Table of Contents
Journal of Polymers
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 893148, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/893148
Research Article

Dielectric and AC Conductivity Studies in PPy-Ag Nanocomposites

Department of Physics, Gulbarga University, Kalaburagi, Karnataka 585106, India

Received 21 May 2015; Revised 3 August 2015; Accepted 10 August 2015

Academic Editor: Cornelia Vasile

Copyright © 2015 K. Praveenkumar 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

Polypyrrole and silver nanoparticles have been synthesized at 277 K by chemical route. Nanoparticles of polypyrrole-silver (PPy-Ag) composites were prepared by mixing polypyrrole and silver nanoparticles in different weight percentages. Dielectric properties as a function of temperature in the range from 300 K to 550 K and frequency in the range from 50 Hz to 1 MHz have been measured. Dielectric constant decreased with increase in frequency and temperature. Dielectric loss decreased with increase in frequency and increased with increase in temperature. Using dielectric data AC conductivity has been determined. Conductivity was found to be in the order of 10−3 (Ω−1 m−1) and it increased with increase in temperature. Temperature variation of conductivity data has been analyzed in the light of Mott’s polaron hopping model. Activation energy for conduction has been determined. Activation energy was determined to be in the order of meV and it has increased with increase in frequency and Ag nanoparticles content. This is the first time that PPy-Ag nanocomposites have been investigated for dielectric properties and AC conductivity and data analyzed thoroughly.