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Crystals 2017, 7(12), 384; doi:10.3390/cryst7120384

The Influence of Epitaxial Crystallization on the Mechanical Properties of Polyamide 66/Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanocomposite Injection Bar

Ningbo Key Laboratory of Specialty Polymers, Faculty of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211, China
Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201204, China
State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065, China
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Academic Editor: Qing Peng
Received: 11 November 2017 / Revised: 16 December 2017 / Accepted: 18 December 2017 / Published: 20 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Graphene Mechanics)
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Polyamide 66 (PA66) was chosen as the representative of hydrophilic polymers, to investigate the influence of epitaxial crystals in semi-crystalline polymers/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite injection-molding bars. A differential scanning calorimeter was used, and the two-dimensional wide-angle X-ray diffraction technique, as well as the two-dimensional small angle X-ray scattering technique, were used to research the crystallization behavior in PA66/RGO nanocomposites. The results indicated that RGO was an effective nucleation agent for PA66. The presence of RGO could enhance the orientation degree of the PA66 crystals and did not influence the crystal structure of the PA66. The non-epitaxial crystals and the epitaxial crystals existed in PA66/RGO nanocomposites. The size of epitaxial crystals was much greater than that of the non-epitaxial crystals. Tensile test results showed that the presence of fewer epitaxial crystals can improve the mechanical properties of a polymer. View Full-Text
Keywords: polyamide 66; reduced graphene oxide; nanocomposite; epitaxial crystal polyamide 66; reduced graphene oxide; nanocomposite; epitaxial crystal

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Chi, E.; An, M.; Yao, G.; Tian, F.; Wang, Z. The Influence of Epitaxial Crystallization on the Mechanical Properties of Polyamide 66/Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanocomposite Injection Bar. Crystals 2017, 7, 384.

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