Chemical Engineering | Chemistry
Hierarchical organization of carbon nanomaterials is the best strategy to combine desirable factors and synergistically impart mechanical and electrical properties to polymers. Here, we investigate the relaxation behavior of carbon nanofillers filled polyurethane (PU) with special reference to particle size and aspect ratio, filler morphology, filler loading to understand the conductive network formation of fillers in the PU matrix. Typically, an addition of 2 wt% hybrid fillers of graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs), conductive carbon black (CB) and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) in PU at 1:1:2 mass ratio (GCM112-PU2) showed lowest surface resistivity ~106.8 ohm/sq along with highest improved mechanical properties.
Our results demonstrate how hierarchical compositions may function in polymer configurations that are useful for thermal and electrical systems.
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Pokharel, Pashupati; Xiao, Dequan; Erogbogbo, Folarin; Keles, Ozgur; and Lee, Dai Soo, "A Hierarchical Approach for Creating Electrically Conductive Network Structure in Polyurethane Nanocomposites using a Hybrid of Graphene Nanoplatelets, Carbon Black and Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes" (2017). Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Faculty Publications. 30.
Pokharel P, Xiao D, Erogbogbo F, Keles O, Lee DS, A hierarchical approach for creating electrically conductive network structure in polyurethane nanocomposites using a hybrid of graphene nanoplatelets, carbon black and multi-walled carbon nanotubes, Composites Part B (2018), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesb.2018.10.057.
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