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Mechanical enhancement via self-assembled nanostructures in polymer nanocomposites

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Abstract

This article reports the synthesis of a diacetylene containing organogelator for the use as a nanoscale filler for mechanical enhancement in a polymer nanocomposite. The tensile storage modulus increased when the self-assembled nanostructures were incorporated into a polymer matrix. Below the glass transition temperature, a modest increase of the tensile storage modulus was observed, but above the glass transition temperature, almost a two order of magnitude increase at the highest filler loadings was found. Additionally, the presence of the self-assembled nanofibers, increased the tensile storage modulus greater than a similar filler that does not form 1D nanofibers highlighting the importance of self-assembly to the mechanical reinforcement.

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The article was received on 05 Nov 2010, accepted on 13 Jan 2011 and first published on 08 Feb 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0SM01262A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2011,7, 2449-2455
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    Mechanical enhancement via self-assembled nanostructures in polymer nanocomposites

    D. A. Stone, L. Hsu, N. R. Wheeler, E. Wilusz, W. Zukas, G. E. Wnek and L. T. J. Korley, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 2449
    DOI: 10.1039/C0SM01262A

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