Electric field-induced structure in poly(acrylonitrile)

S. I. Stupp*, S. H. Carr

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Experimental evidence has been obtained for alteration of the molecular organization in polyacrylonitrile which has been given a thermoelectric treatment that creates a persistent electrical polarization. These studies have involved infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffractometry, and their results have been interpreted as suggesting the existence of dipolar clusters in polarized material. These clusters cause polyacrylonitrile chains to adopt a structure which is different from any previously reported for this material. It is suggested that stability of the polarized state of polyacrylonitrile results, in part, from this new molecular organization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)913-919
Number of pages7
JournalColloid and Polymer Science Kolloid-Zeitschrift & Zeitschrift für Polymere
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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