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Influence of nanoparticles on glass transition of polymers

Srivastava, Sunita and Kumar, Joydeep Basu (2007) Influence of nanoparticles on glass transition of polymers. JOURNAL OF NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY, 7 (6). pp. 2102-2104. ISSN 1533-4880

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Abstract

Tunability of glass transition temperature of poly-methylmethacrylate has been achieved using homogeneously dispersed gold nanoparticles of different weight fraction within the polymer matrix. Remarkably, depression in glass transition temperature with respect to the neat polymer was observed for poly-methylmethacrylate (120K and 15 K) by varying the weight fraction of the gold nanoparticles contrary to the conventional results in literature which shows elevation in $T_g$ for attractive polymer-particle interaction, as is the case here. The magnitude of the shift in glass transition temperature is large for the higher of the two molecular weight of poly-methylmethacrylate studied here. Possible explanations of the observed behavior are provided, although more experiments are underway to unravel the intricacies of the observed phenomena.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Material Science > Functional and hybrid materials
Physical Science > Nanophysics
Material Science > Nanofabrication processes and tools
Physical Science > Nano objects
Material Science > Soft materials
Material Science > Nanostructured materials
Material Science > Nanochemistry
Divisions:Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Physics
Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Chemistry
ID Code:3924
Deposited By:JNCASR
Deposited On:27 Jan 2009 04:05
Last Modified:27 Jan 2009 04:05

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