Studies on Metal Oxide Nanoparticle Doped PVP Polymer Nanocomposites

Studies on Metal Oxide Nanoparticle Doped PVP Polymer Nanocomposites

Madhu B. J. (Government Science College Chitradurga, India)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3023-7.ch009
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Magnesium Oxide (MgO) nanoparticles have been synthesized by solution combustion technique using stoichiometric composition of magnesium nitrate as oxidizer and urea as fuel. Structure of the MgO was studied with the X-ray diffraction (XRD) using Cu-Ka radiation. MgO/polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) nanocomposites have been prepared by blending MgO nanoparticles with the polyvinylpyrrolidone. MgO/PVP nanocomposites were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. Frequency dependence of dielectric constant (e'), dielectric loss tangent (tand) and AC conductivity studies have been undertaken on the MgO/PVP nanocomposites in the frequency range 50Hz-5MHz at room temperature. Dielectric properties such as dielectric constant (e') and dielectric loss tangent (tand) are found to decrease with the increase in the frequency. Further, AC conductivity of MgO/PVP nanocomposites was found to increase with an increase in the frequency. Observed variation in the a. c. conductivity with the frequency has been understood on the basis of electron hopping model.
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Nanotechnology deals with various structures of matter having dimensions of the order of a nanometer. Nanotechnology is very diverse, ranging from extensions of conventional device physics to completely new approaches based upon molecular self-assembly, from developing new materials with dimensions on the nanoscale to investigating whether we can directly control matter on the atomic-scale. Further, nanotechnology has the potential to create many new materials and devices with a vast range of applications, such as in medicine, electronics and energy production (Franke et al., 2006; Boucle et al., 2007; De et al., 2008; Sarkar, Guibalet al., 2012; Patil et al., 2008; Kulkarni, 2009).

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