Mechanical and electro-mechanical properties of three-dimensional nanoporous graphene-poly(vinylidene fluoride) composites

Guangping Zheng, Z. Y. Jiang, Z. Han, J. H. Yang

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Three-dimensional nanoporous graphene monoliths are utilized to prepare graphene-poly(vinylidene fluoride) nanocomposites with enhanced mechanical and electro-mechanical properties. Pre-treatment of the polymer (poly(vinylidene fluoride), PVDF) with graphene oxides (GOs) facilitates the formation of uniform and thin PVDF films with a typical thickness below 100 nm well coated at the graphene nano-sheets. Besides their excellent compressibility, ductility and mechanical strength, the nanoporous graphene-PVDF nanocomposites are found to possess high sensitivity in strain-dependent electrical conductivity. The improved mechanical and electro-mechanical properties are ascribed to the enhanced crystalline β phase in PVDF which possesses piezoelectricity. The mechanical relaxation analyses on the interfaces between graphene and PVDF reveal that the improved mechanical and electro-mechanical properties could result from the interaction between the –C=O groups in the nanoporous graphene and the –CF2groups in PVDF, which also explains the important role of GOs in the preparation of the graphene-polymer nanocomposites with superior combined mechanical and electro-mechanical properties.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)730-741
Number of pages12
JournalExpress Polymer Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016


  • Dynamic mechanical relaxation
  • Ferroelectric polymers
  • Mechanical properties
  • Nanoporous graphene
  • Processing technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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