Holey Reduced Graphene Oxide Scaffolded Heterocyclic Aramid Fibers with Enhanced Mechanical Performance

Jiaqiang Li, Yeye Wen, Zhihua Xiao, Shijun Wang, Lixiang Zhong, Tao Li, Kun Jiao, Lanying Li, Jiajun Luo, Zhenfei Gao, Shuzhou Li, Zhong Zhang, Jin Zhang

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Poly(p-phenylene-benzimidazole-terephthalamide) (PBIA) fibers, a kind of heterocyclic aramid fibers, possess extraordinary mechanical properties and advanced applications in aerospace, military protection, and other civilian areas. However, harsh application scenarios are putting forward even stringent requirements for the mechanical performances and environmental compatibility of PBIA fibers. Strengthening lateral interactions between polymer chains are approachable methods but ongoing challenges to obtain PBIA fibers with high-performance. This work develops a novel holey reduced-graphene-oxide (HrGO)/PBIA composite fiber with a scaffolded structure, in which the HrGO plays a role of clamp to effectively band plentiful PBIA chains through the in-plane holes. A small amount of HrGO (0.075 wt%) is able to improve the tensile strength and Young's modulus of HrGO/PBIA fibers by 11.5% and 8.3%, respectively. The small amount of well dispersed HrGO improves the crystallinity and serves as the topological constraint that enhances the lateral interaction of the PBIA chains, which is unveiled by the wide-angle X-ray scattering and the coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations. In addition, the favorable compatibility of HrGO/PBIA fibers in complex application scenarios is demonstrated by the dynamic and cyclic-loading measurements.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2200937
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
StatePublished - May 17 2022

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-05-20
Acknowledgements: Financially supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (2016YFA0200100 and 2018YFA0703502), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 52021006, 51720105003, 21790052, and 21974004), the Strategic Priority Research Program of CAS (XDB36030100), and the Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (BNLMS-CXTD-202001)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Electrochemistry
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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