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posted by Nicholas Kamar E-mail, Michigan State University Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, 07.10.2014, 09:15

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Fullerene-epoxy nanocomposites-enhanced mechanical properties at low nanofiller loading

Mohammad A. Rafiee [1], Fazel Yavari [1], Javad Rafiee [1], Nikhil Koratkar [1]
[1] Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180, USA

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J. Nanopart. Res. 13, 2 (2011)

DOI: 10.1007/s11051-010-0073-5

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This paper demonstrates significant enhancements in modulus, strength and fracture toughness of epoxies with low loadings of fullerenes (up to 1 wt%). The authors propose that C60 should be easier to disperse in epoxies than tubular- or platelet-type nanostructures, as it is spherical in shape and cannot entangle (like nanotubes) or stack (like graphenes). Furthermore, the addition of C60 to the epoxy did not reduce the composite tensile strength at any of the concentrations investigated in this study.

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