Graphene and Graphene-Based Polymer Composites: From Preparation to Applications
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The mechanical, electrical, thermal, magnetic, optical, and biological properties of graphene have attracted a significant amount of attention from the research community since the isolation of single-atom-thick graphene layers. Presenting a very high surface-to-volume ratio, relatively simple processability, and low cost, graphene and graphene-related materials were soon identified as promising nanofillers for polymer matrixes. Reports have shown substantial property enhancements for graphene–polymer composites (GPC) at very low filler loadings. Uses of GPC in varied fields, such as energy, electronics, catalysis, separation and purification, biomedicine, aerospace, tribology, etc., have been demonstrated and, in some cases, put into industrial practice. However, challenges still exist. Platelet agglomeration within the polymer matrix is often seen to hinder performance improvements. Poor interfacial adhesion between filler and matrix is also a limiting factor in many systems, demanding surface chemistry tuning to promote physical or chemical interactions with the polymer chains. The range of routes for fabrication of graphene-related materials, leading to different morphologies, oxidation states, and degrees of platelet exfoliation, has an impact on the final properties of the composites that has not yet been fully addressed. Some argue that the potential of graphene, and its advantages in relation to other nanofillers, has not yet been clearly demonstrated for polymer composites.
This Special Issue will cover basic scientific and engineering aspects, such as novel manufacturing approaches for graphene-based composites and their structural manipulation for a diverse range of applications, involving, but not limited to, pharmaceutical nanotechnology, tissue engineering, energy storage, water treatment, catalysis, 5G Communications, and optoelectronics. We would like to invite you to submit a manuscript to this Special Issue. Short communications, full papers, and reviews related to graphene-based composites are all welcome.
Prof. Dr. Guohua Chen
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- graphene-based composites
- graphene oxide
- surface functionalization
- fabrication approaches
- materials properties