Self assembled graphene/carbon nanotube/polystyrene hybrid nanocomposite by in situ microemulsion polymerization

Archana S. Patole, Shashikant P. Patole, So Young Jung, Ji Beom Yoo, Jeong Ho An, Tae Ho Kim

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Abstract

Self-assembled graphene/carbon nanotube (CNT)/polystyrene hybrid nanocomposites were prepared by water-based in situ microemulsion polymerization. The resulting nanocomposites were used as filler in a host polystyrene matrix to form composite films. An admixture of the two types of carbon fillers provided better improvement in the thermal and mechanical properties compared to the neat polymer. The sheet resistance decreased progressively due to the formation of an extended conjugation network with the CNT bridging the gap between the graphene sheets coated with polymer nanoparticles. The details of the analysis are presented.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)252-259
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Polymer Journal
Volume48
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2012

Keywords

  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Graphene
  • Nanocomposites
  • Polystyrene

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