Fabrication and characterization of polyimide/Al2O3 composite films via surface modification and ion exchange technique

Zhang, M. Y., Liu, L. Z., Weng, L., Cui, W. W. and Hui, K. S. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7089-7587 (2016) Fabrication and characterization of polyimide/Al2O3 composite films via surface modification and ion exchange technique. Pigment and Resin Technology, 45 (1). pp. 30-37. ISSN 0369-9420

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Purpose: The aim of this study was to fabricate polyimide (PI)/Al2O3 composite films via surface modification and ion exchange techniques, and examine their properties.  Design/methodology/approach: The method involves hydrolyzing the PI film double surface layers in an aqueous potassium hydroxide (KOH) solution and incorporating aluminium ions (Al3) into the hydrolyzed layers of the PI film via subsequent ion exchange, followed by a treatment of the Al3-loaded PI films with an aqueous ammonia solution, which leads to the formation of Al(OH)3 in the surface-modified layers. After a final thermal annealing treatment in ambient air, the Al(OH)3 decomposes to Al2O3, and forms composite layers on both surfaces of the re-imidized PI film.  Findings: The PI/Al2O3 composite film obtained with a 6 hours of KOH treatment exhibited excellent thermal stability, good mechanical properties and better electric breakdown strength and corona-resistance properties than the pristine PI film.  Practical implications: The method for obtaining the composite films in this paper is worth consideration, but additional research will be needed. Furthermore, this method is of general importance for the fabrication of composite PI films with tailored properties.  Originality/value: This study showed that surface modification and ion-exchange techniques are powerful methodologies for the fabrication of PI/Al2O3 composite films.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: films,ion exchange,koh treatment,alo composite film,polyimide,polymers,surface modification,surface treatment
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Mathematics
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Energy Materials Laboratory
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2016 15:00
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 08:56
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/61292
DOI: 10.1108/PRT-01-2015-0009

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