Macromolecular Research

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 126–139 | Cite as

Polymer Electrolyte from Natural Rubber-Polyacrylic Acid and Polypyrrole and Its Application

  • Pensiri Silakul
  • Rathanawan MagaraphanEmail author


A polymer host was prepared by admicellar polymerization of acrylic acid (AA) monomer coated on natural rubber (NR) to form a core-shell material (PAA-adp-NR). To form a polymer electrolyte, the electrical properties, including ionic conductivity and photovoltaic property, were measured to study the potential for use in the dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). PAA-adp-NR having the highest shell content (62%) showed the maximum ionic conductivity and energy conversion efficiency (η) at 1.86 mS cm-1 and 1.80%, respectively. The crosslinked structure of 62PAA-adp-NR provided η up to 1.99% (AA:N-methylene bisacrylamide (NMBA) at 500:1 mole ratio) and enhanced a long-term material stability. After oxidative polymerization with polypyrrole (PPy) on 62PAA-adp-NR, the conductivity increased up to 2.43 mS cm-1. In the case of crosslinked PAA-adp-NR/PPy, the conductivity and η showed the highest value at 5.48 mS cm-1 (AA:NMBA at 100:1 mole ratio) and 2.38% (AA:NMBA at 500:1 mole ratio), respectively.


core-shell polymers hydrophilic polymers crosslink polypyrrole photochemistry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Petroleum and Petrochemical CollegeChulalongkorn UniversityPatumwan, BangkokThailand
  2. 2.Polymer Processing and Polymer Nanomaterials Research UnitPetroleum and Petrochemical College, Chulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand
  3. 3.Center of Excellence on Petrochemical and Materials TechnologyBangkokThailand
  4. 4.Green Materials for Industrial Application Research UnitFaculty of Science, Chulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand

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