Thermally Induced Chain Orientation for Improved Thermal Conductivity of P(VDF-TrFE) Thin Films

Peter Green, Junnan Zhao, Aaron Tan

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Abstract

The potential for polymer thin films to be used as coatings or dielectrics is limited by their low thermal conductivity, κ. However, there have been very limited studies on κ enhancement for polymer thin films. In this work, we show that the out-of-plane κ of a poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) (P(VDF-TrFE)) thin film can be enhanced when it undergoes the appropriate thermal annealing conditions. When the film is annealed above its melting temperature, we achieve a 300-400% increase in κ across the measured temperature range, compared to the as-cast film. We attribute this enhancement to the extensive ordering of polymer backbone chains perpendicular to the substrate during the melt-recrystallization process.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)10834-10838
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
Volume5
Issue number41
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5A00-70544

Keywords

  • annealing
  • polymer thin films
  • thermal conductivity

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