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Physico‐mechanical properties of nano‐polystyrene‐decorated graphene oxide–epoxy composites.

Khobragade, Prashant S.; Hansora, Dharmesh P.; Naik, Jitendra B.; Njuguna, James; Mishra, Satyendra


Prashant S. Khobragade

Dharmesh P. Hansora

Jitendra B. Naik

Satyendra Mishra


In this work, nano polystyrene (nPS) decorated graphene oxide (GO) hybrid nanostructures were successfully synthesized using stepwise micro emulsion polymerization, and characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffractometer (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). XRD and FTIR spectra revealed the existence of a strong interaction between the nPS and GO, which implies that the polymer chains were successfully grafted onto the surface of the GO. The nPS decorated GO hybrid nanostructures were compounded with epoxy by hand lay-up technique, and the effect of the nPS-GO on the mechanical, thermal and surface morphological properties of the epoxy matrix was investigated by Universal tensile machine (UTM), Izod impact tester, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and contact angle measurement by a goniometer. It was observed that in the epoxy matrix, GO improved the compatibility.


KHOBRAGADE, P.S., HANSORA, D.P., NAIK, J.B., NJUGUNA, J. and MISHRA, S. 2017. Physico-mechanical properties of nano polystyrene decorated graphene oxide-epoxy composites. Polymer international [online], 66(10), pages 1402-1409. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 24, 2017
Online Publication Date Apr 26, 2017
Publication Date Oct 31, 2017
Deposit Date May 18, 2017
Publicly Available Date Apr 27, 2018
Journal Polymer international
Print ISSN 0959-8103
Electronic ISSN 1097-0126
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 66
Issue 10
Pages 1402-1409
Keywords nPS; GO hybrid nanostructures; Epoxy; Mechanical; Thermal; Physical properties
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