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Preparation of composite materials by using graphene oxide as a surfactant in ab initio emulsion polymerization systems

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Thickett, SC and Zetterlund, PB, Preparation of composite materials by using graphene oxide as a surfactant in ab initio emulsion polymerization systems, ACS Macro Letters, 2, (7) pp. 630-634. ISSN 2161-1653 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 American Chemical Society

DOI: doi:10.1021/mz400280t

Abstract

In this letter, we report a simple and unexpected method of producing polymer–graphene oxide (GO) composite materials via ab initio emulsion polymerization in water. On the basis of the recent reports concerning the surfactant-like behavior of GO for stabilizing oil-in-water emulsions, we prepared exfoliated GO sheets with lateral dimension approximately 200 nm for use as surfactant in the emulsion polymerization of styrene. We observed an expected "classic" surfactant behavior to produce stable nanoparticles at extremely low GO loadings (<0.1% w/w); however, at higher concentrations a highly aggregated, fibrous morphology was formed. This morphology is predominantly due to the electrolyte concentration (ionic strength) of the aqueous phase resulting in heterocoagulation of growing oligomers with dispersed GO sheets, which offers a convenient route toward preparing hybrid materials.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry
Research Field:Synthesis of Materials
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences
Author:Thickett, SC (Dr Stuart Thickett)
ID Code:99426
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:35
Deposited By:Chemistry
Deposited On:2015-03-24
Last Modified:2017-10-24
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