Graphite, Graphene, and Their Polymer Nanocomposites

Prithu Mukhopadhyay, Rakesh K. Gupta

© 2012 - CRC Press
Published October 30, 2012
Reference - 631 Pages - 311 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439827796 - CAT# K11372

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• Brings together the work of leading nanomaterials scientists from around the world
• Delineates essential theoretical background and describes graphene’s electronic transport properties, bipartite Bravais lattice, and gapless band structure
• Examines various characterization techniques relevant for graphene produced via different synthetic approaches, using microscopy (AFM, SEM, TEM, and STM) and spectroscopy (Raman, Augur, ARUPS, and XPS)
• Covers processing challenges encountered in the compounding of graphene-based polymer nanocomposites
• Discusses possible cost-efficient methods to produce graphene nanoplatelets in bulk quantities with improved material properties
• Highlights clean energy applications of graphene-based nanomaterials in solar cells, lithium ion batteries, supercapacitors, and catalysts
• Presents examples of mechanical, barrier and fracture behavior of graphene-based polymer nanocomposites
• Contains more than 300 illustrations


Graphite, Graphene, and Their Polymer Nanocomposites presents a compilation of emerging research trends in graphene-based polymer nanocomposites (GPNC). International researchers from several disciplines share their expertise about graphene, its properties, and the behavior of graphene-based composites. Possibly the first published monograph of its kind, this book provides a comprehensive snapshot of graphite, graphene, and their PNCs, including the underlying physics and chemistry, and associated applications. Beginning with an introduction to natural and synthetic graphite, the precursors to graphene, the text describes their properties, characterization techniques, and prominent commercial applications.

The focus then moves to graphene and its unique features, and techniques for its characterization. The chapters cover advances in electrochemical exfoliation of graphite, as well as exfoliation routes to produce graphene and graphite nanoplatelets for polymer composites. They also explore commercial use of graphene-based materials, such as emerging clean energy and pulse laser applications, and use as nanofillers in epoxy-based composites. The authors provide an overview of nanofillers and address two methods for GPNC preparation as well as specialized properties of GPNC. With its multidisciplinary approach, this book provides a broader scientific and engineering perspective necessary for meaningful advancements to take place.


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