Nanodiamond/poly (lactic acid) nanocomposites: effect of nanodiamond on structure and properties of poly (lactic acid)

Zhao, Yong-Qing and Lau, Kin-Tak and Kim, Jang-Kyo and Xu, Cai-Ling and Zhao, Dan-Dan and Li, Hu-Lin (2010) Nanodiamond/poly (lactic acid) nanocomposites: effect of nanodiamond on structure and properties of poly (lactic acid). Composites Part B: Engineering, 41 (8). pp. 646-653. ISSN 1359-8368


Nanodiamond (ND)/poly (lactic acid) (PLA) nanocomposites with potential for biological and biomedical applications were prepared by using melting compound methods. By means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Thermogravimetric analyses (TGA), Dynamic mechanical analyses (DMA), Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and Tensile test, the ND/PLA nanocomposites were investigated, and thus the effect of ND on the structural, thermal and mechanical properties of polymer matrix was demonstrated for the first time. Experimental results showed that the mechanical properties and thermal stability of PLA matrix were significantly improved, as ND was incorporated into the PLA matrix. For example, the storage modulus (E′) of 3 wt% ND/PLA nanocomposites was 0.7 GPa at 130 °C which was 75% higher than that of neat PLA, and the initial thermal decomposition was delayed 10.1 °C for 1 wt% ND/PLA nanocomposites compared with the neat PLA. These improvements could be ascribed to the outstanding physical properties of ND, homogeneous dispersion of ND nanoclusters, unique ND bridge morphology and good adhesion between PLA matrix and ND in the ND/PLA nanocomposites.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author version not held.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2010 12:20
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2014 03:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: PMCs; mechanical properties; thermal properties
Fields of Research : 03 Chemical Sciences > 0306 Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural) > 030606 Structural Chemistry and Spectroscopy
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
10 Technology > 1007 Nanotechnology > 100708 Nanomaterials
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2010.09.003

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