Investigation of molecular interaction between single-walled carbon nanotubes and conjugated polymers

E Zaminpayma and K Mirabbaszadeh, POLYMER COMPOSITES, 33, 548-554 (2012).

DOI: 10.1002/pc.22182

Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) have unique properties such as high electrical conductivity and high tensile strength. Their composites with polymers have a great role in new sciences such as organic solar cells and ultrastrong lightweight materials. In this article, molecular dynamic simulations with polymer consistent force field are performed to study the interaction between SWNTs and conjugated polymers including poly(2-methoxy-5-(3-7-dimethyloctyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene) (MDMO- PPV), poly(3-hexythiophene) (P3HT), and poly(9,9'-dioctylfluorenyl-2,7-diyl)-co- bis(N,N'-(4,butylphenyl))bis(N,N'-phenyl-1,4-phenylene)diamine (PFB). We computed the interaction energy and morphology of polymers adsorbed to the surface of SWNTs was studied by the radius of gyration (Rg). The influence of important factors such as SWNT radius, chirality, and the temperature on the interfacial adhesion of SWNTpolymer and Rg of polymers were studied. We found that the strongest interaction between the SWNTs and these polymers was, first observed for P3HT, then MDMO- PPV, and finally PFB. Our results showed that the interaction energy is influenced by SWNT radius and the specific monomer structure of the polymers, but the effects of chirality and temperature are very weak. In addition, we found that the temperature, chirality, and radius have not any important effect on the radius of gyration. POLYM. COMPOS.,, 2012. (c) 2012 Society of Plastics Engineers

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