Investigation of reinforcement in polymer nanocomposites using polymer thin films

Jiong Shen*, Yong Yang, L. James Lee

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Reinforcement in polymer nanocomposites was explored using polymer thin film technology. Polystyrene (PS) thin film spin-coated on the graphite substrate was used to resemble the interface between PS and carbon-based nanoparticles. Glass transition temperature (T g) of the nano-confined polymer was observed to be higher than the bulk value, indicating the strong PS-substrate (graphite) interactions. The confinement becomes more pronounced with reduced film thickness. CO 2- induced T g depression was observed for this thin film system as well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages362-366
Number of pages5
StatePublished - May 2006
EventSociety of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference 2006, ANTEC 2006 - Charlotte, NC, United States
Duration: 7 May 200611 May 2006

Conference

ConferenceSociety of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference 2006, ANTEC 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCharlotte, NC
Period7/05/0611/05/06

Keywords

  • HOPG
  • Nanocomposites
  • Reinforcement
  • Thin film T

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