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Keywords:

  • exfoliated graphite;
  • graphite nanosheets;
  • graphene;
  • polymer composites;
  • ball milling

Abstract

A one-pot method which involves peeling graphite nanosheets (GNs) off into graphenes in polymer solution and in situ forming polymer/graphene sheets nanocomposites by using ball milling is presented. Via this approach, nanocomposites based on maleic anhydride grafted poly (ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) (EVA-g-MAH) and graphene sheets comprising one to five layers were accomplished. The resulted EVA-g-MAH/graphene nanocomposites displayed a percolation threshold around 5.0 wt %, much lower than that of the EVA-g-MAH/GNs nanocomposites prepared by direct solution blending (∼ 13.0 wt %). The nanocomposite containing 10 wt % of graphene sheets exhibited a higher maximum decomposition temperature by ∼ 10°C when compared with the virgin polymer and the corresponding nanocomposite loaded with 10 wt % of GNs. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2012