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Polymers 2018, 10(3), 228;

Properties and Applications of the β Phase Poly(vinylidene fluoride)

Key Laboratory for Anisotropy and Texture of Materials (Ministry of Education), School of Material Science and Engineering, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819, China
Computer Teaching and Researching Section, Shenyang Conservatory of Music, Shenyang 110818, China
Suzhou Institute of Biomedical, Engineering and Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Suzhou 215163, China
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Received: 27 December 2017 / Revised: 5 February 2018 / Accepted: 13 February 2018 / Published: 26 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Fluorinated Polymers)
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Poly(vinylidene fluoride), PVDF, as one of important polymeric materials with extensively scientific interests and technological applications, shows five crystalline polymorphs with α, β, γ, δ and ε phases obtained by different processing methods. Among them, β phase PVDF presents outstanding electrical characteristics including piezo-, pyro-and ferroelectric properties. These electroactive properties are increasingly important in applications such as energy storage, spin valve devices, biomedicine, sensors and smart scaffolds. This article discusses the basic knowledge and character methods for PVDF fabrication and provides an overview of recent advances on the phase modification and recent applications of the β phase PVDF are reported. This study may provide an insight for the development and utilization for β phase PVDF nanofilms in future electronics. View Full-Text
Keywords: β phase PVDF; electroactive properties; nanofilms; sensor and actuator; spin valve devices β phase PVDF; electroactive properties; nanofilms; sensor and actuator; spin valve devices

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Ruan, L.; Yao, X.; Chang, Y.; Zhou, L.; Qin, G.; Zhang, X. Properties and Applications of the β Phase Poly(vinylidene fluoride). Polymers 2018, 10, 228.

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