Poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV)-silica composite thin films were prepared via the sol-gel process incorporating a water-soluble PPV precursor. After solvent evaporation, the spin-coated or quiescently cast films were cured and the PPV precursor and the silica sol were completely converted into the PPV-silica composites. Quiescently cast films show an improved wave-guiding behaviour with a Z 3 value only slightly smaller than pure PPV films. Their structure consists of a nanophase-separated morphology composed of amorphous silica and paracrystalline PPV. Small-angle X-ray scattering and bright field transmission electron microscopy images indicate a random arrangement of the nanoscale domains with average domain size of approximately 4 nm. In contrast, spin-coated films show clusters and cluster-cluster aggregates approximately 100 nm in diameter. The clusters consist of particulate silica and pores, each about 3 nm in size, with the PPV contained in the pores and between the clusters. The observed morphologies are related to film preparation conditions in terms of sol-gel processing, taking the presence of the polymer into account.
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Structure and morphology of sol-gel prepared polymer-ceramic composite thin films / Frank W. Embs and Edwin L. Thomas and Chichang J. Wungt and Paras N. Prasad // Polymer. – 1993. – Vol 34. – P. 4607-4612.