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Polymers 2018, 10(11), 1199; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym10111199

Amino Functionalization of Reduced Graphene Oxide/Tungsten Disulfide Hybrids and Their Bismaleimide Composites with Enhanced Mechanical Properties

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Department of Applied Chemistry, School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710129, China
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Department of Applied Mathematics, School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710129, China
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Received: 2 October 2018 / Revised: 23 October 2018 / Accepted: 24 October 2018 / Published: 27 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanoparticle-Reinforced Polymers)
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A novel graphene-based nanocomposite particles (NH2-rGO/WS2), composed of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) and tungsten disulfide (WS2) grafted with active amino groups (NH2-rGO/WS2), was successfully synthesized by an effective and facile method. NH2-rGO/WS2 nanoparticles were then used to fabricate new bismaleimide (BMI) composites (NH2-rGO/WS2/BMI) via a casting method. The results demonstrated that a suitable amount of NH2-rGO/WS2 nanoparticles significantly improved the mechanical properties of the BMI resin. When the loading of NH2-rGO/WS2 was only 0.6 wt %, the impact and flexural strength of the composites increased by 91.3% and 62.6%, respectively, compared to the neat BMI resin. Rare studies have reported such tremendous enhancements on the mechanical properties of the BMI resin with trace amounts of fillers. This is attributable to the unique layered structure of NH2-rGO/WS2 nanoparticles, fine interfacial adhesion, and uniform dispersion of NH2-rGO/WS2 in the BMI resin. Besides, the thermal gravimetrical analysis (TGA) revealed that the addition of NH2-rGO/WS2 could also improve the stability of the composites. View Full-Text
Keywords: reduced graphene oxide; graphene-like WS2; bismaleimide; mechanical properties reduced graphene oxide; graphene-like WS2; bismaleimide; mechanical properties
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Guo, L.; Yan, H.; Chen, Z.; Liu, Q.; Feng, Y.; Ding, F.; Nie, Y. Amino Functionalization of Reduced Graphene Oxide/Tungsten Disulfide Hybrids and Their Bismaleimide Composites with Enhanced Mechanical Properties. Polymers 2018, 10, 1199.

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