Jump to main content
Jump to site search
PLANNED MAINTENANCE Close the message box

Scheduled maintenance work on Wednesday 27th March 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (GMT).

During this time our website performance may be temporarily affected. We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause and thank you for your patience.


Issue 1, 2013
Previous Article Next Article

Poly(vinylidene fluoride)/nickel nanocomposites from semicrystalline block copolymer precursors

Author affiliations

Abstract

The fabrication of nanoporous poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and PVDF/nickel nanocomposites from semicrystalline block copolymer precursors is reported. Polystyrene-block-poly(vinylidene fluoride)-block-polystyrene (PS-b-PVDF-b-PS) is prepared through functional benzoyl peroxide initiated polymerization of VDF, followed by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of styrene. The crystallization of PVDF plays a dominant role in the formation of the block copolymer structure, resulting in a spherulitic superstructure with an internal crystalline–amorphous lamellar nanostructure. The block copolymer promotes the formation of the ferroelectric β-polymorph of PVDF. Selective etching of the amorphous regions with nitric acid leads to nanoporous PVDF, which functions as a template for the generation of PVDF/Ni nanocomposites. The lamellar nanostructure and the β-crystalline phase are conserved during the etching procedure and electroless nickel deposition.

Graphical abstract: Poly(vinylidene fluoride)/nickel nanocomposites from semicrystalline block copolymer precursors

Back to tab navigation

Supplementary files

Publication details

The article was received on 29 Sep 2012, accepted on 16 Oct 2012 and first published on 23 Oct 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2NR32990E
Citation: Nanoscale, 2013,5, 184-192

  •   Request permissions

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride)/nickel nanocomposites from semicrystalline block copolymer precursors

    V. S. D. Voet, M. Tichelaar, S. Tanase, M. C. Mittelmeijer-Hazeleger, G. ten Brinke and K. Loos, Nanoscale, 2013, 5, 184
    DOI: 10.1039/C2NR32990E

Search articles by author

Spotlight

Advertisements