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Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 49, Issue 6, pp 2567–2570 | Cite as

Highly conductive graphene-based segregated composites prepared by particle templating

  • Nicholas Heeder
  • Abayomi Yussuf
  • Fei Guo
  • Indrani Chakraborty
  • Michael P. Godfrin
  • Robert Hurt
  • Anubhav Tripathi
  • Arijit Bose
  • Arun Shukla
Article

Abstract

We use capillary-driven particle level templating and hot melt pressing to disperse few-layer graphene flakes within a polystyrene matrix to enhance the electrical conductivity of the polymer. The conducting pathways provided by the graphene located at the particle surfaces through contact of the bounding surfaces allow percolation at a loading of less than 0.01 % by volume. This method of distributing graphene within a matrix overcomes the need to disperse the sheet-like conducting fillers isotropically within the polymer, and can be scaled up easily.

Keywords

Graphene Oxide Percolation Threshold HDPE UHMWPE Liquid Bridge 
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Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge the financial support provided by the Rhode Island Science & Technology Advisory Council as well as Research Experiences for Undergraduates National Science Foundation (CMMI 1233887).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas Heeder
    • 1
  • Abayomi Yussuf
    • 1
  • Fei Guo
    • 2
  • Indrani Chakraborty
    • 3
  • Michael P. Godfrin
    • 4
  • Robert Hurt
    • 2
  • Anubhav Tripathi
    • 4
  • Arijit Bose
    • 3
  • Arun Shukla
    • 1
  1. 1.Dynamic Photo Mechanics Laboratory, Department of Mechanical, Industrial & Systems EngineeringUniversity of Rhode IslandKingstonUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation, School of EngineeringBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  3. 3.Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of Rhode IslandKingstonUSA
  4. 4.Center for Biomedical Engineering, School of EngineeringBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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