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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2016, Article ID 3296071, 14 pages
Research Article

Structural and Thermal Studies of ZnS and CdS Nanoparticles in Polymer Matrices

Department of Chemistry, University of Fort Hare, Private Bag X1314, Alice 5700, South Africa

Received 17 September 2015; Revised 3 November 2015; Accepted 12 November 2015

Academic Editor: Takuya Tsuzuki

Copyright © 2016 Jejenija Osuntokun and Peter A. Ajibade. 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.


We report the synthesis and structural studies of ZnS and CdS nanoparticles in polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) matrices. The metal sulfides/polymer nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, electronic spectroscopy (UV-Vis), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The particle sizes as calculated from the absorption spectra were in agreement with the results obtained from TEM and XRD data. They showed metal sulfides nanoparticles in the polymers matrices with average crystallite sizes of 1.5–6.9 nm. The TGA results indicate that incorporation of the nanoparticles significantly altered the thermal properties of the respective polymers with ZnS/PVA and CdS/PVA nanocomposites displaying higher thermal stability than the other polymer nanocomposites.