Striking multiple synergies created by combining reduced graphene oxides and carbon nanotubes for polymer nanocomposites

Song, Ping'An ORCID: and Liu, Lina and Fu, Shenyuan and Yu, Youming and Jin, Chunde and Wu, Qiang and Zhang, Yan and Li, Qian (2013) Striking multiple synergies created by combining reduced graphene oxides and carbon nanotubes for polymer nanocomposites. Nanotechnology, 24 (12). ISSN 0957-4484


The extraordinary properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene stimulate the development of advanced composites. Recently, several studies have reported significant synergies in the mechanical, electrical and thermal conductivity properties of polymer nanocomposites by incorporating their nanohybrids. In this work, we created polypropylene nanocomposites with homogeneous dispersion of CNTs and reduced graphene oxides via a facile polymer-latex-coating plus melt-mixing strategy, and investigated their synergistic effects in their viscoelastic, gas barrier, and flammability properties. Interestingly, the results show remarkable synergies, enhancing their melt modulus and viscosity, O2 barrier, and flame retardancy properties and respectively exhibiting a synergy percentage of 15.9%, 45.3%, and 20.3%. As previously reported, we also observed remarkable synergistic effects in their tensile strength (14.3%) and Young's modulus (27.1%), electrical conductivity (32.3%) and thermal conductivity (34.6%). These impressive results clearly point towards a new strategy to create advanced materials by adding binary combinations of different types of nanofillers.

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Date Deposited: 29 May 2017 06:05
Last Modified: 29 May 2017 06:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: binary combinations; conductivity properties; electrical conductivity; flammability properties; homogeneous dispersions; polymer nanocomposite; polypropylene nanocomposites; reduced graphene oxides; materials science; solid state physics; industrial engineering and management; organic polymers; polymeric materials; chemical products nanotechnology
Fields of Research (2008): 10 Technology > 1007 Nanotechnology > 100708 Nanomaterials
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4018 Nanotechnology > 401807 Nanomaterials
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
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