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Interface modification of clay and graphene platelets reinforced epoxy nanocomposites: a comparative study

Zaman, Izzuddin and Manshoor, Bukhari and Khalid, Amir and Qingshi, Meng and Araby, Sherif (2014) Interface modification of clay and graphene platelets reinforced epoxy nanocomposites: a comparative study. Journal of Materials Science, 49 (17). pp. 5856-5865. ISSN 1573-4803


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The interface between the matrix phase and dispersed phase of a composite plays a critical role in influencing its properties. However, the intricate mechanisms of interface are not fully understood, and polymer nanocomposites are no exception. This study compares the fabrication, morphology, and mechanical and thermal properties of epoxy nanocomposites tuned by clay layers (denoted as m-clay) and graphene platelets (denoted as m- GP). It was found that a chemical modification, layer expansion and dispersion of filler within the epoxy matrix resulted in an improved interface between the filler material and epoxy matrix. This was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and transmission electron microscope. The enhanced interface led to improved mechanical properties (i.e. stiffness modulus, fracture toughness) and higher glass transition temperatures (Tg) compared with neat epoxy. At 4 wt% m-GP, the critical strain energy release rate G1c of neat epoxy improved by 240 % from 179.1 to 608.6 J/m2 and Tg increased from 93.7 to 106.4 'C. In contrast to m-clay, which at 4 wt%, only improved the G1c by 45 % and Tg by 7.1 %. The higher level of improvement offered by m-GP is attributed to the strong interaction of graphene sheets with epoxy because the covalent bonds between the carbon atoms of graphene sheets are much stronger than silicon-based clay.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > TA401-492 Materials of engineering and construction. Mechanics of materials
Divisions: Faculty of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering > Department of Engineering Mechanics
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2014 06:41
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 02:46
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/5855
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