Category: Transient Plane Source
Keywords: Melt Compounding, nanocomposites, Polymer composites, TEM, Thermal Conductivity, Thermogravimetic Analysis, Transmission electron microscopy, Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Vapor-Grown Carbon Nanofiber, Vapor-Grown Carbon Nanofiber (VGCF), VGCF, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
Abstract: Vapor-grown carbon nanofiber (VGCF) was functionalized by the covalent bonding of polylactide (PLA) in order to generate a composite known as PLA-g-VGCF. This is a multiple step process and does not produce the same composites as regular melt compounding (VGCF/PLA). This new composite was characterized by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, TGA and TEM in order to quantify and qualify the newly prepared composites, which showed 'remarkable improvement' over the melt compounded VGCF/PLA composites.
Reference: Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 42, 8 (2011) 928-934