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Mechanical, Thermal, and Electrical Properties of Graphene-Epoxy Nanocomposites—A Review

Atif, Rasheed; Shyha, Islam; Inam, Fawad


Rasheed Atif

Fawad Inam


Monolithic epoxy, because of its brittleness, cannot prevent crack propagation and is vulnerable to fracture. However, it is well established that when reinforced—especially by nano-fillers, such as metallic oxides, clays, carbon nanotubes, and other carbonaceous materials—its ability to withstand crack propagation is propitiously improved. Among various nano-fillers, graphene has recently been employed as reinforcement in epoxy to enhance the fracture related properties of the produced epoxy–graphene nanocomposites. In this review, mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties of graphene reinforced epoxy nanocomposites will be correlated with the topographical features, morphology, weight fraction, dispersion state, and surface functionalization of graphene. The factors in which contrasting results were reported in the literature are highlighted, such as the influence of graphene on the mechanical properties of epoxy nanocomposites. Furthermore, the challenges to achieving the desired performance of polymer nanocomposites are also suggested throughout the article.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 25, 2016
Online Publication Date Aug 4, 2016
Publication Date 2016
Deposit Date Dec 10, 2020
Publicly Available Date Dec 10, 2020
Journal Polymers
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 8
Article Number 281
Keywords mechanical properties; thermal properties; electrical properties; graphene; epoxy; nanocomposites
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