Formation of nanocomposites of styrene and its copolymers using graphite as the nanomaterial
Article first published online: 20 MAY 2005
Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Polymers for Advanced Technologies
Volume 16, Issue 7, pages 533–540, July 2005
How to Cite
Uhl, F. M., Yao, Q. and Wilkie, C. A. (2005), Formation of nanocomposites of styrene and its copolymers using graphite as the nanomaterial. Polym. Adv. Technol., 16: 533–540. doi: 10.1002/pat.612
- Issue published online: 24 JUN 2005
- Article first published online: 20 MAY 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 MAR 2005
- Manuscript Revised: 3 JAN 2005
- Manuscript Received: 15 OCT 2004
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Graphite-polymer nanocomposites were prepared by melt blending of various graphites (virgin graphite, expandable graphites, and expanded graphite) with polystyrene and its copolymers (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and high-impact polystyrene (HIPS)). Nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, cone calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis and evaluation of mechanical properties. Nanocomposite formation occurs at higher loadings (3–5%) of expandable graphites but not for virgin or expanded graphite. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.