Enhanced interfacial thermal transport across graphene–polymer interfaces by grafting polymer chains

Wang, Mingchao, Hu, Ning, Zhou, Limin, & Yan, Cheng (2015) Enhanced interfacial thermal transport across graphene–polymer interfaces by grafting polymer chains. Carbon, 85, pp. 414-421.

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Abstract

Thermal transport in graphene-polymer nanocomposite is complicated and has not been well understood. The interfacial thermal transport between graphene nanofiller and polymer matrix is expected to play a key role in controlling the overall thermal performance of graphene-polymer nanocomposite. In this work, we investigated the thermal transport across graphene-polymer interfaces functionalized with end-grafted polymer chains using molecular dynamics simulations. The effects of grafting density, chain length and initial morphology on the interfacial thermal transport were systematically investigated. It was found that end-grafted polymer chains could significantly enhance interfacial thermal transport and the underlying mechanism was considered to be the enhanced vibration coupling between graphene and polymer. In addition, a theoretical model based on effective medium theory was established to predict the thermal conductivity in graphene-polymer nanocomposites.

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ID Code: 79851
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Graphene, Nanocomposites, Interfacial thermal transport, Effective medium theory, Thermal conductivity
DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2015.01.009
ISSN: 0008-6223
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MATERIALS ENGINEERING (091200) > Composite and Hybrid Materials (091202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > INTERDISCIPLINARY ENGINEERING (091500) > Computational Heat Transfer (091502)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Carbon. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Carbon, [VOL 85, (2015)] DOI:10.1016/j.carbon.2015.01.009
Deposited On: 08 Jan 2015 01:33
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2015 22:20

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