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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

    2014-11-01

    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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Sensing performance of electrically conductive fabrics and dielectric electro active polymers for parachutes

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    Favini, Eric; Niezrecki, Christopher; Manohar, Sanjeev K.; Willis, David; Chen, Julie; Niemi, Eugene; Desabrais, Kenneth; Charette, Christine

    2011-04-01

    This paper quantifies the sensing capabilities of novel smart materials in an effort to improve the performance, better understand the physics, and enhance the safety of parachutes. Based upon a recent review of actuation technologies for parachute applications, it was surmised that the actuators reviewed could not be used to effectively alter the drag or lift (i.e. geometry, porosity, or air vent openings) of a parachute during flight. However, several materials showed potential for sensing applications within a parachute, specifically electrically conductive fabrics and dielectric electro-active polymers. This paper introduces several new conductive fabrics and provides an evaluation of the sensing performance of these smart materials based upon test results using mechanical testing and digital image correlation for comparison.

  11. 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.

  12. An electro-active polymer based lens module for dynamically varying focal system

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    Yun, Sungryul; Park, Suntak; Nam, Saekwang; Park, Bongje; Park, Seung Koo; Mun, Seongcheol; Lim, Jeong Mook; Kyung, Ki-Uk

    2016-10-01

    We demonstrate a polymer-based active-lens module allowing a dynamic focus controllable optical system with a wide tunable range. The active-lens module is composed of parallelized two active-lenses with a convex and a concave shaped hemispherical lens structure, respectively. Under operation with dynamic input voltage signals, each active-lens produces translational movement bi-directionally responding to a hybrid driving force that is a combination of an electro-active response of a thin dielectric elastomer membrane and an electro-static attraction force. Since the proposed active lens module widely modulates a gap-distance between lens-elements, an optical system based on the active-lens module provides widely-variable focusing for selective imaging of objects in arbitrary position.

  13. Electro-active Polymer Actuator Based on Sulfonated Polyimide with Highly Conductive Silver Electrodes Via Self-metallization.

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    Song, Jiangxuan; Jeon, Jin-Han; Oh, Il-Kwon; Park, K C

    2011-10-01

    We report here a facile synthesis of high performance electro-active polymer actuator based on a sulfonated polyimide with well-defined silver electrodes via self-metallization. The proposed method greatly reduces fabrication time and cost, and obviates a cation exchange process required in the fabrication of ionic polymer-metal composite actuators. Also, the self-metallized silver electrodes exhibit outstanding metal-polymer adhesion with high conductivity, resulting in substantially larger tip displacements compared with Nafion-based actuators.

  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. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Nano TiO2 Composite PVDF Polymer Electrolyte

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    Chiang, Chin-Yeh; Chu, Peter P.

    2002-12-01

    Physical and transport properties of lithium ion conducting polymer electrolyte formed by dispersing nanoscale particles and tubes of TiO2 into poly (vinyl dine fluoride) (PVDF) - lithium salt complexes are discussed. The composite in polymer is enhancing the interfacial interaction, ionic conductivity and mechanical strength due to the high surface area of the particle and the tube. DSC studies elucidate that both the crystallinity and melting temperatures of PVDF are decreased with increasing salt content. Blending with TiO2 particles also decreases melting temperature and crystallinity of PVDF, however nano-tube TiO2 shows even more dramatic effects compared to the particles in reducing PVDF crystallinity and the melting temperature. Even with the improved miscibility and higher salt dissociation, the ionic conductivities is reduced for the TiO2 nano particle composite, but increased about 20 fold in the nano-tube composite. The discrepancies are related to the difference of morphology as evidence from SEM micrograph.

  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. Detonator response measurements with a standardized piezoelectric polymer (PVDF) guage

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    Moore, L.M.; Graham, R.A.; Reed, R.P.; Lee, L.M.

    1989-01-01

    Over the last few years, there has been considerable work in progress to study the features of the piezoelectric polymer film polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) under high pressure shock loading. Although full characterization of the material is not complete, it is clear that if the material is prepared with careful attention to the mechanical processing (stretching) and to the electrical processing (electrical poling), that highly reproducible responses can be achieved to shock pressures of over 40 GPa. The purpose of the present study is to characterize the shock-compression response of a 1 mm /times/ 1 mm active area (PVDF) gauge that is subject to standardized gauge-preparation processes. The shock response is studied in both compressed-gas gun, controlled impact loading and in detonator loading configurations. In the present paper, a brief summary of standardization processes will be described followed by a description of the controlled impact loading and the detonator-response measurements. 14 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  20. 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

  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. 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.

  3. An ionic polymer-metal composite actuator based on PSMI-incorporated PVDF with chemical stability and performance durability

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    Lu, Jun; Kim, Sang-Gyun; Lee, Sunwoo; Oh, Il-Kwon

    2009-07-01

    To develop artificial muscles with improved performance, a novel ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) actuator was developed by employing the newly-synthesized ionic networking film of poly (styrene-alt-maleimide) (PSMI)- incorporated poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF). Scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscopy revealed that much smaller and more uniform nano-sized platinum particles were formed on the surfaces of the film as well as within its polymer matrix after the electroless-plating process. Fourier transform infrared results suggested that no hydrolysis occurred for the as-prepared film actuator before and after the exposure to the elevated PH solutions at 25°C for 48h. The new actuator showed much larger tip displacement than that of a Nafion-based counterpart under the applied electrical stimulus, and overcame the back relaxation of the traditional IPMC actuator under the constant voltage. The current actuator was operated over 6.5h at high-frequency sinusoidal excitation, and its tip displacement was still comparable to that of the referenced Nafion actuator when the test was terminated. The excellent electromechanical performance is due to the inherent large ionic-exchange capacity and the unique hydrophilic nano-channels of the ionic networking film. Furthermore, the working principle of the developed IPMC actuator is thought to be based on a combination of piezoelectricity and ionic transport. The film of PSMI-incorporated PVDF has some advantages over the most widely-used Nafion-based one by diversifying niche applications in biomimetic motion, and the present study is believed to open a new avenue for the design and fabrication of the electro-active polymer film with unique functional properties.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.}

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. Molecular modeling of the piezoelectric effect in the ferroelectric polymer poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF).

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    Bystrov, Vladimir S; Paramonova, Ekaterina V; Bdikin, Igor K; Bystrova, Anna V; Pullar, Robert C; Kholkin, Andrei L

    2013-09-01

    In this work, computational molecular modeling and exploration was applied to study the nature of the negative piezoelectric effect in the ferroelectric polymer polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), and the results confirmed by actual nanoscale measurements. First principle calculations were employed, using various quantum-chemical methods (QM), including semi-empirical (PM3) and various density functional theory (DFT) approaches, and in addition combined with molecular mechanics (MM) methods in complex joint approaches (QM/MM). Both PVDF molecular chains and a unit cell of crystalline β-phase PVDF were modeled. This computational molecular exploration clearly shows that the nature of the so-called negative piezo-electric effect in the ferroelectric PVDF polymer has a self-consistent quantum nature, and is related to the redistribution of the electron molecular orbitals (wave functions), leading to the shifting of atomic nuclei and reorganization of all total charges to the new, energetically optimal positions, under an applied electrical field. Molecular modeling and first principles calculations show that the piezoelectric coefficient d 33 has a negative sign, and its average values lies in the range of d 33 ~ -16.6 to -19.2 pC/N (or pm/V) (for dielectric permittivity ε = 5) and in the range of d 33 ~ -33.5 to -38.5 pC/N (or pm/V) (for ε = 10), corresponding to known data, and allowing us to explain the reasons for the negative sign of the piezo-response. We found that when a field is applied perpendicular to the PVDF chain length, as polarization increases the chain also stretches, increasing its length and reducing its height. For computed value of ε ~ 5 we obtained a value of d31 ~ +15.5 pC/N with a positive sign. This computational study is corroborated by measured nanoscale data obtained by atomic force and piezo-response force microscopy (AFM/PFM). This study could be useful as a basis for further insights into other organic and molecular ferroelectrics.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Parallel input parallel output high voltage bi-directional converters for driving dielectric electro active polymer actuators

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    Thummala, P.; Zhang, Z.; Andersen, M. A. E.; Rahimullah, S.

    2014-03-01

    Dielectric electroactive polymer (DEAP) actuators are capacitive devices which provide mechanical motions when charged electrically. The charging characteristics of a DEAP actuator depends on its size, voltage applied to its electrodes, and its operating frequency. The main idea of this paper is to design and implement driving circuits for the DEAP actuators for their use in various applications. This paper presents implementation of parallel input, parallel output, high voltage (~2.5 kV) bi-directional DC-DC converters for driving the DEAP actuators. The topology is a bidirectional flyback DC-DC converter incorporating commercially available high voltage MOSFETs (4 kV) and high voltage diodes (5 kV). Although the average current of the aforementioned devices is limited to 300 mA and 150 mA, respectively, connecting the outputs of multiple converters in parallel can provide a scalable design. This enables operating the DEAP actuators in various static and dynamic applications e.g. positioning, vibration generation or damping, and pumps. The proposed idea is experimentally verified by connecting three high voltage converters in parallel to operate a single DEAP actuator. The experimental results with both film capacitive load and the DEAP actuator are shown for a maximum charging voltage of 2 kV.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  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. Response of Bauer piezoelectric polymer stress gauges (PVDF) (polyvinylidene fluoride) to shock loading

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

    1987-01-01

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) stress gauges fabricated from high quality, biaxially stretched film, and electrically poled to high values of remanent polarization are the basis for revolutionary new gauging capabilities. In the present work, a number of PVDF films have been studied under controlled impact loading to maximum impact stresses of 35 GPa. Gauges with various degrees of polarization were studied. In the impact studies, electrical response with good fidelity was obtained to stress of 20 GPa. At 35 GPa the observed response is highly distorted. Remanent polarization is found to have a significant influence on nonlinearity and probably affects the maximum useful stress for shock gauge applications.

  1. The PVDF (polarized polyvinylidene fluoride polymer film) piezoelectric polymer shock-stress sensor: Signal conditioning and analysis for field test application

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    Reed, R.P.; Greenwoll, J.I.

    1989-05-01

    The PVDF shock sensor is a piezoelectric polymer transducing element that converts stress to charge. This unusually versatile sensor allows accurate measurement of stress pulses of durations up to milliseconds with resolution of nanoseconds over a range of a few bars to at least 0.5 Mbar. Its measurement characteristics depend significantly on stress waveform and circuitry. Field test applications require special consideration of signal conditioning, system characterization, and data analysis. This report describes some unfamiliar characteristics of the PVDF sensor and a field-validated hybrid (complementary hardware and software) approach to the general measurement problem as encountered under field test conditions. Discussed are the use of the sensor, for estimation of signal voltage, through characterization and correction for system properties, design, and realization of special filters, to reduction of observed voltage to the stress experienced by the sensor. 9 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  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

    2016-07-26

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

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

    PubMed

    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

  11. 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

    2015-07-31

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Optical Property Trends in Metal/Polymer (Ag/PVDF) Nanocomposites: A Computational Study

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    Rowan, Christopher Kenneth

    Metal-polymer nanocomposite materials were found to have highly tunable optical properties. Density functional theory-based calculations were employed to study trends in Ag/polyvinylidene fluoride nanocomposite optical properties. The frequency-dependent imaginary part of the dielectric constant was calculated from dipolar inter-band transitions. The metallic inclusion introduced both occupied and unoccupied states into the large polymer band gap. Thus, higher inclusion volume fractions generally led to stronger composite optical response. Spectra from monodisperse systems correlated well with nanoparticle quantum confinement models. A polydisperse system exhibited optical properties that correlated best with interparticle distances along the field direction. Nanodisk and nanorod-shaped inclusions had tunable response from field polarization, aspect ratio, crystallographic projections, and nanorod end-cap morphology.

  15. Electro-active material (EAM) based bend sensors

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    LaComb, Ronald; LaComb, Julie

    2010-04-01

    The capability to accurately estimate strain and orientation of cables in an undersea environment is important for a multitude of applications. One way to estimate the positional location of a submersed cable is to utilize a network of distributed bend sensors providing inputs to a curve fitting algorithm. In this work commercially available bend sensors are characterized for small deflections. In addition proto-type devices are presented which can potentially improve device sensitivity. Commercially available bend sensors are based upon electro-active materials and variable resistance materials. Electro-active materials (EAM) are known for their actuator functionality but certain EAMs are capable of sensing as well. New advances in materials such as Ionic Polymer Metal Composites (IPMC) are proving suitable for quasi-static sensor applications. These sensors are low power, conformal and produce directionally dependent output voltages which are linearly proportional to deflection, with voltage polarity representative of the deflection direction. IPMCs are capable of being morphed for increased sensitivity. Variable resistivity sensors are based on smart epoxy polymer and carbon loaded inks. These sensors are inexpensive and conformal and unlike EAMs provide static measurements.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Aerodynamic Performance of Electro-Active Membrane Wings

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    Barbu, Ioan-Alexandru; de Kat, Roeland; Ganapathisubramani, Bharathram

    2014-11-01

    Electro-active polymers offer due to their multivariate compliant nature a great potential for integrating the lift producing system and the control system into one. This work presents the first step in describing both the mechanical and aerodynamic performance of such materials and focuses on both understanding their behaviour in aerodynamic applications and on analysing their aerodynamic performance. Photogrammetry and load measurements are conducted in a wind tunnel for both silicone-based and acrylic-based membranes at zero prestrain supported in a perimeter reinforced frame in electrically passive, active and pulsing conditions. A wide range of fixed voltages and pulsing frequencies are considered. Due to their hyper-viscoelastic nature, both short and long term hysteresis analysis are conducted in terms of aerodynamic performance. Along with these tests, analyses of the effects of the percentage electrode area and silicone content on aerodynamic performance are conducted.

  19. PVDF Shock Compression Sensors in Shock Wave Physics

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    Bauer, F.

    2004-07-01

    Early works have shown that highly reproducible piezoelectric film PVDF (Poly(vinylidene fluoride)) can be reliably used in a wide range of precise stress and stress-rate measurements. The direct stress-derivative or stress-rate PVDF signals have nanosecond resolution and higher operating stress limits than any other technique. PVDF stress gauges have been used in many fields of shock wave physics. The present paper summarizes some of original applications of the PVDF gauges. Blast and shock in air measurements will be presented. Pressure responses of inert materials and polymer-materials will be recalled. Furthermore, example of pressure and particle velocity histories using PVDF and laser interferometry (VISAR) will be presented. Simultaneous measurements using VISAR and PVDF gauge will be discussed. The question of the validity of shock pressure profiles obtained with "in situ" PVDF gauges in one High Explosive in a detonation regime will be discussed.

  20. Experimental and numerical study of cellulose-based electro-active paper energy harvester

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

    2014-04-01

    In this present study experimental and finite element analysis of cellulose based electro-active paper energy harvester is presented. Electro-active paper coated with metal electrode is a smart form of cellulose and exhibit piezoelectric effect. Specimens were prepared by depositing electrodes on both sides of the cellulose film. A 50 mm x 50 mm cellulose film coated with aluminum electrodes was bonded on 100 mm x 50 mm x 1 mm aluminum host structure. The voltage output to input acceleration frequency response across a load resistor of 1 MΩ is recorded by conventional energy harvesting experimental setup at the fundamental vibration mode of the EAPap cantilever beam. A coupled piezoelectric-circuit finite element model is developed in which load resistor is directly connected to energy scavenging device. Voltage output FRF is measured for the cases, without proof mass, and by adding a 2 grams proof mass near the tip of the cantilever. The experimental voltage FRF value is 7.6 V/g at 75.1 Hz and is improved to 13.8 V/g at 62.2 Hz when a stainless steel proof mass of 2 grams is added. The presented CPC-FEM model results agree reasonably well with the experimental results. Despite the fact that the electro-mechanical coupling coefficient of electro-active paper is lower than other available piezoelectric materials, it is biocompatible, cheap and naturally occurring polymeric material. It is also very flexible and posses similar piezoelectric characteristics such a PVDF which inspire to use EAPap in energy harvesting applications.

  1. Enhancement of β-phase in PVDF by electrospinning

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    Lim, Jun Young; Kim, Sehyun; Seo, Yongsok

    2015-05-01

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF), a polymorphic material, has useful electro active properties such as piezo-, pyro-, and ferroelectric properties. The piezoelectric crystallization polymorph is the β-phase which has an all-trans (TTTT) conformation, i.e., all of its dipoles aligned in the same direction normal to the chain axis. Elongational deformation was applied to poly(vinylidene fluoride)(PVDF) / multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) nanocomposites. Its effect on the conversion of the α-phase crystals into the β-phase crystals and on the piezoelectric propertes was investigated. Elongational deformation of PVDF molecules made it easier for the CF2 groups to arrange themselves in the same conformation by reducing the steric hindrance. However, macro-deformation was dominant in the drawn films, though the interfacial interaction between the functional groups on the MWCNTs and the CF2 dipole of PVDF chains helped the conversion of α-phase. Uniform distribution of MWCNT in the electrospun films helps efficient charge accumulation at the interface between the MWCNTs and the matrix PVDF molecules. Deploarization effect occurred in the pressed film due to the excessive charge accumulation was not observed, resulting in the high conversion of α-phase into β-phase as well as the enhancement of remanent polarization and the mechanical displacement. Added MWCNT helps the film to be extended without rupturing.

  2. 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.

  3. Study on preparation and polarization process of PVDF thin film

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    Guo, Xiaopei; Wang, Jun; Ding, Jie; Jiang, Yadong

    2014-09-01

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) is a semi-crystalline polymer, which indicates four different crystalline forms. In this paper, the preparation of nanoscale PVDF thin film was introduced in detail. Initially PVDF was dissolved in the N,N-dimethyl Formamide and acetone mixed solution (volume ratio 1:1). The PVDF films were prepared by spin coating method with different solution concentration, then were characterized by SEM, XRD and FTIR after annealed at different annealing temperatures (60 centigrade to 120 centigrade). Due to the formation of polarized β crystal phase in the annealing process, the pyroelectric coefficient p would be affected by different annealing temperatures. The thermal poling technique of PVDF was also shown in this paper. We investigated the polarization behavior of PVDF when they were subjected to different poling electric fields (from 50 V/μm to 80 V/μm) and poling temperatures (from 90 centigrade to 120 centigrade). For a long enough poling time, the polarization is only related to poling electric filed, while poling temperature affects the poling rate merely. Under the condition of PVDF thin film beforet breakdown, the strongger the poling electric filed intensity, the higher the pyroelectric coefficient is. The pyroelectric coefficient of fibricated PVDF film is 9.0×10-10C/cm2K after 80v/μm electric field intensity polarization from experiment result.

  4. Enhanced performance of dye-sensitized solar cells based on organic dopant incorporated PVDF-HFP/PEO polymer blend electrolyte with g-C3N4/TiO2 photoanode

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    Senthil, R. A.; Theerthagiri, J.; Madhavan, J.; Murugan, K.; Arunachalam, Prabhakarn; Arof, A. K.

    2016-10-01

    This work describes the effect of 2-aminopyrimidine (2-APY) on poly(vinylidinefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP)/polyethylene oxide (PEO) blend polymer electrolyte along with binary iodide salts (tetrabutylammonium iodide (TBAI) and potassium iodide (KI)) and iodine (I2) were studied for enhancing the efficiency of the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) consisting of g-C3N4/TiO2 composite as photoanode. The g-C3N4 was synthesized from low cost urea by thermal condensation method. It was used as a precursor to synthesize the various weight percentage ratios (5%, 10% and 15%) of g-C3N4/TiO2 composites by wet-impregnation method. The pure and 2-APY incorporated PVDF-HFP/PEO polymer blend electrolytes were arranged by wet chemical process (casting method) using DMF as a solvent. The synthesized g-C3N4/TiO2 composites and polymer blend electrolytes were studied and analyzed by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The ionic conductivity values of the pure and 2-APY incorporated PVDF-HFP/PEO blend electrolytes were estimated to be 4.53×10-5 and 1.87×10-4 Scm-1 respectively. The UV-vis absorption spectroscopy was carried out for the pure and different wt% of g-C3N4/TiO2 composites coated FTO films after N3 dye-sensitization. The 10 wt% g-C3N4/TiO2 composite film showed a maximum absorption compared to the others. The DSSC assembled with 10 wt% g-C3N4/TiO2 as photoanode using the pure polymer blend electrolyte exhibited a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 3.17% , which was superior than that of DSSC based pure TiO2 (2.46%). However, the PCE was increased to 4.73% for the DSSC assembled using 10 wt% g-C3N4/TiO2 as photoanode with 2-APY incorporated polymer blend electrolyte. Hence, the present study is a successful attempt to provide a new pathway to enhance the performance of DSSCs.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Mechanism of phenol adsorption onto electro-activated carbon granules.

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    Lounici, H; Aioueche, F; Belhocine, D; Drouiche, M; Pauss, A; Mameri, N

    2004-01-01

    The main purpose of this paper is to determine the mechanisms which govern the adsorption of the phenol onto electro-activated carbon granules. This new activation technique allowed an increase of the performance of the adsorbent. Two models were utilised to understand the improvement in the performance of electroactivated carbon granules. The first, a simple external resistance model based on film resistance, gave acceptable predictions, with an error of less than 15%, between the theoretical results and experimental data independent of the activation potential and phenol initial concentration. The second linear model, based on diffusion phenomena, was more representative in describing the experiment than the first model. It was observed that the electro-activation method did not change the mechanism which governs phenol adsorption onto granular carbon. Indeed, the same mathematical model based on diffusion phenomena made it possible to predict with a very low error (less than 5%) the experimental data obtained for the favourable activation potential, without activation potential and with an unfavourable activation potential. The electro-activation technique makes it possible to increase the number of active sites that improve the performance of the electro-activated granular carbon compared with conventional granular activated carbon.

  10. TECHNICAL NOTE: Electrically aligned cellulose film for electro-active paper and its piezoelectricity

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    Yun, Sungryul; Jang, Sangdong; Yun, Gyu-Young; Kim, Jaehwan

    2009-11-01

    Electrically aligned regenerated cellulose films were fabricated and the effect of applied electric field was investigated for the piezoelectricity of electro-active paper (EAPap). The EAPap was fabricated by coating gold electrodes on both sides of regenerated cellulose film. The cellulose film was prepared by dissolving cotton pulp in LiCl/N,N-dimethylacetamide solution followed by a cellulose chain regeneration process. During the regeneration process an external electric field was applied in the direction of mechanical stretching. Alignment of cellulose fiber chains was investigated as a function of applied electric field. The material characteristics of the cellulose films were analyzed by using an x-ray diffractometer, a field emission scanning electron microscope and a high voltage electron microscope. The application of external electric fields was found to induce formation of nanofibers in the cellulose, resulting in an increase in the crystallinity index (CI) values. It was also found that samples with higher CI values showed higher in-plane piezoelectric constant, d31, values. The piezoelectricity of the current EAPap films was measured to be equivalent or better than that of ordinary PVDF films. Therefore, an external electric field applied to a cellulose film along with a mechanical stretching during the regeneration process can enhance the piezoelectricity.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Highly durable, biomimetic electro-active paper actuator based on cellulose polypyrrole-ionic liquid (CPIL) nanocomposite.

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    Mahadeva, Suresha K; Yun, Kiju; Kim, Jaehwan; Kim, Joo-Hyung

    2011-01-01

    Cellulose has received much attention as a emerging smart material, named as electro-active paper (EAPap), which can produce a large bending displacement with applied external electrical field. In spite of many advantages over other reported electro active polymers, there are some issues to be addressed: its actuator performance: (i) sensitive to environmental humidity, (ii) humidity dependent displacement output of the actuator and (iii) degradation of performance with time. In present paper, we have successfully developed the highly durable EAPap actuator working at ambient condition with large displacement output. To improve the performance and durability of EAPap, nanoscaled PPy layer into cellulose EAPap was formed by in-situ polymerization technique. Cellulose-PPy-IL nanocomposite based EAPap actuator showed nearly 100% improvement of the actuator performance compared that of pure cellulose based EAPap actuator systems.

  16. 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.

  17. Mechanical vibration induced electro-spinning of polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF)

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    Moon, Kee S.; Morsi, Khaled; Kassegne, Samuel K.; Sepehri, Abtin; Murray, Thomas

    2012-04-01

    Polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) is a piezoelectric polymer with a low-cost, high flexibility and biocompatibility that is suitable for various energy conversion applications between the electrical and mechanical forms of energy. One of the novel techniques to create PVDF fibers is electro-spinning. In the present work, the above technique has been applied to develop electro-spun thin-film based on PVDF with the use of high electric field and a high-frequency mechanical vibratory motion as an electro-spinning setup. The high-frequency vibratory motion is used to create effective fluid viscous forces to achieve a localized fluid spreading and thinning behavior of extremely thin polymer fiber solution.

  18. 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

  19. Aligned PVDF-TrFE nanofibers with high-density PVDF nanofibers and PVDF core–shell structures for endovascular pressure sensing.

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    Sharma, Tushar; Naik, Sahil; Langevine, Jewel; Gill, Brijesh; Zhang, John X J

    2015-01-01

    Nanostructures of polyvinyledenedifluoride-tetrafluoroethylene (PVDF-TrFE), a semicrystalline polymer with high piezoelectricity, results in significant enhancement of crystallinity and better device performance as sensors, actuators, and energy harvesters. Using electrospinning of PVDF to manufacture nanofibers, we demonstrate a new method to pattern high-density, highly aligned nanofibers. To further boost the charge transfer from such a bundle of nanofibers, we fabricated novel core-shell structures. Finally, we developed pressure sensors utilizing these fiber structures for endovascular applications. The sensors were tested in vitro under simulated physiological conditions. We observed significant improvements using core-shell electrospun fibers (4.5 times gain in signal intensity, 4000 μV/mmHg sensitivity) over PVDF nanofibers (280 μV/mmHg). The preliminary results showed that core-shell fiber-based devices exhibit nearly 40-fold higher sensitivity, compared to the thin-film structures demonstrated earlier. PMID:25095247

  20. Nanoconfinement: an effective way to enhance PVDF piezoelectric properties.

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    Cauda, Valentina; Stassi, Stefano; Bejtka, Katarzyna; Canavese, Giancarlo

    2013-07-10

    The dimensional confinement and oriented crystallization are both key factors in determining the piezoelectric properties of a polymeric nanostructured material. Here we prepare arrays of one-dimensional polymeric nanowires showing piezoelectric features by template-wetting two distinct polymers into anodic porous alumina (APA) membranes. In particular, poly(vinylidene fluoride), PVDF, and its copolymer poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene), PVTF, are obtained in commercially available APA, showing a final diameter of about 200 nm and several micrometers in length, reflecting the templating matrix features. We show that the crystallization of both polymers into a ferroelectric phase is directed by the nanotemplate confinement. Interestingly, the PVDF nanowires mainly crystallize into the β-phase in the nanoporous matrix, whereas the reference thin film of PVDF crystallizes in the α nonpolar phase. In the case of the PVTF nanowires, needle-like crystals oriented perpendicularly to the APA channel walls are observed, giving insight on the molecular orientation of the polymer within the nanowire structure. A remarkable piezoelectric behavior of both 1-D polymeric nanowires is observed, upon recording ferroelectric polarization, hysteresis, and displacement loops. In particular, an outstanding piezoelectric effect is observed for the PVDF nanowires with respect to the polymeric thin film, considering that no poling was carried out. Current versus voltage (I-V) characteristics showed a consistent switching behavior of the ferroelectric polar domains, thus revealing the importance of the confined and oriented crystallization of the polymer in monodimensional nanoarchitectures. PMID:23777739

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. PVDF measurement of soft X-ray induced shock and filter debris impulse. [PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride)

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    Johnson, D.E.; Lee, L.M. ); Hedemann, M.A. ); Bauer, F. )

    1993-01-01

    PVDF piezoelectric polymer shock stress sensors have been used to measure the shock and impulse generated by soft X-rays and by filter debris in the SATURN Plasma Radiation Source at Sandia National Laboratories, NM. SATURN was used to generate 30 to 40 kJ, 20-ns duration, line radiation at 2 to 3 keV. Fluence on samples was nominally 40, 200, and 400 kJ/m[sup 2] (1, 5, and 10 cal/cm[sup 2]). Measurements of X-ray induced material shock response exposing both aluminum and PMMA acrylic samples agree well with companion measurements made with single crystal X-cut quartz gauges. Time-of-flight, stress, and impulse produced by Kimfol (polycarbonate/aluminum) filter debris were also measured with the PVDF gauges.

  4. 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.

  5. High β phase content in PVDF/CoFe2O4 nanocomposites induced by DC magnetic fields

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    Jiang, Shenglin; Wan, Hongyan; Liu, Huan; Zeng, Yike; Liu, Jianguo; Wu, Yunyi; Zhang, Guangzu

    2016-09-01

    Flexible ferroelectrics being exploited as energy harvesting and conversion materials are highly desirable for wearable and skin-mountable electronic devices. As one of the most typical ferroelectric polymers, poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) has been widely used in modern electronic systems and devices, whose ferroelectric performance relies heavily on its β phase content. In this work, to achieve high-β-phase-content PVDF, we first introduced CoFe2O4 nanoparticles into PVDF. With the incorporation of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles used as an effective polymer nucleation agent, the percentage of the β phase in the PVDF has been significantly enhanced, e.g., 84% in the nanocomposite with 5 wt. % CoFe2O4 versus only 73% in the pure PVDF. In order to further increase the β phase content in PVDF, we subsequently proposed an easily realized strategy. By applying DC magnetic fields during the solution-casting process of the PVDF/CoFe2O4 nanocomposites, a further improved β phase content as high as 95% can be achieved. The further improvement of the β phase content is attributable to the tensile stress at the CoFe2O4/PVDF interfaces created by the coupling of magnetic field and CoFe2O4 by means of the magnetostriction effect. The high β-phase content makes the PVDF/CoFe2O4 nanocomposites a promising candidate for flexible and wearable electronic device applications.

  6. Study on the thermoelectric properties of PVDF/MWCNT and PVDF/GNP composite foam

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    Sun, Yu-Chen; Terakita, Daryl; Tseng, Alex C.; Naguib, Hani E.

    2015-08-01

    Thermoelectric effect is defined as the revisable translation between thermal and electrical energy. In this paper, we investigate the properties of p-type poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) based polymer composite foams that can be used in next generation energy harvesting applications. The composites were created using the continuous melt blending method. Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and graphene nano-platelets (GNPs) were used as secondary phases to strengthen the electrical conductivity of the composites. Foam structures were later generated using the super-critical carbon dioxide saturation method. We study the material properties between solid and foam samples; the results indicate a dramatic increase in overall thermoelectric properties for GNP foamed samples. We also report at least an order decrease in thermal conductivity, which is in favor of the thermoelectric effect. An unexpected drop in electrical conductivity was observed after the foaming process and can be explained by the large volumetric expansion of the foam. Finally, we report the Seebeck coefficient for both types of composite foams: 11 μV/K for 5 wt% MWCNT/PVDF foam and 58 μV/K for 15 wt% GNP/PVDF foam.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Preparation of hydrophobic PVDF hollow fiber membranes for desalination through membrane distillation.

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    Hou, Deyin; Wang, Jun; Qu, Dan; Luan, Zhaokun; Zhao, Changwei; Ren, Xiaojing

    2009-01-01

    Fabrication of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) hydrophobic asymmetric hollow fiber membranes was studied by introducing inorganic salt LiCl and water soluble polymer polyethylene glycol (PEG) 1500, using N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMAc) as solvent and tap water as the coagulation medium. The membranes properties also were tested and characterized. It is found that the non-solvent additive can increase membranes porosity, ether LiCl or PEG 1500. Because of the addition of PEG 1500, the PVDF membranes obtained a rough topography on the membrane surface and the contact angle of the PVDF membranes increased to 113.50 degrees compared to 89.82 degrees of the PVDF membranes spun without an additive. During direct contact membrane distillation (DCMD) of 0.6 M sodium chloride solution, the PVDF membranes spun with PEG 1500 as a non-solvent additive achieved higher water permeation flux compared to the membranes spun from PVDF/DMAc and PVDF/DMAC/LiCl dopes, but the latter two membranes exhibited higher salt rejection rate.

  12. Effect of mechanical treatment and fabrication temperature on piezoelectric properties of PVDF film

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

    2015-04-01

    Piezoelectric properties are one of the electrical properties that will arise in case of mechanical disturbances. One of polymer that can produce the greatest piezoelectric properties is poly vinylidene fluoride (PVDF). Piezoelectric properties of PVDF can be improved by mechanical treatment on the varying film thickness and the temperature. PVDF film has produced by roll hot press tool. Furthermore, PVDF films were characterized by XRD, IR and I-V meter. We have been obtained an increase piezoelectric properties of PVDF films that characterized by increasing β fraction. We get β fraction was 63.63%, 66.35% and 71.60% for temperatures of 140, 150 and 160°C, respectively at film thickness of 13 µm. In addition, We have gained β fraction for the thickness of 15, 13 and 8 µm are 64.60%, 66.35% and 69.00%, respectively at temperature of 140°C. This is due to the increasing temperature and decreasing film thickness then more dipoles are oriented in PVDF films. These results indicate that mechanical treatment caused difference film thickness and temperature of PVDF film has a strong influence on the piezoelectric properties.

  13. Flexible thin-film PVDF-TrFE based pressure sensor for smart catheter applications.

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    Sharma, Tushar; Aroom, Kevin; Naik, Sahil; Gill, Brijesh; Zhang, John X J

    2013-04-01

    We demonstrate the design of thin flexible pressure sensors based on piezoelectric PVDF-TrFE (polyvinyledenedifluoride-tetrafluoroethylene) co-polymer film, which can be integrated onto a catheter, where the compact inner lumen space limit the dimensions of the pressure sensors. Previously, we demonstrated that the thin-film sensors of one micrometer thickness were shown to have better performance compared to the thicker film with no additional electrical poling or mechanical stretching due to higher crystallinity. The pressure sensors can be mass producible using standard lithography process, with excellent control of film uniformity and thickness down to one micrometer. The fabricated pressure sensors were easily mountable on external surface of commercial catheters. Elaborate experiments were performed to demonstrate the applicability of PVDF sensors towards catheter based biomedical application. The resonant frequency of the PVDF sensor was found to be 6.34 MHz. The PVDF sensors can operate over a broad pressure range of 0-300 mmHg. The average sensitivity of the PVDF sensor was found to be four times higher (99 μV/mmHg) than commercial pressure sensor while the PVDF sensor (0.26 s) had fivefold shorter response time than commercial pressure sensor (1.30 s), making the PVDF sensors highly suitable for real-time pressure measurements using catheters. PMID:23519532

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Evaluation of reduced graphene oxide/ZnO effect on properties of PVDF nanocomposite films

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    Jaleh, B.; Jabbari, A.

    2014-11-01

    In this work, we report the preparation and characterization of PVDF/reduced graphene oxide (RGO)-ZnO nanocomposite films via synthesis of reduced graphene oxide-ZnO nanocomposite by solution casting method. Different weight ratios of RGO-ZnO nanocomposites were produced and compounded with PVDF by solution mixing. The compounding was followed by solution casting and drying to form nanocomposite films. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques (XRD), revealed an obvious α to β-phase transformation compared to pure PVDF which a maximum content of 83% for β-phase was calculated by using FTIR techniques. The morphology of the nanocomposites was investigated using scanning electron microscope (SEM). SEM micrographs showed a decrease in size of spherulitic crystal structure of PVDF/RGO-ZnO nanocomposites compared with pure PVDF which has an obvious relation with β-phase enhancement. The thermal behaviors of PVDF/RGO-ZnO nanocomposite films have been investigated by employing thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Since the interface between PVDF and the nanoparticles has an important role in the nucleation of the polymer phase, thermogravimetric analysis was used in order to identify and quantify the interface region and to correlate it with the β-phase content. It is found that an intimate relation exists between the size of the interface region and the piezoelectric β-phase formation that depends on the RGO-ZnO content. The interface value and the β-phase content increase with increasing RGO-ZnO. The PVDF nanocomposites showed higher thermal stability than the pure polymer.

  18. Deformation-induced crystallization and associated morphology development of carbon nanotube-PVDF nanocomposites.

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    Mago, Gaurav; Fisher, Frank T; Kalyon, Dilhan M

    2009-05-01

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) is a semicrystalline thermoplastic polymer that is of interest for sensor, actuator and biomedical applications because of its piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties, as well as outstanding mechanical and chemical properties. Although it is known that the shear-induced crystallization behavior of nanocomposites can be significantly affected by the presence of nanoparticles, the effects of the incorporation of carbon nanotubes on the deformation-induced crystallization and associated morphology development of PVDF have not been previously investigated. Here the dynamics of the shear-induced crystallization of carbon nanotubes incorporated in PVDF were investigated using simple shear flow. The shear-induced crystallization behavior was affected by the deformation rate, temperature, and the concentration of the carbon nanotubes. Time-dependence of linear viscoelastic properties indicated that the presence of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) in PVDF greatly altered the shear-induced crystallization kinetics of PVDF, while no significant changes in crystallization behavior were observed for pure PVDF samples sheared under similar conditions. Upon increase of the concentration of the MWNTs the crystal size of PVDF decreased while its rate of crystallization increased in conjunction with an increase of the beta phase crystallization. Overall, these findings suggest that the shear-induced crystallization of PVDF nanocomposites (and in general flow-induced crystallization effects associated with the thermo-mechanical history experienced by the nanocomposite during processing) should be integral parts of attempts to generate a comprehensive understanding of the development of the microstructural distributions and the coupled ultimate properties of polymer nanocomposites.

  19. 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

  20. 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

  1. Carbon nanotube network evolution during deformation of PVDF-MWNT nanocomposites

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    Rizvi, Reza; Naguib, Hani E.

    2013-04-01

    The emergence of novel electronic systems and their requirements have necessitated the evolution of new material classes. The traditional electronic semiconductors and components are shifting from silicon based substrates to polymers and other organic compounds. Sensor components are no exceptions, where compliant polymeric materials offer the possibility of flexible electronics. This paper examines the fabrication and characterization of piezoresistive nanocomposites for pressure sensing applications. The matrix material employed was Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF). The PVDF phase was reinforced with conductive particles, in order to form a conductive filler network throughout the nanocomposite. Multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWNT) were selected as conductive particles to form the networks. The composites were prepared by melt mixing the PVDF and conductive particles in compositions ranging from 0.25 to 10 wt% conductive particle in PVDF. The dielectric permittivity and electrical conductivity of the composites was characterized and the electrical percolation behavior of PVDF nanocomposites fitted to the statistical percolation model. Scanning electron was employed to understand the morphology of the filler networks in the PVDF nanocomposites. Quasi-static piezoresistance of the nanocomposites was characterized using a custom-built force-resistance measurement setup under compressive loading conditions.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Pyroelectricity enhancement of PVDF nanocomposite thin films doped with ZnO nanoparticles

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    Tan, K. S.; Gan, W. C.; Velayutham, T. S.; Abd Majid, W. H.

    2014-12-01

    A thin film of pyroelectric composite with 0-3 connectivity was fabricated from zinc oxide (ZnO) nanopowder and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) with different volume fraction from 0-0.25 wt%. The dielectric and pyroelectric properties of the samples were investigated. It was found that the presence of a small amount of ZnO nanoparticles (0.25 wt%) has significantly increased the pyroelectric coefficient of the PVDF by 25%. Furthermore, the nanocomposite films required lower poling field to form polar-δ phase compared to pure PVDF thin films. Analysis of the complex permittivity in a wide range of frequency was carried out indicating that the dielectric constant and loss of PVDF/ZnO nanocomposite thin films increase when doped with ZnO. Havriliak-Negami (HN) empirical function has been employed to obtain the α-relaxation time of the nanocomposite thin films before and after poling. The α-relaxation time does not vary with the increase of ZnO wt%; however, the effect of poling has lengthened the relaxation time of the thin films. FTIR and XRD results supports the fact that the addition of ZnO nanoparticles into PVDF polymer thin films do not cause any significant effect on the structure of the PVDF thin films. In fact, ZnO nanoparticle has enhanced the overall pyroelectricity of PVDF by facilitating the poling process in the composites and led to phase transformation of PVDF from α- to δ-phase as supported by a marked reduction of (100) x-ray diffraction intensities.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

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

    2015-06-01

    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. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Enhancement of electroactive β phase crystallization and dielectric constant of PVDF by incorporating GeO2 and SiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Kar, Epsita; Bose, Navonil; Das, Sukhen; Mukherjee, Nillohit; Mukherjee, Sampad

    2015-09-21

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) nanocomposites are recently gaining importance due to their unique dielectric and electroactive responses. In this study, GeO2 nanoparticles/PVDF and SiO2 nanoparticles/PVDF nanocomposite films were prepared by a simple solution casting technique. The surface morphology and structural properties of the as-prepared films were studied by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and FT-IR spectroscopy techniques. The studies reveal that the incorporation of GeO2 or SiO2 nanoparticles leads to an enhancement in the electroactive β phase fraction of PVDF due to the strong interactions between the negatively charged nanoparticle surface and polymer. Analysis of the thermal properties of the as-prepared samples also supports the increment of the β phase fraction in PVDF. Variation of dielectric constant, dielectric loss, and ac conductivity with frequency and loading fraction of the nanoparticles were also studied for all the as-prepared films. Dielectric constant of the nanocomposite films increases with increasing nanofiller concentration in PVDF. 15 mass% SiO2-loaded PVDF film shows the highest dielectric constant, which can be attributed to the smaller size of SiO2 nanoparticles and the homogeneous and discrete dispersion of SiO2 nanoparticles in PVDF matrix. PMID:26260070

  14. 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.

  15. 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

    2016-04-27

    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.

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. On the alpha --> beta transition of carbon-coated highly oriented PVDF ultrathin film induced by melt recrystallization.

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    Wang, Jijun; Li, Huihui; Liu, Jichun; Duan, Yongxin; Jiang, Shidong; Yan, Shouke

    2003-02-12

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) is one of the polymers which exhibit pronounced polymorphic crystalline forms, depending on crystallization conditions. Four different crystalline modifications, i.e., alpha, beta, gamma, and delta, have been reported so far. Among them, even though the alpha-form is the most common one, the beta-phase is the one that has attracted the widest interest due to its extensive piezo- and pyroelectric applications. During the past few decades, a substantial amount of work has been done in attempts to characterize these crystal modifications and transformations among them. It was well documented that the alpha-form PVDF can be easily obtained through melt crystallization of the PVDF at atmospheric pressure. Its beta-counterpart can, however, only be directly obtained by growth from solution, molecular epitaxy on the surface of potassium bromide, melt crystallization at high pressures, or by applying with a strong electric field. Transformation from its alpha-phase to beta-phase has been achieved by mechanical deformation, while the retransformation could be conducted through melt recrystallization at atmospheric pressure. In the present work, the recrystallization behavior of carbon-coated melt-drawn oriented PVDF ultrathin films at atmospheric pressure was studied by means of transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction. The results indicate that through vacuum evaporating a thin carbon layer on the surface of highly oriented alpha-PVDF ultrathin film, not only has its high orientation been preserved after a complete melting and recrystallization process, but an alpha --> beta transition of PVDF has also been achieved through melt recrystallization at atmospheric pressure. This technique can be successfully used for preparing highly oriented beta-PVDF ultrathin films, especially patterned microstructures of PVDF with its highly oriented polar beta-phase and nonoriented nonpolar alpha-phase.

  19. Design and development of PVDF-based MEMS hydrophone and accelerometer

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    Zhu, Bei

    It is always desirable to fabricate low-cost, highly sensitive and miniaturized sensors for various applications. In this thesis, the design and processing of PVDF-based MEMS hydrophones and accelerometers have been investigated. The basic structure of the hydrophone was fabricated on a silicon wafer using standard NMOS process technology. A MOSFET with extended gate electrode was designed as the interface circuit to a sensing material, which is a piezoelectric polymer, polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF). Acoustic impedance possessed by this piezoelectric material provides a reasonable match to that of water, which makes it very attractive for underwater applications. The electrical signal generated by the PVDF film was directly coupled to the gate of the MOSFET. In order to minimize the parasitic capacitance underneath the PVDF film and hence improve the device sensitivity, a thick photoresist, SU-8, was first employed as the dielectric layer under the extended gate electrode. For underwater operation, the hydrophone was encapsulated by a waterproof Rho-C rubber. However, it was found that the rubber induced the degradation of the MOSFET. To improve the reliability of the hydrophone, the active device was passivated by a silicon nitride layer, which is a good barrier material to most mobile ions and solvents. The device after passivation also shows a lower noise level. A theoretical model was developed to predict the sensitivity of the hydrophone. A reasonable agreement between the theoretical and experimental results was obtained. MEMS accelerometers based on the PVDF-MOSFET structure by attaching a seismic mass on top of the PVDF film were also fabricated. The accelerometer was calibrated using a comparison method and an average sensitivity of 0.28 mV/g was achieved. A dynamic model of the accelerometer was derived and the calculated results are in good agreement with the measured results.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Adaptive PVDF piezoelectric deformable mirror system.

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    Sato, T; Ishida, H; Ikeda, O

    1980-05-01

    An adaptive mirror system whose surface deforms smoothly according to the desired curve has been made of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) piezoelectric film and laminar glass plate. One surface of the glass plate was evaporated with silver, and this side was used as the mirror surface. A PVDF film, whose shape was determined by the deformation curve, was pasted tightly on the other surface. The mirror deforms smoothly along this curve with the application of a single voltage to the film. Holographic filter and feedback were lso considered to improve the static and dynamic characteristics. Typically, deformation along ax(2)+bx(3) was obtained. PMID:20221054

  5. 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.

  6. Enhanced Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting Performance of Flexible PVDF-TrFE Bilayer Films with Graphene Oxide.

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    Bhavanasi, Venkateswarlu; Kumar, Vipin; Parida, Kaushik; Wang, Jiangxin; Lee, Pooi See

    2016-01-13

    Ferroelectric materials have attracted interest in recent years due to their application in energy harvesting owing to its piezoelectric nature. Ferroelectric polymers are flexible and can sustain larger strains compared to inorganic counterparts, making them attractive for harvesting energy from mechanical vibrations. Herein, we report, for the first time, the enhanced piezoelectric energy harvesting performance of the bilayer films of poled poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) [PVDF-TrFE] and graphene oxide (GO). The bilayer film exhibits superior energy harvesting performance with a voltage output of 4 V and power output of 4.41 μWcm(-2) compared to poled PVDF-TrFE films alone (voltage output of 1.9 V and power output of 1.77 μWcm(-2)). The enhanced voltage and power output in the presence of GO film is due to the combined effect of electrostatic contribution from graphene oxide, residual tensile stress, enhanced Young's modulus of the bilayer films, and the presence of space charge at the interface of the PVDF-TrFE and GO films, arising from the uncompensated polarization of PVDF-TrFE. Higher Young's modulus and dielectric constant of GO led to the efficient transfer of mechanical and electrical energy.

  7. Enhanced Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting Performance of Flexible PVDF-TrFE Bilayer Films with Graphene Oxide.

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    Bhavanasi, Venkateswarlu; Kumar, Vipin; Parida, Kaushik; Wang, Jiangxin; Lee, Pooi See

    2016-01-13

    Ferroelectric materials have attracted interest in recent years due to their application in energy harvesting owing to its piezoelectric nature. Ferroelectric polymers are flexible and can sustain larger strains compared to inorganic counterparts, making them attractive for harvesting energy from mechanical vibrations. Herein, we report, for the first time, the enhanced piezoelectric energy harvesting performance of the bilayer films of poled poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) [PVDF-TrFE] and graphene oxide (GO). The bilayer film exhibits superior energy harvesting performance with a voltage output of 4 V and power output of 4.41 μWcm(-2) compared to poled PVDF-TrFE films alone (voltage output of 1.9 V and power output of 1.77 μWcm(-2)). The enhanced voltage and power output in the presence of GO film is due to the combined effect of electrostatic contribution from graphene oxide, residual tensile stress, enhanced Young's modulus of the bilayer films, and the presence of space charge at the interface of the PVDF-TrFE and GO films, arising from the uncompensated polarization of PVDF-TrFE. Higher Young's modulus and dielectric constant of GO led to the efficient transfer of mechanical and electrical energy. PMID:26693844

  8. A novel electropolymerized fluorescent film probe for TNT based on electro-active conjugated copolymer.

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    Nie, Heran; Ma, Hongwei; Zhang, Ming; Zhong, Yingjie

    2015-11-01

    A novel electro-active conjugated copolymer (PFPCz) has been designed, synthesized and used as the precursor of electropolymerization (EP) directly. By optimizing the EP condition, the PFPCz EP films have been prepared and displayed high fluorescent sensitivity to TNT, whose fluorescent intensity could be quenched 68.6% exposed to TNT (50 μM) in aqueous medium. These results suggest PFPCz EP film a promising candidate for TNT detection. Furthermore, this work provides not only a new precursor to EP but also a promising fluorescence film sensor candidate.

  9. Electrical and mechanical characterization of nanoscale-layered cellulose-based electro-active paper.

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    Yun, Gyu-Young; Yun, Ki-Ju; Kim, Joo-Hyung; Kim, Jaehwan

    2011-01-01

    In order to understand the electro-mechanical behavior of piezoelectric electro active paper (EAPap), the converse and direct piezoelectric characterization of cellulose EAPap was studied and compared. A delay between the electrical field and the induced strain of EAPap was observed due to the inner nano-voids or the localized amorphous regions in layer-by-layered structure to capture or hold the electrical charges and remnant ions. The linear relation between electric field and induced strain is also observed. The electro-mechanical performance of EAPap is discussed in detail in this paper.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Enhanced dielectric performance of BaTiO3/PVDF composites prepared by modified process for energy storage applications.

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    Niu, Yujuan; Yu, Ke; Bai, Yuanyuan; Wang, Hong

    2015-01-01

    Ceramic-polymer composites have attracted extensive attention in electrical applications due to their high permittivity and low loss. In this work, we report the studies on the preparation and properties of barium titanate (BT)/ poly(vinylidenefluoride) (PVDF) composite thin films. The composite film was prepared by a modified process rather than the conventional method. The modified process adopted ballmilling technique instead of the stirring method to disperse BT nanoparticles into PVDF solution. Scanning electron microscopy images of the obtained composites show that the BT nanoparticles are incorporated into the PVDF network and are well dispersed in the matrix. When the BT volume fraction is 30%, the permittivity and breakdown strength of the composites reach their optimal values and the energy density reaches maximum value (5.3 J/cm3), an increase of 80% compared with that of the composites prepared using the stirring method. Another modification is the use of acetone and butanone mixed solution instead of N,N-dimethylformamide to dissolve the PVDF, which is beneficial to form pure α-PVDF composite films on the polyethylene terephthalate substrate by tape casting. The composites prepared by the modified process, with high permittivity and significantly enhanced breakdown strength, are useful candidates for energy storage applications. PMID:25585395

  14. PVDF:TiO2 Composite Thin Films for Capacitive Energy Storage

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    Ewen, Crystal; Dillingham, Randy; Stufflebeam, Terry; Brickley, Eric

    2014-03-01

    Thin films composed of the polymer polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and the ceramic nanoparticle titanium dioxide (TiO2) are fabricated via thermal vapor deposition. This combination is ideal since it is light weight and improves the energy density. The elemental composition of the films are determined with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy using a scanning electron microscope. Elemental mapping of the films shows that the polymer and nanoparticles are homogeneously distributed. The ideal initial concentrations of PVDF and TiO2 were determined to be 83 % and 17 % respectively. The final films yield a Ti weight percent of 20. Parallel plate capacitors were fabricated by combining thermal vapor deposition and sputter coating. For the electrodes the parallel plates are gold-palladium (AuPd) with PVDF:TiO2 as the dielectric. The AuPd electrodes were deposited via sputter coating. Each electrode was sputtered for 100s, which yields a thickness of 33nm. Current research is working to improve the amount of Ti deposited by varying the temperature and deposition time, obtain more accurate thickness measurements, and improve on its electrical properties.

  15. Structural impact on piezoelectricity in PVDF and P(VDF-TrFE) thin films

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    Strashilov, V.; Alexieva, G.; Vincent, B.; Nguyen, V. S.; Rouxel, D.

    2015-03-01

    PVDF and its mostly used copolymer P(VDF-TrFE) are known to possess piezoelectric properties which strongly vary with processing conditions. As the final target of processing ultimately is the structure of the polymer, establishing a more detailed link between structure and properties would ease both the understanding and the practical usage of films piezoelectric activity. In spite of a number of thorough studies exploiting the nature of piezoelectricity in PVDF, available data does not generally exhibit reliable level of consistency and, in some cases, elements of contradiction are observed. Making no claim to be exhaustive in this vast area, we present a survey and discuss on a number of results both available and obtained by ourselves in an effort to assist to better interpretation and further progress in the field.

  16. PVDF measurement of soft x ray induced shock and filter debris impulse

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    Johnson, D. E.; Lee, L. M.; Hedemann, M. A.; Bauer, F.

    PVDF piezoelectric polymer shock stress sensors have been used to measure the shock and impulse generated by soft X-rays and by filter debris in the SATURN Plasma Radiation Source at Sandia National Laboratories, NM. SATURN was used to generate 30 to 40 kJ, 20-ns duration, line radiation at 2 to 3 keV. Fluence on samples was nominally 40, 200, and 400 kJ/m(sup 2) (1, 5, and 10 cal/cm(sup 2)). Measurements of X-ray induced material shock response exposing both aluminum and PMMA acrylic samples agree well with companion measurements made with single crystal X-cut quartz gauges. Time-of-flight, stress, and impulse produced by Kimfol (polycarbonate/aluminum) filter debris were also measured with the PVDF gauges.

  17. PVDF measurement of soft X-ray induced shock and filter debris impulse

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    Johnson, D.E.; Lee, L.M.; Hedemann, M.A.; Bauer, F.

    1993-07-01

    PVDF piezoelectric polymer shock stress sensors have been used to measure the shock and impulse generated by soft X-rays and by filter debris in the SATURN Plasma Radiation Source at Sandia National Laboratories, NM. SATURN was used to generate 30 to 40 kJ, 20-ns duration, line radiation at 2 to 3 keV. Fluence on samples was nominally 40, 200, and 400 kJ/m{sup 2} (1, 5, and 10 cal/cm{sup 2}). Measurements of X-ray induced material shock response exposing both aluminum and PMMA acrylic samples agree well with companion measurements made with single crystal X-cut quartz gauges. Time-of-flight, stress, and impulse produced by Kimfol (polycarbonate/aluminum) filter debris were also measured with the PVDF gauges.

  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.

  20. 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) .

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Nanodiamond particles/PVDF nanocomposite flexible films: thermal, mechanical and physical properties

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    Jaleh, Babak; Sodagar, Shima; Momeni, Amir; Jabbari, Ameneh

    2016-08-01

    Recently, polymer nanocomposites reinforced with nanoparticles have attracted a lot of attention due to their unique physical and mechanical properties. In this work, poly (vinylidene fluoride)/nanodiamond particles nanocomposite films were prepared by solution casting method with various nanodiamond particles contents. The samples were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction technique. The results revealed an obvious α to β-phase transformation compared to pure PVDF. The most (or the maximum) phase transformation from α to β-phase (>90%) was found for nanocomposite film with 8% wt nanodiamond particles. Scanning electron micrographs showed considerable decrease in the size of spherulitic crystal structure of PVDF with adding nanoparticles. The photoluminescence property of nanocomposite films was investigated by photoluminescence spectroscopy and the optical band gap value was calculated from the UV-visible absorption spectra. The results showed that after the incorporation of nanoparticles into PVDF, the value of optical band gap decreased. Thermal stability of samples was studied by thermogravimetric analysis. Due to an increase in the electroactive phase (β) percentage by adding nanoparticles, the resistance of samples to thermal degradation improved. The mechanical properties of samples were investigated by tensile test and hardness measurements. The elastic modulus and hardness of samples were enhanced by adding nanodiamond particles and elongation to fracture decreased.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Electro-active paper for biomimetic actuator activated in low humidity condition

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    Yun, Sung-Ryul; Yun, Gyu Young; Jyoti, Nayak; Chen, Yi; Kim, Heung Soo; Zhao, Li Jie; Kim, Jaehwan

    2007-07-01

    Electro-Active Paper(EAPap) actuator materials based on cellulose has been discovered as a smart material that has merits in terms of low voltage operation, lightweight, dryness, low power consumption, bio-degradability, abundance and low price. Since EAPap material requires low power consumption, a remotely driven actuator has been proposed by using microwave power transmission. This concept is attractive for many biomimetic systems such as crawling micro-insect robots, flying objects like dragon fly, and smart wall papers. However, the actuation performance of EAPap is sensitive to humidity. Thus, in this paper, a new EAPap that is less sensitive to humidity is studied. The fabrication of EAPap is explained and the actuations are shown with actuating voltage, frequency, humidity level and time. The fabrication process includes dissolving cellulose fibers, eliminating solvent and Li ions with DI (deionized) water and IPA (Isopropyl alcohol) mixture, washing with water, drying and gold coating. Morphology of the fabricated EAPap is analyzed by taking scanning electron microscope images and X-ray diffractogram. The actuator performance is tested in terms of bending displacement with frequency and humidity level.

  10. Magnetic and electric field alignments of cellulose chains for electro-active paper actuator

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    Yun, Sungryul; Chen, Yi; Lee, Sang Woo; Kim, Jaehwan; Kim, Heung Soo

    2008-03-01

    To improve the piezoelectricity of cellulose electro-active paper (EAPap), electrical field and magnetic field alignments were investigated. EAPap is made with cellulose by dissolving cotton pulp and regenerating cellulose with aligned cellulose fibers. EAPap made with cellulose has piezoelectric property due to its structural crystallinity. Noncentro-symmetric crystal structure of EAPap, which is mostly cellulose II, can exhibit piezoelectricity. However, EAPap has ordered crystal parts as well as disordered parts of cellulose. Thus, well alignment of cellulose chains in EAPap is important to improve its piezoelectricity. In this paper, uniaxial alignments of cellulose chains were investigated by applying electric field and magnetic field. As exposing different fields to EAPap samples, the changed characteristics were analyzed by X-Ray diffractometer (XRD) and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Finally, the piezoelectricity of EAPap samples was evaluated by comparing their piezoelectric charge constant [d 31]. As increasing applied electric field up to 40V/mm, d 31 value was gradually improved due to increased cellulose crystallinity as well as alignment of cellulose chains. Also the alignment of cellulose chains was improved with increasing the exposing time to magnetic field (5.3T) and well alignment was achieved by exposing EAPap sample on the magnetic field for 180min.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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)

  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.

  19. First-principles investigation of PVDF and its copolymers

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    Ranjan, V.; Yu, Liping; Buongiorno Nardelli, Marco; Bernholc, J.

    2009-03-01

    Recently, PVDF and its copolymers have generated significant interest due to their electroactive properties [1] and potential for ultra-high energy-storage applications [2]. In this talk, we present the results of first-principles calculations of stable phases and dielectric properties of different copolymers and terpolymers of PVDF at varying concentrations. Our results show that at very high concentrations of Chloro-trifluoroethylene (CTFE), PVDF/CTFE displays sharp transitions between non-polar (α) and polar (β) phases. On the contrary, the same transitions in copolymers with trifluoroethylene (TrFE) and tetrafluoroethylene (TeFE) are not sharp and happen at lower concentrations. We discuss the interplay of copolymer admixture on the dielectric properties of PVDF and discuss the suitability of copolymers for energy storage and electroactive applications. [1] S. G. Lu et al., App. Phys. Lett. 93, 042905 (2008). [2] V. Ranjan et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 047801 (2007).

  20. 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

  1. Magnetic and electric behavior of NiFe2O4-PVDF nanocomposites

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    Sen, S.; Panda, A. K.; Prasad, K.

    2012-12-01

    NiFe2O4-PVDF composites in different ratios (10 %, 30 % and 50 %) were prepared in two steps. Firstly, fine nanosized NiFe2O4 powder was synthesized using the precursor solution method. Then the composites were made by hot-press technique. The presence of both the phases (ceramic and polymer) was confirmed by XRD micrographs. The average particle size of the composites varied from 18-23 nm. SEM micrographs showed that the ferrite particles were embedded in the polymer matrix. The saturation magnetization and the remanence showed an increasing trend with the increase in ferrite content while the coercivity remained almost constant. Impedance plot showed the presence of a single semicircle, which indicates the presence of bulk effect. The composites exhibited non-Debye relaxation. The bulk conductivity followed the Arrhenius type of behavior. The conduction mechanism was explained by the Vervey-de-Boer mechanism.

  2. Shear induced crystallization in different polymorphic forms of PVDF induced by surface functionalized MWNTs in PVDF/PMMA blends.

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    Sharma, Maya; Madras, Giridhar; Bose, Suryasarathi

    2014-08-21

    Shear induced crystallization in PVDF/PMMA blends, especially at higher fractions of PMMA, can be quite interesting in understanding the structure-property correlation and processing of these blends. In a recent submission (Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014, 16, 2693-2704), we clearly demonstrated, using dielectric spectroscopy, that the origin of segmental relaxations concerning the crystalline segments of PVDF in PVDF/PMMA blends in the presence of MWNTs (multiwalled nanotubes) was strongly contingent on the size of the crystallite. We now understand that the fraction of PMMA in the blends governs the origin of polymorphism in PVDF. This motivated us to systematically study the effect of shear on the crystallization behavior of PVDF especially in blends with different polymorphic forms of PVDF. Two model blends were selected; one with a mixture of α and β crystals and the other predominantly rich in α crystals. Initially, physical ageing, at different oscillation frequencies (1 rad s(-1) and 0.1 rad s(-1)), was monitored by melt rheology and subsequently, the effect of steady shear was probed in situ without changing the history of the samples. Intriguingly, the rate of crystallization was observed to be significantly higher for higher oscillation frequencies, which essentially suggest that shear has induced crystallization in the blends. More interestingly, the effect of steady shear was more pronounced in the blends rich in α crystals (bigger crystallites as observed from SAXS) and at lower oscillation frequencies.

  3. 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.

  4. The construction of a zwitterionic PVDF membrane surface to improve biofouling resistance.

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    Shen, Xiang; Zhao, Yiping; Chen, Li

    2013-09-01

    Biofouling of membrane surfaces by the attachment of microorganisms is one of the major obstacles for ensuring the effectiveness of membrane separation processes. This work presents the construction of a zwitterionic PVDF membrane surface with improved resistance to biofouling. An amphiphilic copolymer of poly(vinylidene fluoride)-graft-poly(N,N-dimethylamino-2-ethylmethacrylate) (PVDF-g-PDMAEMA) was first synthesized via radical graft copolymerization and then the flat membrane was cast with immersed phase inversion. The PDMAEMA side chains tended to aggregate on the membrane surface, pore surface and internal pore channel surface, and were converted with 1,3-propane sultone (1,3-PS) to yield a zwitterionic membrane surface. A higher conversion of PDMAEMA chains and distribution of zwitterions were obtained using a longer treatment time. A biofouling assay indicated that incorporation of zwitterions suppressed the adsorption of extracellular polymer substances and the adhesion of Escherichia coli bacterial cells to the membrane surface, endowing the membrane with a high flux recovery and biofouling resistance in the filtration process.

  5. The new simultaneous PVDF/VISAR measurement technique: Applications to highly porous HMX

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    Anderson, M.U.; Graham, R.A.

    1995-12-31

    Time-resolved pressure and particle velocity measurements provide the foundation for modem descriptions of rate-dependent materials deformation processes in condensed matter subjected to high pressure shock loading. Much of that foundation has been based on the VISAR, nanosecond time-resolved particle velocity technique. It has been known for sometime that full description of the rate-dependent processes requires both particle velocity and stress data, but stress sensors with nanosecond resolution have not been previously available for general usage. More recently, the piezoelectric polymer PVDF has been used for stress and stress-rate measurements in rate dependent materials response experiments. Neither method, by itself, gives unique material response models, particularly in the case of highly porous materials. The first simultaneous, time-resolved measurements with VISAR and PVDF have now been carried out. Measurements were taken on highly porous HMX that clearly show the two-dimensional nature of HMX viscous compression behavior, followed by the onset of chemical reaction. This technique promises to provide a qualitative improvement in our ability to develop rate-dependent material descriptions of all solids including highly porous solids. Precise use of this technique will require new window materials.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  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. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

    2014-05-01

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. Cratering studies in Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) thin films

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    Shu, Anthony; Bugiel, Sebastian; Grün, Eberhard; Hillier, Jon; Horányi, Mihály; Munsat, Tobin; Srama, Ralf

    2013-12-01

    Thin, permanently polarized Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) films have been used as dust detectors on a number of missions including the Dust Counter and Mass Analyzer (DUCMA) instrument on Vega 1 and 2 to comet 1P/Halley, the High Rate Detector (HRD) on the Cassini Mission to Saturn, the Student Dust Counter (SDC) on New Horizons to Pluto, the Dust Flux Monitor Instrument (DFMI) on the Stardust mission to comet 81P/Wild 2, the Space Dust (SPADUS) instrument on the Earth orbiting Advanced Research and Global Observation Satellite (ARGOS) and the Cosmic Dust Experiment (CDE) on the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) mission in orbit around the Earth. Due to their low power requirements and light weight, large surface area detectors can be built for observing low dust fluxes. The operation principle behind metal-coated PVDF detectors is that a micrometeorite impact removes a portion of the metal surface layer, exposing the permanently polarized PVDF dielectric underneath. This changes the local electric potential near the crater, and the surface charge of the metal layer, which can be recorded as a transient current. The dimensions of the crater determine the strength of the potential change and thus the signal generated by the PVDF. Currently used scaling laws relating impactor parameters to crater geometry, which are used to predict PVDF response, are suspected to have systematic errors. Work is being undertaken to develop a new crater diameter scaling law using iron particles in PVDF. Cratered samples are analyzed using a 3D reconstruction technique using stereo image pairs taken in a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and cross sections taken in a Focused Ion Beam (FIB). We report on the details of the reconstruction techniques and the initial findings of the crater parameter scaling law study.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Poling of PVDF matrix composites for integrated structural load sensing

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    Haghiashtiani, Ghazaleh; Greminger, Michael A.; Zhao, Ping

    2014-03-01

    The purpose of this study is to create and evaluate a smart composite structure that can be used for integrated load sensing and structural health monitoring. In this structure, PVDF films are used as the matrix material instead of epoxy resin or other thermoplastics. The reinforcements are two layers of carbon fiber with one layer of Kevlar separating them. Due to the electrical conductivity properties of carbon fiber and the dielectric effect of Kevlar, the structure acts as a capacitor. Furthermore, the piezoelectric properties of the PVDF matrix can be used to monitor the response of the structure under applied loads. In order to exploit the piezoelectric properties of PVDF, the PVDF material must be polarized to align the dipole moments of its crystalline structure. The optimal condition for poling the structure was found by performing a 23 factorial design of experiment (DoE). The factors that were studied in DoE were temperature, voltage, and duration of poling. Finally, the response of the poled structure was monitored by exposing the samples to an applied load.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. Large magnetoelectric response in multiferroic polymer-based composites

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    Nan, Ce-Wen; Cai, N.; Shi, Z.; Zhai, J.; Liu, G.; Lin, Y.

    2005-01-01

    A type of multiferroic polymer-based composite is presented which exhibits a giant magnetoelectric sensitivity. Such a multiferroic composite prepared via a simple low-temperature hot-molding technique for common polymer-based composites has a laminate structure with one lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT)/polyvinylidene-fluoride (PVDF) composite layer sandwiched between two TbDyFe alloy (Terfenol-D)/PVDF composite layers. The PZT/PVDF layer in the middle dominates the dielectric and piezoelectric behavior of the polymer based composites. The coupling elastic interaction between two outer Terfenol-D/PVDF layers and the middle PZT/PVDF layer in such polymer-based composites produces the giant magnetoelectric response as demonstrated by the experimental results, especially at high frequency at which the electromechanical resonance appears. The maximum magnetoelectric sensitivity of the composites can reach up to as high as about 300mV/cmOe at frequency below 50kHz and about 6000mV/cmOe at the resonance frequency of around 80kHz .

  3. Improving Dielectric Properties of PVDF Composites by Employing Surface Modified Strong Polarized BaTiO₃ Particles Derived by Molten Salt Method.

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    Fu, Jing; Hou, Yudong; Zheng, Mupeng; Wei, Qiaoyi; Zhu, Mankang; Yan, Hui

    2015-11-11

    BaTiO3/polyvinylidene fluoride (BT/PVDF) is the extensive reported composite material for application in modern electric devices. However, there still exists some obstacles prohibiting the further improvement of dielectric performance, such as poor interfacial compatibility and low dielectric constant. Therefore, in depth study of the size dependent polarization and surface modification of BT particle is of technological importance in developing high performance BT/PVDF composites. Here, a facile molten-salt synthetic method has been applied to prepare different grain sized BT particles through tailoring the calcination temperature. The size dependent spontaneous polarizationof BT particle was thoroughly investigated by theoretical calculation based on powder X-ray diffraction Rietveld refinement data. The results revealed that 600 nm sized BT particles possess the strong polarization, ascribing to the ferroelectric size effect. Furthermore, the surface of optimal BT particles has been modified by water-soluble polyvinylprrolidone (PVP) agent, and the coated particles exhibited fine core-shell structure and homogeneous dispersion in the PVDF matrix. The dielectric constant of the resulted composites increased significantly, especially, the prepared composite with 40 vol % BT loading exhibited the largest dielectric constant (65, 25 °C, 1 kHz) compared with the literature values of BT/PVDF at the same concentration of filler. Moreover, the energy storage density of the composites with tailored structure was largely enhanced at the low electric field, showing promising application as dielectric material in energy storage device. Our work suggested that introduction of strong polarized ferroelectric particles with optimal size and construction of core-shell structured coated fillers by PVP in the PVDF matrix are efficacious in improving dielectric performance of composites. The demonstrated approach can also be applied to the design and preparation of other polymers

  4. 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.

  5. The double effects of silver nanoparticles on the PVDF membrane: Surface hydrophilicity and antifouling performance

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    Li, Jian-Hua; Shao, Xi-Sheng; Zhou, Qing; Li, Mi-Zi; Zhang, Qi-Qing

    2013-01-01

    In this study, silver nanoparticles were used to endow poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membrane with excellent surface hydrophilicity and outstanding antifouling performance. Silver nanoparticles were successfully immobilized onto PVDF membrane surface under the presence of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA). The double effects of silver nanoparticles on PVDF membrane, i.e., surface hydrophilicity and anti-fouling performance, were systematically investigated. Judging from result of water static contact measurement, silver nanoparticles had provided a significant improvement in PVDF membrane surface hydrophilicity. And the possible explanation on the improvement of PVDF membrane surface hydrophilicity with silver nanoparticles was firstly proposed in this study. Membrane permeation and anti-bacterial tests were carried out to characterize the antifouling performance of PVDF membrane. Flux recovery ratio (FRR) increased about 40% after the presence of silver nanoparticles on the PVDF membrane surface, elucidating the anti-organic fouling performance of PVDF membrane was elevated by silver nanoparticles. Simultaneously, anti-bacterial test confirmed that PVDF membrane showed superior anti-biofouling activity because of silver nanoparticles. The above-mentioned results clarified that silver nanoparticles can endow PVDF membrane with both excellent surface hydrophilicity and outstanding antifouling performance in this study.

  6. PVDF-based copolymers, terpolymers and their multi-component material systems for capacitor applications

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    Chu, Baojin

    Miniature of power electronics, scaling-down of microelectronics and other electrical and electronic systems, and development of many technologies (such as hybrid vehicles or implantable heart defibrillators) require capacitors with high energy density to improve the weight and volume efficiency of the whole system. Various capacitor technologies are investigated to meet the requirements of developing future technologies. Among these technologies, polymer film capacitor technology is one of the most promising. Besides high energy density, polymer-based capacitors possess the merits of high power density, low loss, high reliability (self-healing), easy processing, and feasibility (in size, shape and energy level). Due to the ferroelectricity of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)-based polymers, they exhibit much higher polarization response under an electric field, in comparison with other linear dielectric polymers for capacitor applications. The maximum polarization level of PVDF-based polymers can be as high as 0.1 C/m2 and the breakdown field can be higher than 600 MV/m. An estimated energy density of around 30 J/cm3 can be expected in this class of materials. However, this value is much higher than the energy density that can be achieved in the PVDF homopolymer and the poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) (P(VDF-TrFE)) copolymers due to the polarization hysteresis in these polymers. Therefore, in this thesis, PVDF-based polymer materials were investigated and developed to approach this expected energy density by various strategies. An energy density of higher than 24 J/cm 3, which is close to the predicted value, was found in PVDF-based copolymers. Recently, the poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene-chlorofluoroethylene) (P(VDF-TrFE-CFE)) terpolymer was developed in Prof. Qiming Zhang's group. Previous works have shown that incorporation of CTE into P(VDF-TrFE) copolymers, in which bulky CFE acts as a defect, could convert the copolymer into relaxor

  7. 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.

  8. Self-assembly of electro-active protein architectures on electrodes for the construction of biomimetic signal chains.

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    Lisdat, Fred; Dronov, Roman; Möhwald, Helmuth; Scheller, Frieder W; Kurth, Dirk G

    2009-01-21

    The layer-by-layer adsorption technique based on the consecutive deposition of oppositely charged species is suitable for the preparation of protein multilayers with fully electro-active protein molecules. The methodology was established with cytochrome c and the polyelectrolyte sulfonated polyaniline (PASA). The technique is also useful for the construction of bi-protein architectures confining protein-protein communication to an electrode. Following natural examples of protein complexes with defined signal transfer, cytochrome c was arranged with enzymes such as xanthine oxidase, bilirubin oxidase, laccase, and sulfite oxidase in self-assembled multilayer architectures. Thus, biomimetic signal chains from the enzyme substrate via the enzyme and cytochrome c towards the electrode can be established. Communication between proteins immobilised in multiple layers on the electrode can be achieved by in situ generation of small shuttle molecules or more advantageously by direct interprotein electron transfer. This allows the construction of new sensing electrodes, the properties of which can be tuned by the number of deposited protein layers. The mechanism of electron transfer within such protein assemblies on gold electrodes will be discussed.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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%.

  16. Cylindrical PVDF film transmitters and receivers for air ultrasound.

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    Toda, Minoru

    2002-05-01

    Cylindrical polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) film transducers for transmission and reception of 40-kHz ultrasonic waves in air have been investigated. A key feature of such transducers is their omni-directional polar response. An optimized structure comprises a cylindrical PVDF film element resting on a spool without a mechanical bond to it. Various key design equations to obtain the required ultrasonic performance both as transmitter and receiver are shown, which include resonance frequency, acoustic pressure, angle performance, back air cavity effect, and receiver sensitivity. Measurements of actual frequency response of transmitter output and receiver sensitivity, angular performance, back air space effect, and temperature effect are presented. The results agree well with the theoretical predictions. It has been shown that this device is well-suited for practical application as an ultrasonic ranging device. PMID:12046938

  17. 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.

  18. PVDF-PZT nanocomposite film based self-charging power cell.

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    Zhang, Yan; Zhang, Yujing; Xue, Xinyu; Cui, Chunxiao; He, Bin; Nie, Yuxin; Deng, Ping; Lin Wang, Zhong

    2014-03-14

    A novel PVDF-PZT nanocomposite film has been proposed and used as a piezoseparator in self-charging power cells (SCPCs). The structure, composed of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and lead zirconate titanate (PZT), provides a high piezoelectric output, because PZT in this nanocomposite film can improve the piezopotential compared to the pure PVDF film. The SCPC based on this nanocomposite film can be efficiently charged up by the mechanical deformation in the absence of an external power source. The charge capacity of the PVDF-PZT nanocomposite film based SCPC in 240 s is ∼0.010 μA h, higher than that of a pure PVDF film based SCPC (∼0.004 μA h). This is the first demonstration of using PVDF-PZT nanocomposite film as a piezoseparator for SCPC, and is an important step for the practical applications of SCPC for harvesting and storing mechanical energy. PMID:24531887

  19. Laparoscopic Repair of Morgagni Hernia Using Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) Mesh.

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    Godazandeh, Gholamali; Mortazian, Meysam

    2012-10-01

    We report the cases of two patients diagnosed with Morgagni hernia who presented with nonspecific abdominal symptoms. Both underwent laparoscopic surgery that used a dual-sided mesh, polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF; Dynamesh IPOM®). The procedures were successful and both patients were discharged with no complications. There was no recurrence in 18 months of follow up.Herein is the report of these cases and a literature review. PMID:24829663

  20. Laparoscopic Repair of Morgagni Hernia Using Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) Mesh

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    Godazandeh, Gholamali; Mortazian, Meysam

    2012-01-01

    We report the cases of two patients diagnosed with Morgagni hernia who presented with nonspecific abdominal symptoms. Both underwent laparoscopic surgery that used a dual-sided mesh, polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF; Dynamesh IPOM®). The procedures were successful and both patients were discharged with no complications. There was no recurrence in 18 months of follow up.Herein is the report of these cases and a literature review. PMID:24829663

  1. 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

  2. The preparation of γ-crystalline non-electrically poled photoluminescant ZnO–PVDF nanocomposite film for wearable nanogenerators

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    Jana, Santanu; Garain, Samiran; Ghosh, Sujoy Kumar; Sen, Shrabanee; Mandal, Dipankar

    2016-11-01

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) films are filled with various mass fractions (wt%) of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) to fabricate the high performance of a wearable polymer composite nanogenerator (PCNG). The ZnO-NPs can induced a fully γ-crystalline phase in PVDF, where traditional electrical poling is not necessary for the generation of piezoelectric properties. The PCNG delivers up to 28 V of open circuit voltage and 450 nA of short circuit current by simple repeated human finger imparting (under a pressure amplitude of 8.43 kPa) that generates sufficient power to turn on at least 48 commercial blue light emitting diodes (LEDs) instantly. Furthermore, it also successfully charged the capacitors, signifying practical applicability as a piezoelectric based nanogenerator for self-powering devices. The applicability of PCNG by wearable means is clarified when it gives rise to a sensible response, say up to 400 mV of output voltage synchronized with the PCNG embedded human finger in a bending and releasing gesture. UV-visible absorption spectral analysis revealed the possibility of estimating a change in the optical band gap value (E g), refractive index (n) and optical activation energy (E a) in different concentrations of ZnO-NP incorporated PVDF nanocomposite films, and it possesses a useful methodology where ZnO-NPs can be used as an optical probe. Near blue light emission is observed from photoluminescence spectra, which are clearly shown from a Commission Internationale de L’Eclairage (CIE) diagram. The piezoelectric charge coefficient of the nanocomposite film is estimated to be ‑6.4 pC/N, where even electrical poling treatment is not employed. In addition, dielectric properties have been studied to understand the role of molecular kinetic and interfacial polarization occurring in nanocomposite films at different applied frequencies.

  3. 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.

  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. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Improved surface property of PVDF membrane with amphiphilic zwitterionic copolymer as membrane additive

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    Li, Jian-Hua; Li, Mi-Zi; Miao, Jing; Wang, Jia-Bin; Shao, Xi-Sheng; Zhang, Qi-Qing

    2012-06-01

    An attempt to improve hydrophilicity and anti-fouling properties of PVDF membranes, a novel amphiphilic zwitterionic copolymer poly(vinylidene fluoride)-graft-poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate) (PVDF-g-PSBMA) was firstly synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and used as amphiphilic copolymer additive in the preparation of PVDF membranes. The PVDF-g-PSBMA/PVDF blend membranes were prepared by immersion precipitation process. Fourier transform infrared attenuated reflection spectroscopy (FTIR-ATR) and X-ray photoelectronic spectroscopy (XPS) measurements confirmed that PSBMA brushes from amphiphilic additives were preferentially segregated to membrane-coagulant interface during membrane formation. The morphology of membranes was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Water contact angle measurements showed that the surface hydrophilicity of PVDF membranes was improved significantly with the increasing of amphiphilic copolymer PVDF-g-PSBMA in cast solution. Protein static adsorption experiment and dynamic fouling resistance experiment revealed that the surface enrichment of PSBMA brush endowed PVDF blend membrane great improvement of surface anti-fouling ability.

  9. 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

  10. Preparation and characterization of regenerated cellulose/poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) blend films.

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    Zhang, Xiaomin; Feng, Jianxiang; Liu, Xiaoqing; Zhu, Jin

    2012-06-01

    Regenerated cellulose/poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) blend film was successfully prepared through coagulating their N,N-dimethyl acetamide (DMAC)/LiCl solution with water. The toughness of the blend films, compared with virgin regenerated cellulose film, was significantly improved when the content of PVDF in blend films was no more than 20 wt.%. The elongation at break increased from 12% to 34%, and the tensile strength was also improved from 89 to 106 MPa with the addition of PVDF till 20 wt.%. The mechanical properties of the blend films became worse when the content of PVDF in blend films was more than 20%. The oxygen permeability was firstly decreased from 2.3 1 (-10) to 0.036 1 (-10)cm(3)cm/cm(2)s Pa when the PVDF content increased from 0 to 5 wt.% in the blend films. Afterwards, the oxygen permeability would increase with the increasing of the PVDF content. The film showed some pores when the loading level of PVDF was more than 50%. The pore size of blend film became larger with the increasing of PVDF content. These phenomena were well correlated to the crystallinity, hydrogen bonds and morphologies of the blend films. PMID:24750605

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  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".

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Preparation and characterization of PVDF-glass fiber composite membrane reinforced by interfacial UV-grafting copolymerization.

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    Luo, Nan; Xu, Rongle; Yang, Min; Yuan, Xing; Zhong, Hui; Fan, Yaobo

    2015-12-01

    A novel inorganic-organic composite membrane, namely poly(vinylidene fluoride) PVDF-glass fiber (PGF) composite membrane, was prepared and reinforced by interfacial ultraviolet (UV)-grafting copolymerization to improve the interfacial bonding strength between the membrane layer and the glass fiber. The interfacial polymerization between inorganic-organic interfaces is a chemical cross-linking reaction that depends on the functionalized glass fiber with silane coupling (KH570) as the initiator and the polymer solution with acrylamide monomer (AM) as the grafting block. The Fourier transform infrared spectrometer-attenuated total reflectance (FTIR-ATR) spectra and the energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) pictures of the interface between the glass fiber and polymer matrix confirmed that the AM was grafted to the surface of the glass fiber fabric and that the grafting polymer was successfully embedded in the membrane matrix. The formation mechanisms, permeation, and anti-fouling performance of the PGF composite membrane were measured with different amounts of AM in the doping solutions. The results showed that the grafting composite membrane improved the interfacial bonding strength and permeability, and the peeling strength was improved by 32.6% for PGF composite membranes with an AM concentration at 2wt.%.

  6. Interaction of 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide with an electrospun PVdF membrane: Temperature dependence of the concentration of the anion conformers

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    Vitucci, F. M.; Palumbo, O.; Trequattrini, F.; Brubach, J.-B.; Roy, P.; Meschini, I.; Croce, F.; Paolone, A.

    2015-09-01

    We measured the temperature dependence of the infrared absorption spectrum of 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (PY R14-TFSI) between 160 and 330 K, through all the phase transitions presented by this compound. The comparison of the experimental spectra with the calculated vibration modes of different conformers of the ions composing the ionic liquid allowed to detect the presence of both conformers of TFSI in the liquid, supercooled, and glass phases, while only the trans-conformer is retained in both solid phases. When the ionic liquid swells a polyvinylidenefluoride (PVdF) electrospun membrane, the cis-rotamer is detected in all phases, since the interaction between the polymer and the ionic liquid inhibits the complete transformation of TFSI into the trans-conformer in the solid phases. Computational results confirm that in the presence of a PVdF chain, cis-TFSI becomes the lowest energy conformer. Therefore, the interaction with the polymer alters the physical properties of the ionic liquid.

  7. A Pvdf Sensor for Monitoring Grain Loss in Combine Harvester

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    Xu, Jiaojiao; Li, Yaoming

    Grain loss sensor is an important monitoring module to realize the intelligent automatic control in combine harvester. Polyvinylidene fluoride piezoelectricity film has been one of the most widely used macromolecule materials at present. Based on its piezoelectric effect, in this paper, a grain loss monitoring system for combine harvester by using the PVDF sensor was designed. The system is composed of the PVDF sensor, intelligent display, SCM and so on. The working principle was analyzed and the measuring accuracy was dynamic calibrated in laboratory. The polyvinylidene fluoride piezoelectricity film was selected as the sensing material and the signal processing circuit was mainly composed by charge amplifier, band-pass filter. In order to verify the accuracy of the sensor, the dynamic calibration experiments were carried out. By adjustment of the feeder's vibration parameters, the different feeding velocity can be gained. In the dynamic calibration experiments, the sensor was fixed at the height of 19.5mm and the fixing angle of 33°~35°, the feeding velocity of 60 80 grain per second, 1000samples of full grain were randomly selected in the experiments, and the results indicated the detecting error was less than 5.7%. Using the different mixture ratio of the full grain, the imperfect grain, short stalk to do multi-group experiments, the result shows that the sensor can distinguish the grain from the mixture stalks. In the rig-tests, the monitoring sensor was fixed on the caudal region of the cylinder concave grid of the combine harvester in order to monitor the threshing compounds. The precision error of the monitoring sensor in combine is less than 8% through field experiments. So this advanced sensor can realize the aim of monitoring the entrainment loss in combine harvester.

  8. 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%.

  9. A super hydrophilic modification of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) nanofibers: By in situ hydrothermal approach

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    Sheikh, Faheem A.; Zargar, Mohammad Afzal; Tamboli, Ashif H.; Kim, Hern

    2016-11-01

    Nanofibers fabricated from Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) possesses potential applications in the field of filtrations, because of their excellent resistance towards harsh chemicals. However, the hydrophobicity restricts its further application. In this work, we focus on optimal parameters for post-electrospun tethering of Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) as superhydrophilic domain onto each individual PVDF nanofibers by exploiting the in situ hydrothermal approach. The results indicated an increase in nanofiber diameters due to coating of PVA and improved surface wettability of PVDF nanofibers. The tensile tests of nanofibers indicated that mechanical properties of PVDF nanofibers could be sharply tuned from rigid to ductile. Furthermore, the studies strongly suggest that in situ hydrothermal treatment of post-electrospun nanofibers can improve the water contact angle and these nanofibers can be used in varied applications (e.g., in water purification systems).

  10. 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

  11. Molecular simulations of the miscibility in binary mixtures of PVDF and POSS compounds

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    Zeng, Fan-lin; Sun, Yi; Zhou, Yu; Li, Qing-kun

    2009-10-01

    The miscibility behavior of binary mixtures of poly(vinylidene difluoride) (PVDF) and six different kinds of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) compounds ((ethylic)8Si8O12 (E-POSS), (phenyl)8Si8O12 (P-POSS), (3, 3, 3-trifluoropropyl)8Si8O12(FP-POSS), (1H, 1H, 2H, 2H-nonafluorohexyl)8Si8O12 (FH-POSS), (1H, 1H, 2H, 2H-tridecafluorooctyl)8Si8O12 (FO-POSS) and (1H, 1H, 2H, 2H-heptadecafluorodecyl)8Si8O12 (FD-POSS)) was studied using molecular simulations and the extended Flory-Huggins model. First, the pairwise binding energies Eij and coordination numbers Zij were computed by means of a Monte Carlo approach. Then the mixing energies Emix, the Flory-Huggins interaction parameters χ and the free energies ΔGmix in the temperature range 100-600 K and phase diagrams of the six different mixtures were obtained. All these results indicate that PVDF/FP-POSS, PVDF/FH-POSS, PVDF/FO-POSS and PVDF/FD-POSS are fully miscible at any temperature. PVDF/E-POSS and PVDF/P-POSS are immiscible except at very high temperatures. The lowest energy frames and the frame energies show that the miscibility of PVDF and the four kinds of fluorinated POSS compounds is derived from the polar C-F bonds and the electrostatic interactions in their molecules.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. [Surface modification of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membrane by using the zwitterionic substance].

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    Zhou, Gui-Hu; Xiao, Feng; Xiao, Ping; Wang, Dong-Sheng; Duan, Jin-Ming'; Shi, Jian; Zang, Li

    2013-10-01

    In order to enhance the hydrophilicity of the membrane and improve the antifouling properties, poly (2-hydroxyethyl methacry-late) (poly(HEMA)) was grafted to the surface of the poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membrane by using the atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) method. After that, ceric ammonium nitrate (CAN) as the initiator, N, N'-methylene bisacrylamide as a cross-linking agent, a zwitterionic polymer, poly (3-( methacryloylamino) propyl-dimethyl-(3-sulfopropyl) ammonium hydroxide) (poly(MPDSAH)) were successfully grafted onto the membrane surface by radical polymerization reaction. Attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and contact angle measuring were employed to analyze the property and the morphology of structures before and after the membrane surface-modification. The grafting density (GD) gradually increased, with the grafting time increasing, the pore size of the membrane became smaller, and the porosity decreased, but the surface hydrophilicity of membrane was significantly enhanced at the same time. The adsorption of bovine serum albumin (BSA) tests and filtration experiments were carried out to investigate anti-fouling performances of membrane before and after modification. With the GD increasing, the amount of adsorption on the film surface significantly reduced in the high-concentration BSA solution. The water contact angle (CA) decreased most, from 77. 2 degrees to 41.7 degrees within 5 s to 0, and a flux recovery ratio up to 94. 961% , when the GD reached 288. 340 microg.cm-2. Therefore, the optimal grafting time was 2 h, with the grafting density of 288. 340 microg.cm-2. PMID:24364315

  16. A novel third generation uric acid biosensor using uricase electro-activated with ferrocene on a Nafion coated glassy carbon electrode.

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    Ghosh, Tanushree; Sarkar, Priyabrata; Turner, Anthony P F

    2015-04-01

    A new uric acid biosensor was constructed using ferrocene (Fc) induced electro-activated uricase (UOx) deposited within Nafion (Naf) on glassy carbon electrode (GCE). Electro-activation of UOx was successfully achieved by cyclic voltammetry through the electrostatic interaction of Fc with Trp residues within the hydrophobic pockets in UOx. The Naf/UOx/Fc composite was characterised by AFM, FTIR and EDX to ensure proper immobilisation. The interaction of Fc with the enzyme was analysed by Trp fluorescence spectroscopy and the α-helicity of the protein was measured by CD spectropolarimetry. The charge transfer resistance (Rct), calculated from electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, for the modified sensor was lowered (1.39 kΩ) and the enzyme efficiency was enhanced by more than two fold as a result of Fc incorporation. Cyclic voltammetry, differential pulse voltammetry and amperometry all demonstrated the excellent response of the Naf/UOx/Fc/GCE biosensor to uric acid. The sensor system generated a linear response over a range of 500 nM to 600 μM UA, with a sensitivity and limit of detection of 1.78 μA μM(-1) and 230 nM, respectively. The heterogeneous rate constant (ks) for UA oxidation was much higher for Naf/UOx/Fc/GCE (1.0 × 10(-4) cm s(-1)) than for Naf/UOx/GCE (8.2 × 10(-5) cm s(-1)). Real samples, i.e. human blood, were tested for serum UA and the sensor yielded accurate results at a 95% confidence limit.

  17. 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

  18. Enhanced pervaporation performance of multi-layer PDMS/PVDF composite membrane for ethanol recovery from aqueous solution.

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    Zhan, Xia; Li, Jiding; Huang, Junqi; Chen, Cuixian

    2010-01-01

    Multi-layer PDMS/PVDF composite membrane with an alternative PDMS/PVDF/non-woven-fiber/PVDF/PDMS configuration was prepared in this paper. The porous PVDF substrate was obtained by casting PVDF solution on both sides of non-woven fiber with immersion precipitation phase inversion method. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) was then cured by phenyltrimethoxylsilane (PTMOS) and coated onto the surface of porous PVDF substrate one layer by the other to obtain multi-layer PDMS/PVDF composite membrane. The multi-layer composite membrane was used for ethanol recovery from aqueous solution by pervaporation, and exhibited enhanced separation performance compared with one side PDMS/PVDF composite membranes, especially in the low ethanol concentration range. The maximum separation factor of multi-layer PDMS/PVDF composite membrane was obtained at 60 degrees C, and the total flux increased exponentially along with the increase of temperature. The composite membrane gave the best pervaporation performance with a separation factor of 15, permeation rate of 450 g/m(2)h with a 5 wt.% ethanol concentration at 60 degrees C.

  19. 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.

  20. IR and Py-GC/MS spectral simulation of polymer film by quantum chemical and quantum molecular dynamics calculations using the polymer models

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    Endo, Kazunaka; Hayashi, Koichiro; Ida, Tomonori; Takemura, Tetsuo

    2014-12-01

    We have simulated IR and pyrolysis gas chromatography mass spectrometry (Py-GCMS) spectra of six polymers (PE, PP, PS, PET, N6, PVDF) with the density-functional theory and quantum molecular dynamics calculations on model oligomers. In the former calculations, experimental harmonic frequencies of the polymers have been assigned from the simulated IR spectra. In the latter QMD calculations on thermal decomposition of polymer models, the approximated mass spectra of six (PE, PP, PS, PET, N6, PVDF) polymers were almost in good accordance with the experimental results in Py-GC/MS, although we adjusted the decomposition temperatures to 2240, 2520, and 2800 K as the average absolute deviation of 8%.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Fabrication, polarization, and characterization of PVDF matrix composites for integrated structural load sensing

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    Haghiashtiani, Ghazaleh; Greminger, Michael A.

    2015-04-01

    The focus of this work is to evaluate a new carbon fiber reinforced composite structure with integrated sensing capabilities. In this composite structure, the typical matrix material used for carbon fiber reinforced composites is replaced with the thermoplastic polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF). Since PVDF has piezoelectric properties, it enables the structure to be used for integrated load sensing. In addition, the electrical conductivity property of the carbon fabric is harnessed to form the electrodes of the integrated sensor. In order to prevent the carbon fiber electrodes from shorting to each other, a thin Kevlar fabric layer is placed between the two carbon fiber electrode layers as a dielectric. The optimal polarization parameters were determined using a design of experiments approach. Once polarized, the samples were then used in compression and tensile tests to determine the effective d33 and d31 piezoelectric coefficients. The degree of polarization of the PVDF material was determined by relating the effective d33 coefficient of the composite to the achieved d33 of the PVDF component of the composite using a closed form expression. Using this approach, it was shown that optimal polarization of the composite material results in a PVDF component d33 of 3.2 pC N-1. Moreover, the Young’s modulus of the composite structure has been characterized.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Peptide immobilization onto radiation grafted PVDF-g-poly(acrylic acid) films

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    Clochard, M.-C.; Betz, N.; Goncalves, M.; Bittencourt, C.; Pireaux, J.-J.; Gionnet, K.; Déléris, G.; Moël, A. Le

    2005-07-01

    Introducing hydrophilic functions on poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) films surface allows the covalent immobilization of peptides. Therefore radiation grafting of acrylic acid (AA) in pre-irradiated PVDF films was achieved to allow surface functionalization with linear and cyclic peptides. Peptides were bound via spacer molecules using EDC as a coupling agent. The reactions were followed by Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy in attenuated total reflection (ATR) mode. The amount of immobilized peptides was determined by UV spectroscopy. As well, an uncommon method for PVDF characterization and reactions quantification was used: high-resolution-magic angle spinning nuclear mass spectroscopy (HR-MAS NMR). Spacer saturation of the film surface corresponded to 25 mol% yield meaning that one spacer on 4 carboxylic acids was covalently bound. XPS experiments were also performed to deepen analysis of the surface composition. Peptide density is governed by steric hindrance. ELISA tests showed that the peptides' activity is maintained.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Investigation of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) films in identifying high-frequency vibration modes of flexible plates.

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    Chuang, Kuo-Chih; Liou, Hong-Cin; Ma, Chien-Ching

    2014-06-01

    Compared with piezoelectric ceramics such as lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics, the low density and high compliance of the PVDF films make them a more suitable choice in modal testing, especially for detecting high-frequency modes in flexible or inflatable structures. In this work, dynamic sensing performances of PVDF films for flexible structures in modal testing are examined, with considerations including the repeatability of the impact source, the accuracy of the sensing responses, and the influences of the nodal lines on the frequency spectra of the transient responses. Two flexible plates with different boundary conditions and thickness are considered. Experimental results, compared with FEM computations or theoretical predictions, demonstrate the excellent dynamic sensing performance of the PVDF film in modal testing applications, especially for identification of high-frequency modes on flexible structures. PMID:24859669

  11. 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.

  12. 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

    2014-10-01

    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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

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    Sheikh, Faheem A; Cantu, Travis; Macossay, Javier; Kim, Hern

    2011-04-01

    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

  16. 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.

  17. Hybrid energy harvester based on nanopillar solar cells and PVDF nanogenerator.

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    Lee, Dae-Yeong; Kim, Hyunjin; Li, Hua-Min; Jang, A-Rang; Lim, Yeong-Dae; Cha, Seung Nam; Park, Young Jun; Kang, Dae Joon; Yoo, Won Jong

    2013-05-01

    A tandem device which integrates a PVDF nanogenerator and silicon (Si) nanopillar solar cell is fabricated. The Si nanopillar solar cell was fabricated using a mask-free plasma etching technique and annealing process. The PVDF nanogenerator was stacked on top of the Si nanopillar solar cell using a spinning method. The optical properties and the device performance of nanowire solar cells have been characterized, and the dependence of device performance versus annealing time or method has been investigated. Furthermore, the PVDF nanogenerator was operated with a 100 dB sound wave and a 0.8 V peak to peak output voltage was generated. This tandem device can successfully harvest energy from both sound vibration and solar light, demonstrating its strong potential as a future ubiquitous energy harvester.

  18. Broadband dielectric spectroscopy of nanocomposites based on PVDF and expanded graphite

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    Linares, A.; Canalda, J. C.; Sanz, A.; Szymczyk, A.; Rosłaniec, Z.; Ezquerra, T. A.

    2014-08-01

    Nanocomposites based on poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and expanded graphite (EG) were prepared by non-solvent precipitation from solution with different EG concentrations. Films were obtained by compression molding and their structural and dielectric properties studied. From Wide Angle X-ray Scattering (WAXS) experiments, it can be assessed that for all EG concentrations the α-crystalline phase of PVDF is the predominant crystalline form. However, for composites with high nanoadditive content, higher than 3 wt.%, the (β-crystalline phase is also detected. Dielectric spectroscopy results showed that the nanocomposites present both high dielectric constant and electrical conductivity at low percolation threshold.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. Advantages of polymer transducers in high frequency inspections

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    Samari, S.; Stanton, M.

    1993-12-31

    Since the discovery of piezoelectricity in PVDF in 1969 the polymer transducers have now emerged as a significant tool in many ultrasonic inspections that otherwise would have been very difficult or impossible for conventional ceramic transducers. The major advantage, of Polymer transducers is in their inherent broadband characteristics in immersion applications which leads to their superior resolution and improved signal to noise ration over conventional ceramic transducers. This paper will show empirical results of high frequency polymer transducer in inspection of different materials including engineering materials such as ceramics. Other advantages of the polymer transducers are their low acoustic impedance as well as the compliance of the plastic material during construction. The compliance of the plastic PVDF film allows the manufacture of the high frequency polymer transducers without the use of permanent delays which can interfere with ultrasonic measurements. This paper will also give experimental results that will show how polymer transducers are instrument dependent, and how an operator can achieve optimum results by using an impedance matching network between the instrument and the polymer transducer.

  7. 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.

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

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

    2014-09-01

    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.

  9. Design, modeling, and fabrication of piezoelectric polymer actuators

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    Fu, Yao; Harvey, Erol C.; Ghantasala, Muralidhar K.; Spinks, Geoff

    2004-04-01

    Piezoelectric polymers are a class of materials with great potential and promise for many applications. Because of their ideally suitable characteristics, they make good candidates for actuators. However, the difficulty of forming structures and shapes has limited the range of mechanical design. In this work, the design and fabrication of a unimorph piezoelectric cantilever actuator using piezoelectric polymer PVDF with an electroplated layer of nickel alloy has been described. The modeling and simulation of the composite cantilever with planar and microstructured surfaces has been performed by CoventorWare to optimize the design parameters in order to achieve large tip deflections. These simulation results indicated that a microstructured cantilever could produce 25 percent higher deflection compared to a simple planar cantilever surface. The tip deflection of the composite cantilever with a length of 6mm and a width of 1mm can reach up to 100μm. A PVDF polymer with a specifically designed shape was punched out along the elongation direction on the embossing machine at room temperature. The nickel alloy layer was electroplated on one side of the PVDF to form a composite cantilever. The tip deflection of the cantilever was observed and measured under an optical microscope. The experimental result is in agreement with the theoretical analysis.

  10. A review study of (bio)sensor systems based on conducting polymers.

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    Ates, Murat

    2013-05-01

    This review article concentrates on the electrochemical biosensor systems with conducting polymers. The area of electro-active polymers confined to different electrode surfaces has attracted great attention. Polymer modified carbon substrate electrodes can be designed through polymer screening to provide tremendous improvements in sensitivity, selectivity, stability and reproducibility of the electrode response to detect a variety of analytes. The electro-active films have been used to entrap different enzymes and/or proteins at the electrode surface, but without obvious loss of their bioactivity for the development of biosensors. Electropolymerization is a well-known technique used to immobilize biomaterials to the modified electrode surface. Polymers might be covalently bonding to enzymes or proteins; therefore, thickness, permeation and charge transport characteristics of the polymeric films can be easily and precisely controlled by modulating the electrochemical parameters for various electrochemical techniques, such as chronoamperometry, chronopotentiometry, cyclic voltammetry, and differential pulse voltammetry. This review article is divided into three main parts as given in the table of contents related to the immobilization process of some important conducting polymers, polypyrrole, polythiophene, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene), polycarbazole, polyaniline, polyphenol, poly(o-phenylenediamine), polyacetylene, polyfuran and their derivatives. A total of 216 references are cited in this review article. The literature reviewed covers a 7 year period beginning from 2005.

  11. 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.

  12. A new approach for mechanisms of ferroelectric crystalline phase formation in PVDF nanocomposites.

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    Abolhasani, Mohammad Mahdi; Naebe, Minoo; Guo, Qipeng

    2014-06-14

    This paper proposes a new mechanism for ferroelectric polymorph formation of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) nanocomposites. Utilizing time-resolved Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), the real-time investigation of the conformational changes of the PVDF chain segment during crystallization of neat PVDF and the corresponding nanocomposite was performed. Whilst PVDF-clay nanocomposites exhibited mainly the β crystal phase coexisting with the γ phase at low Tc (Tc < 155 °C), the coexistence of γ and β crystalline phases was found at a high Tc temperature range (Tc > 155 °C). Experimental results were compared with predictions of the Lauritzen and Hoffman (LH) model and discrepancies were observed between model predictions and experiments. We then recalled the Brochard-de Gennes (BD) model and proposed that different crystalline polymorph formation should be inferred as a transition in the reeling-in rate dependence of the friction coefficient on nanocomposites rather than as a change in the relative rates of secondary nucleation and substrate completion. Combining LH and BD models we proposed a new mechanism to answer the contradictory questions associated with nanocomposite polymorphism. The coexistence of different polymorphs in nanocomposites was proposed to be associated with the coexistence of fast and slow moving chains, which were recognized as the free and adsorbed chains by nanofillers. PMID:24756089

  13. Research on the relationship between the curvature and the sensitivity of curved PVDF sensor

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    Shi, Lu; Zhang, Yue; Dong, Weijie

    2015-02-01

    This paper studied the effect of curvature on the charge sensitivity of a curved PVDF sensor. The sensor was fabricated by attaching a PVDF film along the X-axis on a group of cylindrical silicon rods to form an outline with several bumps. The open output voltage of a curved sensor was simulated by using ANSYS with a rod curvature of 333 m-1, 400 m-1 and 500 m-1. It was found that the sensitivity was the highest when the curvature was 500 m-1, and the lowest when the curvature was 333 m-1. Curved PVDF sensors were fabricated and tested with a PVDF patch of 30 mm long and 28 μm thick and a radius of silicon rod of 3 mm, 2.5 mm and 2 mm, respectively. A shaker and mass block were used to apply the same dynamic force to the curved sensors and an oscilloscope was used to observe the output charge. The experiment results are not ideal but do show the same tendency as the simulation. The charge sensitivity increased as the curvature of substrate increased.

  14. Enhanced frequency response of a highly transparent PVDF-graphene based thin film acoustic actuator.

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    Lee, James S; Shin, Keun-Young; Kim, Chanhoi; Jang, Jyongsik

    2013-12-01

    A high-performance polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) based thin film acoustic actuator with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) graphene electrodes was successfully fabricated. Importantly, it showed 60, 19, and 22% enhancement in the bass, middle and treble frequency response, respectively. PMID:24136447

  15. 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

  16. Polymer-based sensor array for phytochemical detection

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    Weerakoon, Kanchana A.; Hiremath, Nitilaksha; Chin, Bryan A.

    2012-05-01

    Monitoring for the appearance of volatile organic compounds emitted by plants which correspond to time of first insect attack can be used to detect the early stages of insect infestation. This paper reports a chemical sensor array consisting of polymer based chemiresistor sensors that could detect insect infestation effectively. The sensor array consists of sensors with micro electronically fabricated interdigitated electrodes, and twelve different types of electro active polymer layers. The sensor array was cheap, easy to fabricate, and could be used easily in agricultural fields. The polymer array was found to be sensitive to a variety of volatile organic compounds emitted by plants including γ-terpinene α-pinene, pcymene, farnesene, limonene and cis-hexenyl acetate. The sensor array was not only able to detect but also distinguish between these compounds. The twelve sensors produced a resistance change for each of the analytes detected, and each of these responses together produced a unique fingerprint, enabling to distinguish among these chemicals.

  17. 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.

  18. The role of high pressure in the study and applications of the ferroelectric polymer polyvinylidene fluoride and its copolymers

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    Samara, G.A.; Graham, R.A.; Bauer, F.

    1994-08-01

    Effects of frequency, temperature and hydrostatic pressure on dielectric properties, molecular relaxations, and phase transitions of PVDF and a copolymer with 30 mol % trifluoroethylene are discussed. Pressure causes large slowing down of the {beta} molecular relaxations as well as large increases in the, ferroelectric transition temperatures and melting points, but the magnitudes of the effects are different for the different transitions. These effects can be understood in terms of pressure-induced hindrance of the molecular motions and/or reorientations. A unique application of these polymers as time-resolved dynamic stress gauges based on PVDF studies under very high pressure shock compression is discussed.

  19. Performance improvement of gel- and solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells by utilization the blending effect of poly (vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluropropylene) and poly (acrylonitrile-co-vinyl acetate) co-polymers

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    Venkatesan, Shanmugam; Obadja, Nesia; Chang, Ting-Wei; Chen, Li-Tung; Lee, Yuh-Lang

    2014-12-01

    Poly (vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) and poly (acrylonitrile-co-vinyl acetate) (PAN-VA) are used as gelator to prepare gel- and solid-state polymer electrolytes for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) applications. The electrolytes prepared using PVDF-HFP have higher conductivities than those prepared using PAN-VA. In blended polymers, the conductivities of the electrolytes increase with increasing composition of PVDF-HFP; at 75% PVDF-HFP, conductivity of the blended polymer surpassed that of pure polymers. It is also found that the viscosity of the electrolyte prepared by PAN-VA (1.2 kPaS) is much lower than that by PVDF-HFP (11 kPaS). Therefore, increasing PAN-VA composition can decrease the viscosity of the electrolyte, improving the penetration of electrolytes in the TiO2 matrix. By controlling the ratio of PVDF-HFP/PAN-VA, the conductivity and viscosity of the electrolyte can be regulated and an optimal ratio based on the conversion efficiency of the gel- and solid state DSSCs is obtained at the ratio of 3/1. The highest efficiency achieved by the gel- and solid-state cells using the blending polymers are 6.3% and 4.88%, respectively, which are higher than those prepared using pure polymers (5.53% and 4.56%, respectively). The introduction of TiO2 fillers to the solid electrolyte can further increase the cell efficiency to 5.34%.

  20. PVDF reference hydrophone development in the UK-from fabrication and lamination to use as secondary standards.

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    Robinson, S; Preston, R; Smith, M; Millar, C

    2000-01-01

    During the last 30 yrs, PVDF has been used extensively as a sensor material. Over this period, the GEC-Marconi Research Centre has developed a wide range of devices based on PVDF as a piezoelectric transducer material. The ability to create laminated structures has led to an enhancement in performance and has allowed innovative designs to be realized. This paper describes the development of the laminated PVDF structure and its benefits, such as increased sensitivity and improved signal to noise ratio. Examples of devices utilizing the lamination process are given in the form of both a bilaminar-shielded membrane hydrophone and a PVDF sonar hydrophone. Performance properties of both types of hydrophones are presented along with a discussion of their use as secondary standard hydrophones at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).

  1. Synthesis and characterization of PVDF-La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 nanocomposite films

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

    2015-06-01

    The thick films of pure PVDF and PVDF-La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 nanocomposite on Aluminum substrates are synthesized by dip coating technique. The synthesized films are studied for their structural, thermal, morphological and dielectric properties along with the ac conductivity studies. The enhanced dielectric constant and ac conductivity are analyzed with respect to Maxwell-Wagner mechanism induced interfacial polarization.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Preparation, performances of PVDF/ZnO hybrid membranes and their applications in the removal of copper ions

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    Zhang, Xia; Wang, Yang; Liu, Yufeng; Xu, Junli; Han, Yide; Xu, Xinxin

    2014-10-01

    ZnO hybridized Polyvinylidenefluoride (PVDF/ZnO) membranes were successfully prepared by two different methods. One method was immersing the pretreated PVDF films in the ZnO suspensions (method A), and the other was blending ZnO nanoparticles with PVDF solution and then casting films (method B). The structure of these PVDF/ZnO hybrid membranes were characterized by SEM, XRD and ATR-IR, and the performances of hybrid membranes were determined through the measurements of contact angle, pure water flux and static adsorption toward BSA. The results showed that the ZnO nanoparticles were incorporated into the pores and onto the surface of PVDF, and more uniform hybrid structure was obtained by method B. The ATR-IR spectra revealed that the weak physical interaction played role in the construction of hybrid membranes. Compared with the pristine PVDF films, the hydrophilicity, permeability and antifouling performance of hybrid membranes were improved. And more notably, the hybrid membranes also showed better adsorption and desorption properties for copper ions, which was rarely reported.

  5. 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.

  6. Quantitative electrochemical and electrochromic behavior of terthiophene and carbazole containing conjugated polymer network film precursors: EC-QCM and EC-SPR.

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    Taranekar, Prasad; Fulghum, Timothy; Baba, Akira; Patton, Derek; Advincula, Rigoberto

    2007-01-16

    A comparative analysis of the copolymerization behavior between an electro-active terthiophene and a carbazole moiety of a conjugated polymer precursor was investigated using electrochemical and hyphenated electrochemical methods. Five different precursor polymers were first synthesized and characterized using NMR, IR, and GPC. The polymers include homopolymers of individual electro-active groups (P3T, P-CBZ) and different compositions of 25, 50, and 75% (P3TC-25, P3TC50, and P3TC-75) with respect to the two electro-active groups. Since the oxidation potentials of terthiophene and carbazole lie very close to each other, highly cross-linked copolymer films of varying extent were produced depending on the composition. The copolymerization extent was found to be dependent primarily on the amount of the terthiophene, which in this case provided for a more efficient carbazole polymerization and copolymerization than with just carbazole alone (homopolymer). The extent of copolymerization, electrochromic properties, and viscoelastic changes was quantitatively investigated using a number of hyphenated electrochemistry techniques: spectro-electrochemistry, electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance studies (EC-QCM), and electrochemical surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy (EC-SPR). Each technique revealed a unique aspect of the electrocopolymerization behavior that was used to define structure-property relationships and the deposition/copolymerization mechanism.

  7. 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

  8. Wideband spherically focused PVDF acoustic sources for calibration of ultrasound hydrophone probes.

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    Selfridge, A; Lewin, P A

    2000-01-01

    Several broadband sources have been developed for the purpose of calibrating hydrophones. The specific configuration described is intended for the calibration of hydrophones In a frequency range of 1 to 40 MHz. All devices used 25 /spl mu/m film of PVDF bonded to a matched backing. Two had radii of curvatures (ROC) of 25.4 and 127 mm with f numbers of 3.8 and 19, respectively. Their active element diameter was 0.28 in (6.60 mm). The active diameter of the third source used was 25 mm, and it had an ROC of 254 mm and an f number of 10. The use of a focused element minimized frequency-dependent diffraction effects, resulting in a smooth variation of acoustic pressure at the focus from 1 to 40 MHz. Also, using a focused PVDF source permitted calibrations above 20 MHz without resorting to harmonic generation via nonlinear propagation. PMID:18238683

  9. A four-quadrant PVDF transducer for surface acoustic wave detection.

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    Lu, Zimo; Dorantes-Gonzalez, Dante J; Chen, Kun; Yang, Fei; Jin, Baoyin; Li, Yanning; Chen, Zhi; Hu, Xiaotang

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, a polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) piezoelectric transducer was developed to detect laser-induced surface acoustic waves in a SiO(2)-thin film-Si-substrate structure. In order to solve the problems related to, firstly, the position of the probe, and secondly, the fact that signals at different points cannot be detected simultaneously during the detection process, a four-quadrant surface acoustic wave PVDF transducer was designed and constructed for the purpose of detecting surface acoustic waves excited by a pulse laser line source. The experimental results of the four-quadrant piezoelectric detection in comparison with the commercial nanoindentation technology were consistent, the relative error is 0.56%, and the system eliminates the piezoelectric surface wave detection direction deviation errors, improves the accuracy of the testing system by 1.30%, achieving the acquisition at the same time at different testing positions of the sample. PMID:23112612

  10. Optical fiber humidity sensor with PVDF thin film as sensitive element

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    Li, Xiaobing; Yang, Minghong; Dai, Jixiang; Liu, Hongliang; Yin, Dan; Dong, Lijie

    2010-11-01

    A novel optical fiber humidity sensor using polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) as sensitive material was proposed in this paper. Three-layer coating was deposited on the end-face of optical fiber, which constructs an extrinsic Fabry-Perot (F-P) interference structure. Ag layer deposited by DC magnetron sputtering was used as mirror layer in the F-P interference structure. PVDF layer was realized with Czochralski method as F-P cavity. Simulation was performed using data fitting to analysis the relevant parameters on sensor performance. Experimental result shows the interference fringe shifts to longer wavelength when relative humidity increases. The fringe shifted 2.4nm with a good linearity response when relative humidity increases from 11% to 97%. The linearity of interference fringe shift to relative humidity was 0.98415, the response time was less than 1min.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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 × 10(2) 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Development of a PVDF low-cost shock-wave hydrophone

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    Travakkoli, J.; Birer, A.; Cathignol, D.

    1996-05-01

    During a few past years a series of shock-wave generators for lithotripsy and/or tissue destruction studies have been developed in our laboratory. Based on the experiences in shock wave measurements and the drawbacks in existing hydrophones, we have developed a very low-cost, wideband, reproducible shock-wave hydrophone. The key element of this device is the rapidly mounting, disposable PVDF membrane. This is a commercially available PVDF shock gauge which is poled by a patented cyclic poling technique. To obtain the widest possible bandwidth, we have adopted a special coplanar membrane design. The PVDF filmis sandwiched between the surfaces of a P.V.C. and a metallic plate of brass which the latter is in contact with the surrounding medium. On the other hand, the active lead is isolated from medium and it is in contact with an isolating liquid (degassed petroleum) held in a cylindrical chamber over the membrane. By the incorporation of this design, the hydrophone can be used for shock wave measurements even in conductive media like different physiological liquids, with a negligible change of sensitivity.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. The standardized Bauer piezoelectric polymer shock gauge

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

    1988-01-01

    Earlier reports have described work to establish feasibility for a shock-compression, stress-rate or stress gauge based on a high quality polymer film, polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF). We have now established standardized procedures to provide large quantities of PVDF guage elements with highly reproducible electrical characteristics based on the process developed by Bauer. (The standard remanent polarization of a group of 100 gauges centered around a mean of 9.1 microcoulombs per square centimeter showed a standard deviation of 0.83 %.) We have also carried out piezoelectric response measurements of standardized guage elements from 300 MPa to 46 GPa. Based on these measurements, it is now clear that the guage provides the capability to carry out time-resolved stress pulse measurements over a broad stress range. Unlike gauges utilizing piezoelectric crystals, the 25 micron thickness of the Bauer piezoelectric polymer gauge provides for unobtrusive and highly versatile gauge locations. The ability to provide a direct measure of stress-rate provides an unusually sensitive record of stress pulses. 7 refs., 1 tab.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Zirconia doped barium titanate induced electroactive β polymorph in PVDF-HFP: high energy density and dielectric properties

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    Sharma, Maya; Ranganatha, S.; Kalyani, Ajay Kumar; Ranjan, Rajeev; Madras, Giridhar; Bose, Suryasarathi

    2014-12-01

    Zirconium-doped barium titanate (BZT-08, Ba(Ti0.92 Zr0.08)O3) particles were synthesized and PVDF-HFP-based composites were prepared by melt mixing to design materials with tunable dielectric and ferroelectric properties. Composites of PVDF-HFP and barium titanate (BT) particles were also prepared to realize the exceptional properties associated with the BZT-08-like stabilization of two ferroelectric phases, i.e. tetragonal and orthorhombic at room temperature. To facilitate the uniform dispersion and interfacial adhesion with the matrix, the particles were modified with (3-aminopropyl) triethoxysilane. The dependence of the dielectric and ferroelectric properties of the as-prepared composites were systematically investigated in this study with respect to a wide range of frequencies. The composites with BZT-08 exhibited the significantly high dielectric permittivity of ca. 26 (at 100 Hz) and a high energy density (2.7 J cm-3 measured on 100 μm thick film) at room temperature with respect to the control PVDF-HFP and PVDF-HFP/BT composites. Interestingly, the BZT-08 particles facilitated the electroactive β polymorph in the PVDF-HFP and enhanced polarization in the composites, leading to improved ferroelectric properties in the composites.

  13. Measurement of the dielectric, conductance, and pyroelectric properties of MWCNT:PVDF nanocomposite thin films for application in infrared technologies

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    Edwards, Matthew; Guggilla, Padmaja; Corda, John; Egarievwe, Stephen

    2013-09-01

    In this work, we have determined the dielectric and conductance properties of multi-wall carbon nano-tubes (MWCNT) in polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) nanocomposite thin films as a function of temperature and frequency. Samples, ranging from 15 - 280 microns in thickness, were measured in the temperature range from 21 to 90°C and in frequencies from 50Hz to 110MHz. The samples were prepared by the solution casting technique. Measures indicate that at constant temperatures, the real dielectric constant decreases at lower frequencies, stays steady at low frequencies but rise at higher frequencies over towards the strong resonance. The dielectric loss, a particular concern as it is inversely related to the conductance, decreases also at lower frequencies but rise at higher frequencies with a steeper slope in each case. Additionally, we have measured the pyroelectric coefficient in the same temperature range, compared the pyroelectric coefficient results with previous measures made on silver nanoparticle in PVDF thin films and provided preliminary evidence of the causative microscopic response mechanism. Our MWCNT:PVDF thin films yield higher figures of merit than that indicated by pure PVDF thin films and results indicate a usage of MWCNT:PVDF thin films in infrared uncooled sensors and vidicon technology.

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

    PubMed Central

    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

  15. 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

  16. 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.}

  17. Assessing the effects of sodium hypochlorite exposure on the characteristics of PVDF based membranes.

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    Abdullah, Syed Z; Bérubé, Pierre R

    2013-09-15

    Sodium hypochlorite is commonly used as a cleaning agent to remove adsorbed foulants from PVDF based micro/ultra filtration membranes in water and wastewater treatment applications. Although effective for fouling control, extended sodium hypochlorite exposure can affect the physical/chemical characteristics and hinder the treatment performance of these membranes. To assess these effects, PVDF based membranes were exposed to sodium hypochlorite at different concentrations for varying periods of time, and the physical/chemical characteristics of the virgin and sodium hypochlorite exposed membranes were compared. The membranes were characterized based on chemical composition (FTIR and NMR), mechanical strength (yield strength), surface hydrophilicity (contact angle), pore size and porosity (scanning electron microscopy and challenge test), and membrane resistance (clean water permeation test). The results indicated that exposure dose and concentration of the sodium hypochlorite used have significant influence on the membrane characteristics. The impact of sodium hypochlorite exposure on the parameters investigated could be most accurately and consistently correlated to an exposure dose relationship of the form C(n)t (where, C = concentration and t = exposure time) rather than the Ct relationship commonly used to define the extent of exposure to cleaning agents. For all the parameters investigated, the power coefficient n was less than 1 indicating that time had a greater impact on the changes than did the concentration of the sodium hypochlorite. The results suggest that the use of sodium hypochlorite for chemical cleaning, at concentrations that are higher than those typically used for chemical cleaning would have less of an effect on the characteristics of the membrane materials. Changes in the characteristics were attributed to the oxidation of the hydrophilic additives (HA) present in blended PVDF membranes.

  18. 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.

  19. Self-powered flexible Fe-doped RGO/PVDF nanocomposite: an excellent material for a piezoelectric energy harvester

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    Karan, Sumanta Kumar; Mandal, Dipankar; Khatua, Bhanu Bhusan

    2015-06-01

    In this work, we report the superior piezoelectric energy harvester ability of a non-electrically poled Fe-doped reduced graphene oxide (Fe-RGO)/poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) nanocomposite film prepared through a simple solution casting technique that favors the nucleation and stabilization of ~99% relative proportion of polar γ-phase. The piezoelectric energy harvester was made with non-electrically poled Fe-RGO/PVDF nanocomposite film that gives an open circuit output voltage and short circuit current up to 5.1 V and 0.254 μA by repetitive human finger imparting. The improvement of the output performance is influenced by the generation of the electroactive polar γ-phase in the PVDF, due to the electrostatic interactions among the -CH2-/-CF2- dipoles of PVDF and the delocalized π-electrons and remaining oxygen functionalities of Fe-doped RGO via ion-dipole and/or hydrogen bonding interactions. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) confirmed the nucleation of the polar γ-phase of PVDF by electrostatic interactions and Raman spectroscopy also supported the molecular interactions between the dipoles of PVDF and the Fe-doped RGO nanosheets. In addition, the nanocomposite shows a higher electrical energy density of ~0.84 J cm-3 at an electric field of 537 kV cm-1, which indicates that it is appropriate for energy storage capabilities. Moreover, the surface of the prepared nanocomposite film is electrically conducting and shows an electrical conductivity of ~3.30 × 10-3 S cm-1 at 2 wt% loading of Fe-RGO.In this work, we report the superior piezoelectric energy harvester ability of a non-electrically poled Fe-doped reduced graphene oxide (Fe-RGO)/poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) nanocomposite film prepared through a simple solution casting technique that favors the nucleation and stabilization of ~99% relative proportion of polar γ-phase. The piezoelectric energy harvester was made with non-electrically poled Fe-RGO/PVDF nanocomposite film that gives

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

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    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.

  1. Simultaneous PVDF/VISAR measurement technique for isentropic loading with graded density impactors

    SciTech Connect

    Anderson, M.U.; Chhabildas, L.C.; Reinhart, W.D.

    1997-10-01

    A simultaneous PVDF/VISAR measurement technique was used for isentropic-loading experiments with a polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) specimen. The experiments used a graded density impactor accelerated onto a tantalum driver backed with PMMA and then lithium fluoride windows for each experiment. Simultaneous measurements made at each window interface provided precise transit time and particle velocity measurements which can be used to determine the stress-vs-strain loading path using Lagrangian analysis techniques. The experimental technique provides access to 40 GPa stress levels in PMMA under isentropic-loading conditions.

  2. Self-powered flexible Fe-doped RGO/PVDF nanocomposite: an excellent material for a piezoelectric energy harvester.

    PubMed

    Karan, Sumanta Kumar; Mandal, Dipankar; Khatua, Bhanu Bhusan

    2015-06-28

    In this work, we report the superior piezoelectric energy harvester ability of a non-electrically poled Fe-doped reduced graphene oxide (Fe-RGO)/poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) nanocomposite film prepared through a simple solution casting technique that favors the nucleation and stabilization of ≈99% relative proportion of polar γ-phase. The piezoelectric energy harvester was made with non-electrically poled Fe-RGO/PVDF nanocomposite film that gives an open circuit output voltage and short circuit current up to 5.1 V and 0.254 μA by repetitive human finger imparting. The improvement of the output performance is influenced by the generation of the electroactive polar γ-phase in the PVDF, due to the electrostatic interactions among the -CH2-/-CF2- dipoles of PVDF and the delocalized π-electrons and remaining oxygen functionalities of Fe-doped RGO via ion-dipole and/or hydrogen bonding interactions. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) confirmed the nucleation of the polar γ-phase of PVDF by electrostatic interactions and Raman spectroscopy also supported the molecular interactions between the dipoles of PVDF and the Fe-doped RGO nanosheets. In addition, the nanocomposite shows a higher electrical energy density of ≈0.84 J cm(-3) at an electric field of 537 kV cm(-1), which indicates that it is appropriate for energy storage capabilities. Moreover, the surface of the prepared nanocomposite film is electrically conducting and shows an electrical conductivity of ≈3.30 × 10(-3) S cm(-1) at 2 wt% loading of Fe-RGO. PMID:26030744

  3. Self-powered flexible Fe-doped RGO/PVDF nanocomposite: an excellent material for a piezoelectric energy harvester.

    PubMed

    Karan, Sumanta Kumar; Mandal, Dipankar; Khatua, Bhanu Bhusan

    2015-06-28

    In this work, we report the superior piezoelectric energy harvester ability of a non-electrically poled Fe-doped reduced graphene oxide (Fe-RGO)/poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) nanocomposite film prepared through a simple solution casting technique that favors the nucleation and stabilization of ≈99% relative proportion of polar γ-phase. The piezoelectric energy harvester was made with non-electrically poled Fe-RGO/PVDF nanocomposite film that gives an open circuit output voltage and short circuit current up to 5.1 V and 0.254 μA by repetitive human finger imparting. The improvement of the output performance is influenced by the generation of the electroactive polar γ-phase in the PVDF, due to the electrostatic interactions among the -CH2-/-CF2- dipoles of PVDF and the delocalized π-electrons and remaining oxygen functionalities of Fe-doped RGO via ion-dipole and/or hydrogen bonding interactions. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) confirmed the nucleation of the polar γ-phase of PVDF by electrostatic interactions and Raman spectroscopy also supported the molecular interactions between the dipoles of PVDF and the Fe-doped RGO nanosheets. In addition, the nanocomposite shows a higher electrical energy density of ≈0.84 J cm(-3) at an electric field of 537 kV cm(-1), which indicates that it is appropriate for energy storage capabilities. Moreover, the surface of the prepared nanocomposite film is electrically conducting and shows an electrical conductivity of ≈3.30 × 10(-3) S cm(-1) at 2 wt% loading of Fe-RGO.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. Analysis and experiment on a self-sensing ionic polymer-metal composite actuator

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    Nam, Doan Ngoc Chi; Ahn, Kyoung Kwan

    2014-07-01

    An ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) actuator is an electro-active polymer (EAP) that bends in response to a small applied electrical field as a result of the mobility of cations in the polymer network. This paper aims to develop a self-sensing actuator for practical use, since current sensing methods generally face limitations due to the compact size and mobility of the IPMC actuator. Firstly, the variation of surface resistance during bending operations is investigated. Then, the behavior of IPMC corresponding to the variation of surface resistance is mathematically analyzed. Based on the analysis results, a simple configuration to realize the self-sensing behavior is introduced. In this technique, the bending curvature of an IPMC can be obtained accurately by employing several feedback voltage signals along with the IPMC length. Finally, experimental evaluations proved the ability of the proposed scheme to estimate the bending behavior of IPMC actuators.

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

    PubMed

    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. Ferroelectric Polymer Matrix for Probing Molecular Organization in Perylene Diimides.

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    Chellappan, Kishore V; Kandappa, Sunil Kumar; Rajaram, Sridhar; Narayan, K S

    2015-01-15

    Ferroelectric films of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) (PVDF-TrFE) provide a controlled environment to study the aggregation tendency of functional molecules such as perylene diimides (PDIs). The local electric field and free volume confinement parameters offered by the matrix are tailored to study the organizational and assembly characteritics of molecular acceptors. The optical properties of planar and nonplanar PDIs in the ferroelectric polymer matrix were studied systematically over a wide range that encompassed the ferroelectric transition temperature. This approach provides valuable insight into the properties of molecular materials used in applications ranging from bulk heterostructure-based photovoltaics to nonlinear optical materials.

  10. Investigation of PAA/PVDF-NZVI hybrids for metronidazole removal: synthesis, characterization, and reactivity characteristics.

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    Yang, Jiacheng; Wang, Xiangyu; Zhu, Minping; Liu, Huiling; Ma, Jun

    2014-01-15

    For the first time, the removal process of metronidazole (MNZ) from aqueous solutions over nano zerovalent iron (NZVI) encapsulated within poly(acrylic acid) (PAA)/poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membranes was reported. The resultant composite (PPN) demonstrated high reactivity, excellent stability and reusability over the reaction course. Such excellent performance might be attributed to the presence of the charged carboxyl groups in PVDF membrane support, which could enhance NZVI dispersion and improve its longevity. Results showed that a lower initial concentration and higher reaction temperature facilitated the removal of MNZ by PPN, and that the acidic and neutral conditions generally exhibited more favorable effect on MNZ removal than the alkaline ones. Kinetics of the MNZ removal by PPN was found to follow a two-parameter pseudo-first-order decay model well, and the activation energy of the MNZ degradation by PPN was determined to be 30.49kJ/mol. The presence of chloride ions slightly enhanced the reactivity of PPN with MNZ, whereas sulfate ions inhibited its reactivity. In addition, MNZ degradation pathways by PPN were proposed based on the identified intermediates. This study suggests that PPN composite possessing excellent performance may be a promising functional material to pretreat antibiotic wastewaters.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. The Effect of Nano-Morphology Modification Using an Amphiphilic Polymer on the Proton Conductivity of Composite Membrane for a Polymer Membrane-Based Fuel Cell.

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    Roh, Sung-Hee; Rho, Seon-Gyun; Kim, Sang-Chai; Kim, Ju-Young; Jung, Ho-Young

    2016-02-01

    The effect of morphology modification using an amphiphilic polymer on the proton conductivity of composite membrane for a polymer membrane-based fuel cell was investigated. The proton conductivity of each composite membrane was analyzed by the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The morphological change was confirmed by scanning electron microscope (SEM). In the composite membrane, the proton conductive component was sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) (sPEEK), while the nonconductive component was poly(vinylidenedifluoride) and the amphiphilic polymer as a compatibilizer was urethane acrylate non-ionomer (UAN). UAN as a compatibilizer improved the interfacial stability between sPEEK and PVdF polymers, even though two polymers were apparently immiscible. The homogeneous distribution of sPEEK and PVdF domains in the composite membrane was obtained with the introduction of UAN due to the amphiphilicity. Therefore, it was found that the proton conductivity of the composite membrane increased with the incorporation of UAN as a compatibilizer. PMID:27433736

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Chemically cross-linked thin poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene)films for nonvolatile ferroelectric polymer memory.

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    Shin, Yu Jin; Kang, Seok Ju; Jung, Hee Joon; Park, Youn Jung; Bae, Insung; Choi, Dong Hoon; Park, Cheolmin

    2011-02-01

    Both chemically and electrically robust ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoro ethylene) (PVDF-TrFE) films were developed by spin-coating and subsequent thermal annealing with the thermal cross-linking agent 2,4,4-trimethyl-1,6-hexanediamine (THDA). Well-defined ferroelectric β crystalline domains were developed with THDA up to approximately 50 wt %, with respect to polymer concentration, resulting in characteristic ferroelectric hysteresis polarization-voltage loops in metal/cross-linked ferroelectric layer/metal capacitors with remnant polarization of approximately 4 μC/cm(2). Our chemically networked film allowed for facile stacking of a solution-processable organic semiconductor on top of the film, leading to a bottom-gate ferroelectric field effect transistor (FeFET). A low-voltage operating FeFET was realized with a networked PVDF-TrFE film, which had significantly reduced gate leakage current between the drain and gate electrodes. A solution-processed single crystalline tri-isopropylsilylethynyl pentacene FeFET with a chemically cross-linked PVDF-TrFE film showed reliable I-V hysteresis with source-drain ON/OFF current bistablility of 1 × 10(3) at a sweeping gate voltage of ±20 V. Furthermore, both thermal micro/nanoimprinting and transfer printing techniques were conveniently combined for micro/nanopatterning of chemically resistant cross-linked PVDF-TrFE films.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Structural, optical and dielectric behavior of PVDF films filled with different concentrations of iodine

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    Elashmawi, I. S.; Abdelrazek, E. M.; Ragab, H. M.; Hakeem, N. A.

    2010-01-01

    Complex formation between polyvinyldene fluoride (PVDF) and different concentrations (≤10 wt%) of iodine were prepared by casting method using dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) as a common solvent. Their crystalline structure, optical and dielectric properties were examined. X-ray spectroscopy was adopted for analytical characterization of the films developed for applications. UV-VIS analysis suggests that the addition of iodine leads to formation of charge transfer complex with two different modes. The conductivity and dielectric measurements were carried out on these films as a function of frequency at various temperatures. The addition of iodine significantly improved the ionic conductivity. The conductivity-temperature plots were found to follow an Arrhenius nature. The dielectric behavior was analyzed using dielectric permittivity ( ε‧), dissipation factor (tan δ) and electric modulus ( M‧ and M″) of the samples. The decrease in dielectric permittivity was observed with increasing frequency and temperature.

  15. 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.

  16. An efficiency study of PVDF film transducers and their waveform modeling in cylindrical geometry

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    Zhang, Zhong.

    1991-12-20

    In this thesis, the efficiency formulas for a transducer working as a transmitter or a receiver was derived directively from the piezoelectric constitutive equation. The transducer efficiency in a pulse-echo measurement was also given by multiplying the efficiencies for the transmitter and the receiver. The comparison between the PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) film transducer and the conventional PZT ceramic transducers was made based on the efficiency formulas. Based on the impulse response approach, an analytical model was built to predict the pulse waveform for through-transmission and pulse-echo measurements when the film transducer was applied in geometry. The experiments were also made to observe echo waveforms in cylindrical rod samples. The same approach was also expanded to evaluate the echo waveforms from artificial flaws inside the cylindrical rod. The model prediction and the experimental results were in reasonably good agreement. 26 refs.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Superhydrophobic and superoleophilic PVDF membranes for effective separation of water-in-oil emulsions with high flux.

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    Zhang, Wenbin; Shi, Zhun; Zhang, Feng; Liu, Xia; Jin, Jian; Jiang, Lei

    2013-04-11

    A superhydrophobic-superoleophilic PVDF membrane is fabricated via an inert solvent-induced phase inversion for effective separation of both micrometer and nanometer-sized surfactant-free and surfactant-stabilized water-in-oil emulsions solely driven by gravity, with high separation efficiency (oil purity in filtrate after separation > 99.95 wt%) and high flux, which is several times higher than those of commercial filtration membranes and reported materials with similar permeation properties. PMID:23418068

  7. 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.

  8. Morphology control of phase separated ferroelectric-semiconductor polymer blends for organic memory

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    Su, Gregory; Jacobs, Andrew; Kramer, Edward; Chabinyc, Michael

    2014-03-01

    The ability to store memory is essential for many electronic applications. All-organic memory devices based on a blend of a ferroelectric polymer and a semiconducting polymer have recently shown great promise for low-cost memory technology based on ferroelectricity. The thin film morphology of the phase separated ferroelectric-semiconductor polymer blend is critically important for working devices and improved operation. However, precise morphology control has so far been relatively unattainable. Here, we report on a new semiconducting polythiophene with a modified side chain structure (PEPT) that demonstrates a greatly improved phase separated morphology with the well-studied ferroelectric polymer poly[(vinylidenefluoride-co-trifluoroethylene] (PVDF-TrFE). Thin film surface and bulk characterization via microscopy, soft X-ray spectroscopy, and X-ray scattering experiments reveal that PEPT:PVDF-TrFE blends exhibit domain sizes that are easily tunable through simple parameters such as blend ratio. These results demonstrate progress toward achieving organic ferroelectric-semiconductor memory with optimized morphology and the techniques required for thorough thin film surface and bulk characterization.

  9. Construction of a Fish‐like Robot Based on High Performance Graphene/PVDF Bimorph Actuation Materials

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    Xiao, Peishuang; Yi, Ningbo; Zhang, Tengfei; Chang, Huicong; Yang, Yang; Zhou, Ying

    2016-01-01

    Smart actuators have many potential applications in various areas, so the development of novel actuation materials, with facile fabricating methods and excellent performances, are still urgent needs. In this work, a novel electromechanical bimorph actuator constituted by a graphene layer and a PVDF layer, is fabricated through a simple yet versatile solution approach. The bimorph actuator can deflect toward the graphene side under electrical stimulus, due to the differences in coefficient of thermal expansion between the two layers and the converse piezoelectric effect and electrostrictive property of the PVDF layer. Under low voltage stimulus, the actuator (length: 20 mm, width: 3 mm) can generate large actuation motion with a maximum deflection of about 14.0 mm within 0.262 s and produce high actuation stress (more than 312.7 MPa/g). The bimorph actuator also can display reversible swing behavior with long cycle life under high frequencies. on this basis, a fish‐like robot that can swim at the speed of 5.02 mm/s is designed and demonstrated. The designed graphene‐PVDF bimorph actuator exhibits the overall novel performance compared with many other electromechanical avtuators, and may contribute to the practical actuation applications of graphene‐based materials at a macro scale.

  10. Photoaddressable Polymers

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    Bieringer, T.

    Polymers are the perfect materials for a variety of applications in almost every field of technical as well as human life. Because of their macromolecular architecture there are a lot of degrees of freedom in the synthesis of polymers. Owing to the change of their functional composition, they can be tailored even for quite difficult demands. Since a whole industry deals with the processing of polymers, cheap production lines have been developed for almost every polymer. This is the reason why not only the molecular composition but even the price of polymers has been optimized. Therefore these materials can be considered as encouraging components even in highly sophisticated areas of applications.

  11. Design of efficient loadcell for measurement of mechanical impact by piezoelectric PVDF film sensor

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    Guin, Priyanka; Roy, Arijit

    2016-09-01

    Conversion efficiency of mechanical impact into electrical voltage remains ever increasing demand for piezoelectric PVDF film sensor. For a given film sensor, the output voltage produced due to mechanical impact is highly dependent on the direction of stretching (or compressing) and active area of the film sensor. More is the active area of the film; higher will be the output voltage. It is shown that the active area is significantly increased due to the ridge-like shape given at the inner surfaces of the plates of sandwich type loadcell and as a result of which higher conversion efficiency is obtained. The effectiveness of the ridge-like shape is confirmed statistically by conducting two factorial design of experiment in which shape and material of the loadcell are considered as the two factors with 2×4 matrix. In case of loadcell made of glass plates, more than 100% increase in the output voltage is observed for ridge-like shape in comparison to its plain counterpart. Both the bandwidth and frequency range of the output signal is found to be independent and dependent of the loadcell materials for indirect and direct impact with the loadcell respectively. The merits and demerits of the fabricated loadcells are discussed.

  12. 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.

  13. Low Voltage Electrowetting on Ferroelectric PVDF-HFP Insulator with Highly Tunable Contact Angle Range.

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    Sawane, Yogesh B; Ogale, Satishchandra B; Banpurkar, Arun G

    2016-09-14

    We demonstrate a consistent electrowetting response on ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) insulator covered with a thin Teflon AF layer. This bilayer exhibits a factor of 3 enhancement in the contact angle modulation compared to that of conventional single-layered Teflon AF dielectric. On the basis of the proposed model the enhancement is attributed to the high value of effective dielectric constant (εeff ≈ 6) of the bilayer. Furthermore, the bilayer dielectric exhibits a hysteresis-free contact angle modulation over many AC voltage cycles. But the contact angle modulation for DC voltage shows a hysteresis because of the field-induced residual polarization in the ferroelectric layer. Finally, we show that a thin bilayer exhibits contact angle modulation of Δθ (U) ≈ 60° at merely 15 V amplitude of AC voltage indicating a potential dielectric for practical low voltage electrowetting applications. A proof of concept confirms electrowetting based rapid mixing of a fluorescent dye in aqueous glycerol solution for 15 V AC signal.

  14. Low Voltage Electrowetting on Ferroelectric PVDF-HFP Insulator with Highly Tunable Contact Angle Range.

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    Sawane, Yogesh B; Ogale, Satishchandra B; Banpurkar, Arun G

    2016-09-14

    We demonstrate a consistent electrowetting response on ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) insulator covered with a thin Teflon AF layer. This bilayer exhibits a factor of 3 enhancement in the contact angle modulation compared to that of conventional single-layered Teflon AF dielectric. On the basis of the proposed model the enhancement is attributed to the high value of effective dielectric constant (εeff ≈ 6) of the bilayer. Furthermore, the bilayer dielectric exhibits a hysteresis-free contact angle modulation over many AC voltage cycles. But the contact angle modulation for DC voltage shows a hysteresis because of the field-induced residual polarization in the ferroelectric layer. Finally, we show that a thin bilayer exhibits contact angle modulation of Δθ (U) ≈ 60° at merely 15 V amplitude of AC voltage indicating a potential dielectric for practical low voltage electrowetting applications. A proof of concept confirms electrowetting based rapid mixing of a fluorescent dye in aqueous glycerol solution for 15 V AC signal. PMID:27553685

  15. Polymer adsorption

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    Joanny, Jean-Francois

    2008-03-01

    The aim of this talk is to review Pierre-Gilles deGennes' work on polymer adsorption and the impact that it has now in our understanding of this problem. We will first present the self-consistent mean-field theory and its applications to adsorption and depletion. De Gennes most important contribution is probably the derivation of the self-similar power law density profile for adsorbed polymer layers that we will present next, emphasizing the differences between the tail sections and the loop sections of the adsorbed polymers. We will then discuss the kinetics of polymer adsorption and the penetration of a new polymer chain in an adsobed layer that DeGennes described very elegantly in analogy with a quantum tunneling problem. Finally, we will discuss the role of polymer adsorption for colloid stabilization.

  16. Fabrication of flexible and self-standing inorganic-organic three phase magneto-dielectric PVDF based multiferroic nanocomposite films through a small loading of graphene oxide (GO) and Fe3O4 nanoparticles.

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    Jayakumar, O D; Abdelhamid, Ehab H; Kotari, Vasundhara; Mandal, Balaji P; Rao, Rekha; Jagannath; Naik, Vaman M; Naik, Ratna; Tyagi, A K

    2015-09-28

    Flexible inorganic-organic magneto-electric (ME) nanocomposite films (PVDF, PVDF-GO, PVDF-Fe3O4 and PVDF-GO-Fe3O4), composed of well-dispersed graphene oxide (GO 5 wt%) and magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles (5 wt%) embedded into a poly(vinylidene-fluoride) (PVDF) matrix, have been prepared by a solvent casting route. The magnetic, ferroelectric, dielectric, magneto-dielectric (MD) coupling and structural properties of these films have been systematically investigated. Magnetic (Ms = 2.21 emu g(-1)) and ferroelectric (P = 0.065 μC cm(-2)) composite films of PVDF-GO-Fe3O4 (PVDF loaded with 5% GO and 5% Fe3O4) with an MD coupling of 0.02% at room temperature (RT) showed a three times higher dielectric constant than that of the pure PVDF film, with a dielectric loss as low as 0.6. However, the PVDF-Fe3O4 film, which exhibited improved magnetic (Ms = 2.5 emu g(-1)) and MD coupling (0.04%) properties at RT with a lower dielectric loss (0.3), exhibited decreased ferroelectric properties (P = 0.06 μC cm(-2)) and dielectric constant compared to the PVDF-GO-Fe3O4 film. MD coupling measurements carried out as a function of temperature on the multi-functional PVDF-GO-Fe3O4 film showed a systematic increase in MD values up to 100 K and a decrease thereafter. The observed magnetic, ferroelectric, dielectric, MD coupling and structural properties of the nanocomposite films are attributed to the homogeneous dispersion and good alignment of Fe3O4 nanoparticles and GO in the PVDF matrix along with a partial conversion of nonpolar α-phase PVDF to polar β-phase. The above multi-functionality of the composite films of PVDF-Fe3O4 and PVDF-GO-Fe3O4 paves the way for their application in smart multiferroic devices.

  17. Fabrication of flexible and self-standing inorganic-organic three phase magneto-dielectric PVDF based multiferroic nanocomposite films through a small loading of graphene oxide (GO) and Fe3O4 nanoparticles.

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    Jayakumar, O D; Abdelhamid, Ehab H; Kotari, Vasundhara; Mandal, Balaji P; Rao, Rekha; Jagannath; Naik, Vaman M; Naik, Ratna; Tyagi, A K

    2015-09-28

    Flexible inorganic-organic magneto-electric (ME) nanocomposite films (PVDF, PVDF-GO, PVDF-Fe3O4 and PVDF-GO-Fe3O4), composed of well-dispersed graphene oxide (GO 5 wt%) and magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles (5 wt%) embedded into a poly(vinylidene-fluoride) (PVDF) matrix, have been prepared by a solvent casting route. The magnetic, ferroelectric, dielectric, magneto-dielectric (MD) coupling and structural properties of these films have been systematically investigated. Magnetic (Ms = 2.21 emu g(-1)) and ferroelectric (P = 0.065 μC cm(-2)) composite films of PVDF-GO-Fe3O4 (PVDF loaded with 5% GO and 5% Fe3O4) with an MD coupling of 0.02% at room temperature (RT) showed a three times higher dielectric constant than that of the pure PVDF film, with a dielectric loss as low as 0.6. However, the PVDF-Fe3O4 film, which exhibited improved magnetic (Ms = 2.5 emu g(-1)) and MD coupling (0.04%) properties at RT with a lower dielectric loss (0.3), exhibited decreased ferroelectric properties (P = 0.06 μC cm(-2)) and dielectric constant compared to the PVDF-GO-Fe3O4 film. MD coupling measurements carried out as a function of temperature on the multi-functional PVDF-GO-Fe3O4 film showed a systematic increase in MD values up to 100 K and a decrease thereafter. The observed magnetic, ferroelectric, dielectric, MD coupling and structural properties of the nanocomposite films are attributed to the homogeneous dispersion and good alignment of Fe3O4 nanoparticles and GO in the PVDF matrix along with a partial conversion of nonpolar α-phase PVDF to polar β-phase. The above multi-functionality of the composite films of PVDF-Fe3O4 and PVDF-GO-Fe3O4 paves the way for their application in smart multiferroic devices. PMID:26274764

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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…

  8. Formation of Interfacial Janus Nanomicelles by Reactive Blending and Their Compatibilization Effects on Immiscible Polymer Blends.

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    Wang, Hengti; Fu, Zhiang; Dong, Wenyong; Li, Yongjin; Li, Jingye

    2016-09-01

    Micellization of in situ formed graft copolymers during reactive blending is commonly observed. Numerous studies have been carried out to minimize the formation of micelles and enhance emulsification efficiency. Herein, we investigated the formation of interfacial Janus nanomicelles (JNMs) and their compatibilization effects on immiscible polymer blends when reactive graft copolymers (RGCs) are used as compatibilizers. Poly(styrene-co-glycidyl methacrylate)-graft-poly(methyl methacrylate) RGCs were synthesized and used as compatibilizers for immiscible poly(l-lactide) (PLLA)/poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) blends. Numerous nanomicelles were formed in situ during melt blending by grafting of PLLA onto the RGCs. The formation and location of JNMs depended not only on the molecular architecture of the RGCs but also on the melt processing sequence and molecular weight of the components. Interfacial JNMs can effectively improve the miscibility of polymer blends, thereby enhancing the performance of immiscible polymer blends. PMID:27505259

  9. Anomalous structural relaxations in PVDF rich blends with PMMA in the presence of surface functionalized CNTs.

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    Sharma, Maya; Madras, Giridhar; Bose, Suryasarathi

    2014-11-14

    The structural relaxations in PVDF rich blends with PMMA can be quite interesting in understanding the origin of the different molecular relaxations associated with the crystalline and amorphous phases, crystal-amorphous interphase and the segmental motions. In light of our recent findings, we understood that the origin of these molecular relaxations were strongly contingent on the concentration of PMMA in the blend, crystalline morphology and the surface functional moieties on multiwall carbon nanotubes (CNTs). In addition, for the blends with concentration of PMMA ≥ 25 wt%, the structural relaxations often merge and are dielectrically indistinguishable. In this study, we attempted to determine the critical width in composition where the structural relaxations can be distinctly realized both in the control as well as blends with amine functionalized CNTs (NH2-CNTs). Intriguingly, we observed that in a narrow zone in composition (with PMMA concentration ≥ 10 wt% and ≤25 wt%), the molecular relaxations can be dielectrically distinguished and they often merge for all other compositions. Furthermore, we attempted to understand how this critical width in composition is related to the crystalline morphology using small angle X-ray scattering and polarizing optical microscopy and the crystal structure using FTIR and Raman spectroscopy. We now understand that although the formation of β crystals in the blends has no direct correlation with the observed molecular relaxations, the amorphous miscibility and the interphase regions seem to be dictating the origin of different molecular relaxations in the blends. The latter was observed to be strongly contingent on the concentration of PMMA in the blends.

  10. 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.

  11. EDITORIAL: Electroactive polymer materials

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    Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Kim, Kwang J.; Ryeol Choi, Hyouk; Madden, John D. W.

    2007-04-01

    . Turning EAP materials into actuators-of-choice requires a well established infrastructure. This involves improving the understanding of the basic principles that drive the various EAP materials. It is also necessary to develop a comprehensive material science, as well as effective electro-mechanics analytical tools and material processing techniques. Efforts are underway to study the parameters that control EAP electro-activation force and deformation and many successes have been reported. The processes of synthesizing, fabricating, electroding, shaping and handling are being refined to maximize the actuation capability and robustness of EAP materials. Methods of reliably characterizing the response of these materials are being developed and efforts are being made to establish a database with documented material properties in order to support design engineers who are considering the use of these materials. Grand challenge for the development of EAP-actuated robotics. The technology of artificial muscles is still in its emerging stages but the increased resources, growing number of investigators conducting research related to EAP, and improved collaboration among developers, users and sponsors are leading to rapid advances in this field. In 1999, in an effort to promote worldwide development towards the realization of the potential of EAP materials, Yoseph Bar-Cohen posed an arm-wrestling challenge (http://ndeaa.jpl.nasa.gov/nasa-nde/lommas/eap/EAP-armwrestling.htm). A graphic rendering of this challenge is illustrated in the above figure. In posing this challenge, he is seeking to see an EAP-activated robotic arm win against a human in a wrestling match in order to provide a gauge of the level of advances in the development of these materials. Success in wrestling against humans will enable capabilities that are currently considered impossible. It would allow applying EAP materials to improve many aspects of our life where some of the possibilities include effective

  12. 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.

  13. Fabrication of a self-sensing electroactive polymer bimorph actuator based on polyvinylidene fluoride and its electrostrictive terpolymer

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    Engel, Leeya; Van Volkinburg, Kyle R.; Ben-David, Moti; Washington, Gregory N.; Krylov, Slava; Shacham-Diamand, Yosi

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we report on the fabrication of a self-sensing electroactive polymer cantilevered bimorph beam actuator and its frequency response. Tip deflections of the beam, induced by applying an AC signal across ferroelectric relaxor polyvinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene chlorotrifluoroethylene (P(VDF-TrFE-CTFE)), reached a magnitude of 350μm under a field of ~55MV/m and were recorded externally using a laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV). Deflections were determined simultaneously by applying a sensing model to the voltage measured across the bimorph's integrated layer of piezoelectric polymer polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF). The sensing model treats the structure as a simple Euler- Bernoulli cantilevered beam with two distributed active elements represented through the use of generalized functions and offers a method through which real time tip deflection can be measured without the need for external visualization. When not being used as a sensing element, the PVDF layer can provide an additional means for actuation of the beam via the converse piezoelectric effect, resulting in bidirectional control of the beam's deflections. Integration of flexible sensing elements together with modeling of the electroactive polymer beam can benefit the developing field of polymer microactuators which have applications in soft robotics as "smart" prosthetics/implants, haptic displays, tools for less invasive surgery, and sensing.

  14. Blend and surface-assisted foaming of polymers with supercritical carbon dioxide

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    Siripurapu, Srinivas

    This thesis involves development of novel micro- and nanocellular foamed polymers using judicious polymer processing strategies with supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2). Apart from serving as a processing aid in the form of a transient plasticizer, scCO2 is a powerful blowing agent to manufacture foamed plastics. It is also a viable replacement for the harmful chemical blowing agents such as chlorofluorocarbons, hydrofluorochlorocarbons and perfluorocarbons that are still prevalent in the foaming industry. This thesis focuses on improving our fundamental understanding of polymer foaming with scCO2 to create novel materials that cannot be synthesized otherwise using traditional foaming technologies. In particular, we aim at creating new polymer foaming paradigms via either judicious polymer blending or introduction of surfaces to the polymer matrix. Novel experimental apparatus, utilizing both a continuous extrusion process and a batch process, have been designed and constructed to study various foaming applications with scCO2. We show that microcellular foams (foams with pores on the order of 10 mum) containing semicrystalline polymers can be generated continuously by blending with a compatible amorphous polymer. Blends of miscible poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF)---poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) blends yield vastly improved microcellular morphologies compared to PVDF alone. We find that blend miscibility, viscosity reduction facilitated by scCO2 and reduction or elimination of crystalline melting point of the polymer blend are key factors in producing these materials. The latter part of this dissertation investigates the feasibility of a scCO2-based foaming procedure to generate micro and nanoporous thin polymer films. Our experimental findings reveal that controlling scCO2 diffusion from film surfaces is the critical factor towards realizing uniform porosity in polymer films. We use a combination of physical constrains on film surfaces and introduction of

  15. Polymer nanolithography

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    Vance, Jennifer M.

    Nanolithography involves making patterns of materials with at least one dimension less than 100 nanometers. Surprisingly, writable CDs can provide polymer nanostructures for pennies a piece. Building on work previously done in the Drain lab, with an inherited home-built oven press, this research will explore the relationships between polymer chemical reactivity, polymer printing, and material surface energies. In addition, a relatively inexpensive entry point into high school and undergraduate education in nanolithography is presented. The ability to pattern cheaply at the nanoscale and microscale is necessary and attractive for many technologies towards biosensors, organic light emitting diodes, identification tags, layered devices, and transistors.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Time-delay control of ionic polymer metal composite actuator

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    Lee, Joon Hwan; Kim, Byung Jo; Kim, Jin Seong; Song, Dae Seok; Lee, Min Gyu; Jho, Jae Young; Kim, Dong Min; Rhee, Kyehan; Lee, Soo Jin

    2015-04-01

    This paper presents the control of an ionic polymer metal composite (IPMC) strip, which is an electro-active polymer actuator. IPMC can produce mechanical bending motion in response to an electrical excitation. Although IPMC has many beneficial properties, such as low power consumption, large deformation, and bi-directional actuation, it is very challenging to control because of its time-varying and nonlinear properties. Time-delay control (TDC) was applied to an IPMC strip in order to obtain a robust and precise tracking performance. The TDC scheme has shown good tracking performance with exceptional robustness in many other applications, in addition to having a simple and efficient structure and design process. A first-order filter was applied to the control input to reduce the sensor noise. An anti-windup scheme was also used because of its inherent integral effect. The simulation and experimental results of an IPMC strip controlled by TDC showed good performance in the steady state and transient responses. Furthermore, the control output responses tracked the desired model even when the IPMC parameters varied in repetitive experiments. In addition, it was shown through Nyquist analysis that the stability of the IPMC strip controlled by TDC is always maintained with the time-varying parameters. These results demonstrate that the TDC law applied to a time-varying and nonlinear IPMC provides robustness in performance and stability, while yielding precise transient and steady state tracking performance.

  20. 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)

  1. 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.

  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. Gigantic enhancement in the dielectric properties of polymer-based composites using core/shell MWCNT/amorphous carbon nanohybrids

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    Guo, Qikai; Xue, Qingzhong; Sun, Jin; Dong, Mingdong; Xia, Fujun; Zhang, Zhongyang

    2015-02-01

    Novel core/shell structured multi-walled carbon nanotube/amorphous carbon (MWCNT@AC) nanohybrids were successfully prepared using a simple and novel method. Subsequently, the MWCNT@AC nanohybrids were used as fillers to enhance the dielectric properties of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) based composites. It is found that the dielectric constant of the MWCNT@AC/PVDF composites can reach 5910 (the dielectric loss is ~2), which is considerably better than that of MWCNT/PVDF composites. The uniform amorphous carbon shell provides an insulative layer between adjacent MWCNTs in the polymer matrix, which not only prevents the direct contact of MWCNTs but also improves the dispersibility of the MWCNTs. Therefore, a surprising number of microcapacitors could be formed in the composites before the formation of a conductive network, leading to a gigantic enhancement in the dielectric properties. Our strategy provides a new approach to fabricate excellent dielectric materials for energy storage capacitors. In addition, the design concept used in this work can be extended to other carbon materials.

  4. Gigantic enhancement in the dielectric properties of polymer-based composites using core/shell MWCNT/amorphous carbon nanohybrids.

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    Guo, Qikai; Xue, Qingzhong; Sun, Jin; Dong, Mingdong; Xia, Fujun; Zhang, Zhongyang

    2015-02-28

    Novel core/shell structured multi-walled carbon nanotube/amorphous carbon (MWCNT@AC) nanohybrids were successfully prepared using a simple and novel method. Subsequently, the MWCNT@AC nanohybrids were used as fillers to enhance the dielectric properties of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) based composites. It is found that the dielectric constant of the MWCNT@AC/PVDF composites can reach 5910 (the dielectric loss is ∼2), which is considerably better than that of MWCNT/PVDF composites. The uniform amorphous carbon shell provides an insulative layer between adjacent MWCNTs in the polymer matrix, which not only prevents the direct contact of MWCNTs but also improves the dispersibility of the MWCNTs. Therefore, a surprising number of microcapacitors could be formed in the composites before the formation of a conductive network, leading to a gigantic enhancement in the dielectric properties. Our strategy provides a new approach to fabricate excellent dielectric materials for energy storage capacitors. In addition, the design concept used in this work can be extended to other carbon materials.

  5. Multilayered carbon nanotube/polymer composite based thermoelectric fabrics.

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    Hewitt, Corey A; Kaiser, Alan B; Roth, Siegmar; Craps, Matt; Czerw, Richard; Carroll, David L

    2012-03-14

    Thermoelectrics are materials capable of the solid-state conversion between thermal and electrical energy. Carbon nanotube/polymer composite thin films are known to exhibit thermoelectric effects, however, have a low figure of merit (ZT) of 0.02. In this work, we demonstrate individual composite films of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNT)/polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) that are layered into multiple element modules that resemble a felt fabric. The thermoelectric voltage generated by these fabrics is the sum of contributions from each layer, resulting in increased power output. Since these fabrics have the potential to be cheaper, lighter, and more easily processed than the commonly used thermoelectric bismuth telluride, the overall performance of the fabric shows promise as a realistic alternative in a number of applications such as portable lightweight electronics.

  6. 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.

  7. Modeling and control of a self-sensing polymer metal composite actuator

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    Nam, Doan Ngoc Chi; Ahn, Kyoung Kwan

    2014-02-01

    An ion polymer metal composite (IPMC) is an electro-active polymer (EAP) that bends in response to a small applied electrical field as a result of mobility of cations in the polymer network and vice versa. One drawback in the use of an IPMC is the sensing problem for such a small size actuator. The aim of this paper is to develop a physical model for a self-sensing IPMC actuator and to verify its applicability for practical position control. Firstly, ion dynamics inside a polymer membrane is investigated with an asymmetric solution in the presence of distributed surface resistance. Based on this analysis, a modified equivalent circuit and a simple configuration to realize the self-sensing IPMC actuator are proposed. Mathematical modelling and experimental evaluation indicate that the bending curvature can be obtained accurately using several feedback voltage signals along with the IPMC length. Finally, the controllability of the developed self-sensing IPMC actuator is investigated using a robust position control. Experimental results prove that the self-sensing characteristics can be applied in engineering control problems to provide a more convenient sensing method for IPMC actuating systems.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

    2015-11-11

    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.

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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%.

  1. 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.

  2. On the digital holographic interferometry of fibrous material, I: Optical properties of polymer and optical fibers

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    Yassien, K. M.; Agour, M.; von Kopylow, C.; El-Dessouky, H. M.

    2010-05-01

    Digital holographic interferometry (DHI) was utilized for investigating the optical properties of polymer and optical fibers. The samples investigated here were polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) polymer fiber and graded-index (GRIN) optical fiber. The phase shifting Mach-Zehnder interferometer was used to obtain five phase-shifted holograms, in which the phase difference between two successive holograms is π/2, for each fiber sample. These holograms were recorded using a CCD camera and were combined to gain the complex wavefield, which was numerically reconstructed using the convolution approach into amplitude and phase distributions. The reconstructed phase distribution was used to determine the refractive index, birefringence and refractive index profile of the studied samples. The mean refractive index has been measured with an accuracy up to 4×10 -4. The main advantage of DHI is to overcome the manual focusing limitations by means of the numerical focusing. The results showed accurate measurements of the optical properties of fibers.

  3. Understanding Controls on Wetting at Fluorinated Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane/Polymer Surfaces.

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    Ye, Yi; Tian, Ming; Zhang, Chen; Du, Zhongjie; Mi, Jianguo

    2016-01-12

    Fluorinated polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (F-POSS) nanoparticles have been widely used to enhance the hydrophobicity or oleophobicity of polymer films via constructing the specific micro/nanoscale roughness. In this work, we study the oleophobicity of pure and F-POSS-decorated poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) films using a dynamic density functional theory approach. The role of nanoparticle size and coverage and the chemical features of F-POSS and the polymer film in the wetting behavior of diiodomethane droplets has been integrated to the remaining ratio of surface potential to quantitatively characterize the corner effect. It is shown that, on the basis of universal force field parameters, the theoretically predicted contact angles are in general agreement with the available experimental data. PMID:26669413

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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)

  8. 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.

  9. Polymer solutions

    DOEpatents

    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.

  10. Thermal Vapor Deposition and Characterization of Polymer-Ceramic Nanoparticle Composite Thin Films and Capacitors

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    Ewen, Crystal L.

    Thin films composed of the polymer polyvinylidene uoride (PVDF) and the ceramic nanoparticle titanium dioxide (TiO2) were fabricated via thermal vapor deposition. The goal of this research was to improve the amount of TiO2 deposited by varying the temperature and deposition time, to obtain more accurate thickness measurements, and to improve on the electrical properties. The electrical properties analyzed in this study were the dielectric constant, capacitance, breakdown strength and energy density of the capacitors. A starting mixture of PVDF, TiO2, and dimethylformamide (DMF) was prepared prior to deposition, where DMF was used only as a solvent. The elemental composition of the films was determined with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Elemental mapping of the films shows that the nanoparticles are homogeneously distributed in the polymer. The ideal initial concentrations (which yield the largest TiO2 concentration) of PVDF and TiO2 were determined to be 83% and 17% respectively by weight. The highest weight percent of Ti was 32.4%, which was made with a deposition temperature of 474°C (corresponding to a current of 27 A) and deposition time of 13 minutes. Thefilm thickness was measured by combining EDS and ImageJ to be 243--46 nm. Parallel plate capacitors were fabricated by combining thermal vapor deposition for the dielectric and sputter coating for the electrodes. For the electrodes, the parallel plates are gold palladium (AuPd) with PVDF:TiO2 as the dielectric. The AuPd electrodes were deposited via sputter coating. Each electrode was sputtered for 100s, which yielded a thickness of 33 nm. The dielectric constant was determined experimentally to be 10.8 and estimated using the Maxwell-Garnett effective medium approximation to be 13.1. The capacitance of these capacitors averaged 30--2 nF. The breakdown voltage of the capacitor was 25--4 V, which corresponds to a breakdown strength of 103 MV/m. Lastly

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Thermal conductivity and multiferroics of electroactive polymers and polymer composites

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    Jin, Jiezhu

    /m˙K, greatly affected by the phonon-phonon scattering and phonon boundary scattering. When the films are thicker than 130 nm, heat capacity also plays an important role in thermal conduction in polyaniline. The same technique is extended to measure the electrical and thermal conductivity of 55 nm thick polyaniline thin films doped with different levels of camphorsulfonic acid. Results indicate that the effect of the doping level (camphorsulfonic acid/polyaniline ratio) is more pronounced on electrical conductivity than on thermal conductivity, thereby greatly affecting their ratio that determines the thermoelectric efficiency. At the 60% doping level, polyaniline thin film exhibits the maximum electrical and thermal conductivity due to the formation of mostly delocalized polaron structures. It is suggested that polarons are the charge carriers responsible for the electrical conduction, while phonons play a dominant role in the heat conduction in doped polyaniline thin films. Multiferroic materials combine unusual elastic, magnetic and electric properties, and have promising applications in many areas, such as sensors, transducers and read/write memory devices. For strain-mediated multiferroic ME composites, their ME effect are generated as a product property of the piezoelectric phase and magnetostrictive phase. In this dissertation, new multiferroic composites are developed and presented. One of them is based on chain-end cross-linked ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) (PVDF-TrFE). With a low dc bias magnetic field, the ME coefficient of this composite is 17.7 V/cm Oe at non-resonance and 383 V/cm Oe at resonance, well above the reported ME voltage coefficient of polymer based ME composite in current literature. ME composite based on poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) P(VDF-HFP) are also developed in this dissertation. Crystalline beta phase structure in P(VDF-HFP) is produced by uniaxially stretching of pre-melted and quenched films

  15. Autofocus fluid lens device construction and implementation of modified ionic polymer metal composite (IPMC) membrane actuators

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    Kiefer, Rudolf; Kiveste, Harti; Punning, Andres; Kesküla, Arko; Lulla, Tõnis; Aabloo, Alvo

    2014-03-01

    The autofocus fluid lens device, as developed by Philips, is based on water/oil interfaces forming a spherical lens where the meniscus of the liquid can be switched by applying a high voltage to change from a convex to a concave divergent lens. In this work we construct a device to evaluate the performance of membrane actuators based on electro active polymers, in a design applicable for autofocus fluid lens applications. The membrane with a hole in the middle separates the oil phase from the electrolyte phase, forming a meniscus in the middle of the membrane between the oil and electrolyte. If the membrane actuator shows a certain force and displacement, the meniscus between oil and electrolyte changes form between concave and convex, applicable as a fluid lens. Ionic polymer metal composites (IPMCs) are applied in this work to investigate how the performance of the membrane actuator takes place in Milli-Q, certain electrolytes and in combination with an electrochemically deposited conducting polymer. The goal of this work is to investigate the extent of membrane displacement of IPMC actuators operating at a low voltage (+/-0.7 V), and the back relaxation phenomena of IPMC actuators.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Conductive Polymers

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    Bohnert, G.W.

    2002-11-22

    Electroluminescent devices such as light-emitting diodes (LED) and high-energy density batteries. These new polymers offer cost savings, weight reduction, ease of processing, and inherent rugged design compared to conventional semiconductor materials. The photovoltaic industry has grown more than 30% during the past three years. Lightweight, flexible solar modules are being used by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps for field power units. LEDs historically used for indicator lights are now being investigated for general lighting to replace fluorescent and incandescent lights. These so-called solid-state lights are becoming more prevalent across the country since they produce efficient lighting with little heat generation. Conductive polymers are being sought for battery development as well. Considerable weight savings over conventional cathode materials used in secondary storage batteries make portable devices easier to carry and electric cars more efficient and nimble. Secondary battery sales represent an $8 billion industry annually. The purpose of the project was to synthesize and characterize conductive polymers. TRACE Photonics Inc. has researched critical issues which affect conductivity. Much of their work has focused on production of substituted poly(phenylenevinylene) compounds. These compounds exhibit greater solubility over the parent polyphenylenevinylene, making them easier to process. Alkoxy substituted groups evaluated during this study included: methoxy, propoxy, and heptyloxy. Synthesis routes for production of alkoxy-substituted poly phenylenevinylene were developed. Considerable emphasis was placed on final product yield and purity.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Flexible, Hybrid Piezoelectric Film (BaTi(1-x)Zr(x)O3)/PVDF Nanogenerator as a Self-Powered Fluid Velocity Sensor.

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    Alluri, Nagamalleswara Rao; Saravanakumar, Balasubramaniam; Kim, Sang-Jae

    2015-05-13

    We demonstrate a flexible piezoelectric nanogenerator (PNG) constructed using a hybrid (or composite) film composed of highly crystalline BaTi(1-x)Zr(x)O3 (x = 0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, and 0.2) nanocubes (abbreviated as BTZO) synthesized using a molten-salt process embedded into a poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) matrix solution via ultrasonication. The potential of a BTZO/PVDF hybrid film is realized in fabricating eco-friendly devices, active sensors, and flexible nanogenerators to interpret its functionality. Our strategy is based on the incorporation of various Zr(4+) doping ratios into the Ti(4+) site of BaTiO3 nanocubes to enhance the performance of the PNG. The flexible nanogenerator (BTZO/PVDF) exhibits a high electrical output up to ∼11.9 V and ∼1.35 μA compared to the nanogenerator (BTO/PVDF) output of 7.99 V and 1.01 μA upon the application of cyclic pushing-releasing frequencies with a constant load (11 N). We also demonstrate another exciting application of the PNG as a self-powered sensor to measure different water velocities at an outlet pipe. The average maximum peak power of the PNG varies from 0.2 to 15.8 nW for water velocities ranging from 31.43 to 125.7 m/s during the water ON condition. This study shows the compositional dependence approach, fabrication of nanostructures for energy harvesting, and self-powered devices in the field of monitoring for remote area applications. PMID:25901640

  3. 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.

  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. 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.

  6. FeCl 3-CoCl 2 mixed fillers effects on the structural, electrical and magnetic properties of PVDF films

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    Tawansi, A.; Oraby, A. H.; Abdelkader, H. I.; Abdelaziz, M.

    2003-06-01

    Films of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) filled with ( x)FeCl 3(20- x)CoCl 2 mixture were prepared by casting method and studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential thermal analysis (DTA), infrared transmission (IR), ultraviolet/visible optical absorption, DC electrical conduction, DC magnetic susceptibility and electron spin resonance (ESR). XRD implied an amorphous structure for x=0.0% and 15% and a semicrystalline structure (containing α- and β-PVDF phases at x=5% and 10% and α phase only at x=20%). Melting and transition temperatures were identified using DTA. Conjugated double bonds and head-to-head defects were detected by IR spectra, which suggested the presence of polarons and/or bipolarons in the polymeric matrix. The DC electrical conduction was discussed using the modified interpolaron hopping model. The optical absorption spectra implied the presence of high spin tetrahedral forms of both Fe 3+ and Co 2+. The ESR revealed the existence of cluster of both Fe 3+ and Co 2+ for x⩾5% within the PVDF matrix. The temperature dependence of the DC magnetic susceptibility obeyed Curie-Weiss law, indicating the role of the localized energy states. The obtained negative values of the paramagnetic Curie temperature, θp, for x<8.5% indicated an antiferromagnetic interaction, while positive θp obtained for x>8.5% suggested the ferromagnetic interaction, at lower temperatures.

  7. Simultaneous enhancement in mechanical strength, electrical conductivity, and electromagnetic shielding properties in PVDF-ABS blends containing PMMA wrapped multiwall carbon nanotubes.

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

    2015-06-14

    A unique approach was adopted to drive the multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) to the interface of immiscible PVDF-ABS blends by wrapping the nanotubes with a mutually miscible homopolymer (PMMA). A tailor made interface with an improved stress transfer was achieved in the blends with PMMA wrapped MWNTs. This manifested in an impressive 108% increment in the tensile strength and 48% increment in the Young's modulus with 3 wt% PMMA wrapped MWNTs in striking contrast to the neat blends. As the PMMA wrapped MWNTs localized at the interface of PVDF-ABS blends, the electrical conductivity could be tuned with respect to only MWNTs, which were selectively localized in the PVDF phase, driven by thermodynamics. The electromagnetic shielding properties were assessed using a vector network analyser in a broad range of frequency, X-band (8-12 GHz) and Ku-band (12-18 GHz). Interestingly, enhanced EM shielding was achieved by this unique approach. The blends with only MWNTs shielded the EM waves mostly by reflection however, the blends with PMMA wrapped MWNTs (3 wt%) shielded mostly by absorption (62%). This study opens new avenues in designing materials, which show simultaneous improvement in mechanical, electrical conductivity and EM shielding properties.

  8. Surface resistivity temperature dependence measures of commercial, multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT), or silver nano-particle doped polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) films

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    Edwards, Matthew; Egarievwe, Stephen; Kukhtareva, Tatiana; Polius, Jemilia; Janen, Afef; Corda, John

    2014-10-01

    The detection of infrared radiation (IR) with pure and doped Polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) films has been well documented using the mechanism of pyroelectricity. Alternatively, the electrical properties of films made from Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) have received considerable attention in recent years. The investigation of surface resistivities of both such films, to this point, has received far less consideration in comparison to pyroelectric effects. In this research, we report temperature dependent surface resistivity measurements of commercial, and of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT), or Ag-nanoparticle doped PVA films. Without any variation in the temperature range from 22°C to 40°C with controlled humidity, we found that the surface resistivity decreases initially, reaches a minimum, but rises steadily as the temperature continues to increase. This research was conducted with the combined instrumentation of the Keithley Model 6517 Electrometer and Keithley Model 8009 resistivity test fixture using both commercial and in-house produced organic thin films. With the objective to quantify the suitability of PVDF and PVA films as IR detector materials, when using the surface resistivity phenomenon, instead of or in addition to the pyroelectricity, surface resistivity measurements are reported when considering bolometry. We find the surface resistivity of PVDF films to be in the range, which extends beyond the upper limit of our Keithley electrometer, but our measurements on PVA films were readily implemented.

  9. 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

  10. Organic one-transistor-type nonvolatile memory gated with thin ionic liquid-polymer film for low voltage operation.

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    Hwang, Sun Kak; Park, Tae Joon; Kim, Kang Lib; Cho, Suk Man; Jeong, Beom Jin; Park, Cheolmin

    2014-11-26

    As one of the most emerging next-generation nonvolatile memories, one-transistor (1T)-type nonvolatile memories are of great attention due to their excellent memory performance and simple device architecture suitable for high density memory arrays. In particular, organic 1T-type memories containing both organic semiconductors and insulators are further beneficial because of their mechanical flexibility with low cost fabrication. Here, we demonstrate a new flexible organic 1T-type memory operating at low voltage. The low voltage operation of a memory less than 10 V was obtained by employing a polymer gate insulator solution blended with ionic liquid as a charge storage layer. Ionic liquid homogeneously dissolved in a thin poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) (PVDF-TrFE) film gave rise to low voltage operation of a device due to its high capacitance. Simultaneously, stable charge trapping of either anions or cations efficiently occurred in the polymer matrix, dependent upon gate bias. Optimization of ionic liquid in PVDF-TrFE thus led to an air-stable and mechanically flexible organic 1T-type nonvolatile memory operating at programming voltage of ±7 V with large ON/OFF current margin of approximately 10(3), reliable time-dependent data retention of more than 10(4) seconds, and write/read endurance cycles of 80.

  11. Organic one-transistor-type nonvolatile memory gated with thin ionic liquid-polymer film for low voltage operation.

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    Hwang, Sun Kak; Park, Tae Joon; Kim, Kang Lib; Cho, Suk Man; Jeong, Beom Jin; Park, Cheolmin

    2014-11-26

    As one of the most emerging next-generation nonvolatile memories, one-transistor (1T)-type nonvolatile memories are of great attention due to their excellent memory performance and simple device architecture suitable for high density memory arrays. In particular, organic 1T-type memories containing both organic semiconductors and insulators are further beneficial because of their mechanical flexibility with low cost fabrication. Here, we demonstrate a new flexible organic 1T-type memory operating at low voltage. The low voltage operation of a memory less than 10 V was obtained by employing a polymer gate insulator solution blended with ionic liquid as a charge storage layer. Ionic liquid homogeneously dissolved in a thin poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) (PVDF-TrFE) film gave rise to low voltage operation of a device due to its high capacitance. Simultaneously, stable charge trapping of either anions or cations efficiently occurred in the polymer matrix, dependent upon gate bias. Optimization of ionic liquid in PVDF-TrFE thus led to an air-stable and mechanically flexible organic 1T-type nonvolatile memory operating at programming voltage of ±7 V with large ON/OFF current margin of approximately 10(3), reliable time-dependent data retention of more than 10(4) seconds, and write/read endurance cycles of 80. PMID:25341965

  12. Electrochemical and Structural Properties of Polyvinylidene Fluoride - Silver Triflate Solid Polymer Electrolyte System

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    Suthanthiraraj, S. Austin; Paul, B. Joseph

    2006-06-01

    A new polymer gel electrolyte system consisting of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and silver triflate (AgCF3SO3) has been investigated and reported in the present work. Thin film specimens of PVDF + x wt.% AgCF3SO3 (where x = 10, 20, 30, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60 respectively) were prepared by solution casting technique using dimethyl formamide (DMF) as the common solvent. Complex impedance measurements were carried out on all the specimens in the frequency range 20 Hz - 1 M Hz within the temperature domain 298 to 333 K. The room temperature ionic conductivity of the polymer electrolyte was found to increase from 10-5 to 10-3 Scm-1 i.e. by two orders of magnitude with increasing concentration of silver triflate from 10 to 60 wt.%, whereas the activation energy decreased with an increase in concentration of the dopant salt. The ionic transference number values determined by Wagner's polarization technique showed an increase from 0.33 to 0.99 with an increase in the concentration of silver triflate salt. These results have clearly indicated that the ionic conduction is significant in the case of higher salt concentrations viz., > 20 wt.%. Furthermore, the X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns have revealed a decrease in the crystallinity of the polymer electrolyte due to complex formation. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectral studies have also confirmed the complex formation between polyvinylidene fluoride and silver triflate owing to the appearance of new absorption bands and gradual shifts observed in certain peaks.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  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.

  17. 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)

  18. Encapsulation of ionic electroactive polymers: reducing the interaction with environment

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    Jaakson, P.; Aabloo, A.; Tamm, T.

    2016-04-01

    Ionic electro-active polymer (iEAP) actuators are composite materials that change their mechanical properties in response to external electrical stimulus. The interest in these devices is mainly driven by their capability to generate biomimetic movements, and their potential use in soft robotics. The driving voltage of an iEAP-actuator (0.5… 3 V) is at least an order of magnitude lower than that needed for other types of electroactive polymers. To apply iEAP-actuators in potential real-world applications, the capability of operating in different environments (open air, different solvents) must be available. In their natural form, the iEAP-actuators are capable of interacting with the surrounding environment (evaporation of solvent from the electrolyte solution, ion or solvent exchange, humidity effects), therefore, for prevention of unpredictable behavior of the actuator and the contamination of the environment, encapsulation of the actuator is needed. The environmental contamination aspect of the encapsulation material is substantial when selecting an applicable encapsulant. The suitable encapsulant should form thin films, be light in weight, elastic, fit tightly, low cost, and easily reproducible. The main goal of the present study is to identify and evaluate the best potential encapsulation techniques for iEAPactuators. Various techniques like thin film on liquid coating, dip coating, hot pressing, hot rolling; and several materials like polydimethylsiloxane, polyurethane, nitrocellulose, paraffin-composite-films were investigated. The advantages and disadvantages of the combinations of the above mentioned techniques and materials are discussed. Successfully encapsulated iEAP-actuators gained durability and were stably operable for long periods of time under ambient conditions. The encapsulation process also increased the stability of the iEAP-actuator by minimizing the environment effects. This makes controlling iEAP-actuators more straight-forward and

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Quasi-static electric properties of insulating polymers at a high voltage for electro-bonded laminates

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    Di Lillo, L.; Carnelli, D. A.; Bergamini, A.; Busato, S.; Ermanni, P.

    2011-05-01

    This paper reports on a high voltage measurement set-up for determining the relative permittivity and the volume resistivity of dielectric polymers. These properties were evaluated on thin films at electric fields up to 80 V µm-1 and in the quasi-static regime at frequencies lower than 1 Hz. It is found that the high field properties of FEP, PFA, polyimide and Mylar are comparable to the respective low field values, while for ferroelectric PVDF poling behavior becomes evident at high fields. High field properties of dielectric polymers are of particular importance in the design of devices relying on electrostatic attraction, such as electro-bonded laminates applied in tunable bending stiffness structures.

  2. Pressure-assisted synthesis of HKUST-1 thin film on polymer hollow fiber at room temperature toward gas separation.

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    Mao, Yiyin; Li, Junwei; Cao, Wei; Ying, Yulong; Sun, Luwei; Peng, Xinsheng

    2014-03-26

    The scalable fabrication of continuous and defect-free metal-organic framework (MOF) films on the surface of polymeric hollow fibers, departing from ceramic supported or dense composite membranes, is a huge challenge. The critical way is to reduce the growth temperature of MOFs in aqueous or ethanol solvents. In the present work, a pressure-assisted room temperature growth strategy was carried out to fabricate continuous and well-intergrown HKUST-1 films on a polymer hollow fiber by using solid copper hydroxide nanostrands as the copper source within 40 min. These HKUST-1 films/polyvinylidenefluoride (PVDF) hollow fiber composite membranes exhibit good separation performance for binary gases with selectivity 116% higher than Knudsen values via both inside-out and outside-in modes. This provides a new way to enable for scale-up preparation of HKUST-1/polymer hollow fiber membranes, due to its superior economic and ecological advantages. PMID:24598555

  3. 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

  4. Deformation of redox-active polymer gel based on polysiloxane backbone and bis(benzodithiolyl)bithienyl scaffold.

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    Ohtake, Toshihiro; Tanaka, Hideki; Matsumoto, Tetsuro; Ohta, Akira; Kimura, Mutsumi

    2014-12-01

    Redox-active polymer gels consisting of polysiloxane backbone and bis(benzodithiolyl)bithienyl units have been designed and synthesized. The bis(benzodithiolyl)bithienyl units, which undergo interconversion between cyclic form and opened dicationic form, have been incorporated into polysiloxane backbone via hydrosilylation of vinyl-terminated bis(benzodithiolyl)bithienyl derivative and poly(methylhydrosiloxane) (PMHS) or poly(dimethylsiloxane-co-hydrogenmethylsiloxane) (PDMS-co-PMHS), resulting in polymer gels cross-linked with bis(benzodithiolyl)bithienyl units. After the incorporation of M1 into polysiloxane backbone, these polymer gels (P1 and P2) also exhibit redox responses associated with the electrochemical interconversion of the bis(benzodithiolyl)bithienyl moieties. The polymer gels show swelling behavior upon chemical oxidization, and bending behavior has been observed for the polymer gel immobilized poly(vinylidene difluoride) (PVdF) film. These results provide a useful perspective for fabricating redox-triggered polymer gel actuators based on the conformational change of the functional molecular unit. PMID:25400032

  5. 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

  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

    2014-04-01

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. Space and surface charge behavior analysis of charge-eliminated polymer films

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    Oda, Tetsuji; Takashima, Kazunori; Ichiyama, Shinichiro

    1995-12-31

    Charge behavior of corona-charged or charge eliminated polymer films being dipped in the city water were studied. They were polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE teflon{trademark}), polypropylene (PP), low density or high density polyethylene (LDPE or HDPE) thin films which are as grown (native) or plasma-processed. The plasma processing at low pressure was tested as antistatic processing. Charge elimination was done by being dipped in alcohol or city water. TSDC analysis and surface charge profile measurement were done for both charged and charge eliminated polymer films. Surface charge density of plasma processed polymer films just after corona charging is roughly the same as that of an original film. There is little difference between surface charge density profile of a native film and that of a plasma processed film. A large hetero current peak of TSDC was observed at room temperature for a processed film. It was found that the hetero peak disappears after charge elimination process. A pressure pulse wave method by using a pulse-driven piezoelectric PVDF polymer film as a piezoelectric actuator was newly developed to observe real space charge distribution. A little difference of internal space charge distribution between the plasma processed film and the native one after corona charging is found.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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. PMID:25590283

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. Multicomponent polymer materials

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    Paul, D.R.; Sperling, L.H.

    1986-01-01

    Interpenetrating polymer networks are discussed, taking into account interpenetrating polymer networks based on polybutadiene and polystyrene, polyurethane-polysiloxane simultaneous interpenetrating polymer networks, extraction studies and morphology of physical-chemical interpenetrating polymer networks based on block polymer and polystyrene, twoand three-component interpenetrating polymer networks, and poly(acrylourethane)-polyepoxide semiinterpenetrating networks formed by electron-beam curing. Other topics studied are related to the characterization of polymer blends, the characterization of block copolymers, the mechanical behavior, and rheology and applications. Attention is given to a new silicone flame-retardant system for thermoplastics, recent developments in interpenetrating polymer networks and related materials, miscibility in random copolymer blends, crystallization and melting in compatible polymer blends, and fatigue in rubber-modified epoxies and other polyblends.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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)

  3. 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)

  4. 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.

  5. Mechanical Properties of Polymers.

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    Aklonis, J. J.

    1981-01-01

    Mechanical properties (stress-strain relationships) of polymers are reviewed, taking into account both time and temperature factors. Topics include modulus-temperature behavior of polymers, time dependence, time-temperature correspondence, and mechanical models. (JN)

  6. 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.

  7. 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)

  8. Dendritic polyurea polymers.

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    Tuerp, David; Bruchmann, Bernd

    2015-01-01

    Dendritic polymers, subsuming dendrimers as well as hyperbranched or highly branched polymers are well established in the field of polymer chemistry. This review article focuses on urea based dendritic polymers and summarizes their synthetic routes through both isocyanate and isocyanate-free processes. Furthermore, this article highlights applications where dendritic polyureas show their specific chemical and physical potential. For these purposes scientific publications as well as patent literature are investigated to generate a comprehensive overview on this topic.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  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. 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

    2016-09-10

    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.

  16. 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.

    PubMed

    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

  17. Fire-safe polymers and polymer composites

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    Zhang, Huiqing

    The intrinsic relationships between polymer structure, composition and fire behavior have been explored to develop new fire-safe polymeric materials. Different experimental techniques, especially three milligram-scale methods---pyrolysis-combustion flow calorimetry (PCFC), simultaneous thermal analysis (STA) and pyrolysis GC/MS---have been combined to fully characterize the thermal decomposition and flammability of polymers and polymer composites. Thermal stability, mass loss rate, char yield and properties of decomposition volatiles were found to be the most important parameters in determining polymer flammability. Most polymers decompose by either an unzipping or a random chain scission mechanism with an endothermic decomposition of 100--900 J/g. Aromatic or heteroaromatic rings, conjugated double or triple bonds and heteroatoms such as halogens, N, O, S, P and Si are the basic structural units for fire-resistant polymers. The flammability of polymers can also be successfully estimated by combining pyrolysis GC/MS results or chemical structures with TGA results. The thermal decomposition and flammability of two groups of inherently fire-resistant polymers---poly(hydroxyamide) (PHA) and its derivatives, and bisphenol C (BPC II) polyarylates---have been systematically studied. PHA and most of its derivatives have extremely low heat release rates and very high char yields upon combustion. PHA and its halogen derivatives can completely cyclize into quasi-polybenzoxazole (PBO) structures at low temperatures. However, the methoxy and phosphate derivatives show a very different behavior during decomposition and combustion. Molecular modeling shows that the formation of an enol intermediate is the rate-determining step in the thermal cyclization of PHA. BPC II-polyarylate is another extremely flame-resistant polymer. It can be used as an efficient flame-retardant agent in copolymers and blends. From PCFC results, the total heat of combustion of these copolymers or blends

  18. Shock-induced initiation and energy release behavior of polymer bonded explosive materials

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    Zhang, Wei; Cai, Xuanming; Hypervelocity Impact Research Center Team

    2015-06-01

    In this paper, an initially sealed vented test chamber and a test projectile with a recessed hole were designed to complete the experiments. As the initiation takes place on the interior, great amounts of thermo-chemical energy gases were vented through a hole formed by the penetration process. The gas pressure inside the chamber was used to evaluate the energy release behavior of polymer bonded explosive materials. The impact pressure of the projectile was measured by the PVDF sensors. Based on the earlier work that the constitutive equation of polymer bonded explosive materials was established, the impact pressure of the projectile was obtained through the numerical simulation. The experimental results reveal that the impact pressure is significant to the energy release behavior, and in some extent the gas pressure improves with the velocity of the projectile. The impact pressure obtained by the experiments is comparing with which obtained through the numerical simulation, and the results of the comparing is that the value of them are closely relative. The experimental results also indicate that the constitutive equation of polymer bonded explosive materials used in the numerical simulation can correctly describe the mechanical behavior of PBX materials.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.