• Rani Joseph

      Articles written in Bulletin of Materials Science

    • Optimization of pH and direct imaging conditions of complexed methylene blue sensitized poly(vinyl chloride) films

      M Ushamani N G Leenadeenja K Sreekumar C Sudha Kartha Rani Joseph

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      Significant results of our experimental investigations on the dependence of pH on real time transmission characteristics on recording media fabricated by doping PVC with complexed methylene blue are presented. The optimum pH value for faster bleaching was found to be 4.5. In typical applications, the illumination from one side, normal to the surface of this material, initiates a chemical sequence that records the incident light pattern in the polymer. Thus direct imaging can be successfully done on this sample. The recorded letters were very legible with good contrast and no scattering centres. Diffraction efficiency measurements were also carried out on this material.

    • Swelling behaviour of isora/natural rubber composites in oils used in automobiles

      Lovely Mathew K U Joseph Rani Joseph

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      Natural rubber/isora fibre composites were cured at various temperatures. The solvent swelling characteristics of natural rubber composites containing both untreated and alkali treated fibres were investigated in aromatic and aliphatic solvents like toluene, and 𝑛-hexane. The diffusion experiments were conducted by the sorption gravimetric method. The restrictions on elastomer swelling exerted by isora fibre as well as the anisotropy of swelling of the composite have been confirmed by this study. Composite cured at 100°C shows the lowest percentage swelling. The uptake of aromatic solvent is higher than that of aliphatic solvent for the composites cured at all temperatures. The effect of fibre loading on the swelling behaviour of the composite was also investigated in oils like petrol, diesel, lubricating oil etc. The % swelling index and swelling coefficient of the composite were found to decrease with increase in fibre loading. This is due to the increased hindrance exerted by the fibres at higher fibre loadings and also due to the good fibre–rubber interactions. Maximum uptake of solvent was observed with petrol followed by diesel and then lubricating oil. The presence of bonding agent in the composites restrict the swelling considerably due to the strong interfacial adhesion. At a fixed fibre loading, the alkali treated fibre composite showed lower percentage swelling compared to the untreated one.

    • Complex permittivity and conductivity of poly(𝑝-phenylenediazomethine) and its blends at microwave frequencies

      K G Princy Rani Joseph Honey John K T Mathew

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      Poly(𝑝-phenylenediazomethine) was synthesized by the condensation reaction between glyoxal and 𝑝-phenylene diamine in different solvents like methanol, toluene, 𝑚-cresol and 𝑁,𝑁-dimethylformamide. The dielectric properties and microwave conductivity of the pelletized samples were measured using cavity perturbation technique. The measurements were done at 2.17 GHz at room temperature (25°C). The effect of dopants on the dielectric properties and conductivity was studied using HCl and HClO4. Dielectric properties like dielectric constant, dielectric loss factor and microwave conductivity increased on doping with HCl and HClO4. Conducting polymer composites were prepared by in situ polymerization of glyoxal and 𝑝-phenylenediamine in different solvents containing different amounts of PVC, and silica. The microwave conductivity and complex permittivity of each sample was measured. The effect of dopants like HClO4 and HCl on these dielectric properties was also studied. The d.c. conductivity of the pressed samples measured by the two-probe method was also studied.

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