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Keywords:

  • graphene;
  • polypyrrole;
  • polyaniline;
  • in situ polymerization

Abstract

The objective of this work is to modify graphene and study the effect of modification of graphene in thermal and electrical properties of graphene/polypyrrole and graphene/polyaniline nanocomposites. The amine functionalization of graphene was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The nanocomposites were prepared by insitu oxidative polymerization method using ammonium persulfate as oxidant. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy were used to study the morphology of the nanocomposites which indicates toward the better dispersion of modified graphene within the polymer matrices as compared to unmodified composites. The modification of graphene played an important role in the noticeable improvements in electrical conductivity of the prepared composites. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 2013