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dc.contributor.authorHegde, Marutien
dc.contributor.authorYang, Linen
dc.contributor.authorVita, Francescoen
dc.contributor.authorFox, Ryan J.en
dc.contributor.authorvan de Watering, Reneeen
dc.contributor.authorNorder, Benen
dc.contributor.authorLafont, Ugoen
dc.contributor.authorFrancescangeli, Orianoen
dc.contributor.authorMadsen, Louis A.en
dc.contributor.authorPicken, Stephen J.en
dc.contributor.authorSamulski, Edward T.en
dc.contributor.authorDingemans, Theo J.en
dc.description.abstractCombining polymers with small amounts of stiff carbon-based nanofillers such as graphene or graphene oxide is expected to yield low-density nanocomposites with exceptional mechanical properties. However, such nanocomposites have remained elusive because of incompatibilities between fillers and polymers that are further compounded by processing difficulties. Here we report a water-based process to obtain highly reinforced nanocomposite films by simple mixing of two liquid crystalline solutions: a colloidal nematic phase comprised of graphene oxide platelets and a nematic phase formed by a rod-like high-performance aramid. Upon drying the resulting hybrid biaxial nematic phase, we obtain robust, structural nanocomposites reinforced with graphene oxide.en
dc.description.sponsorshipN.W.O. VIDI grantNetherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) [07560]; U.S. National Science FoundationNational Science Foundation (NSF) [DMR 1810194]; National Institute of Health, National Institute of General Medical SciencesUnited States Department of Health & Human ServicesNational Institutes of Health (NIH) - USANIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) [P41 GM111244]; Department of Energy Office of Biological and Environmental ResearchUnited States Department of Energy (DOE) [KP1605010]; NIHUnited States Department of Health & Human ServicesNational Institutes of Health (NIH) - USA [S10 OD012331]; DOE Office of ScienceUnited States Department of Energy (DOE) [DE-SC0012704]en
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution 4.0 Internationalen
dc.titleStrong graphene oxide nanocomposites from aqueous hybrid liquid crystalsen
dc.typeArticle - Refereeden
dc.contributor.departmentMacromolecules Innovation Institute (MII)en
dc.description.notesWe acknowledge Jianwei Gao's (Delft University of Technology) help in the synthesis of PBDT and PBDI. We thank Jure Zlopasa (Delft University of Technology) for helpful discussion on nanocomposites and Ying Wang (Virginia Tech) for helpful discussions on X-ray scattering of PBDT. We also acknowledge M. Pisani (Universita Politecnica delle Marche), D. Hermida-Merino (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, DUBBLE at ESRF) and C. Ferrero (ESRF) for support in the synchrotron XRD measurements. T.J.D. acknowledges his N.W.O. VIDI grant, project no. 07560, which supported a major part of this work. L.A.M. acknowledges the U.S. National Science Foundation under award number DMR 1810194. The LiX beamline is part of the Life Science Biomedical Technology Research resource, jointly supported by the National Institute of Health, National Institute of General Medical Sciences under Grant P41 GM111244, and by the Department of Energy Office of Biological and Environmental Research under Grant KP1605010, with additional support from NIH Grant S10 OD012331. NSLS-II is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility operated for the DOE Office of Science by Brookhaven National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-SC0012704.en
dc.title.serialNature Communicationsen

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