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Swift Heavy Ion Induced Ordering and Piezoelectric β-phase in Poly(vinylidene fluoride)

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journal contribution
posted on 25.05.2011, 00:00 by Vimal K. Tiwari, Devesh K. Avasthi, Pralay Maiti
Ion flux dependent swift heavy ions (SHI) induced structural changes have been reported for pristine poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF). Ordering phenomena has been observed first followed by its transformation from α to β-form (polar metastable piezoelectric phase). The ordering of (020) plane become prominent at higher ion flux SHI irradiation and its further increase induces structural change from α to β phase as revealed by XRD and FTIR analyses. Structural changes are also supported by morphological evidence and thermal studies before and after SHI irradiation.