Preparation of Electrospun Barium Titanate – Polyvinylidene Fluoride Piezoelectric Membranes
Piezoelectric fibrous membranes of barium titanate (BTO) – polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) nanocomposites were studied. BTO nanoparticles of about 40 nm were synthesized by the sol-gel method and mixed in PVDF–dimethyl formamide solutions at 0, 0.1, 1 and 3 wt.% relative to the polymer weight. The suspensions were electrospun using a horizontal set-up with an applied voltage of 15 kV. The samples were heat treated for 24 hours at 100°C in air to increase the crystallinity of the polymer. The heat treatment induced a phase transformation from α to β phase in the pure polymer sample, while the nanocomposite membranes did not undergo such phase transformation. It was found that the addition of nanoparticles affected not only the morphology and diameter of the fibers, but also the content of beta phase of the polymer. In order to pursue the crystallization of β phase, additional samples were prepared by surface modification of the BTO nanoparticles and the addition of tetraisopentyl ammonium chloride. The best results were obtained with the last additive, which lead to the crystallization of only β phase and a homogeneous fibrous morphology. All these aspects were strongly correlated and consequently, governed the ferroelectric behavior of the samples.
Arturo Ponce and Darío Bueno
V. Corral-Flores et al., "Preparation of Electrospun Barium Titanate – Polyvinylidene Fluoride Piezoelectric Membranes", Materials Science Forum, Vol. 644, pp. 33-37, 2010