This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China.
Bonding Polyether onto ZnO Nanoparticles: An Effective Method for Preparing Polymer Nanocomposites with Tunable Luminescence and Stable Conductivity†
Article first published online: 5 SEP 2005
Copyright © 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Advanced Functional Materials
Volume 15, Issue 11, pages 1751–1756, November, 2005
How to Cite
Xiong, H.-M., Wang, Z.-D., Liu, D.-P., Chen, J.-S., Wang, Y.-G. and Xia, Y.-Y. (2005), Bonding Polyether onto ZnO Nanoparticles: An Effective Method for Preparing Polymer Nanocomposites with Tunable Luminescence and Stable Conductivity. Adv. Funct. Mater., 15: 1751–1756. doi: 10.1002/adfm.200500167
- Issue published online: 27 OCT 2005
- Article first published online: 5 SEP 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 JUL 2005
- Manuscript Received: 23 MAR 2005
- Electrolytes, solid polymer;
- Nanoparticles, inorganic;
- Zinc oxide
A series of new polymer nanocomposites, ZnO(PEGME), in which ZnO nanoparticles and poly(ethylene glycol methyl ether) (PEGME) molecules are connected by covalent bonds, have been synthesized by a sol–gel route and purified by a non-solvent method. Various characterization techniques have been employed to determine the compositions and structures of the ZnO(PEGME)s, and their luminescent properties and ionic conductivities (after dissolving lithium salts to form solid polymer electrolytes) have been measured and compared with their counterparts—polymer nanocomposites prepared by mixing PEGME and ZnO nanoparticles physically. These comparisons prove that ZnO(PEGME) hybrids derived from chemical reactions have much better properties and stabilities than their counterparts. As a result, tunable photoluminescence of ZnO nanoparticles and stable conductivity of solid polymer electrolytes have been realized successfully.