• blends;
  • dispersions;
  • graphene;
  • nanocomposites;
  • rubber

Emulsifier-free aqueous dispersions of functionalized graphene (FG) represent key intermediates for the production of rubber composites, enabling uniform dispersion of predominantly single FG sheets. In this comparative study on styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) composites with conventional and novel carbon-based fillers the influence of filler type, content, and dispersion process is examined. For SBR/FG nanocomposites two aqueous dispersion blend strategies based on thermally and chemically reduced graphite oxide are explored. Electron microscopy and X-ray tomography confirm the highly effective FG dispersion in SBR leading to simultaneous improvement of mechanical properties, electrical conductivity, and gas barrier resistance.mame201300127-gra-0001