Flourishing an Electrochemical Synthetic Route toward Carbon Black-Intercalated Graphene As a Neoteric Hybrid Nanofiller for Multifunctional Polymer Nanocomposites

This research work presents a creative and facile process for intercalation of graphite layers with the use of carbon black spacers, opening up the graphite layers to the nanolevel and producing a hybrid nanostructure

Amrita Roy; Saptarshi Kar; Ranjan Ghosal; Kinsuk Naskar; Anil K. Bhowmick

2021

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  • This research work presents a creative and facile process for intercalation of graphite layers with the use of carbon black spacers, opening up the graphite layers to the nanolevel and producing a hybrid nanostructure
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  • This unique tri-component three-dimensional hybrid structure, which consisted of graphene sheets exfoliated with graphene platelets and CB nanoparticle spacers, was extensively characterized by various sophisticated techniques
  • Disaggregated CB particles keep the graphene layers separated, and the material was structurally stable in water dispersion for more than a week. Such a water-dispersible filler was suitable for a latex-based nanocomposite and typically advantageous concerning the dispersion of graphene-type fillers in polymers. This tailored nanomaterial acted as a proficient functional filler for polymer nanocomposites, and upon incorporation in the styrene-butadiene rubber latex, the filler was brilliantly reinforcing, resulting in a 34% enhancement in the ultimate tensile strength and a 72% increase in the modulus of the rubber
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