Nanocomposites

icon-nanocomposites.jpg We embed nanoparticles into polymers in order to give these plastics new functionality. We currently focus on functionalized graphenes as nanofillers, with an emphasis on developing materials with excellent mechanical properties [10]. However, graphene can also be used to make rubber electrically conductive [14].

We developed several new techniques to directly measure the mechanical interaction strength between graphene particles and different polymers [15], [17]. This allows us to systematically develop new materials with improved strength and stiffness.

The described experimental techniques are enabling tools which we use for a new approach to nanocomposite development: away from the “trial & error” philosophy, and toward a systematic design of materials with predictable properties.

Our Nanocomposite Research in the Media

May 2012 "Lighter, Stronger, Better" — our research on graphene-based high-performance polymer nanocomposites is featured in the ideation magazine. thum_go-ideation.jpg

Our Press Releases

6 Apr 2016

New Graphene-Based Coatings By Hannes Schniepp

Our new paper shows that putting atomically thin graphene nano-sheets into plastics can make paints and coatings much better.

[33] Polymer (2017) — Hocker, Hudson-Smith, Smith, Komatsu, Dickinson, Schniepp, Kranbuehl
"Graphene oxide reduces the hydrolytic degradation in polyamide-11"
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[30] Surface Innovations (2016) — Dickinson, Kranbuehl & Schniepp*
"Assessing Graphene Oxide/Polymer Interfacial Interactions via Peeling Test"
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[29] Polymer (2016) — Hocker, Hudson-Smith, Schniepp & Kranbuehl
"Enhancing polyimide's water barrier properties through addition of functionalized graphene oxide"
[18] Macromolecules (2011) — Glover, Cai, Overbeek, Kranbuehl & Schniepp*
"In Situ Reduction of Graphene Oxide in Polymers"
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[17] J. Appl. Polym. Sci. B (2011) — Kranbuehl, Cai, Glover & Schniepp*
"Measurement of the interfacial attraction between graphene oxide sheets and the polymer in a nanocomposite"
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[15] AIP Conf. Proc. (2010) — Cai, Glover, Wallin, Kranbuehl & Schniepp*
"Direct Measurement of the Interfacial Attractions between Functionalized Graphene and Polymers in Nanocomposites"
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[14] Appl. Opt. (2010) — Fang, Punckt, Leung, Schniepp & Aksay
"Tuning of structural color using a dielectric actuator and multifunctional compliant electrodes"
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[13] ACS Nano (2008) — Schniepp, Kudin, Li, Car & Aksay
"Bending Properties of Single Functionalized Graphene Sheets Probed by Atomic Force Microscopy"
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[10] Nature Nanotechnol. (2008) — Ramanathan, Abdala, Stankovich, Dikin, Herrera-Alonso, Piner, Adamson, Schniepp, Chen, Ruoff, Nguyen, Aksay, Prud'homme & Brinson
"Functionalized graphene sheets for polymer nanocomposites."
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Nanocomposite Funding

Aug 2015 The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made a 4-year, $324,000 award from the DMREF program (Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future) to Prof. Schniepp, starting Oct. 2015. thum_nsf.jpg
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