, Volume 70, Issue 6, pp 829–836 | Cite as

Graphene-Reinforced Metal and Polymer Matrix Composites

  • Ashish K. Kasar
  • Guoping Xiong
  • Pradeep L. Menezes
Metal and Polymer Matrix Composites


Composites have tremendous applicability due to their excellent capabilities. The performance of composites mainly depends on the reinforcing material applied. Graphene is successful as an efficient reinforcing material due to its versatile as well as superior properties. Even at very low content, graphene can dramatically improve the properties of polymer and metal matrix composites. This article reviews the fabrication followed by mechanical and tribological properties of metal and polymer matrix composites filled with different kinds of graphene, including single-layer, multilayer, and functionalized graphene. Results reported to date in literature indicate that functionalized graphene or graphene oxide-polymer composites are promising materials offering significantly improved strength and frictional properties. A similar trend of improved properties has been observed in case of graphene-metal matrix composites. However, achieving higher graphene loading with uniform dispersion in metal matrix composites remains a challenge. Although graphene-reinforced composites face some challenges, such as understanding the graphene-matrix interaction or fabrication techniques, graphene-reinforced polymer and metal matrix composites have great potential for application in various fields due to their outstanding properties.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ashish K. Kasar
    • 1
  • Guoping Xiong
    • 1
  • Pradeep L. Menezes
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of Nevada RenoRenoUSA

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