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Thermal Characterization of Polyamide 11/Nanographene Platelet Nanocomposites

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The objective of this study is to evaluate thermal properties of polyamide 11 (PA11)/nanographene platelet (NGP) nanocomposites. Samples were prepared using 1 wt%, 3 wt%, and 5 wt% of NGPs. Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) was used as a solvent to assist in dispersion of the NGPs within the PA11 powder. The NGPs were hand mixed evenly into the PA11 powder using a wooden dowel. Morphological characterization of the PA11/NGP nanocomposite was conducted using scanning electron microscopy. Thermal characterization of nanocomposites includes thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry and thermomechanical analysis. Results indicate that the addition of NGPs shows an initial increase in thermal stability and crystallization temperature (Tc ) along with a decrease in glass transition temperature (T g) and no improvement in coefficient of thermal expansion (α). These results are attributed to improved interfacial adhesion between NGPs and PA11, restricting polymer chain mobility.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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