Conductive Polythiophene/Titanium Dioxide Nanocomposites: Synthesis and Investigation of Physical Properties

Mirzaagha Babazadeh
2016 Asian Journal of Materials Chemistry  
How to cite this article Khanmohammadi S, Babazadeh M.. Synthesis of Polythiophene/Manganese Dioxide Nanocomposites by In-situ Core-shell Polymerization Method and Study of their Physical Properties. The present research work describes an efficient method for facile synthesis of α-MnO 2 nanorods by hydrothermal method and preparation of a series of polythiophene/ manganese dioxide (PTh/MnO 2 ) nanocomposites with various α-MnO 2 ratios. These nanocomposites were fabricated by in-situ oxidative
more » ... olymerization method using FeCl 3 as oxidant, and characterized by Fourier transformed infrared (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX), thermogravimetric thermal analyses (TGA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. FT-IR, EDX and XRD data showed that assynthesized α-MnO 2 nanorods has been definitely incorporated into the polymer matrix via in-situ core-shell polymerization. SEM and TEM pictures showed that the nanocomposites have rod-like morphology with the average diameter of 50-70 nm. TGA measurements showed that introducing α-MnO 2 nanorods into PTh matrix, improve the thermal stability of nanocomposites in comparison with pure PTh. This employed method is very simple and inexpensive in comparison with methods applied by other researchers, and it can be easily applied industrially. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit
doi:10.14233/ajmc.2016.ajmc-p23 fatcat:geeow6m6xbfgjlzeey7nj5jwcm