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Enhancement of Poly (Vinyl Alcohol)–Poly (Vinyl Pyrrolidone) Blend Properties using Modified Copper (II) Oxide and Ultrasonic Irradiation

ABSTRACT

Copper (II) oxide nanoparticles supported within poly(vinyl alcohol)/poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) films have been successfully prepared through ultrasonication method. It is discernible that before the preparation of blends, the surface of copper (II) oxide nanoparticles was modified with citric acid and vitamin C as biosafe capping agents. X-ray diffraction scans illustrated the semicrystalline nature of the obtained pure blend and exhibited a good combination between the blend and the modified copper (II) oxide nanoparticles. Also, thermal stability of blends was improved in comparison to the pure polymer blend with increasing modified copper (II) oxide nanoparticles.

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