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The overlooked role of reduced graphene oxide in the reinforcement of hydrophilic polymers

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The covalent incorporation of reduced graphene oxide into a hydrophilic polymer demonstrates that, contrary to current opinion, reinforcement can be attributed to a change in water affinity. Advanced nanoindentation techniques show that the deterioration of the mechanical properties of poly(vinyl alcohol) under high relative humidity can be avoided by incorporating a small quantity of reduced graphene oxide at molecularly controlled locations.

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Submitted
24 Oct 2014
Accepted
09 Jan 2015
First published
13 Jan 2015

J. Mater. Chem. C, 2015,3, 1177-1180
Article type
Communication
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The overlooked role of reduced graphene oxide in the reinforcement of hydrophilic polymers

A. Flores, H. J. Salavagione, F. Ania, G. Martínez, G. Ellis and M. A. Gómez-Fatou, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2015, 3, 1177
DOI: 10.1039/C4TC02425G

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