Polypropylene nanocomposites based on C60-decorated carbon nanotubes: thermal properties, flammability, and mechanical properties

Song, Pingan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1082-652X and Zhao, Liping and Cao, Zhenhu and Fang, Zhengping (2011) Polypropylene nanocomposites based on C60-decorated carbon nanotubes: thermal properties, flammability, and mechanical properties. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 21 (21). pp. 7782-7788. ISSN 0959-9428

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In the present study, the effects of covalently functionalized carbon nanotubes (CNTs) decorated with C60 (abbr. C60-d-CNT) on thermal, flame retardancy and mechanical properties of polypropylene (PP) are investigated. Compared with pristine CNTs, the C60-d-CNT is more easily dispersed in the PP matrix through reactive compatibilization. With the incorporation of C60-d-CNT, thermal oxidation degradation of PP is considerably delayed. Compared to PP, at 1.0 wt% loading of C 60-d-CNT, the initial degradation temperature (T5) and maximum weight loss temperature (Tmax) in air are enhanced by 68°C and 87°C, respectively. Furthermore, incorporating 1.0 wt% C 60-d-CNT can remarkably reduce the peak heat release rate (PHRR) by 71% relative to that of PP, and slow down the combustion process to some extent. The free-radical trapping effect of C60 and the CNTs network are responsible for the improved thermal and flame retardancy properties. Meanwhile, addition of C60-d-CNT also causes enhanced mechanical properties of PP nanocomposites to a certain degree.

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Date Deposited: 30 May 2017 05:32
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Uncontrolled Keywords: combustion process; degradation temperatures; flame retardancy; functionalized carbon nanotubes; peak heat release rates; polypropylene nanocomposites
Fields of Research (2008): 03 Chemical Sciences > 0303 Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry > 030301 Chemical Characterisation of Materials
Fields of Research (2020): 34 CHEMICAL SCIENCES > 3403 Macromolecular and materials chemistry > 340399 Macromolecular and materials chemistry not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970103 Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/c1jm10395d
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/31644

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