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ISRN Polymer Science
Volume 2013, Article ID 280897, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/280897
Research Article

Preparation of Nanocomposite Based on Exfoliation of Montmorillonite in Acrylamide Thermosensitive Polymer

1Department of Chemistry, Islamic Azad University, Central Tehran Branch, Tehran 1467686831, Iran
2Department of Chemistry, Payam e Noor University, P.O. Box 19395-3697, Tehran, Iran
3Department of Chemistry, Islamic Azad University, Karaj Branch, P.O. Box 31485-313, Karaj, Iran

Received 3 January 2013; Accepted 2 February 2013

Academic Editors: S. Fakirov, B. Hazer, A. Mousa, D. Pavel, M. Sanopoulou, and S. Yamazaki

Copyright © 2013 Nader Zabarjad Shiraz 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.

Abstract

Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) was synthesized in the presence of AIBN as radical initiator. The structure of polymer was elucidated using IR, 1H NMR, and 13C NMR spectroscopies and TGA thermogram. Exfoliated nanocomposite based on thermosensitive polymer (PNIPAM) was prepared utilizing montmorillonite (MMT) by solution blending. Its dispersion characteristics were investigated using SEM, X-ray diffraction, and particle size analysis. XRD showed exfoliation of MMT in polymer matrix above lower critical solution temperature (LCST). SEM indicated that polymer chains were dispersed among the layers of MMT. Particle size analysis showed two distinctive regions at 311 (31/5%) and 1160 (68/5%) nm.