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Transport Properties of One-Step Compression Molded Epoxy Nanocomposite Foams

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Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Polímeros, ICTP-CSIC, C/ Juan de la Cierva, 3, 28006 Madrid, Spain
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Cellular Materials Laboratory (CellMat), Condensed Matter Physics Department, Faculty of Science, University of Valladolid, Campus Miguel Delibes, Paseo de Belén, 7, 47011 Valladolid, Spain
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Polymers 2019, 11(5), 756; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym11050756
Received: 20 March 2019 / Revised: 16 April 2019 / Accepted: 25 April 2019 / Published: 30 April 2019
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Abstract

Owing to their high strength and stiffness, thermal and environmental stability, lower shrinkage, and water resistance, epoxy resins have been the preferred matrix for the development of syntactic foams using hollow glass microspheres. Although these foams are exploited in multiple applications, one of their issues is the possibility of breakage of the glass hollow microspheres during processing. Here, we present a straightforward and single-step foaming protocol using expandable polymeric microspheres based on the well-established compression molding process. We demonstrate the viability of the protocol producing two sets of nanocomposite foams filled with carbon-based nanoparticles with improved transport properties. View Full-Text
Keywords: epoxy; foams; expandable microspheres; graphene; nanotubes; conductivity; syntactic foams epoxy; foams; expandable microspheres; graphene; nanotubes; conductivity; syntactic foams
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Martin-Gallego, M.; Lopez-Hernandez, E.; Pinto, J.; Rodriguez-Perez, M.A.; Lopez-Manchado, M.A.; Verdejo, R. Transport Properties of One-Step Compression Molded Epoxy Nanocomposite Foams. Polymers 2019, 11, 756.

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