Metal oxide-polymer thermistors

Dawne M. Moffatt, James P. Runt, Arvind Halliyal, Robert E. Newnham

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Composites consisting of semi-crystalline or amorphous polymers and a conducting metal oxide filler, V2O3, have been prepared. They exhibit relatively low room temperature resistivities, (PTC) of resistance effects of up to nine orders in magnitude, and an NTC transition near -100' C. A previously proposed model that describes the resistivity behaviour of metal-insulator composites as a function of both temperature and filler concentration has been applied to V2O3-polyethylene and V2O3-rigid epoxy composites. The predictions of this model are then compared with the experimental behaviour of the composites. In addition, SEM micrographs of the composites are shown to illustrate the wetting characteristics of the various polymers on V2O3.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)609-614
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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