The effect from the inclusion of nematic liquid crystal (LC) E8 into the polymer poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) was inspected by studying of structural and electrical properties of PEO-E8 composites at weight percentage of E8 ranging from 10 % to 50 %. Flexible PEO-E8 films with a thickness of 0.1 mm were structurally characterized by X-ray diffraction and Xray photo-electron spectroscopy. The results obtained by our analyses indicate that a polymer- LC intermolecular complex is formed by inclusion of E8 LC molecules in the PEO host at a certain their concentration level. The structural properties of PEO-E8 composites were correlated with their electro-conducting properties as depending on the E8 LC concentration. By the amount of the LC fraction one can achieve a controlled modification of the structural and electro-conducting properties of the PEO-E8 material. As compared to PEO, the inclusion of E8 LC in the PEO polymer matrix can lead to a considerably enhanced electrical conductivity of PEO-E8 composites.

Polymer (PEO)-liquid crystal (LC E8) composites: The effect from the LC inclusion

N Scaramuzza
2019

Abstract

The effect from the inclusion of nematic liquid crystal (LC) E8 into the polymer poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) was inspected by studying of structural and electrical properties of PEO-E8 composites at weight percentage of E8 ranging from 10 % to 50 %. Flexible PEO-E8 films with a thickness of 0.1 mm were structurally characterized by X-ray diffraction and Xray photo-electron spectroscopy. The results obtained by our analyses indicate that a polymer- LC intermolecular complex is formed by inclusion of E8 LC molecules in the PEO host at a certain their concentration level. The structural properties of PEO-E8 composites were correlated with their electro-conducting properties as depending on the E8 LC concentration. By the amount of the LC fraction one can achieve a controlled modification of the structural and electro-conducting properties of the PEO-E8 material. As compared to PEO, the inclusion of E8 LC in the PEO polymer matrix can lead to a considerably enhanced electrical conductivity of PEO-E8 composites.
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