Effective dispersion of fullerene with methacrylate copolymer in organic solvent and poly(methyl methacrylate)

Kohji Yoshinaga, Suguru Motokucho, Ken Kojio, Akemi Nakai

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Abstract

Dispersion of fullerene, C 60, by addition of polymethacrylate dispersant in methyl methacrylate (MMA) and incorporation of C 60 into poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) were investigated. Copolymers synthesized by radical copolymerization of MMA and 2-naphthyl methacrylate (NMA), poly(MMA-co-NMA), effectively dispersed C 60 in MMA to form clusters of 20 nm. In these cases, addition of minimal 110 naphthyl groups per unit C 60 molecule afforded to give clusters with minimum of 20 nm sizes. Furthermore, block copolymers, poly(MMA-b-NMA) with MMA/NMA mole ratio from 12:1 to 20:1, also efficiently dispersed C 60 to give formation of clusters of 20 nm size by addition of minimal 40 naphthyl groups per unit C 60 molecule, which was corresponding to approximate nine layers of naphthyl group in block copolymer adsorbed on the surface of the cluster. Hybrid films of C 60/PMMA, prepared by casting of C 60-dispersed solution containing PMMA, exhibited absorbance at 400 nm linearly increased with C 60 content.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1221-1226
Number of pages6
JournalColloid and Polymer Science
Volume290
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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