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Fabrication and characterization of vapor grown carbon nanofiber reinforced flexible polymer composites

Hatice Aylin Karahan Toprakci1,2, Ayse Turgut1,2, Ozan Toprakci1,2

1Yalova University Polymer Engineering Department, Yalova, Turkey                                                           2Yalova University Institute of Science, Yalova, Turkey   



Polymer nanocomposites;

Vapor grown carbon nanofibers (VGCNFs);

Styrene-b-(ethylene-co- butylene)-b-styrene (SEBS);

Mechanical characterization

In this study, highly flexible polymer nanocomposites that can be stretched more than 9 times their original length were successfully fabricated by using poly [styrene-b-(ethylene-co-butylene)-b-styrene] (SEBS) and vapor grown carbon nanofibers (VGCNFs). Two different polymers were used in order to investigate the effects of the polymer molecular weight on viscosity, morphological and mechanical properties of the samples. Mixing was carried out by a planetary high shear mixer for various levels of VGCNFs and SEBS. Nanocomposites were prepared by the combination of solvent casting and compression molding. Viscosity measurements were carried out as a function of filler ratio for both polymers. Higher molecular weight and higher filler ratio led to higher viscosity. Morphological analysis showed homogeneous filler dispersion without any dominant filler orientation throughout the composites with good filler-matrix interface and absence of any pores or voids. Filler content and matrix molecular weight were found significant for mechanical properties. The mechanical strength and elastic modulus of the nanocomposites increased by the addition of VGCNF regardless of the polymer molecular weight. Nanocomposites fabricated by using higher molecular weight polymer showed better mechanical properties. Above mentioned attributes those belong to both polymer composites meet the requirements of flexible electronics and can be used for many applications including micro-electro-mechanical systems, conductive coatings, electromagnetic shielding applications, polymeric sensors and actuators. 

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31/12/2020 Most Cited Award: 

According to the Editorial Board evaluation, the paper authored by Nelson Batista, Rui Melicio, Victor Mendes entitled as “Darrieus vertical axis wind turbines: methodology to study the self-start capabilities considering symmetric and asymmetric airfoils" is awarded the 2020 Most Cited Paper Award of Research on Engineering Structures and Materials (RESM).

31/12/2020 Best Paper Award:

According to the Advisory Board decision, the paper authored by Marcelo Mesquita do Amaral, Matheus Wanglon Ferreira and Mauro de Vasconcellos Real entitled as “A simplified method for analysis of reinforced concrete beams exposed to fire situation” is awarded the 2020 Best Paper Award of Research on Engineering Structures and Materials (RESM).

02/11/2020 Indexed by SCOPUS: We are informed that our journal is accepted to be included in the SCOPUS Index. See mews for more info.

20/08/2020 Collaboration for IMSTEC 2020: Editorial Board of our journal and Organizing Committee of the 5. International Conference on Material Science and Technology (IMSTEC 2020) have agreed to collaborate. Extended versions of the selected papers from the conference will be published in our journal. For more see Events.

13/11/2019 Data articles as a new type of submision: Editorial Board of our journal have decided to accept a new type of submission: data articles. The focus of these papers is only on data and how it is collected but not on its interpretation and drawn conclusions. For more see News section.

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2020 Most Cited Paper Award:

The paper authored by Nelson Batista, Rui Melicio, Victor Mendes entitled as “Darrieus vertical axis wind turbines: methodology to study the self-start capabilities considering symmetric and asymmetric airfoils" is awarded the

2020 Best Paper Award:

The paper authored by Ahsen Ünal, Işıl Özer, Melek Erol Taygun, Sadriye Küçükbayrak entitled as “Fabrication and in-vitro evaluation of copper doped bioactive glass/polymer composite scaffolds for bone tissue engineering” is awarded the 


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