Preparation and tribological behaviors of poly (ether ether ketone) nanocomposite films containing graphene oxide nanosheets

  • Hao-Jie Song
  • Na Li
  • Jin Yang
  • Chun-Ying Min
  • Zhao-zhu Zhang
Research Paper


The composite films of poly (ether ether ketone) (PEEK) filled with different proportions of graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets were prepared by the cast method. The tribological behaviors of the composite films under boundary lubrication (water and liquid paraffin oil lubrication) were investigated and compared with that under dry sliding on an UMT-2 friction and wear machine, by running a steel sphere against the composite films. The results were as follows: GO nanosheets as the filler greatly improve the wear resistance of PEEK under boundary lubrication, though the composites show a different dependence of wear resistance on the filler content. Scanning electron microscopy and optical microscopy performed to analyze the wear scar surfaces after friction confirmed that the outstanding lubrication performance of GO could be attributed to their small size and extremely thin laminated structure, which allow the GO to easily enter the contact area, thereby preventing the rough surfaces from coming into direct contact.


PEEK composite films GO nanosheets Tribological properties Boundary lubrication 



This work has been supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China (50903040, 51103065), the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions, and the Foundation of State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication (1202).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hao-Jie Song
    • 1
  • Na Li
    • 1
  • Jin Yang
    • 1
  • Chun-Ying Min
    • 1
  • Zhao-zhu Zhang
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Materials Science and EngineeringJiangsu UniversityZhenjiangChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical PhysicsChinese Academy of SciencesLanzhouChina

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