Structural and dielectrical properties of PMMA/TiO2 composites in terms of free volume defects probed by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

KAYA A. U. , Kösem G., YENER M. D. , TAV C., YAHŞİ U., ESMER K.

Polymers and Polymer Composites, 2020 (SCI Expanded İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

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  • Basım Tarihi: 2020
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1177/0967391120903533
  • Dergi Adı: Polymers and Polymer Composites


© The Author(s) 2020.A suspension of ultrasonically agitated Titanium dioxide micrometer-sized powder has been introduced into a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) matrix by solvent (CHCl3) mixing under slow mechanical stirring, and the resulting suspension was used to cast free-standing PMMA/TiO2 composite films. Filler contents from 0 wt% to 7.5 wt% were selected, since TiO2 particles could not be previously suspended in chloroform at higher concentrations by ultrasonic agitation. Optical and dielectric properties of composites were determined by ultraviolet (UV)-visible and dielectric spectrometry. In the UV region, 450% improvement of UV absorption was achieved in the TiO2/PMMA composite compared with neat PMMA. The structural properties and hole-free volume of the composites were determined by X-ray diffractometry and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy, respectively. The particle size and homogeneous dispersion of the particles in the polymer matrix were related to the hole-free volume of the PMMA.