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Carbon Nanotube Effect on Polyaniline Morphology in Water Dispersible Composites

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Instituto de Carboquímica (CSIC), Department of Nanotechnology, C/ Miguel Luesma Castán 4, 50018 Zaragoza, Spain
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Cite this: J. Phys. Chem. B 2010, 114, 4, 1579–1585
Publication Date (Web):January 8, 2010
Copyright © 2010 American Chemical Society

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    A straightforward, template-free chemical oxidative polymerization of aniline was used to prepare nanofibrillar polyaniline (nf-PANI) and a set of corresponding composites with multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWNTs). All the products showed remarkable water dispersibility since they are formed by hydrophilic particles of nanometric size. A comparative study performed on composites in a wide range of MWNT loadings has led to two main conclusions: on one hand, the presence of MWNTs affects neither the chemical structure nor the crystallinity of polyaniline. On the other hand, even small amounts of MWNTs have a significant effect on the morphology of polyaniline in composites. This effect is noticeable not only in electron microscopy images but also in the UV−vis absorbance of water dispersions and electrical conductivity behavior in the solid state. Competition between nucleation sites during polymerization is proposed as an explanation for these phenomena.

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