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A novel structure of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) stabilized by MoS2nanotubes

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Abstract

The first polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)–MoS2 nanotube based nanocomposites have been prepared. The structure of the nanocomposite is discussed based on electron microscopy, X-ray and atomic force microscopy studies. The results indicate that the well-dispersed MoS2 nanotubes are efficiently incorporated into the polymer matrix. The polymernanotube interaction stabilizes a novel 2b stacking within the γ-phase, as confirmed by X-ray and AFM measurements, which represents a new PVDF crystal structure. Annealing of the PVDF–MoS2 nanotube films at 110 °C during polymer crystallization leads to a completely relaxed α-phase with the nanotubes forming the nucleation centres for crystallization of the dendritic α-phase.

Graphical abstract: A novel structure of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) stabilized by MoS2 nanotubes

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Submitted
08 May 2013
Accepted
11 Jul 2013
First published
12 Jul 2013

Soft Matter, 2013,9, 8647-8653
Article type
Paper

A novel structure of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) stabilized by MoS2 nanotubes

M. Remškar, I. Iskra, J. Jelenc, S. D. Škapin, B. Višić, A. Varlec and A. Kržan, Soft Matter, 2013, 9, 8647
DOI: 10.1039/C3SM51279G

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