Enhanced stress transfer and thermal properties of polyimide composites with covalent functionalized reduced graphene oxide

Li Cao, Qingqing Sun, Haixia Wang, Xingxiang Zhang, Haifeng Shi

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Abstract

This work prepares (3-aminopropyl) trimethoxysilane (APTMS)-functionalized reduced graphene oxide (APTMS-rGO)/polyimide (PI) composite (APTMS-rGO/PI) through in-situ polymerization. NH2-functionalized rGO coupled by APTMS demonstrates the good reinforced efficiency in mechanical and thermal properties, which is ascribed to the covalent-functionalized PI matrix by APTMS-rGO sheets. The uniform dispersion of APTMS-rGO increases the glass transition temperature (Tg) and the thermal decomposition temperature (Td), exhibiting 21.7 °C and 44 °C improvements, respectively. The tensile strength of the composites with 0.3 wt% APTMS-rGO is 31% higher than that of neat PI, and Young's modulus is 35% higher than that of neat PI. Raman spectroscopy show the obvious G band shift, and also clearly demonstrates the enhanced interfacial interaction between rGO nanofillers and PI matrix. The high mechanical property of the APTMS-rGO/PI composites is attributed to the covalent functionalized GO by NH2 groups and its good dispersion in comparison with GO.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)140-148
Number of pages9
JournalComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Volume68
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites

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