Energy Research Journal

Electrical Properties of Novel Lead Zirconate/Synthetic Rubber Composite Materials

Chareumwut Pansa-Ard, Yanee Pornchaisiriarun and Nuchnapa Tangboriboon

DOI : 10.3844/erjsp.2011.34.37

Energy Research Journal

Volume 2, Issue 2

Pages 34-37

Abstract

Problem statement: Perovskite lead zirconate exhibits in an orthorhombic formation at a temperature below the Curie temperature, TC. Approach: The orthorhombic is non-centrosymmetric which is capable of spontaneous polarization (electronic, ionic and orientation), depending on their composition and volume fraction. Results: The results from FTIR spectroscopy, XRD patterns, and SEM indicate that the lead zirconate particles are dispersed in Acrylic Rubber (AR72) matrix. At a small amount of lead zirconate particulates present in the AR72 matrix, at nearly 0.3986% V/V (AR72/PZ_5), the electrical conductivity increases dramatically by two orders of magnitude. Conclusion/Recommendations: Our synthetic Rubber (AR72)/lead Zirconate (PbZrO3) composite materials can be successfully used as the candidate materials of soft Electroactive (ER) actuators, sensors, artificial muscles, and smart engineering devices.

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© 2011 Chareumwut Pansa-Ard, Yanee Pornchaisiriarun and Nuchnapa Tangboriboon. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.