Formation of palladium nanoparticles in poly (o-methoxyaniline) macromolecule fibers: An in-situ chemical synthesis method
Molecular Sciences Institute, School of Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, 2050, WITS, South Africa
2 Electron Microscope Unit, University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, 2050, WITS, South Africa
Published online: 7 March 2006
Abstract.: We report here a novel in-situ synthetic method for the preparation of poly (o-methoxyaniline) and palladium nanoparticle composite material. Ortho-Methoxyaniline and palladium acetate were used as the precursors; during the reaction o-methoxyaniline was oxidized and forms poly (o-methoxyaniline) and palladium acetate is reduced forming palladium nanoparticles. IR and Raman spectra provide information on the structure of the polymer. The TEM and SEM analysis are used to determine the size of the nanoparticles and the morphology of the polymer respectively.
PACS: 81.07.Pr Organic-inorganic hybrid nanostructures – / 81.16.Rf Nanoscale pattern formation – / 82.35.Cd Conducting polymers –
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