Fabrication of multifunctional graphene decorated with bromine and nano-Sb2O3 towards high-performance polymer nanocomposites

Huang, Guobo and Song, Pingan and Liu, Lina and Han, Deman and Ge, Changhua and Li, Rongrong and Guo, Qipeng (2016) Fabrication of multifunctional graphene decorated with bromine and nano-Sb2O3 towards high-performance polymer nanocomposites. Carbon, 98. pp. 689-701. ISSN 0008-6223


Despite great advances, it remains highly attractive but challenging to create high-performance polymeric materials combining excellent flame-retardancy and outstanding thermal, mechanical and electrical properties. We herein demonstrate a novel strategy for fabricating a multifunctional nano-additive (Br–Sb2O3@RGO) based on graphene decorated with bromine and nano-Sb2O3. Cone calorimetric tests show that incorporating 10 wt% Br–Sb2O3@RGO into thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) strikingly prolongs the time to ignition and decreases the peak heat release rate by 72%. Besides, tensile strength and Young's modulus are enhanced by 37% and 820%, respectively. Meanwhile, the electric conductibility is increased by eleven orders of magnitude relative to the TPU matrix. This work provides a promising strategy for addressing the critical bottleneck with the existing flame retardants that only enhance flame retardancy at the expense of mechanical properties of polymeric materials. As-prepared high-performance TPU composites are expected to find many applications, especially in aerospace, tissue engineering, and cables and wires.

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Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2017 00:08
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2017 00:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: Flame-retardancy; polymers; nano-composites;
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091299 Materials Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2015.11.063
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/32724

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