Interphases in graphene polymer-based nanocomposites: Achievements and challenges

Mauricio Terrones, Olga Martín, María González, Javier Pozuelo, Berna Serrano, Juan C. Cabanelas, Sofía M. Vega-Díaz, Juan Baselga

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Abstract

Graphene constitutes a two dimensional sp 2 hybridized carbon material with outstanding electrical and mechanical properties. To date, novel methods for producing large quantities of graphene and its derivatives (doped or functionalized graphenes, nanoribbons and nanoplatelets) are emerging, and research dedicated to the fabrication of polymer nanocomposites using graphenes has started. In this Research News, we summarize the synthesis and properties of graphene and its derivatives, and provide an overview of the latest research dedicated to the fabrication of polymer composites for different applications, including mechanical, electrical, optical and thermal. Some of the recently fabricated composites exhibit outstanding properties, however, it is vital to understand the chemistry and physics of the interphases established between the polymer and the graphene surfaces. The challenges in the fabrication of super robust and highly conducting composites using graphenes are also discussed. It is believed that graphene-based polymer composites will result in commercial products if their interphases and reactivity are carefully controlled. In this Research News we summarize the synthesis and properties of graphene and its derivatives, and provide an overview of the latest research on polymer composites for different applications. It is vital to understand the chemistry and physics of the interphases established between the polymer and the graphene surfaces. We believe that their control will result in robust graphene-based polymer composites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5302-5310
Number of pages9
JournalAdvanced Materials
Volume23
Issue number44
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 23 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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