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Epoxy Nanocomposite Toughened with Silanized Fullerene

Researchers investigated the effects of fullerene (C60) on the mechanical properties of epoxy nanocomposites. For this purpose, Fullerene (C60) was oxidized first and then silanized using 3-Aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES).  It was claimed that The formation of active functional groups on silanized C60 regulated the polymer assembly and its coordination that enhances scratch recovery index (~32%), wear resistance (~57%) and microhardness (~19 %) of epoxy composites. When silanized C60 was used as nanoreinforcement in epoxy, the tensile strength, elastic modulus, and fracture toughness was enhanced by ~ 28%, ~30%, and ~67.5% respectively for the epoxy nanocomposites.

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More information: ACS Appl. Nano Mater., Just Accepted Manuscript, DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.8b00763

 

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