Large Dielectric Constant in Zirconia Polypyrrole Hybrid Nanocomposites
Abstract:Zirconia nanoparticles have been synthesized by a novel two-reverse emulsion technique and combined with polypyrrole (PPY) to form ZrO2-PPY nanocomposites. Complex impedance and dielectric permittivity of ZrO2-PPY nanocomposite have been investigated as a function of frequency and temperature for different compositions. The composite samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The composites reveal ordered semiconducting behaviour. Polypyrrole is the major component in electrical transport process of the samples. A very large dielectric constant of about 12,000 at room temperature has been observed. The colossal dielectric constant is mainly dominated by interfacial polarization due to Maxwell-Wagner relaxation effect. Two completely separate groups of dielectric relaxation have been observed. The low frequency dielectric relaxation arises from surface defect states of zirconia nanoparticles. The broad peak at high frequency is due to Maxwell-Wagner type polarization.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2007-06-01
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