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UV-Cured Poly(Ethylene Glycol) Diacrylate/Carbon Nanostructure Thin Films. Preparation, Characterization, and Electrical Properties

Department of Materials Science, University of Patras, 26504 Rio, Greece
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J. Compos. Sci. 2020, 4(1), 4; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcs4010004
Received: 6 November 2019 / Revised: 19 December 2019 / Accepted: 26 December 2019 / Published: 1 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances in Conductive Polymer Composites)
Carbon nanoallotropes such as carbon nanotubes, graphene, and their derivatives have been combined with a plethora of polymers in the last years to develop new composite materials with interesting properties and applications. However, the area of photopolymer composites with carbon nanostructures has not been analogously explored. In the present article, we study the photopolymerization of poly(ethylene glycol)diacrylate (PEGDA) enriched with different carbon nanoallotropes like graphene, pristine and chemically modified carbon nanotubes (CNTs and fCNTs), and a hybrid of graphene and CNTs. The products were characterized by several microscopic and spectroscopic techniques and the electrical conductivity was studied as a function of the concentrations of carbon nanoallotropes. In general, stable thin films were produced with a concentration of carbon nanostructures up to 8.5%, although the addition of carbon nanostructures in PEGDA decreases the degree of photopolymerization, and PEDGA/carbon nanostructure composites showed electrical conductivity at a relatively low percentage. View Full-Text
Keywords: photopolymer; graphene composites; poly(ethylene glycol)diacrylate (PEGDA); photopolymerization photopolymer; graphene composites; poly(ethylene glycol)diacrylate (PEGDA); photopolymerization
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Loginos, P.; Patsidis, A.; Georgakilas, V. UV-Cured Poly(Ethylene Glycol) Diacrylate/Carbon Nanostructure Thin Films. Preparation, Characterization, and Electrical Properties. J. Compos. Sci. 2020, 4, 4.

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