Electrically conductive metal polymer nanocomposites for electronics applications

Mikko Karttunen, Pekka Ruuskanen (Corresponding Author), Ville Pitkänen, Willem M. Albers

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An electrically conductive nanocomposite composed of thermoplastic elastomer and nanosized silver particles was developed. Nanosized silver particles were produced by the liquid flame spraying method. Nanocomposites were produced employing a batch mixing process in the melt state. The percolation curve and the minimum resistivity as a function of silver content were defined. A plasticized styrene block-copolymer was used as the matrix polymer. The results showed that the agglomeration of the silver particles has a major influence on the percolation threshold and the resistivity of the compound. With slightly agglomerated silver particles a percolation threshold with a silver content of 13–16 vol.% was achieved. The corresponding resistivity was 2.0 × 10−1 Ω cm. With heavily agglomerated particles the resistivity is high (2.9 × 103 Ω cm), even with a silver content of 20 vol.%. With a low primary silver particle size (under 100 nm), the resistivity of the compound was high (5.6 × 105 Ω cm).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)951-954
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Electronic Materials
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2008
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • conductivity
  • electronic materials
  • nanocomposites
  • nanomaterials
  • spraying

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