Cross-sectional microanalysis for tracking the effect of solvent on the morphological evaluation of PLA/AgNWs bionanocomposties

Sezen, Meltem and Çamiç, Büşra Tuğba (2021) Cross-sectional microanalysis for tracking the effect of solvent on the morphological evaluation of PLA/AgNWs bionanocomposties. Polymers and Polymer Composites, 29 (9). S876-S881. ISSN 0967-3911 (Print) 1478-2391 (Online)

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The emphasis of biocompatible polymer applications in medical sciences and biotechnology has remarkably increased. Developing new low-cost, low-toxicity and lightweight composite forms of biopolymers has become even more attractive since the addition of new species into polymer matrices assist to improve biomedical activities of such materials to a higher extend. Developments in nanoscience and nanotechnology recently contribute to controlled fabrication and ultraprecise diagnosis of such materials. This study concerns the observation of solution processing effects in the fabrication of porous PLA/AGNWs bionanocomposite coatings using electron and ion processing based serial cross-sectioning and high-resolution imaging. The nanostructuring and characterization were both performed in a focused ion-beam-scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM) platform. HR-SEM imaging was conducted on-site to track solvent based morphological property alterations of PLA and PLA/AgNWs structures. Simultaneous SEM-EDS analyses revealed the elemental distribution and the chemical composition along the cross-sectioned regions of the samples. Accordingly, it was observed that, in case of acetone dissolved materials, both pristine PLA and PLA/AgNWs samples sustained their foamy structure. When chloroform was used as the solvent, the porosity of the polymer matrices was less and the resulting structure was found to be denser than samples dissolved in acetone with a lower surface area ratio inside the material. This can be attributed to the rapid volatilization of acetone compared to chloroform, and hence the formation of interconnected pore network. For both nanocomposite biopolymers dissolved in acetone and chloroform, silver nanowires were homogeneously distributed throughout PLA matrices.
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: biopolymers; Cross-sectional analysis; focused ion-beam; PLA nanocomposites; structural characterization
Divisions: Sabancı University Nanotechnology Research and Application Center
Depositing User: Meltem Sezen
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2022 18:15
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2022 18:15

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