Room temperature ionic liquids for epoxy nanocomposite synthesis: Direct dispersion and cure

James A. Throckmorton, Arianna L. Watters, Xing Geng, Giuseppe R. Palmese

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Abstract

Nanocomposites of silica, single-wall carbon nanotubes, and graphite nanoplatelets in an epoxy matrix were prepared using a novel single-step room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) preparation strategy. Silica nanocomposites showed improved fracture toughness and modulus, carbon nanotube composites showed electrical network percolation at 8.6×10-5 volume fraction, and graphite nanoplatelets composites showed electrical percolation at 1.7×10-2 volume fraction. These results were compared with literature results for nanocomposites made with volatile solvents, demonstrating the viability of the RTIL nanocomposite preparation strategy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-44
Number of pages7
JournalComposites Science and Technology
Volume86
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 24 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • General Engineering

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