Polymer composites based on hexagonal boron nitride and their application in thermally conductive composites
Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) is also referred to as “white graphite”. Owing to its two-dimensional planar structure, its thermal conductivity along and perpendicular to a basal plane is anisotropic. However, h-BN exhibits properties that are distinct from those of graphite, such as electric insulation, superior antioxidative ability, and purely white appearance. These qualities render h-BN superior as a filler in composites that require thermal conductivity while exhibiting electric insulation. Since the thermal performance of composites is mainly affected by thermal pathways, this article begins with an overall introduction of the preparation of boron nitride nanosheets, followed by a review of the fabrication of h-BN-filled composites. Lastly, the construction of thermally conductive networks is discussed.