Optical and Mechanical Properties of Nanocomposite Films Based on Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA) and Fumed Silica Nanoparticles

Robert Tenent, Chi-Ping Li, Colin Wolden

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Abstract

Nanocomposite polymer films are prepared by using ultrasonic spray deposition (USD) technique through mixing polymethyl methacrylate as matrix and fumed silica nanoparticles as second phase in dimethyl carbonate solvent. Annealing procedure improves the film uniformity and optical transmission. The addition of fumed silica nanoparticles impedes the transmission of the electrolyte films due to agglomeration of fumed silica nanoparticles. Fortunately, adding surfactant, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide, disperses the fumed silica nanoparticles and retrieves the optical transmission of nanocomposite polymer films to around 90%. The hardness and elastic modulus of the nanocomposite polymer films are better than the commercial bulk. The USD deposited nanocomposite polymer film comprises of PMMA and fumed silica nanoparticles is a promising candidate of solid-state electrolyte for EC windows application. POLYM. ENG. SCI., 60:553–557, 2020.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)553-557
Number of pages5
JournalPolymer Engineering & Science
Volume60
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 Society of Plastics Engineers

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5K00-75114

Keywords

  • mechanical
  • nanocomposite
  • optical
  • PMMA
  • polymer electrolyte
  • silica nanoparticles

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