, Volume 30, Issue 5, pp 652-663
Date: 11 Mar 2012

Synthesis and characterization of functionalized carbon black/poly(vinyl alcohol) high refractive index nanocomposites

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Carbon black (CB)/polymer composites with high refractive index (RI) were fabricated from poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and covalently functionalized nano-CB (PVA-es-CB) by simple esterification reaction. Transmission electron microscopy showed that uniform aggregates of PVA-es-CB nanoparticles with a size smaller than 100 nm formed in the nanocomposite films. Ellipsometric measurements indicated that the PVA-es-CB/PVA composite films had a RI in the range 1.520–1.598 linearly increased with the PVA-es-CB volume content. Theoretical equation based on Lorentz-Lorenz theory provided reasonably close estimation of the refractive indices to the experimentally observed values. The hybrid films also revealed relatively good surface planarity, thermal stability and optical transparency.