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Influences of Thermal Treatment on the Dielectric Performances of Polystyrene Composites Reinforced by Graphene Nanoplatelets

Laboratoire Mécanique des Sols, Structures et Matériaux (MSSMat), CNRS UMR 8579, Ecole CentraleSupelec, Université Paris Saclay, Grande Voie des Vignes, 92290 Chatenay-Malabry, France
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Materials 2017, 10(7), 838;
Received: 27 June 2017 / Revised: 14 July 2017 / Accepted: 18 July 2017 / Published: 21 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polymers for Film Capacitors)
Dielectric properties of composites near percolation threshold (fc) are often sensitive to thermal treatments, and the annealing temperature is usually associated with a polymer’s rheological properties. In this study, the influences of the thermal treatment on dielectric properties are investigated for the polystyrene (PS) matrix composite reinforced by graphene nanoplatelets (GNP) fillers near fc. It can be found that the thermal treatment can not only increase the dielectric constant, but also decrease the dielectric loss for the PS/GNP composite. This interesting phenomenon possibly happens in the interfacial region of PS/GNP with the thickness about 4–6 nm according to the electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) results. The free volumes around the interface can be easily altered by the movement of polymeric segments after annealing at the glass transition temperature. View Full-Text
Keywords: dielectric properties; percolation; thermal treatment dielectric properties; percolation; thermal treatment
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Fan, B.; Liu, Y.; He, D.; Bai, J. Influences of Thermal Treatment on the Dielectric Performances of Polystyrene Composites Reinforced by Graphene Nanoplatelets. Materials 2017, 10, 838.

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