Preparation and characterization of composites based on poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-chlorotrifluoroethylene) and carbon nanofillers : a comparative study of exfoliated graphite nanoplates and multi-walled carbon nanotubes: a comparative study of exfoliated graphite nanoplates and multi-walled carbon nanotubes

Bo Lin, Li Hong Pan, Dong Liang Shi, Hua Kun Huang, Fu An He, Kwok Ho Lam, Hui Jun Wu

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In this work, the crystal structure, thermal conductivity, as well as dielectric and electrical properties of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-chlorotrifluoroethylene) [P(VDF-CTFE)] filled with two different carbon nanofillers including exfoliated graphite nanoplates (xGNPs) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) have been compared. The xGNPs and the MWCNTs were well dispersed in the P(VDF-CTFE) matrix using a simple solution-blending process. The xGNPs have the ability to induce the large amount of useful polar β and γ crystal phases for P(VDF-CTFE) via the relatively strong interfacial interaction between their functional groups and the dipoles of P(VDF-CTFE), while the MWCNTs only produce the relatively low amount of β crystal phases for P(VDF-CTFE) due to their weak π-dipole interactions with P(VDF-CTFE). It was found that both the electrical conductivity and dielectric properties of xGNPs/P(VDF-CTFE) composite were better than those of MWCNTs/P(VDF-CTFE) composite. The thermal conductivities of xGNPs/P(VDF-CTFE) composites were much higher when compared with those of MWCNTs/P(VDF-CTFE) composites at the same filler content, which is probably owing to the better compatibility between xGNPs and P(VDF-CTFE). For example, the thermal conductivities of xGNPs (5 wt%)/P(VDF-CTFE) composite and MWCNTs (5 wt%)/P(VDF-CTFE) composite were 0.83 W/mK and 0.43 W/mK, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2256-2270
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Materials Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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