Investigation of polymers towards advanced functional materials

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dc.contributor Jeon, Ju-Won
dc.contributor Gupta, Arunava
dc.contributor Bara, Jason E.
dc.contributor Pan, Shanlin
dc.contributor.advisor Wujcik, Evan K.
dc.contributor.author Lu, Yang
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-16T15:03:30Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-16T15:03:30Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003375
dc.identifier.other Lu_alatus_0004D_13970
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/6432
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract With the rational design and modification of the fundamental polymers, new polymer complexes and composites can be developed with unique properties as functional materials. These new materials with enhanced and specialized functionality can thus replace the traditional materials and advance new technology. Here, two advanced functional materials are developed and investigated for applications in wearable strain sensing and toxic Cr(VI) removal from aqueous solutions. Chapter 2 & 3 focus on developing a soft electronic polymer material that possesses the properties of skin—compliant, elastic, stretchable, and self-healable—which would be ideal for bioelectronics such as wearable strain sensors. Current materials have limited on stretchability and durability (self-healing ability). A regenerative polymer complex composed of poly(2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid) (PAAMPSA), polyaniline (PANI) and phytic acid (PA) that exhibits ultrahigh stretchability (1935 %), repeatable autonomous self-healing ability (repeating healing efficiency > 98 %), quadratic response to strain ( R2 > 0.9998), and linear response to bending ( R2 > 0.9994) is rationally designed. The hydrogen bonds and electrostatic interactions between PAAMPSA, PA and PANI synergistically construct a homogeneous regenerative network, which contribute to the elasticity and soft compliant nature of the as-prepared electronic material, along with extremely high omni-directional stretchability and excellent self-healing ability. Sensitive strain responsive geometric and piezoresistive mechanisms provide excellent linear responses to omnidirectional tensile strain and bending deformations. Furthermore, this material is scalable and simple to process in an environmentally friendly manner. In Chapter 4, the catalytic effects of metallic iron on morphologies, chemical structures, graphitic carbon growth, and thermal behavior of pyrolyzed carbon nanofibers are investigated. Polyacrylonitrile / iron nitrate (PAN/Fe(NO3)3) precursor nanofibers were prepared via electrospinning and subsequently converted into carbon/iron nanocomposite fibers via pyrolysis. It was found that the existence of iron nitrate has significant effects on the morphology of the resulting carbon fibers, as they can direct the initially non-woven nanofiber assembly into aligned nanofibers. The presence of catalytic iron can facilitate the stabilization and carbonization of precursor PAN fibers resulting in an increased carbon fiber yield, being more ordered on the nanoscale, and having larger graphitic crystallites. In Chapter 5, the developed carbon/iron nanocomposite fibers are used as the nanoadsorbent to remove the Cr(VI) in water. The nanoadsorbents show a fast and powerful performance in Cr(VI) removal through reduction and adsorption. CF-50 with abundant surface-bound α-iron nanoparticles performs ~ 1000% of amorphous carbon CF-0 in terms of Cr(VI) removal rate and capacity. The metallic iron on the carbon fiber surface is first oxidized to reduce the Cr(VI). Subsequently, diffusion controlled redox reactions between iron inside of carbon fiber matrix and Cr(VI) achieves a sustained removal for 30 days. Moreover, due to the magnetic nature, the nanoadsorbent can be easily separated from the treated water by a neodymium magnet.
dc.format.extent 165 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Chemical engineering
dc.subject.other Plastics
dc.subject.other Materials Science
dc.title Investigation of polymers towards advanced functional materials
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
etdms.degree.discipline Chemical & Biological Engineering
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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