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Effect of surface treatment of graphene nanoplatelets for improvement of thermal and electrical properties of epoxy composites
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  • Journal title : Carbon letters
  • Volume 16, Issue 1,  2015, pp.34-40
  • Publisher : Korean Carbon Society
  • DOI : 10.5714/CL.2015.16.1.034
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Effect of surface treatment of graphene nanoplatelets for improvement of thermal and electrical properties of epoxy composites
Kim, Minjae; Kim, Yeongseon; Baeck, Sung Hyeon; Shim, Sang Eun;
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In this study, in order to improve the thermal and electrical properties of epoxy/graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs), surface modifications of GNPs are conducted using silane coupling agents. Three silane coupling agents, i.e. 2-(3,4-epoxycyclohexyl)-ethyltrimethoxysilane (ETMOS), 3-glycidoxypropyltriethoxysilane (GPTS), and 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GPTMS), were used. Among theses, GPTMS exhibits the best modification performance for fabricating GNP-incorporated epoxy composites. The effect of the silanization is evaluated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The electrical and thermal conductivities are characterized. The epoxy/silanized GNPs exhibits higher thermal and electrical properties than the epoxy/raw GNPs due to the improved dispersion state of the GNPs in the epoxy matrix. The TEM microphotographs and Turbiscan data demonstrate that the silane molecules grafted onto the GNP surface improve the GNP dispersion in the epoxy.
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