This study investigates the intercalation of nanoclay in partially miscible blends of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and acrylic rubber(ACM). Transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction technique were used to investigate the formation of nanoscale polymer blend/clay hybrids. Using Infrared spectroscopy and X-ray analysis, the different polymorph formation in PVDF nanocomposite and conjugated phases of partially miscible nanocomposite was studied. Nanoclay was found to induce β and γ polymorphs while ACM tend to induce α phase in this polymer system. It was shown that PVDF chains in ACM-rich phase of partially miscible nanocomposites interact with ACM chains which in return form α polymorph in the presence of ACM. Further observations revealed that nanoclay in α polymorph is wrapped by ACM molecules.
Field of Research
091299 Materials Engineering not elsewhere classified 0303 Macromolecular And Materials Chemistry 0912 Materials Engineering
Socio Economic Objective
970103 Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences
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