Synthesizing Conducting Poly(Aniline-co-Aminoacetophenone) Nanocom-posites based on Polyhydroxy Iron Cation–modified Clay

Yasmine Rekrak, Ahmed Yahiaoui, Aicha Hachemaoui, Abdelkader Dehbi, Leila Mouacher, Abdelkarim Bendoukha Reguig, Abdelhamid Ismail Mourad

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Conductive clay–polymer nanocomposites were prepared via the in situ polymerization of aminoacetophenone and/or aniline monomers (at initial “aminoacetophenone:aniline”) in the presence of polyhydroxy iron cation–modified montmorillonite (MMT-PIC). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analysis demonstrated the characteristic bands of the MMT-PIC polymers/copolymers. The morphological properties analyzed and imaged through X-ray diffraction and scanning electron mi-croscopy, respectively, displayed an increasing interlayer distance with the mass loading of PIC and poly(aminoacetophenone-co-aniline) (poly(AAP-co-ANI)), affording intercalated nanocomposites. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy measurements revealed that the clay experienced a cation ex-change of sodium by the PIC, and poly(AAP-co-ANI) was present in large amounts on the nanocom-posite surface. The electrical conductivity of the obtained nanocomposites was 5.760 × 10−5 Scm−1. Moreover, the electrochemical behavior of the polymers extracted from the nanocomposites was stud-ied via cyclic voltammetry; the redox processes indicated that the polymerization into activated car-bon produced electroactive polymers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)958-966
Number of pages9
JournalLetters in Organic Chemistry
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Nanocomposite
  • conducting polymer
  • montmorillonite
  • poly(aminoacetophenone)
  • poly(aminoacetophenone-co-aniline)
  • poly(aniline)
  • polyhydroxy iron cation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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