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Fabrication of microcellular polymer/graphene nanocomposite foams

Authors

  • Bin Shen,

    1. Ningbo Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials, Ningbo Institute of Material Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo, China
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  • Wentao Zhai,

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    • Ningbo Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials, Ningbo Institute of Material Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo, China
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  • Dingding Lu,

  • Wenge Zheng,

    Corresponding author
    • Ningbo Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials, Ningbo Institute of Material Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo, China
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  • Qing Yan


Correspondence to: Wentao Zhai, Wenge Zheng, Ningbo Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials, Ningbo Institute of Material Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo, Zhejiang Province 315201, China. E-mail: wtzhai@nimte.ac.cn, wgzheng@nimte.ac.cn

Abstract

Graphene has recently gained revolutionary aspirations because of its remarkable electronic, thermal and mechanical properties. These unique properties make it promising for preparing multifunctional nanocomposites. In recent years, polymer foams based on graphene have also received increasing attention in both the scientific and industrial communities. This review presents an overview of polymer/graphene nanocomposite foams discussing the production of graphene, the polymer functionalization of graphene and different polymer/graphene foams with different properties. One of the most promising avenues is to fabricate tough and lightweight materials with superior electrical and electromagnetic interference shielding properties. Copyright © 2012 Society of Chemical Industry

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