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Ultra-high Molecular Weight Polyethylene /Graphite Nanocomposites Prepared by High-energy Cryomilling.

  • Sofía Vazquez-Rodriguez (a1) (a2), Gloria E. Rodríguez-Vázquez (a1) (a2), Selene Sepulveda-Guzman (a1) (a2), Martín E. Reyes-Melo (a1) (a2), Aaron Morelos-Gomez (a3), Rodolfo Cruz-Silva (a4) and Mauricio Terrones (a4) (a5) (a6)...

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Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene/graphite nanocomposites were prepared by high-energy cryogenic milling followed by syntering. Microstructure changes shows that graphite was reduced to graphite nanoplatelets by high-energy cryomilling and partial exfoliation of graphite to few layered graphene nanoplatelets occurred in a small extent. The resulting nanocomposites revealed high electrical conductivity and good mechanical performance. Thermal characterization of the nanocomposites was also carried out by differential scanning calorimetry.

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