Synthesis of polystyrene nanoparticles “armoured” with nanodimensional graphene oxide sheets by miniemulsion polymerization

  • S. H. Che Man, Stuart C. Thickett, Michael R. Whittaker, Per B. Zetterlund
  • Journal of Polymer Science Part A Polymer Chemistry, September 2012, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1002/pola.26341

Polymer-Graphene Nanoparticles

What is it about?

In this paper we report a simple method to create composite nanoparticles, consisting of a polymer core and an 'armoured shell' or coating of graphene oxide.

Why is it important?

This paper is significant in that it represents a simple method towards the preparation of polymer-graphene composites. Graphene is an exciting material with respect to electronic, thermal and material properties, but is highly incompatible with most other materials. Here we used its oxidised derivative - graphene oxide - as a surfactant to make hybrid nanoparticles. These materials can be further explored to prepare functional nanomaterials.

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