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Materials 2015, 8(2), 652-683; doi:10.3390/ma8020652

Recent Advances in Nanocomposite Materials of Graphene Derivatives with Polysaccharides

Division of Chemical Technology, Department of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki GR-541 24, Greece
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Received: 16 December 2014 / Accepted: 5 February 2015 / Published: 16 February 2015
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Abstract

This review article presents the recent advances in syntheses and applications of nanocomposites consisting of graphene derivatives with various polysaccharides. Graphene has recently attracted much interest in the materials field due to its unique 2D structure and outstanding properties. To follow, the physical and mechanical properties of graphene are then introduced. However it was observed that the synthesis of graphene-based nanocomposites had become one of the most important research frontiers in the application of graphene. Therefore, this review also summarizes the recent advances in the synthesis of graphene nanocomposites with polysaccharides, which are abundant in nature and are easily synthesized bio-based polymers. Polysaccharides can be classified in various ways such as cellulose, chitosan, starch, and alginates, each group with unique and different properties. Alginates are considered to be ideal for the preparation of nanocomposites with graphene derivatives due to their environmental-friendly potential. The characteristics of such nanocomposites are discussed here and are compared with regard to their mechanical properties and their various applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: graphene; nanocomposites; polysaccharides; chitosan; cellulose; starch; alginates; mechanical properties; applications graphene; nanocomposites; polysaccharides; chitosan; cellulose; starch; alginates; mechanical properties; applications
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Terzopoulou, Z.; Kyzas, G.Z.; Bikiaris, D.N. Recent Advances in Nanocomposite Materials of Graphene Derivatives with Polysaccharides. Materials 2015, 8, 652-683.

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