Conducting flexible nanocomposites were prepared based on polyaniline and natural rubber. These materials have a wide range of applications which include antistatic and anticorrosion coatings, batteries and sensors, organic electronic materials and electromagnetic wave shielding. Polyaniline (PANI) was prepared from aniline in a very simple and economical method. The prepared PANI was characterized using Fourier Transfer Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and X ray Diffraction (XRD) to confirm the synthesis and particle size. PANI was introduced into natural rubber matrix using conventional method of mixing at different proportions. The mechanical studies of prepared nanocomposites confirms the uniform distribution of nanopowders in the matrix, Electrical conductivity of natural rubber increases 5 times on the addition of 20% of PANI.
B. Jose, Sreedha Sambhudevan, and Balakrishnan Shankar, “Mechanical and Conducting Properties of Polyaniline Doped Natural Rubber Nanocomposites”, Materials Today: Proceedings, vol. 18. pp. 4901 - 4905, 2019.