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Title: A conductive composite film by permeation method
Authors: Wang, J.
Srinivasan, M.P. 
Issue Date: 2000
Source: Wang, J.,Srinivasan, M.P. (2000). A conductive composite film by permeation method. Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings 600 : 209-214. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: A new method of making conductive composite films by permeation of the conducting guest species into the host is reported. A layer of poly(3-n-dodecyl thiophene) (P3ddt) is embedded at the surface of polyimide by permeation of the monomer or polymer (in solution in tetrahydrofuran or chloroform) into a solution of polyamic acid in n-methyl pyrrolidinone or dimethyl acetamide. The resulting composites were imidised and polymerized (if necessary). Chemical imidisation yielded composite films that retained the conducting polymer even when the composite was subjected to solvent extraction. The films were conductive upon doping with iodine and recovered conductivity when they were exposed to iodine vapor subsequent to thermal de-doping. Thermogravimetry showed that the amount of thiophene incorporated into the polyimide was higher for permeation of the polymer than that of the monomer; however, the amount of p3ddt incorporated by the latter method was still higher than the amount that could be incorporated by blending polyamic acid with p3ddt. The levels of conductivity and speed of recovery for doped films were also higher for the permeated films. Results of scanning electron microscopy suggested that the higher mobility afforded by contact in the liquid state have contributed greater entanglement between the constituents leading to higher thermal and solvent resistance of the conducting constituent. The permeation method could be adopted to form composite films in solvent systems that are not completely miscible. © 2000 Materials Research Society.
Source Title: Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
ISSN: 02729172
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