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Keywords:

  • composites;
  • conducting polymers;
  • fibers;
  • nanostructured polymers;
  • polyolefins

ABSTRACT

In this work electro-conductive polyaniline nanofibers (PAni-nanofibers) were prepared via interfacial methodology. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations revealed that the synthesized PAni-nanofibers present high aspect ratio with an average diameter of 80 nm, while they exhibit high conductivity (DC conductivity values: 4.19 ± 0.21 S cm−1). After specific treatment to remove moisture and remaining trapped HCl from PAni-nanofibers, it was possible to prepare promising polyethylene (PE)/PAni composites by in situ polymerization of ethylene using bis(cyclopentadienyl) zirconium(IV) dichloride (Cp2ZrCl2) and methylaluminoxane (MAO) as catalytic system. More precisely, various contents of PAni-nanofibers (from 0.2 to 7 wt %) were successfully incorporated in the in situ produced PE/PAni nanocomposites. PAni-nanofibers were found to affect significantly the crystallization of the polyolefinic matrix while preserving its thermal stability. Preliminary measurements of electric properties showed PAni-nanofibres are able to bring electro-conductive properties to the in situ polymerized PE/PAni composites. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2014, 131, 41197.