Graphene Oxide Reinforced Polyimide Nanocomposites via In Situ Polymerization
Abstract:Graphene oxide (GO) reinforced polyimide nanocomposites were synthesized by in situ polymerization of monomers in the presence of GO sheets dispersed in N,N-Dimethylacetamide (DMAc). The functional groups (e.g., hydroxyl, epoxide, and carboxyl groups) associated with the GO make GO excellent dispersion in the organic solvent, which benefits the subsequent in situ polymerization. This process enabled uniform dispersion of GO sheets in the polymer matrix. The resultant GO-polyimide nanocomposite films were studied by tensile test, TGA and SEM. The results showed that the GO sheets incorporated in the polymer matrix exhibited a layer-aligned structure without destruction of the thermal stability of the polymer matrix, and a loading of GO (10 wt%) resulted in a significant enhancement in elastic modulus (86.4%).
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2012-01-01
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