Enhancement in electroactive crystalline phase and dielectric performance of novel PEG-graphene/PVDF composites

Jun Jun Chen, Ying Li, Xu Min Zheng, Fu An He, Kwok Ho Lam

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In this work, polyethylene glycol grafted graphene (PEG-graphene) was obtained from the amidation reaction between graphene oxide and methoxypolyethylene glycol amine followed by the NaHB 4 reduction and characterized by transmission electron microscope, Fourier transform infrared spectroscope, wide-angle X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscope, X-ray photoelectron spectroscope, and thermogravimetric analysis. The PEG-graphene was incorporated into polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) to form novel PEG-graphene/PVDF composites by the solution blending method. The well dispersion of PEG-graphene in the PEG-graphene/PVDF composite was confirmed by scanning electron microscopy. Based on the results of FTIR, WAXD, differential scanning calorimetry, and XPS, it was found that the presence of PEG-graphene effectively enhanced the electroactive crystalline content of PVDF from 24.6% for the pure PVDF to 90.5% for the PEG-graphene (15 wt.%)/PVDF composite by the interfacial interaction. Moreover, the PEG-graphene (10 wt.%)/PVDF composite near the percolation threshold possessed a much higher dielectric constant of 53.3 compared to the pure PVDF (8.2), and a relatively low dielectric loss of 0.265 at 1000 Hz.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)320-330
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Surface Science
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018


  • Composites
  • Dielectric performance
  • Electroactive crystalline
  • PEG-graphene
  • Polyvinylidene fluoride

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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