A facile approach to the fabrication of graphene/polystyrene nanocomposite by in situ microemulsion polymerization

Archana S. Patole, Shashikant P. Patole, Hyuck Kang, Ji Beom Yoo, Tae Ho Kim, Jeong Ho Ahn

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Abstract

This paper reports a large scale production route for polystyrene (PS) nanoparticle-functionalized graphene sheets using water based in situ microemulsion polymerization. The higher surface area of the graphene basal plane and the better proximity of the reactant species in in situ microemulsion polymerization were used to functionalize the graphene sheets using PS nanoparticles. The thermal properties of the PS were improved with the incorporation of graphene in the composite. The modified graphene exhibited good compatibility and interactions with the host PS matrix to form conducting PS films.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)530-537
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
Volume350
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2010

Keywords

  • Composite
  • Dispersion
  • Electrical properties
  • Functionalization
  • Graphene
  • In situ microemulsion polymerization
  • Morphology
  • Nanoparticles
  • Polystyrene
  • Thermal properties
  • Transmission electron microscopy

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