We studied novel technique to enhance the thermal conductivity of epoxy nanocomposites using graphene coated poly-methyl-methacrylate (PMMA) balls. PMMA balls with a diameter in the range of 200–300 nm were synthesized using suspension polymerization. These balls were coated with chemically reduced graphene oxide to form a core–shell additive and dispersed in epoxy. Thermal conductivity measurements of bulk samples of graphene-coated PMMA (GPMMA) epoxy nanocomposite were carried out and compared with baseline samples comprised of graphene nanosheets (not in the core–shell form) dispersed in the epoxy resin. Results show that the addition of 1% (by weight) GPMMA balls increases thermal conductivity by 7-fold. By contrast, the addition of 1% (by weight) of graphene nanosheets (not in the core–shell form) only improves thermal conductivity of the nanocomposite by approximately 3-fold. We attribute this improvement in thermal performance to more uniform dispersion and improved phonon conduction pathways for the GPMMA core–shell additive.
Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 1, Advanced Materials: TechConnect Briefs 2018
Published: May 13, 2018
Pages: 62 - 65
Industry sector: Advanced Materials & Manufacturing
Topics: Carbon Nano Structures & Devices, Graphene & 2D-Materials