PVDF-BaTiO3 Nanocomposite Inkjet Inks with Enhanced β-Phase Crystallinity for Printed Electronics

Hamed Abdolmaleki, Shweta Agarwala*

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    Abstract

    Polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) and its copolymers are promising electroactive polymers showing outstanding ferroelectric, piezoelectric, and pyroelectric properties in comparison with other organic materials. They have shown promise for applications in flexible sensors, energy-harvesting transducers, electronic skins, and flexible memories due to their biocompatibility, high chemical stability, bending and stretching abilities. PVDF can crystallize at five different phases of α, β, γ, δ, and ε; however, ferro-, piezo-, and pyroelectric properties of this polymer only originate from polar phases of β and γ. In this research, we reported fabrication of PVDF inkjet inks with enhanced β-phase crystallinity by incorporating barium titanate nanoparticles (BaTiO 3). BaTiO 3 not only acts as a nucleating agent to induce β-phase crystallinity, but it also improves the electric properties of PVDF through synergistic a ferroelectric polarization effect. PVDF-BaTiO 3 nanocomposite inkjet inks with different BaTiO 3 concentrations were prepared by wet ball milling coupled with bath ultrasonication. It was observed that the sample with 5 w% of BaTiO 3 had the highest β-phase crystallinity, while in higher ratios overall crystallinity deteriorated progressively, leading to more amorphous structures.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number2430
    JournalPolymers
    Volume12
    Issue10
    Pages (from-to)1-12
    Number of pages12
    ISSN2073-4360
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

    Keywords

    • Barium titanate
    • Inkjet printing
    • Nanocomposites
    • Nanomaterial ink
    • PVDF
    • Piezoelectric
    • Printed electronics

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