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Enhanced thermal properties in a hybrid graphene–alumina filler for epoxy composites

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In this report, we synthesized a new kind of liquid-crystal perylenebisimide polyurethane (LCPBI). Noncovalently functionalized reduced graphene oxide (RGO) with LCPBI was prepared via π–π stacking interactions. The noncovalently functionalized graphene nanosheets (LCPBI/RGO) were used to improve the thermal properties of epoxy composites, with modified Al2O3 nanoparticles (Al2O3-APS) which were grafted with a silane coupling agent (KH-550). We demonstrated that the thermal conductivity of the epoxy composites could be improved by hybrid LCPBI/RGO and Al2O3-APS fillers. For instance, the thermal conductivity of the epoxy composite with 30 wt% Al2O3-APS and 0.3 wt% LCPBI/RGO was 0.329 W m−1 K−1, increased by 105.6% compared to that of the pure epoxy (0.16 W m−1 K−1). Meanwhile the glass transition temperature and storage modulus of epoxy composites with increasing hybrid fillers was improved, as well as the α-relaxation apparent activation energy.

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The article was received on 31 Jan 2015, accepted on 13 Apr 2015 and first published on 14 Apr 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5RA01967B
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RSC Adv., 2015,5, 35773-35782

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    Enhanced thermal properties in a hybrid graphene–alumina filler for epoxy composites

    C. Zeng, S. Lu, L. Song, X. Xiao, J. Gao, L. Pan, Z. He and J. Yu, RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 35773
    DOI: 10.1039/C5RA01967B

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