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Preparation of Poly(Vinyl Alcohol) Nanocomposite Films Reinforced with Poly(Amide-Imide)/CuO Having N-trimellitylimido-L-valine Linkages for the Improvement of Mechanical and Thermal Properties

Abstract

In this investigation, nanocomposite films were fabricated by dispersion of poly(amide–imide)/CuO nanocomposites as nanofiller in the poly(vinyl alcohol) matrix via an ultrasonic process. The nanofiller was prepared and mixed with PVA matrix. After dispersion of nanofiller into the poly(vinyl alcohol), the mechanical properties of the nanocomposites were improved. For example, the addition of 6 wt% nanofiller into the poly(vinyl alcohol) matrix enhanced the tensile modulus by 39%. The residual weight at 800°C was 7% for pure poly(vinyl alcohol) while the nanocomposites illustrated 12–19% residue at this temperature.

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