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Enhanced toughness and thermal conductivity for epoxy resin with a core–shell structured polyacrylic modifier and modified boron nitride

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Abstract

A new epoxy-based composite with higher toughness and thermal conductivity was developed. First, a poly(n-butyl acrylate)/poly(methyl methacrylate-co-glycidyl methacrylate) (PBMG) core–shell structured latex was prepared by seeded emulsion polymerization to toughen the epoxy resin (EP). Second, boron nitride particles were modified into nano-scale sheets and added to the epoxy/PBMG blend to improve the thermal conductivity of the resulting composite material. The properties of the constituent materials were determined prior to fabrication and testing of the composite product. The monomer conversion in the emulsion polymerization process of the PBMG was checked by determining the solid particle content. The PBMG particle size was characterized by dynamic laser scattering, and the morphology of the particles was characterized by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The exfoliation of the modified boron nitride (MBN) flakes was verified by TEM and Raman microscopy. The mechanical properties and the thermal conductivity of the EP/PBMG/MBN composite were determined at various constituent contents. Results showed that the unnotched impact strength of the composite increased by 147%, the flexural strength increased by 49.1%, and the thermal conductivity increased by 98% compared with pristine EP at a PBMG content of 5 wt% and MBN content of 7 wt%. With the enhanced properties and ease of fabrication, the developed composite has good potential for application in high-end industries such as microelectronics packaging.

Graphical abstract: Enhanced toughness and thermal conductivity for epoxy resin with a core–shell structured polyacrylic modifier and modified boron nitride

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The article was received on 30 Dec 2018, accepted on 04 Mar 2019 and first published on 15 Mar 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8RA10645B
Citation: RSC Adv., 2019,9, 8654-8663
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    Enhanced toughness and thermal conductivity for epoxy resin with a core–shell structured polyacrylic modifier and modified boron nitride

    C. Xu, T. Qu, X. Zhang, X. Qu, N. Wang, Q. Zhang, B. Abdel-Magid and G. Li, RSC Adv., 2019, 9, 8654
    DOI: 10.1039/C8RA10645B

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