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Development and characterization of porous polypyrrole-polylactic acid electroactive polymer blends
Author(s): Christine Chan; Ellen Chan; Hani E. Naguib
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Paper Abstract

Conducting polymers have sparked much research interest due to their unique ability to be electrically stimulated. However, these polymers are very brittle and have poor mechanical properties. In order to improve upon its structural integrity, it can be blended with other host polymers that have better mechanical properties. These blended composites would then possess the benefits of conductive properties while having sufficient mechanical properties to be more suitable for practical applications. Polypyrrole-polylactic acid blends were processed using chemical oxidative polymerization and compression molding, followed by gas foaming and saturation techniques to create porous structures. Characterization of these porous blends included its physical, thermal, and mechanical properties.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 April 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7287, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2009, 728714 (6 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.815631
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Christine Chan, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Ellen Chan, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Hani E. Naguib, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7287:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2009
Yoseph Bar-Cohen; Thomas Wallmersperger, Editor(s)

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