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    • Tuning magnetoresistance and electrical resistivity by enhancing localization length in polyaniline and carbon nanotube composites


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      We report low temperature electrical resistivity and magnetoresistance (MR) measurements of conducting polyaniline (PANI) and multiwalled-carbon nanotube (MWCNT) composites. We have used an in-situ oxidative polymer-ization method to synthesize hydrochloric acid-doped PANI composites with MWCNT weight percentages of 0, 5, 10 and 15. The temperature dependence of resistivity is studied from room temperature to 4.2 K and analysed by a Mott variable range hopping (VRH) model. The resistivity increases from 1.1 × 10⁻³ Ωm at 300 K to 65.75 Ωm at 4.2 K, almost four orders of the magnitude change with temperature for pure PANI. Whereas the PANI composite with 15% MWCNTs shows less variation from 4.6 × 10⁻⁴ to 3.5 × 10⁻² Ωm. The huge change in resistivity is due to the localization of charge carriers in the presence of disorder. At 4.2 K MR shows transition from positive to negative with higher MWCNT loading. Samples with 5 and 10% MWCNTs show positive MR, whereas the 15% MWCNT loaded sample shows negative MR. The positive and negative MR are discussed in terms of the wave function shrinkage effect and quantum interference effect on VRH conduction.

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