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International Journal of Polymer Science
Volume 2015, Article ID 101692, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/101692
Research Article

Synthesis and Properties of High Strength Thin Film Composites of Poly(ethylene Oxide) and PEO-PMMA Blend with Cetylpyridinium Chloride Modified Clay

1National Centre of Excellence in Physical Chemistry, University of Peshawar, Peshawar 25120, Pakistan
2Government College Women University, Madina Town, Faisalabad 3800, Pakistan

Received 25 March 2015; Revised 21 May 2015; Accepted 24 May 2015

Academic Editor: Beng T. Poh

Copyright © 2015 Mohammad Saleem Khan and Sabiha Sultana. 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.

Abstract

Ion-conducting thin film composites of polymer electrolytes were prepared by mixing high MW poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) as a polymer matrix, cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) modified MMT as filler, and different content of LiClO4 by using solution cast method. The crystallinity, ionic conductivity (), and mechanical properties of the composite electrolytes and blend composites were evaluated by using XRD, AC impedance, and UTM studies, respectively. The modification of clay by CPC showed enhancement in the d-spacing. The loading of clay has effect on crystallinity of PEO systems. Blend composites showed better mechanical properties. Young’s modulus and elongation at break values showed increase with salt and clay incorporation in pure PEO. The optimum composition composite of PEO with 3.5 wt% of salt and 3.3 wt% of CPMMT exhibited better performance.