Synthesis and characterization of layer-aligned poly(vinyl alcohol)/graphene nanocomposites

Xiaoming Yang, Liang Li, Songmin Shang, Xiaoming Tao

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Layer-aligned poly(vinyl alcohol)/graphene nanocomposites in the form of films are prepared by reducing graphite oxide in the polymer matrix in a simple solution processing. X-ray diffractions, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetric analysis are used to study the structure and properties of these nanocomposites. The results indicate that graphene is dispersed on a molecular scale and aligned in the poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) matrix and there exists strong interfacial interactions between both components mainly by hydrogen bonding, which are responsible for the change of the structures and properties of the PVA/graphene nanocomposites such as the increase in Tgand the decrease in the level of crystallization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3431-3435
Number of pages5
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2010


  • Mechanical properties
  • Nanocomposites
  • Thermal properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics


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