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Characterization of As-Prepared (PMMA-PVA)/CuO-NPs Hybrid Nanocomposite Thin Films

Version 1 : Received: 28 January 2021 / Approved: 29 January 2021 / Online: 29 January 2021 (09:03:22 CET)

How to cite: Alsaad, A.; Ahmad, A.; Al Dairy, A.R.; Qattan, I.A.; Al Fawares, S.; Al-Bataineh, Q. Characterization of As-Prepared (PMMA-PVA)/CuO-NPs Hybrid Nanocomposite Thin Films. Preprints 2021, 2021010607 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202101.0607.v1). Alsaad, A.; Ahmad, A.; Al Dairy, A.R.; Qattan, I.A.; Al Fawares, S.; Al-Bataineh, Q. Characterization of As-Prepared (PMMA-PVA)/CuO-NPs Hybrid Nanocomposite Thin Films. Preprints 2021, 2021010607 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202101.0607.v1).

Abstract

We report the synthesis and characterization of Poly Methyl-Meth-Acrylate (PMMA)/Poly vinylalcohol (PVA) polymeric blend doped with different concentrations of Copper oxide (CuO) nanoparticles (NPs). The (PMMA-PVA)/CuO nanocomposite hybrid thin films (wt. % = 0%, 2%, 4%, 8%, and 16%) of CuO NPs are deposited on glass substrates via dip-coating technique. The transmittance (T%), reflectance (R%), the absorption coefficient (α), the optical constants [refractive index (n), extinction coefficient (k)], optical dielectric functions [ɛ',ɛ''] are investigated and interpreted. Tauc, Urbach, Spitzer-Fan, and Drude models are employed to calculate the optical bandgap energy (Eg) and the optoelectronic parameters of the nanocomposite thin films. The refractive index and optical bandgap energy of of (PMMA-PVA) polymeric thin film are found to be (1.5 to 1.85) and 4.101 eV, respectively. Incorporation of specific concentrations of CuO-NPs in (PMMA-PVA) polymeric thin films leads to a noticeable decrease in the optical bandgap energy and to an increase of the refractive index. Moreover, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) transmittance spectra are measured and analyzed for undoped and doped polymeric thin films to pinpoint the major vibrational modes in the spectral range (500 and 4000 cm-1), as well as, the nature of network bonding in both systems. Thermal stability of thin films is investigated by performing thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The TGA thermograms confirm that both doped polymeric thin films are thermally stable at temperatures below 110°C which enables them to be attractive for a wide range of optical and optoelectronic applications. Our results indicate that optical, vibrational and thermal properties of both polymeric thin films can be tuned for specific applications by the appropriate corporation of particular concentrations of CuO-NPs.

Keywords

Organic-Inorganic Blends; Poly Methyl-Meth-Acrylate (PMMA); Poly-vinyl-alcohol (PVA); Copper oxide nanoparticles (CuONPs); Optical Characterization; Thermal stability; Surface Morphology.

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