-SiC particles with a diameter of 500 nm are surface modified with 3-aminpropyltriethoxysilane (KH-550) as fillers for their comparable dielectric performance with PVDF polymer matrix, low conductivity, and high breakdown strength. The interface between SiC particles and PVDF matrix has been finely tailored, which leads to the significantly elevated dielectric constant from 10 to over 120 in SiC particles due to the strong induced polarization. As a result, a remarkably improved dielectric constant (ca. 70) has been observed in c-PVDF/m-SiC composites bearing 36 vol % SiC, which could be perfectly predicted by the effective medium approximation (EMA) model. The optimized interface and enhanced compatibility between two components are also responsible for the depressed conductivity and dielectric loss in the resultant composites. Chemical cross-linking constructed in the composites results in promising mechanical flexibility, good heat and chemical stability, and elevated tensile performance of the composites. Therefore, excellent dielectric and mechanical properties are finely balanced in the PVDF/α-SiC composites. This work might provide a facile and effective strategy to fabricate high-k dielectric composites with promising comprehensive performance. PMID:27377185

  17. Performance of electric double layer capacitors with polymer gel electrolytes

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    Ishikawa, Masashi; Kishino, Takahiro; Katada, Naoji; Morita, Masayuki

    2000-07-01

    Polymer gel electrolytes consisting of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVdF), tetraethylammonium tetrafluoroborate (TEABF{sub 4}), and propylene carbonate (PC) as a plasticizer have been investigated for electric double layer capacitors. The PVdF gel electrolytes showed high ionic conductivity (ca. 6 mS/cm at 298 K). To assemble model capacitors with the PVdF gel electrolytes and activated carbon fiber cloth electrodes, a pair of the fixed electrodes was soaked in a precursor solution containing PC, PVdF, and TEABF{sub 4}, followed by evaporation of the PC solvent in a vacuum oven. The resulting gel electrolytes were in good contact with the electrodes. The model capacitors with the PVdF gel electrolytes showed a large value of capacitance and high coulombic efficiency in operation voltage ranges of 1--2 and 1--3 V. It is worth noting that the capacitors with the PVdF electrolytes showed long voltage retention in a self-discharge test. These good characteristics of the gel capacitors were comparable to those of typical double layer capacitors with a liquid organic electrolyte containing PC and TEABF{sub 4}; rather, the voltage retentivity of the PVdF gel capacitors was much superior to that of the capacitors with the organic electrolyte.

  18. Shape-Memory PVDF Exhibiting Switchable Piezoelectricity.

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    Hoeher, Robin; Raidt, Thomas; Novak, Nikola; Katzenberg, Frank; Tiller, Joerg C

    2015-12-01

    In this study, a material is designed which combines the properties of shape-memory and electroactive polymers. This is achieved by covalent cross-linking of polyvinylidene fluoride. The resulting polymer network exhibits excellent shape-memory properties with a storable strain of 200%, and fixity as well as recovery values of 100%. Programming upon rolling induces the transformation from the nonelectroactive α-phase to the piezoelectric β-phase. The highest β-phase content is found to be 83% for a programming strain of 200% affording a d33 value of -30 pm V(-1). This is in good accordance with literature known values for piezoelectric properties. Thermal triggering this material does not only result in a shape change but also renders the material nonelectroactive. PMID:26332996

  19. Electro-Active Transducer Using Radial Electric Field To Produce/Motion Sense Out-Of-Plane Transducer

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    Bryant, Robert G. (Inventor); Fox, Robert L. (Inventor)

    2006-01-01

    An electro-active transducer includes a ferroelectric material sandwiched by first and second electrode patterns. When the device is used as an actuator, the first and second electrode patterns are configured to introduce an electric field into the ferroelectric material when voltage is applied to the electrode patterns. When the device is used as a sensor. the first and second electrode patterns are configured to introduce an electric field into the ferroelectric material when the ferroelectric material experiences deflection in a direction substantially perpendicular thereto. In each case, the electrode patterns are designed to cause the electric field to: i) originate at a region of the ferroelectric material between the first and second electrode patterns. and ii) extend radially outward from the region of the ferroelectric material (at which the electric field originates) and substantially parallel to the ferroelectric material s plane.

  20. Rescaled temperature dependence of dielectric behavior of ferroelectric polymer composites

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    Dang, Zhi-Min; Wang, Lan; Wang, Hai-Yan; Nan, Ce-Wen; Xie, Dan; Yin, Yi; Tjong, S. C.

    2005-04-01

    Rescaled temperature dependence of dielectric behavior of ferroelectric polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) filled with electroactive ceramic particles of rocksalt-type Li and Ti codoped NiO (LTNO) was studied at wide frequency ranges. Dielectric behavior of the flexible PVDF-LTNO composites with LTNO filler at the volumetric function of 0.3 exhibits a dielectric constant value, ɛ ≈50 at broad temperature range (290-360 K), and the value is frequency independent from 103 to 106Hz. The dielectric response of the composite is almost in accordance to that of pure PVDF matrix polymer. It was found that though the dielectric constant value of the composites is high due to an introduction of the rock salt-type LTNO ceramic particles with high dielectric constant, the glass transition of the polymer and dielectric relaxation related to the wide-angle oscillation of polar groups attached to the main polymer chain determine the dielectric behavior of the composite.

  1. Organic dopant added polyvinylidene fluoride based solid polymer electrolytes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Senthil, R. A.; Theerthagiri, J.; Madhavan, J.

    2016-02-01

    The effect of phenothiazine (PTZ) as dopant on PVDF/KI/I2 electrolyte was studied for the fabrication of efficient dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). The different weight percentage (wt%) ratios (0, 20, 30, 40 and 50%) of PTZ doped PVDF/KI/I2 electrolyte films were prepared by solution casting method using DMF as a solvent. The following techniques such as Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and AC-impedance analysis have been employed to characterize the prepared polymer electrolyte films. The FT-IR studies revealed the complex formation between PVDF/KI/I2 and PTZ. The crystalline and amorphous nature of polymer electrolytes were confirmed by DSC and XRD analysis respectively. The ionic conductivities of polymer electrolyte films were calculated from the AC-impedance analysis. The undoped PVDF/KI/I2 electrolyte exhibited the ionic conductivity of 4.68×10-6 S cm-1 and this value was increased to 7.43×10-5 S cm-1 when PTZ was added to PVDF/KI/I2 electrolyte. On comparison with different wt% ratios, the maximum ionic conductivity was observed for 20% PTZ-PVDF/KI/I2 electrolyte. A DSSC assembled with the optimized wt % of PTZ doped PVDF/KI/I2 electrolyte exhibited a power conversion efficiency of 2.92%, than the undoped PVDF/KI/I2 electrolyte (1.41%) at similar conditions. Hence, the 20% PTZ-PVDF/KI/I2 electrolyte was found to be optimal for DSSC applications.

  2. The immobilization of lipase on PVDF-co-HFP membrane

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    Kayhan, Naciye; Eyüpoǧlu, Volkan; Adem, Şevki

    2016-04-01

    Lipase is an enzyme having a lot of different industrial applications such as biodiesel production, biopolymer synthesis, enantiopure pharmaceutical productions, agrochemicals, etc. Its immobilized form on different substances is more conventional and useful than its free form. Supporting material was prepared using PVDF-co-HFP in laboratory conditions and attached 1,4-diaminobutane (DA) and epichlorohydrin (EPI) ligands to the membrane to immobilize lipase enzyme. The immobilization conditions such as enzyme amount, pH, the concentration of salt, thermal stability and activity were stabilized for our experimental setup. Then, biochemical characterizations were performed on immobilized lipase PVDF-co-HFP regarding optimal pH activity, temperature and thermal stability. Also, the desorption ratios of immobilized enzyme in two different pathway were investigated to confirm immobilization stability for 24 hours.

  3. Piezoelectric and dielectric properties of nanoporous polyvinylidence fluoride (PVDF) films

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    Zhao, Ping; Wang, Shifa; Kadlec, Alec

    2016-04-01

    A nanoporous polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) thin film was developed for applications in energy harvesting, medical surgeries, and industrial robotics. This sponge-like nanoporous PVDF structure dramatically enhanced the piezoelectric effect because it yielded considerably large deformation under a small force. A casting-etching method was adopted to make films, which is effective to control the porosity, flexibility, and thickness of the film. The films with various Zinc Oxide (ZnO) mass fractions ranging from 10 to 50% were fabricated to investigate the porosity effect. The piezoelectric coefficient d33 as well as dielectric constant and loss of the films were characterized. The results were analyzed and the optimal design of the film with the right amount of ZnO nanoparticles was determined.

  4. Models for 31-mode PVDF energy harvester for wearable applications.

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    Zhao, Jingjing; You, Zheng

    2014-01-01

    Currently, wearable electronics are increasingly widely used, leading to an increasing need of portable power supply. As a clean and renewable power source, piezoelectric energy harvester can transfer mechanical energy into electric energy directly, and the energy harvester based on polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) operating in 31-mode is appropriate to harvest energy from human motion. This paper established a series of theoretical models to predict the performance of 31-mode PVDF energy harvester. Among them, the energy storage one can predict the collected energy accurately during the operation of the harvester. Based on theoretical study and experiments investigation, two approaches to improve the energy harvesting performance have been found. Furthermore, experiment results demonstrate the high accuracies of the models, which are better than 95%. PMID:25114981

  5. Models for 31-Mode PVDF Energy Harvester for Wearable Applications

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    Zhao, Jingjing; You, Zheng

    2014-01-01

    Currently, wearable electronics are increasingly widely used, leading to an increasing need of portable power supply. As a clean and renewable power source, piezoelectric energy harvester can transfer mechanical energy into electric energy directly, and the energy harvester based on polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) operating in 31-mode is appropriate to harvest energy from human motion. This paper established a series of theoretical models to predict the performance of 31-mode PVDF energy harvester. Among them, the energy storage one can predict the collected energy accurately during the operation of the harvester. Based on theoretical study and experiments investigation, two approaches to improve the energy harvesting performance have been found. Furthermore, experiment results demonstrate the high accuracies of the models, which are better than 95%. PMID:25114981

  6. Elastic properties of poly(vinyldene fluoride) (PVDF) crystals: A density functional theory study

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    Pei, Yong; Zeng, Xiao Cheng

    2011-05-01

    We computed structural and elastic properties of totally nine phases of poly(vinyldene fluoride) (PVDF) crystals using the density-functional theory (DFT) method with and without inclusion of the dispersion corrections. In addition to the four known crystalline forms, mechanic properties of five theoretically predicted crystalline forms of PVDF are also investigated. The all-trans form Ip exhibits the largest cohesive energy, bulk, and Young's modulus among the nine crystalline forms. The DFT calculations suggest that the δ crystalline forms (IIIau, IIIpu, IIIpd, and IIIad) possess poor chain rigidity among the nine PVDF crystalline forms. In contrast, a change of relative orientation of PVDF chains does not lead to significant change in cohesive energy and mechanic properties. A comparison of the cohesive energies of nine crystalline forms of PVDF suggests that the theoretically proposed crystalline forms of PVDF are quite stable.

  7. Effect of non-solvent additives on the morphology, pore structure, and direct contact membrane distillation performance of PVDF-CTFE hydrophobic membranes.

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    Zheng, Libing; Wu, Zhenjun; Zhang, Yong; Wei, Yuansong; Wang, Jun

    2016-07-01

    Four common types of additives for polymer membrane preparation including organic macromolecule and micromolecule additives, inorganic salts and acids, and the strong non-solvent H2O were used to prepare poly (vinylidene fluoride-co-chlorotrifluoroethylene) (PVDF-CTFE) hydrophobic flat-sheet membranes. Membrane properties including morphology, porosity, hydrophobicity, pore size and pore distribution were investigated, and the permeability was evaluated via direct contact membrane distillation (DCMD) of 3.5g/L NaCl solution in a DCMD configuration. Both inorganic and organic micromolecule additives were found to slightly influence membrane hydrophobicity. Polyethylene glycol (PEG), organic acids, LiCl, MgCl2, and LiCl/H2O mixtures were proved to be effective additives to PVDF-CTFE membranes due to their pore-controlling effects and the capacity to improve the properties and performance of the resultant membranes. The occurrence of a pre-gelation process showed that when organic and inorganic micromolecules were added to PVDF-CTFE solution, the resultant membranes presented a high interconnectivity structure. The membrane prepared with dibutyl phthalate (DBP) showed a nonporous surface and symmetrical cross-section. When H2O and LiCl/H2O mixtures were also used as additives, they were beneficial for solid-liquid demixing, especially when LiCl/H2O mixed additives were used. The membrane prepared with 5% LiCl+2% H2O achieved a flux of 24.53kg/(m(2)·hr) with 99.98% salt rejection. This study is expected to offer a reference not only for PVDF-CTFE membrane preparation but also for other polymer membranes. PMID:27372116

  8. Feasibility of a PVDF Receiver for Monitoring of Transcranial Therapy

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    O'Reilly, Meaghan A.; Hynynen, Kullervo

    2010-03-01

    An MRI compatible PVDF receiver was designed and manufactured for integration into a transcranial therapy array. 4.8 mm diameter, 110 μm thick PVDF film was air-backed by clamping it across brass tubing. A preamplifier was enclosed within the tubing to improve SNR and drive the long coaxial cables required to reach outside the MRI. The receiver was mounted inside a ring element from an existing array. The receiver performance was compared with a commercial needle hydrophone and tested for MRI compatibility. The PVDF receiver displayed a higher sensitivity than the needle hydrophone and a better capability to reject electrical coupling with the transmit element. MRI image artifacts created by the device were small, and diagnostic ultrasound was possible with the device while simultaneously obtaining an MRI image. Microbubble contrast agent was sonicated both directly, and through a fragment of human skull. The transmit/receive pair was successful in sonicating the microbubbles transcranially and detecting the returning microbubble emissions. A second generation receiver with a diameter of 2.4 mm was manufactured, without sacrificing sensitivity, to increase the field of view of the device. Future work will focus on developing a multi-element receiver array and its testing for brain treatment monitoring.

  9. Characteristics of PVDF Membranes Irradiated by Electron Beam

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    Jaleh, Babak; Gavary, Negin; Fakhri, Parisa; Muensit, Nakatan; Taheri, Soheil Mohammad

    2015-01-01

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membranes were exposed vertically to a high energy electron beam (EB) in air, at room temperature. The chemical changes were examined by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). The surface morphologies were studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and showed some changes in the pore size. Thermogravimetric (TGA) analysis represented an increase in the thermal stability of PVDF due to irradiation. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) showed the presence of free radicals in the irradiated PVDF. The effect of EB irradiation on the electrical properties of the membranes was analyzed in order to determine the dielectric constant, and an increase in the dielectric constant was found on increasing the dose. The surface hydrophilicity of the modified membrane was characterized by water contact angle measurement. The contact angle decreased compared to the original angle, indicating an improvement of surface hydrophilicity. Filtration results also showed that the pure water flux (PWF) of the modified membrane was lower than that of the unirradiated membrane. PMID:25569360

  10. Characteristics of PVDF Membranes Irradiated by Electron Beam.

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    Jaleh, Babak; Gavary, Negin; Fakhri, Parisa; Muensit, Nakatan; Taheri, Soheil Mohammad

    2015-01-01

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membranes were exposed vertically to a high energy electron beam (EB) in air, at room temperature. The chemical changes were examined by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). The surface morphologies were studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and showed some changes in the pore size. Thermogravimetric (TGA) analysis represented an increase in the thermal stability of PVDF due to irradiation. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) showed the presence of free radicals in the irradiated PVDF. The effect of EB irradiation on the electrical properties of the membranes was analyzed in order to determine the dielectric constant, and an increase in the dielectric constant was found on increasing the dose. The surface hydrophilicity of the modified membrane was characterized by water contact angle measurement. The contact angle decreased compared to the original angle, indicating an improvement of surface hydrophilicity. Filtration results also showed that the pure water flux (PWF) of the modified membrane was lower than that of the unirradiated membrane. PMID:25569360

  11. Preparation of polymer-coated separators using an electron beam irradiation

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    Sohn, Joon-Yong; Gwon, Sung-Jin; Choi, Jae-Hak; Shin, Junhwa; Nho, Young-Chang

    2008-12-01

    A polymer-coated polyethylene (PE) separator was prepared by a dip-coating of PVDF-HFP/PEGDMA on both sides of a PE separator followed by an electron beam irradiation. The thermal and electrochemical properties of the polymer-coated PE separator were investigated by using FT-IR, SEM, DSC and an impedance analyzer. The results showed that the coated PVDF-HFP/PEGDMA layer was covalently bound to the PE separator and also crosslinked by an electron beam irradiation. Thermal shrinkage dramatically decreased with an increase in the absorption dose and the PEGDMA content due to the crosslinking of the coated PVDF-HFP/PEGDMA by an irradiation. The PE separator coated with the composition of PVDF-HFP/PEGDMA (9.5/0.5) and irradiated to 150 kGy showed the highest electrolyte uptake of 125% and ionic conductivity of 3.82 × 10 -4 S/cm at room temperature.

  12. Preparation, performance and adsorption activity of TiO2 nanoparticles entrapped PVDF hybrid membranes

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    Zhang, Xia; Wang, Yang; You, Yuting; Meng, Hao; Zhang, Jianghua; Xu, Xinxin

    2012-12-01

    The TiO2 nanoparticles entrapped poly(vinylidenefluoride) (PVDF) hybrid membranes were prepared through impregnating the pre-treated PVDF film in the TiO2 suspension. SEM, XRD, TG and ATR-IR analyses were used to character the hybrid membranes. The results showed that the TiO2 nanoparticles with average size about 44 nm were deposited on the surface and inner pores of PVDF films. The pre-treatment of PVDF with cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) is benefit for TiO2loading. The ATR-IR spectra revealed that physical interaction played important role in the construction of hybrid membranes. The adsorption behavior of Cu2+ on the hybrid membranes was studied, and a promoted adsorption and elution efficiency of PVDF/TiO2 hybrid membranes were observed compared with that of the pristine PVDF film. Meanwhile, the surface contact angle, pure water flux and static adsorption of bovine serum albumin (BSA) on the hybrid membranes were also measured to study the effects of TiO2 nanoparticles. It was found that the TiO2 nanoparticles improved the surface hydrophilicity and permeability of PVDF membranes, and the decreasing adsorption capacity of BSA indicated the promoted antifouling ability of PVDF membranes. Such the PVDF/TiO2 hybrid membranes exhibit potential applications in the separation and pre-concentration of metal ions.

  13. The SANDIA standard for PVDF (polyvinylidene di-fluoride) shock sensors

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    Reed, R.P.; Graham, R.A.; Moore, L.M.; Lee, L.M.; Fogelson, D.J.; Bauer, F.

    1989-01-01

    A formal consensus standard for a version of the generic Bauer PVDF shock stress sensor is being defined by a panel broadly experienced in the techniques of PVDF sensor application. The evolving standard addresses points essential to accurate shock measurement with PVDF gauges. It covers the materials, dimensions, proportions, processing, inspection, calibration, certification, tolerances, and application for PVDF elements. The formal standard will be available for voluntary use by the shock stress community as a guide for selection procurement, application, and analysis of this useful new shock measurement tool. 4 refs.

  14. Temperature dependent structural, elastic, and polar properties of ferroelectric polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and trifluoroethylene (TrFE) copolymers

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    Sun, Fu-Chang; Dongare, Avinash; Asandei, Alexandru; Alpay, Pamir; Nakhmanson, Serge; University of Connecticut Team

    We use molecular dynamics to calculate the structural, elastic, and polar properties of crystalline ferroelectric β-poly(vinylidene fluoride), PVDF (-CH2-CF2-)n with randomized trifluoroethylene TrFE (-CHF-CF2-)n as a function of TrFE content (0-50%) in the temperature range of 0-400 K. There is a very good agreement between the experimentally obtained and the computed values of the lattice parameters, thermal expansion coefficients, elastic constants, polarization, and pyroelectric coefficients. A continuous decrease in Young's modulus with increasing TrFE content was observed and attributed to the increased intramolecular and intermolecular repulsive interactions between fluorine atoms. The computed polarization displayed a similar trend, with the room temperature spontaneous polarization decreasing by 44% from 13.8 μC/cm2 (pure PVDF) to 7.7 μC/cm2 [50/50 poly(VDF-co-TrFE)]. Our results show that molecular dynamics can be used as a practical tool to predict the mechanical and polarization-related behavior of ferroelectric poly(VDF-co-TrFE). Such an atomistic model can thus serve as a guide for practical applications of this important multifunctional polymer.

  15. Dielectric relaxation in 0-3 PVDF-Ba(Fe1/2Nb1/2)O3 composites

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    Chandra, K. P.; Singh, Rajan; Kulkarni, A. R.; Prasad, K.

    2016-05-01

    (1-x)PVDF-xBa(Fe1/2Nb1/2)O3 ceramic-polymer composites with x = 0.025, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15 were prepared using melt-mixing technique. The crystal symmetry, space group and unit cell dimensions were determined from the XRD data of Ba(Fe1/2Nb1/2)O3 using FullProf software, whereas crystallite size and lattice strain were estimated using Williamson-Hall approach. The distribution of Ba(Fe1/2Nb1/2)O3 particles in the PVDF matrix were examined on the cryo-fractured surfaces using a scanning electron microscope. Cole-Cole and pseudo Cole-Cole analysis suggested the dielectric relaxation in this system to be of non-Debye type. Filler concentration dependent real and imaginary parts of dielectric constant as well as ac conductivity data followed definite trends of exponential growth types of variation.

  16. Improved drug delivery properties of PVDF membranes functionalized with beta-cyclodextrin--application to guided tissue regeneration in periodontology.

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    Boschin, F; Blanchemain, N; Bria, M; Delcourt-Debruyne, E; Morcellet, M; Hildebrand, H F; Martel, B

    2006-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to develop a membrane for guided tissue regeneration applicable in periodontology that could release antimicrobial agent during the healing period. Our strategy consisted to graft beta-cyclodextrin (beta-CD), a molecule that is known to form inclusion complexes with a large variety of drugs, onto PVDF membranes. Grafting occurred by using citric acid that provoked a crosslinking reaction of beta-CD, and the resulting polymer was imprisoned into the porous structure of the PVDF membrane. The reaction produced a weight increase of the membrane, the range of which depended on the temperature and on the time of curing applied in the process. The biological behavior of the membranes evaluated by proliferation and vitality tests showed good proliferation and improved activity of L132 epithelial cells on the raw and on the grafted membranes. Doxycyclin (DOX) and chlorhexidine (CHX) were used as antimicrobial agents. Their inclusion into the beta-CD cavity in aqueous solutions was confirmed by NMR spectroscopy. After the impregnation of the membranes with DOX and CHX, their release was studied in vitro in batch type experiments and measured by UV spectrophotometry. Low amounts of DOX and CHX were delivered from the raw membranes within the first few hours of tests. Grafted membranes, however, delivered DOX and CHX in larger quantities within 24 h and 10 days respectively. PMID:16758457

  17. Absorption ability and kinetics of a liquid electrolyte in PVDF-HFP copolymer containing or not SiO 2

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    Caillon-Caravanier, M.; Claude-Montigny, B.; Lemordant, D.; Bosser, G.

    Gel polymer electrolytes have been prepared from PVDF-HFP copolymer with various silica contents incorporating Gamma valerolactone (VL) or VL/EC (80/20 in mole) (EC: ethylene carbonate) solutions of lithium bis(trifluoromethane sulfone) imide (LiTFSI). The influence of temperature, salt content and silica addition on the kinetics of absorption and wettability of the copolymer has been investigated. An empirical model, taking into account gel swelling during the absorption allows us to relate, at constant temperature, the wetting time and the volumetric fraction of trapped electrolyte, which is a critical factor for ionic conductivity of the gel. Increasing the silica content in the dry copolymer increases the porosity and consequently the rate of absorption and thus the amount of incorporated liquid phase at saturation. To a lower extent, an increase in the temperature of absorption has the same effects. The prepared gels have good mechanicals properties and conductivities. As an example, a gel of composition: PVDF- HFP/ SiO2/ VL/ EC/ LiTFSI of molar percentages 36/6.7/42/10.5/4.8 exhibits a conductivity of 2.9 mS cm - 1 at 293 K.

  18. Poly(4-vinyl pyridine) radiografted PVDF track etched membranes as sensors for monitoring trace mercury in water

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    Bessbousse, H.; Zran, N.; Fauléau, J.; Godin, B.; Lemée, V.; Wade, T.; Clochard, M.-C.

    2016-01-01

    By a radiation-induced grafting technique, we have functionalized track-etched nanoporous polymer membranes with mercury sensitive poly-4-vinyl pyridine (P4VP). Coating of these membranes with a very thin layer of gold results in an electrochemical sensor that is very selective and highly sensitive for mercury LOD 5 ng/L - well below the norms for water (0.015 μg/L potable water and 0.5 μg/L residual waters-French water norms of 27 October 2011). E-beam irradiation permitted optimization of the radiografting synthesis on PVDF thin films prior to ion-track grafting. Synthesis and characterization by EPR, FESEM and FTIR are described in detail. A comparison between FTIR in ATR and transmission modes enabled us to localize the grafting on the surface of the e-beam irradiated PVDF films allowing us to extrapolate what happens on the etched tracks. Using Square Wave Anodic Stripping Voltammetry (SW-ASV), mercury concentrations of 1 μg/L are detected in 2 h and low ng/L concentrations are detected after 24 h of adsorption. The adsorption is passive so sensors do not require instrumentation and the analysis takes only 3-4 min. Also, the P4VP functionalized sensor appears insensitive to pH variations (pHs 3-9), high salt concentrations (up to 1 g/L) and the presence of other heavy metals in the same solution.

  19. Investigation of the Transient Behavior of a Cantilever Beam Using PVDF Sensors

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    Ma, Chien-Ching; Huang, Yu-Hsi; Pan, Shan-Ying

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, a PVDF film sensor was used to measure the transient responses of a cantilever beam subjected to an impact loading. The measurement capability of a PVDF sensor is affected by the area of the PVDF film sensor and the signal conditioner (charge amplifier). The influences of these effects on the experimental measurements were investigated. The transient responses for the dynamic strain of the beam were measured simultaneously by the PVDF sensor and a conventional strain gauge. The resonant frequencies of the beam were determined by applying the Fast Fourier Transform on transient results in the time domain of the PVDF sensor and the strain gauge. The experimentally measured resonant frequencies from the PVDF sensor and the strain gauge were compared with those predicted from theoretical and FEM numerical calculations. Based on the comparison of the results measured for these two sensors, the PVDF film sensor proved capable of measuring transient responses for dynamic strain, and its sensitivity is better than that of the strain gauge. Furthermore, almost all the resonant frequencies can be obtained from the results of transient responses for PVDF film. PMID:22438754

  20. Structure and properties of PVDF membrane with PES-C addition via thermally induced phase separation process

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    Wu, Lishun; Sun, Junfen

    2014-12-01

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membrane and PVDF membrane with phenolphthalein polyethersulfone (PES-C) addition were prepared via thermally induced phase separation (TIPS) method by using diphenyl carbonate (DPC) and dimethyl acetamide (DMAc) as mixed diluents. The effects of coagulation temperature and pre-evaporation time on structure and properties of membranes were studied. The changes of sewage flux in MBR and the attenuation coefficient of sewage flux were investigated. The resistance distributions of PVDF and PVDF/PES-C membranes were compared by resistance analysis. Membrane composition and structure were characterized by ATR-FTIR, TGA, SEM and AFM. The foulant on membranes was analyzed by FTIR. The contact angle of PVDF/PES-C membrane was lower than that of PVDF membrane. A thinner skin layer and a porous cellular support layer formed in PVDF/PES-C membrane and resulted in a higher porosity and pure water flux. The pure water flux and porosity of PVDF/PES-C membrane increased with rising coagulation temperature and decreased with extending pre-evaporation time. The flux attenuation coefficient, the cake layer resistance and internal fouling resistance of PVDF/PES-C membrane in MBR were smaller than those of PVDF membrane in MBR. The FTIR spectrum of foulant on membrane indicated that the foulant on PVDF/PES-C membrane was mostly composed of protein and polysaccharide, while the foulant on pure PVDF membrane included biopolymer clusters besides protein and polysaccharide.

  1. Enhanced separation performance of PVDF/PVP-g-MMT nanocomposite ultrafiltration membrane based on the NVP-grafted polymerization modification of montmorillonite (MMT).

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    Wang, Panpan; Ma, Jun; Wang, Zhenghui; Shi, Fengmei; Liu, Qianliang

    2012-03-13

    A novel hydrophilic nanocomposite additive (PVP-g-MMT), coupling of hydrophilic modifier, self-dispersant, and pore-forming agent (porogen), was synthesized by the surface modification of montmorillonite (MMT) with N-vinylpyrrolidone (NVP) via "grafting from" polymerization in the presence of H(2)O(2)-NH(3)·H(2)O as the initiator, and then the nanocomposite membrane of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and PVP-g-MMT was fabricated by wet phase inversion onto clean glass plates. The existence and dispersion of PVP-g-MMT had a great role on structures, morphologies, surface composition, and chemistry of the as-prepared nanocomposite membranes confirmed by varieties of spectroscopic and microscopic characterization techniques, all of which were the correlated functions of PVP-g-MMT content in casting solution. By using the dead-end filtration of protein aqueous solution, the performance of the membrane was evaluated. It was seen that all of the nanocomposite membranes showed obvious improvement of water flux and proper BSA rejection ratio, compared to the control PVDF membrane. Meanwhile, dynamic BSA fouling resistance and flux recovery properties were also greatly enhanced due to the changes of surface hydrophilicity and morphologies. All the experimental results indicated that the as-prepared PVDF nanocomposite membranes showed better separation performances than the control PVDF membrane. Hopefully, the demonstrated method of hydrophilic nanocomposite additive synthesis would be applied for commonly hydroxyl group-containing inorganic nanoparticles, which was favorable to fabricate hydrophilic nanoparticle-enhanced polymer membranes for water treatment. PMID:22376185

  2. Study of Phase Transitions in Cerium by Pressure Gauge PVDF

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    Zhernokletov, Mikhail; Simakov, Vladimir; Borissenok, Valery; Bragunets, Viacheslav; Volgin, Vasily; Cherne, Frank; Zocher, Marvin

    2007-06-01

    This paper examines phase transitions in cerium during shock compression using PVDF gauges. A two-wave structure was observed with loading pressures of 4GPa - 12GPa. The wave structure consists of leading isentropic compression wave followed by a shock wave. This wave structure was formed as a result of the isomorphic (γ-α) phase transition. The wave profiles exhibited no peculiarities resulting from the polymorphic transition (α-ɛ) as predicted by Elkin et. al [Proceedings of the International Conference VII Khariton Readings, Sarov 2005, p. 116].

  3. PVDF flux/mass/velocity/trajectory systems and their applications in space

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    Tuzzolino, Anthony J.

    1994-01-01

    The current status of the University of Chicago Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) flux/mass/velocity/trajectory instrumentation is summarized. The particle response and thermal stability characteristics of pure PVDF and PVDF copolymer sensors are described, as well as the characteristics of specially constructed two-dimensional position-sensing PVDF sensors. The performance of high-flux systems and of velocity/trajectory systems using these sensors is discussed, and the objectives and designs of a PVDF velocity/trajectory dust instrument for launch on the Advanced Research and Global Observation Satellite (ARGOS) in 1995 and of a high-flux dust instrument for launch on the Cassini spacecraft to Saturn in 1997 are summarized.

  4. Investigating the effect of electro-active ion concentration on spectral induced polarization signatures arising from biomineralization pathways

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    Ntarlagiannis, D.; Slater, L. D.; Williams, K. H.; Hubbard, S. S.; Wu, Y.

    2010-12-01

    Spectral induced polarization (SIP) is a proven geophysical method for detecting biomineral formation with promising applications for monitoring biogeochemical products during microbial induced sequestration of heavy metals and radionuclides in soils. SIP has been used to monitor the evolution of bioremediation-induced end-products at the uranium-contaminated U.S. Department of Energy Rifle Integrated Field Research Challenge site in Colorado. Although a significant SIP response was detected, the quantitative interpretation is non-trivial as the polarization of metallic minerals depends both on the mineral surface properties and the electrolyte chemistry. In previous experiments SIP mechanisms were studied under complex environments and individual source mechanisms could not be evaluated. Here we examine the role of electrolyte chemistry by comparing the effect of redox active / inactive ions on metallic polarization. In these abiotic experiments magnetite was used as a proxy biomineral and dispersed within columns packed with sand. Parallel columns were saturated with solutions of different concentrations of active (Fe2+) and inactive (Ca2+) ions (0.01mM-10mM) and SIP measurements made (0.1-1000 Hz). Experimental results show small, but detectable, differences in the effect of active ion and inactive ion concentration on the SIP response. To better characterize the effect of electro-active ions on metallic minerals we used a Cole - Cole type relaxation model, to describe the SIP responses. In order to better resolve the relaxation model parameters, we followed a two-step approach whereby we started with a Bayesian based inversion to resolve for the initial parameter estimates, and subsequently used these estimates as a starting model for a deterministic solution. Our results suggest that changes in the active ion concentration, in the presence of magnetite, alone are unlikely to fully explain recent SIP monitoring data from the Rifle site.

  5. PVDF Multielement Lamb Wave Sensor for Structural Health Monitoring.

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    Ren, Baiyang; Lissenden, Cliff J

    2016-01-01

    The characteristics of Lamb waves, which are multimodal and dispersive, provide both challenges and opportunities for structural health monitoring (SHM). Methods for nondestructive testing with Lamb waves are well established. For example, mode content can be determined by moving a sensor to different positions and then transforming the spatial-temporal data into the wavenumber-frequency domain. This mode content information is very useful because at every frequency each mode has a unique wavestructure, which is largely responsible for its sensitivity to material damage. Furthermore, mode conversion occurs when the waves interact with damage, making mode content an excellent damage detection feature. However, in SHM, the transducers are typically at fixed locations and are immovable. Here, an affixed polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) multielement sensor is shown to provide these same capabilities. The PVDF sensor is bonded directly to the waveguide surface, conforms to curved surfaces, has low mass, low profile, low cost, and minimal influence on passing Lamb waves. While the mode receivability is dictated by the sensor being located on the surface of the waveguide, both symmetric and antisymmetric modes can be detected and group velocities measured. PMID:26540682

  6. Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) vibration sensor for stethoscope and contact microphones

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    Toda, Minoru; Thompson, Mitchell

    2005-09-01

    This paper describes a new type of contact vibration sensor made by bonding piezoelectric PVDF film to a curved frame structure. The concave surface of the film is bonded to a rubber piece having a front contact face. Vibration is transmitted from this face through the rubber to the surface of the PVDF film. Pressure normal to the surface of the film is converted to circumferential strain, and an electric field is induced by the piezoelectric effect. The frequency response of the device was measured using an accelerometer mounted between the rubber face and a rigid vibration exciter plate. Sensitivity (voltage per unit displacement) was deduced from the device output and measured acceleration. The sensitivity was flat from 16 Hz to 3 kHz, peaking at 6 kHz due to a structural resonance. Calculations predicting performance against human tissue (stethoscope or contact microphone) show results similar to data measured against the metal vibrator. This implies that an accelerometer can be used for calibrating a stethoscope or contact microphone. The observed arterial pulse waveform showed more low-frequency content than a conventional electronic stethoscope.

  7. Raman Investigations of PVDF-BaTiO3 Nanocomposites

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    Cantu, Julio; Chipara, Cristian; Ajayan, Pullickel; Hinthorne, James; Chipara, Mircea

    BaTiO3 nanoparticles (from Nanostructured & Amorphous Materials, Inc.) were dispersed within PVDF powder (from Sigma Aldrich) by melt mixing using a Haake Rheomix with two counter rotating screws. The mixing consisted of 3 segments first at 190 °C and 60 rotations per minute (rpm) for 30 minutes, second at 210 °C and 80 rpm for 15 minutes, and the last at 180 °C and 60 rpm for 30 minutes. Nanocomposites containing various fractions of nanofiller, ranging from 0 to 15 % wt. have been prepared. Raman investigations on the as obtained nanocomposites have been performed by using a Renishaw InVia spectrometer operating at 532 and 785 cm-1. Complementary Wide Angle X-Ray Scattering measurements on the same samples revealed that the as obtained nanocomposites have a dominant beta phase and provided additional information about the size of polymeric crystallites. The effect of the nanofiller on the Raman lines of the PVDF are analyzed in detail. The Raman spectra have been deconvoluted assuming a superposition distorted Lorentzian line shape. The changes of the Raman spectrum parameters (position, amplitude, width, and asymmetry factors) due to the loading with BaTiO3 is discussed.

  8. Uniaxially-aligned PVDF nanofibers as a sensor and transmitter for biotelemetry.

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    Edmondson, Dennis; Jana, Soumen; Wood, David; Fang, Chen; Zhang, Miqin

    2013-12-01

    Biotelemetry has become an important part of medical research for patient care by remotely monitoring continuing biological processes and physiological functions. However, current biotelemetry systems are complex requiring multiple electronic components to function: a battery, a sensor, and a transmitter, and a receiver. Another paramount concern of biotelemetry is the coupling of its in vivo portion to external supporting equipment. Here we report a novel biotelemetry device made primarily of a coiled bundle of uniaxially-aligned biocompatible polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) nanofibers of ∼200 nm in diameter and with piezoelectric properties that can serve concurrently as a power source, sensor, and transmitter. We tested this device on a cantilever beam that was periodically deflected at its free end. Without a power supply the coil of a nanofiber bundle is shown to generate and transmit an electrical signal wirelessly in response to the beam deflection which was received by an external receiver. The coil of a nanofiber bundle was encapsulated in a thin biocompatible polymer shell for device integrity and moisture isolation. Our results suggest that the device can potentially serve as a mechanical sensor and biotelemeter for various in vitro and in vivo biomedical applications. PMID:24147273

  9. Ag induced electromagnetic interference shielding of Ag-graphite/PVDF flexible nanocomposites thinfilms

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    Kumaran, R.; Alagar, M.; Dinesh Kumar, S.; Subramanian, V.; Dinakaran, K.

    2015-09-14

    We report Ag nanoparticle induced Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) shielding in a flexible composite films of Ag nanoparticles incorporated graphite/poly-vinylidene difluoride (PVDF). PVDF nanocomposite thin-films were synthesized by intercalating Ag in Graphite (GIC) followed by dispersing GIC in PVDF. The X-ray diffraction analysis and the high-resolution transmission electron microscope clearly dictate the microstructure of silver nanoparticles in graphite intercalated composite of PVDF matrix. The conductivity values of nanocomposites are increased upto 2.5 times when compared to neat PVDF having a value of 2.70 S/cm at 1 MHz. The presence of Ag broadly enhanced the dielectric constant and lowers the dielectric loss of PVDF matrix proportional to Ag content. The EMI shielding effectiveness of the composites is 29.1 dB at 12.4 GHz for the sample having 5 wt. % Ag and 10 wt. % graphite in PVDF.

  10. Ultrasonic guided wave sensing properties of PVDF thin film with inter digital electrodes

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    Rathod, Vivek T.; Roy Mahapatra, D.

    2014-04-01

    Ultrasonic strain sensing performance of the large area PVDF with Inter Digital Electrodes (IDE) is studied in this work. Procedure to obtain IDE on a beta-phase PVDF is explained. PVDF film with IDE is bonded on a plate structure and is characterized for its directional sensitivity at different frequencies. Guided waves are induced on the IDE-PVDF sensor from different directions by placing a piezoelectric wafer actuator at different angles. Strain induced on the IDE-PVDF sensor by the guided waves in estimated by using a Laser Doppler Vibrometer (LDV) and a wave propagation model. Using measured voltage response from IDE-PVDF sensor and the strain measurements from LDV the piezoelectric coefficient is estimated in various directions. The variation of ℯ11 e at different angles shows directional sensitivity of the IDE-PVDF sensor to the incident guided waves. The present study provides an effective technique to characterize thin film piezoelectric sensors for ultrasonic strain sensing at very high frequencies of 200 kHz. Often frequency of the guided wave is changed to alter the wavelength to interrogate damages of different sizes in Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) applications. The unique property of directional sensitivity combined with frequency tunability makes the IDEPVDF sensor most suitable for SHM of structures.

  11. Flexible EMI shielding materials derived by melt blending PVDF and ionic liquid modified MWNTs

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    Sharma, Maya; Sharma, Sukanya; Abraham, Jiji; Thomas, Sabu; Madras, Giridhar; Bose, Suryasarathi

    2014-09-01

    Nano composites of PVDF with ionic liquid [EMIM][TF2N] (IL) modified MWNTs were prepared by melt blending to design materials for EMI shielding applications. MWNTs and IL were mixed in two different ratios (1:1 and 1:5) to facilitate better dispersion of MWNTs in PVDF. It was observed that non-covalent interactions between IL and PVDF resulted in a better dispersion of CNTs and was consistent with increasing concentration of IL. Interestingly, IL modified MWNTs induced the formation of γ-phase crystals in PVDF, which was further confirmed by XRD, FTIR and DSC. Melt rheological measurements and DSC analysis revealed the plasticization effect of IL in PVDF composites further manifesting in a decrease in the storage modulus and the glass transition temperature. This phenomenal effect presumably led to better dispersion of IL modified MWNTs in PVDF further resulting in a significant improvement in electrical conductivity and structural properties. More interestingly, the elongational properties in the composites improved with IL modified MWNTs in striking contrast to MWNT filled PVDF composites. The ac conductivity of the composites reached about 10-3 S cm-1 with the addition of 2 wt% IL modified MWNTs (1:1). This further led to a high electro-magnetic interference (EMI) shielding effectiveness of about 20 dB at 2 wt% IL modified MWNTs. Such materials can further be explored for flexible, lightweight EMI shielding materials for a wide range of operating frequency.

  12. Low percolation threshold of graphene/polymer composites prepared by solvothermal reduction of graphene oxide in the polymer solution

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    2013-01-01

    Graphene/polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) composites were prepared using in-situ solvothermal reduction of graphene oxide in the PVDF solution. The electrical conductivity of the composites was greatly improved by doping with graphene sheets. The percolation threshold of such composite was determined to be 0.31 vol.%, being much smaller than that of the composites prepared via blending reduced graphene sheets with polymer matrix. This is attributed to the large aspect ratio of the SRG sheets and their uniform dispersion in the polymer matrix. The dielectric constant of PVDF showed a marked increase from 7 to about 105 with only 0.5 vol.% loading of SRG content. Like the other conductor-insulator systems, the AC conductivity of the system also obeyed the universal dynamic response. In addition, the SRG/PVDF composite shows a much stronger nonlinear conduction behavior than carbon nanotube/nanofiber based polymer composite, owing to intense Zener tunneling between the SRG sheets. The strong electrical nonlinearity provides further support for a homogeneous dispersion of SRG sheets in the polymer matrix. PMID:23522102

  13. Polyethylene-supported polyvinylidene fluoride-cellulose acetate butyrate blended polymer electrolyte for lithium ion battery

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    Liu, Jiansheng; Li, Weishan; Zuo, Xiaoxi; Liu, Shengqi; Li, Zhao

    2013-03-01

    The polyethylene (PE)-supported polymer membranes based on the blended polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB) are prepared for gel polymer electrolyte (GPE) of lithium ion battery. The performances of the prepared membranes and the resulting GPEs are investigated by scanning electron microscopy, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, linear potential sweep, and charge-discharge test. The effect of the ratio of PVDF to CAB on the performance of the prepared membranes is considered. It is found that the GPE based on the blended polymer with PVDF:CAB = 2:1 (in weight) has the largest ionic conductivity (2.48 × 10-3 S cm-1) and shows good compatibility with anode and cathode of lithium ion battery. The LiCoO2/graphite battery using this GPE exhibits superior cyclic stability at room temperature, storage performance at elevated temperature, and rate performance.

  14. Optimization Of PVDF-TrFE Processing Conditions For The Fabrication Of Organic MEMS Resonators

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    Ducrot, Pierre-Henri; Dufour, Isabelle; Ayela, Cédric

    2016-01-01

    This paper reports a systematic optimization of processing conditions of PVDF-TrFE piezoelectric thin films, used as integrated transducers in organic MEMS resonators. Indeed, despite data on electromechanical properties of PVDF found in the literature, optimized processing conditions that lead to these properties remain only partially described. In this work, a rigorous optimization of parameters enabling state-of-the-art piezoelectric properties of PVDF-TrFE thin films has been performed via the evaluation of the actuation performance of MEMS resonators. Conditions such as annealing duration, poling field and poling duration have been optimized and repeatability of the process has been demonstrated. PMID:26792224

  15. Optimization Of PVDF-TrFE Processing Conditions For The Fabrication Of Organic MEMS Resonators.

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    Ducrot, Pierre-Henri; Dufour, Isabelle; Ayela, Cédric

    2016-01-01

    This paper reports a systematic optimization of processing conditions of PVDF-TrFE piezoelectric thin films, used as integrated transducers in organic MEMS resonators. Indeed, despite data on electromechanical properties of PVDF found in the literature, optimized processing conditions that lead to these properties remain only partially described. In this work, a rigorous optimization of parameters enabling state-of-the-art piezoelectric properties of PVDF-TrFE thin films has been performed via the evaluation of the actuation performance of MEMS resonators. Conditions such as annealing duration, poling field and poling duration have been optimized and repeatability of the process has been demonstrated. PMID:26792224

  16. Optimization Of PVDF-TrFE Processing Conditions For The Fabrication Of Organic MEMS Resonators

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    Ducrot, Pierre-Henri; Dufour, Isabelle; Ayela, Cédric

    2016-01-01

    This paper reports a systematic optimization of processing conditions of PVDF-TrFE piezoelectric thin films, used as integrated transducers in organic MEMS resonators. Indeed, despite data on electromechanical properties of PVDF found in the literature, optimized processing conditions that lead to these properties remain only partially described. In this work, a rigorous optimization of parameters enabling state-of-the-art piezoelectric properties of PVDF-TrFE thin films has been performed via the evaluation of the actuation performance of MEMS resonators. Conditions such as annealing duration, poling field and poling duration have been optimized and repeatability of the process has been demonstrated.

  17. Flexible Polymer-on-Polymer Architecture for Piezo/Pyroelectric Energy Harvesting.

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    Talemi, Pejman; Delaigue, Marine; Murphy, Peter; Fabretto, Manrico

    2015-04-29

    An all polymer piezo/pyroelectric device was fabricated using β phase poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) as the active material and vapor phase polymerized (VPP) poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiphene) (PEDOT) as the flexible electrode overlay material. Inherent problems usually associated with coating polymeric electrodes onto the low surface energy PVDF were overcome by air plasma treating the film in conjunction with utilizing the VPP technique to simultaneously synthesize and in situ deposit the PEDOT electrode. Strain measurements up to the breaking-strain of PVDF (approximately 35%) indicated that the change in R/Ro was significantly smaller for the PEDOT based electrodes compared to the platinum electrode. Plasma treatment of the PVDF film increased the level of surface oxygenated carbon species that contributed to increased surface energy, as confirmed by confirmed by contact angle measurement. The enhanced adhesion between the two polymers layers contributed to a significant increase in the measured piezoelectric output voltage from 0.2 to 0.5 V for the same strain conditions. Pyroelectric voltage outputs were obtained by placing the film onto and off of a hotplate, for temperatures up to 50 °C above ambient. Finally, as a proof of concept, a simple energy harvesting device (plastic tube with slots for mounting multiple piezo/pyro films) was fabricated. The device was able to generate a usable level of peak output current (>3.5 μA) from human inhalation and exhalation "waste energy". PMID:25806971

  18. Low Crossover Polymer Electrolyte Membranes for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells

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    Prakash, G. K. Surya; Smart, Marshall; Atti, Anthony R.; Olah, George A.; Narayanan, S. R.; Valdez, T.; Surampudi, S.

    1996-01-01

    Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (DMFC's) using polymer electrolyte membranes are promising power sources for portable and vehicular applications. State of the art technology using Nafion(R) 117 membranes (Dupont) are limited by high methanol permeability and cost, resulting in reduced fuel cell efficiencies and impractical commercialization. Therefore, much research in the fuel cell field is focused on the preparation and testing of low crossover and cost efficient polymer electrolyte membranes. The University of Southern California in cooperation with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is focused on development of such materials. Interpenetrating polymer networks are an effective method used to blend polymer systems without forming chemical links. They provide the ability to modify physical and chemical properties of polymers by optimizing blend compositions. We have developed a novel interpenetrating polymer network based on poly (vinyl - difluoride)/cross-linked polystyrenesulfonic acid polymer composites (PVDF PSSA). Sulfonation of polystyrene accounts for protonic conductivity while the non-polar, PVDF backbone provides structural integrity in addition to methanol rejection. Precursor materials were prepared and analyzed to characterize membrane crystallinity, stability and degree of interpenetration. USC JPL PVDF-PSSA membranes were also characterized to determine methanol permeability, protonic conductivity and sulfur distribution. Membranes were fabricated into membrane electrode assemblies (MEA) and tested for single cell performance. Tests include cell performance over a wide range of temperatures (20 C - 90 C) and cathode conditions (ambient Air/O2). Methanol crossover values are measured in situ using an in-line CO2 analyzer.

  19. PVDF gauge characterization of hypervelocity-impact-generated debris clouds

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    Boslough, M.B.; Chhabildas, L.C.; Reinhart, W.D.; Hall, C.A.; Miller, J.M.; Hickman, R.; Mullin, S.A.; Littlefield, D.L.

    1993-08-01

    We have used PVDF gauges to determine time-resolved stresses resulting from interaction between hypervelocity-impact-generated debris clouds and various target gauge blocks. Debris clouds were generated from three different impact configurations: (1) steel spheres impacting steel bumper sheets at 4.5 to 6.0 km/s, (2) aluminum inhibited shaped-charge jets impacting aluminum bumper sheets at 11.4 km/s, and (3) titanium disks impacting titanium bumper sheets at 7.6 to 10.1 km/s. Additional data were collected from the various experiments using flash X-ray radiography, pulsed laser photography, impact flash measurements, time-resolved strain gauge measurements, and velocity interferometry (VISAR). Data from these various techniques are in general agreement with one another and with hydrocode predictions, and provide a quantitative and comprehensive picture of impact-generated debris clouds.

  20. Reciprocated suppression of polymer crystallization toward improved solid polymer electrolytes: Higher ion conductivity and tunable mechanical properties

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    Bi, Sheng; Sun, Che-Nan; Zawodzinski, Thomas A.; Ren, Fei; Keum, Jong Kahk; Ahn, Suk-Kyun; Li, Dawen; Chen, Jihua

    2015-08-06

    Solid polymer electrolytes based on lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl) imide and polymer matrix were extensively studied in the past due to their excellent potential in a broad range of energy related applications. Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and polyethylene oxide (PEO) are among the most examined polymer candidates as solid polymer electrolyte matrix. In this paper, we study the effect of reciprocated suppression of polymer crystallization in PVDF/PEO binary matrix on ion transport and mechanical properties of the resultant solid polymer electrolytes. With electron and X-ray diffractions as well as energy filtered transmission electron microscopy, we identify and examine the appropriate blending composition thatmore » is responsible for the diminishment of both PVDF and PEO crystallites. Laslty, a three-fold conductivity enhancement is achieved along with a highly tunable elastic modulus ranging from 20 to 200 MPa, which is expected to contribute toward future designs of solid polymer electrolytes with high room-temperature ion conductivities and mechanical flexibility.« less

  1. A novel polymer composite as cathode binder of lithium ion batteries with improved rate capability and cyclic stability

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    Fu, Z.; Feng, H. L.; Xiang, X. D.; Rao, M. M.; Wu, W.; Luo, J. C.; Chen, T. T.; Hu, Q. P.; Feng, A. B.; Li, W. S.

    2014-09-01

    In this work, we have developed a novel polymer composite (MPVDF) by embedding maleic anhydride-grated-polyvinylidene fluoride (MA-g-PVDF) into polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) as binder of LiCoO2 cathode for lithium ion battery. The cathodes using MPVDF and PVDF as binder have been comparatively investigated with scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electrochemical measurements. By using MPVDF as the binder for preparing LiCoO2 cathode, the rate capability and cyclic stability of the LiCoO2 cathode in LiCoO2/Artificial graphite battery are improved significantly. Compared to the cathode using PVDF alone, the discharge capacity of the battery increases by 38.5% at 2 C and the capacity retention of the battery is improved from 84.5% to 90.2% after 300 cycles at 0.5 C when the mass ratio of MA-g-PVDF to PVDF in MPVDF binder is 1:4. The improved performance is attributed to the low crystallinity of MPVDF, which allows larger electrolyte uptake. The electrolyte uptake is 43.5% for the LiCoO2 cathode using MPVDF but only 25.3% for the cathode using PVDF alone.

  2. Metal-Organic Framework/PVDF Composite Membranes with High H2 Permselectivity Synthesized by Ammoniation.

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    Li, Wanbin; Meng, Qin; Zhang, Congyang; Zhang, Guoliang

    2015-05-01

    Herein we report a new ammoniation-based chemical modification strategy for synthesis of continuous and uniform metal-organic framework (MOF)/polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membranes with attractive performance. Ammoniation can promote the support PVDF membrane to produce amino groups, form a nanoparticle structure, and be well cross-linked; therefore, the high-density heterogeneous nucleation sites for MOFs growth were provided and the thermal stability and chemical resistance of composite membranes can be greatly improved. The high-quality layers of representative Cu-BTC and ZIF-8 were synthesized on the chemically modified PVDF membranes. By ammoniation, ZIF-7 can even be grown under harsh synthetic conditions such as in DMF precursor solutions at 403 K. The fabricated MOF/PVDF composite membranes with excellent hollow fiber structures and enhanced structural stability exhibited high H2 permselectivities for H2 /CO2 and H2 /N2 . PMID:25810142

  3. Design and fabrication of a metal core PVDF fiber for an air flow sensor

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    Bian, Yixiang; Liu, Rongrong; Huang, Xiaomei; Hong, Jin; Huang, Huiyu; Hui, Shen

    2015-10-01

    To track prey or avoid predators, many arthropods can detect variations in airflow and pressure gradients using an array of very thin and sensitive filiform hairs. In this study, metal core piezoelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) fibers were prepared to mimic such hair sensors. The flexibility of the fibers was very good, which was helpful for overcoming the typical brittleness of piezoelectric ceramic fibers. At the same time, the diameter of the fibers was very small (down to 50 μm in diameter). In order to mimic the insects’ hairs to the maximum extent, which was expected to greatly improve the sensitivity of such PVDF fiber-based sensors, a feasible process to prepare and extract electrodes on the surface of the fibers had to be developed. Compared with stainless steel filament-core fibers, the molybdenum filament-core PVDF fibers were easy to stretch. The molybdenum filament was then covered by a cylindrical PVDF layer with a diameter of 400 μm. One half of the longitudinal surface of the fibers was spray-coated with a conductive silver adhesive. The metal core was then used as one electrode, and the conductive silver adhesive was used as the other electrode. After polarization, a single metal-core PVDF fiber could be used as an airflow sensor. The surface structure and the sections of the PVDF fiber were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy. The results of the mechanical stretching tests showed that the metal core greatly enhanced the mechanical properties of the PVDF fibers. X-ray diffraction revealed that the greater the stretching ratio, the higher the α-to-β-phase conversion rate during the preparation of the PVDF fibers. A single metal-core PVDF fiber was used as a bionic airflow sensor, and a mechanical model of this sensor was derived. The airflow sensing capability of the PVDF fiber was experimentally confirmed in a miniature wind tunnel. The results showed that a cantilevered metal-core PVDF fiber is capable of detecting the range

  4. Preparation Method of Crack-free PVDF Microfiltration Membrane with Enhanced Antifouling Characteristics.

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    Woo, Sahng Hyuck; Lee, Ju Sung; Lee, Hyun Ho; Park, Jinwon; Min, Byoung Ryul

    2015-08-01

    This study proposes a method to prepare a crack-free poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) microfiltration (MF) membrane with enhanced antifouling property. In the study, blending 4% poly(vinylidene fluoride)-graft-poly(sulfopropyl methacrylate) (PVDF-g-PSPMA) and 1.5% potassium perchlorate (KClO4) led to crack prevention during membrane preparation via nonsolvent induced phase separation (NIPS) when compared with blending with 4% PVDF-g-PSPMA only (without KClO4). The resulting crack-free membrane (A3) had both smooth surface structure and hydrophilicity in comparison with pristine PVDF membrane (A1). In addition, blending with PVDF-g-PSPMA and KClO4 also allowed the A3 membrane to exhibit uniform pore size distribution (PSD) and smooth surface structure, compared with PVDF membrane commercially available from company "M" in Germany. The aforementioned properties led to antifouling characteristics in the crack-free membrane (A3). According to flux performances, flux recovery and cumulative permeate volume (between 120 and 240 min) of crack-free membrane (A3) were 11.41 and 17.41% superior to those of commercial membrane, respectively. PMID:26172403

  5. Synthesis of PVDF ultrafiltration membranes supported on polyester fabrics for separation of organic matter from water

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    Mhlanga, Sabelo D.; Tshabalala, Tumelo G.; Nxumalo, Edward N.; Mamba, Bhekie B.

    2014-08-01

    Polyvinylidene flouride (PVDF) membranes supported on non-woven fabrics (NWF) of polyester are reported. The PVDF membranes were fabricated using the phase inversion method followed by modification of the active top layer of the PVDF thin film by adding polyvinylpyrolidone (PVP) into the cast solution. A PVDF resin was used with N- methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) as a solvent. Sessile drop contact angle measurements and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to study the physical properties of the membranes. Membrane rejection of humic acid was studied using a cross-flow membrane testing unit. The contact angle results revealed that the hydrophilicity of PVDF membranes increased as the PVP concentration was increased from 3 to 10 wt%. SEM analysis of the membranes revealed that the membrane pore sizes increased when PVP was added. AFM analysis also showed that membrane roughness changed when PVP was added. Total organic carbon (TOC) analysis of water samples spiked with humic acid was performed to test the rejection capacity of the membranes. Rejections of up to 97% were achieved for PVDF membranes supported on polyester NWF1, which had smaller thickness and higher permeability compared to polyester NWF2. The NWFs provided the high strength required for the membranes despite the modifications done on the PDVF surface and microstructure.

  6. Self-poled transparent and flexible UV light-emitting cerium complex-PVDF composite: a high-performance nanogenerator.

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    Garain, Samiran; Sinha, Tridib Kumar; Adhikary, Prakriti; Henkel, Karsten; Sen, Shrabanee; Ram, Shanker; Sinha, Chittaranjan; Schmeißer, Dieter; Mandal, Dipankar

    2015-01-21

    Cerium(III)-N,N-dimethylformamide-bisulfate [Ce(DMF)(HSO4)3] complex is doped into poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) to induce a higher yield (99%) of the electroactive phases (β- and γ-phases) of PVDF. A remarkable enhancement of the output voltage (∼32 V) of a nanogenerator (NG) based on a nonelectrically poled cerium(III) complex containing PVDF composite film is achieved by simple repeated human finger imparting, whereas neat PVDF does not show this kind of behavior. This high electrical output resembles the generation of self-poled electroactive β-phase in PVDF due to the electrostatic interactions between the fluoride of PVDF and the surface-active positive charge cloud of the cerium complex via H-bonding and/or bipolar interaction among the opposite poles of cerium complex and PVDF, respectively. The capacitor charging capability of the flexible NG promises its applicability as piezoelectric-based energy harvester. The cerium(III) complex doped PVDF composite film exhibit an intense photoluminescence in the UV region, which might be due to a participation of electron cloud from negative pole of bipolarized PVDF. This fact may open a new area for prospective development of high-performance energy-saving flexible solid-state UV light emitters. PMID:25523039

  7. Vibrational properties of ferroelectric {beta}-vinylidene fluoride polymers and oligomers.

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    Nakhmanson, S. M.; Korlacki, R.; Johnson, J. T.; Ducharme, S.; Ge, Z.; Takacs, J. M.; Materials Science Division; Univ.of Nebraska at Lincoln

    2010-01-01

    We utilize a plane-wave density-functional theory approach to investigate the vibrational properties of the all-trans ferroelectric phase of poly(vinylidene fluoride) ({beta}-PVDF) showing that its stable state corresponds to the Ama2 structure with ordered dihedral tilting of the VDF monomers along the polymer chains. We then combine our theoretical analysis with IR spectroscopy to examine vibrations in oligomer crystals that are structurally related to the {beta}-PVDF phase. We demonstrate that these materials - which can be grown in a highly crystalline form - exhibit IR activity similar to that of {beta}-PVDF, making them an attractive choice for the studies of electroactive phenomena and phase transitions in polymer ferroelectrics.

  8. Preparation and pre-characterization of epoxidized natural rubber (ENR) / poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) (ENR/PVDF) thin film composite membrane

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    Mod, Norliyana; Othaman, Rizafizah

    2015-09-01

    Epoxidised Natural Rubber (ENR) / Poly (Vinylidene Fluoride) (PVDF) (ENR/PVDF) (60:40 wt%) thin film composite membrane was prepared by using solution casting technique. The focuses of this paper are to prepare ENR/PVDF membrane with ratio of ENR to PVDF 60:40 wt%, and to study the effectiveness of treating Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) using the membrane. The prepared membrane was analyzed using optical microscope and the treatment of POME was investigated using dead-end stirred cell. Treated and untreated POME was analyzed to test the percentage of biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal. Optical microscope micrographs showed that the surface of the membrane was slightly uneven. The rate of flux which passed through the membrane was 0.60 L/hm2. Both BOD and COD decreased by 23.6 % and 49.32 % respectively, after single treatment. This showed that the membrane can be used for POME treatment. The value of BOD and COD removal can be increased by recycling the treated POME for more than two cycles, which will be further studied by authors.

  9. Voltage tunable polymer laser device

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    Döring, Sebastian; Kollosche, Matthias; Rabe, Torsten; Kofod, Guggi; Stumpe, Joachim

    2012-03-01

    Since organic laser materials offer broad optical gain spectra they are predestined for the realization of widely tunable laser sources. Here we report on a compact organic laser device that allows for voltage controlled continuously wavelength tuning in the visible range of the spectrum by external deformation. The device consists of an elastomeric distributed feedback (DFB) laser and an electro-active elastomer actuator also known as artificial muscle. Second order DFB lasing is realized by a grating line structured elastomer substrate covered with a thin layer of dye doped polymer. To enable wavelength tuning the elastomer laser is placed at the center of the electro-active elastomer actuator. Chosen design of the actuator gives rise to homogeneous compression at this position. The voltage induced deformation of the artificial muscle is transferred to the elastomer laser and results in a decrease of grating period. This leads to an emission wavelength shift of the elastomer laser. The increase of actuation voltage to 3.25 kV decreased the emission wavelength from 604 nm to 557 nm, a change of 47 nm or 7.8%.

  10. First principles-based multiscale modeling of ferroelectric polymers

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    Strachan, A. H.; Su, Haibin; Goddard, W. A. , III

    2004-01-01

    We use Density Functional Theory [within the generalized gradient approximation (DFT-GGA)] and molecular dynamics (MD) to characterize electromechanical properties of PVDF and its random copolymer with TrFE. Our simulations predict that large electrostrictive strains ({approx}5%) at extremely high frequencies (up to 10{sup 9} Hz) can be obtained in a poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) nano-actuator if the inter-chain packing density is appropriately chosen. We control the packing density by assembling the polymer chains on a Si <111> surface with 1/2 coverage. Under these conditions the equilibrium conformation of the polymer contains a combination of Gauche and Trans bonds which can be easily transformed to an all-Trans conformation by applying an electric field. Such molecular transformation is accompanied by a large deformation along the polymer chain direction.

  11. Alternating current conductivity and dielectric relaxation of PANI:PVDF composites

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    Saïdi, Sami; Mannaî, Aymen; Bouzitoun, Mouna; Belhadj Mohamed, Abdellatif

    2014-04-01

    In this work, PANI:PVDF composites films were prepared with different PANI contents (p = 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5%). The resulting films were dried at various temperatures such as 30, 90 and 120 °C. The alternating current mechanisms and dielectric relaxation and of PANI:PVDF films were studied using complex impedance spectroscopy over a wide range of temperature (303-453 K) and a frequency range (1 kHz to 1 MHz). We found that the ac conductivity in PANI:PVDF composite is governed by correlated barrier hopping (CBH) model. In dielectric loss modulus study, two relaxation processes were identified. The first peak was associated to Maxwell Wagner-Sillas (MWS) relaxation whereas the second one which obtained at higher frequency was attributed to the αc relaxation. For PANI:PVDF film which dried at 30 °C, the MWS relaxation appears only at higher temperature. The temperature dependence of αc relaxation was suitably fitted according to Vogel Flucher Temman model whereas MWS relaxation follows Arrhenius type behavior. The effect of drying temperature on microstructure and phase crystallization of PVDF in the composites was carried out using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. These results were used to find a reasonable correlation between microstructure and electrical properties.

  12. A robust superhydrophobic PVDF composite coating with wear/corrosion-resistance properties

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    Wang, Huaiyuan; Liu, Zhanjian; Wang, Enqun; Yuan, Ruixia; Gao, Dong; Zhang, Xiguang; Zhu, Yanji

    2015-03-01

    A robust wear/corrosion-resistant superhydrophobic polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)/fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP)/carbon nanofibers (CNFs) composite coating with a water contact angle (WCA) of 164 ± 1.5° and a slide angle of 5 ± 0.2° has been fabricated through the combination of chemical etching and spraying technique. The WCA of the coating still maintains 141 ± 1.2° after 10,000 times rubbing due to the designed internal nano/micro-structure and the slide angle increases from 5 ± 0.2° to 20 ± 0.5°. The prepared coating also demonstrates excellent corrosion-resistance property under strongly acidic or alkaline conditions for 15 days. The wear-resistance of the superhydrophobic coating is approximately 5 times higher than the pure PVDF coating and commercial fluorocarbon coating. These excellent mechanical properties are attributed to the new groups of Cdbnd C and Csbnd C by dehydrofluorination of PVDF and the new β-phase of PVDF by recrystallization of the α-phase. Furthermore, the enhanced adhesive ability of the coating corresponds with Grade 1 according to GB/T9286, mainly because that the interaction force among PVDF macromolecules can be intensified by chemical cross-linking and the hydroxyl groups formed on the surface of the aluminum plate by etching. It is believed that this robust multifunctional superhydrophobic coating may have the potential values in large-scale application.

  13. BaTiO3/PVDF Nanocomposite Film with High Energy Storage Density

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    Wang, Xiaohui

    2016-03-01

    A gradated multilayer BaTiO3/poly(vinylidenefluoride) thin film structure is presented to achieve both a higher breakdown strength and a superior energy-storage capability. Key to the process is the sequential deposition of uniform dispersions of the single component source, which generate a blended PVDF-BTO-PVDF structure prior to full evaporation of solvent, and thermal treatment of the dielectric. The result is like sandwich structure with partial 0-3 character. The central layer designed to provide the high electric displacement, is composed of high volume fraction 6-10 nm BTO nanocrystals produced by a TEG-sol method. The outer layers of the structure are predominantly PVDF, with a significantly lower volume fraction of BTO, taking advantage of the higher dielectric strength for pure PVDF at the electrode-nanocomposite interface. The film is mechanically flexible, and can be removed from the substrate, with total thicknesses in the range 1.2 - 1.5 μm. Parallel plate capacitance devices improved dielectric performances, compared to reported values for BTO-PVDF 0-3 nanocomposites, with a maximal discharged energy density of 19.4J/cm3 and dielectric breakdown strengths of up to 495 kV/mm.

  14. SPEEK/PVDF/PES Composite as Alternative Proton Exchange Membrane for Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries

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    Fu, Zhimin; Liu, Jinying; Liu, Qifeng

    2016-01-01

    A membrane consisting of a blend of sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) (SPEEK), poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF), and poly(ether sulfone) (PES) has been fabricated and used as an ion exchange membrane for application in vanadium redox flow batteries (VRBs). The vanadium ion permeability of the SPEEK/PVDF/PES membrane was one order of magnitude lower than that of Nafion 117 membrane. The low-cost composite membrane exhibited better performance than Nafion 117 membrane at the same operating condition. A VRB single cell with SPEEK/PVDF/PES membrane showed significantly lower capacity loss, higher coulombic efficiency (>95%), and higher energy efficiency (>82%) compared with Nafion 117 membrane. In the self-discharge test, the duration of the cell with the SPEEK/PVDF/PES membrane was nearly two times longer than that with Nafion 117 membrane. Considering these good properties and its low cost, SPEEK/PVDF/PES membrane is expected to have excellent commercial prospects as an ion exchange membrane for VRB systems.

  15. Survivability of integrated PVDF film sensors to accelerated ageing conditions in aeronautical/aerospace structures

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    Guzman, E.; Cugnoni, J.; Gmür, T.; Bonhôte, P.; Schorderet, A.

    2013-06-01

    This work validates the use of integrated polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) film sensors for dynamic testing, even after being subjected to UV-thermo-hygro-mechanical accelerated ageing conditions. The verification of PVDF sensors’ survivability in these environmental conditions, typically confronted by civil and military aircraft, is the main concern of the study. The evaluation of survivability is made by a comparison of dynamic testing results provided by the PVDF patch sensors subjected to an accelerated ageing protocol, and those provided by neutral non-aged sensors (accelerometers). The available measurements are the time-domain response signals issued from a modal analysis procedure, and the corresponding frequency response functions (FRF). These are in turn used to identify the constitutive properties of the samples by extraction of the modal parameters, in particular the natural frequencies. The composite specimens in this study undergo different accelerated ageing processes. After several weeks of experimentation, the samples exhibit a loss of stiffness, represented by a decrease in the elastic moduli down to 10%. Despite the ageing, the integrated PVDF sensors, subjected to the same ageing conditions, are still capable of providing reliable data to carry out a close followup of these changes. This survivability is a determinant asset in order to use integrated PVDF sensors to perform structural health monitoring (SHM) in the future of full-scale composite aeronautical structures.

  16. Clarification of Orange Press Liquors by PVDF Hollow Fiber Membranes

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    Simone, Silvia; Conidi, Carmela; Ursino, Claudia; Cassano, Alfredo; Figoli, Alberto

    2016-01-01

    Press liquors are typical by-products of the citrus juice processing characterized by a high content of organic compounds and associated problems of environmental impact, which imply high treatment costs. However, these wastes contain a great number of health promoting substances, including fibers, carotenoids and phenolic compounds (mainly flavonoids), whose recovery against waste-destruction technologies is very attractive for new business opportunities. In this work, the clarification of orange press liquor by using microfiltration (MF) membranes is studied as a preliminary step to obtain a permeate stream enriched in antioxidant compounds which can be further processed to produce extracts of nutraceutical and/or pharmaceutical interest. MF poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) hollow fibers were prepared by the dry/wet spinning technique. A series of fibers was produced from the same polymeric dope, in order to investigate the effect of selected spinning parameters, i.e., bore fluid composition and flowrate, on their properties. The morphology of the produced fibers was analyzed by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). Fibers were further characterized for their mechanical properties, porosity, bubble point, pore size distribution and pure water permeability (PWP). Some of the produced fibers exhibited high permeability (pure water permeability ~530 L/m2·h·bar), coupled to good mechanical resistance and pore size in the range of MF membranes. These fibers were selected and used for the clarification of press liquor from orange peel processing. In optimized operating conditions, the selected fibers produced steady-state fluxes of about 41 L/m2·h with rejections towards polyphenols and total antioxidant activity of 4.1% and 1.4%, respectively. PMID:26805899

  17. Clarification of Orange Press Liquors by PVDF Hollow Fiber Membranes.

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    Simone, Silvia; Conidi, Carmela; Ursino, Claudia; Cassano, Alfredo; Figoli, Alberto

    2016-01-01

    Press liquors are typical by-products of the citrus juice processing characterized by a high content of organic compounds and associated problems of environmental impact, which imply high treatment costs. However, these wastes contain a great number of health promoting substances, including fibers, carotenoids and phenolic compounds (mainly flavonoids), whose recovery against waste-destruction technologies is very attractive for new business opportunities. In this work, the clarification of orange press liquor by using microfiltration (MF) membranes is studied as a preliminary step to obtain a permeate stream enriched in antioxidant compounds which can be further processed to produce extracts of nutraceutical and/or pharmaceutical interest. MF poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) hollow fibers were prepared by the dry/wet spinning technique. A series of fibers was produced from the same polymeric dope, in order to investigate the effect of selected spinning parameters, i.e., bore fluid composition and flowrate, on their properties. The morphology of the produced fibers was analyzed by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). Fibers were further characterized for their mechanical properties, porosity, bubble point, pore size distribution and pure water permeability (PWP). Some of the produced fibers exhibited high permeability (pure water permeability ~530 L/m²·h·bar), coupled to good mechanical resistance and pore size in the range of MF membranes. These fibers were selected and used for the clarification of press liquor from orange peel processing. In optimized operating conditions, the selected fibers produced steady-state fluxes of about 41 L/m²·h with rejections towards polyphenols and total antioxidant activity of 4.1% and 1.4%, respectively. PMID:26805899

  18. Hydrophobic asymmetric ultrafiltration PVDF membranes: an alternative separator for VFB with excellent stability.

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    Wei, Wenping; Zhang, Huamin; Li, Xianfeng; Zhang, Hongzhang; Li, Yun; Vankelecom, Ivo

    2013-02-14

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) ultrafiltration membranes were investigated for the first time in vanadium redox flow battery (VFB) applications. Surprisingly, PVDF ultrafiltration membranes with hydrophobic pore walls and relatively large pore sizes of several tens of nanometers proved able to separate vanadium ions and protons efficiently, thus being suitable as a VFB separator. The ion selectivity of this new type of VFB membrane could be tuned readily by controlling the membrane morphology via changes in the composition of the membrane casting solution, and the casting thickness. The results showed that the PVDF membranes offered good performances and excellent stability in VFB applications, where it could, performance-wise, truly substitute Nafion in VFB applications, but at a much lower cost. PMID:23223708

  19. Fabrication of Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) Nanofibers Containing Nickel Nanoparticles as Future Energy Server Materials

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    Cantu, Travis; Macossay, Javier; Kim, Hern

    2013-01-01

    In the present study, we introduce Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) nanofibers containing nickel (Ni) nanoparticles (NPs) as a result of an electrospinning. Typically, a colloidal solution consisting of PVDF/Ni NPs was prepared to produce nanofibers embedded with solid NPs by electrospinning process. The resultant nanostructures were studied by SEM analyses, which confirmed well oriented nanofibers and good dispersion of Ni NPs over them. The XRD results demonstrated well crystalline feature of PVDF and Ni in the obtained nanostructures. Physiochemical aspects of prepared nano-structures were characterized for TEM which confirmed nanofibers were well-oriented and had good dispersion of Ni NPs. Furthermore, the prepared nano-structures were studied for hydrogen production applications. Due to high surface to volume ratio of nanofibers form than the thin film ones, there was tremendous increase in the rate of hydrogen production. Overall, results satisfactorily confirmed the use of these materials in hydrogen production. PMID:24416470

  20. Piezoelectric response of precisely poled PVDF to shock compression greater than 10 GPa

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    Bauer, F.; Lefebvre, H. ); Graham, R.A.; Anderson, M.U.; Reed, R.P. ); Lee, L.M. )

    1992-01-01

    Prior work has shown that the piezoelectric response of shock-compressed PVDF film prepared with attention to mechanical and electrical processing exhibits precise, well-defined, reproducible behavior to 10 GPa. Higher pressure response continues to pressures approaching 50 GPa, and appears to provide a basis for a very high pressure stress-rate gauge. Previous work shows that differences in response were sometimes observed. The present report describes studies in progress undertaken to increase the precision of the polarization of the PVDF and to develop optimum sensors and shock gauge package designs. Results obtained on such careful prepared PVDF shock gauges show that differences in electrical charge response less than few percent are observed between 10 and 25 GPa.

  1. Piezoelectric response of precisely poled PVDF to shock compression greater than 10 GPa

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    Bauer, F.; Lefebvre, H.; Graham, R.A.; Anderson, M.U.; Reed, R.P.; Lee, L.M.

    1992-11-01

    Prior work has shown that the piezoelectric response of shock-compressed PVDF film prepared with attention to mechanical and electrical processing exhibits precise, well-defined, reproducible behavior to 10 GPa. Higher pressure response continues to pressures approaching 50 GPa, and appears to provide a basis for a very high pressure stress-rate gauge. Previous work shows that differences in response were sometimes observed. The present report describes studies in progress undertaken to increase the precision of the polarization of the PVDF and to develop optimum sensors and shock gauge package designs. Results obtained on such careful prepared PVDF shock gauges show that differences in electrical charge response less than few percent are observed between 10 and 25 GPa.

  2. Alternating magnetic field heat behaviors of PVDF fibrous mats filled with iron oxide nanoparticles

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    Kim, Jinu; Choi, Jung-Su; Yang, Heejae; Ko, Frank K.; Kim, Ki Hyeon

    2016-05-01

    To study the magnetic heat behaviors, iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) and the polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) fibrous mats filled with IONPs were prepared by using coprecipitaion method and the electrospinning technique. The synthesized IONPs exhibited a magnetization of about 72 emu/g with average diameter of about 10 nm. The magnetizations of PVDF fibrous mats filled with IONPs showed 2.6 emu/g, 5.5 emu/g and 9.9 emu/g for 5 wt.%, 10 wt.% and 20 wt.% IONPs concentration, respectively. The heat of the magnetic fibrous mats were measured under various alternating magnetic fields (90, 128, and 167 Oe), frequencies (190, 250 and 355 kHz). The maximum saturated temperature showed up to 62 °C for 20 wt.% IONPs filled in PVDF fibrous mat under 167 Oe and 355 kHz.

  3. Evolution of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) hierarchical morphology during slow gelation process and its superhydrophobicity.

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    Li, Xianfeng; Zhou, Chong; Du, Runhong; Li, Nana; Han, Xutong; Zhang, Yufeng; An, Shulin; Xiao, Changfa

    2013-06-26

    In the paper, we proposed an evolution process of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) macromolecular aggregation in a mixed solvent through the simple and slow gelation process at room temperature. The mixed solvent is prepared with a room-temperature solvent and a high-temperature solvent. The evolution process can be terminated by quenching and exchanging with nonsolvent in a nonsolvent coagulation bath properly, and then the vivid petal-like nanostructure and microspherulite is formed simultaneously. This hierarchical morphology endows PVDF with superhydrophobic and self-cleaning properties, which is useful to PVDF coating and membrane materials. The evolution processes are investigated through the measurements of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD). In addition, the rheological properties of solution, dry gel and wet gel, are explored. PMID:23725003

  4. The effect of PVDF-TrFE scaffolds on stem cell derived cardiovascular cells.

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    Hitscherich, Pamela; Wu, Siliang; Gordan, Richard; Xie, Lai-Hua; Arinzeh, Treena; Lee, Eun Jung

    2016-07-01

    Recently, electrospun polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and polyvinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene (PVDF-TrFE) scaffolds have been developed for tissue engineering applications. These materials have piezoelectric activity, wherein they can generate electric charge with minute mechanical deformations. Since the myocardium is an electroactive tissue, the unique feature of a piezoelectric scaffold is attractive for cardiovascular tissue engineering applications. In this study, we examined the cytocompatibility and function of pluripotent stem cell derived cardiovascular cells including mouse embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (mES-CM) and endothelial cells (mES-EC) on PVDF-TrFE scaffolds. MES-CM and mES-EC adhered well to PVDF-TrFE and became highly aligned along the fibers. When cultured on scaffolds, mES-CM spontaneously contracted, exhibited well-registered sarcomeres and expressed classic cardiac specific markers such as myosin heavy chain, cardiac troponin T, and connexin43. Moreover, mES-CM cultured on PVDF-TrFE scaffolds responded to exogenous electrical pacing and exhibited intracellular calcium handling behavior similar to that of mES-CM cultured in 2D. Similar to cardiomyocytes, mES-EC also demonstrated high viability and maintained a mature phenotype through uptake of low-density lipoprotein and expression of classic endothelial cell markers including platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule, endothelial nitric oxide synthase, and the arterial specific marker, Notch-1. This study demonstrates the feasibility of PVDF-TrFE scaffold as a candidate material for developing engineered cardiovascular tissues utilizing stem cell-derived cells. Biotechnol. Bioeng. 2016;113: 1577-1585. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26705272

  5. Preparation of Sulfobetaine-Grafted PVDF Hollow Fiber Membranes with a Stably Anti-Protein-Fouling Performance.

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    Li, Qian; Lin, Han-Han; Wang, Xiao-Lin

    2014-01-01

    Based on a two-step polymerization method, two sulfobetaine-based zwitterionic monomers, including 3-(methacryloylamino) propyl-dimethyl-(3-sulfopropyl) ammonium hydroxide (MPDSAH) and 2-(methacryloyloxyethyl) ethyl-dimethyl-(3-sulfopropyl) ammonium (MEDSA), were successfully grafted from poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) hollow fiber membrane surfaces in the presence of N,N'-methylene bisacrylamide (MBAA) as a cross-linking agent. The mechanical properties of the PVDF membrane were improved by the zwitterionic surface layers. The surface hydrophilicity of PVDF membranes was significantly enhanced and the polyMPDSAH-g-PVDF membrane showed a higher hydrophilicity due to the higher grafting amount. Compared to the polyMEDSA-g-PVDF membrane, the polyMPDSAH-g-PVDF membrane showed excellent significantly better anti-protein-fouling performance with a flux recovery ratio (RFR) higher than 90% during the cyclic filtration of a bovine serum albumin (BSA) solution. The polyMPDSAH-g-PVDF membrane showed an obvious electrolyte-responsive behavior and its protein-fouling-resistance performance was improved further during the filtration of the protein solution with 100 mmol/L of NaCl. After cleaned with a membrane cleaning solution for 16 days, the grafted MPDSAH layer on the PVDF membrane could be maintain without any chang; however, the polyMEDSA-g-PVDF membrane lost the grafted MEDSA layer after this treatment. Therefore, the amide group of sulfobetaine, which contributed significantly to the higher hydrophilicity and stability, was shown to be imperative in modifying the PVDF membrane for a stable anti-protein-fouling performance via the two-step polymerization method. PMID:24957171

  6. Preparation of Sulfobetaine-Grafted PVDF Hollow Fiber Membranes with a Stably Anti-Protein-Fouling Performance

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    Li, Qian; Lin, Han-Han; Wang, Xiao-Lin

    2014-01-01

    Based on a two-step polymerization method, two sulfobetaine-based zwitterionic monomers, including 3-(methacryloylamino) propyl-dimethyl-(3-sulfopropyl) ammonium hydroxide (MPDSAH) and 2-(methacryloyloxyethyl) ethyl-dimethyl-(3-sulfopropyl) ammonium (MEDSA), were successfully grafted from poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) hollow fiber membrane surfaces in the presence of N,N′-methylene bisacrylamide (MBAA) as a cross-linking agent. The mechanical properties of the PVDF membrane were improved by the zwitterionic surface layers. The surface hydrophilicity of PVDF membranes was significantly enhanced and the polyMPDSAH-g-PVDF membrane showed a higher hydrophilicity due to the higher grafting amount. Compared to the polyMEDSA-g-PVDF membrane, the polyMPDSAH-g-PVDF membrane showed excellent significantly better anti-protein-fouling performance with a flux recovery ratio (RFR) higher than 90% during the cyclic filtration of a bovine serum albumin (BSA) solution. The polyMPDSAH-g-PVDF membrane showed an obvious electrolyte-responsive behavior and its protein-fouling-resistance performance was improved further during the filtration of the protein solution with 100 mmol/L of NaCl. After cleaned with a membrane cleaning solution for 16 days, the grafted MPDSAH layer on the PVDF membrane could be maintain without any chang; however, the polyMEDSA-g-PVDF membrane lost the grafted MEDSA layer after this treatment. Therefore, the amide group of sulfobetaine, which contributed significantly to the higher hydrophilicity and stability, was shown to be imperative in modifying the PVDF membrane for a stable anti-protein-fouling performance via the two-step polymerization method. PMID:24957171

  7. Dispersion strategies and role of interfacial phenomena in dielectric polymer nanocomposites

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    Khodaparast, Payam

    Owing to unique characteristics of nanoparticles such as high surface to volume ratio, it is postulated that nanoparticle-modified polymers exhibit properties beyond those predicted by effective media theories. In the case of dielectric nanoparticles in a polymer, it is expected that dielectric properties of the nanocomposite are dominated by the expansive interface rather than anticipated by the inherent properties of individual components. An in-depth review of dielectric polymer nanocomposites shows conflicting trends where addition of nano-sized particles resulted in increase or decrease in dielectric properties. This contradictory behavior could mainly stem from 1- the state of dispersion of nanoparticles and 2-The unique nature of interface based on the particle-polymer system. The hypothesis of the proposed research is that the role of the interfacial region is not only influenced by its expansive nature but is also governed by their interaction at nanoscale regime. In order to achieve a high internal surface area, the first important challenge to address is controlling the state of dispersion and disaggregation of nanoparticles. Therefore the first goal of this research is studying the effectiveness of different processing methods in achieving uniform nanoscale dispersion in dielectric polymer nanocomposites. Silane functionalization of titania nanoparticles is investigated as one possible solution of better dispersion of titania in PVDF polymer where two coupling agents namely, aminopropyltriethoxy silane called as APS, and Nonafluorohexyltriethoxysilane called as FHES, are studied. FHES is shown to be more effective in reducing the average aggregate size of titania nanoparticles in PVDF matrix to below 100nm, whereas the average aggregate size in untreated and APS-functionalized TiO2/PVDF nanocomposite was approximately one to two orders of magnitude higher than that. Dielectric permittivity of FHES-functionalized TiO2/PVDF nanocomposite, showed

  8. In situ ZnO nanowire growth to promote the PVDF piezo phase and the ZnO-PVDF hybrid self-rectified nanogenerator as a touch sensor.

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    Li, Zetang; Zhang, Xu; Li, Guanghe

    2014-03-28

    A PVDF-ZnO nanowires (NWs) hybrid generator (PZHG) was designed. A simple, cost effective method to produce the PVDF β phase by nano force is introduced. With the ZnO NWs growing, the in situ nano extension force promotes the phase change. A theoretical analysis of the ZnO NWs acting as a self-rectifier of the nano generator is established. The ZnO NWs acted as a self-adjustment diode to control the current output of the PZHG by piezo-electric and semi-conductive effects. Based on the self-controllability of the piezoelectric output, three kinds of finger touching are distinguished by the output performances of the PZHG, which is applicable to an LCD touch pad. PMID:24515250

  9. Increase of dielectric constant in PVDF by incorporating La1.8Sr0.2NiO4 into its matrix

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    Kumar, Rajnish; Goswami, Ashwin M.; Kar, Manoranjan

    2016-05-01

    To obtain the material with high dielectric constant and high dielectric strength for the technological applications, nanocomposite of Lanthanum Strontium Nickelete (La1.8Sr0.2NiO4) as nanofiller and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) as polymer matrix has been prepared. The different nanofiler weight concentration varies from 2-8 weight percent. X-ray diffraction technique confirms the phase formation of nanocomposite. Differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) has been employed to study the percentage of crystallinity and Impedance measurement has been carried out to study the dielectric constant. DSC analysis shows decreasing trend of crystallinity whereas impedance analysis gives increasing dielectric constant with increasing La1.8Sr0.2NiO4 concentration in the nanocomposite. Also, these materials can be used as insulator in the transformer as the strength and dielectric behavior of present composite meets the technological requirements.

  10. Crystallization and mechanical behavior of the ferroelectric polymer nonwoven fiber fabrics for highly durable wearable sensor applications

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    Liu, Z. H.; Pan, C. T.; Yen, C. K.; Lin, L. W.; Huang, J. C.; Ke, C. A.

    2015-08-01

    The mechanical characterization of the electrospinning polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) nonwoven fiber fabrics (NFFs) doped with multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) was investigated. Piezoelectric composite nanofibers of the PVDF/MWCNTs were directly electrospun by the hollow cylindrical near-field electrospinning (HCNFES) without any post-poling treatment. We have made the HCNFES NFFs consisted of high-orderly arranged nanofiber assemblies for further characterizing the effect of MWCNTs filling PVDF nanofibers. An in situ electrical poling and high uniaxial stretching imparted on the polymer jet during the HCNFES process, which naturally align the dipoles in the PVDF crystals and promote the formation of the polar β-crystalline phase within the fibers. Moreover, the reinforcement of the HCNFES PVDF nanofibers indicated the improvement in mechanical properties and the degree of high oriented extended-chain crystallites through adding adequate contents of MWCNTs. In the case of alignment of the all-trans polymer chains in the vicinity of MWCNTs along the fiber axis, X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns showed the strongest diffraction peak of the β-crystalline phase. In the comparison of the near-field electrospinning (NFES), the HCNFES nanofibers with smooth surface and smaller diameter can easily form high density structural NFFs. After nano-indentation and tensile strength measurements, the results indicated that the mechanical properties of the HCNFES NFFs are better than the NFES ones. When 16 wt% PVDF solution doped with 0.03 wt% MWCNTs, the results reveal that Young's modulus, hardness, yield stress, yield strain, ultimate tensile strength, and strain at break of the HCNFES composite NFFs are obviously enhanced to 1.39 GPa, 39.6 MPa, 28 MPa, 48.17 MPa, 3.3%, and 32.5%, respectively. Finally, a flexible wearable sensor made of three-dimensional piezoelectric NFFs was actually experimented. Outstanding mechanical properties with highly deformable of PVDF

  11. Immobilization of L-lysine on microporous PVDF membranes for neuron culture.

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    Young, Tai-Horng; Lin, Ui-Hsiang; Lin, Dar-Jong; Chang, Hsu-Hsien; Cheng, Liao-Ping

    2009-01-01

    Microporous poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membranes with dense or porous surface were prepared by immersion precipitation of PVDF/TEP solutions in coagulation baths containing different amounts of water. Onto the membrane surface, poly(glycidyl methacrylate) (PGMA) was grafted by plasma-induced free radical polymerization. Then, L-lysine was covalently bonded to the as-grafted PGMA through ring-opening reactions between epoxide and amine to form amino alcohol. The highest attainable graft density of PGMA on a PVDF membrane was 0.293 mg/cm2. This was obtained when the reaction was carried out on a porous surface under an optimized reaction condition. For immobilization of L-lysine, the yield was found to depend on the reaction temperature and L-lysine concentration. The maximal yield was 0.226 mg/cm2, a value considerably higher than reported in the literature using other immobilization methods. Furthermore, neurons were cultured on L-lysine-immobilized PVDF membranes. The results indicated that these membrane surfaces were suited to the growth of neurons, with a MTT value higher than that of the standard culture dish. PMID:19323885

  12. Performance of Stainless Steel Mesh Cathode and PVDF-graphite Cathode in Microbial Fuel Cells

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    Huang, Liping; Tian, Ying; Li, Mingliang; He, Gaohong; Li, Zhikao

    2010-11-01

    Inexpensive and conductive materials termed as stainless steel mesh and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)-graphite were currently used as the air cathode electrodes in MFCs for the investigation of power production. By loading PTFE (poly(tetrafluoroethylene)) on the surface of stainless steel mesh, electricity production reached 3 times as high as that of the naked stainless steel. A much high catalytic activity for oxygen reduction was exhibited by Pt based and PTFE loading stainless steel mesh cathode, with an electricity generation of 1144±44 mW/m2 (31±1 W/m3) and a Coulombic efficiency (CE) of 77±2%. When Pt was replaced by an inexpensive transition metal based catalyst (cobalt tetramethylphenylporphyrin, CoTMPP), power production and CE were 845±21 mW/m2 (23±1 W/m3) and 68±1%, respectively. Accordingly, power production from PVDF-graphite (hydrophobic) MFC and PVDF-graphite (hydrophile) MFC were 286±20 mW/m2(8±1 W/m3) and 158±13 mW/m2(4±0.4 W/m3), respectively using CoTMPP as catalyst. These results give us new insight into materials like stainless steel mesh and PVDF-graphite as low cost cathode for reducing the costs of MFCs for wastewater treatment applications.

  13. Structural and friction characteristics of g-C3N4/PVDF composites

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    Zhu, Lin; Wang, Ya; Hu, Fang; Song, Haojie

    2015-08-01

    This paper introduced the preparation, structural, and friction characteristics of graphite-like carbon nitride (g-C3N4)/poly(vinylidene difluoride) (PVDF) composites. The g-C3N4/PVDF composites with different g-C3N4 contents were prepared via wet mixing and hot press molding technique. The structure, morphology, thermal properties, and friction characteristics were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA), and universal micro-tribotester under dry sliding conditions. The XRD and FT-IR studies confirmed the incorporation of g-C3N4 into the PVDF matrix. The SEM results showed good dispersion of g-C3N4 in PVDF matrix. The "onset" temperature To of the composites increased with increasing the content of g-C3N4 filler, which confirmed the enhancement of thermal stability of the composites. The friction characteristics results indicated that small amount of g-C3N4 filler was not beneficial to reduce friction coefficient of the composite while large amount of filler had little effect on it. In addition, the g-C3N4 filler was beneficial to reduce wear loss of the composite, and the wear loss decreased with increasing the content of g-C3N4 filler.

  14. Film-type transducer materials PVDF and EMFi in the measurement of heart and respiration rates.

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    Kärki, Satu; Lekkala, Jukka

    2008-01-01

    Film-type transducer materials polyvinylidenefluoride (PVDF) and ElectroMechanical Film (EMFi) were used in the measurement of heart and respiration rates on the chest wall at rest. The aim here was to evaluate if the both materials are capable to measure the heart and respiration rates correctly and also to found out if there are differences between the results of PVDF and EMFi. The movements provided by the pulsation of heart and respiration were converted into an electrical signal by the sensors. The signals were amplified and transmitted to a computer. The data was analyzed with Matlab software. The signals were filtered to reveal the heart pulsation and respiration components. Power spectral density (PSD) spectrum was computed to determine the heart and respiration rates. ECG was used as a reference signal for the heart rate and a thermistor for the respiration rate. Both transducer materials provided good results and no differences between PVDF and EMFi were found. The heart rates measured with PVDF and EMFi sensors corresponded to the values calculated from the ECG signal. Also the respiration rates correlated with the values determined with the thermistor. To conclude, both materials provided reliable results in the measurements of heart and respiration rates. PMID:19162710

  15. Polymer-ZnO nanocomposites foils and thin films for UV protection

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    Shanshool, Haider Mohammed; Yahaya, Muhammad; Abdullah, Ibtisam Yahya; Yunus, Wan Mahmood Mat

    2014-09-03

    The damage of UV radiation on human eye and skin is extensively studied. In the present work, the nanocomposites foils and thin films have been prepared by using casting method and spin coating, respectively. Nanocomposites were prepared by mixing ZnO nanoparticles with Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) as polymer matrix. Different contents of ZnO nanoparticles were used as filler in the nanocomposites. UV-Vis spectra showed very low transmittance in UV region that decreases with increase content of ZnO. PVDF/ZnO samples showed the lowest transmittance. The rough surface of PVDF was observed from SEM image. While a homogeneous dispersion of ZnO nanoparticles in PMMA were indicated by FESEM images.

  16. Dye-sensitized solar cells using polymer electrolytes based on poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoro propylene) nanofibers by electrospinning method.

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    Park, Sung-Hae; Kim, Ji-Un; Lee, Seong-Yeop; Lee, Won-Ki; Lee, Jin-Kook; Kim, Mi-Ra

    2008-09-01

    The dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) devices using polymer electrolytes based on electrospun poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoro propylene) (PVDF-HFP) nanofibers were fabricated and investigated the photovoltaic performances. The electrospun PVDF-HFP nanofibers were prepared by various parameters such as; polymer concentrations, applied voltages, and tip to collector distances (TCD) by the electrospinning method. The open circuit voltage (V(OC)), short circuit current (J(SC)), fill factor (FF), and overall power conversion efficiency (eta) of DSSC devices using electro-spun PVDF-HFP nanofibers were 0.7180-0.7420 V, 9.7200-10.8837 mA/cm2, 0.5610-0.6250, and 4.1700-5.0186%, respectively. When 15 wt% of polymer concentration, 14 kV of applied voltage, and 14 cm of TCD is applied to fabricate the PVDF-HFP nanofiber, the electrospun PVDF-HFP nanofiber should be the regular diameter of a nanofiber, the power conversion efficiency of the DSSC device reached 5.0186% as the best result. PMID:19049132

  17. Ferroelectric polymer-ceramic composite thick films for energy storage applications

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    Singh, Paritosh; Borkar, Hitesh; Singh, B. P.; Singh, V. N.; Kumar, Ashok

    2014-08-15

    We have successfully fabricated large area free standing polyvinylidene fluoride -Pb(Zr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48})O{sub 3} (PVDF-PZT) ferroelectric polymer-ceramic composite (wt% 80–20, respectively) thick films with an average diameter (d) ∼0.1 meter and thickness (t) ∼50 μm. Inclusion of PZT in PVDF matrix significantly enhanced dielectric constant (from 10 to 25 at 5 kHz) and energy storage capacity (from 11 to 14 J/cm{sup 3}, using polarization loops), respectively, and almost similar leakage current and mechanical strength. Microstructural analysis revealed the presence of α and β crystalline phases and homogeneous distribution of PZT crystals in PVDF matrix. It was also found that apart from the microcrystals, well defined naturally developed PZT nanocrystals were embedded in PVDF matrix. The observed energy density indicates immense potential in PVDF-PZT composites for possible applications as green energy and power density electronic elements.

  18. Polymer-Enriched 3D Graphene Foams for Biomedical Applications.

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    Wang, Jun Kit; Xiong, Gordon Minru; Zhu, Minmin; Özyilmaz, Barbaros; Castro Neto, Antonio Helio; Tan, Nguan Soon; Choong, Cleo

    2015-04-22

    Graphene foams (GFs) are versatile nanoplatforms for biomedical applications because of their excellent physical, chemical, and mechanical properties. However, the brittleness and inflexibility of pristine GF (pGF) are some of the important factors restricting their widespread application. Here, a chemical-vapor-deposition-assisted method was used to synthesize 3D GFs, which were subsequently spin-coated with polymer to produce polymer-enriched 3D GFs with high conductivity and flexibility. Compared to pGF, both poly(vinylidene fluoride)-enriched GF (PVDF/GF) and polycaprolactone-enriched GF (PCL/GF) scaffolds showed improved flexibility and handleability. Despite the presence of the polymers, the polymer-enriched 3D GF scaffolds retained high levels of electrical conductivity because of the presence of microcracks that allowed for the flow of electrons through the material. In addition, polymer enrichment of GF led to an enhancement in the formation of calcium phosphate (Ca-P) compounds when the scaffolds were exposed to simulated body fluid. Between the two polymers tested, PCL enrichment of GF resulted in a higher in vitro mineralization nucleation rate because the oxygen-containing functional group of PCL had a higher affinity for Ca-P deposition and formation compared to the polar carbon-fluorine (C-F) bond in PVDF. Taken together, our current findings are a stepping stone toward future applications of polymer-enriched 3D GFs in the treatment of bone defects as well as other biomedical applications. PMID:25822669

  19. Development of electric environment to control mollusk-shaped gel robots made of electroactive polymer PAMPS gel

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    Otake, Mihoko; Inaba, Masayuki; Inoue, Hirochika

    2000-06-01

    This paper describes the design and implementation of electric fields to actuate mollusk-shaped robots made entirely of PAMPS gel, which is a kind of electro-active polymer (EAP). The purpose of this study is to develop a system to control the shape of both simulated and real gel robots using electric fields. We present a modeling framework and experimental results using a prototype mollusk-shaped EAP robot that locomotes by changing the shape of its whole body.

  20. Application of a PVDF-based stress gauge in determining dynamic stress-strain curves of concrete under impact testing

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    Meng, Yi; Yi, Weijian

    2011-06-01

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) piezoelectric material has been successfully applied in many engineering fields and scientific research. However, it has rarely been used for direct measurement of concrete stresses under impact loading. In this paper, a new PVDF-based stress gauge was developed to measure concrete stresses under impact loading. Calibrated on a split Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB) with a simple measurement circuit of resistance strain gauges, the PVDF gauge was then used to establish dynamic stress-strain curves of concrete cylinders from a series of axial impact testing on a drop-hammer test facility. Test results show that the stress curves measured by the PVDF-based stress gauges are more stable and cleaner than that of the stress curves calculated with the impact force measured from a load cell.

  1. Dielectric properties of polymer composites with the addition of ferrite nanoparticles

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    Kisiel, A.; Konieczny, M.; Zabska, M.

    2016-02-01

    The aim of the work was examination of the dielectric properties of a new type of polymer nanocomposites based on PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride), or a copolymer P(VDF-HFP) with addition of ferrite nanoparticles. The addition of nanofillers leads not only to the formation of polar ß-phase of PVDF, which shows unique piro-, piezo- and ferroelectric properties used in many applications, but also affects the dielectric and magnetoelectric properties of these nanocomposites. In the work the dielectric properties of polymer composites, such as volume resistivity, permittivity and dielectric loss were investigated Measurements of dielectric parameters were performed in a climate chamber at temperature range of 25-100°C, at selected frequencies in the range 20-200 kHz. The results obtained are valuable not only for an application of this type of nanocomposites in various types of transducers, but also for analysis of the physical phenomena occurring in the polymer composites doped with nanoparticles.

  2. Antibacterial activities of surface modified electrospun poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) fibrous membranes

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    Yao, Chen; Li, Xinsong; Neoh, K. G.; Shi, Zhilong; Kang, E. T.

    2009-01-01

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) membrane, with its excellent chemical and mechanical properties, has good potential for broad applications. However, due to its hydrophobic nature, microbial colonization is commonly encountered. In this work, electrospun PVDF-HFP fibrous membranes were surface modified by poly(4-vinyl- N-alkylpyridinium bromide) to achieve antibacterial activities. The membranes were first subjected to plasma pretreatment followed by UV-induced surface graft copolymerization of 4-vinylpyridine (4VP) and quaternization of the grafted pyridine groups with hexylbromide. The chemical composition of the surface modified PVDF-HFP electrospun membranes was studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The morphology and mechanical properties of pristine and surface modified PVDF-HFP fibrous membranes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and tensile test, respectively. The antibacterial activities of the modified electrospun PVDF-HFP fibrous membranes were assessed against Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus ( S. aureus) and Gram-negative Escherichia coli ( E. coli). The results showed that the PVDF-HFP fibrous membranes modified with quaternized pyridinium groups are highly effective against both bacteria with killing efficiency as high as 99.9999%.

  3. Preparation and characterization of a novel PVDF ultrafiltration membrane by blending with TiO2-HNTs nanocomposites

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    Zeng, Guangyong; He, Yi; Yu, Zongxue; Zhan, Yingqing; Ma, Lan; Zhang, Lei

    2016-05-01

    Novel polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) ultrafiltration membranes were prepared by blending with different contents of titanium dioxide-halloysite nanotubes (TiO2-HNTs) composites into the PVDF matrix. The effects of TiO2-HNTs content on the membrane performances, such as hydrophilicity, rejection ratio and antifouling properties were investigated in detail. X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermo-gravimetric analyzer (TGA) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) analyses showed that TiO2 was loaded on the surface of HNTs successfully and homogeneously by sol-gel method. The morphologies and microstructure of the membranes were characterized by SEM and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The contact angle (CA) tests indicated that the hydrophilicity of membranes was significantly increased with the addition of TiO2-HNTs. The pure water flux of 3%TiO2-HNTs/PVDF was increased by 264.8% and 35.6%, respectively, compared with pure PVDF membrane and 3%TiO2/PVDF membrane, although the rejection of bovine serum albumin (BSA) was slightly decreased. More importantly, TiO2-HNTs/PVDF membrane exhibited an excellent anti-fouling performance, which was attributed to the hydrophobic contaminants being resisted by hydrophilic nanoparticles. It can be expected that this work may provide some references to solve the dispersion of nanoparticle in the membrane and improve the anti-fouling performance of membrane in the field of wastewater treatment.

  4. A study on building an experimental system of PVDF sensor for structural local monitoring on a bridge model

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    Yu, Yan; Wang, Yang; An, Yonghui; Ou, Jinping

    2010-04-01

    Smart material structure originated from aerospace area has been a research hotspot in the application of civil engineering, shipping, and so on. For structural health monitoring of civil engineering, the research about highperformance sensing unit of smart material structure is very important, and this will possibly push further the development of health monitoring and diagnosis technique. As one of the piezoelectric materials belonging to smart materials, PVDF (Polyvinylidene Fluoride) film is widely concerned for its property advantages of low cost, good mechanical ability, high sensibility, resistance of corrosion. In this paper, for the validation of using PVDF for sensing unit for structural local monitoring of civil engineering, an experimental system of PVDF sensor for structural local monitoring on a bridge model is built. Based on the operating mechanism of PVDF, its measure circuit and characteristics(quasi-static and dynamic strain responding) are introduced. A bridge model is designed, and experiments have also been done for structural local health monitoring using PVDF. The experimental results show that, PVDF can finish impact response monitoring and damage detection of a bridge model, and the developed experimental system with simple and easy implement can be used for practical monitoring engineering.

  5. Effects of surface treatment with coupling agents of PVDF-HFP fibers on the improvement of the adhesion characteristics on PDMS

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    Kwon, O. M.; See, S. J.; Kim, S. S.; Hwang, H. Y.

    2014-12-01

    Surface treatment of polyvinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene (PVDF-HFP) fibers was conducted with coupling agents such as epoxy silane, amino silane, and titanate to improve the adhesion characteristics of PVDF-HFP fibers and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). The adhesion strength was largest when 4 wt% amino silane was used for surface treatment, showing a 250% improvement compared to the untreated case. Surface roughening and shrinking of the PVDF-HFP fibers were observed after surface treatment, but no chemical bonding occurred between the PVDF-HFP fibers and the coupling agents. It was thus concluded that the improvement of the adhesion characteristics of the PVDF-HFP fibers and PDMS was caused by the physical bonding between them due to the surface treatment with coupling agents. In addition, for the surface roughening mechanism, amino silane infiltration into the PVDF-HFP fibers during the surface treatment, followed by extraction during the drying process, was suggested.

  6. Highly hydrophilic polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) ultrafiltration membranes via postfabrication grafting of surface-tailored silica nanoparticles.

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    Liang, Shuai; Kang, Yan; Tiraferri, Alberto; Giannelis, Emmanuel P; Huang, Xia; Elimelech, Menachem

    2013-07-24

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) has drawn much attention as a predominant ultrafiltration (UF) membrane material due to its outstanding mechanical and physicochemical properties. However, current applications suffer from the low fouling resistance of the PVDF membrane due to the intrinsic hydrophobic property of the membrane. The present study demonstrates a novel approach for the fabrication of a highly hydrophilic PVDF UF membrane via postfabrication tethering of superhydrophilic silica nanoparticles (NPs) to the membrane surface. The pristine PVDF membrane was grafted with poly(methacrylic acid) (PMAA) by plasma induced graft copolymerization, providing sufficient carboxyl groups as anchor sites for the binding of silica NPs, which were surface-tailored with amine-terminated cationic ligands. The NP binding was achieved through a remarkably simple and effective dip-coating technique in the presence or absence of the N-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-N'-ethylcarbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC)/N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) cross-linking process. The properties of the membrane prepared from the modification without EDC/NHS cross-linking were comparable to those for the membrane prepared with the EDC/NHS cross-linking. Both modifications almost doubled the surface energy of the functionalized membranes, which significantly improved the wettability of the membrane and converted the membrane surface from hydrophobic to highly hydrophilic. The irreversibly bound layer of superhydrophilic silica NPs endowed the membranes with strong antifouling performance as demonstrated by three sequential fouling filtration runs using bovine serum albumin (BSA) as a model organic foulant. The results suggest promising applications of the postfabrication surface modification technique in various membrane separation areas. PMID:23796125

  7. PVDF piezofilm transducer for measuring the parameters of shock waves in focused systems

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    Yakushev, V.V.; Uvarov, V.A.; Maslennikov, S.P.

    1995-11-01

    A description is given of the construction and testing of a pressure transducer for measuring shock wave parameters in water, as applied to lithotripters and other focused systems. The sensitive element is made from a PVDF piezofilm, with a working area of 2 mm diameter. The transducer sensitivity is 0.2 V/MPa, and the rise time is not greater than 50 nsec.

  8. Polarization and space charge analysis in thermally poled PVDF

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    Neagu, E. R.; Hornsby, J. S.; Das-Gupta, D. K.

    2002-06-01

    The spatial distribution of the polarization and space charge in thermally poled poly (vinylidene fluoride) is studied using the laser intensity modulation method. Injected space charge, localized near the electrode polymer interface, tends to prevent the formation of uniform polarization in the polymer bulk. The actual amount of charge existing in the poled specimen is determined using hysteresis measurements and thermally stimulated discharge current (TSDC) measurements. By using the peak cleaning technique and by measuring the pyroelectric current during the cooling of the specimen, the contribution of depolarization current and space charge detrapping to the TSDC measurement is considered. From hysteresis measurements a relaxation process was observed around 65°C which was related to the dipolar relaxation in the crystalline phase known as the αc relaxation. A significant increase of the TSDC at temperatures higher than 130°C was observed meaning that the dipolar charge and the space charge are very stable up to high temperature. In this temperature range, the pyroelectric current is significant. Two relaxation processes were identified for a polarizing temperature lower than 120°C. One is centred around the polarizing temperature and is related to space charge release. The second is related to dipole relaxation in the crystalline phase. The position of the last peak is determined by interaction between the dipoles and the internal electric field, resulting from the charge stored in the sample. We propose to call this as the αcρ interaction. The higher temperature of the dipolar peak was identified as 86°C with an activation energy of 0.52+/-0.04 eV.

  9. Pyroelectric PVDF sensor modeling of the temporal voltage response to arbitrarily modulated radiation.

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    Capineri, L; Masotti, L; Mazzoni, M

    2000-01-01

    Our design of transducer arrays for custom pyroelectric sensors is mainly devoted to IR laser beam characterization and control. It benefits from some of the properties of PVDF film such as low cost, low weight, mechanical flexibility, chemical stability (inert), and compatibility of thick film interconnection technologies on metallized films. By using the temporal characteristics of the source intensity and starting from a standard equivalent one-dimensional model of a multilayer thick-film transducer in the frequency domain, we developed a computer model of the PVDF sensor that determines the temporal response to arbitrarily modulated radiation. The validation of the model accuracy has been carried out with a simulation procedure performed on a PVDF sensor designed for accurate beam alignment of low power laser beams. In this case, an iterative algorithm also was developed to estimate some thermal and physical properties of the front absorbing and the metallization layers that are generally barely known. We present a fitting procedure to determine these properties by using the temporal pyroelectric response to a square wave modulated laser diode that provides a reliable reference signal. PMID:18238686

  10. Positive temperature coefficient of magnetic anisotropy in polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)-based magnetic composites

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    Liu, Yiwei; Wang, Baomin; Zhan, Qingfeng; Tang, Zhenhua; Yang, Huali; Liu, Gang; Zuo, Zhenghu; Zhang, Xiaoshan; Xie, Yali; Zhu, Xiaojian; Chen, Bin; Wang, Junling; Li, Run-Wei

    2014-01-01

    The magnetic anisotropy is decreased with increasing temperature in normal magnetic materials, which is harmful to the thermal stability of magnetic devices. Here, we report the realization of positive temperature coefficient of magnetic anisotropy in a novel composite combining β-phase polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) with magnetostrictive materials (magnetostrictive film/PVDF bilayer structure). We ascribe the enhanced magnetic anisotropy of the magnetic film at elevated temperature to the strain-induced anisotropy resulting from the anisotropic thermal expansion of the β-phase PVDF. The simulation based on modified Stoner-Wohlfarth model and the ferromagnetic resonance measurements confirms our results. The positive temperature coefficient of magnetic anisotropy is estimated to be 1.1 × 102 J m−3 K−1. Preparing the composite at low temperature can enlarge the temperature range where it shows the positive temperature coefficient of magnetic anisotropy. The present results may help to design magnetic devices with improved thermal stability and enhanced performance. PMID:25311047

  11. Enhancement effects of two kinds of carbon black on piezoelectricity of PVDF-HFP composite films

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    Hu, Bin; Hu, Ning; Wu, Liangke; Cui, Hao; Ying, Ji

    2015-12-01

    Two kinds of carbon black (CB) (i.e., CB#300 and CB#3350) were added into poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP), respectively, to improve its piezoelectricity. The results revealed that when 0.5 wt.% CB was added, the best performance of the PVDF-HFP/CB composite films was obtained. The calibrated open circuit voltage and the density of harvested power of 0.5 wt.% CB#3350 contained composite films were 204%, and 464% (AC) and 561% (DC) of those of neat PVDF-HFP films. Similarly, for 0.5 wt.% CB#300 contained films, they were 211%, and 475% (AC) and 624% (DC), respectively. The enhancement mechanisms of piezoelectricity were clarified by the observation of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). We found that the added CBs act as nucleate agents to promote the formation of elongated, oriented and fibrillar β-phase crystals during the fabrication process, which increase the piezoelectricity. Overdosed CBs lead to a lower crystallinity degree, resulting in the lower piezoelectricity. Compared with CB#3350, CB#300 performs slightly better, which may be ascribed to its higher specific surface area.

  12. Effect of roll hot press temperature on crystallite size of PVDF film

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    Hartono, Ambran; Djamal, Mitra; Satira, Suparno; Bahar, Herman; Ramli, Sanjaya, Edi

    2014-03-01

    Fabrication PVDF films have been made using Hot Roll Press. Preparation of samples carried out for nine different temperatures. This condition is carried out to see the effect of Roll Hot Press temperature on the size of the crystallite of PVDF films. To obtain the diffraction pattern of sample characterization is performed using X-Ray Diffraction. Furthermore, from the diffraction pattern is obtained, the calculation to determine the crystallite size of the sample by using the Scherrer equation. From the experimental results and the calculation of crystallite sizes obtained for the samples with temperature 130 °C up to 170 °C respectively increased from 7.2 nm up to 20.54 nm. These results show that increasing temperatures will also increase the size of the crystallite of the sample. This happens because with the increasing temperature causes the higher the degree of crystallization of PVDF film sample is formed, so that the crystallite size also increases. This condition indicates that the specific volume or size of the crystals depends on the magnitude of the temperature as it has been studied by Nakagawa.

  13. A method to modify PVDF microfiltration membrane via ATRP with low-temperature plasma pretreatment

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    Han, Yu; Song, Shuijun; Lu, Yin; Zhu, Dongfa

    2016-08-01

    The hydrophilic modification of a polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) microfiltration membrane via pretreatment with argon plasma and direct surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) was studied. Both modified and unmodified PVDF membranes were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), water contact angle, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and pore size distribution measurements. FTIR and XPS spectra confirmed that sulfobetaine methacrylate (SBMA) had been grafted onto the membrane surface. The initial contact angle decreased from 87.0° to 29.8° and a water drop penetrated into the modified membrane completely in 8 s. The pore size distribution of the modified membrane exhibited a smaller mean value than that of the original membrane. The antifouling properties of the modified PVDF membrane were evaluated by a filtration test using bovine serum albumin (BSA) solution. The results showed that the initial flux of the modified membrane increased from 2140.1 L/m2 h to 2812.7 L/m2 h and the equilibrium flux of BSA solution increased from 31 L/m2 h to 53 L/m2 h.

  14. Characterization of all the elastic, dielectric, and piezoelectric constants of uniaxially oriented poled PVDF films.

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    Roh, Yongrae; Varadan, Vasundara V; Varadan, Vijay K

    2002-06-01

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), a piezoelectric material, has many useful applications, for example, as sensors, transducers, and surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices. Models of performance of these devices would be useful engineering tools. However, the benefit of the model is only as accurate as the material properties used in the model. The purpose of this investigation is to measure the elastic, dielectric and piezoelectric properties over a frequency range, including the imaginary part (loss) of these properties. Measurements are difficult because poled material is available as thin films, and not all quantities can be measured in that form. All components of the elastic stiffness, dielectric tensor, and electromechanical coupling tensor are needed in the models. The material studied here is uniaxially oriented poled PVDF that has orthorhombic mm2 symmetry. Presented are the frequency dependence of all nine complex elastic constants, three complex dielectric constants, and five complex piezoelectric constants. The PVDF was produced at Raytheon Research Division, Lexington, MA. Measurements were made on thin films and on stacked, cubical samples. The elastic constants c44D and C55D, the dielectric constants epsilon11T and epsilon22T, as well as the piezoelectric constants g15 and g24 reported here have not been published before. The values were determined by ultrasonic measurements using an impedance analyzer and a least square data-fitting technique. PMID:12075977

  15. Effect of roll hot press temperature on crystallite size of PVDF film

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    Hartono, Ambran Sanjaya, Edi; Djamal, Mitra; Satira, Suparno; Bahar, Herman; Ramli

    2014-03-24

    Fabrication PVDF films have been made using Hot Roll Press. Preparation of samples carried out for nine different temperatures. This condition is carried out to see the effect of Roll Hot Press temperature on the size of the crystallite of PVDF films. To obtain the diffraction pattern of sample characterization is performed using X-Ray Diffraction. Furthermore, from the diffraction pattern is obtained, the calculation to determine the crystallite size of the sample by using the Scherrer equation. From the experimental results and the calculation of crystallite sizes obtained for the samples with temperature 130 °C up to 170 °C respectively increased from 7.2 nm up to 20.54 nm. These results show that increasing temperatures will also increase the size of the crystallite of the sample. This happens because with the increasing temperature causes the higher the degree of crystallization of PVDF film sample is formed, so that the crystallite size also increases. This condition indicates that the specific volume or size of the crystals depends on the magnitude of the temperature as it has been studied by Nakagawa.

  16. Making porous membranes by chemical etching of heavy-ion tracks in β-PVDF films

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    Grasselli, M.; Betz, N.

    2005-07-01

    Production of porous membranes using heavy ion bombardment and subsequent chemical etching of poly(vinylidene difluoride) (PVDF) films has been reported several years ago. However, porous membranes with pore diameter in the nanometer scale requires a better understanding of the chemical etching mechanism. In this work PVDF foils irradiated with Sn ions (2.85 MeV per nucleon) were exposed to several etching conditions which involved permanganate oxidation in different alkaline environments. The solution of KOH 9 mol L-1 and saturated in KMnO4 was the best etching reactant for PVDF. Functional groups created in the alkaline and oxidative attack by permanganate were studied by FT-IR and UV-vis spectroscopy. The spectroscopic data reveals that the formation of pores occurs by a two-step mechanism: (i) double bonds as a result of dehydrofluorination induced by alkaline media and (ii) oxidation of these double bonds in permanganate solution. The etching temperature and time can be attuned to prepare track-etched membrane with a desired pore diameter in the range of few hundred nanometers. Temperatures ranged between 55 °C and 65 °C were optimal to produce cylindrical pores. Temperatures higher than 85 °C induce conical-shaped track-etched pores while temperatures lower than 50 °C slow down the chemical attack. The addition of a phase-transfer agent enhances the chemical attack and allows the decrease of the etching temperature and/or time.

  17. Tailor-made asymmetric PVDF hollow fibers for soluble gas removal

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    Li, K.; Kong, J.F.; Wang, D.; Teo, W.K.

    1999-06-01

    Tailor-made polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) asymmetric hollow-fiber membranes and their membrane modules were employed for soluble gas removal, such as H{sub 2}S from waste gas streams. This study focused on the techniques of fabricating and characterizing the PVDF asymmetric hollow-fiber membranes and their membrane modules for removal of H{sub 2}S using an aqueous solution containing 10% NaOH. A laminar parabolic velocity profile was used to characterize the flow of the H{sub 2}S gas mixture in the hollow-fiber lumen. Effects of operating conditions and the morphological structures of the membranes on the membrane`s coefficient, k{sub AM}, were examined both theoretically and experimentally. The capabilities of the hollow-fiber membranes developed for removal of H{sub 2}S from waste gas streams were evaluated and compared with conventional symmetric hydrophobic hollow-fiber membranes, such as polypropylene. An analysis of H{sub 2}S transfer across the more developed PVDF membranes reveals that the membrane`s coefficient, k{sub AM}, evaluated from its structure parameters, such as the effective surface porosity and mean radius, agreed well with the experimental data obtained from absorption experiments.

  18. Revealing the dynamic heterogeneity of PMMA/PVDF blends: from microscopic dynamics to macroscopic properties.

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    Lu, Bo; Lamnawar, Khalid; Maazouz, Abderrahim; Zhang, Huagui

    2016-04-01

    An effort was made to demonstrate the dynamic heterogeneity of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)/poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) blends, where its composition dependence and the role of interphase were probed. Firstly, the composition dependence of thermorheological complexity of PMMA/PVDF blends in the melt was revealed. The molecular entanglement state involving intra- and interchain entanglements was found to govern the scenario of thermorheological complexity. Intriguingly, local heterogeneity was further demonstrated to exist in the melt-state blends with intermediate compositions, and its origin was depicted to be the interphase. The interphase, coupled with unfavourable interchain entanglements in those blends, could explain the reduced viscosity and speed-up relaxations, contributing to the overall thermorheological complexity. Besides, two experimental glass transition temperatures of blends were resolved in view of segment motions in the miscible phase and the crystal-amorphous interphase, and further assessed via the "self-concentration" concept. The presence of a crystal-amorphous interphase, likely leading to three distinct dynamics of segments in blends, was supposed to contribute to the dynamic heterogeneity in segment relaxations for PMMA/PVDF blends in the solid state. Lastly, effects of dynamic heterogeneity on dynamic mechanical properties were also evaluated. PMID:26932245

  19. Characterization of modified PVDF membrane by gamma irradiation for non-potable water reuse.

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    Lim, Seung Joo; Kim, Tak-Hyun; Shin, In Hwan

    2015-01-01

    Poly(vinylidene fluorine) (PVDF) membranes were grafted by gamma-ray irradiation and were sulfonated by sodium sulfite to modify the surface of the membranes. The characteristics of the modified PVDF membranes were evaluated by the data of Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), the contact angle of the membrane surface and the water permeability. From the results of FT-IR, XPS and FE-SEM, it was shown that the modified membranes were successfully grafted by gamma-ray irradiation and were sulfonated. The content of oxygen and sulfur increased with the monomer concentration, while the content of fluorine sharply decreased. The pore size of the modified membranes decreased after gamma-ray irradiation. The contact angle and the water permeability showed that the hydrophilicity of the modified membranes played a role in determining the membrane performance. The feasibility study of the modified PVDF membranes for using non-potable water reuse were carried out using a laboratory-scale microfiltration system. Grey wastewater was used as the influent in the filtration unit, and permeate quality satisfied non-potable water reuse guidelines in the Republic of Korea. PMID:25812106

  20. Bio-functionalized star PEG-coated PVDF surfaces for cytocompatibility-improved implant components.

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    Heuts, Jean; Salber, Jochen; Goldyn, Alexandra M; Janser, Romy; Möller, Martin; Klee, Doris

    2010-03-15

    Unmodified and GRGDS peptide-modified six arm PEG star based hydrogels (Star PEG) have been applied as a multifunctional, easy to handle coating system for textile polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) structures, which prevent unspecific protein and cell adsorption and control-specific cell adhesion. The reactive isocyanate-terminated Star PEG has been successfully applied to ammonia-plasma treated two- and three-dimensional PVDF surfaces. Easy modification of the surface hydrogel by mixing in of GRGDS peptide during the coating step or subsequent coupling of GRGDS was determined by TOF-SIMS. Unmodified and GRGDS-functionalized hydrogel surfaces show distinct protein repellency, as demonstrated by fluorescence microscopy after incubation with fluorescent labeled proteins and Surface MALDI-TOF-Mass Spectroscopy. Cell culture experiments with primary human dermal fibroblasts, primary fetal rat fibroblasts, and human osteoblasts on GRGDS and/or KRSR Star PEG-modified two- and three-dimensional substrates show advancement in cell adhesion and proliferation compared with untreated PVDF surfaces, whereas pure star PEG-coated surfaces show no cell adhesion. The combination of protein and cell repellent properties with specific biofunctionality and easy application of the coatings will enable their application for 3D-scaffolds. PMID:19431207

  1. Strain properties analysis and wireless collection system of PVDF for structural local health monitoring of civil engineering structures

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    Yu, Yan; Wang, Yang; Dong, Weijie; Jin, Yajing; Ou, Jinping

    2009-07-01

    For large civil engineering structures and base establishments, for example, bridges, super-high buildings, long-span space structures, offshore platforms and pipe systems of water & gas supply, their lives are up to a few decades or centuries. Damaged by environmental loads, fatigue effects, corrosion effects and material aging, these structures experience inevitably such side effects as damage accumulation, resistance reduction and even accidents. The traditional civil structure is a kind of passive one, whose performance and status are unpredictable to a great extent, but the informatics' introduction breaks a new path to obtain the status of the structure, thus it is an important research direction to evaluate and improve reliability of civil structures by the use of monitoring and health diagnosis technique, and this also assures the security of service for civil engineering structures. Smart material structure, originated from the aerospace sector, has been a research hotspot in civil engineering, medicine, shipping, and so on. For structural health monitoring of civil engineering, the research about high-performance sensing unit of smart material structure is very important, and this will possibly push further the development and application of monitoring and health diagnosis techniques. At present, piezoelectric materials are one of the most widely used sensing materials among the research of smart material structures. As one of the piezoelectric materials, PVDF(Polyvinylidene Fluoride)film is widely considered for the advantages of low cost, good mechanical ability, high sensibility, the ability of being easily placed and resistance of corrosion. However, only a few studies exit about building a mature monitoring system using PVDF. In this paper, for the sake of using PVDF for sensing unit for structural local monitoring of civil engineering, the strain sensing properties of PVDF are studied in detail. Firstly, the operating mechanism of PVDF is analyzed

  2. Development of advanced polymer nanocomposite capacitors

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    Mendoza, Miguel

    The current development of modern electronics has driven the need for new series of energy storage devices with higher energy density and faster charge/discharge rate. Batteries and capacitors are two of the most widely used energy storage devices. Compared with batteries, capacitors have higher power density and significant higher charge/discharge rate. Therefore, high energy density capacitors play a significant role in modern electronic devices, power applications, space flight technologies, hybrid electric vehicles, portable defibrillators, and pulse power applications. Dielectric film capacitors represent an exceptional alternative for developing high energy density capacitors due to their high dielectric constants, outstanding breakdown voltages, and flexibility. The implementation of high aspect ratio dielectric inclusions such as nanowires into polymer capacitors could lead to further enhancement of its energy density. Therefore, this research effort is focused on the development of a new series of dielectric capacitors composed of nanowire reinforced polymer matrix composites. This concept of nanocomposite capacitors combines the extraordinary physical and chemical properties of the one-dimension (1D) nanoceramics and high dielectric strength of polymer matrices, leading to a capacitor with improved dielectric properties and energy density. Lead-free sodium niobate (NaNbO3) and lead-containing lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (0.65PMN-0.35PT) nanowires were synthesized following hydrothermal and sol-gel approaches, respectively. The as-prepared nanowires were mixed with a polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) matrix using solution-casting method for nanocomposites fabrication. The dielectric constants and breakdown voltages of the NaNbO3/PVDF and 0.65PMN-0.35PT/PVDF nanocomposites were measured under different frequency ranges and temperatures in order to determine their maximum energy (J/cm3) and specific (J/g) densities. The electrical properties of the

  3. PVDF water-shock pressure transducer with 200-ns response

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    Johnson, D.E.; Hogeland, S.R.; Nelson, L.S.

    1992-12-01

    The design, calibration, and preliminary test results for an underwater shock gauge are presented. The active element is a 25-{mu}m thick polyvinylidene fluoride shock sensor providing rise times as short as 50 ns. Fast rise time is essential to accurate recording of shock pulses with durations of only a few microseconds. The piezoelectric polymer provides a self-generating pressure sensor requiring neither amplification nor additional active electronic circuitry. The gauge package is designed to minimize electromagnetic interference from the high-voltage fire set used to power the exploding bridge wire pressure source. The gauge package is constructed to withstand the initial water shock as well as subsequent reactions in the water that result in strong water motion and bubble generation. Thin-film diaphragm sensors are not sturdy enough to withstand this environment. Initial tests show that the gauge responds in 200 ns in water and that low-frequency response is sufficient to allow recording for at least 40 {mu}s after the initial shock arrival.

  4. 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.

  5. Preparation and characterization of modified nano-porous PVDF membrane with high antifouling property using UV photo-grafting

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    Rahimpour, A.; Madaeni, S. S.; Zereshki, S.; Mansourpanah, Y.

    2009-05-01

    In this study, the poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membrane was prepared via immersion precipitation technique and modified by UV photo-grafting of hydrophilic monomers on the top membrane surface. Acrylic acid (AA) and 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA) as acrylic monomers and 2,4-phenylenediamine (PDA) and ethylene diamine (EDA) as amino monomers were used at different concentrations to modify the membrane and improve the hydrophilicity with less fouling tendency. Moreover the presence of benzophenon as photo-initiator for grafting the hydrophilic monomers onto PVDF membrane surface was elucidated. The virgin and modified PVDF membranes were characterized by contact angle, ATR-FTIR, SEM and cross-flow filtration. The contact angle measurements demonstrated that the hydrophilicities of the membranes were significantly enhanced by UV photo-grafting of hydrophilic monomers onto the membrane surface. The ATR-FTIR confirmed the occurrence of modification on PVDF membrane by UV photo-grafting. The pure water flux of membranes was declined by UV photo-grafting but the milk water permeation and protein rejection were slightly improved. Moreover the antifouling properties and flux recovery of PVDF membrane were improved by UV photo-grafting of hydrophilic monomers.

  6. Structural changes of a Li/S rechargeable cell in Lithium Metal Polymer technology

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    Lécuyer, Margaud; Gaubicher, Joël; Deschamps, Marc; Lestriez, Bernard; Brousse, Thierry; Guyomard, Dominique

    2013-11-01

    Lithium/sulfur batteries in Lithium Metal Polymer (LMP) technology suffer from poor reversibility and important capacity fade. In this paper we studied structural evolutions of Li/S cells with PEO-based (poly(ethylene oxide)) dry polymer electrolyte, by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Discharge occurs along with dissolution of the active material into soluble polysulfides in PEO. Diffusion of the sulfide species results in important volume changes of both the electrode and the electrolyte. This eventually leads to collapse of the electrode upon a few cycles, which contributes to the poor cyclability of the battery. In order to prevent this phenomenon, the mechanical strength of the cathode was enhanced by adding poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) in its composition. However, although PVDF helps maintaining the electrode's structure, it could not completely solve the cyclability issue.

  7. Facile synthesis of nano cauliflower and nano broccoli like hierarchical superhydrophobic composite coating using PVDF/carbon soot particles via gelation technique.

    PubMed

    Sahoo, Bichitra Nanda; Balasubramanian, Kandasubramanian

    2014-12-15

    We have elucidated a cost effective fabrication technique to produce superhydrophobic polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF/DMF/candle soot particle and PVDF/DMF/camphor soot particle composite) porous materials. The water repellent dry composite was formed by the interaction of non-solvent (methanol) into PVDF/carbon soot particles suspension in N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF). It is seen that longer quenching time effectively changes the surface morphology of dry composites. The nano broccoli like hierarchical microstructure with micro or nano scaled roughen surface was obtained for PVDF/DMF/camphor soot particle, which reveals water contact angle of 172° with roll off angle of 2°. However, composite coating of PVDF/DMF/candle soot particle shows nano cauliflower like hierarchical, which illustrates water contact angle of 169° with roll off angle of 3°. To elucidate the enhancement of water repellent property of PVDF composites, we further divulge the evolution mechanism of nano cauliflower and nano broccoli structure. In order to evaluate the water contact angle of PVDF composites, surface diffusion of water inside the pores is investigated. Furthermore, the addition of small amount of carbon soot particles in composite not only provides the crystallization of PVDF, but also leads to dramatical amendment of surface morphology which increases the surface texture and roughness for superhydrophobicity. PMID:25268814

  8. Piezoelectric PVDF film energy harvester for powering a wireless sensor system

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    Bischur, E.; Schwesinger, N.

    2013-04-01

    Energy harvesters of PVDF were used to power a wireless sensor system. Simple technologies are sufficient for the fabrication of these harvesting modules. A critical process step is the polarization of the piezoelectric material. Main piezoelectric parameters depend strongly on the polarization material. Particularly, the remanent polarization of PVDF is influenced by the electric field strength and the polarization temperature. Dielectric breakdowns of the film at higher temperatures prevent a sufficient polarization. At least, all modules were polarized at a field strength of 100 - 120 MV/m and a temperature of 90°C. Modules with dimensions of 165mm × 95mm × 1.5mm were used to power a commercial available "development kit for Energy Harvesting Wireless systems" (EnOcean `EDK 300'). The modules possess of 20 layers of PVDF. Each module was connected via a standard four diode full rectifier bridge with the development kit EDK 300. Positioned underneath a parquet floor (thickness=10mm), the modules converted mechanical energy of footsteps into electricity. Goal of these investigations were to find out configurations suited to generate a sufficient energy level to supply the operation of the EDK 300. Two capacitors in the development kit are used to start the operation of the kit (C1=470μF) and to store converted energy (C2=0.25F). Already a few steps onto one module were sufficient to charge C1 and to start the operation of the EDK 300. Following steps (>100) produced energy which was stored in C2. Increasing numbers of mechanical loaded modules lead to a rise of energy stored in C2.

  9. Polymer electrolytes for a rechargeable li-Ion battery

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    Argade, S.D.; Saraswat, A.K.; Rao, B.M.L.; Lee, H.S.; Xiang, C.L.; McBreen, J.

    1996-10-01

    Lithium-ion polymer electrolyte battery technology is attractive for many consumer and military applications. A Li{sub x}C/Li{sub y}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 4} battery system incorporating a polymer electrolyte separator base on novel Li-imide salts is being developed under sponsorship of US Army Research Laboratory (Fort Monmouth NJ). This paper reports on work currently in progress on synthesis of Li-imide salts, polymer electrolyte films incorporating these salts, and development of electrodes and cells. A number of Li salts have been synthesized and characterized. These salts appear to have good voltaic stability. PVDF polymer gel electrolytes based on these salts have exhibited conductivities in the range 10{sup -4} to 10{sub -3} S/cm.

  10. Impact load measurements with a PVDF pressure sensor in an erosive cavitating flow

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    Hujer, J.; Carrat, JB; Müller, M.; Riondet, M.

    2015-12-01

    A PVDF pressure sensor was used to measure the pressure peaks due to the collapse of cavitation bubbles in the high-speed tunnel of the LEGI laboratory. It was flush mounted on a stainless steel disk in the most erosive area of the test section. The recorded data were post- processed in order to get the impact load spectra for different velocities at constant cavitation number. The results are presented as cumulative histograms of peak rate and maximal impact load for different flow velocities of the high-speed tunnel.

  11. Positronium Formation Of Glyeisdyl Methacrylic Acid (GMA)/Styrene Grafted On PVDF Membrane For Fuel Cells

    SciTech Connect

    Abdel-Hady, E. E.; Abdel-Hamed, M. O.; Eltonny, M. M.

    2011-06-01

    Simultaneous gamma irradiation was used effectively for grafting of glycidyl methacrylic acid and styrene onto Poly vinyldine fluoride (PVDF). Membranes were characterized by thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The properties of the obtained membranes were evaluated in terms of proton conductivity, methanol permeability and positron annihilation lifetime (PALS) parameters. The high probability of Positronium formation enables the application of PALS to the study of free volume. Good property values approved the applicability of the membrane from the cost benefit point of view.

  12. Improved analysis of membrane protein by PVDF-aided, matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry.

    PubMed

    Chang, Chih-Yang; Liao, Hsin-Kai; Juo, Chiun-Gung; Chen, Shu-Hua; Chen, Yu-Ju

    2006-01-18

    Characterization of membrane proteins remains an analytical challenge because of difficulties associated with tedious isolation and purification. This study presents the utility of the polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) membrane for direct sub-proteome profiling and membrane protein characterization by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS). The hydrophobic adsorption of protein, particularly membrane proteins, on the PVDF surface enables efficient on-PVDF washing to remove high concentrations of detergents and salts, such as up to 5% sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). The enhanced spectrum quality for MALDI detection is particularly notable for high molecular weight proteins. By using on-PVDF washing prior to MALDI detection, we obtained protein profiles of the detergent-containing and detergent-insoluble membrane fractions from Methylococcus capsulatus (Bath). Similar improvements of signal-to-noise ratios were shown on the MALDI spectra for proteins electroblotted from SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) onto the PVDF membrane. We have applied this strategy to obtain intact molecular weights of the particulate methane monooxygenase (pMMO) composed of three intrinsic membrane-bound proteins, PmoA, PmoB, and PmoC. Together with peptide sequencing by tandem mass spectrometry, post-translational modifications including N-terminal acetylation of PmoA and PmoC and alternative C-terminal truncation of PmoB were identified. The above results show that PVDF-aided MALDI-MS can be an effective approach for profiling and characterization of membrane proteins. PMID:17723354

  13. Polymer films

    DOEpatents

    Granick, Steve; Sukhishvili, Svetlana A.

    2004-05-25

    A film contains a first polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond donating moieties, and a second polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond accepting moieties. The second polymer is hydrogen bonded to the first polymer.

  14. Polymer films

    DOEpatents

    Granick, Steve; Sukhishvili, Svetlana A.

    2008-12-30

    A film contains a first polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond donating moieties, and a second polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond accepting moieties. The second polymer is hydrogen bonded to the first polymer.

  15. Patterned, highly stretchable and conductive nanofibrous PANI/PVDF strain sensors based on electrospinning and in situ polymerization

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    Yu, Gui-Feng; Yan, Xu; Yu, Miao; Jia, Meng-Yang; Pan, Wei; He, Xiao-Xiao; Han, Wen-Peng; Zhang, Zhi-Ming; Yu, Liang-Min; Long, Yun-Ze

    2016-01-01

    A facile fabrication strategy via electrospinning and followed by in situ polymerization to fabricate a patterned, highly stretchable, and conductive polyaniline/poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PANI/PVDF) nanofibrous membrane is reported. Owing to the patterned structure, the nanofibrous PANI/PVDF strain sensor can detect a strain up to 110%, for comparison, which is 2.6 times higher than the common nonwoven PANI/PVDF mat and much larger than the previously reported values (usually less than 15%). Meanwhile, the conductivity of the patterned strain sensor shows a linear response to the applied strain in a wide range from 0% to about 85%. Additionally, the patterned PANI/PVDF strain sensor can completely recover to its original electrical and mechanical values within a strain range of more than 22%, and exhibits good durability over 10 000 folding-unfolding tests. Furthermore, the strain sensor also can be used to detect finger motion. The results demonstrate promising application of the patterned nanofibrous membrane in flexible electronic fields.A facile fabrication strategy via electrospinning and followed by in situ polymerization to fabricate a patterned, highly stretchable, and conductive polyaniline/poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PANI/PVDF) nanofibrous membrane is reported. Owing to the patterned structure, the nanofibrous PANI/PVDF strain sensor can detect a strain up to 110%, for comparison, which is 2.6 times higher than the common nonwoven PANI/PVDF mat and much larger than the previously reported values (usually less than 15%). Meanwhile, the conductivity of the patterned strain sensor shows a linear response to the applied strain in a wide range from 0% to about 85%. Additionally, the patterned PANI/PVDF strain sensor can completely recover to its original electrical and mechanical values within a strain range of more than 22%, and exhibits good durability over 10 000 folding-unfolding tests. Furthermore, the strain sensor also can be used to detect finger

  16. Ionic Conduction Mechanism of Polymer Gel Electrolytes

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    Saito, Yuria; Kataoka, Hiroshi

    2002-12-01

    Carrier migration mechanism of polymer gel electrolyte for lithium secondary batteries was investigated through the dynamic behavior of diffusion coefficient and conductivity. The gel prepared with PEO showed a homogeneous structure with any fraction of the electrolyte solution. The diffusion coefficient of the ionic species decreased with the increase in the polymer fraction in the gel. Cation migration is closely associated with the polymer, showing the reduced activation energy for diffusion with polymer in contrast to the increasing feature of the activation energy of the anion diffusion. The PVDF-gel electrolytes have a solid solubility limit due to the swelling saturation. The excess solution was then trapped in the cavities of the swollen polymer network. As a result, the diffusion showed two components. One is the fast migration of the carriers similar to that in the solution and the other is the relatively slow migration in the swollen region. The latter was influenced by the polymer due to the physical blocking and chemical interactive effects.

  17. Honeycomb-like porous gel polymer electrolyte membrane for lithium ion batteries with enhanced safety.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Jinqiang; Sun, Bing; Huang, Xiaodan; Chen, Shuangqiang; Wang, Guoxiu

    2014-01-01

    Lithium ion batteries have shown great potential in applications as power sources for electric vehicles and large-scale energy storage. However, the direct uses of flammable organic liquid electrolyte with commercial separator induce serious safety problems including the risk of fire and explosion. Herein, we report the development of poly(vinylidene difluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) polymer membranes with multi-sized honeycomb-like porous architectures. The as-prepared polymer electrolyte membranes contain porosity as high as 78%, which leads to the high electrolyte uptake of 86.2 wt%. The PVDF-HFP gel polymer electrolyte membranes exhibited a high ionic conductivity of 1.03 mS cm(-1) at room temperature, which is much higher than that of commercial polymer membranes. Moreover, the as-obtained gel polymer membranes are also thermally stable up to 350 °C and non-combustible in fire (fire-proof). When applied in lithium ion batteries with LiFePO4 as cathode materials, the gel polymer electrolyte demonstrated excellent electrochemical performances. This investigation indicates that PVDF-HFP gel polymer membranes could be potentially applicable for high power lithium ion batteries with the features of high safety, low cost and good performance. PMID:25168687

  18. Honeycomb-like porous gel polymer electrolyte membrane for lithium ion batteries with enhanced safety

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    Zhang, Jinqiang; Sun, Bing; Huang, Xiaodan; Chen, Shuangqiang; Wang, Guoxiu

    2014-08-01

    Lithium ion batteries have shown great potential in applications as power sources for electric vehicles and large-scale energy storage. However, the direct uses of flammable organic liquid electrolyte with commercial separator induce serious safety problems including the risk of fire and explosion. Herein, we report the development of poly(vinylidene difluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) polymer membranes with multi-sized honeycomb-like porous architectures. The as-prepared polymer electrolyte membranes contain porosity as high as 78%, which leads to the high electrolyte uptake of 86.2 wt%. The PVDF-HFP gel polymer electrolyte membranes exhibited a high ionic conductivity of 1.03 mS cm-1 at room temperature, which is much higher than that of commercial polymer membranes. Moreover, the as-obtained gel polymer membranes are also thermally stable up to 350°C and non-combustible in fire (fire-proof). When applied in lithium ion batteries with LiFePO4 as cathode materials, the gel polymer electrolyte demonstrated excellent electrochemical performances. This investigation indicates that PVDF-HFP gel polymer membranes could be potentially applicable for high power lithium ion batteries with the features of high safety, low cost and good performance.

  19. Honeycomb-like porous gel polymer electrolyte membrane for lithium ion batteries with enhanced safety

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    Zhang, Jinqiang; Sun, Bing; Huang, Xiaodan; Chen, Shuangqiang; Wang, Guoxiu

    2014-01-01

    Lithium ion batteries have shown great potential in applications as power sources for electric vehicles and large-scale energy storage. However, the direct uses of flammable organic liquid electrolyte with commercial separator induce serious safety problems including the risk of fire and explosion. Herein, we report the development of poly(vinylidene difluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) polymer membranes with multi-sized honeycomb-like porous architectures. The as-prepared polymer electrolyte membranes contain porosity as high as 78%, which leads to the high electrolyte uptake of 86.2 wt%. The PVDF-HFP gel polymer electrolyte membranes exhibited a high ionic conductivity of 1.03 mS cm−1 at room temperature, which is much higher than that of commercial polymer membranes. Moreover, the as-obtained gel polymer membranes are also thermally stable up to 350°C and non-combustible in fire (fire-proof). When applied in lithium ion batteries with LiFePO4 as cathode materials, the gel polymer electrolyte demonstrated excellent electrochemical performances. This investigation indicates that PVDF-HFP gel polymer membranes could be potentially applicable for high power lithium ion batteries with the features of high safety, low cost and good performance. PMID:25168687

  20. Advances in ferroelectric polymers for shock compression sensors

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    Bauer, F.; Moulard, H.; Samara, G.

    1997-10-01

    Our studies of the shock compression response of PVDF polymer are continuing in order to understand the physical properties under shock loading and to develop high fidelity, reproducible, time-resolved dynamic stress gauges. New PVDF technology, new electrode configurations and piezoelectric analysis have resulted in enhanced precision gauges. Our new standard gauges have a precision of better than 1% in electric charge release under shock up to 15 GPa. The piezoelectric response of shock compressed PVDF gauges 1 mm{sup 2} in active area has been studied and yielded well-behaved reproducible data up to 20 GPa. Analysis of the response of these gauges in the {open_quotes}thin mode regime{close_quotes} using a Lagrangian hydrocode will be presented. P(VDF-TrFE) copolymers exhibit unique piezoelectric properties over a wide range of temperature depending on the composition. Their properties and phase transitions are being investigated. Emphasis of the presentation will be on key results and implications.

  1. Advances in ferroelectric polymers for shock compression sensors

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    Bauer, F.; Moulard, H.; Samara, G.

    1998-07-01

    Our studies of the shock compression response of PVDF polymer are continuing in order to understand the physical properties under shock loading and to develop high fidelity, reproducible, time-resolved dynamic stress gauges. New PVDF technology, new electrode configurations and piezoelectric analysis have resulted in enhanced precision gauges. Our new standard gauges have a precision of better than 1{percent} in electrical charge release under shock up to 15 GPa. The piezoelectric response of shock compressed PVDF gauges 1 mm{sup 2} in active area has been studied and yielded well-behaved reproducible data up to 20 GPa. Analysis of the response of these gauges in the {open_quotes}thin mode regime{close_quotes} using a Lagrangian hydrocode will be presented. P(VDF-TrFE) copolymers exhibit unique piezoelectric properties over a wide range of temperature depending on the composition. Their properties and phase transitions are being investigated. Emphasis of the presentation will be on key results and implications. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  2. PVDF-Nafion nanomembranes coated microneedles for in vivo transcutaneous implantable glucose sensing.

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    Chen, Dajing; Wang, Cang; Chen, Wei; Chen, Yuquan; Zhang, John X J

    2015-12-15

    We demonstrate that microporous PVDF membranes sandwiched between multiple layers of nanomaterials can be used for continuous monitoring of glucose level in vivo. This is achieved by coating needle electrodes with Polyaniline nanofiber, Platinum nanoparticles, glucose oxidase enzyme and porous layers, successfully fabricated with layer-by-layer deposition. Nanoparticles incorporated into conductive Polyaniline nanofibers resulted in high surface to volume ratio and electrocatalytic activity for glucose enzyme. A composite coating membrane of porous PVDF and nano-sphere Nafion limited the glucose transportation and increased the lifetime of in vivo measurements. The glucose biosensor exhibited a sub-microamperometric output current, fast response time of less than 30s and a sensitivity of 0.23 μA/mM. The linear sensing range in terms of glucose concentration was from 0 to 20mM. Implantable experiments using mice models showed excellent response to the variation of blood glucose concentration while maintaining biocompatibility with the surrounding tissues. The sensitivity was shown to remain within 10% close to initial sensitivity within the 7 days of continuous monitoring, and maintain at 70% of the initial sensitivity within 21 days. PMID:26276540

  3. Energy harvesting device based on a metallic glass/PVDF magnetoelectric laminated composite

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    Lasheras, A.; Gutiérrez, J.; Reis, S.; Sousa, D.; Silva, M.; Martins, P.; Lanceros-Mendez, S.; Barandiarán, J. M.; Shishkin, D. A.; Potapov, A. P.

    2015-06-01

    A flexible, low-cost energy-harvesting device based on the magnetoelectric (ME) effect was designed using Fe64Co17Si7B12 as amorphous magnetostrictive ribbons and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) as the piezoelectric element. A 3 cm-long sandwich-type laminated composite was fabricated by gluing the ribbons to the PVDF with an epoxy resin. A voltage multiplier circuit was designed to produce enough voltage to charge a battery. The power output and power density obtained were 6.4 μW and 1.5 mW cm-3, respectively, at optimum load resistance and measured at the magnetomechanical resonance of the laminate. The effect of the length of the ME laminate on power output was also studied: the power output exhibited decays proportionally with the length of the ME laminate. Nevertheless, good performance was obtained for a 0.5 cm-long device working at 337 KHz within the low radio frequency (LRF) range.

  4. Photopyroelectric thermal wave detection via contactless capacitive polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)-metal probe-tip coupling

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    Mieszkowski, Marek; Leung, Kwan F.; Mandelis, Andreas

    1989-03-01

    In the past, thin-film photopyroelectric detectors have provided a simple means of measuring thermal properties of solid samples. This article presents a theoretical model and experimental results demonstrating a new contactless capacitively coupled photopyroelectric detection technique. The photopyroelectric (P2E) effect with contactless capacitance PVDF-metal probe-tip coupling was demonstrated and used to obtain thermal information from a solid. Due to the small diameter of the probe, the local values of the thermal wave field in the solid were measured. The modulated photothermal source on the surface of the sample induces an oscillating temperature field in the pyroelectric material, which produces a displacement current proportional to the temperature change. The metalized surface of the pyroelectric thin film and a metal tip electrode facing the opposite unmetalized surface form a capacitor which is charged at the same frequency as the modulated light beam. The oscillating capacitive voltage provides a noncontact mechanism to extract photothermal information, since the electric field generated in the capacitor does not require plate contact with the PVDF element.

  5. PVDF array sensor for Lamb wave reception: Aircraft structural health monitoring

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    Ren, Baiyang; Lissenden, Cliff J.

    2016-02-01

    Fracture critical structures need structural health monitoring (SHM) to improve safety and reliability as well as reduce downtime and maintenance costs. Lamb waves provide promising techniques for on-line SHM systems because of their large volumetric coverage and good sensitivity to defects. Extensive research has focused on using features derived from time signals obtained at sparse locations distributed across the structure. Commonly used features are wave amplitude, energy, and time of arrival. However, the modal content of received Lamb waves contains valuable information about the existence and characteristics of defects, but cannot be determined from these signal features. Wave scattering at a defect often results in mode conversions in both transmitted and reflected waves. Features like change in time of arrival or amplitude reduction can be interpreted as being a result of mode conversion. This work is focused on the design of a 1D array sensor such that received wave signals at equally spaced locations are available for modal analysis in the wavenumber-frequency domain. PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) is selected as the active material of the sensor because of its low interference with wave fields in structures. The PVDF array sensor is fabricated to have 16 independent channels and its capability to detect and characterize different types of defects is demonstrated experimentally.

  6. Development of Cellulose/PVDF-HFP Composite Membranes for Advanced Battery Separators

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    Castillo, Alejandro; Agubra, Victor; Alcoutlabi, Mataz; Mao, Yuanbing

    Improvements in battery technology are necessary as Li-ion batteries transition from consumer electronic to vehicular and industrial uses. An important bottle-neck in battery efficiency and safety is the quality of the separators, which prevent electric short-circuits between cathode and anode, while allowing an easy flow of ions between them. In this study, cellulose acetate was dissolved in a mixed solvent with poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP), and the mixture was forcespun in a peudo paper making process to yield nanofibrillated nonwoven mats. The mats were soaked in NaOH/Ethanol to strip PVP and regenerate cellulose from its acetate precursor. The cellulose mats were then dipped in poly(vinylidenefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) to yield the cellulose/PVDF-HFP composte membranes. These membranes were characterized chemically through FTIR spectroscopy and solvent-stability tests, thermally through DSC, physically by stress/strain measurements along with weight-based electrolyte uptake, and electrically by AC-impedance spectroscopy combined with capacitative cycling.

  7. Shock initiation studies of low density HMX using electromagnetic particle velocity and PVDF stress gauges

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    Sheffield, S.A.; Gustavsen, R.L.; Alcon, R.R.; Graham, R.A.; Anderson, M.U.

    1993-09-01

    Magnetic particle velocity and PVDF stress rate gauges have been used to measure the shock response of low density octotetramethylene tetranitramine (HMX) (1.24 &/cm{sup 3}). In experiments done at LANL, magnetic particle velocity gauges were located on both sides of the explosive. In nearly identical experiments done at SNL, PVDF stress rate gauges were located at the same positions so both particle velocity and stress histories were obtained for a particular experimental condition. Unreacted Hugoniot data were obtained and an EOS was developed by combining methods used by Hayes, Sheffield and Mitchell (for describing the Hugoniot of HNS at various densities) with Hermann`s P-{alpha} model. Using this technique, it is only necessary to know some thermodynamic constants or the Hugoniot of the initially solid material and the porous material sound speed to obtain accurate unreacted Hugoniots for the porous explosive. Loading and reaction paths were established in the stress-particle velocity plane for some experimental conditions. This information was used to determine a global reaction rate of {approx} 0.13 {mu}s{sup {minus}1} for porous HMX shocked to 0.8 GPa. At low input stresses the transmitted wave profiles had long rise times (up to 1 {mu}s) due to the compaction processes.

  8. Salt-induced fabrication of superhydrophilic and underwater superoleophobic PAA-g-PVDF membranes for effective separation of oil-in-water emulsions.

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    Zhang, Wenbin; Zhu, Yuzhang; Liu, Xia; Wang, Dong; Li, Jingye; Jiang, Lei; Jin, Jian

    2014-01-13

    Conventional polymer membranes suffer from low flux and serious fouling when used for treating emulsified oil/water mixtures. Reported herein is the fabrication of a novel superhydrophilic and underwater superoleophobic poly(acrylic acid)-grafted PVDF filtration membrane using a salt-induced phase-inversion approach. A hierarchical micro/nanoscale structure is constructed on the membrane surface and endows it with a superhydrophilic/underwater superoleophobic property. The membrane separates both surfactant-free and surfactant-stabilized oil-in-water emulsions under either a small applied pressure (<0.3 bar) or gravity, with high separation efficiency and high flux, which is one to two orders of magnitude higher than those of commercial filtration membranes having a similar permeation property. The membrane exhibits an excellent antifouling property and is easily recycled for long-term use. The outstanding performance of the membrane and the efficient, energy and cost-effective preparation process highlight its potential for practical applications. PMID:24307602

  9. The Integration and Applications of Organic Thin Film Transistors and Ferroelectric Polymers

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    Hsu, Yu-Jen

    Organic thin film transistors and ferroelectric polymer (polyvinylidene difluoride) sheet material are integrated to form various sensors for stress/strain, acoustic wave, and Infrared (heat) sensing applications. Different from silicon-based transistors, organic thin film transistors can be fabricated and processed in room-temperature and integrated with a variety of substrates. On the other hand, polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) exhibits ferroelectric properties that are highly useful for sensor applications. The wide frequency bandwidth (0.001 Hz to 10 GHz), vast dynamic range (100n to 10M psi), and high elastic compliance (up to 3 percent) make PVDF a more suitable candidate over ceramic piezoelectric materials for thin and flexible sensor applications. However, the low Curie temperature may have impeded its integration with silicon technology. Organic thin film transistors, however, do not have the limitation of processing temperature, hence can serve as transimpedance amplifiers to convert the charge signal generated by PVDF into current signal that are more measurable and less affected by any downstream parasitics. Piezoelectric sensors are useful for a range of applications, but passive arrays suffer from crosstalk and signal attenuation which have complicated the development of array-based PVDF sensors. We have used organic field effect transistors, which are compatible with the low Curie temperature of a flexible piezoelectric polymer,PVDF, to monolithically fabricate transimpedance amplifiers directly on the sensor surface and convert the piezoelectric charge signal into a current signal which can be detected even in the presence of parasitic capacitances. The device couples the voltage generated by the PVDF film under strain into the gate of the organic thin film transistors (OFET) using an arrangement that allows the full piezoelectric voltage to couple to the channel, while also increasing the charge retention time. A bipolar detector is created by

  10. Microalgae recovery by ultrafiltration using novel fouling-resistant PVDF membranes with in situ PEGylated polyethyleneimine particles.

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    Hwang, Taewoon; Kotte, Madhusudhana Rao; Han, Jong-In; Oh, You-Kwan; Diallo, Mamadou S

    2015-04-15

    In this article, we report the preparation, characterization and microalgae recovery potential of a new family of fouling-resistant polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) ultrafiltration (UF) membranes embedded with hydrophilic and PEGylated polymeric particles. To optimize membrane performance for microalgae harvesting, we investigate the effects of three hydrophilic additives (Pluronic F-127, polyvinylpyrrolidone and polyethylene glycol) on the morphology, pore size, bulk composition, surface composition, wettability and surface charge, flux and fouling resistance of the mixed matrix PVDF membranes with in situ PEGylated polyethyleneimine (PEI) particles. Our filtration experiments show that a mixed matrix PVDF membrane with PEGylated PEI particles and Pluronic F-127 additive (PNSM-1) has an algae retention of 100% with a permeate flux of 96 L/m(2)/hr that is larger (by ∼50%) than that of a commercial and hydrophilic PVDF UF membrane with a molecular weight cut-off of 30 kDa using a suspension of Chlorella sp. KR-1 microalgae with 1.2-1.4 g/L of dry biomass. The algae and water flux recovery rates of our new PNSM-1 are equal to∼ 94% and 100%, respectively, following a simulated membrane wash with deionized water and two subsequent water and microalgae filtration cycles. PMID:25659965

  11. Engineering a Highly Hydrophilic PVDF Membrane via Binding TiO₂Nanoparticles and a PVA Layer onto a Membrane Surface.

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    Qin, Aiwen; Li, Xiang; Zhao, Xinzhen; Liu, Dapeng; He, Chunju

    2015-04-29

    A highly hydrophilic PVDF membrane was fabricated through chemically binding TiO2 nanoparticles and a poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) layer onto a membrane surface simultaneously. The chemical composition of the modified membrane surface was determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and the binding performance of TiO2 nanoparticles and the PVA layer was investigated by a rinsing test. The results indicated that the TiO2 nanoparticles were uniformly and strongly tailored onto the membrane surface, while the PVA layer was firmly attached onto the surface of TiO2 nanoparticles and the membrane by adsorption-cross-linking. The possible mechanisms during the modification process and filtration performance, i.e., water permeability and bovine serum albumin (BSA) rejection, were investigated as well. Furthermore, antifouling property was discussed through multicycles of BSA solution filtration tests, where the flux recovery ratio was significantly increased from 20.0% for pristine PVDF membrane to 80.5% for PVDF/TiO2/PVA-modified membrane. This remarkable promotion is mainly ascribed to the improvement of surface hydrophilicity, where the water contact angle of the membrane surface was decreased from 84° for pristine membrane to 24° for PVDF/TiO2/PVA membrane. This study presents a novel and varied strategy for immobilization of nanoparticles and PVA layer on substrate surface, which could be easily adapted for a variety of materials for surface modification. PMID:25806418

  12. Effect of Acid-Base Property of Inorganic Nanoparticles on Antifouling Performance of PVDF Composite Ultrafiltration Membranes

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    He, Mingjia; Shi, Baoli

    Pure poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membrane and PVDF composite membranes modified by three kinds of inorganic nanoparticles (SiO2, Al2O3, and TiO2) were made using a phase inversion method and characterized by pure water flux, retention efficiency of Bovine serum albumin (BSA), flux reduction coefficient, and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The results of flux reduction coefficient illustrated that PVDF membrane modified by nanoparticles had better antifouling property in the order of TiO2, Al2O3, SiO2. The Lewis acid-base properties of the nanoparticle materials were measured by inverse gas chromatography (IGC). The Lewis acid number, Ka, and Lewis base number, Kb, had the following order Ka TiO2 < Ka Al2O3 < Ka SiO2, and Kb TiO2 > Kb Al2O3 > Kb SiO2. The experimental results indicated that PVDF membrane modified by nanoparticles with relatively strong base exhibited excellent antifouling performance.

  13. Direct-write PVDF nonwoven fiber fabric energy harvesters via the hollow cylindrical near-field electrospinning process

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    Liu, Z. H.; Pan, C. T.; Lin, L. W.; Huang, J. C.; Ou, Z. Y.

    2014-02-01

    One-dimensional piezoelectric nanomaterials have attracted great attention in recent years for their possible applications in mechanical energy scavenging devices. However, it is difficult to control the structural diameter, length, and density of these fibers fabricated by micro/nano-technologies. This work presents a hollow cylindrical near-field electrospinning (HCNFES) process to address production and performance issues encountered previously in either far-field electrospinning (FFES) or near-field electrospinning (NFES) processes. Oriented polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) fibers in the form of nonwoven fabric have been directly written on a glass tube for aligned piezoelectricity. Under a high in situ electrical poling field and strong mechanical stretching (the tangential speed on the glass tube collector is about 1989.3 mm s-1), the HCNFES process is able to uniformly deposit large arrays of PVDF fibers with good concentrations of piezoelectric β-phase. The nonwoven fiber fabric (NFF) is transferred onto a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate and fixed at both ends using copper foil electrodes as a flexible textile-fiber-based PVDF energy harvester. Repeated stretching and releasing of PVDF NFF with a strain of 0.05% at 7 Hz produces a maximum peak voltage and current at 76 mV and 39 nA, respectively.

  14. Surface modification of PVDF using non-mammalian sources of collagen for enhancement of endothelial cell functionality.

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    Wang, Jun Kit; Xiong, Gordon Minru; Luo, Baiwen; Choo, Chee Chong; Yuan, Shaojun; Tan, Nguan Soon; Choong, Cleo

    2016-03-01

    Although polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) is non-toxic and stable in vivo, its hydrophobic surface has limited its bio-applications due to poor cell-material interaction and thrombus formation when used in blood contacting devices. In this study, surface modification of PVDF using naturally derived non-mammalian collagen was accomplished via direct surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerisation (SI-ATRP) to enhance its cytocompatibility and hemocompatibility. Results showed that Type I collagen was successfully extracted from fish scales and bullfrog skin. The covalent immobilisation of fish scale-derived collagen (FSCOL) and bullfrog skin-derived collagen (BFCOL) onto the PVDF surface improves the attachment and proliferation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). Furthermore, both FSCOL and BFCOL had comparable anti-thrombogenic profiles to that of commercially available bovine collagen (BVCOL). Also, cell surface expression of the leukocyte adhesion molecule was lower on HUVECs cultured on non-mammalian collagen surfaces than on BVCOL, which is an indication of lower pro-inflammatory response. Overall, results from this study demonstrated that non-mammalian sources of collagen could be used to confer bioactivity to PVDF, with comparable cell-material interactions and hemocompatibility to BVCOL. Additionally, higher expression levels of Type IV collagen in HUVECs cultured on FSCOL and BFCOL were observed as compared to BVCOL, which is an indication that the non-mammalian sources of collagen led to a better pro-angiogenic properties, thus making them suitable for blood contacting applications. PMID:26758892

  15. Influences of permeation of vanadium ions through PVDF-g-PSSA membranes on performances of vanadium redox flow batteries.

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    Luo, Xuanli; Lu, Zhengzhong; Xi, Jingyu; Wu, Zenghua; Zhu, Wentao; Chen, Liquan; Qiu, Xinping

    2005-11-01

    The preparation and physical characterization of a poly(vinylidene fluoride)-graft-poly(styrene sulfonic acid) (PVDF-g-PSSA) membrane prepared by a solution-grafting method were described. These membranes exhibited high conductivity with a value 3.22 x 10(-2) S/cm at 30 degrees C. ICP studies revealed that the PVDF-g-PSSA membrane showed dramatically lower vanadium ion permeability compared to Nafion 117. Trivalent vanadium ions had the highest permeability through all these membranes in contrast to pentavalent vanadium ions with the lowest. The VRB with the low-cost PVDF-g-PSSA membrane exhibited a higher performance than that with Nafion 117 under the same operating conditions, and its energy efficiency reached 75.8% at 30 mA/cm(2). The performance of VRB with the PVDF-g-PSSA membrane can be maintained after more than 200 cycles at a current density of 60 mA/cm(2). PMID:16853627

  16. Patterned, highly stretchable and conductive nanofibrous PANI/PVDF strain sensors based on electrospinning and in situ polymerization.

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    Yu, Gui-Feng; Yan, Xu; Yu, Miao; Jia, Meng-Yang; Pan, Wei; He, Xiao-Xiao; Han, Wen-Peng; Zhang, Zhi-Ming; Yu, Liang-Min; Long, Yun-Ze

    2016-02-01

    A facile fabrication strategy via electrospinning and followed by in situ polymerization to fabricate a patterned, highly stretchable, and conductive polyaniline/poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PANI/PVDF) nanofibrous membrane is reported. Owing to the patterned structure, the nanofibrous PANI/PVDF strain sensor can detect a strain up to 110%, for comparison, which is 2.6 times higher than the common nonwoven PANI/PVDF mat and much larger than the previously reported values (usually less than 15%). Meanwhile, the conductivity of the patterned strain sensor shows a linear response to the applied strain in a wide range from 0% to about 85%. Additionally, the patterned PANI/PVDF strain sensor can completely recover to its original electrical and mechanical values within a strain range of more than 22%, and exhibits good durability over 10,000 folding-unfolding tests. Furthermore, the strain sensor also can be used to detect finger motion. The results demonstrate promising application of the patterned nanofibrous membrane in flexible electronic fields. PMID:26781815

  17. A composite membrane based on a biocompatible cellulose as a host of gel polymer electrolyte for lithium ion batteries

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    Xiao, S. Y.; Yang, Y. Q.; Li, M. X.; Wang, F. X.; Chang, Z.; Wu, Y. P.; Liu, X.

    2014-12-01

    A composite polymer membrane is prepared by coating poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) on the surface of a membrane based on methyl cellulose (MC) which is environmentally friendly and cheap. Its characteristics are investigated by scanning electron microscopy, FT-IR, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The outer PVDF layers are porous which results in high electrolyte uptake and the lithium ion transference number is much larger than that of the pure MC. Moreover, the cell based on Li//LiFePO4 delivers high discharge capacity and good rate behavior in the range of 4.2-2.5 V when the composite membrane is used as the separator and the host of a gel polymer electrolyte, lithium as the counter and reference electrode, and LiFePO4 as cathode. The obtained results suggest that this unique composite membrane shows great attraction in the lithium ion batteries with high safety and low cost.

  18. Constructing a novel zwitterionic surface of PVDF membrane through the assembled chitosan and sodium alginate.

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    Wang, Haiye; Zhao, Xinzhen; He, Chunju

    2016-06-01

    A novel zwitterionic surface of PVDF membrane with significantly improved antifouling properties was prepared though pressure-assisted layer by layer self-assembly method based on the electrostatic interactions of chitosan (CS), sodium alginate (SA) and polyfunctional lysine. For the modified C-S-C-S-L membrane, the contact angle decreased to 35°, the bovine serum albumin (BSA) adsorption mass of static fouling on the membrane surface decreased to 10μg/cm(2), and the secondary water flux recovery rate (FRR) of dynamic fouling of BSA and humic acid (HA) pollutants increased to 98% and 99%, respectively, exhibiting excellent antifouling performance. The results demonstrated that using charged bio-macromolecules and amino acids to build zwitterionic surface was effective and convenient to change the interface properties of the separation membrane through the pressure-assisted self-assembly modification method, and provided a new way for the industrial scale hydrophilic modification of hydrophobic porous membrane materials. PMID:26944663

  19. Permeability of methane, carbon dioxide and water in PA11 and PVDF used for flexible pipes

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    Andersen, T.R.; Skar, J.I.; Hansteen, C.

    1999-11-01

    Permeability of methane, carbon dioxide and water in plasticized polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and plasticized polyarnid 11 (PA11 ) has been measured for a number of temperatures and pressures in a small scale test apparatus and permeability coefficients have been calculated. The results have been used to predict if the annulus of flexible pipes will be water wet. For verification of the small scale test, a large scale test has also been carried out in a 50 mm flexible pipe. Both test methods show that the annulus of flexible pipes will be water wet when carrying gas and water. This implies that the conditions in the annulus will be corrosive when pipes are carrying gas which contains carbon dioxide or hydrogen sulfide. The corrosive conditions and corrosion fatigue must be taken into account when the fatigue life of flexible risers is calculated.

  20. Performance evaluation of ePTFE and PVDF flat-sheet module direct contact membrane distillation.

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    Chuang, Ching-Jung; Tung, Kuo-Lun; Fan, Yang-Hsiang; Ho, Chii-Dong; Huang, James

    2010-01-01

    This paper reports experiments using a flat-sheet module with 0.18 approximately 0.45 microm ePTFE (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene) and PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) membranes to show the effects of membrane properties, salt concentration and fluid hydrodynamics on the permeate flux and salt rejection of DCMD (direct contact membrane distillation). A theoretical prediction of the permeate flux was carried out, and was in close agreement with the experimental results. In addition, the energy integration of the process was also analyzed in order to evaluate module design to increase energy efficiency. According to the simulated results of the energy integration design, a combination of simultaneous cooling of the permeate stream and an additional heat exchanger to lower the temperature of the permeate stream not only enhances the MD flux, but also reduces energy consumption. PMID:20651439

  1. Mechanical and electrical properties of electrospun PVDF/MWCNT ultrafine fibers using rotating collector

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    2014-01-01

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) ultrafine fibers with different proportions of multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) embedded have been fabricated using a modified electrospinning device with a rotating collector. With the increasing of MWCNT content, the β phase was noticeable enhanced, and the fibers became more elastic, which was manifested by Young's modulus decreased drastically. Furthermore, with adding the amounts of MWCNTs, the density of carbon nanotube (CNT)-CNT junctions among the fibers increased accordingly. When the MWCNT content was of 1.2 wt.%, a stable three-dimensional conducting network was formed. After this percolation threshold, the density of CNT-CNT junctions among the fibers tended to be a constant quantity, leading to a stabilized conductivity consequently. It is hoped that our results can be helpful for the fabrication of flexible devices, piezoelectric devices, force transducer, and so on. PACS 81.05.Qk; 81.16.-c PMID:25288915

  2. Polymer-Ceramic Composite Materials for Pyroelectric Infrared Detectors: An Overview

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    Aggarwal, M. D; Currie, J. R.; Penn, B. G.; Batra, A. K.; Lal, R. B.

    2007-01-01

    Ferroelectrics:Polymer composites can be considered an established substitute for conventional electroceramics and ferroelectric polymers. The composites have a unique blend of polymeric properties such as mechanical flexibility, high strength, formability, and low cost, with the high electro-active properties of ceramic materials. They have attracted considerable interest because of their potential use in pyroelectric infrared detecting devices and piezoelectric transducers. These flexible sensors and transducers may eventually be useful for their health monitoring applications for NASA crew launch vehicles and crew exploration vehicles being developed. In the light of many technologically important applications in this field, it is worthwhile to present an overview of the pyroelectric infrared detector theory, models to predict dielectric behavior and pyroelectric coefficient, and the concept of connectivity and fabrication techniques of biphasic composites. An elaborate review of Pyroelectric-Polymer composite materials investigated to date for their potential use in pyroelectric infrared detectors is presented.

  3. Dual-mode operation of flexible piezoelectric polymer diaphragm for intracranial pressure measurement

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    Li, Chunyan; Wu, Pei-Ming; Shutter, Lori A.; Narayan, Raj K.

    2010-02-01

    The dual-mode operation of a polyvinylidene fluoride trifluoroethylene (PVDF-TrFE) piezoelectric polymer diaphragm, in a capacitive or resonant mode, is reported as a flexible intracranial pressure (ICP) sensor. The pressure sensor using a capacitive mode exhibits a higher linearity and less power consumption than resonant mode operated pressure sensor. In contrast, the latter provides better sensitivity and easier adaption for wireless application. The metrological properties of the dual-mode ICP sensor being described are satisfactory in vitro. We propose that the piezoelectric polymer diaphragm has a promising future in intracranial pressure monitoring.

  4. Enhanced performance of PVDF nanocomposite membrane by nanofiber coating: A membrane for sustainable desalination through MD.

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    Efome, Johnson E; Rana, Dipak; Matsuura, Takeshi; Lan, Christopher Q

    2016-02-01

    Membrane distillation (MD) is a promising separation technique capable of being used in the desalination of marine and brackish water. Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) flat sheet nano-composite membranes were surface modified by coating with electro-spun PVDF nano-fibres to increase the surface hydrophobicity. For this purpose, the nano-composite membrane containing 7 wt.% superhydrophobic SiO2 nano-particles, which showed the highest flux in our previous work, was first subjected to pore size augmentation by increasing the concentration of the pore forming agent (Di-ionized water). Then, the prepared flat sheet membranes were subjected to nanofibres coating by electro-spinning. The uncoated and coated composite fabricated membranes were characterized using contact angle, liquid entry pressure of water, and scanning electron microscopy. The membranes were further tested for 6 h desalination by direct contact membrane distillation (DCMD) and vacuum membrane distillation (VMD), with a 3.5 wt.% synthetic NaClaq as the feed. In DCMD the feed liquid and permeate side temperature were maintained at 27.5 °C and 15 °C, respectively. For VMD, the feed liquid temperature was 27 °C and a vacuum of 94.8 kPa was applied on the permeate side. The maximum permeate flux achieved was 3.2 kg/m(2).h for VMD and 6.5 kg/m(2).h for DCMD. The salt rejection obtained was higher than 99.98%. The coated membranes showed a more stable flux than the uncoated membranes indicating that the double layered membranes have great potential in solving the pore wetting problem in MD. PMID:26630042

  5. Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Spinodal-Assisted Polymer Crystallization

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    Gee, R H; Lacevic, N M; Fried, L

    2005-07-08

    Large scale molecular dynamics simulations of bulk melts of polar (poly(vinylidene fluoride) (pVDF)) polymers are utilized to study chain conformation and ordering prior to crystallization under cooling. While the late stages of polymer crystallization have been studied in great detail, recent theoretical and experimental evidence indicates that there are important phenomena occurring in the early stages of polymer crystallization that are not understood to the same degree. When the polymer melt is quenched from a temperature above the melting temperature to the crystallization temperature, crystallization does not occur instantaneously. This initial interval without crystalline order is characterized as an induction period. It has been thought of as a nucleation period in the classical theories of polymer crystallization, but recent experiments, computer simulations, and theoretical work suggest that the initial period in polymer crystallization is assisted by a spinodal decomposition type mechanism. In this study we have achieved physically realistic length scales to study early stages of polymer ordering, and show that spinodal-assisted ordering prior to crystallization is operative in polar polymers suggesting general applicability of this process.

  6. Electrochemical properties of VO-flyash composite for lithium polymer battery

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    Kim, Jong-Uk; Gu, Hal-Bon

    A VO-flyash composite electrode for a lithium/polymer battery (LPB) was developed. We investigated XRD diffraction and electrochemical properties of vanadium oxide (VO)-flyash composite with polyvinylidene (PVDF)/polyacrylonitrile (PAN)-based polymer electrolyte as a function of mixing ratio. The discharge capacity of VO-flyash with 50 wt.% V 2O 5 in PVDF-PAN-PC 5EC 5iClO 4 electrolyte was 150 and 128 mAh/g at 1 and 10 cycles, respectively. The discharge capacity of VO-flyash with 85 wt.% V 2O 5 was 195 mAh/g at 10 cycles. The capacity retention of VO-flyash anode with 3 wt.% V 2O 5 was higher than that of VO-flyash cathode with 85 wt.% V 2O 5. The VO-flyash with 3 wt.% V 2O 5 composite anode in PVDF/PAN-based electrolyte shows good capacity with cycling.

  7. Thermally stable hyperbranched polyether-based polymer electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries

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    Wu, Feng; Feng, Ting; Wu, Chuan; Bai, Ying; Ye, Lin; Chen, Junzheng

    2010-01-01

    A thermally stable polymer matrix, comprising hyperbranched polyether PHEMO (poly(3-{2-[2-(2-hydroxyethoxy) ethoxy] ethoxy}methyl-3'-methyloxetane)) and PVDF-HFP (poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene)), has been successfully prepared for applications in lithium-ion batteries. This type of polymer electrolyte has been made by adding different amounts of lithium bis(oxalate)borate (LiBOB) to the polymer matrix. Its thermal and structural properties were measured using differential scanning calorimetry and x-ray diffraction. Experimental results show that the polymer electrolyte system possesses good thermal stability, with a decomposition temperature above 420 °C. The ionic conductivity of the polymer electrolyte system is dependent on the lithium salt content, reaching a maximum of 1.1 × 10-5 S cm-1 at 30 °C and 2.3 × 10-4 S cm-1 at 80 °C when doped with 10 wt% LiBOB.

  8. Ceramic-polymer nanocomposites with increased dielectric permittivity and low dielectric loss

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    Bhardwaj, Sumit Paul, Joginder; Raina, K. K.; Thakur, N. S.; Kumar, Ravi

    2014-04-24

    The use of lead free materials in device fabrication is very essential from environmental point of view. We have synthesized the lead free ferroelectric polymer nanocomposite films with increased dielectric properties. Lead free bismuth titanate has been used as active ceramic nanofillers having crystallite size 24nm and PVDF as the polymer matrix. Ferroelectric β-phase of the polymer composite films was confirmed by X-ray diffraction pattern. Mapping data confirms the homogeneous dispersion of ceramic particles into the polymer matrix. Frequency dependent dielectric constant increases up to 43.4 at 100Hz, whereas dielectric loss decreases with 7 wt% bismuth titanate loading. This high dielectric constant lead free ferroelectric polymer films can be used for energy density applications.

  9. Enhanced dielectric properties of three-phase-percolative composites based on thermoplastic-ceramic matrix (BaTiO3 + PVDF) and ZnO radial nanostructures.

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    Wang, Guangsheng

    2010-05-01

    Three-phase-percolative composites with ZnO radial nanoclusters (R-ZnO) and BaTiO(3) (BT) nanoparticles embedded into polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) were prepared by using a simple blending and hot-molding technique. The BT + PVDF composite with a volume fraction of 30 vol % BT particles were employed as a thermoplastic-ceramic matrix. Compared with the two-phase-percolative composites of R-ZnO/PVDF, the three-phase-percolative (R-ZnO/(BT + PVDF)) composites showed enhanced dielectric constant and decreased dielectric loss. The percolation theory was used to explain the experimental results. The increased percolation threshold was studied in detail, and the thermal stability was also investigated. PMID:20415481

  10. Effects of configurational changes on molecular dynamics in polyvinylidene fluoride and poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) ferroelectric polymers

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    Jalarvo, N. E-mail: abhijit.pramanick@gmail.com; Pramanick, A. E-mail: abhijit.pramanick@gmail.com; Do, C.; Diallo, S. O. E-mail: abhijit.pramanick@gmail.com

    2015-08-24

    We present a comparative study of proton dynamics in unpoled non-ferroelectric polymer polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and in its trifluoroethylene containing ferroelectric copolymer (with 70/30 molar proportion), using quasi-elastic neutron scattering. The neutron data reveal the existence of two distinct types of molecular motions in the temperature range investigated. The slower motion, which is characterized in details here, is ascribed to protons jump diffusion along the polymeric carbon chains, while the faster motion could be attributed to localized rotational motion of methylene groups. At temperatures below the Curie point (T{sub c} ∼ 385 K) of the composite polymer, the slower diffusive mode experiences longer relaxation times in the ferroelectric blend than in the bare PVDF, although the net corresponding diffusion coefficient remains comparatively the same in both polymers with characteristic activation energy of E{sub A} ≈ 27–33 kJ/mol. This arises because of a temperature dependent jump length r{sub 0}, which we observe to be effectively longer in the copolymer, possibly due to the formation of ordered ferroelectric domains below T{sub c}. Above T{sub c}, there is no appreciable difference in r{sub 0} between the two systems. This observation directly relates the known dependence of T{sub c} on molar ratio to changes in r{sub 0}, providing fundamental insight into the ferroelectric properties of PVDF-based copolymers.

  11. Effects of configurational changes on molecular dynamics in polyvinylidene fluoride and poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) ferroelectric polymers

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    Jalarvo, N.; Pramanick, A.; Do, C.; Diallo, S. O.

    2015-08-28

    Here, we present a comparative study of proton dynamics in unpoled non-ferroelectric polymer polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and in its trifluoroethylene containing ferroelectric copolymer (with 70/30 molar proportion), using quasi-elastic neutron scattering. The neutron data reveal the existence of two distinct types of molecular motions in the temperature range investigated. Moreover, the slower motion, which is characterized in details here, is ascribed to protons jump diffusion along the polymeric carbon chains, while the faster motion could be attributed to localized rotational motion of methylene groups. At temperatures below the Curie point (T-c similar to 385 K) of the composite polymer, themore » slower diffusive mode experiences longer relaxation times in the ferroelectric blend than in the bare PVDF, although the net corresponding diffusion coefficient remains comparatively the same in both polymers with characteristic activation energy of E-A approximate to 27-33 kJ/mol. This arises because of a temperature dependent jump length r(0), which we observe to be effectively longer in the copolymer, possibly due to the formation of ordered ferroelectric domains below Tc. Above Tc, there is no appreciable difference in r(0) between the two systems. Our observation directly relates the known dependence of Tc on molar ratio to changes in r(0), providing fundamental insight into the ferroelectric properties of PVDF-based copolymers.« less

  12. Effects of configurational changes on molecular dynamics in polyvinylidene fluoride and poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) ferroelectric polymers

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    Jalarvo, N.; Pramanick, A.; Do, C.; Diallo, S. O.

    2015-08-28

    Here, we present a comparative study of proton dynamics in unpoled non-ferroelectric polymer polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and in its trifluoroethylene containing ferroelectric copolymer (with 70/30 molar proportion), using quasi-elastic neutron scattering. The neutron data reveal the existence of two distinct types of molecular motions in the temperature range investigated. Moreover, the slower motion, which is characterized in details here, is ascribed to protons jump diffusion along the polymeric carbon chains, while the faster motion could be attributed to localized rotational motion of methylene groups. At temperatures below the Curie point (T-c similar to 385 K) of the composite polymer, the slower diffusive mode experiences longer relaxation times in the ferroelectric blend than in the bare PVDF, although the net corresponding diffusion coefficient remains comparatively the same in both polymers with characteristic activation energy of E-A approximate to 27-33 kJ/mol. This arises because of a temperature dependent jump length r(0), which we observe to be effectively longer in the copolymer, possibly due to the formation of ordered ferroelectric domains below Tc. Above Tc, there is no appreciable difference in r(0) between the two systems. Our observation directly relates the known dependence of Tc on molar ratio to changes in r(0), providing fundamental insight into the ferroelectric properties of PVDF-based copolymers.

  13. Epitaxial Growth of Thin Ferroelectric Polymer Films on Graphene Layer for Fully Transparent and Flexible Nonvolatile Memory.

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    Kim, Kang Lib; Lee, Wonho; Hwang, Sun Kak; Joo, Se Hun; Cho, Suk Man; Song, Giyoung; Cho, Sung Hwan; Jeong, Beomjin; Hwang, Ihn; Ahn, Jong-Hyun; Yu, Young-Jun; Shin, Tae Joo; Kwak, Sang Kyu; Kang, Seok Ju; Park, Cheolmin

    2016-01-13

    Enhancing the device performance of organic memory devices while providing high optical transparency and mechanical flexibility requires an optimized combination of functional materials and smart device architecture design. However, it remains a great challenge to realize fully functional transparent and mechanically durable nonvolatile memory because of the limitations of conventional rigid, opaque metal electrodes. Here, we demonstrate ferroelectric nonvolatile memory devices that use graphene electrodes as the epitaxial growth substrate for crystalline poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) (PVDF-TrFE) polymer. The strong crystallographic interaction between PVDF-TrFE and graphene results in the orientation of the crystals with distinct symmetry, which is favorable for polarization switching upon the electric field. The epitaxial growth of PVDF-TrFE on a graphene layer thus provides excellent ferroelectric performance with high remnant polarization in metal/ferroelectric polymer/metal devices. Furthermore, a fully transparent and flexible array of ferroelectric field effect transistors was successfully realized by adopting transparent poly[bis(4-phenyl)(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)amine] semiconducting polymer. PMID:26618802

  14. Thermal Vapor Deposition and Characterization of Polymer-Ceramic Nanoparticle Thin Films and Capacitors

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    Iwagoshi, Joel A.

    Research on alternative energies has become an area of increased interest due to economic and environmental concerns. Green energy sources, such as ocean, wind, and solar power, are subject to predictable and unpredictable generation intermittencies which cause instability in the electrical grid. This problem could be solved through the use of short term energy storage devices. Capacitors made from composite polymer:nanoparticle thin films have been shown to be an economically viable option. Through thermal vapor deposition, we fabricated dielectric thin films composed of the polymer polyvinylidine fluoride (PVDF) and the ceramic nanoparticle titanium dioxide (TiO2). Fully understanding the deposition process required an investigation of electrode and dielectric film deposition. Film composition can be controlled by the mass ratio of PVDF:TiO2 prior to deposition. An analysis of the relationship between the ratio of PVDF:TiO2 before and after deposition will improve our understanding of this novel deposition method. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy were used to analyze film atomic concentrations. The results indicate a broad distribution of deposited TiO2 concentrations with the highest deposited amount at an initial mass concentration of 17% TiO2. The nanoparticle dispersion throughout the film is analyzed through atomic force microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Images from these two techniques confirm uniform TiO2 dispersion with cluster size less than 300 nm. These results, combined with spectroscopic analysis, verify control over the deposition process. Capacitors were fabricated using gold parallel plates with PVDF:TiO 2 dielectrics. These capacitors were analyzed using the atomic force microscope and a capacohmeter. Atomic force microscope images confirm that our gold films are acceptably smooth. Preliminary capacohmeter measurements indicate capacitance values of 6 nF and break down voltages of 2.4 V

  15. Nanoscale Structural Engineering of Ferroelectric Polymers. Final Report for July 2001-June 2005

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    Adenwalla, S.

    2005-12-01

    This final report describes the interaction between multilavered films of polymer ferroelectrics, in our case the copolymers of PVDF formed with TrFE. Langmuir Blodgett deposition of these films allows the deposition of thin, uniform, highly crystalline films. Two type of multilayer stacks are made and characterized. The first consists of multilayer stacks of the copolymer films with 2 different TrFE contents-50% and 20%. By varying the period of the multilayer stacks we see evidence of interaction at short length scales, evidenced in the thermodynamic transition temperatures of the multilayer films. The second set consists of a P(VDF - TrFE) film sandwiched between two Cobalt electrodes. In these we see evidence of a large magnetoelectric coupling.

  16. Preparation and characterization of Pd/Fe bimetallic nanoparticles immobilized on Al2O3/PVDF membrane: Parameter optimization and dechlorination of dichloroacetic acid.

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    Zhang, Lijuan; Meng, Zhaohong; Zang, Shuying

    2015-05-01

    Using a liquid-solid phase inversion method, a hybrid matrix poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membrane was prepared with alumina (Al2O3) nanoparticle addition. Pd/Fe nanoparticles (NPs) were successfully immobilized on the Al2O3/PVDF membrane, which was characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The micrographs showed that the Pd/Fe NPs were dispersed homogeneously. Several important experimental parameters were optimized, including the mechanical properties, contact angle and surface area of Al2O3/PVDF composite membranes with different Al2O3 contents. At the same time, the ferrous ion concentration and the effect of hydrophilization were studied. The results showed that the modified Al2O3/PVDF membrane functioned well as a support. The Al2O3/PVDF membrane with immobilized Pd/Fe NPs exhibited high efficiency in terms of dichloroacetic acid (DCAA) dechlorination. Additionally, a reaction pathway for DCAA dechlorination by Pd/Fe NPs immobilized on the Al2O3/PVDF membrane system was proposed. PMID:25968273

  17. Study of carbamate-modified disiloxane in porous PVDF-HFP membranes: new electrolytes/separators for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Jeschke, Steffen; Mutke, Monika; Jiang, Zhongxiang; Alt, Burkhard; Wiemhöfer, Hans-Dieter

    2014-06-23

    A gel electrolyte membrane is obtained through the absorption of a carbamate-modified liquid disiloxane-containing lithium bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonimide (LiTFSI) by using macroporous poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) membranes. The porous membranes are prepared by means of a phase inversion technique. The resulting gel electrolyte membrane is studied by using differential scanning calorimetry, Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and microscope mapping through coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) confocal microscopy and impedance spectroscopy. The ionic conductivity of the gel electrolyte is 10(-4) S cm(-1) at 20 °C. FTIR spectroscopy reveals interactions between LiTFSI and the carbonyl moiety of the disiloxane. No interactions between LiTFSI and PVDF-HFP or between disiloxane and PVDF-HFP are detected by FTIR spectroscopy. Furthermore, the distribution of the α and β/γ phases of PVDF-HFP and the homogeneous distribution of disiloxane/LiTFSI in the gel electrolyte membranes are examined by FTIR mapping. CARS confocal microscopy is used to image the three-dimensional interconnectivity, which reveals a reticulated structure of macrovoids in the porous PVDF-HFP framework. Owing to properties such as electrochemical and thermal stability of the disiloxane-based liquid electrolyte and the mechanical stability of the porous PVDF-HFP membrane, the gel electrolyte membranes presented herein are promising candidates for applications as electrolytes/separators in lithium-ion batteries. PMID:24737746

  18. Microgravity Polymers

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    1986-01-01

    A one-day, interactive workshop considering the effects of gravity on polymer materials science was held in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 9, 1985. Selected programmatic and technical issues were reviewed to introduce the field to workshop participants. Parallel discussions were conducted in three disciplinary working groups: polymer chemistry, polymer physics, and polymer engineering. This proceedings presents summaries of the workshop discussions and conclusions.

  19. Advances in shape-memory polymer actuation

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    Leng, Jinsong; Liu, Yanju; Lan, Xin

    2009-03-01

    Shape memory polymer (SMP) is a promising smart material, which is able to perform a large deformation upon applying an external stimulus, such as heat, light and moisture, etc. In recent years, many investigations have been advanced in thermo-responsive SMP actuation, and several novel actuations have been applied in SMP. In this paper, the mechanism and demonstration of three types of SMP actuations (infrared laser, physical swelling effect and electricity) are presented. These novel actuation approaches may help SMP to fully reach its potential application. Firstly, for the infrared laser-activated SMP, it is concerned about the drive of SMP by infrared light. The infrared laser, transmitted through the optical fiber embedded in the SMP matrix, was chosen to drive the SMP. The working frequency of infrared laser was installed in 3-4μm. Moreover, this paper presents a study on the effects of solution on the glass transition temperature (Tg). It shows that the hydrogen bonding of SMP was aroused by the absorbed solution that significantly reduces transition temperature of polymer. In this way, the shape memory effect (SME) can undergo solution-driven shape recovery. Finally, the actuation of two types of electro-active SMP composites filled with electrically conductive powders (carbon black, nickel powers) have been carried out, and the SMP composite can be driven by applying a relatively low voltage.

  20. Sub percolation threshold carbon nanotube based polyvinylidene fluoride polymer-polymer composites

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    Jacob, Cedric Antony

    The study of piezoelectric materials has traditionally focused largely on homogeneous crystalline or semi-crystalline materials. This research focuses on the concept of piezoelectric composites using selective microstructural reinforcement in the piezoelectric material to improve the piezoelectric properties. This is done using a polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and carbon nanotube composite as the model system. A multi-tiered engineering approach is taken to understand the material (experimental and computational analyses) and design a composite system which provides an effective platform for future research in piezoelectric improvement. A finite element analysis is used to evaluate the ability of carbon nanotubes to generate a heterogeneous electric field where local improvements in electric field produce an increase in the effective piezoelectric strength. The study finds that weight percent and aspect ratio of the carbon nanotubes are of key importance while formations of percolating networks are detrimental to performance. This motivates investigation into electrospinning into a method of producing sub percolation threshold composites with large carbon nanotube content. However, the electrospun fabrics have too low of a dielectric strength to sustain high strength electric fields. This is studied within the context of high voltage physics and a solution inspired by traditional composites manufacturing is proposed wherein the electrospun fiber mat is used as the fiber reinforcing component of a polymer-polymer composite. This composite is thoroughly analyzed to show that it allows for a high dielectric strength combined with high carbon nanotube content. It is also shown that the PVDF contains the proper crystal structure to allow for piezoelectric properties. Furthermore, the addition of carbon nanotubes greatly improves the strength and stiffness of the composite, as well as affecting the internal electric field response to an applied voltage. These qualities

  1. Study of transport through an electro responsive polymer membrane

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    Das, D.; Datta, A.; Contractor, A. Q.

    2015-02-01

    Conducting polymers have been used widely for development of several electronic, sensing devices because of its electro active nature. In the present work porous polycarbonate (PC) support was coated with a thin gold layer. An electrochemically synthesized polyaniline (PANI) film was deposited on gold coated PC and characterisation was done by field emission gun scanning electron microscopy (FEG-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). For measuring the concentration of potassium ion (K+) inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) was used. Potassium ion transport across PANI membrane at various potential showed the gradual opening of the coiled PANI. In this work an effort has been given to picture the situation in the membrane electrolyte junction on application of potential.

  2. Improved high-frequency soft magnetic properties of FeCo films on organic ferroelectric PVDF substrate

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    Li, Dong; Wang, Zhen; Han, Xuemeng; Li, Yue; Guo, Xiaobin; Zuo, Yalu; Xi, Li

    2015-02-01

    FeCo films with various thicknesses were fabricated by direct-current magnetron sputtering on corning glass and organic ferroelectric PVDF substrates at the same time with 5 nm Ru seed layer and 5 nm Ta protective layer. The in-plane uniaxial anisotropy field of FeCo on glass substrate increases from 24 to 36 Oe with the increase of FeCo film thickness from 5 to 100 nm. However, a large in-plane anisotropy field of FeCo on PVDF substrate increases with FeCo thickness from 5 to 20 nm and gradually decreases with the FeCo thickness further increasing. Atomic force microscope images of FeCo on glass show quite smooth surface with root-mean-square roughness around 0.5 nm and have none visible granules on the surface for all samples. While, AFM images of FeCo on PVDF show quite rough surface with RMS roughness around 25 nm and have visible granules with the smallest granules appearing at the FeCo thickness of 20 nm. The permeability spectra show the typical ferromagnetic resonance phenomenon and can be well fitted by the LLG equation with the obtained experimental parameters. The ferromagnetic resonance frequency can reach 7.0 GHz for the 20 nm FeCo film on PVDF. Moreover, the quality factor of this sample can respectively reach 26, 12 and 7 at 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 GHz, indicating the potential real 3G application for high-frequency devices.

  3. Contribution to the production of lactulose-rich whey by in situ electro-isomerization of lactose and effect on whey proteins after electro-activation as confirmed by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight-mass spectrometry and sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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    Kareb, Ourdia; Champagne, Claude P; Aïder, Mohammed

    2016-04-01

    Cheese-whey, a major co-product of the dairy industry, has recently been the subject of many technological applications. We studied the bioconversion of whey into valuable bio-products such as a potential lactulose prebiotic and compounds with antioxidant properties. This paper examines efficiency, safety, and economics of electro-activation as an eco-friendly technology for a maximum valorization of whey. Thus, a bottom-up approach was therefore addressed. The effect of 4 experimental parameters-low working temperatures (0, 10, and 25°C), current intensities (400, 600, and 800mA), volume conditions (100, 200, and 300mL), and feed concentrations [7, 14, and 28% (wt/vol)]-on lactose-whey isomerization to lactulose under electro-activation process were studied. Structural characteristics of whey proteins and antioxidant functionality were also investigated. The results showed a compromise to be reached between both parameters. Therefore, the maximum yield of 35% of lactulose was achieved after 40min of reaction at the working temperature of 10°C under 400mA electric current field and 100-mL volume conditions with using feed solution at 7% (wt/vol). The isomerization of lactose to lactulose is accomplished by subsequent degradation to galactose, but only at a very small amount. Additionally, whey electro-activation showed significantly elevated antioxidant capacity compared with the untreated samples. The enhancement of antioxidant functionality of whey electro-activation resulted from the synergistic effect of its partial hydrolysis and the formation of antioxidant components that were able to scavenge free radicals. In conclusion, the findings of this study reveal that the whey treated by the safety electro-activation technology has both lactulose-prebiotic and antioxidant properties and could have a substantial application in the manufacture of pharmaceutical and functional foods. PMID:26830750

  4. PVDF multifilament yarns grafted with polystyrene induced by γ-irradition: Influence of the grafting parameters on the mechanical properties

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    Marmey, P.; Porté, M. C.; Baquey, Ch.

    2003-08-01

    The development of alternative prosthetic materials for cardiovascular applications has found growing interest due to the failure to date to be able to implement functional patent small diameter vascular grafts (∅<5 mm). For instance, the successful implantation of small diameter polyester (PET) and expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFEe) vascular grafts has not been achieved in humans. Our stategy is to work with a new multifilament yarns biomaterial, produced from polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), which shows suitable mechanical properties, such as a lower tensile modulus than PET and PTFEe. The required biological properties sought for (i.e. low thrombogenicity) could be achieved by "heparin-like" surface modification treatments in order to modify the thrombogenicity levels of the polymeric materials [Ann. Biomed. Eng. 7 (1979) 429]. A four step method is necessary to achieve this "heparin-like" surface transformation [J. Biomed. Mater. Res. 52 (2000) 119]. The first step consists in grafting polystyrene onto the PVDF surface by γ irradiation. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the influence of grafting parameters on the mechanical properties: (i) γ-ray irradiation time and (ii) grafting time of styrene monomers, which polymerize and form polystyrene bound to the PVDF surface.

  5. Recent Progress on Ferroelectric Polymer-Based Nanocomposites for High Energy Density Capacitors: Synthesis, Dielectric Properties, and Future Aspects.

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    Prateek; Thakur, Vijay Kumar; Gupta, Raju Kumar

    2016-04-13

    Dielectric polymer nanocomposites are rapidly emerging as novel materials for a number of advanced engineering applications. In this Review, we present a comprehensive review of the use of ferroelectric polymers, especially PVDF and PVDF-based copolymers/blends as potential components in dielectric nanocomposite materials for high energy density capacitor applications. Various parameters like dielectric constant, dielectric loss, breakdown strength, energy density, and flexibility of the polymer nanocomposites have been thoroughly investigated. Fillers with different shapes have been found to cause significant variation in the physical and electrical properties. Generally, one-dimensional and two-dimensional nanofillers with large aspect ratios provide enhanced flexibility versus zero-dimensional fillers. Surface modification of nanomaterials as well as polymers adds flavor to the dielectric properties of the resulting nanocomposites. Nowadays, three-phase nanocomposites with either combination of fillers or polymer matrix help in further improving the dielectric properties as compared to two-phase nanocomposites. Recent research has been focused on altering the dielectric properties of different materials while also maintaining their superior flexibility. Flexible polymer nanocomposites are the best candidates for application in various fields. However, certain challenges still present, which can be solved only by extensive research in this field. PMID:27040315

  6. A PVDF Receiver for Ultrasound Monitoring of Transcranial Focused Ultrasound Therapy

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    O’Reilly, Meaghan A.; Hynynen, Kullervo

    2011-01-01

    Focused ultrasound (FUS) shows great promise for use in the area of transcranial therapy. Currently dependent on MRI for monitoring, transcranial FUS would benefit from a real-time technique to monitor acoustic emissions during therapy. A polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) receiver with an active area of 17.8 mm2 and a film thickness of 110 μm was constructed. A compact preamplifier was designed to fit within the receiver to improve the receiver SNR and allow the long transmission line needed to remove the receiver electronics outside of the MRI room. The receiver was compared with a 0.5 mm commercial needle hydrophone, and focused and unfocused piezoceramics. The receiver was found to have a higher sensitivity than the needle hydrophone, a more wideband response than the piezoceramic and sufficient threshold for detection of microbubble emissions. Sonication of microbubbles directly and through a fragment of human skull demonstrated the ability of the receiver to detect harmonic bubble emissions, and showed potential for use in a larger scale array. Monitoring of disruption of the blood brain barrier in rats showed functionality in vivo, and the ability to detect subharmonic, harmonic and wideband emissions during therapy. The receiver shows potential for monitoring acoustic emissions during treatments and providing additional parameters to assist treatment planning. Future work will focus on developing a multi-element array for transcranial treatment monitoring. PMID:20515709

  7. Aqueous – Phase Synthesis of PAA in PVDF Membrane Pores for Nanoparticle Synthesis and Dichlorobiphenyl Degradation

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    Smuleac, V.; Bachas, L.; Bhattacharyya, D.

    2009-01-01

    This paper deals with bimetallic (Fe/Pd) nanoparticle synthesis inside the membrane pores and application for catalytic dechlorination of toxic organic compounds form aqueous streams. Membranes have been used as platforms for nanoparticle synthesis in order to reduce the agglomeration, encountered in solution phase synthesis which leads to a dramatic loss of reactivity. The membrane support, polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) was modified by in situ polymerization of acrylic acid in aqueous phase. Subsequent steps included ion exchange with Fe2+, reduction to Fe0 with sodium borohydride and Pd deposition. Various techniques, such as STEM, EDX, FTIR and permeability measurements, were used for membrane characterization and showed that bimetallic (Fe/Pd) nanoparticles with an average size of 20-30 nm have been incorporated inside of the PAA-coated membrane pores. The Fe/Pd–modified membranes showed a high reactivity toward a model compound, 2, 2′-dichlorobyphenyl and a strong dependence of degradation on Pd (hydrogenation catalyst) content. The use of convective flow substantially reduces the degradation time: 43% conversion of dichlorobiphenyl to biphenyl can be achieved in less than 40 s residence time. Another important aspect is the ability to regenerate and reuse the Fe/Pd bimetallic systems by washing with a solution of sodium borohydride, because the iron becomes inactivated (corroded) as the dechlorination reaction proceeds. PMID:20161475

  8. Calcium Binding by Ro 60 Multiple Antigenic Peptides on PVDF Membrane.

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    Kurien, Biji T; Bachmann, Michael P

    2015-01-01

    Antibodies directed against ribonucleoprotein (RNP) particles are observed in systemic lupus erythematosus. Ro RNP particle is one such target. It is composed of a 60 kDa protein (Ro 60 or SS-A) that is non-covalently associated with at least one of the four short uridine-rich RNAs (the hY RNAs). Previously, we showed that multiple antigenic peptides (MAPs) made from the sequence of the Ro 60 autoantigen could be used, using double-immunodiffusion studies, enzyme-linked immunosorbant assay, affinity chromatography, and surface plasmon resonance, to show intramolecular and intermolecular protein-protein interaction within the Ro 60 RNP particle. We also observed that calcium is important in mediating this interaction. We hypothesized, therefore, that 60 kDa Ro is a calcium-binding protein. To investigate this, we electrophoresed 60 kDa Ro MAPs, transferred them to PVDF membrane, and assayed calcium binding using the Quin-2 system. Several Ro 60 MAPs were found to bind calcium using this assay, as well as bovine serum albumin, another calcium-binding protein. However, a MAP constructed from the Sm autoantigen did not bind to calcium. These data, along with our observation regarding the involvement of calcium in protein-protein interaction occurring between Ro 60 antigen and Ro 60 MAPs, makes us propose that Ro 60 antigen is a calcium-binding protein. PMID:26139264

  9. Analysis of possibility of applying the PVDF foil in industrial vibration sensors

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    Wróbel, A.

    2015-11-01

    There are many machines using the piezoelectric effects. Systems with smart materials are often used because they have high potential applications for example transducers can be applied to receive required characteristic of projected system. Every engineer and designer know how important it is properly mathematical model and method of the analysis. Also it is important to consider all parameters of analyzed system for example glue layer between elements. Geometrical and material parameters has a significant impact on the characteristics of the all system's components because the omission of the influence of one of them results in inaccuracy in the analysis of the system. In article the modeling and testing of vibrating systems with piezoelectric ceramic materials transducers used as actuators and vibration dampers. The method of analysis of the vibrating sensor systems will be presented, mathematical model, and characteristics, to determine the influence of the system's properties on these characteristics. Main scientific point of the project is to analyze and demonstrate possibility of applying new construction with the PVDF foil or any other belonging to a group of smart materials in industrial sensors. Currently, the vibration level sensors are used by practically all manufacturers of piezoelectric ceramic plates to generate and detect the vibration of the fork.

  10. Relaxor fluorinated polymers: novel applications and recent developments

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    Bauer, François; Dos Santos, Domingues; Zhang, Qiming

    2011-04-01

    It has been found that by introducing defects into the P(VDF-TrFE) copolymers, it is possible to convert the polymer from a normal ferroelectric to a relaxor ferroelectric. A new class of ferroelectric polymers, i.e., the terpolymers of P(VDF-TrFE-CFE) or of P(VDF-TrFE-CTFE), was developed from the normal ferroelectric PVDF-TrFE polymer by employing proper defect modifications which eliminate detrimental effects associated with a normal first order F-P transition while maintaining high material responses. Relevant studies show that this class of electroactive polymers offers unique properties in comparison with other ferroelectric polymers. The syntheses of these relaxor ferroelectric polymers have been done by a combination of the suspension polymerization process and an oxygen-activated initiator at a temperature of 40 °C. Films from cast solution can be made in different length and thicknesses. Stretching of these films increases the performance as well as the mechanical properties. These relaxor-ferroelectric terpolymers P(VDF-TrFE-CFE), P(VDF-TrFE-CTFE) are multifunctional i.e. electrostrictive material, dielectric for electric energy storage. The terpolymer exhibits high electrostrictive strain (>7%) with relatively high modulus (>0.4GPa). Examples of devices applications using unimorphe systems are presented. Micropump and Optical device concerning a liquid-filled varifocal lens on a chip are described.

  11. 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.

  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. The influence of hydrogen bonding on the dielectric constant and the piezoelectric energy harvesting performance of hydrated metal salt mediated PVDF films.

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    Jana, Santanu; Garain, Samiran; Sen, Shrabanee; Mandal, Dipankar

    2015-07-14

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) films are filled with various mass fractions (wt%) of hydrated metal salt (MgCl2·6H2O) (Mg-salt) to fabricate high performance piezoelectric energy harvesters (PEHs). They deliver up to 4 V of open circuit voltage by simply repeated human finger imparting (under a pressure of ∼4.45 kPa) and also generate sufficient power to turn on at least ten commercial blue light emitting diodes (LEDs) instantly. The enhanced piezo-response is attributed to the combined effect of the change in the inherent dipole moment of the electroactive phase containing PVDF itself and H-bonding arising between the Mg-salt filler and PVDF via electrostatic interactions. Furthermore, it also successfully charged the capacitors, signifying practical applicability as a piezoelectric based energy harvester power source. UV-visible optical absorption spectral analysis revealed the possibility to estimate a change in the optical band gap value at different concentrations of Mg-salt filler added PVDF films that possess a useful methodology where the Mg-salt can be used as an optical probe. In addition dielectric properties have been studied to understand the role of molecular kinetic and interfacial polarization occurs in H-bond PVDF films at different applied frequencies at room temperature. PMID:26077827

  14. Molecular Dynamics Modeling of Dielectric Polarization and Ferroelectricity in Poly(vinylidene fluoride) and Related Polymers

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    Calame, Jeffrey

    Molecular dynamics studies of the dielectric polarization response of a constrained bond length and bond angle, united-atom-based model of lamellar crystals of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) are reported. Classical ferroelectricity is observed in PVDF, and when variations in the basic PVDF-like interaction parameters are allowed, a transition between classical and relaxor ferroelectricity is found to depend systematically on the polymer repeat unit dipole moment and on the united atom radius of the non-CH2 functional group. The effects of step and ramp electric field reversal are studied. A complicated sequence of reorientation processes occurs over a wide range of time scales, including a weak, temperature-independent response of 1-2 ps duration associated with local torsional motion, followed by a slow-rising delay regime lasting 10s of ns or longer that involves trans-gauche (TG) transitions in the amorphous phase. After the delay, a large-amplitude primary reorientation occurs over a relatively short additional duration (0.1 to 2 ns), which is due to rotation of large sub-segments in the crystalline phase with few TG transitions. The overall sequence concludes with a slow terminal rise lasting several 100s of ns involving an improvement in crystalline order. Work supported by the U.S. Office of Naval Research.

  15. Optimized anisotropic magnetoelectric response of Fe61.6Co16.4Si10.8B11.2/PVDF/Fe61.6Co16.4Si10.8B11.2 laminates for AC/DC magnetic field sensing

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    Reis, S.; Silva, M. P.; Castro, N.; Correia, V.; Gutierrez, J.; Lasheras, A.; Lanceros-Mendez, S.; Martins, P.

    2016-05-01

    The anisotropic magnetoelectric (ME) effect on a Fe61.6Co16.4Si10.8B11.2/PVDF Fe61.6Co16.4Si10.8B11.2 laminate composite has been used for the development of a magnetic field sensor able to detect both the magnitude and direction of AC and DC magnetic fields. The accuracy (99% for both AC and DC sensors), linearity (92% for the DC sensor and 99% for the AC sensor) and reproducibility (99% for both sensors) indicate the suitability of the sensor for applications. Furthermore, the sensitivity of the Fe61.6Co16.4Si10.8B11.2/PVDF/Fe61.6Co16.4Si10.8B11.2 anisotropic magnetic sensor—15 and 1400 mV Oe‑1 for the DC and AC fields, respectively—are the highest reported in the literature for polymer-based ME materials. Such features, combined with its flexibility, versatility, light weight, low cost and low-temperature fabrication, lead to the suitability of the developed sensor for use in magnetic sensor applications.

  16. Exploring the synergetic effects of graphene oxide (GO) and polyvinylpyrrodione (PVP) on poly(vinylylidenefluoride) (PVDF) ultrafiltration membrane performance

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    Chang, Xiaojing; Wang, Zhenxing; Quan, Shuai; Xu, Yanchao; Jiang, Zaixing; Shao, Lu

    2014-10-01

    Membrane surface and cross-sectional morphology created during membrane formation is one of the most essential factors determining membrane separation performance. However, the complicated interactions between added nanoparticles and additives influencing membrane morphology and performance during building membrane architectures had been generally neglected. In this study, asymmetric PVDF composite ultrafiltration (UF) membranes containing graphene oxides (GO) were prepared by using N-methyl pyrrolidone (NMP) as solvent and polyvinylpyrrodione (PVP) as the pore forming reagent. In the first time, the effects of mutual interactions between GO and PVP on membranes surface compositions, morphology and performance were investigated in detail. The variation in chemical properties of different membranes and hydrogen bonds in the membrane containing GO and PVP were confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy-attenuated total reflectance (FTIR-ATR). Atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and contact angle (CA) were utilized to clarify the synergetic effects of GO and PVP on morphologies and surface hydrophilicity of membranes. Besides, water flux, bovine serum albumin (BSA) rejection and attenuate coefficient were also determined to investigate filtration performance of various membranes. Compared with pure PVDF membrane, the comprehensive performance of PVDF/GO/PVP membrane has been obviously improved. The surface hydrophilicity and anti-fouling performance were enhanced by the synergistic effects of incorporated GO and PVP. When the PVP content was 0.25 wt.% and the GO content was 0.5 wt.%, the optimized performance can be obtained due to the formation of hydrogen bonds between GO and PVP.

  17. Thickness effects in electroactive polymers actuators: a simple explanation and modeling

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    Yuse, K.; Guyomar, D.; Kanda, M.

    2011-04-01

    For practical use, the electrical field requirements of Electro Active Polymer (EAP) actuators have to be lowered down. Recently, we developed nano carbon filled polymeric films which can generate a large strain (30-50%) at moderate electrical field (less than 20 MV/m). Herein, the electrostrictive strain saturates versus electrical field and that the maximum strain depends strongly on the sample thickness. Combining polarization saturation effect and heterogeneities in the polymer thickness lead to a model that describes correctly the strain behavior versus electrical field, polymer thickness and frequency. A three-layer model was established which assumes that the polymer is not homogeneous along the thickness. Two outer and one inner layers exist, which must be formed during the polymer curing. It is considered that these layers have slightly different characteristics, such as permittivity. When the electrical field is input parallel to the polymer thickness, a different strain would take place in each layer according to the field distribution. Since the layers are attached together, the strain must be the same in each layer. Consequently stresses appear in the different layers. Introducing in this model a saturation of the polarization for high field leads to simulation results that fit well the experimental data.

  18. Structural evolution during mechanical deformation in high-barrier PVDF-TFE/PET multilayer films using in situ X-ray techniques.

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    Jordan, Alex M; Lenart, William R; Carr, Joel M; Baer, Eric; Korley, Lashanda T J

    2014-03-26

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-tetrafluoroethylene) (PVDF-TFE) is confined between alternating layers of poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) utilizing a unique multilayer processing technology, in which PVDF-TFE and PET are melt-processed in a continuous fashion. Postprocessing techniques including biaxial orientation and melt recrystallization were used to tune the crystal orientation of the PVDF-TFE layers, as well as achieve crystallinity in the PET layers through strain-induced crystallization and thermal annealing during the melt recrystallization step. A volume additive model was used to extract the effect of crystal orientation within the PVDF-TFE layers and revealed a significant enhancement in the modulus from 730 MPa in the as-extruded state (isotropic) to 840 MPa in the biaxially oriented state (on-edge) to 2230 MPa in the melt-recrystallized state (in-plane). Subsequently, in situ wide-angle X-ray scattering was used to observe the crystal structure evolution during uniaxial deformation in both the as-extruded and melt-recrystallized states. It is observed that the low-temperature ferroelectric PVDF-TFE crystal phase in the as-extruded state exhibits equatorial sharpening of the 110 and 200 crystal peaks during deformation, quantified using the Hermans orientation function, while in the melt-recrystallized state, an overall increase in the crystallinity occurs during deformation. Thus, we correlated the mechanical response (strain hardening) of the films to these respective evolved crystal structures and highlighted the ability to tailor mechanical response. With a better understanding of the structural evolution during deformation, it is possible to more fully characterize the structural response to handling during use of the high-barrier PVDF-TFE/PET multilayer films as commercial dielectrics and packaging materials. PMID:24593226

  19. Measuring the spatial distribution of dielectric constants in polymers through quasi-single molecule microscopy.

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    Hess, Chelsea M; Riley, Erin A; Palos-Chávez, Jorge; Reid, Philip J

    2013-06-13

    The variation in dielectric constant is measured for thin films of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) using confocal fluorescence microscopy. Spatial variation in the local dielectric constant of the polymer films on the ~250 nm length scale is measured using the solvochromatic emission from incorporated nile red (NR) at "quasi-single molecule" (10(-7) M) and true single molecule (SM) concentrations (10(-9) M). Correlation of the NR fluorescence wavelength maximum with dielectric constant is used to transform images of NR's emission maxima to spatial variation in local dielectric constant. We demonstrate that the distributions of dielectric environments measured in the quasi- and true SM approaches are equivalent; however, the enhanced signal rates present in the quasi-SM approach result in this technique being more efficient. In addition, the quasi-SM technique reports directly on the continuous spatial variation in dielectric constant, information that is difficult to obtain in true SM studies. With regards to the polymers of interest, the results presented here demonstrate that a limited distribution of dielectric environments is present in PMMA; however, a broad distribution of environments exists in PVDF consistent with this polymer existing as a distribution of structural phases. PMID:23735049

  20. Fundamental studies of interfacial rheology at multilayered model polymers for coextrusion process

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    Zhang, Huagui; Lamnawar, Khalid; Maazouz, Abderrahim

    2015-05-01

    Fundamental studies have been devoted to the interfacial phenomena at multilayered systems based on two model compatible polymers of PVDF and PMMA with varying molar masses. Linear and nonlinear rheology are demonstrated to be sensitive to the presence of diffuse interphase triggered at polymer/polymer interface. Firstly, the interdiffusion kinetics as well as the interphase development have been investigated using SAOS measurements with results analyzed under Doi-Edwards theory. The PMMA/PVDF mixture, has been examined to own close component monomeric friction coefficients. Based on this physics, a new rheological model was developed to quantify the interdiffusion coefficients. Thereby, rheological and geometrical properties of the interphase have been quantified, as validated by SEM-EDX. Secondly, step strain, shear and uniaxial extension startup were carried out to investigate their sensitivity to the diffuse interphase. An original model was proposed for the stress relaxation of multilayer and that of the interphase. Entanglement lack and weak entanglement intensity at the interface/diffuse interphase make them to be subsequently readily to suffer from interfacial yielding under large deformations. Finally, the interphase development coupled to flow in coextrusion has been considered. Net result between negative effect of chain orientation and favorable effect of flow has been shown to broaden the interphase. Its presence during coextrusion process was demonstrated to significantly weaken the interfacial instabilities.

  1. The influence of self-assembly behavior of nanoparticles on the dielectric polymer composites

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    Lu, Xin; Li, Weiping Wang, Tingting; Jiang, Long; Luo, Laihui; Hua, Dayin; Zhu, Yuejin

    2013-11-15

    To clearify the influence of the distribution of the conductive nanoparticles on the dielectric properties of the corresponding polymer composites, the microstructure and dielectric character of the composites based on the oleic acid modified ferroferric oxide and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) polymer have been studied experimentally. It is found that these composites exhibit a normal percolative phase transition over the filler content from insulator to conductor, consistent with the classical percolation theory. However, when the percentage of fillers is at a certain value which is below the percolation threshold, these nanoparticles can assemble into a special porous structure in the PVDF matrix, associated with the enhancement of dielectric constant at low frequency. In addition, the controllable dispersion of conducting nanoparticles in a polymer matrix can prevent premature agglomeration at low filling fractions and avoid the appearance of anomalously early percolation. Therefore, the self-assembly behavior of nanoparticles can be beneficial to preparation of the high dielectric constant and low loss composites for the application of electric energy storage.

  2. Blood compatibility assessment of polymers used in drug eluting stent coatings.

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    Szott, Luisa Mayorga; Irvin, Colleen A; Trollsas, Mikael; Hossainy, Syed; Ratner, Buddy D

    2016-06-01

    Differences in thrombosis rates have been observed clinically between different drug eluting stents. Such differences have been attributed to numerous factors, including stent design, injury created by the catheter delivery system, coating application technologies, and the degree of thrombogenicity of the polymer. The relative contributions of these factors are generally unknown. This work focuses on understanding the thrombogenicity of the polymer by examining mechanistic interactions with proteins, human platelets, and human monocytes of a number of polymers used in drug eluting stent coatings, in vitro. The importance for blood interactions of adsorbed albumin and the retention of albumin was suggested by the data. Microscopic imaging and immunostaining enhanced the interpretation of results from the lactate dehydrogenase cell counting assay and provided insight into platelet interactions, total quantification, and morphometry. In particular, highly spread platelets may be surface-passivating, possibly inhibiting ongoing thrombotic events. In many of the assays used here, poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) showed a differentiated protein deposition pattern that may contribute to the explanation of the consistently thromboresistant blood-materials interaction for fluororpolymers cited in literature. These results are supportive of one of several possible factors contributing to the good thromboresistant clinical safety performance of PVDF-HFP coated drug eluting stents. PMID:27083991

  3. Study of the combined effect of electro-activated solutions and heat treatment on the destruction of spores of Clostridium sporogenes and Geobacillus stearothermophilus in model solution and vegetable puree.

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    Liato, Viacheslav; Labrie, Steve; Viel, Catherine; Benali, Marzouk; Aïder, Mohammed

    2015-10-01

    The combined effect of heat treatment and electro-activated solution (EAS) on the heat resistance of spores of Clostridium sporogenes and Geobacillus stearothermophilus was assessed under various heating and exposure time combinations. The acid and neutral EAS showed the highest inhibitory activity, indicating that these solutions may be considered as strong sporicidal disinfectants. These EAS were able to cause a reduction of ≥6 log of spores of C. sporogenes at 60 °C in only 1 min of exposition. For G. stearothermophilus spores, a reduction of 4.5 log was observed at 60 °C in 1 min, while in 5 min, ≥7 log CFU/ml reduction was observed. Inoculated puree of pea and corn were used as a food matrix for the determination of the heat resistance of these spores during the treatments in glass capillaries. The inactivation kinetics of the spores was studied in an oil bath. Combined treatment by EAS and temperature demonstrated a significant decrease in the heat resistance of C. sporogenes. The D100°C in pea puree with NaCl solution was 66.86 min while with acid and neutral EAS it was reduced down to 3.97 and 2.19 min, respectively. The spore of G. stearothermophilus displayed higher heat resistance as confirmed by other similar studies. Its D130°C in pea puree showed a decrease from 1.45 min in NaCl solution down to 1.30 and 0.93 min for acid and neutral EAS, respectively. The differences between the spores of these species are attributable to their different sensitivities with respect to pH, Redox potential and oxygen. PMID:26103452

  4. Polymer Electrolytes

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    Hallinan, Daniel T.; Balsara, Nitash P.

    2013-07-01

    This review article covers applications in which polymer electrolytes are used: lithium batteries, fuel cells, and water desalination. The ideas of electrochemical potential, salt activity, and ion transport are presented in the context of these applications. Potential is defined, and we show how a cell potential measurement can be used to ascertain salt activity. The transport parameters needed to fully specify a binary electrolyte (salt + solvent) are presented. We define five fundamentally different types of homogeneous electrolytes: type I (classical liquid electrolytes), type II (gel electrolytes), type III (dry polymer electrolytes), type IV (dry single-ion-conducting polymer electrolytes), and type V (solvated single-ion-conducting polymer electrolytes). Typical values of transport parameters are provided for all types of electrolytes. Comparison among the values provides insight into the transport mechanisms occurring in polymer electrolytes. It is desirable to decouple the mechanical properties of polymer electrolyte membranes from the ionic conductivity. One way to accomplish this is through the development of microphase-separated polymers, wherein one of the microphases conducts ions while the other enhances the mechanical rigidity of the heterogeneous polymer electrolyte. We cover all three types of conducting polymer electrolyte phases (types III, IV, and V). We present a simple framework that relates the transport parameters of heterogeneous electrolytes to homogeneous analogs. We conclude by discussing electrochemical stability of electrolytes and the effects of water contamination because of their relevance to applications such as lithium ion batteries.

  5. Star Polymers.

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    Ren, Jing M; McKenzie, Thomas G; Fu, Qiang; Wong, Edgar H H; Xu, Jiangtao; An, Zesheng; Shanmugam, Sivaprakash; Davis, Thomas P; Boyer, Cyrille; Qiao, Greg G

    2016-06-22

    Recent advances in controlled/living polymerization techniques and highly efficient coupling chemistries have enabled the facile synthesis of complex polymer architectures with controlled dimensions and functionality. As an example, star polymers consist of many linear polymers fused at a central point with a large number of chain end functionalities. Owing to this exclusive structure, star polymers exhibit some remarkable characteristics and properties unattainable by simple linear polymers. Hence, they constitute a unique class of technologically important nanomaterials that have been utilized or are currently under audition for many applications in life sciences and nanotechnologies. This article first provides a comprehensive summary of synthetic strategies towards star polymers, then reviews the latest developments in the synthesis and characterization methods of star macromolecules, and lastly outlines emerging applications and current commercial use of star-shaped polymers. The aim of this work is to promote star polymer research, generate new avenues of scientific investigation, and provide contemporary perspectives on chemical innovation that may expedite the commercialization of new star nanomaterials. We envision in the not-too-distant future star polymers will play an increasingly important role in materials science and nanotechnology in both academic and industrial settings. PMID:27299693

  6. Polymer Chemistry

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    Williams, Martha; Roberson, Luke; Caraccio, Anne

    2010-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation describes new technologies in polymer and material chemistry that benefits NASA programs and missions. The topics include: 1) What are Polymers?; 2) History of Polymer Chemistry; 3) Composites/Materials Development at KSC; 4) Why Wiring; 5) Next Generation Wiring Materials; 6) Wire System Materials and Integration; 7) Self-Healing Wire Repair; 8) Smart Wiring Summary; 9) Fire and Polymers; 10) Aerogel Technology; 11) Aerogel Composites; 12) Aerogels for Oil Remediation; 13) KSC's Solution; 14) Chemochromic Hydrogen Sensors; 15) STS-130 and 131 Operations; 16) HyperPigment; 17) Antimicrobial Materials; 18) Conductive Inks Formulations for Multiple Applications; and 19) Testing and Processing Equipment.

  7. Vibration distribution reconstruction and control of a thin plate by using distributed PVDF sensors affixed to the plate

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    Nagayasu, Katsuyoshi; Uchida, Norio; Hayashi, Takuro; Takahashi, Hiroshi

    2000-06-01

    In this study, vibration distribution of a thin plate is detected using outputs from a number of long-span piezoelectric films that serve as distributed vibration sensors affixed on the plate. Using long-span piezoelectric films, only the integrated strains along the direction of the sensor span could be obtained. However, in the case that plural sensors were affixed and a kind of transformation was used, the vibration distribution could be obtained. We are considering applying the method for vibration control of space structures, namely antennas and/or solar battery paddles. In this study, basic technology for realizing the applications is presented. The strain distributions and the sensor outputs are predicted and calculated using NASTRAN (Finite Element Method). The strain distributions of a vibrating rectangular thin plate to which a number of long-span PVDF films were affixed are detected by experiment. These PVDF films are cut into several kinds of sinusoidal shapes and the outputs of the films are composed to the vibration distribution. This method is based on the theory that waves of any kind are composed by the sum of trigonometric function series. The usefulness of this approach is confirmed by comparing the calculational and experimental results.

  8. Guar gum: Structural and electrochemical characterization of natural polymer based binder for silicon-carbon composite rechargeable Li-ion battery anodes

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    Kuruba, Ramalinga; Datta, Moni Kanchan; Damodaran, Krishnan; Jampani, Prashanth H.; Gattu, Bharat; Patel, Prasad P.; Shanthi, Pavithra M.; Damle, Sameer; Kumta, Prashant N.

    2015-12-01

    Long term cyclability of a composite Li-ion anode electrode comprised of 82 wt.% Si/C lithium ion active material along with 8 wt.% polymeric binder and 10 wt.% Super P conductive carbon black has been studied utilizing polymeric binders exhibiting different elastic/tensile moduli and tensile yield strengths. Accordingly, electrochemically active Si/C composite synthesized by high energy mechanical milling (HEMM), exhibiting reversible specific capacities of ∼780 mAh/g and ∼600 mAh/g at charge/discharge rates of ∼50 mA/g and ∼200 mA/g, respectively were selected as the Li-ion active anode. Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and purified guar gum (PGG) with reported elastic moduli ∼1000 MPa and ∼3200 MPa, respectively were selected as the binders. Results show that the composite electrode (Si/C + binder + conducting carbon) comprising the higher elastic modulus binder (PGG) exhibits better long term cyclability contrasted with PVDF. 1H-NMR analysis of the polymer before and after cycling shows structural degradation/deformation of the low elastic modulus PVDF, whereas the high elastic modulus PGG binder shows no permanent structural deformation or damage. The results presented herein thus suggest that PGG based polymers exhibiting high elastic modulus are a promising class of binders with the desired mechanical integrity needed for enduring the colossal volume expansion stresses of Si/C based composite anodes.

  9. Polymer Informatics

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    Adams, Nico

    Polymers are arguably the most important set of materials in common use. The increasing adoption of both combinatorial as well as high-throughput approaches, coupled with an increasing amount of interdisciplinarity, has wrought tremendous change in the field of polymer science. Yet the informatics tools required to support and further enhance these changes are almost completely absent. In the first part of the chapter, a critical analysis of the challenges facing modern polymer informatics is provided. It is argued, that most of the problems facing the field today are rooted in the current scholarly communication process and the way in which chemists and polymer scientists handle and publish data. Furthermore, the chapter reviews existing modes of representing and communicating polymer information and discusses the impact, which the emergence of semantic technologies will have on the way in which scientific and polymer data is published and transmitted. In the second part, a review of the use of informatics tools for the prediction of polymer properties and in silico design of polymers is offered.

  10. Polymers & People

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    Lentz, Linda; Robinson, Thomas; Martin, Elizabeth; Miller, Mary; Ashburn, Norma

    2004-01-01

    Each Tuesday during the fall of 2002, teams of high school students from three South Carolina counties conducted a four-hour polymer institute for their peers. In less than two months, over 300 students visited the Charleston County Public Library in Charleston, South Carolina, to explore DNA, nylon, rubber, gluep, and other polymers. Teams of…

  11. Finite element modeling of the electromechanical coupling in ionic polymer transducers

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    Akle, Barbar; Habchi, Wassim; Wallmersperger, Thomas; Leo, Donald

    2010-04-01

    Several researchers are actively studying Ionomeric polymer transducers (IPT) as a large strain low voltage Electro- Active Polymer (EAP) actuator. EAPs are devices that do not contain any moving parts leading to a potential large life time. Furthermore, they are light weight and flexible. An IPT is made of an ion saturated polymer usually Nafion, sandwiched between two electrodes made of a mixture of Nafion and electrically conductive particles usually RuO2 or platinum. Nafion is an acid membrane in which the cations are mobile while the anions are covalently fixed to the polymer structure. Upon the application of an electric potential on the order of 2V at the electrodes the mobile positive ions migrate towards the cathode leading to bending strains in the order of 5%. Our earlier studies demonstrate that the cations develop thin boundary layers around the electrode. Later developments in this finite element model captured the importance of adding particles in the electrode. This study presents the electromechanical coupling in ionic polymer transducers. Since all our earlier models were restricted to the electro-chemical part, here we will introduce the chemomechanical coupling. This coupling is performed based on previous studies (Akle and Leo) in which the authors experimentally showed that the mechanical strain in IPTs is proportional to a linear term and a quadratic term of the charge accumulated at the electrode. The values of the linear and quadratic terms are extracted from experimental data.

  12. PVDF-ErGO-GRC electrode: A single setup electrochemical system for separation, pre-concentration and detection of lead ions in complex aqueous samples.

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    Hamsawahini, Kunashegaran; Sathishkumar, Palanivel; Ahamad, Rahmalan; Yusoff, Abdull Rahim Mohd

    2016-02-01

    An effective electrode was developed based on electromembrane extraction (EME) and square wave voltammetry (SWV) for simultaneous separation, pre-concentration and determination of lead (II) (Pb(II)) ions in complex aqueous samples. Electrochemically reduced graphene oxide-graphite reinforced carbon (ErGO-GRC) was utilized in conjunction with the SWV. Pb(II) ions were extracted from an aqueous sample solution into an acidic acceptor phase (1M HCl) in the lumen of the polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membrane bag by the application of voltage of maximum 6 V across the supported liquid membrane (SLM), consisting of organic solvent and di-(2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric acid (D2EHPA). The parameters affecting the EME were optimized for Pb(II) ions. The optimum EME conditions were found to be 20% D2EHPA in 1-octanol impregnated in the wall of PVDF membrane (PVDF17) as the SLM, extraction time of 20 min, pH of sample solution of 8 and a voltage of 5 V. The PVDF-ErGO-GRC electrode system attained enrichment factors of 40 times and 80% of extraction with relative standard deviations (n=5) of 8.3%. Good linearity ranging from 0.25 to 2 nM with coefficients correlation of 0.999 was obtained. The Pb(II) ions detection limit of PVDF-ErGO-GRC electrode was found to be 0.09 nM. The newly developed single setup electrochemical system was applied to complex aqueous samples such as tap, river and sea water to evaluate the feasibility of the method for applications. PMID:26653429

  13. Mechanism of high dielectric performance of polymer composites induced by BaTiO3-supporting Ag hybrid fillers

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    Fang, Fang; Yang, Wenhu; Yu, Shuhui; Luo, Suibin; Sun, Rong

    2014-03-01

    BaTiO3-supporting Ag hybrid particles (BT-Ag) with varied fraction of Ag were synthesized by reducing silver nitrate in the glycol solution containing BaTiO3 (BT) suspensions. The Ag nano particles with a size of about 20 nm were discretely grown on the surface of the BT. The dielectric performance of the composites containing the BT-Ag as fillers in the matrix of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) was investigated. The relative permittivity (ɛr) of the BT-Ag/PVDF composites increased prominently with the increase of BT-Ag loading amount, and the typical conductive path of the conductor/polymer system was not observed even with a high loading of BT-Ag. The ɛr at 100 Hz for the three BT-(0.31, 0.49, 0.61)Ag/PVDF composites at room temperature were 283, 350, and 783, respectively. The ɛr of the composites was enhanced by more than 3 times compared with that of the composite containing untreated BT nanoparticles at frequencies over 1 kHz and the loss tangent (tan δ) was less than 0.1 which should be attributed to the low conductivity of the composites. Theoretical calculations based on the effective medium percolation theory model and series-parallel model suggested that the enhanced permittivity of BT-Ag/PVDF composites should arise from the ultrahigh permittivity of BT-Ag fillers, which was over 104 and associated with the content of Ag deposited on the surface of BT.

  14. Muscle-like actuators? A comparison between three electroactive polymers

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    Meijer, Kenneth; Rosenthal, Marc S.; Full, Robert J.

    2001-07-01

    Muscles fulfill several functions within an animal's body. During locomotion they propel and control the limbs in unstructured environments. Therefore, the functional workspace of muscle needs to be represented by variables describing energy management (i.e. power output, efficiency) as well as control aspects (i.e. stiffness, damping). Muscles in the animal kingdom vary greatly with respect to those variables. To study if ElectroActive Polymer's (EAP) can be considered as artificial muscles we are making a direct comparison between the contractile properties of EAP's and biological muscle. We have measured the functional workspace of EAP actuators using the same setup and techniques that we use to test biological muscle. We evaluated the properties of three different EAP materials; the acrylic and silicone dielectric elastomers developed at SRI International and the high-energy electron-irradiated co-polymers (p(VDF-TrFE)) developed at the MRL laboratory at Penn State University. Initial results indicate that the EAP materials partly capture the functional workspace of natural muscle and sometimes even exceed the capabilities of muscle. Based on the data we have collected it seems that both EAP technologies have characteristics that could qualify them as artificial muscles.

  15. Fabrication, modeling and optimization of an ionic polymer gel actuator

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    Jo, Choonghee; Naguib, Hani E.; Kwon, Roy H.

    2011-04-01

    The modeling of the electro-active behavior of ionic polymer gel is studied and the optimum conditions that maximize the deflection of the gel are investigated. The bending deformation of polymer gel under an electric field is formulated by using chemo-electro-mechanical parameters. In the modeling, swelling and shrinking phenomena due to the differences in ion concentration at the boundary between the gel and solution are considered prior to the application of an electric field, and then bending actuation is applied. As the driving force of swelling, shrinking and bending deformation, differential osmotic pressure at the boundary of the gel and solution is considered. From this behavior, the strain or deflection of the gel is calculated. To find the optimum design parameter settings (electric voltage, thickness of gel, concentration of polyion in the gel, ion concentration in the solution, and degree of cross-linking in the gel) for bending deformation, a nonlinear constrained optimization model is formulated. In the optimization model, a bending deflection equation of the gel is used as an objective function, and a range of decision variables and their relationships are used as constraint equations. Also, actuation experiments are conducted using poly(2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid) (PAMPS) gel and the optimum conditions predicted by the proposed model have been verified by the experiments.

  16. Side-selective self-assembly of graphene and FLG on piezoelectric PVDF from suspension

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    Nordlund, Michael; Bhandary, Sumanta; Sanyal, Biplab; Almqvist, Nils; Löfqvist, Torbjörn; Grennberg, Helena

    2016-02-01

    The deposition of few-layer graphene by self-assembly from suspension onto a piezoelectric polymer substrate is presented. The graphene self-assembles with negligible overlap between flakes, and with high selectivity for one of the faces of the substrate, an observation which is discussed and rationalized. A computational study on a model system further confirms the theory and supports the experimental results. The highest obtained degree of surface coverage was estimated to 77%.

  17. Organometallic Polymers.

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    Carraher, Charles E., Jr.

    1981-01-01

    Reactions utilized to incorporate a metal-containing moiety into a polymer chain (addition, condensation, and coordination) are considered, emphasizing that these reactions also apply to smaller molecules. (JN)

  18. Polymer flooding

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    Littmann, W.

    1988-01-01

    This book covers all aspects of polymer flooding, an enhanced oil recovery method using water soluble polymers to increase the viscosity of flood water, for the displacement of crude oil from porous reservoir rocks. Although this method is becoming increasingly important, there is very little literature available for the engineer wishing to embark on such a project. In the past, polymer flooding was mainly the subject of research. The results of this research are spread over a vast number of single publications, making it difficult for someone who has not kept up-to-date with developments during the last 10-15 years to judge the suitability of polymer flooding to a particular field case. This book tries to fill that gap. An indispensable book for reservoir engineers, production engineers and lab. technicians within the petroleum industry.

  19. Incorporation of electrospun nanofibrous PVDF membranes into a microfluidic chip assembled by PDMS and scotch tape for immunoassays.

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    Liu, Yingyi; Yang, Dayong; Yu, Tao; Jiang, Xingyu

    2009-09-01

    This paper demonstrates a microfluidic chip for multiple immunoassays on electrospun (ES) nanofibrous membranes made of PVDF. This microchip enables the detection of multiple pairs of protein-protein interactions in one experiment by crossing parallel arrays of microchannels. This chip uses ESPVDF membrane with high specific surface area as the substrate to adsorb protein for immobilized immunoassays so that increased levels of protein adsorption may lower the LOD in immunoassays. We employ a simple and effective method for chip assembly by scotch tape to incorporate the ESPVDF membrane into the microchip. We believe that the present work will facilitate the development of methods for the on-site diagnosis of diseases whose detection is based on antigen-antibody recognition, and improve the efficiencies of certain experiments that need to identify tens to hundreds of protein-protein interactions with relatively low cost in the future. PMID:19722208

  20. MStern Blotting-High Throughput Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) Membrane-Based Proteomic Sample Preparation for 96-Well Plates.

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    Berger, Sebastian T; Ahmed, Saima; Muntel, Jan; Cuevas Polo, Nerea; Bachur, Richard; Kentsis, Alex; Steen, Judith; Steen, Hanno

    2015-10-01

    We describe a 96-well plate compatible membrane-based proteomic sample processing method, which enables the complete processing of 96 samples (or multiples thereof) within a single workday. This method uses a large-pore hydrophobic PVDF membrane that efficiently adsorbs proteins, resulting in fast liquid transfer through the membrane and significantly reduced sample processing times. Low liquid transfer speeds have prevented the useful 96-well plate implementation of FASP as a widely used membrane-based proteomic sample processing method. We validated our approach on whole-cell lysate and urine and cerebrospinal fluid as clinically relevant body fluids. Without compromising peptide and protein identification, our method uses a vacuum manifold and circumvents the need for digest desalting, making our processing method compatible with standard liquid handling robots. In summary, our new method maintains the strengths of FASP and simultaneously overcomes one of the major limitations of FASP without compromising protein identification and quantification. PMID:26223766

  1. Ternary systems based on PVDF, BaTiO{sub 3} and MWCNTs: Fabrication, characterization, electromagnetic simulation

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    Cacciotti, Ilaria; Valentini, Manlio; Nanni, Francesca

    2015-03-10

    In this work, ternary bulk systems based on polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), synthesised barium titanate (BaTiO{sub 3}, BT) nanopowder and multi walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were fabricated by film stacking technique, starting from solvent cast films. The main purpose was to investigate the influence of BT and MWCNTs addition to the polymeric matrix on its microstructural and dielectrical properties. In order to achieve it, different BT concentrations, ranging between the 60 and 75 %wt, were tested, whereas a MWCNTs content of 2 %wt was maintained constant. The morphology was studied by observation at scanning electron microscopy (SEM), the microstructure and crystalline phases investigated by X-Ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, and the electromagnetic properties measured in the microwave region (8-12 GHz). The electromagnetic response of the investigated bulk systems was also simulated as function of the sample thickness.

  2. Polymers All Around You!

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    Gertz, Susan

    Background information on natural polymers, synthetic polymers, and the properties of polymers is presented as an introduction to this curriculum guide. Details are provided on the use of polymer products in consumer goods, polymer recycling, polymer densities, the making of a polymer such as GLUEP, polyvinyl alcohol, dissolving plastics, polymers…

  3. Enhanced cycle performance of lithium-sulfur batteries using a separator modified with a PVDF-C layer.

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    Wei, Hang; Ma, Jin; Li, Biao; Zuo, Yuxuan; Xia, Dingguo

    2014-11-26

    High energy density Li-S batteries are highly attractive. However, their use in practical applications has been greatly affected by their poor cycle life and low rate performance, which can be partly attributed to the dissolution of polysulfides from the S cathode and their migration to the Li anode through the separator. While much effort has been devoted to designing the structure of the S cathodes for suppressing the dissolution of polysulfides, relatively little emphasis has been placed on modifying the separator. Herein, we demonstrate a new approach for modifying the separator with a polyvinylidene fluoride-carbon (PVDF-C) layer, where the polysulfides generated in the Li-S cells can be localized on the cathode side. Li-S batteries based on the novel separator and a cathode prepared by the simple mixing of a S powder and super P have delivered discharge capacities of 918.6 mAh g(-1), 827.2 mAh g(-1), and 669.1 mAh g(-1) after 100, 200, and 500 cycles, respectively, at a discharge rate of 0.5 C. Even under current densities of up to 5 C, the cells were able to retain a discharge capacity of 393 mAh g(-1), thereby demonstrating an excellent high rate performance and stability. The exceptional electrochemical performance could be attributed to the intense adsorption capability of the micropores, presence of C-C double bonds, and conductivity of the C network in the PVDF-C layer. This economical and simple strategy to overcome the polysulfide dissolution issues provides a commercially feasible method for the construction of Li-S batteries. PMID:25275455

  4. Treatment of lead contaminated water by a PVDF membrane that is modified by zirconium, phosphate and PVA.

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    Zhao, Dandan; Yu, Yang; Chen, J Paul

    2016-09-15

    Lead contamination is one of the most serious problems in drinking water facing humans. In this study, a novel zirconium phosphate modified polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-PVDF membrane was developed for lead removal. The zirconium ions and PVA were firstly coated onto a PVDF membrane through crosslinking reactions with glutaraldehyde, which was then modified by phosphate. The adsorption kinetics study showed that most of ultimate uptake occurred in 5 h. The adsorption increased with an increase in pH; the optimal adsorption was achieved at pH 5.5. The experimental data were better described by Langmuir equation than Freundlich equation; the maximum adsorption capacity was 121.2 mg-Pb/g at pH 5.5, much higher than other reported adsorptive membranes. The membrane exhibited a higher selectivity for lead over zinc with a relative selectivity coefficient (Pb(2+)/Zn(2+)) of 9.92. The filtration study showed that the membrane with an area of 12.56 cm(2) could treat 13.9 L (equivalent to 73,000 bed volumes) of lead containing wastewater with an influent concentration of 224.5 μ g/L to meet the maximum contaminant level of 15 μ g/L. It was demonstrated that the membrane did well in the removal of lead in both simulated wastewater and lead-spiked reservoir water and had a good reusability in its applications. The XPS studies revealed that the lead uptake was mainly due to cation exchange between hydrogen ions and lead ions. PMID:27311109

  5. Tuning the microwave absorption through engineered nanostructures in co-continuous polymer blends

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    Prasanna Kar, Goutam; Biswas, Sourav; Bose, Suryasarathi

    2016-06-01

    Herein, we report tailor-made properties by dispersing nanostructured materials in a co-continuous polymer blend (PVDF/ABS) that is capable of shielding electromagnetic (EM) radiation. To accomplish this, lossy materials were employed like multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs), and barium titanate (BT), (which exhibit relaxation losses in the microwave frequency domain) and ferrites (like Fe3O4). To improve the state of dispersion, the MWNTs were non-covalently modified using 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCD) via π–π stacking, and for effective shielding the MWNTs were conjugated with either BT or Fe3O4 nanoparticles through suitable modifications. The hybrid nanoparticles were selectively localized in the PVDF phase, governed by its polarity, and exhibited excellent microwave attenuation. In order to gain insight into the dielectric and magnetic attributes, the microwave parameters were assessed systematically. Taken together, our results uncover polymer blend as a promising candidate for designing lightweight, thermally stable microwave absorber materials.

  6. Charge/discharge characteristics of LiMnO 2 composite for lithium polymer battery

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    Kim, Jong-Uk; Jo, Young-Jae; Park, Gye-Choon; Jeong, Woon-Jo; Gu, Hal-Bon

    A LiMnO 2-PAn-DMcT composite cathode for a lithium polymer battery (LPB) was developed. We investigated impedance spectroscopy, electrochemical properties of LiMnO 2, LiMnO 2-PAn and LiMnO 2-PAn-DMcT composites with polyvinylidene (PVDF)-based polymer electrolyte as a function of mixing ratio. The capacity of LiMnO 2 with 3 wt.% PAn-12 wt.% SP270 was higher than that of LiMnO 2 with 15 wt.% SP270. The discharge capacity of LiMnO 2-PAn with 3 wt.% PPy was 119 and 121 mAh/g at 7 and 15 cycles. The capacity of LiMnO 2 with 2 wt.% PAn and 3 wt.% DMcT was higher than that of LiMnO 2 with 3 wt.% PAn and 12 wt.% SP270 with cycling. The LiMnO 2-PAn-DMcT composite cathode with 2 wt.% PAn and 3 wt.% DMcT in PVDF-based electrolyte shows good capacity with cycling.

  7. Effect of carbon nanofillers on the microstructure and electromechanical properties of electroactive polymers

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    Sigamani, Nirmal Shankar

    Both ionic and electronic electroactive polymers (EAPs) have displayed great potential as actuators. Current ionic EAPs have limited practical application due to their slow response time and their low blocked force; furthermore, their ion transport-based mechanism necessitates the presence of an electrolyte, which complicates issues of packaging and device lifetime. On the other hand, despite the advantages of electronic EAPs such as their efficient electromechanical coupling and relatively rapid response time, there are major obstacles blocking their transition to application as well; most notably, they require high actuation voltages (threshold voltage needed to generate electroactive strain) and they have low blocked stress (the stress at which the actuator stops moving). Hence, the main objective of this study was to develop a new kind of polymer nanocomposite for actuator applications that would exhibit simultaneous improvement in both electromechanical response and strain energy density. As a first step, we investigated the impact of the 2-dimensional GO and reduced GO on the electromechanical response of PVDF, a polar polymer. The 1 wt % reduced-GO-PVDF nanocomposites showed a tremendous improvement in dielectric permittivity and electrical conductivity. The dielectric permittivity at 1 KHz increased almost eight fold, while the electrical conductivity showed an increase of four orders of magnitude in comparison to the corresponding values for the unmodified PVDF. The reduced GO-PVDF polymer films showed a bending actuation response with a DC electric field, thus demonstrating its potential as EAP. The mechanism responsible for this bending actuation response is determined to be electrostriction, because the strain (S11) exhibited a quadratic response with the applied electric field while Joule heating and Maxwell stress effects were shown to be negligible. Although coefficient of electrostriction of reduced GO-PVDF is higher than most of the existing

  8. An Electrochemical NO2 Sensor Based on Ionic Liquid: Influence of the Morphology of the Polymer Electrolyte on Sensor Sensitivity

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    Kuberský, Petr; Altšmíd, Jakub; Hamáček, Aleš; Nešpůrek, Stanislav; Zmeškal, Oldřich

    2015-01-01

    A systematic study was carried out to investigate the effect of ionic liquid in solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) and its layer morphology on the characteristics of an electrochemical amperometric nitrogen dioxide sensor. Five different ionic liquids were immobilized into a solid polymer electrolyte and key sensor parameters (sensitivity, response/recovery times, hysteresis and limit of detection) were characterized. The study revealed that the sensor based on 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([EMIM][N(Tf)2]) showed the best sensitivity, fast response/recovery times, and low sensor response hysteresis. The working electrode, deposited from water-based carbon nanotube ink, was prepared by aerosol-jet printing technology. It was observed that the thermal treatment and crystallinity of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) in the solid polymer electrolyte influenced the sensitivity. Picture analysis of the morphology of the SPE layer based on [EMIM][N(Tf)2] ionic liquid treated under different conditions suggests that the sensor sensitivity strongly depends on the fractal dimension of PVDF spherical objects in SPE. Their deformation, e.g., due to crowding, leads to a decrease in sensor sensitivity. PMID:26569248

  9. Synthesis and Applications of Inorganic/Organic-Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Goyal, Anubha

    (vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene (PVDF-HFP) polymer electrolyte with the three-dimensional (3D), nanostructured electrode composed of aligned carbon nanotube (CNT)-copper oxide hybrid. This hybrid electrode was fabricated by a combination of chemical vapor deposition and electrodeposition techniques. Embedding it in PVDF polymer results in a flexible system and also renders an external separator redundant. This new design shows an improvement in electrochemical performance over pure CNTs as both CNTs and Cu2O contribute towards electrochemical activity. Efforts have also been undertaken towards synthesizing synthetic adhesives by mimicking the design principles found in nature. Aligned patterned CNTs have been used to replicate the fibrillar structure found in geckos' toes which generates adhesion through van der Waals forces. The adhesive forces in CNTs were found to be higher than in geckos and the key to this phenomenon lies in the extensive side-wall contact obtained on compressing CNTs against a surface.

  10. Polyethylene oxide-polytetrahydrofurane-PEDOT conducting interpenetrating polymer networks for high speed actuators

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    Plesse, C.; Khaldi, A.; Wang, Q.; Cattan, E.; Teyssié, D.; Chevrot, C.; Vidal, F.

    2011-12-01

    In recent years, numerous studies on electro-active polymer (EAP) actuators have been reported. One promising technology is the elaboration of electronic conducting polymer-based actuators with interpenetrating polymer network (IPNs) architecture. In this study, the synthesis and characterisation of conducting IPNs for actuator applications is described. The IPNs are synthesised from polyethylene oxide (PEO) and polytetrahydrofurane (PTHF) networks in which the conducting polymer (poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)) is incorporated. In a first step, PEO/PTHF IPNs were prepared via an 'in situ' process using poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate and dimethacrylate and hydroxytelechelic PTHF as starting materials. The IPN mechanical properties were examined by DMA and tensile strength tests. N-ethylmethylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (EMITFSI) swollen PEO/PTHF IPNs show ionic conductivities up to 10-3 S cm-1 at 30 °C. In a second step, the conducting IPN actuators were prepared by oxidative polymerisation of 3,4-ethylenedioxithiophene (EDOT) using FeCl3 as an oxidising agent within the PEO/PTHF IPN host matrix. The frequency response performance of the bending conducting IPN actuator was then evaluated. The resulting actuator exhibits a mechanical resonance frequency of up to 125 Hz with 0.75% strain for an applied potential of ± 5 V.

  11. Anti-inflammatory polymer electrodes for glial scar treatment: bringing the conceptual idea to future results

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    Asplund, Maria; Boehler, Christian; Stieglitz, Thomas

    2014-01-01

    Conducting polymer films offer a convenient route for the functionalization of implantable microelectrodes without compromising their performance as excellent recording units. A micron thick coating, deposited on the surface of a regular metallic electrode, can elute anti-inflammatory drugs for the treatment of glial scarring as well as growth factors for the support of surrounding neurons. Electro-activation of the polymer drives the release of the substance and should ideally provide a reliable method for controlling quantity and timing of release. Driving signals in the form of a constant potential (CP), a slow redox sweep or a fast pulse are all represented in literature. Few studies present such release in vivo from actual recording and stimulating microelectronic devices. It is essential to bridge the gap between studies based on release in vitro, and the intended application, which would mean release into living and highly delicate tissue. In the biological setting, signals are limited both by available electronics and by the biological safety. Driving signals must not be harmful to tissue and also not activate the tissue in an uncontrolled manner. This review aims at shedding more light on how to select appropriate driving parameters for the polymer electrodes for the in vivo setting. It brings together information regarding activation thresholds for neurons, as well as injury thresholds, and puts this into context with what is known about efficient driving of release from conducting polymer films. PMID:24860493

  12. Modeling of the time-dependent strain response of electroactive NCC-PEO and PVDF composites

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    Bass, Patrick S.; Blue, Lauchlin; Zhang, Lin; Li, Mi; Cheng, Z.-Y.; Tu, Maobing

    2015-04-01

    Ionic electroactive polymers have been widely studied, wherein the electrically induced ionic motion generates an actuation response. The electromechanical bending observed in these polymers is due to the size difference between two types of ions which results in an unequal expansion and contraction between the two sides. Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) is a biodegradable, renewable, and inexpensive biomass derivative. Poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) is also biodegradable and a well-known solid-state electrolyte capable of having both cations and anions diffuse through its matrix under an applied electric field. In this study, NCC is mixed with the PEO to make 0-3 composites with increased Young's modulus and improved actuation performance. Experimental results showed that the time-dependent strain response for these composites followed an Arrhenius behavior. Using the Stokes- Einstein model, the flux of the ions within in the polymer matrix were defined as charged, spherical particles moving through a viscous medium with low Reynold's number. This new approach makes it possible to calculate parameters that may otherwise have been difficult or impossible to obtain. In this work, calculations for these properties, such as: apparent ionic diffusion coefficient, ionic velocity, and the dynamic viscosity of the matrix material are analyzed and presented. For example, the parameters for PEO-NCC composites doped with 5.0 wt.% lithium were calculated to be 3.58e-10 cm2/s, 102 nm/s, and 275 Poise, respectively. Electroactive polyvinylidene fluoride films were also synthesized for comparison and refinement of the introduced model.

  13. Impact of ethylene carbonate on ion transport characteristics of PVdF-AgCF{sub 3}SO{sub 3} polymer electrolyte system

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    Austin Suthanthiraraj, S.; Joice Sheeba, D.; Joseph Paul, B.

    2009-07-01

    The ionic transport in thin film plasticized polymer electrolytes based on polyvinylidene fluoride (PVdF) as the polymer host, silver triflate (AgCF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}) as salt and ethylene carbonate (EC) as plasticizer prepared by solution casting technique has been reported. Addition of silver triflate has resulted in an increase in the room temperature (298 K) electrical conductivity of the polymer from 10{sup -6} to 10{sup -5} S cm{sup -1} whereas incorporation of EC as the plasticizer has further enhanced the conductivity value by an order of magnitude to 10{sup -4} S cm{sup -1} owing to the possible decrease in crystallinity of the polymer matrix as revealed by the detailed temperature-dependent complex impedance, silver ionic transference number, Fourier transform infrared and X-ray diffraction measurements.

  14. Multiscale implications of stress-induced ionic polymer transducer sensing

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    Zangrilli, Ursula Therese

    Ionic Polymer Transducers (IPTs) can act as both actuators and sensors. As actuators, the energy density values are much better than PZT or PVDF materials. As sensors, IPTs are extraordinarily sensitive and have the potential to be used in any mode of deformation. However, application of IPT sensors is limited because of a lack of understanding of their fundamental physics. In this work, the main focus will be to explore and develop a better understanding of how IPTs function with respect to shear deformation. In turn, the results developed here will improve upon the state of understanding of IPT sensors in general and potentially expand meaningful application opportunities. Because IPT active response is a multiscale phenomenon, this study adopts a multiscale modeling framework. Of interest are the interplay among the polymeric backbone of the ionic polymer, the diluent present in the hydrophilic regions of the polymer and the interspersed electrode particulate. To begin, this work improves upon a past multiscale modeling framework for the polymer backbone based upon Rotational Isomeric State Theory such that the effects of material anisotropy may be considered. This is potentially significant in light of the polymer manufacturing process. These modeling results are then incorporated into a model of the diluent movement within the ionic transport regions of the IPT. The electrical current predictions are based upon streaming potential theories. Finally, this model incorporates viscoelastic behavior in order to develop a better understanding of the coupling of these two systems (the polymer and the diluent) and how this coupling influence affects the expected current output over time.

  15. Polymer/inorganic nanocomposites with tailored hierarchical structure as advanced dielectric materials

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    Manias, Evangelos; Randall, Clive; Tomer, Vivek; Polyzos, Georgios

    2012-01-01

    Most advances and commercial successes of polymer/inorganic nanocomposites rely only on the dispersion of nanoparticles in a polymer matrix. Such approaches leave untapped opportunities where performance can be improved by controlling the larger length-scale structures. Here, we review selected examples where the hierarchical structure (from millimeter to nanometer) is tailored to control the transport properties of the materials, giving rise to marked property enhancements, relevant to dielectric materials for power capacitors. These examples address composite structures that are self-assembled, both at the nm and the micron scales, and, thus, can be produced using standard industrial practices. Specifically, polyethylene (PE) blends or poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) copolymers are reinforced with nanofillers; these composites are designed with high filler orientation, which yielded marked improvements in electric-field breakdown strength and, consequently, large improvements in their recoverable energy densities.

  16. Antimocrobial Polymer

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    McDonald, William F.; Huang, Zhi-Heng; Wright, Stacy C.

    2005-09-06

    A polymeric composition having antimicrobial properties and a process for rendering the surface of a substrate antimicrobial are disclosed. The composition comprises a crosslinked chemical combination of (i) a polymer having amino group-containing side chains along a backbone forming the polymer, (ii) an antimicrobial agent selected from quaternary ammonium compounds, gentian violet compounds, substituted or unsubstituted phenols, biguanide compounds, iodine compounds, and mixtures thereof, and (iii) a crosslinking agent containing functional groups capable of reacting with the amino groups. In one embodiment, the polymer is a polyamide formed from a maleic anhydride or maleic acid ester monomer and alkylamines thereby producing a polyamide having amino substituted alkyl chains on one side of the polyamide backbone; the crosslinking agent is a phosphine having the general formula (A)3P wherein A is hydroxyalkyl; and the antimicrobial agent is chlorhexidine, dimethylchlorophenol, cetyl pyridinium chloride, gentian violet, triclosan, thymol, iodine, and mixtures thereof.

  17. Antimicrobial Polymer

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    McDonald, William F.; Wright, Stacy C.; Taylor, Andrew C.

    2004-09-28

    A polymeric composition having antimicrobial properties and a process for rendering the surface of a substrate antimicrobial are disclosed. The polymeric composition comprises a crosslinked chemical combination of (i) a polymer having amino group-containing side chains along a backbone forming the polymer, (ii) an antimicrobial agent selected from metals, metal alloys, metal salts, metal complexes and mixtures thereof, and (iii) a crosslinking agent containing functional groups capable of reacting with the amino groups. In one example embodiment, the polymer is a polyamide formed from a maleic anhydride or maleic acid ester monomer and alkylamines thereby producing a polyamide having amino substituted alkyl chains on one side of the polyamide backbone; the crosslinking agent is a phosphine having the general formula (A).sub.3 P wherein A is hydroxyalkyl; and the metallic antimicrobial agent is selected from chelated silver ions, silver metal, chelated copper ions, copper metal, chelated zinc ions, zinc metal and mixtures thereof.

  18. Polymer inflation

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    Hassan, Syed Moeez; Husain, Viqar; Seahra, Sanjeev S.

    2015-03-01

    We consider the semiclassical dynamics of a free massive scalar field in a homogeneous and isotropic cosmological spacetime. The scalar field is quantized using the polymer quantization method assuming that it is described by a Gaussian coherent state. For quadratic potentials, the semiclassical equations of motion yield a universe that has an early "polymer inflation" phase which is generic and almost exactly de Sitter, followed by an epoch of slow-roll inflation. We compute polymer corrections to the slow-roll formalism, and discuss the probability of inflation in this model using a physical Hamiltonian arising from time gauge fixing. We also show how in this model, it is possible to obtain a significant amount of slow-roll inflation from sub-Planckian initial data, hence circumventing some of the criticisms of standard scenarios. These results show the extent to which a quantum gravity motivated quantization method affects early universe dynamics.

  19. Review on the properties of the ferrorelaxor polymers and some new recent developments

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    Bauer, François

    2012-06-01

    It has been found that by introducing defects into the P(VDF-TrFE) copolymers, it is possible to convert the polymer from a normal ferroelectric to a relaxor ferroelectric. A new class of ferroelectric polymers, i.e., the terpolymers of P(VDF-TrFE-CFE) or of P(VDF-TrFE-CTFE), was developed from the normal ferroelectric PVDF-TrFE polymer by employing proper defect modifications which eliminate detrimental effects associated with a normal first order F-P transition while maintaining high material responses. Relevant studies show that this class of electroactive polymers offers unique properties in comparison with other ferroelectric polymers. The syntheses of these relaxor ferroelectric polymers have been done by a combination of the suspension polymerization process and an oxygen-activated initiator at a temperature of 40°C. Films from cast solution can be made in different lengths and thicknesses. Stretching of these films increases the performance as well as the mechanical properties. These relaxor-ferroelectric terpolymers P(VDF-TrFE-CFE), P(VDF-TrFE-CTFE) are multifunctional, i.e., electrostrictive material, dielectric for electric energy storage. The terpolymer exhibits high electrostrictive strain (>7%) with relatively high modulus (>0.4 GPa). Examples of devices applications using unimorphe systems are presented. Micropump and Optical device concerning a liquid-filled varifocal lens on a chip are described.

  20. Thin polymer etalon arrays for high-resolution photoacoustic imaging

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    Hou, Yang; Huang, Sheng-Wen; Ashkenazi, Shai; Witte, Russell; O’Donnell, Matthew

    2009-01-01

    Thin polymer etalons are demonstrated as high-frequency ultrasound sensors for three-dimensional (3-D) high-resolution photoacoustic imaging. The etalon, a Fabry-Perot optical resonator, consists of a thin polymer slab sandwiched between two gold layers. It is probed with a scanning continuous-wave (CW) laser for ultrasound array detection. Detection bandwidth of a 20-μm-diam array element exceeds 50 MHz, and the ultrasound sensitivity is comparable to polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) equivalents of similar size. In a typical photoacoustic imaging setup, a pulsed laser beam illuminates the imaging target, where optical energy is absorbed and acoustic waves are generated through the thermoelastic effect. An ultrasound detection array is formed by scanning the probing laser beam on the etalon surface in either a 1-D or a 2-D configuration, which produces 2-D or 3-D images, respectively. Axial and lateral resolutions have been demonstrated to be better than 20 μm. Detailed characterizations of the optical and acoustical properties of the etalon, as well as photoacoustic imaging results, suggest that thin polymer etalon arrays can be used as ultrasound detectors for 3-D high-resolution photoacoustic imaging applications. PMID:19123679

  1. Surface characteristics of a self-polymerized dopamine coating deposited on hydrophobic polymer films.

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    Jiang, Jinhong; Zhu, Liping; Zhu, Lijing; Zhu, Baoku; Xu, Youyi

    2011-12-01

    This study aims to explore the fundamental surface characteristics of polydopamine (pDA)-coated hydrophobic polymer films. A poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) film was surface modified by dip coating in an aqueous solution of dopamine on the basis of its self-polymerization and strong adhesion feature. The self-polymerization and deposition rates of dopamine on film surfaces increased with increasing temperature as evaluated by both spectroscopic ellipsometry and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM). Changes in the surface morphologies of pDA-coated films as well as the size and shape of pDA particles in the solution were also investigated by SEM, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The surface roughness and surface free energy of pDA-modified films were mainly affected by the reaction temperature and showed only a slight dependence on the reaction time and concentration of the dopamine solution. Additionally, three other typical hydrophobic polymer films of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET), and polyimide (PI) were also modified by the same procedure. The lyophilicity (liquid affinity) and surface free energy of these polymer films were enhanced significantly after being coated with pDA, as were those of PVDF films. It is indicated that the deposition behavior of pDA is not strongly dependent on the nature of the substrates. This information provides us with not only a better understanding of biologically inspired surface chemistry for pDA coatings but also effective strategies for exploiting the properties of dopamine to create novel functional polymer materials. PMID:22011109

  2. Spontaneous, Phase-Separation Induced Surface Roughness: A New Method to Design Parahydrophobic Polymer Coatings with Rose Petal-like Morphology.

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    Szczepanski, Caroline R; Darmanin, Thierry; Guittard, Frédéric

    2016-02-10

    While the development of polymer coatings with controlled surface topography is a growing research topic, a fabrication method that does not rely on lengthy processing times, bulk solvent solution, or secondary functionalization has yet to be identified. This study presents a facile, rapid, in situ method to develop parahydrophobic coatings based on phase separation during photopolymerization. A comonomer resin of ethylene glycol diacrylate (EGDA) and 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecyl acrylate (PFDA) is modified with a thermoplastic additive (PVDF) to induce phase separation during polymerization. If applied to a glass substrate and photopolymerized, the EGDA/PFDA copolymer forms a homogeneous network with a single glass transition temperature (T(g)) and slight hydrophobicity (θ(w) ∼ 114°). When the resin is modified with PVDF, phase separation occurs during photopolymerization producing a heterogeneous network with two T(g) values. The phase separation causes differences in composition and cross-link density within the network, which leads to local variations in polymerization shrinkage across the nonconstrained material interface. Domains with higher cross-link densities shrink and contract toward the bulk material more dramatically, permitting the formation of rough surfaces with submicron sized spheres enriched in PVDF dispersed in a continuous matrix of EGDA/PFDA copolymer. Both the surface roughness and hydrophobic components in the resin render these surfaces parahydrophobic with θ(w) ∼ 150°, high water adhesion, and a similar morphology to rose petals observed in nature. PMID:26794637

  3. Dual layer hollow fiber PVDF ultra-filtration membranes containing Ag nano-particle loaded zeolite with longer term anti-bacterial capacity in salt water.

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    Shi, Huyan; Xue, Lixin; Gao, Ailin; Zhou, Qingbo

    2016-01-01

    Dual layer polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), antibacterial, hollow fiber, ultra-filtration composite membranes with antibacterial particles (silver (Ag) nano-particles loaded zeolite (Z-Ag)) in the outer layer were prepared with high water flux and desired pore sizes. The amounts of Ag(+) released from the composite membranes, freshly made and stored in water and salt solution, were measured. The result indicated that dual layer PVDF antibacterial hollow fiber containing Z-Ag (M-1-Ag) still possessed the ability of continuous release of Ag(+) even after exposure to water with high ionic content, showing a longer term resistance to bacterial adhesion and antibacterial activity than membrane doped with Z-Ag(+) (M-1). Results from an anti-adhesion and bacteria killing test with Escherichia coli supported that the antibacterial efficiency of dual hollow fiber PVDF membranes with Z-Ag was much higher than those with Z-Ag(+) after long time storage in water or exposure to phosphate buffered saline (PBS) solution. This novel hollow fiber membrane may find applications in constructing sea water pretreatment devices with long term antifouling capability for the desalination processes. PMID:27148717

  4. Determining the electrical mechanism of the surface resistivity property of doped polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and the pyroelectric property of polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) thin films

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    Edwards, Matthew; Janen, Afef; Guggilla, Padmaja; Polius, Jemelia; Douglas, Jade; Curley, Michael

    2015-08-01

    Previously, we have reported measurements of the temperature-dependent surface resistivity of pure and multi-walled carbon nanotubes doped Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) thin films. In the temperature range from 22 °C to 40 °C, with a humidity-controlled environment, we found the surface resistivity to decrease initially but to rise steadily as the temperature continued to increase. Correspondingly, we have measured the temperature-dependent pyroelectric coefficient of doped polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) thin films, very well. While the physical mechanism of the pyroelectric phenomenon in PVDF thin films is quite well known, the surface resistivity behavior of PVA thin films is not so well known. Here, we address this concern by reporting the electrical mechanistic phenomena that contribute to surface resistivity of pure and doped PVA thin films, and give preliminary surface resistivity detectivity and other relevant quality factors for infrared (IR) and motion sensors. Regarding the pyroelectric effect of doped PVDF thin films, we give materials Figures-of-Merit based on our measurements. In addition, pyroelectric and surface resistivity infrared fundamentals, IR sensor uniqueness, and innovative techniques are presented.

  5. Polymer solutions

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    Krawczyk, Gerhard Erich; Miller, Kevin Michael

    2011-07-26

    There is provided a method of making a polymer solution comprising polymerizing one or more monomer in a solvent, wherein said monomer comprises one or more ethylenically unsaturated monomer that is a multi-functional Michael donor, and wherein said solvent comprises 40% or more by weight, based on the weight of said solvent, one or more multi-functional Michael donor.

  6. Polymer Science.

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    Frank, Curtis W.

    1979-01-01

    Described is a series of four graduate level courses in polymer science, offered or currently in preparation, at Stanford University. Course descriptions and a list of required and recommended texts are included. Detailed course outlines for two of the courses are presented. (BT)

  7. Functional polymers

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    Wegner, G.

    2000-01-01

    Improving the existing polymer materials and the designing of model polymers need fundamental insights into the structure and dynamics over a large range of length and time scales. Consequently, a host of quite different methods needs to be applied to gain insights into the molecular and supramolecular structures and interactions that determine the performance of these materials. Supramolecular structures derived from shape persistent (stiff) macromolecules are used as examples to demonstrate the correlation between chemical structure, order phenomena and performance in applications concerning advanced or developing technologies: organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) and separator membranes in lithium based batteries and fuel cells. Polymers are also important as additives in the manufacture and the processing of other materials. The design of block copolymers to control the nucleation and growth of inorganic particles precipitating from aqueous solutions (mineralization) is discussed as well as the use of block copolymers to optimize the processing of ceramic pieces and objects. Finally, the modification of surfaces by polymers including aspects of biocompatibility is discussed. Some remarks concerning the importance of recent developments and advances in synthesis of macromolecular materials are also given.

  8. Hybrid materials and polymer electrolytes for electrochromic device applications.

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    Thakur, Vijay Kumar; Ding, Guoqiang; Ma, Jan; Lee, Pooi See; Lu, Xuehong

    2012-08-01

    Electrochromic (EC) materials and polymer electrolytes are the most imperative and active components in an electrochromic device (ECD). EC materials are able to reversibly change their light absorption properties in a certain wavelength range via redox reactions stimulated by low direct current (dc) potentials of the order of a fraction of volts to a few volts. The redox switching may result in a change in color of the EC materials owing to the generation of new or changes in absorption band in visible region, infrared or even microwave region. In ECDs the electrochromic layers need to be incorporated with supportive components such as electrical contacts and ion conducting electrolytes. The electrolytes play an indispensable role as the prime ionic conduction medium between the electrodes of the EC materials. The expected applications of the electrochromism in numerous fields such as reflective-type display and smart windows/mirrors make these materials of prime importance. In this article we have reviewed several examples from our research work as well as from other researchers' work, describing the recent advancements on the materials that exhibit visible electrochromism and polymer electrolytes for electrochromic devices. The first part of the review is centered on nanostructured inorganic and conjugated polymer-based organic-inorganic hybrid EC materials. The emphasis has been to correlate the structures, morphologies and interfacial interactions of the EC materials to their electronic and ionic properties that influence the EC properties with unique advantages. The second part illustrates the perspectives of polymer electrolytes in electrochromic applications with emphasis on poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO), poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) based polymer electrolytes. The requirements and approaches to optimize the formulation of electrolytes for feasible electrochromic devices have been delineated. PMID:22581710

  9. Inorganic-organic composite solid polymer electrolytes

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    Abraham, K.M.; Koch, V.R.; Blakley, T.J.

    2000-04-01

    Inorganic-organic composite solid polymer electrolytes (CSPEs) have been prepared from the poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-like electrolytes of the general formula polyvinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene (PVdF-HFP)-PEO{sub n}-LiX and Li{sup +}-conducting ceramic powders. In the PEO-like electrolytes, PVdF-HFP is the copolymer of PVdF and HFP, PEO{sub n} is a nonvolatile oligomeric polyethylene oxide of {approximately}400 g/mol molecular weight, and LiX is lithium bis(trifluoroethylsulfonyl)imide. Two types of inorganic oxide ceramic powders were used: a highly Li{sup +}-conducting material of the composition 14 mol % Li{sub 2}O-9Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-38TiO{sub 2}-39P{sub 2}O{sub 5}, and the poorly Li{sup +}-conducting Li-silicates Li{sub 4{minus}x}M{sub x}SiO{sub 4} where M is Ca or Mg and x is 0 or 0.05. The composite electrolytes can be prepared as thin membranes in which the Li{sup +} conductivity and good mechanical strength of the Li{sup +}-conducting inorganic ceramics are complemented by the structural flexibility and high conductivity of organic polymer electrolytes. Excellent electrochemical and thermal stabilities have been demonstrated for the electrolyte films. Li//composite electrolyte//LiCoO{sub 2} rechargeable cells have been fabricated and cycled at room temperature and 50 C.

  10. Investigation of Shock-Induced Chemical Reactions in Mo-Si Powder Mixtures Using Instrumented Experiments with PVDF Stress Gauges

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    Vandersall, K S; Thadhani, N N

    2001-05-29

    Shock-induced chemical reactions in {approx}58% dense Mo+2Si powder mixtures were investigated using time-resolved instrumented experiments, employing PVDF-piezoelectric stress gauges placed at the front and rear surfaces of the powders to measure the input and propagated stresses, and wave speed through the powder mixture. Experiments performed on the powders at input stresses less than 4 GPa, showed characteristics of powder densification and dispersed propagated wave stress profiles with rise time > {approx}40 nanoseconds. At input stress between 4-6 GPa, the powder mixtures showed a sharp rise time (<{approx}10 ns) of propagated wave profile and an expanded state of products revealing evidence of shock-induced chemical reaction. At input stresses greater than 6 GPa, the powder mixtures showed a slower propagated-stress-wave rise time and transition to a low-compressibility (melt) state indicating lack of shock-induced reaction. The results illustrate that premature melting of Si, at input stresses less than the crush-strength of the powder mixtures, restricts mixing between reactants and inhibits ''shock-induced'' reaction initiation.

  11. Advanced Polymer

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    1992-01-01

    In the mid-1980's, Langley developed a polyimide sulfone, combining desirable properties of two classes of polymers. Composites and other products made from polyimide sulfone can be used with solvents and corrosive fluids, are light weight, low cost and can be easily fabricated for a wide range of industrial uses. High Technology Systems, Inc. obtained a license for the polymer and was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract for development in a powder form. Although its principal use is as a matrix resin for composites, the material can also be used as a high temperature structural adhesive for aircraft structures and as a coating for protection from heat and radiation for electronic components.

  12. Phthalocyanine polymers

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    Achar, B. N.; Fohlen, G. M.; Parker, J. A. (Inventor)

    1985-01-01

    A method of forming 4,4',4'',4''' -tetraamino phthalocyanines involves reducing 4,4',4'',4''' -tetranitro phthalocyanines, polymerizing the metal tetraamino phthalocyanines with a tetracarboxylic dianhydride (preferably aromatic) or copolymerizing with a tetracarboxylic dianhydride and a diamine (preferably also aromatic) to produce amic acids which are then dehydrocyclized to imides. Thermally and oxidatively stable polymers result which form tough, flexible films, varnishes, adhesives, and fibers.

  13. Active and passive noise control using electroactive polymer actuators (EAPAs)

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    Ramanathan, Kartik; Zhu, Bei; Chang, Woosuk; Varadan, Vasundara V.; Varadan, Vijay K.

    1999-06-01

    Electro-active polymer actuators (EAPA) have been a topic of research interest in the recent decades due to their ability to produce large strains under the influence of relatively low electric fields as compared to commercially available actuators. This paper investigates the feasibility of EAPA for active and passive cabin noise control. The passive damping characteristics of EAPA were determined, by measuring the transmission loss of four samples of various thickness and composition in an anechoic chamber in the 200 - 2000 Hz frequency range. This was then compared to that of Plexiglas and silicone rubber sheets of comparable thickness. The transmission loss of EAPA and Plexiglas were observed to be about the same. The transmission loss of EAPA was greater than that of silicone rubber, of the same thickness. The experimental and theoretical results computed using the mass law agree well. EAPA produces a strain of 0.006 for an applied field of 1 V/m. The ability of EAPA to potentially provide active as well as passive damping in the low to intermediate frequency range, along with being light- weight, pliable and transparent, makes it attractive for noise control applications as active/passive windows or wall papers.

  14. Periodic Polymers

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    Thomas, Edwin

    2013-03-01

    Periodic polymers can be made by self assembly, directed self assembly and by photolithography. Such materials provide a versatile platform for 1, 2 and 3D periodic nano-micro scale composites with either dielectric or impedance contrast or both, and these can serve for example, as photonic and or phononic crystals for electromagnetic and elastic waves as well as mechanical frames/trusses. Compared to electromagnetic waves, elastic waves are both less complex (longitudinal modes in fluids) and more complex (longitudinal, transverse in-plane and transverse out-of-plane modes in solids). Engineering of the dispersion relation between wave frequency w and wave vector, k enables the opening of band gaps in the density of modes and detailed shaping of w(k). Band gaps can be opened by Bragg scattering, anti-crossing of bands and discrete shape resonances. Current interest is in our group focuses using design - modeling, fabrication and measurement of polymer-based periodic materials for applications as tunable optics and control of phonon flow. Several examples will be described including the design of structures for multispectral band gaps for elastic waves to alter the phonon density of states, the creation of block polymer and bicontinuous metal-carbon nanoframes for structures that are robust against ballistic projectiles and quasi-crystalline solid/fluid structures that can steer shock waves.

  15. Creep-Fatigue Relationsihps in Electroactive Polymer Systems and Predicted Effects in an Actuator Design

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    Vinogradov, Aleksandra M.; Ihlefeld, Curtis M.; Henslee, Issac

    2009-01-01

    The paper concerns the time-dependent behavior of electroactive polymers (EAP) and their use in advanced intelligent structures for space exploration. Innovative actuator design for low weight and low power valves required in small plants planned for use on the moon for chemical analysis is discussed. It is shown that in-depth understanding of cyclic loading effects observed through accelerated creep rates due to creep-fatigue interaction in polymers is critical in terms of proper functioning of EAP based actuator devices. In the paper, an overview of experimental results concerning the creep properties and cyclic creep response of a thin film piezoelectric polymer polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) is presented. The development of a constitutive creep-fatigue interaction model to predict the durability and service life of electroactive polymers is discussed. A novel method is proposed to predict damage accumulation and fatigue life of polymers under oyclic loading conditions in the presence of creep. The study provides a basis for ongoing research initiatives at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in the pursuit of new technologies using EAP as active elements for lunar exploration systems.

  16. The negative piezoelectric effect of the ferroelectric polymer poly(vinylidene fluoride).

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    Katsouras, Ilias; Asadi, Kamal; Li, Mengyuan; van Driel, Tim B; Kjær, Kasper S; Zhao, Dong; Lenz, Thomas; Gu, Yun; Blom, Paul W M; Damjanovic, Dragan; Nielsen, Martin M; de Leeuw, Dago M

    2016-01-01

    Piezoelectricity describes interconversion between electrical charge and mechanical strain. As expected for lattice ions displaced in an electric field, the proportionality constant is positive for all piezoelectric materials. The exceptions are poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and its copolymers with trifluoroethylene (P(VDF-TrFE)), which exhibit a negative longitudinal piezoelectric coefficient. Reported explanations exclusively consider contraction with applied electric field of either the crystalline or the amorphous part of these semi-crystalline polymers. To distinguish between these conflicting interpretations, we have performed in situ dynamic X-ray diffraction measurements on P(VDF-TrFE) capacitors. We find that the piezoelectric effect is dominated by the change in lattice constant but, surprisingly, it cannot be accounted for by the polarization-biased electrostrictive contribution of the crystalline part alone. Our quantitative analysis shows that an additional contribution is operative, which we argue is due to an electromechanical coupling between the intermixed crystalline lamellae and amorphous regions. Our findings tie the counterintuitive negative piezoelectric response of PVDF and its copolymers to the dynamics of their composite microstructure. PMID:26436342

  17. The negative piezoelectric effect of the ferroelectric polymer poly(vinylidene fluoride)

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    Katsouras, Ilias; Asadi, Kamal; Li, Mengyuan; van Driel, Tim B.; Kjær, Kasper S.; Zhao, Dong; Lenz, Thomas; Gu, Yun; Blom, Paul W. M.; Damjanovic, Dragan; Nielsen, Martin M.; de Leeuw, Dago M.

    2016-01-01

    Piezoelectricity describes interconversion between electrical charge and mechanical strain. As expected for lattice ions displaced in an electric field, the proportionality constant is positive for all piezoelectric materials. The exceptions are poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and its copolymers with trifluoroethylene (P(VDF-TrFE)), which exhibit a negative longitudinal piezoelectric coefficient. Reported explanations exclusively consider contraction with applied electric field of either the crystalline or the amorphous part of these semi-crystalline polymers. To distinguish between these conflicting interpretations, we have performed in situ dynamic X-ray diffraction measurements on P(VDF-TrFE) capacitors. We find that the piezoelectric effect is dominated by the change in lattice constant but, surprisingly, it cannot be accounted for by the polarization-biased electrostrictive contribution of the crystalline part alone. Our quantitative analysis shows that an additional contribution is operative, which we argue is due to an electromechanical coupling between the intermixed crystalline lamellae and amorphous regions. Our findings tie the counterintuitive negative piezoelectric response of PVDF and its copolymers to the dynamics of their composite microstructure.

  18. Ti1-xAgx electrodes deposited on polymer based sensors

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    Marques, S. M.; Manninen, N. K.; Ferdov, Stanislav; Lanceros-Mendez, S.; Carvalho, S.

    2014-10-01

    Piezoelectric materials are interesting for the development of sensors and actuators for biomedical applications in areas such as smart prosthesis, implantable biosensors and biomechanical signal monitoring, among others. For acquiring or applying the electrical signal from/to the piezoelectric material, suitable electrodes can be produced from Ti based coatings with tailored multifunctional properties: conductivity and antibacterial characteristics through Ag inclusions. This work reports on Ti1-xAgx electrodes with different Ag/Ti atomic ratios deposited by dc and pulsed magnetron sputtering at room temperature on poly(vinylidene fluoride), PVDF. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) results revealed that the deposition conditions preserve the polymer structure and suggested the presence of crystalline Tiβ phase in pure titanium coating and fcc-Ag phase in pure silver coating. According to the results obtained from scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis, the coatings are homogeneous and no clusters were found; since β-PVDF is anisotropic, the deposited coatings replicate the underlying substrate surface. Sheet resistivity values show a typical behavior of a binary alloy system, with low resistivity values for coatings of zone 1 (Ti rich) and zone 3 (Ag rich) and a slightly higher resistivity values in zone 2. The piezoelectricity of the different samples show similar values.

  19. Polymer Electronics: Power from Polymers

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    Venkataraman, D.; Russell, Thomas P.

    2012-06-19

    We review polymer-based electronics and photovoltaics to provide the reader with a sense of how the field has developed, where we stand at present, and what possibilities are looming in the future. Expertise in areas ranging from synthesis to morphology to device design was sought to achieve this end. While these reviews cannot be exhaustive, they do provide a snapshot of the field at present and give some sense of where the key impediments are.

  20. A preliminary discourse on adhesion of nanofibers derived from electrospun polymers

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    Chen, Pei

    To bio-mimic gecko's foot hair, which possess high adhesion strength and can be re- usable for lifetime, fibrous membranes are fabricated by electrospinning to provide sufficient adhesion energy. Shaft-loaded blister test (SLBT) is firstly used to measure the work of adhesion between electrospun membrane and rigid substrate. Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) were electrospun with an average fiber diameter of 333+/-59 nm. Commercial cardboard with inorganic coating was used to provide a model substrate for adhesion tests. In SLBT, the elastic response PVDF was analyzed and its adhesion energy measured. FEA model with cohesive layer is developed to evaluate the experiment results. The results show SLBT presented a viable methodology for evaluating the adhesion energy of electrospun polymer fabrics. Electrospun membranes with different fiber diameter are tested for their distinctive adhesion property. Five sets of PVDF membranes with different fiber diameters (from 201 +/- 86 nm to 2724 +/- 587 nm) are electrospun for size effect evaluation. Obtaining testing results from SLBT adhesion test, adhesion energy ranges from 258.83 +/- 43.54 mJ/m2 to 8.06 +/- 0.71 mJ/m2. Significant size effect is observed, and electrospun membrane composing from finer fibers possesses greater adhesion energy. Thickness effect is also evaluated. By stacking multiple layers of electrospun membrane together, membrane samples with different thickness are produced. Test results illustrate thick membrane trends to debond easier than thin membrane. After considering the characteristic of electrospun membrane, the effect of substrate is also evaluated. One approach is made by substituting SiC substrates with different roughness for cardboard substrate. The grit size of the SiC substrates varies from 5 mum to 68 mum. A correlation between adhesion energy and mean peak and valley roughness (Rz) is established from mechanical interlocking theory. The other approach is comparing adhesion energies if

  1. Generalized Ferroelectricity in the Mesomorphic Phase of Nylon Polymers

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    Zhang, Zhongbo; Zhu, Lei; Litt, Morton

    Novel ferroelectric polymers, featured by narrow electric displacement-electric (D-E) hysteresis loop, are attractive for electric energy storage applications due to their high dielectric constant and low loss property. Currently, only poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF)-based copolymers (e-beamed) and terpolymers show novel ferroelectric behavior. It is desired to achieve novel ferroelectricity in other polymers such as nylons by carefully modifying the chemical and crystal structures. In this presentation, isomorphic crystals are successfully achieved by copolymerization of nylon 11 and nylon 12 with different compositions. In this way, both chemical and structural defects (i.e., dangling amide groups and kinked bonds) are introduced into the mesomorphic phase. As a consequence, hydrogen bonding interaction is successfully weakened and thus enhanced ferroelectricity with higher maximum polarization and better polarizability is obtained. In addition, for the purpose of further disturbing the mesomorphic phase and pinning effect, partially methylated nylon copolymers are synthesized. With the help of N-methylation of amide groups, the methylated nylon copolymers show relatively narrow hysteresis loops, suggesting the pinning effect from the N-methylated amide moieties.

  2. Interpretations of Polymer-Polymer Miscibility.

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    Olabisi, Olagoke

    1981-01-01

    Discusses various aspects of polymeric mixtures, mixtures of structurally different homopolymers, copolymers, terpolymers, and the like. Defines concepts of polymer-polymer miscibility from practical and theoretical viewpoints, and ways of predicting such miscibility. (JN)

  3. Mixed Matrix PVDF Membranes With in Situ Synthesized PAMAM Dendrimer-Like Particles: A New Class of Sorbents for Cu(II) Recovery from Aqueous Solutions by Ultrafiltration.

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    Kotte, Madhusudhana Rao; Kuvarega, Alex T; Cho, Manki; Mamba, Bhekie B; Diallo, Mamadou S

    2015-08-18

    Advances in industrial ecology, desalination, and resource recovery have established that industrial wastewater, seawater, and brines are important and largely untapped sources of critical metals and elements. A Grand Challenge in metal recovery from industrial wastewater is to design and synthesize high capacity, recyclable and robust chelating ligands with tunable metal ion selectivity that can be efficiently processed into low-energy separation materials and modules. In our efforts to develop high capacity chelating membranes for metal recovery from impaired water, we report a one-pot method for the preparation of a new family of mixed matrix polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membranes with in situ synthesized poly(amidoamine) [PAMAM] particles. The key feature of our new membrane preparation method is the in situ synthesis of PAMAM dendrimer-like particles in the dope solutions prior to membrane casting using low-generation dendrimers (G0 and G1-NH2) with terminal primary amine groups as precursors and epichlorohydrin (ECH) as cross-linker. By using a combined thermally induced phase separation (TIPS) and nonsolvent induced phase separation (NIPS) casting process, we successfully prepared a new family of asymmetric PVDF ultrafiltration membranes with (i) neutral and hydrophilic surface layers of average pore diameters of 22-45 nm, (ii) high loadings (∼48 wt %) of dendrimer-like PAMAM particles with average diameters of ∼1.3-2.4 μm, and (iii) matrices with sponge-like microstructures characteristics of membranes with strong mechanical integrity. Preliminary experiments show that these new mixed matrix PVDF membranes can serve as high capacity sorbents for Cu(II) recovery from aqueous solutions by ultrafiltration. PMID:26222014

  4. The Measurement of Temperature Gradients in a Soft Tissue Phantom using PVDF arrays: A Simulation Case Using the Finite Element Method (FEM)

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    Acevedo, Pedro; Vázquez, Mónica; Durán, Joel; Petrearce, Rodolfo

    A simulation case is presented using the Finite Element Method (FEM) to simulate the performance of PVDF arrays to measure temperature gradients through the determination of phase shifts, i.e. time shifts of the waveform of the echo due to a change in the speed of propagation of ultrasound as a result of a change in temperature, they can be interpreted as phase shifts in the frequency domain. Making it possible to determine the change in temperature from the phase shifts; in a medium of propagation previously characterized.

  5. Solidification Behavior of Polymer Solution during Membrane Preparation by Thermally Induced Phase Separation

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    Ishigami, Toru; Nii, Yoko; Ohmukai, Yoshikage; Rajabzadeh, Saeid; Matsuyama, Hideto

    2014-01-01

    The solidification behavior of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) solution during membrane preparation by thermally induced phase separation (TIPS) was investigated. Apparatus newly developed in our laboratory was used to quantitatively measure membrane stiffness during phase separation. In this apparatus, a cooling polymer solution, placed on a stage, is moved upwards and the surface of the polymer solution contacts a sphere attached to the tip of a needle. The displacement of a blade spring attached to the needle is then measured by a laser displacement sensor. Different phase separation modes, such as liquid-liquid (L-L) phase separation and solid-liquid (S-L) phase separation (polymer crystallization) were investigated. In the case of S-L phase separation, the stiffness of the solution surface began to increase significantly just before termination of crystallization. In contrast, L-L phase separation delayed solidification of the solution. This was because mutual contact of the spherulites was obstructed by droplets of polymer-lean phase formed during L-L phase separation. Thus, the solidification rate was slower for the L-L phase separation system than for the S-L phase separation system. PMID:24957124

  6. From Commodity Polymers to Functional Polymers

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    Xiang, Tao; Wang, Ling-Ren; Ma, Lang; Han, Zhi-Yuan; Wang, Rui; Cheng, Chong; Xia, Yi; Qin, Hui; Zhao, Chang-Sheng

    2014-01-01

    Functional polymers bear specified chemical groups, and have specified physical, chemical, biological, pharmacological, or other uses. To adjust the properties while keeping material usage low, a method for direct synthesis of functional polymers is indispensable. Here we show that various functional polymers can be synthesized by in situ cross-linked polymerization/copolymerization. We demonstrate that the polymers synthesized by the facile method using different functional monomers own outstanding pH-sensitivity and pH-reversibility, antifouling property, antibacterial, and anticoagulant property. Our study opens a route for the functionalization of commodity polymers, which lead to important advances in polymeric materials applications. PMID:24710333

  7. Flexible ferroelectric polymer devices based on inkjet-printed electrodes from nanosilver ink

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    Lü, Zhaoyue; Pu, Tiansong; Huang, Yaopeng; Meng, Xiangjian; Xu, Haisheng

    2015-02-01

    High-quality silver (Ag) patterns were inkjet-printed with nanosilver ink on a flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate. All-solution-processed flexible ferroelectric polymer devices that use inkjet-printed Ag to create their bottom and top electrodes were demonstrated. The active layer, a poly (vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) (PVDF-TrFE) thin film, was spin-coated from solution. The devices have a remanent polarization of 8.03 μC cm-2 and a coercive field of 68.5 MV m-1, which is comparable to the device with evaporated-Ti electrodes on a silicon substrate. Based on the results presented in this paper, mass production of flexible ferroelectric devices is predictable.

  8. Fabrication and reliable implementation of an ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) biaxial bending actuator

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    Lee, Gil-Yong; Choi, Jung-Oh; Kim, Myeungseon; Ahn, Sung-Hoon

    2011-10-01

    Ionic polymer-metal composites (IPMCs) are one of the most popular types of electro-active polymer actuator, due to their low electric driving potential, large deformation range, and light weight. IPMCs have been used as actuators or sensors in many areas of biomedical and robotic engineering. In this research, IPMCs were studied as a biaxial bending actuator capable of smart and flexible motion. We designed and fabricated this bending actuator and implemented it to have a reliable actuating motion using a systematic approach. The resulting device was bar shaped with a square cross section and had four insulated electrodes on its surface. By applying different voltages to these four electrodes, a biaxial bending motion can be induced. To construct this actuator, several fabrication processes were considered. We modified the Nafion stacking method, and established a complete sequence of actuator fabrication processes. Using these processes, we were able to fabricate an IPMC biaxial bending actuator with both high actuating force and high flexibility. Several experiments were conducted to investigate and verify the performance of the actuator. The IPMC actuator system was modeled from experimentally measured data, and using this actuator model, a closed-loop proportional integral (PI) controller was designed. Reference position tracking performances of open-loop and closed-loop systems were compared. Finally, circular motion tracking performances of the actuator tip were tested under different rotation frequencies and radii of a reference trajectory circle.

  9. An Ionic-Polymer-Metallic Composite Actuator for Reconfigurable Antennas in Mobile Devices

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    Lin, Yi-Chen; Yu, Chung-Yi; Li, Chung-Min; Liu, Chin-Heng; Chen, Jiun-Peng; Chu, Tah-Hsiung; Su, Guo-Dung John

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, a new application of an electro-active-polymer for a radio frequency (RF) switch is presented. We used an ionic polymer metallic composite (IPMC) switch to change the operating frequency of an inverted-F antenna. This switch is light in weight, small in volume, and low in cost. In addition, the IPMC is suitable for mobile devices because of its driving voltage of 3 volts and thickness of 200 μm. The IPMC acts as a normally-on switch to control the operating frequency of a reconfigurable antenna in mobile phones. We experimentally demonstrated by network analysis that the IPMC switch could shift its operating frequency from 1.1 to 2.1 GHz, with return losses of than −10 dB at both frequencies. To minimize electrolysis and maximize the operation time in air, propylene carbonate electrolyte with lithium perchlorate (LiClO4) was applied inside the IPMC. The results showed that when the IPMC was actuated over three months at 3.5 V, the tip displacement fell by less than 10%. Therefore, an IPMC actuator is a promising choice for application to a reconfigurable antenna. PMID:24399156

  10. An ionic-polymer-metallic composite actuator for reconfigurable antennas in mobile devices.

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    Lin, Yi-Chen; Yu, Chung-Yi; Li, Chung-Min; Liu, Chin-Heng; Chen, Jiun-Peng; Chu, Tah-Hsiung; Su, Guo-Dung John

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, a new application of an electro-active-polymer for a radio frequency (RF) switch is presented. We used an ionic polymer metallic composite (IPMC) switch to change the operating frequency of an inverted-F antenna. This switch is light in weight, small in volume, and low in cost. In addition, the IPMC is suitable for mobile devices because of its driving voltage of 3 volts and thickness of 200 μm. The IPMC acts as a normally-on switch to control the operating frequency of a reconfigurable antenna in mobile phones. We experimentally demonstrated by network analysis that the IPMC switch could shift its operating frequency from 1.1 to 2.1 GHz, with return losses of than -10 dB at both frequencies. To minimize electrolysis and maximize the operation time in air, propylene carbonate electrolyte with lithium perchlorate (LiClO₄) was applied inside the IPMC. The results showed that when the IPMC was actuated over three months at 3.5 V, the tip displacement fell by less than 10%. Therefore, an IPMC actuator is a promising choice for application to a reconfigurable antenna. PMID:24399156

  11. Shape memory polymers

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    Wilson, Thomas S.; Bearinger, Jane P.

    2015-06-09

    New shape memory polymer compositions, methods for synthesizing new shape memory polymers, and apparatus comprising an actuator and a shape memory polymer wherein the shape memory polymer comprises at least a portion of the actuator. A shape memory polymer comprising a polymer composition which physically forms a network structure wherein the polymer composition has shape-memory behavior and can be formed into a permanent primary shape, re-formed into a stable secondary shape, and controllably actuated to recover the permanent primary shape. Polymers have optimal aliphatic network structures due to minimization of dangling chains by using monomers that are symmetrical and that have matching amine and hydroxyl groups providing polymers and polymer foams with clarity, tight (narrow temperature range) single transitions, and high shape recovery and recovery force that are especially useful for implanting in the human body.

  12. Investigations of conductive polymer coatings for corrosion protection of aluminum alloys

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    Racicot, Robert James

    The anti-corrosion properties of a novel double strand conductive polymer coating on aluminum alloys in salt environments as a possible replacement for chromium conversion coatings was investigated. The conductive coating consisted of a double helix backbone structure of polyaniline wrapped with an esterified polyacrylic acid strand. This polymer complex offers advantages over other conductive polymer systems in material stability and processability. The polymer is soluble in single organic solvents and was sprayed onto square AA7075-T6 and AA2024-T3 aluminum alloy samples. The coatings were investigated for corrosion protection properties using cyclic polarization, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and long term exposure in aggressive salt environments. The polymer coated samples were tested against two commercial chromate conversion coatings and uncoated alloy samples. The cyclic polarization tests show a two order of magnitude lowering of the corrosion current over the uncoated samples, a one order of magnitude lowering of Isbcorr over the second type of chromate coating and a one order of magnitude higher Isbcorr over the first type of chromate coating. Impedance results show a two order of magnitude higher impedance at low frequencies over the uncoated and equivalent performance for both types of chromate coatings. EIS and cyclic polarization tests of the conductive state (green colored) versus a non-conductive state (blue colored) of the polymer coating shows that the electrically conductive state is more effective than the insulating state for corrosion protection. This data indicates that the electro-active nature of the polymer coating plays a role in the protection of the alloys. After two months exposure in a.5N NaCl solution, there is no evidence of pitting at the alloy surface for the polymer coated samples under scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images, indicating a change in the typical corrosion mechanism for aluminum alloys. The

  13. Real-Time Deflection Monitoring for Milling of a Thin-Walled Workpiece by Using PVDF Thin-Film Sensors with a Cantilevered Beam as a Case Study.

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    Luo, Ming; Liu, Dongsheng; Luo, Huan

    2016-01-01

    Thin-walled workpieces, such as aero-engine blisks and casings, are usually made of hard-to-cut materials. The wall thickness is very small and it is easy to deflect during milling process under dynamic cutting forces, leading to inaccurate workpiece dimensions and poor surface integrity. To understand the workpiece deflection behavior in a machining process, a new real-time nonintrusive method for deflection monitoring is presented, and a detailed analysis of workpiece deflection for different machining stages of the whole machining process is discussed. The thin-film polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) sensor is attached to the non-machining surface of the workpiece to copy the deflection excited by the dynamic cutting force. The relationship between the input deflection and the output voltage of the monitoring system is calibrated by testing. Monitored workpiece deflection results show that the workpiece experiences obvious vibration during the cutter entering the workpiece stage, and vibration during the machining process can be easily tracked by monitoring the deflection of the workpiece. During the cutter exiting the workpiece stage, the workpiece experiences forced vibration firstly, and free vibration exists until the amplitude reduces to zero after the cutter exits the workpiece. Machining results confirmed the suitability of the deflection monitoring system for machining thin-walled workpieces with the application of PVDF sensors. PMID:27626424

  14. Graphene-Silver-Induced Self-Polarized PVDF-Based Flexible Plasmonic Nanogenerator Toward the Realization for New Class of Self Powered Optical Sensor.

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    Sinha, Tridib Kumar; Ghosh, Sujoy Kumar; Maiti, Rishi; Jana, Santanu; Adhikari, Basudam; Mandal, Dipankar; Ray, Samit K

    2016-06-22

    Plasmonic characteristics of graphene-silver (GAg) nanocomposite coupled with piezoelectric property of Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) have been utilized to realize a new class of self-powered flexible plasmonic nanogenerator (PNG). A few layer graphene has been prepared in a facile and cost-effective method and GAg doped PVDF hybrid nanocomposite (PVGAg) is synthesized in a one-pot method. The PNG exhibits superior piezoelectric energy conversion efficiency (∼15%) under the dark condition. The plasmonic behavior of GAg nanocomposite makes the PNG highly responsive to the visible light illumination that leads to ∼50% change in piezo-voltage and ∼70% change in piezo-current, leading to enhanced energy conversion efficiency up to ∼46.6%. The piezoelectric throughput of PNG (e.g., capacitor charging performance) has been monitored during the detection of the different wavelengths of visible light illumination and showed maximum selectivity to the green light. The simultaneous mechanical energy harvesting and visible-light detection capabilities of the PNG are attractive for futuristic self-powered optoelectronic smart sensors and devices. PMID:27266368

  15. Facile surface glycosylation of PVDF microporous membrane via direct surface-initiated AGET ATRP and improvement of antifouling property and biocompatibility

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    Yuan, Jing; Meng, Jian-qiang; Kang, Yin-lin; Du, Qi-yun; Zhang, Yu-feng

    2012-01-01

    This paper describes a facile and novel approach for the surface glycosylation of poly(vinylidene difluoride) (PVDF) microporous membrane. A glycopolymer poly(D-gluconamidoethyl methacrylate) (PGAMA) was tethered onto the membrane surface via activators generated by electron transfer atom transfer radical polymerization (AGET ATRP) directly initiated from the PVDF surface. Chemical changes of membrane surface were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). It was revealed that PGAMA was successfully grafted onto the membrane surface and its grafting density can be modulated in a wide range up to 2.4 μmol/cm2. The effects of glycosylation on membrane morphology, flux and surface hydrophilicity were investigated. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) results indicated shrinkage of the surface pore diameters and the growth of the glycopolymer layer on the membrane surface. The static water contact angle (WCA) of the membrane surface decreased from 110° to 30.4° with the increase of grafting density, indicating that the PGAMA grafts dramatically improved the surface hydrophilicity. The protein adsorption and platelets adhesion experiments indicated that the grafted PGAMA could effectively improve the membrane antifouling property and biocompatibility.

  16. Critical insights into the effect of shear on in situ reduction of graphene oxide in PVDF: assessing by rheo-dielectric measurements

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    Sharma, Maya; Madras, Giridhar; Bose, Suryasarathi

    2016-06-01

    In situ reduction of graphene oxide (GO) during the preparation of conducting polymeric nanocomposites has been explored recently. In this study, the in situ reduction of GO in poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) under different conditions like quiescent, high and low shear, pre-shear has been investigated in detail. To accomplish this, PVDF/GO composites were prepared by both melt and solution blending. The bulk electrical conductivity of melt mixed composites, which had undergone extensive shear during preparation, was monitored by a rheo-dielectric setup and compared with the composites which experienced low shear. In addition, the bulk electric conductivity was also measured in situ for the composites that had undergone quiescent compositing. Comprehensive characterization of the composites reveals that GO is in situ reducing under all processes but the improvement in conductivity is dependent on the adopted process. Compression molded samples, which were annealed for 45 min, showed highest melt conductivity among all the adopted processes. The intense shearing of composites at high temperature in melt extrusion led to re-stacking of graphene sheets and resulted in decreased bulk electrical conductivity. Surprisingly, melt conductivity decreases with shear and time in all composites. This study can help in understanding the reduction of GO during intense shearing of composites.

  17. Separation of oil/water emulsion using nano-particle (TiO(2)/Al(2)O(3)) modified PVDF ultrafiltration membranes and evaluation of fouling mechanism.

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    Yi, X S; Yu, S L; Shi, W X; Wang, S; Jin, L M; Sun, N; Ma, C; Sun, L P

    2013-01-01

    In the present study, nano-sized TiO(2)/Al(2)O(3) modified polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membranes (MM) were fabricated and then utilized for oil/water emulsion separation. The results showed that, compared with PVDF membrane (OM), the contact angle of MM decreased and hydrophilicity increased. The ultrafiltration (UF) of oil in water emulsions with transmembrane pressure (TMP) increasing results in a sharp fall in relative flux with time. The cake filtration models did not always predict the performance over the complete range of filtration times very well. In the initial 30 min, all the four cake models can simulate this UF process to a certain extent, and the suitability was: cake filtration > intermediate pore blocking > standard pore blocking > complete pore blocking models. However, they were no longer adapted well with UF time extent to 60 min, but only cake filtration (R(2) = 0.9535) maintained a high adaptability. Surface and cross-sectional morphology of the membrane was investigated by SEM to make an advanced certificate of this UF mechanism. PMID:23202550

  18. Design of In Situ Poled Ce(3+)-Doped Electrospun PVDF/Graphene Composite Nanofibers for Fabrication of Nanopressure Sensor and Ultrasensitive Acoustic Nanogenerator.

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    Garain, Samiran; Jana, Santanu; Sinha, Tridib Kumar; Mandal, Dipankar

    2016-02-01

    We report an efficient, low-cost in situ poled fabrication strategy to construct a large area, highly sensitive, flexible pressure sensor by electrospun Ce(3+) doped PVDF/graphene composite nanofibers. The entire device fabrication process is scalable and enabling to large-area integration. It can able to detect imparting pressure as low as 2 Pa with high level of sensitivity. Furthermore, Ce(3+)-doped PVDF/graphene nanofiber based ultrasensitive pressure sensors can also be used as an effective nanogenerator as it generating an output voltage of 11 V with a current density ∼6 nA/cm(2) upon repetitive application of mechanical stress that could lit up 10 blue light emitting diodes (LEDs) instantaneously. Furthermore, to use it in environmental random vibrations (such as wind flow, water fall, transportation of vehicles, etc.), nanogenerator is integrated with musical vibration that exhibits to power up three blue LEDs instantly that promises as an ultrasensitive acoustic nanogenerator (ANG). The superior sensing properties in conjunction with mechanical flexibility, integrability, and robustness of nanofibers enabled real-time monitoring of sound waves as well as detection of different type of musical vibrations. Thus, ANG promises to use as an ultrasensitive pressure sensor, mechanical energy harvester, and effective power source for portable electronic and wearable devices. PMID:26829464

  19. Identification of a nonlinear black-box model for a self-sensing polymer metal composite actuator

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    Quang Truong, Dinh; Ahn, Kyoung Kwan; Nam, Doan Ngoc Chi; Yoon, Jong Il

    2010-08-01

    An ion polymer metal composite (IPMC) is an electro-active polymer that bends in response to a small applied electrical field as a result of the mobility of cations in the polymer network and vice versa. The aim of this paper is the identification of a novel accurate nonlinear black-box model (NBBM) for IPMC actuators with self-sensing behavior based on a recurrent multi-layer perceptron neural network (RMLPNN) and a self-adjustable learning mechanism (SALM). Firstly, an IPMC actuator is investigated. Driving voltage signals are applied to the IPMC in order to identify the IPMC characteristics. Secondly, the advanced NBBM for the IPMC is built with suitable inputs and output to estimate the IPMC tip displacement. Finally, the model parameters are optimized by the collected input/output training data. Modeling results show that the proposed self-sensing methodology based on the optimized NBBM model can well describe the bending behavior of the IPMC actuator corresponding to its applied power without using any measuring sensor.

  20. 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

  1. Lowest of AC-DC power output for electrostrictive polymers energy harvesting systems

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    Meddad, Mounir; Eddiai, Adil; Hajjaji, Abdelowahed; Guyomar, Daniel; Belkhiat, Saad; Boughaleb, Yahia; Chérif, Aida

    2013-11-01

    Advances in technology led to the development of electronic circuits and sensors with extremely low electricity consumption. At the same time, structural health monitoring, technology and intelligent integrated systems created a need for wireless sensors in hard to reach places in aerospace vehicles and large civil engineering structures. Powering sensors with energy harvesters eliminates the need to replace batteries on a regular basis. Scientists have been forced to search for new power source that are able to harvested energy from their surrounding environment (sunlight, temperature gradients etc.). Electrostrictive polymer belonging to the family of electro-active polymers, offer unique properties for the electromechanical transducer technology has been of particular interest over the last few years in order to replace conventional techniques such as those based on piezoelectric or electromagnetic, these materials are highly attractive for their low-density, with large strain capability that can be as high as two orders of magnitude greater than the striction-limited, rigid and fragile electroactive ceramics. Electrostrictive polymers sensors respond to vibration with an ac output signal, one of the most important objectives of the electronic interface is to realize the required AC-DC conversion. The goal of this paper is to design an active, high efficiency power doubler converter for electrostrictive polymers exclusively uses a fraction of the harvested energy to supply its active devices. The simulation results show that it is possible to obtain a maximum efficiency of the AC-DC converter equal to 80%. Premiliminary experimental measurements were performed and the results obtained are in good agreement with simulations.

  2. Imaging the Effect of Electrical Breakdown in Multilayer Polymer Capacitor Films

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    Wolak, Mason

    2013-03-01

    Multilayer polymer films show great promise as the dielectric material in high energy density capacitors. Such films show enhancement in both dielectric strength (EB) and energy density (Ud) relative to monolithic films of either source polymer. Composites are typically comprised of alternating layers of a high EB polymer and a high permittivity polymer. Here, we discuss a multilayer system based on polycarbonate (PC) interleaved with polyvinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene (PVDF-HFP). The dielectric properties of the PC/PVDF-HFP films are influenced by both composition and individual layer thickness. Optimized films show EB = 750 kV/mm and Ud = 13 J/cm3. Further enhancements in EB and Ud are expected through optimization of the component polymers, composition, and layer structure. To guide next generation design, it is important to understand the breakdown mechanism, as it directly influences EB. To elucidate the role of the layer structure during electrical breakdown, we use a tandem focused ion beam (FIB) / scanning electron microscope (SEM) imaging technique. The technique allows us to image the internal layer structure of both `as fabricated' control films, and those subjected to high electric fields. It is therefore a powerful tool to assess film quality and analyze failure mechanisms. Specifically, the FIB is used to mill site-specific holes in a film and the resulting cross-sections are imaged via SEM. Individual layers are easily resolved down to 50 nm. For films subjected to electrical breakdown, the location and propagation of damage is tracked with sequential FIB milling and SEM imaging. Spatially resolved FIB/SEM imaging allows preparation of quasi-3D maps displaying the evolution of internal voids in areas adjacent to the breakdown location (pinhole of d = 30-80 microns). A majority of the voids are localized at the interfaces between layers and may propagate as far as 30-50 microns from the pinhole. The data suggest that the enhancement in

  3. Loop polymer brushes from polymer single crystals

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    Zhou, Tian; Li, Christopher

    2014-03-01

    Loop polymer brushes represent a category of polymer brushes with both chain ends being tethered to a surface or interface with sufficiently high density. Due to this morphological difference, loop brushes exhibit distinct properties compared with traditional polymer brushes with single chain end being tethered. In our study, α, ω-functionalized polycaprolactone (PCL) single crystals were prepared as templates for polymer brush synthesis. By carefully controlling crystallization condition and immobilization, looped polymer brushes were successfully prepared. Comprehensive studies on the morphology and physical properties of these polymer brushes were carried out using Atomic Force Microscopy and FTIR. Advantages of using this method include exclusive loop morphology, high grafting density, controlled tethering sites and tunable loop size.

  4. Preparation of composite polymer electrolytes by electron beam-induced grafting: Proton- and lithium ion-conducting membranes

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    Nasef, M. M.; Saidi, H.; Dahlan, K. Z. M.

    2007-12-01

    Two classes of composite polymer electrolyte membranes, one conducting lithium ions (Li +) and the other conducting protons (H +) were prepared using simultaneous electron beam-induced grafting. Porous poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) films were impregnated with styrene and subjected to electron beam (EB) irradiation to obtain polystyrene (PS) filled PVDF precursor films that were subsequently treated with either chlorosulfonic acid/1,1,2,2-tetrachloroethane mixture to obtain H +-conducting composite membranes or LiPH 6/EC/DEC liquid electrolyte to obtain Li +-conducting composite membranes. The properties of the obtained membranes were evaluated using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and AC impedance measurements. The obtained membranes were found to achieve grafting content up to 46% with superior Li +-conductivity of 1.91 × 10 -3 S/cm and H +-conductivity of 5.95 × 10 -2 S/cm. The results of this work show that simultaneous radiation-induced grafting with EB is a promising method to prepare high quality ion-conducting membranes for possible use in fuel cells and lithium batteries.

  5. PVDF-HFP/ether-modified polysiloxane membranes obtained via airbrush spraying as active separators for application in lithium ion batteries.

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    Seidel, S M; Jeschke, S; Vettikuzha, P; Wiemhöfer, H-D

    2015-08-01

    Improved hybrid polymer electrolyte membranes are introduced based on ether-modified polysiloxanes and poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) yielding a safe separator membrane, which is able to be sprayed directly onto lithium ion battery active materials, with an active role for enhanced ion transport. PMID:26121633

  6. Polymer Functionalized Nanoparticles in Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Jayaraman, Arthi

    2013-03-01

    Significant interest has grown around the ability to control spatial arrangement of nanoparticles in a polymer nanocomposite to engineer materials with target properties. Past work has shown that one could achieve controlled assembly of nanoparticles in the polymer matrix by functionalizing nanoparticle surfaces with homopolymers. This talk will focus on our recent work using Polymer Reference Interaction Site Model (PRISM) theory and Monte Carlo simulations and GPU-based molecular dynamics simulations to specifically understand how heterogeneity in the polymer functionalization in the form of a) copolymers with varying monomer chemistry and monomer sequence, and b) polydispersity in homopolymer grafts can tune effective interactions between functionalized nanoparticles, and the assembly of functionalized nanoparticles.

  7. Re-Mendable Polymers

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    Bergman, Sheba D.; Wudl, Fred

    Polymers have become an indispensable material resource, representing billions of dollars worth of material consumption every year. The rising prices and exhaust of natural resources such as petroleum, combined with rising environmental concerns, have prompted the development of recyclable and degradable polymers. Polymers that can be reverted back to their monomers or to shorter repolymerizable oligomers, hence, reversible polymers are particularly enticing in this respect because they essentially prevent any material loss with multiple recycling. While reversible polymers have been known for a long time, there has been recent renewed interest in such polymers, since their reversibility can be exploited for repair at the molecular level.

  8. Lipid-absorbing Polymers

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    Marsh, H. E., Jr.; Wallace, C. J.

    1973-01-01

    The removal of bile acids and cholesterol by polymeric absorption is discussed in terms of micelle-polymer interaction. The results obtained with a polymer composed of 75 parts PEO and 25 parts PB plus curing ingredients show an absorption of 305 to 309%, based on original polymer weight. Particle size effects on absorption rate are analyzed. It is concluded that crosslinked polyethylene oxide polymers will absorb water, crosslinked polybutadiene polymers will absorb lipids; neither polymer will absorb appreciable amounts of lipids from micellar solutions of lipids in water.

  9. Playing with Polymers.

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    Chemecology, 1997

    1997-01-01

    Presents an activity that enables students to gain a better understanding of the importance of polymers. Students perform an experiment in which polymer chains of polyvinyl acetate form crosslinks. Includes background information and discussion questions. (DDR)

  10. Introduction to Polymer Chemistry.

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    Harris, Frank W.

    1981-01-01

    Reviews the physical and chemical properties of polymers and the two major methods of polymer synthesis: addition (chain, chain-growth, or chain-reaction), and condensation (step-growth or step-reaction) polymerization. (JN)

  11. Anion exchange polymer electrolytes

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    Kim, Yu Seung; Kim, Dae Sik

    2015-06-02

    Anion exchange polymer electrolytes that include guanidinium functionalized polymers may be used as membranes and binders for electrocatalysts in preparation of anodes for electrochemical cells such as solid alkaline fuel cells.

  12. Polymer composites containing nanotubes

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    Bley, Richard A. (Inventor)

    2008-01-01

    The present invention relates to polymer composite materials containing carbon nanotubes, particularly to those containing singled-walled nanotubes. The invention provides a polymer composite comprising one or more base polymers, one or more functionalized m-phenylenevinylene-2,5-disubstituted-p-phenylenevinylene polymers and carbon nanotubes. The invention also relates to functionalized m-phenylenevinylene-2,5-disubstituted-p-phenylenevinylene polymers, particularly to m-phenylenevinylene-2,5-disubstituted-p-phenylenevinylene polymers having side chain functionalization, and more particularly to m-phenylenevinylene-2,5-disubstituted-p-phenylenevinylene polymers having olefin side chains and alkyl epoxy side chains. The invention further relates to methods of making polymer composites comprising carbon nanotubes.

  13. Polymer Fluid Dynamics.

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    Bird, R. Byron

    1980-01-01

    Problems in polymer fluid dynamics are described, including development of constitutive equations, rheometry, kinetic theory, flow visualization, heat transfer studies, flows with phase change, two-phase flow, polymer unit operations, and drag reduction. (JN)

  14. New electrostriction materials based on organic polymers: A review

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    Kochervinskii, V. V.

    2009-12-15

    The nature of very high electrostriction strains in modified fluorine-containing polymer ferroelectrics is considered. The main modification method is the irradiation of vinylidene fluoride (VDF) copolymers with trifluoroethylene (TrFE) by electrons with energies of several MeV. Such treatment leads to the transition of the ferroelectric phase to the relaxor state and paraelectric phase. These structural changes are caused by the formation of new functional groups in PVDF chains at radiolysis. The effect of the structure on the electrostriction strains is considered. It is shown that the increase in the electrostriction strain after irradiation is related to the increase in the amorphous phase fraction. This increased strain (all other factors being equal) in uniaxial films, in comparison with isotropic ones, indicates that the field of the anisotropic amorphous phase (mesomorphic state) regions plays an important role in the reaction. An analysis of the experimental data shows that the structural changes in the field (leading to electrostriction strains) are controlled to a great extent by the features of cooperative (segmental) mobility of amorphous phase chains.

  15. Highly Sensitive and Multifunctional Tactile Sensor Using Free-standing ZnO/PVDF Thin Film with Graphene Electrodes for Pressure and Temperature Monitoring

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    Lee, James S.; Shin, Keun-Young; Cheong, Oug Jae; Kim, Jae Hyun; Jang, Jyongsik

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate an 80-μm-thick film (which is around 15% of the thickness of the human epidermis), which is a highly sensitive hybrid functional gauge sensor, and was fabricated from poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and ZnO nanostructures with graphene electrodes. Using this film, we were able to simultaneously measure pressure and temperature in real time. The pressure was monitored from the change in the electrical resistance via the piezoresistance of the material, and the temperature was inferred based on the recovery time of the signal. Our thin film system enabled us to detect changes in pressure as small as 10 Pa which is pressure detection limit was 103-fold lower than the minimum level required for artificial skin, and to detect temperatures in the range 20–120°C. PMID:25601479

  16. Highly sensitive and multifunctional tactile sensor using free-standing ZnO/PVDF thin film with graphene electrodes for pressure and temperature monitoring.

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    Lee, James S; Shin, Keun-Young; Cheong, Oug Jae; Kim, Jae Hyun; Jang, Jyongsik

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate an 80-μm-thick film (which is around 15% of the thickness of the human epidermis), which is a highly sensitive hybrid functional gauge sensor, and was fabricated from poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and ZnO nanostructures with graphene electrodes. Using this film, we were able to simultaneously measure pressure and temperature in real time. The pressure was monitored from the change in the electrical resistance via the piezoresistance of the material, and the temperature was inferred based on the recovery time of the signal. Our thin film system enabled us to detect changes in pressure as small as 10 Pa which is pressure detection limit was 10(3)-fold lower than the minimum level required for artificial skin, and to detect temperatures in the range 20-120 °C. PMID:25601479

  17. Metal-polymer and polymer-polymer interfaces: Application to conjugated polymer electronic devices

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    Smallfield, Julie Anne Osladil

    The study of metal-polymer and polymer-polymer interfaces is applied to conjugated polymer electronic devices. Conjugated polymers are a class of organic materials which have metallic or semiconducting properties which are being investigated as alternatives to traditional semiconducting materials. When conjugated polymers are used in devices, the interfaces are found to be critical to device performance. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), which give information about the atomic and chemical composition, workfunction, and ionization potential of materials, are used to study these interfaces. In studying metal-polymer interfaces, it is shown that the interface between the conjugated polymer fully sulfonated polyaniline (NSPAN) and an aluminum alloy is an active interface, in which copper is extracted by the polymer from the aluminum alloy. This results in the aluminum alloy becoming more resistant to corrosion in a salty environment. The interface between aluminum and NSPAN, as it is found in some light emitting devices (LEDS), is also studied. It is concluded that negative charge is transferred from the aluminum to the polymer, resulting in a thin layer of oxidized aluminum and a more reduced form of the polymer at the interface. In studying polymer-polymer interfaces, it is proposed that NSPAN protonates a pyridine containing polymer at an interface which is also found in some LEDs. This is proposed to be responsible for color variation found in some LEDs. A model system was studied, and protonation at the polymer-polymer interface was directly observed, supporting the earlier proposals. Polymer-polymer interfaces found in SCALE devices, which are LEDs made with three polymer layers, are studied by UPS to determine the band structure of these devices. It is concluded that the EB layers decrease the hole barrier and increase the electron barrier, which leads to better charge balance and a better device. The EB

  18. Modifying glass fiber surface with grafting acrylamide by UV-grafting copolymerization for preparation of glass fiber reinforced PVDF composite membrane.

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    Luo, Nan; Zhong, Hui; Yang, Min; Yuan, Xing; Fan, Yaobo

    2016-01-01

    Experimental design and response surface methodology (RSM) were used to optimize the modification of conditions for glass surface grafting with acrylamide (AM) monomer for preparation of a glass fiber reinforced poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) composite membrane (GFRP-CM). The factors considered for experimental design were the UV (ultraviolet)-irradiation time, the concentrations of the initiator and solvent, and the kinds and concentrations of the silane coupling agent. The optimum operating conditions determined were UV-irradiation time of 25 min, an initiator concentration of 0-0.25 wt.%, solvent of N-Dimethylacetamide (DMAC), and silane coupling agent KH570 with a concentration of 7 wt.%. The obtained optimal parameters were located in the valid region and the experimental confirmation tests conducted showed good accordance between predicted and experimental values. Under these optimal conditions, the water absorption of the grafted modified glass fiber was improved from 13.6% to 23%; the tensile strength was enhanced and the peeling strength of the glass fiber reinforced PVDF composite membrane was improved by 23.7% and 32.6% with an AM concentration at 1 wt.% and 2 wt.%. The surface composition and microstructure of AM grafted glass fiber were studied via several techniques including Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy-attenuated total reflectance (FTIR-ATR) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The analysis of the EDX and FTIR-ATR results confirmed that the AM was grafted to the glass fiber successfully by detecting and proving the existence of nitrogen atoms in the GFRP-CM. PMID:26899659

  19. Development and manufacture of printable next-generation gel polymer ionic liquid electrolyte for Zn/MnO2 batteries

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    Winslow, R.; Wu, C. H.; Wang, Z.; Kim, B.; Keif, M.; Evans, J.; Wright, P.

    2013-12-01

    While much energy storage research focuses on the performance of individual components, such as the electrolyte or a single electrode, few investigate the electrochemical system as a whole. This research reports on the design, composition, and performance of a Zn/MnO2 battery as affected by the manufacturing method and next-generation gel polymer electrolyte composed of the ionic liquid [BMIM][Otf], ZnOtf salt, and PVDF-HFP polymer binder. Materials and manufacturing tests are discussed with a focus on water concentration, surface features as produced by printing processes, and the effect of including a gel polymer phase. Cells produced for this research generated open circuit voltages from 1.0 to 1.3 V. A dry [BMIM][Otf] electrolyte was found to have 87.3 ppm of H2O, while an electrolyte produced in ambient conditions contained 12400 ppm of H2O. Cells produced in a dry, Ar environment had an average discharge capacity of 0.0137 mAh/cm2, while one produced in an ambient environment exhibited a discharge capacity at 0.05 mAh/cm2. Surface features varied significantly by printing method, where a doctor blade produced the most consistent features. The preliminary results herein suggest that water, surface roughness, and the gel polymer play important roles in affecting the performance of printed energy storage.

  20. An inter-tangled network of redox-active and conducting polymers as a cathode for ultrafast rechargeable batteries.

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    Kim, Jieun; Park, Han-Saem; Kim, Tae-Hee; Kim, Sung Yeol; Song, Hyun-Kon

    2014-03-21

    A 1D organic redox-active material is combined with another 1D conductive material for rechargeable batteries. Poly(vinyl carbazole) (or PVK) and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) doped with poly(styrenesulfonate) (or PEDOT:PSS) are used as the redox-active and conductive 1D materials, respectively. Due to their extremely anisotropic geometry, the two polymers are expected to be inter-tangled with each other, showing a kinetically ideal model system in which each redox-active moiety of PVK is supposed to be directly connected with the conducting pathways of PEDOT:PSS. In addition to its role as a conductive agent providing kinetic benefits, PEDOT:PSS works as an efficient binder that guarantees enhanced electrochemical performances with only a tenth of the amount of a conventional binder (polyvinylidene fluoride or PVdF). The benefit of gravimetric energy density gain obtained using the conductive binder comes mainly from efficient spatial coverage of binding volume due to the low density of PEDOT:PSS. Towards realizing flexible all-polymer batteries, a quasi-all-polymer battery half-cell is designed using the PVK/PEDOT:PSS composite with a polymer gel electrolyte. PMID:24496407

  1. Nanoporous polymer electrolyte

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    Elliott, Brian; Nguyen, Vinh

    2012-04-24

    A nanoporous polymer electrolyte and methods for making the polymer electrolyte are disclosed. The polymer electrolyte comprises a crosslinked self-assembly of a polymerizable salt surfactant, wherein the crosslinked self-assembly includes nanopores and wherein the crosslinked self-assembly has a conductivity of at least 1.0.times.10.sup.-6 S/cm at 25.degree. C. The method of making a polymer electrolyte comprises providing a polymerizable salt surfactant. The method further comprises crosslinking the polymerizable salt surfactant to form a nanoporous polymer electrolyte.

  2. High performance polymer development

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    Hergenrother, Paul M.

    1991-01-01

    The term high performance as applied to polymers is generally associated with polymers that operate at high temperatures. High performance is used to describe polymers that perform at temperatures of 177 C or higher. In addition to temperature, other factors obviously influence the performance of polymers such as thermal cycling, stress level, and environmental effects. Some recent developments at NASA Langley in polyimides, poly(arylene ethers), and acetylenic terminated materials are discussed. The high performance/high temperature polymers discussed are representative of the type of work underway at NASA Langley Research Center. Further improvement in these materials as well as the development of new polymers will provide technology to help meet NASA future needs in high performance/high temperature applications. In addition, because of the combination of properties offered by many of these polymers, they should find use in many other applications.

  3. Amorphous TiO2-coated reduced graphene oxide hybrid nanostructures for polymer composites with low dielectric loss

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    Tong, Wangshu; Zhang, Yihe; Yu, Li; Lv, Fengzhu; Liu, Leipeng; Zhang, Qian; An, Qi

    2015-10-01

    Nanocomposite of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) incorporated with titanium dioxide-modified reduced graphene oxide sheets (rGO-TiO2/PVDF-HFP) was prepared by in situ assembling TiO2 on graphene oxide (GO), and its dielectric properties were carefully characterized. The GO layers were completely coated with amorphous TiO2. The dielectric permittivity increased stably as rGO-TiO2 content increased, and the loss was low at low frequencies. TiO2 inter-layer acted as an inter-particle barrier to prevent direct contact of rGO, which provided a new simple way for tuning the dielectric properties of polymer composites with low dielectric loss by controlling the structure of fillers.

  4. Stochastic analysis of motor-control stability, polymer based force sensing, and optical stimulation as a preventive measure for falls

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    Landrock, Clinton K.

    Falls are the leading cause of all external injuries. Outcomes of falls include the leading cause of traumatic brain injury and bone fractures, and high direct medical costs in the billions of dollars. This work focused on developing three areas of enabling component technology to be used in postural control monitoring tools targeting the mitigation of falls. The first was an analysis tool based on stochastic fractal analysis to reliably measure levels of motor control. The second focus was on thin film wearable pressure sensors capable of relaying data for the first tool. The third was new thin film advanced optics for improving phototherapy devices targeting postural control disorders. Two populations, athletes and elderly, were studied against control groups. The results of these studies clearly show that monitoring postural stability in at-risk groups can be achieved reliably, and an integrated wearable system can be envisioned for both monitoring and treatment purposes. Keywords: electro-active polymer, ionic polymer-metal composite, postural control, motor control, fall prevention, sports medicine, fractal analysis, physiological signals, wearable sensors, phototherapy, photobiomodulation, nano-optics.

  5. Study on bending behavior of ionic polymer metal composites with various organic solvents and cationic species

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    Nam, Byung K.; Yoo, Youngtai

    2005-05-01

    Ion exchange polymer metal composites (IPMC) are electro-active actuators that show large deformation in the presence of low applied voltage. Perfluorosulfonic acid membrane, Nafion, is one of the most widely studied materials for this purpose. Experimental studies were carried out on the bending behavior of Nafion-based IPMCs containing various solvents and cation species. Various counter cations of sulfonate groups in the membrane were obtained by soaking the composite membrane in aqueous salt solutions. The salts used in ion exchange process include LiOH, NaOH, Cu(NO3)2, Co(NO3)2. Ion-exchange capacity of the IPMC was measured by ICP. In the case of cationic effect the Li-form IPMC demonstrated an immediate and efficient deformation behavior at 1 DC V, while divalent cuprous cation containing IPMC exhibited the larger tip displacement at an elevated electric potential. A threshold electric driving force appears to be required for cations with large hydration and high volume. IPMCs were also prepared by soaking in various transport media. The solutions were prepared by adding 1 mole of NMP, DMF, DMSO, and PEG 200 in water. The feasibility of D2O was also investigated. Addition of organic polar solvents in water decreases the dielectric constant of medium, which subsequently reduces the dissociation of ion pairs. Among the various solutions the heavy water, D2O and DMSO/water (1 Mole/L) mixture demonstrated unusually stable tendency in terms of electrolysis.

  6. Electrochemical deposition and surface-initiated RAFT polymerization: protein and cell-resistant PPEGMEMA polymer brushes.

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    Tria, Maria Celeste R; Grande, Carlos David T; Ponnapati, Ramakrishna R; Advincula, Rigoberto C

    2010-12-13

    This paper introduces a novel and versatile method of grafting protein and cell-resistant poly(poly ethylene glycol methyl ether methacrylate) (PPEGMEMA) brushes on conducting Au surface. The process started with the electrochemical deposition and full characterization of an electro-active chain transfer agent (CTA) on the Au surface. The electrochemical behavior of the CTA was investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) while the deposition and stability of the CTA on the surface were confirmed by ellipsometry, contact angle, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The capability of the electrodeposited CTA to mediate surface-initiated reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (SI-RAFT) polymerization on both the polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA; model polymer) and PPEGMEMA brushes was demonstrated by the increase in thicknesses of the films after polymerization. Contact angles also decreased with the incorporation of the more hydrophilic brushes. Significant changes in the morphologies of the films before and after polymerization were also observed with atomic force microscopy (AFM) analyses. Furthermore, XPS results showed an increase in the O 1s peak intensity relative to C 1s after polymerizations, which confirmed the grafting of polyethyleneglycol (PEG) bearing brushes. The ability of the PPEGMEMA-modified Au surface to resist nonspecific adhesion of proteins and cells was monitored and confirmed by XPS, ellipsometry, contact angle, AFM, and fluorescence imaging. The new method presented has potential application as robust protein and cell-resistant coatings for electrically conducting electrodes and biomedical devices. PMID:21028799

  7. Influence of membrane structure on the operating current densities of non-aqueous redox flow batteries: Organic-inorganic composite membranes based on a semi-interpenetrating polymer network

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    Shin, Sung-Hee; Kim, Yekyung; Yun, Sung-Hyun; Maurya, Sandip; Moon, Seung-Hyeon

    2015-11-01

    We develop three types of organic-inorganic composite membranes based on a semi-interpenetrating polymer network (SIPN) to explore the effects of membrane structure on the possible operating current densities of a non-aqueous redox flow battery (RFB) system. Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVdF) is selected as a supporting polymer matrix for improving the chemical and thermal stability of the organic-inorganic composite membranes. We also introduce silica nanoparticles (5 wt% of PVdF) into the membranes to ensure the low crossover of active species. The fabrication of SIPN through the addition of glycidyl methacrylate, 4-vinylpyridine, or N-vinylcarbazole enables control of the membrane structure. Depending on monomer type, the membrane structure is determined to be either aliphatic or aromatic in terms of chemical properties and either dense or porous in terms of physical properties. These chemical and physical structures affect the electrochemical properties that correspond to charge/discharge performance and to the range of possible operating current densities. An important requirement is to examine charge/discharge performance at the possible range of operating current densities by using various membrane structures. This requirement is discussed in relation to a proposed design strategy for non-aqueous RFB membranes.

  8. Frontiers in polymer chemistry.

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    Schlüter, A Dieter

    2013-01-01

    The article shows how the initial concept of Staudinger on linear macromolecules was expanded topologically by increasing the cross-section diameter of polymer chains and by introducing sheet polymers with planar rather than the commonly known linear repeat units. The two concrete projects addressed are the synthesis of dendronized and of two-dimensional polymers. It is explained how these novel macromolecules were achieved and which obstacles had to be overcome but also where these frontiers in polymer chemistry might lead to new insights in polymer science in general and novel applications in particular. The article also provides insights into analytical issues because both target macromolecules are in an extraordinarily high molar mass range and contrast/sensitivity issues can turn rather serious in particular for the two-dimensional polymers. PMID:24388233

  9. High Performance Polymers

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    Venumbaka, Sreenivasulu R.; Cassidy, Patrick E.

    2003-01-01

    This report summarizes results from research on high performance polymers. The research areas proposed in this report include: 1) Effort to improve the synthesis and to understand and replicate the dielectric behavior of 6HC17-PEK; 2) Continue preparation and evaluation of flexible, low dielectric silicon- and fluorine- containing polymers with improved toughness; and 3) Synthesis and characterization of high performance polymers containing the spirodilactam moiety.

  10. Polymer concrete patching manual

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    Fontana, J. J.; Bartholomew, J.

    1982-06-01

    The practicality of using polymer concrete to repair deteriorated portland cement concrete bridge decks and pavements was demonstrated. This manual outlines the procedures for using polymer concrete as a rapid patching material to repair deteriorated concrete. The process technology, materials, equipment, and safety provisions used in manufacturing and placing polymer concrete are discussed. Potential users are informed of the various steps necessary to insure successful field applications of the material.

  11. Thermally conductive polymers

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    Byrd, N. R.; Jenkins, R. K.; Lister, J. L. (Inventor)

    1971-01-01

    A thermally conductive polymer is provided having physical and chemical properties suited to use as a medium for potting electrical components. The polymer is prepared from hydroquinone, phenol, and formaldehyde, by conventional procedures employed for the preparation of phenol-formaldehyde resins. While the proportions of the monomers can be varied, a preferred polymer is formed from the monomers in a 1:1:2.4 molar or ratio of hydroquinone:phenol:formaldehyde.

  12. Predictive aging of polymers

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    Cuddihy, Edward F. (Inventor); Willis, Paul B. (Inventor)

    1990-01-01

    A method of predicting aging of polymers operates by heating a polymer in the outdoors to an elevated temperature until a change of property is induced. The test is conducted at a plurality of temperatures to establish a linear Arrhenius plot which is extrapolated to predict the induction period for failure of the polymer at ambient temperature. An Outdoor Photo Thermal Aging Reactor (OPTAR) is also described including a heatable platen for receiving a sheet of polymer, means to heat the platen and switching means such as a photoelectric switch for turning off the heater during dark periods.

  13. Predictive aging of polymers

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    Cuddihy, Edward F. (Inventor); Willis, Paul B. (Inventor)

    1989-01-01

    A method of predicting aging of polymers operates by heating a polymer in the outdoors to an elevated temperature until a change of property is induced. The test is conducted at a plurality of temperatures to establish a linear Arrhenius plot which is extrapolated to predict the induction period for failure of the polymer at ambient temperature. An Outdoor Photo Thermal Aging Reactor (OPTAR) is also described including a heatable platen for receiving a sheet of polymer, means to heat the platen, and switching means such as a photoelectric switch for turning off the heater during dark periods.

  14. Polymers for engineering applications

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    Seymour, R.B.

    1987-01-01

    This book provides an introduction to the world of engineering plastics. It discusses the polymers, their properties strengths and limitations. There are 11 chapters, organized so that each chapter builds on the knowledge of the previous material. Coverage includes important polymer concepts, such as molecular structure, bonding, morphology and molecular weight, and polymer properties, such as thermal expansion, thermal transition, electrical properties and viscoelasticity. Details are provided on methods of processing fabrication and on specific families of polymers. The general-purpose polymers are discussed, such as natural and synthetic rubbers, rayon, acrylic and alkyd coatings, polyethylene, polystyrene and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). There's information on high-performance polymers - fibers, elastomers, and coatings. A thorough explanation of the characteristics and qualities of nylons, polyesters, polyimides, neoprene, silicones, polyurethanes and other polymers is given in the same section. Functional polymers with special properties, such as photoconductivity, electric conductivity, piezoelectricity, light sensitivity, and ion exchange; and polymers that are superior to general-purpose plastics, such as ABS, filled polypropylene, and glass-reinforced plastics, are also covered.

  15. Antioxidant Stabilisation of Polymers

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    Shlyapnikov, Yurii A.

    1981-06-01

    Physicochemical aspects of the stabilisation of polymers are discussed. Attention is paid mainly to the aging and stabilisation of polymers under processing conditions. Topics considered are the kinetics and mechanism of the high-temperature oxidation of polymers, critical phenomena in the inhibited oxidation of polymers, the theory of synergism and antagonism among antioxidants, the reasons for differences in efficiency of antioxidants, and certain aspects of the relation between the efficiency of antioxidants and their molecular structure. A list of 132 references is included.

  16. Non-resonant Mie scattering: Emergent optical properties of core-shell polymer nanowires

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    Khudiyev, Tural; Huseyinoglu, Ersin; Bayindir, Mehmet

    2014-01-01

    We provide the in-depth characterization of light-polymer nanowire interactions in the context of an effective Mie scattering regime associated with low refractive index materials. Properties of this regime sharply contrast with these of resonant Mie scattering, and involve the formation of strictly forward-scattered and coupling-free optical fields in the vicinity of core-shell polymer nanowires. Scattering from these optical fields is shown to be non-resonant in nature and independent from incident polarization. In order to demonstrate the potential utility of this scattering regime in one-dimensional (1D) polymeric nanostructures, we fabricate polycarbonate (PC) - polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) core-shell nanowires using a novel iterative thermal drawing process that yields uniform and indefinitely long core-shell nanostructures. These nanowires are successfully engineered for novel nanophotonics applications, including size-dependent structural coloration, efficient light capture on thin-film solar cells, optical nano-sensors with ultrahigh sensitivity and a mask-free photolithography method suitable for the straightforward production of 1D nanopatterns. PMID:24714206

  17. Flexible thin-film battery based on solid-like ionic liquid-polymer electrolyte

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    Li, Qin; Ardebili, Haleh

    2016-01-01

    The development of high-performance flexible batteries is imperative for several contemporary applications including flexible electronics, wearable sensors and implantable medical devices. However, traditional organic liquid-based electrolytes are not ideal for flexible batteries due to their inherent safety and stability issues. In this study, a non-volatile, non-flammable and safe ionic liquid (IL)-based polymer electrolyte film with solid-like feature is fabricated and incorporated in a flexible lithium ion battery. The ionic liquid is 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium dicyanamide (EMIMDCA) and the polymer is composed of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropene) (PVDF-HFP). The electrolyte exhibits good thermal stability (i.e. no weight loss up to 300 °C) and relatively high ionic conductivity (6 × 10-4 S cm-1). The flexible thin-film lithium ion battery based on solid-like electrolyte film is encapsulated using a thermal-lamination process and demonstrates excellent electrochemical performance, in both flat and bent configurations.

  18. Triclosan antimicrobial polymers

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    Petersen, Richard C.

    2016-01-01

    Triclosan antimicrobial molecular fluctuating energies of nonbonding electron pairs for the oxygen atom by ether bond rotations are reviewed with conformational computational chemistry analyses. Subsequent understanding of triclosan alternating ether bond rotations is able to help explain several material properties in Polymer Science. Unique bond rotation entanglements between triclosan and the polymer chains increase both the mechanical properties of polymer toughness and strength that are enhanced even better through secondary bonding relationships. Further, polymer blend compatibilization is considered due to similar molecular relationships and polarities. With compatibilization of triclosan in polymers a more uniform stability for nonpolar triclosan in the polymer solid state is retained by the antimicrobial for extremely low release with minimum solubility into aqueous solution. As a result, triclosan is projected for long extended lifetimes as an antimicrobial polymer additive. Further, triclosan rapid alternating ether bond rotations disrupt secondary bonding between chain monomers in the resin state to reduce viscosity and enhance polymer blending. Thus, triclosan is considered for a polymer additive with multiple properties to be an antimicrobial with additional benefits as a nonpolar toughening agent and a hydrophobic wetting agent. The triclosan material relationships with alternating ether bond rotations are described through a complete different form of medium by comparisons with known antimicrobial properties that upset bacterial cell membranes through rapid fluctuating mechanomolecular energies. Also, triclosan bond entanglements with secondary bonding can produce structural defects in weak bacterial lipid membranes requiring pliability that can then interfere with cell division. Regarding applications with polymers, triclosan can be incorporated by mixing into a resin system before cure, melt mixed with thermoplastic polymers that set on cooling

  19. Polymers Are Everywhere.

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    Seymour, Raymond B.

    1988-01-01

    Describes the history of the human understanding of polymers from alchemy to modern times. Discusses renaissance chemistry, polymers in the nineteenth century, synthetic elastomers, thermoplastic elastomers, fibers, coatings, adhesives, derivatives of natural rubber, thermosets, step-reaction, and chain polymerization. (CW)

  20. Melons are Branched Polymers

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    Gurau, Razvan; Ryan, James P.

    2014-11-01

    Melonic graphs constitute the family of graphs arising at leading order in the 1/N expansion of tensor models. They were shown to lead to a continuum phase, reminiscent of branched polymers. We show here that they are in fact precisely branched polymers, that is, they possess Hausdorff dimension 2 and spectral dimension 4/3.

  1. Heat resistant polyphosphazene polymers

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    Fewell, L. L.; Allcock, H. R.; Obrien, J. P.; Scopelianos, A. G.

    1981-01-01

    Polymers of carboranyl substituted polyphosphazene are stable at high temperatures and produce insulating char upon pyrolysis. Substituted compounds are prepared by heat polymerizing carboranyl halophosphazene, which is obtained by reacting lithium carborane with, for example, hexachlorocyclotriphosphazene under anhydrous conditions. Chlorine of polymer may be replaced by aryloxy and alkoxy groups.

  2. Polymer based tunneling sensor

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    Cui, Tianhong (Inventor); Wang, Jing (Inventor); Zhao, Yongjun (Inventor)

    2006-01-01

    A process for fabricating a polymer based circuit by the following steps. A mold of a design is formed through a lithography process. The design is transferred to a polymer substrate through a hot embossing process. A metal layer is then deposited over at least part of said design and at least one electrical lead is connected to said metal layer.

  3. Porous polymer media

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    Shepodd, Timothy J.

    2002-01-01

    Highly crosslinked monolithic porous polymer materials for chromatographic applications. By using solvent compositions that provide not only for polymerization of acrylate monomers in such a fashion that a porous polymer network is formed prior to phase separation but also for exchanging the polymerization solvent for a running buffer using electroosmotic flow, the need for high pressure purging is eliminated. The polymer materials have been shown to be an effective capillary electrochromatographic separations medium at lower field strengths than conventional polymer media. Further, because of their highly crosslinked nature these polymer materials are structurally stable in a wide range of organic and aqueous solvents and over a pH range of 2-12.

  4. Polymer Crystallization under Confinement

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    Floudas, George

    Recent efforts indicated that polymer crystallization under confinement can be substantially different from the bulk. This can have important technological applications for the design of polymeric nanofibers with tunable mechanical strength, processability and optical clarity. However, the question of how, why and when polymers crystallize under confinement is not fully answered. Important studies of polymer crystallization confined to droplets and within the spherical nanodomains of block copolymers emphasized the interplay between heterogeneous and homogeneous nucleation. Herein we report on recent studies1-5 of polymer crystallization under hard confinement provided by model self-ordered AAO nanopores. Important open questions here are on the type of nucleation (homogeneous vs. heterogeneous), the size of critical nucleus, the crystal orientation and the possibility to control the overall crystallinity. Providing answers to these questions is of technological relevance for the understanding of nanocomposites containing semicrystalline polymers. In collaboration with Y. Suzuki, H. Duran, M. Steinhart, H.-J. Butt.

  5. Rapid Polymer Sequencer

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    Stolc, Viktor (Inventor); Brock, Mathew W. (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    Method and system for rapid and accurate determination of each of a sequence of unknown polymer components, such as nucleic acid components. A self-assembling monolayer of a selected substance is optionally provided on an interior surface of a pipette tip, and the interior surface is immersed in a selected liquid. A selected electrical field is impressed in a longitudinal or transverse direction at the tip, a polymer sequence is passed through the tip, and a change in an electrical current signal is measured as each polymer component passes through the tip. Each measured change in electrical current signals is compared with a database of reference signals, with each reference signal identified with a polymer component, to identify the unknown polymer component. The tip preferably has a pore inner diameter of no more than about 40 nm and is prepared by heating and pulling a very small section of a glass tubing.

  6. Polymers at membranes

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    Breidenich, Markus

    2000-11-01

    The surface of biological cells consists of a lipid membrane and a large amount of various proteins and polymers, which are embedded in the membrane or attached to it. We investigate how membranes are influenced by polymers, which are anchored to the membrane by one end. The entropic pressure exerted by the polymer induces a curvature, which bends the membrane away from the polymer. The resulting membrane shape profile is a cone in the vicinity of the anchor segment and a catenoid far away from it. The perturbative calculations are confirmed by Monte-Carlo simulations. An additional attractive interaction between polymer and membrane reduces the entropically induced curvature. In the limit of strong adsorption, the polymer is localized directly on the membrane surface and does not induce any pressure, i.e. the membrane curvature vanishes. If the polymer is not anchored directly on the membrane surface, but in a non-vanishing anchoring distance, the membrane bends towards the polymer for strong adsorption. In the last part of the thesis, we study membranes under the influence of non-anchored polymers in solution. In the limit of pure steric interactions between the membrane and free polymers, the membrane curves towards the polymers (in contrast to the case of anchored polymers). In the limit of strong adsorption the membrane bends away from the polymers. Die Oberfläche biologischer Zellen besteht aus einer Lipidmembran und einer Vielzahl von Proteinen und Polymeren, die in die Membran eingebaut sind. Die Beeinflussung der Membran durch Polymere, die mit einem Ende an der Membran verankert sind, wird im Rahmen dieser Arbeit anhand eines vereinfachten biomimetischen Systems studiert. Der entropische Druck, den das Polymer durch Stöße auf die Membran ausübt, führt dazu, dass sich die Membran vom Polymer weg krümmt. Die resultierende Membranform ist ein Kegel in der Nähe des Ankers und ein Katenoid in grossem Abstand vom Ankerpunkt. Monte Carlo-Simulationen best

  7. Electroactive polymers for sensing.

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    Wang, Tiesheng; Farajollahi, Meisam; Choi, Yeon Sik; Lin, I-Ting; Marshall, Jean E; Thompson, Noel M; Kar-Narayan, Sohini; Madden, John D W; Smoukov, Stoyan K

    2016-08-01

    Electromechanical coupling in electroactive polymers (EAPs) has been widely applied for actuation and is also being increasingly investigated for sensing chemical and mechanical stimuli. EAPs are a unique class of materials, with low-moduli high-strain capabilities and the ability to conform to surfaces of different shapes. These features make them attractive for applications such as wearable sensors and interfacing with soft tissues. Here, we review the major types of EAPs and their sensing mechanisms. These are divided into two classes depending on the main type of charge carrier: ionic EAPs (such as conducting polymers and ionic polymer-metal composites) and electronic EAPs (such as dielectric elastomers, liquid-crystal polymers and piezoelectric polymers). This review is intended to serve as an introduction to the mechanisms of these materials and as a first step in material selection for both researchers and designers of flexible/bendable devices, biocompatible sensors or even robotic tactile sensing units. PMID:27499846

  8. Bottlebrush Polymer Additives for Binary Polymer Blends

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    Mah, Hui Zhen; Afzali, Pantea; Phan, Hanh; Qi, Luqing; Pesek, Stacy; Verduzco, Rafael; Stein, Gila

    Bottlebrush polymers are highly branched polymers that have been used in applications such as self-assembling photonics, drug delivery and stimuli-responsive surface coatings. However, they have not been widely studied as compatibilizers for polymer blends. In this study, bottlebrush polymers with poly(styrene-r-methyl methacrylate) side chains were used as additives for thin film blends of polystyrene (PS) and poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). The blends were heated above the glass transition temperature to drive phase separation, and the resulting morphology was characterized with atomic force microscopy and optical microscopy. Outcomes were compared with PS/PMMA blends that contain conventional compatibilizers such as linear random copolymers of poly(styrene-r-methyl methacrylate) and diblock PS-PMMA copolymers. The bottlebrush additive accumulates at the PS/PMMA interface and drives the formation of vesicle-like droplets that assemble into longer chains. The continuity of the chains depends on the blend composition, where a network structure is achieved close to the critical composition. This unusual microstructure was not observed with the other additives, and may be a consequence of preferential wetting of the bottlebrush by the PS phase.

  9. Teaching polymers to fold

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    Judson, R.S. )

    1992-12-10

    A new method is presented for predicting folding pathways of polymers. The folding pathway is described as a generic program or sequence of logical steps of such a form that a computer can carry them out to produce a folded structure. A genetic (GA) is used to learn specific sequences or folding pathways that carry a denatured conformation into a target final conformation. The method is demonstrated on a model 2-dimensional polymer for which the global energy minimum is known. The GA learns a program that will fold a denatured polymer into its global energy minimum conformation. 27 refs., 4 figs.

  10. Low Dielectric Polymers

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    Venumbaka, Sreenivasulu R.; Cassidy, Patrick E.

    2002-01-01

    This report summarizes results obtained from research funded through Research Cooperative Agreement No. NCC-1-01033-"Low Dielectric Polymers" (from 5/10/01 through 5/09/02). Results are reported in three of the proposed research areas (Tasks 1-3 in the original proposal): (1) Repeat and confirm the preparation and properties of the new alkyl-substituted PEK, 6HC17-PEK, (2) Prepare and evaluate polymers derived from a highly fluorinated monomer, and (3) Prepare and evaluate new silicon and/or fluorine-containing polymers expected to retain useful properties at low temperature.

  11. Soluble porphyrin polymers

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    Gust, Jr., John Devens; Liddell, Paul Anthony

    2015-07-07

    Porphyrin polymers of Structure 1, where n is an integer (e.g., 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or greater) ##STR00001## are synthesized by the method shown in FIGS. 2A and 2B. The porphyrin polymers of Structure 1 are soluble in organic solvents such as 2-MeTHF and the like, and can be synthesized in bulk (i.e., in processes other than electropolymerization). These porphyrin polymers have long excited state lifetimes, making the material suitable as an organic semiconductor for organic electronic devices including transistors and memories, as well as solar cells, sensors, light-emitting devices, and other opto-electronic devices.

  12. Piezoelectric and pyroelectric polymers

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    Davis, G.T.

    1995-12-01

    Many polar polymers can be made to exhibit piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties by permanently aligning their dipoles in an electric field. The largest response is found in semi-crystalline polymers which exhibit a polar crystal phase which is amenable to reorientation in an applied electric field. The properties of poly(vinylidenefluoride), copolymers of vinyl idenefluoride and trifluoroethylene, nylon 7 and nylon 11 are compared. Polarization distribution across the thickness of such polymer films are discussed and novel techniques for the construction of piezoelectric bimorphs from the above copolymers are presented.

  13. Synthesis of Conductive Nanofillers/Nanofibers and Electrical Properties of their Conductive Polymer Composites

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    Sarvi, Ali

    Thanks to their corrosion resistance, light weight, low cost, and ease of processing, electrically conducting polymer composites (CPCs) have received significant attention for the replacement of metals and inorganic materials for sensors, actuators, supercapacitors, and electromagnetic interference (EMI) shields. In this PhD thesis, high aspect ratio conductive nanofillers namely copper nanowires (CuNWs) and multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were coated with polyaniline (PANi) using solution mixing and in-situ polymerization method, respectively. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed a smooth polyaniline nano-coating between 5--18 nm in thickness on the nanofillers' surface. The coating thickness and; consequently, electrical conductivity was controlled and tuned by polyaniline/aniline concentration in solution. Composites with tunable conductivity may be used as chemisensors, electronic pressure sensors and switches. Coated nanofillers demonstrated better dispersion in polystyrene (PS) and provided lower electrical percolation threshold. Dispersion of nanofillers in PS was investigated using rheological measurements and confirmed with electron micrographs and nano-scale images of CPCs. Polyaniline (PANi), when used as a coating layer, was able to attenuate electromagnetic (EM) waves via absorption and store electrical charges though pseudocapacitance mechanism. The dielectric measurements of MWCNT-PANi/PS composites showed one order of magnitude increase in real electrical permittivity compared to that of MWCNT/PS composites making them suitable for charge storage purposes. Incorporation of PANi also brought a new insight into conductive network formation mechanism in electrospun mats where the orientation of conductive high aspect ratio nanofillers is a major problem. Conductive nanofibers of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) filled with coated multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were fabricated using electrospinning. These highly oriented PVDF

  14. Analysis of Synthetic Polymers.

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    Smith, Charles G.; And Others

    1989-01-01

    Reviews techniques for the characterization and analysis of synthetic polymers, copolymers, and blends. Includes techniques for structure determination, separation, and quantitation of additives and residual monomers; determination of molecular weight; and the study of thermal properties including degradation mechanisms. (MVL)

  15. Polymer Literature for Classrooms.

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    Kirshenbaum, Gerald S.

    1987-01-01

    Lists eight sources of technical information suitable for classroom use which deal with polymer materials. Provides the names and addresses of these societies and associations and describes the type of information each has available. (TW)

  16. Nanocomposites with Crystalline Polymers

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    Kumar, Sanat

    2015-03-01

    The creation of ordered (layered) biomimetic materials typically follows a series of steps: first mix nanoparticles with water, organize the NPs by ice templating, evaporate the ice and then back fill with metal or polymer. We propose a simple method exploiting the in situ self-assembly of a crystalline polymer in the presence of nanoparticles to facilitate this process, and provide a completely new pathway for the synthesis of biomimetic materials. A suite of complementary experimental tools are used in this analysis. In parallel, we are developing theoretical tools to a priori predict the morphologies adopted by semicrystalline polymers. The convergence of these novel experimental and theoretical developments in the venerable field of semicrystalline polymers could lead to new applications for this largest class of commercially relevant polymeric materials. With Jacques Jestin, Brian Benicewicz, Dan Zhao, Longxi Zhao

  17. Sulfonated polyphenylene polymers

    DOEpatents

    Cornelius, Christopher J.; Fujimoto, Cy H.; Hickner, Michael A.

    2007-11-27

    Improved sulfonated polyphenylene compositions, improved polymer electrolyte membranes and nanocomposites formed there from for use in fuel cells are described herein. The improved compositions, membranes and nanocomposites formed there from overcome limitations of Nafion.RTM. membranes.

  18. Driving magnetic colloidal polymers

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    Dempster, Joshua; Olvera de La Cruz, Monica

    Magnetic colloids are of growing interest for applications such as drug delivery and in vitro tissue growth. Recent experiments have synthesized 1D chains of magnetic colloids into permanent colloidal polymers. We study magnetic colloidal polymers theoretically and computationally under the influence of time-varying external fields and find a rich set of controllable, dynamic conformations. By iterating through a sequence of conformations, these polymers can perform mechanical functions. We discuss possible roles for these polymers beyond those considered for single colloids. This work was supported as part of the Center for Bio-Inspired Energy Science, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences under Award # DE-SC0000989.

  19. Dendritic Polymers for Theranostics

    PubMed Central

    Ma, Yuan; Mou, Quanbing; Wang, Dali; Zhu, Xinyuan; Yan, Deyue

    2016-01-01

    Dendritic polymers are highly branched polymers with controllable structures, which possess a large population of terminal functional groups, low solution or melt viscosity, and good solubility. Their size, degree of branching and functionality can be adjusted and controlled through the synthetic procedures. These tunable structures correspond to application-related properties, such as biodegradability, biocompatibility, stimuli-responsiveness and self-assembly ability, which are the key points for theranostic applications, including chemotherapeutic theranostics, biotherapeutic theranostics, phototherapeutic theranostics, radiotherapeutic theranostics and combined therapeutic theranostics. Up to now, significant progress has been made for the dendritic polymers in solving some of the fundamental and technical questions toward their theranostic applications. In this review, we briefly summarize how to control the structures of dendritic polymers, the theranostics-related properties derived from their structures and their theranostics-related applications. PMID:27217829

  20. Polymers for acid thickening

    SciTech Connect

    Dixon, K.W.

    1980-09-30

    Acids, thickened with branched emulsion or suspension polymers of diallyldimethylammonium chloride are useful as oil well drilling and fracturing fluids for stimulating well production and in other applications, such as thickeners for cosmetics, paints, adhesives, textiles and printing inks.

  1. Electroactive polymers for sensing

    PubMed Central

    2016-01-01

    Electromechanical coupling in electroactive polymers (EAPs) has been widely applied for actuation and is also being increasingly investigated for sensing chemical and mechanical stimuli. EAPs are a unique class of materials, with low-moduli high-strain capabilities and the ability to conform to surfaces of different shapes. These features make them attractive for applications such as wearable sensors and interfacing with soft tissues. Here, we review the major types of EAPs and their sensing mechanisms. These are divided into two classes depending on the main type of charge carrier: ionic EAPs (such as conducting polymers and ionic polymer–metal composites) and electronic EAPs (such as dielectric elastomers, liquid-crystal polymers and piezoelectric polymers). This review is intended to serve as an introduction to the mechanisms of these materials and as a first step in material selection for both researchers and designers of flexible/bendable devices, biocompatible sensors or even robotic tactile sensing units. PMID:27499846

  2. Functional Supramolecular Polymers*

    PubMed Central

    Aida, T.; Meijer, E.W.; Stupp, S.I.

    2012-01-01

    Supramolecular polymers can be random and entangled coils with the mechanical properties of plastics and elastomers, but with great capacity for processability, recycling, and self-healing due to their reversible monomer-to-polymer transitions. At the other extreme, supramolecular polymers can be formed by self-assembly among designed subunits to yield shape-persistent and highly ordered filaments. The use of strong and directional interactions among molecular subunits can achieve not only rich dynamic behavior but also high degrees of internal order that are not known in ordinary polymers. They can resemble, for example, the ordered and dynamic one-dimensional supramolecular assemblies of the cell cytoskeleton, and possess useful biological and electronic functions. PMID:22344437

  3. Interpenetrations in polymer brushes

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    Chakrabarti, Amitabha; Nelson, Peter; Toral, Raúl

    1994-01-01

    We carry out Monte Carlo simulations in both lattice and off-lattice geometry, to study the configurational properties of a system of two polymer-coated plates. We compare our results with numerical and analytical self-consistent-field theories. For the short chain-lengths considered here, we find both compression and interpenetration of the polymer brushes as the plate separation is decreased, instead of the ``classical-limit'' picture of compression with no interpenetration.

  4. Cylodextrin Polymer Nitrate

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    Kosowski, Bernard; Ruebner, Anja; Statton, Gary; Robitelle, Danielle; Meyers, Curtis

    2000-01-01

    The development of the use of cyclodextrin nitrates as possible components of insensitive, high-energy energetics is outlined over a time period of 12 years. Four different types of cyclodextrin polymers were synthesized, nitrated, and evaluated regarding their potential use for the military and aerospace community. The synthesis of these novel cyclodextrin polymers and different nitration techniques are shown and the potential of these new materials is discussed.

  5. Polymer optical motherboard technology

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    Keil, N.; Yao, H.; Zawadzki, C.; Grote, N.; Schell, M.

    2008-02-01

    In this paper, different hybridly integrated optical devices including optical multiplexer/ demultiplexer and optical transceivers are described. The devices were made using polymer planar light wave circuit (P2LC) technology. Laser diodes, photodiodes, and thin-film filters have been integrated. Key issues involved in this technology, in particular the coupling between laser diodes and polymer waveguides, and between waveguides and photodiodes and also fibers are discussed.

  6. Rechargeable solid polymer electrolyte battery cell

    DOEpatents

    Skotheim, Terji

    1985-01-01

    A rechargeable battery cell comprising first and second electrodes sandwiching a solid polymer electrolyte comprising a layer of a polymer blend of a highly conductive polymer and a solid polymer electrolyte adjacent said polymer blend and a layer of dry solid polymer electrolyte adjacent said layer of polymer blend and said second electrode.

  7. Rapid Polymer Sequencer

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    Stolc, Viktor (Inventor); Brock, Matthew W (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    Method and system for rapid and accurate determination of each of a sequence of unknown polymer components, such as nucleic acid components. A self-assembling monolayer of a selected substance is optionally provided on an interior surface of a pipette tip, and the interior surface is immersed in a selected liquid. A selected electrical field is impressed in a longitudinal direction, or in a transverse direction, in the tip region, a polymer sequence is passed through the tip region, and a change in an electrical current signal is measured as each polymer component passes through the tip region. Each of the measured changes in electrical current signals is compared with a database of reference electrical change signals, with each reference signal corresponding to an identified polymer component, to identify the unknown polymer component with a reference polymer component. The nanopore preferably has a pore inner diameter of no more than about 40 nm and is prepared by heating and pulling a very small section of a glass tubing.

  8. Fabry Perot polymer film fibre-optic hydrophones and arrays for ultrasound field characterisation

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    Cox, B. T.; Zhang, E. Z.; Laufer, J. G.; Beard, P. C.

    2004-01-01

    An optical ultrasound sensing method based upon the detection of acoustically-induced changes in the optical thickness of a Fabry Perot (FP) polymer film sensing interferometer has been developed as an alternative to piezoelectric based detection methods for ultrasound measurement applications. The technique provides an inherently broadband (~30 MHz) response and excellent detection sensitivities (<10 kPa), comparable to those of piezoelectric PVDF transducers. An important distinguishing feature however is that the sensing geometry is defined by the area of the polymer sensing film that is optically addressed. As a result, very small element sizes can be obtained to provide low directional sensitivity without compromising detection sensitivity—a key advantage over piezoelectric transducers. It also means that, by spatially sampling over a relatively large aperture, a high density ultrasound array can readily be configured. Other advantages are that, the sensing element can be inexpensively batch fabricated using polymer film deposition techniques, has the ability to self-calibrate, is electrically passive and immune to EMI. A range of measurement devices using this type of sensor have now been developed. These include a miniature (0.25 mm o.d.) optical fibre hydrophone for in situ measurements of diagnostic and therapeutic medical ultrasound exposure. By rapidly scanning a focused laser beam over a planar FP sensor, a notional array of 3 cm aperture, 50 µm element size and 200 µm interelement spacing has also been demonstrated for rapid transducer field mapping applications. It is considered that this ability to fabricate acoustically small, highly sensitive receivers in a variety of configurations offers the prospect of developing a valuable new set of ultrasound measurement tools.

  9. Poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) polymer electrolyte for paper-based and flexible battery applications

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    Aliahmad, Nojan; Shrestha, Sudhir; Varahramyan, Kody; Agarwal, Mangilal

    2016-06-01

    Paper-based batteries represent a new frontier in battery technology. However, low-flexibility and poor ionic conductivity of solid electrolytes have been major impediments in achieving practical mechanically flexible batteries. This work discuss new highly ionic conductive polymer gel electrolytes for paper-based battery applications. In this paper, we present a poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDH-HFP) porous membrane electrolyte enhanced with lithium bis(trifluoromethane sulphone)imide (LiTFSI) and lithium aluminum titanium phosphate (LATP), with an ionic conductivity of 2.1 × 10-3 S cm-1. Combining ceramic (LATP) with the gel structure of PVDF-HFP and LiTFSI ionic liquid harnesses benefits of ceramic and gel electrolytes in providing flexible electrolytes with a high ionic conductivity. In a flexibility test experiment, bending the polymer electrolyte at 90° for 20 times resulted in 14% decrease in ionic conductivity. Efforts to further improving the flexibility of the presented electrolyte are ongoing. Using this electrolyte, full-cell batteries with lithium titanium oxide (LTO) and lithium cobalt oxide (LCO) electrodes and (i) standard metallic current collectors and (ii) paper-based current collectors were fabricated and tested. The achieved specific capacities were (i) 123 mAh g-1 for standard metallic current collectors and (ii) 99.5 mAh g-1 for paper-based current collectors. Thus, the presented electrolyte has potential to become a viable candidate in paper-based and flexible battery applications. Fabrication methods, experimental procedures, and test results for the polymer gel electrolyte and batteries are presented and discussed.

  10. Simulations of Polymer Translocation

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    Vocks, H.

    2008-07-01

    Transport of molecules across membranes is an essential mechanism for life processes. These molecules are often long, and the pores in the membranes are too narrow for the molecules to pass through as a single unit. In such circumstances, the molecules have to squeeze -- i.e., translocate -- themselves through the pores. DNA, RNA and proteins are such naturally occuring long molecules in a variety of biological processes. Understandably, the process of translocation has been an active topic of current research: not only because it is a cornerstone of many biological processes, but also due to its relevance for practical applications. Translocation is a complicated process in living organisms -- the presence of chaperone molecules, pH, chemical potential gradients, and assisting molecular motors strongly influence its dynamics. Consequently, the translocation process has been empirically studied in great variety in biological literature. Study of translocation as a biophysical process is more recent. Herein, the polymer is simplified to a sequentially connected string of N monomers as it passes through a narrow pore on a membrane. The quantities of interest are the typical time scale for the polymer to leave a confining cell (the ``escape of a polymer from a vesicle'' time scale), and the typical time scale the polymer spends in the pore (the ``dwell'' time scale) as a function of N and other parameters like membrane thickness, membrane adsorption, electrochemical potential gradient, etc. Our research is focused on computer simulations of translocation. Since our main interest is in the scaling properties, we use a highly simplified description of the translocation process. The polymer is described as a self-avoiding walk on a lattice, and its dynamics consists of single-monomer jumps from one lattice site to another neighboring one. Since we have a very efficient program to simulate such polymer dynamics, which we decribe in Chapter 2, we can perform long

  11. Precursor polymer compositions comprising polybenzimidazole

    SciTech Connect

    Klaehn, John R.; Peterson, Eric S.; Orme, Christopher J.

    2015-07-14

    Stable, high performance polymer compositions including polybenzimidazole (PBI) and a melamine-formaldehyde polymer, such as methylated, poly(melamine-co-formaldehyde), for forming structures such as films, fibers and bulky structures. The polymer compositions may be formed by combining polybenzimidazole with the melamine-formaldehyde polymer to form a precursor. The polybenzimidazole may be reacted and/or intertwined with the melamine-formaldehyde polymer to form the polymer composition. For example, a stable, free-standing film having a thickness of, for example, between about 5 .mu.m and about 30 .mu.m may be formed from the polymer composition. Such films may be used as gas separation membranes and may be submerged into water for extended periods without crazing and cracking. The polymer composition may also be used as a coating on substrates, such as metal and ceramics, or may be used for spinning fibers. Precursors for forming such polymer compositions are also disclosed.

  12. Physical properties of immiscible polymers

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    Harris, J. Milton

    1987-01-01

    The demixing of immiscible polymers in low gravity is discussed. Applications of knowledge gained in this research will provide a better understanding of the role of phase segregation in determining the properties of polymer blends made from immiscible polymers. Knowledge will also be gained regarding the purification of biological materials by partitioning between the two liquid phases formed by solution of the polymers polyethylene glycol and dextran in water. Testing of new apparatus for space flight, extension of affinity phase partitioning, refinement of polymer chemistry, and demixing of isopycnic polymer phases in a one gravity environment are discussed.

  13. Piezoresistance in Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Rizvi, Reza

    Piezoresistivity in conductive polymer nanocomposites occurs because of the disturbance of particle networks in the polymer matrix. The piezoresistance effect becomes more prominent if the matrix material is compliant making these materials attractive for applications that require flexible force and displacement sensors such as e-textiles and biomechanical measurement devices. However, the exact mechanisms of piezoresistivity including the relationship between the matrix polymer, conductive particle, internal structure and the composite's piezoresistance need to be better understood before it can be applied for such applications. The objective of this thesis is to report on the development of conductive polymer nanocomposites for use as flexible sensors and electrodes. Electrically conductive and piezoresistive nanocomposites were fabricated by a scalable melt compounding process. Particular attention was given to elucidating the role of matrix and filler materials, plastic deformation and porosity on the electrical conduction and piezoresistance. These effects were parametrically investigated through characterizing the morphology, electrical properties, rheological properties, and piezoresistivity of the polymer nanocomposites. The electrical and rheological behavior of the nanocomposites was modeled by the percolation-power law. Furthermore, a model was developed to describe the piezoresistance behavior during plastic deformation in relation to the stress and filler concentration.

  14. Processing of semicrystalline polymers

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    Cebe, Peggy; Brillhart, Mark V.

    1993-01-01

    Our research group has been interested in the processing-structure-property relationships in semicrystalline polymers and blends for many years. In situ real time x ray scattering at elevated temperatures is being used to monitor the development of structure. An ongoing collaboration with Dr. Malcolm Capel at the Brookhaven National Synchrotron Light Source allows the performance of real time wide and small angle x ray scattering to study the phase transformations in semicrystalline polymers. The first part of my presentation will be about our recent use of x ray scattering to study blends of poly(ethylene terephthalate) with polyarylates. The purpose of the next portion of the presentation is to show how we may study effects of self-deformation of polymers during processing in the gravity environment, using real time x ray scattering. In this way, how processing stresses alter the microstructure of semicrystalline polymers was learned, and ultimately microgravity processing strategies that will result in more uniform morphology in these polymers is hoped to be developed.

  15. Poly(vinylidene fluoride)-based, co-polymer separator electrolyte membranes for lithium-ion battery systems

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    Costa, C. M.; Gomez Ribelles, J. L.; Lanceros-Méndez, S.; Appetecchi, G. B.; Scrosati, B.

    2014-01-01

    In the present paper we report and discuss the physicochemical properties of novel electrolyte membranes, based on poly(vinylidenefluoride-co-trifluoroethylene), PVdF-TrFE, and poly(vinylidenefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene), PVdF-HFP, co-polymer hosts and the PVdF-TrFE/poly(ethylene oxide (PEO) blend as separators for lithium battery systems. The results have shown that the examined separator membranes, particularly those based on the PVdF co-polymers, are able to uptake large liquid amounts leading to high ionic conductivity values. Tests performed on Li/LiFePO4 and Li/Sn-C cells have revealed very good cycling performance even at high current rates and 100% of DOD, approaching the results achieved in liquid electrolytes. A capacity fading lower than 0.002% per cycle was observed. Particularly, the Li/LiFePO4 cathode cells have exhibited excellent rate capability, being still able to deliver at 2C above 89% of the capacity discharged at 0.1C. These results, in conjunction with the about 100% coulombic efficiency, suggest very good electrolyte/electrode compatibility, which results from the high purity and stability of the electrolyte and electrode materials and the cell manufacturing.

  16. A novel lithium/sulfur battery based on sulfur/graphene nanosheet composite cathode and gel polymer electrolyte

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    A novel sulfur/graphene nanosheet (S/GNS) composite was prepared via a simple ball milling of sulfur with commercial multi-layer graphene nanosheet, followed by a heat treatment. High-resolution transmission and scanning electronic microscopy observations showed the formation of irregularly interlaced nanosheet-like structure consisting of graphene with uniform sulfur coating on its surface. The electrochemical properties of the resulting composite cathode were investigated in a lithium cell with a gel polymer electrolyte (GPE) prepared by trapping 1 mol dm−3 solution of lithium bistrifluoromethanesulfonamide in tetraethylene glycol dimethyl ether in a polymer matrix composed of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene)/poly(methylmethacrylate)/silicon dioxide (PVDF-HFP/PMMA/SiO2). The GPE battery delivered reversible discharge capacities of 809 and 413 mAh g−1 at the 1st and 50th cycles at 0.2C, respectively, along with a high coulombic efficiency over 50 cycles. This performance enhancement of the cell was attributed to the suppression of the polysulfide shuttle effect by a collective effect of S/GNS composite cathode and GPE, providing a higher sulfur utilization. PMID:24655466

  17. A novel lithium/sulfur battery based on sulfur/graphene nanosheet composite cathode and gel polymer electrolyte.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Yongguang; Zhao, Yan; Bakenov, Zhumabay

    2014-01-01

    A novel sulfur/graphene nanosheet (S/GNS) composite was prepared via a simple ball milling of sulfur with commercial multi-layer graphene nanosheet, followed by a heat treatment. High-resolution transmission and scanning electronic microscopy observations showed the formation of irregularly interlaced nanosheet-like structure consisting of graphene with uniform sulfur coating on its surface. The electrochemical properties of the resulting composite cathode were investigated in a lithium cell with a gel polymer electrolyte (GPE) prepared by trapping 1 mol dm-3 solution of lithium bistrifluoromethanesulfonamide in tetraethylene glycol dimethyl ether in a polymer matrix composed of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene)/poly(methylmethacrylate)/silicon dioxide (PVDF-HFP/PMMA/SiO2). The GPE battery delivered reversible discharge capacities of 809 and 413 mAh g-1 at the 1st and 50th cycles at 0.2C, respectively, along with a high coulombic efficiency over 50 cycles. This performance enhancement of the cell was attributed to the suppression of the polysulfide shuttle effect by a collective effect of S/GNS composite cathode and GPE, providing a higher sulfur utilization. PMID:24655466

  18. A novel lithium/sulfur battery based on sulfur/graphene nanosheet composite cathode and gel polymer electrolyte

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    Zhang, Yongguang; Zhao, Yan; Bakenov, Zhumabay

    2014-03-01

    A novel sulfur/graphene nanosheet (S/GNS) composite was prepared via a simple ball milling of sulfur with commercial multi-layer graphene nanosheet, followed by a heat treatment. High-resolution transmission and scanning electronic microscopy observations showed the formation of irregularly interlaced nanosheet-like structure consisting of graphene with uniform sulfur coating on its surface. The electrochemical properties of the resulting composite cathode were investigated in a lithium cell with a gel polymer electrolyte (GPE) prepared by trapping 1 mol dm-3 solution of lithium bistrifluoromethanesulfonamide in tetraethylene glycol dimethyl ether in a polymer matrix composed of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene)/poly(methylmethacrylate)/silicon dioxide (PVDF-HFP/PMMA/SiO2). The GPE battery delivered reversible discharge capacities of 809 and 413 mAh g-1 at the 1st and 50th cycles at 0.2C, respectively, along with a high coulombic efficiency over 50 cycles. This performance enhancement of the cell was attributed to the suppression of the polysulfide shuttle effect by a collective effect of S/GNS composite cathode and GPE, providing a higher sulfur utilization. PACS: 82.47.Aa; 82.45.Gj; 62.23.Kn

  19. Antithrombogenic Polymer Coating.

    DOEpatents

    Huang, Zhi Heng; McDonald, William F.; Wright, Stacy C.; Taylor, Andrew C.

    2003-01-21

    An article having a non-thrombogenic surface and a process for making the article are disclosed. The article is formed by (i) coating a polymeric substrate with a crosslinked chemical combination of a polymer having at least two amino substituted side chains, a crosslinking agent containing at least two crosslinking functional groups which react with amino groups on the polymer, and a linking agent containing a first functional group which reacts with a third functional group of the crosslinking agent, and (ii) contacting the coating on the substrate with an antithrombogenic agent which covalently bonds to a second functional group of the linking agent. In one example embodiment, the polymer is a polyamide having amino substituted alkyl chains on one side of the polyamide backbone, the crosslinking agent is a phosphine having the general formula (A).sub.3 P wherein A is hydroxyalkyl, the linking agent is a polyhydrazide and the antithrombogenic agent is heparin.

  20. Liquid crystalline polymers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1990-01-01

    The remarkable mechanical properties and thermal stability of fibers fabricated from liquid crystalline polymers (LCPs) have led to the use of these materials in structural applications where weight savings are critical. Advances in processing of LCPs could permit the incorporation of these polymers into other than uniaxial designs and extend their utility into new areas such as nonlinear optical devices. However, the unique feature of LCPs (intrinsic orientation order) is itself problematic, and current understanding of processing with control of orientation falls short of allowing manipulation of macroscopic orientation (except for the case of uniaxial fibers). The current and desirable characteristics of LCPs are reviewed and specific problems are identified along with issues that must be addressed so that advances in the use of these unique polymers can be expedited.