Anisotropic silver nanoparticles as filler for the formation of hybrid nanocomposites
Džunuzović, Jasna V.
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Prismatic and plate-like silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) were synthesized according to the seed-mediated method. These particles were used as precursors for preparation of homogenous, transparent and colored Ag/poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) nanocomposite films with different concentrations of Ag by solution-casting technique. Optical and structural characterization of these nanocomposites includes UV-visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), FTIR spectroscopy and SEM measurements. Further, the effect of embedded nanoparticles on the thermal properties of the PVA matrix was studied. The value of the glass transition temperature of polymer is found to increase after embedding Ag NPs. Comparison of thermal properties of pure PVA and nanocomposite films showed that the thermo-oxidative stability of polymer slightly increased in the presence of Ag NPs. Furthermore, the effect of the Ag NPs on the crystallinity of polymer was also observed. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.