Synthesis of a novel reactive compatibilizer with large surface area and the application in monomer casting nylon/polyethylene–octene elastomer blends
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Graphene oxide (GO) can be used as surfactants in numerous technological fields. For this study, functionalized GO was used as a novel reactive compatibilizer with large surface area to compatibilize immiscible polymer blends. The compatibilizer is composed of three parts with non-polar polymer chain, polar segment and GO sheet, which appears to be of more practical significance and can greatly expand the compatibilizing range. Monomer casting nylon (MC nylon)/polyethylene–octene elastomer (POE) was chosen as the immiscible polymer pairs to investigate the compatibility and comprehensive properties of the compatibilizer. With the incorporation of the novel reactive compatibilizer (GO-TEPAF-POE), the immiscible blends exhibited better compatibility and the dispersion of the minor phase (POE) is remarkably improved without obvious agglomerates. Moreover, GO-TEPAF-POE also acts as multifunctional fillers for MC nylon/POE blends, thus enhancing their mechanical properties and thermal stability. In particular, the notched impact strength values sharply increase by 84 % as opposed to the neat MC nylon. The novel compatibilizer with large surface area may broaden its potential application and fully exploits the extraordinary properties of these appealing carbon nanomaterials.
KeywordsGraphite Oxide Graphite Oxide Thermal Gravimetric Analysis Compatibilizing Effect Trimethyl Ammonium Chloride
The authors acknowledge the financial support from the Hebei Province Applied Basic Research Foundation (14961210D) and Colleges and Universities in Hebei Province Science and Technology Research Projects (ZD20131071).
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