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International Journal of Polymer Science
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 175609, 6 pages
Research Article

A Nanocellulose Polypyrrole Composite Based on Tunicate Cellulose

Dawei Zhang,1,2,3 Qing Zhang,1,2,3 Xin Gao,1,2,3 and Guangzhe Piao1,2,3

1Key Laboratory of Rubber-Plastics of Ministry of Education, Qingdao 266042, China
2Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Rubber-Plastics, Qingdao 266042, China
3School of Polymer Science and Engineering, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266042, China

Received 1 June 2013; Accepted 12 July 2013

Academic Editor: Zhou Yang

Copyright © 2013 Dawei Zhang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The water-dispersed conductive polypyrrole (PPy) was prepared via the in situ oxidative chemical polymerization by using ammonium persulfate (APS) as oxidant and tunicate cellulose nanocrystals (T-CNs) as a dopant and template for tuning the morphologies of PPy nanoparticles. Highly flexible paper-like materials of PPy/T-CNs nanocomposites with high electrical conductivity values and good mechanical properties were prepared. The structure of nanocomposites of PPy/T-CNs was investigated by using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy analyses of the composites revealed that PPy consisted of nanoparticles about 2.5 nm in mean size to form a continuous coating covered on the T-CNs. The diameters of the PPy nanoparticles increased from 10 to 100 nm with the increasing pyrrole amount. Moreover, electrical properties of the obtained PPy/T-CNs films were studied using standard four-probe technique and the electrical conductivity could be as high as 10−3 S/cm.