Synthesis and characterization of nanocomposite films consisting of vanadium oxide and microphase-separated graft copolymer

Jin Kyu Choi, Yong Woo Kim, Joo Hwan Koh, Jong Hak Kim, Anne M. Mayes

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Nanocomposite films were prepared by sol-gel synthesis from vanadium triisopropoxide with poly((oxyethylene)9 methacrylate)-graft- poly(dimethyl siloxane), POEM-g-PDMS, producing in situ growth of vanadium oxide within the continuous ion-conducting POEM domains of microphase-separated graft copolymer. The formation of vanadium oxide was confirmed by wide angle x-ray scattering (WAXS) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. Small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) revealed the spatially-selective incorporation of vanadium oxide in the POEM domains. Upon the incorporation of vanadium oxide, the domain periodicity of the graft copolymer monotonously increased from 17.2 to 21.0 nm at a vanadium content 14 v%, above which it remained almost invariant. The selective interaction of vanadium oxide with POEM was further verified by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and FT-IR spectroscopy. The nanocomposite films exhibited excellent mechanical properties (10 -5-10-7 dyne/cm2), mostly due to the confinement of vanadium oxide in the POEM chains as well as the interfaces created by the microphase separation of the graft copolymer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-559
Number of pages7
JournalMacromolecular Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Oct


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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