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Title: Toughening of polymers by graphene
Authors: Wang, Xiao
Song, Mo
Keywords: Toughness
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: © ICE Publishing
Citation: WANG, X. and SONG, M., 2013. Toughening of polymers by graphene. Nanomaterials and Energy, 2 (5), pp. 265 - 278.
Abstract: Graphene has been regarded as the next-generation carbon nanofiller for polymer nanocomposites. Owing to its superior physical properties, it produces a dramatic improvement in properties of polymers at very low filler loadings. In the past few years, toughening of polymers by graphene has been studied intensively. This article reviews the typical preparation methods of graphene and graphene/polymer nanocomposites. The authors summarize the enhancement effect, optimal filler loading and toughening mechanism for the polymer composites. Effects of some important factors including graphene content, thickness, sheet size, state and interfacial bonding with polymer chains have been addressed. Accordingly, the current challenges and future perspectives for the toughening of polymers by graphene are indicated.
Description: This article was accepted for publication in the journal Nanomaterials and Energy [© ICE Publishing]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1680/nme.13.00024.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1680/nme.13.00024
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/17911
Publisher Link: http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/content/serial/nme
ISSN: 2045-9831
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