The Addition of Graphene to Polymer Coatings for Improved Weathering
Author(s)Nuraje, Nurxat; Khan, Shifath I.; Misak, Heath; Asmatulu, Ramazan
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Graphene nanoflakes in different weight percentages were added to polyurethane top coatings, and the coatings were evaluated relative to exposure to two different experimental conditions: one a QUV accelerated weathering cabinet, while the other a corrosion test carried out in a salt spray chamber. After the exposure tests, the surface morphology and chemical structure of the coatings were investigated via atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) imaging. Our results show that the addition of graphene does in fact improve the resistance of the coatings against ultraviolet (UV) degradation and corrosion. It is believed that this process will improve the properties of the polyurethane top coating used in many industries against environmental factors.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Materials Science and Engineering
ISRN Polymer Science
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Nuraje, Nurxat, Shifath I. Khan, Heath Misak, and Ramazan Asmatulu. “The Addition of Graphene to Polymer Coatings for Improved Weathering.” ISRN Polymer Science 2013 (2013): 1–8.
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