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Syndiotactic Polystyrene/Hybrid Silica Spheres of …

Angel Mary Joseph, Baku Nagendra, K. P. Surendran*, and E. BhojeGowd*

Syndiotactic Polystyrene/Hybrid Silica Spheres of POSS Siloxane Composites Exhibiting Ultralow Dielectric ConstantHomogeneously dispersed hybrid silica/syndiotactic polystyrenecomposites were investigated for low-κ dielectric applications. The compositeswere prepared by a solution blending method, and their microstructures wereanalyzed by SEM, TEM, and AFM. Crystallization and phase transformationbehavior of sPS were investigated using differential scanning calorimetry andwide-angle X-ray diffraction. These composites exhibited improved thermalstability and reduced thermal expansion coefficients. Promising dielectricproperties were observed for the composites in the microwave frequency regionwith a dielectric constant (κ = 1.95) and loss (tan δ = 10−4) at 5 GHz.

ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces,2015,7, 19474−19483