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Materials 2016, 9(4), 262; doi:10.3390/ma9040262

Polymer Nanocomposites—A Comparison between Carbon Nanotubes, Graphene, and Clay as Nanofillers

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108, USA
Academic Editor: Biqiong Chen
Received: 17 December 2015 / Revised: 15 March 2016 / Accepted: 18 March 2016 / Published: 1 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polymer Nanocomposites)
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Nanofilled polymeric matrices have demonstrated remarkable mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties. In this article we review the processing of carbon nanotube, graphene, and clay montmorillonite platelet as potential nanofillers to form nanocomposites. The various functionalization techniques of modifying the nanofillers to enable interaction with polymers are summarized. The importance of filler dispersion in the polymeric matrix is highlighted. Finally, the challenges and future outlook for nanofilled polymeric composites are presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: polymer nanocomposites; carbon nanotubes; graphene, clay; properties polymer nanocomposites; carbon nanotubes; graphene, clay; properties
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Bhattacharya, M. Polymer Nanocomposites—A Comparison between Carbon Nanotubes, Graphene, and Clay as Nanofillers. Materials 2016, 9, 262.

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