Polyaniline: A functional stabilizer for nano-composite systems pp.621-646
Authors: (Kaushik Mallick, Michael J Witcomb, Elma van der Lingen, Advanced Materials Division, Mintek, Randburg, South Africa, and others)
Abstract: Polyaniline is one of the promising functional polymers due to its controllable conductivity, ease of preparation, good environmental stability and its large and diverse range of applications in electro-chromic devices, light-emitting diodes, chromatography, secondary batteries, electrostatic discharge protection and corrosion-protecting paints. Metal nanoparticles with different sizes and shapes combined with polyaniline can give rise to a host polymer with interesting physical properties and important potential applications. In metal-polymer composite materials, the polymer acts both as a stabilizer of the host component and also serves as a major functional material. In this review, we will discuss the various methods of synthesis for polyaniline-based nanoparticle hybrid materials, the characterization of such composites as well as their potential applications.