A study on interfacial behaviors of epoxy/graphene oxide derived from pitch-based graphite fibers
Graphene oxide (GO) is a versatile material with inherent unique properties that can be used in a wide range of applications. GO is produced from graphitic materials including graphite, and its properties can depend on the nature of stacking in the graphene structures. In this study, GO was prepared from pitch-based graphite fibers via the modified Hummer's method and subsequently incorporated into an epoxy matrix to obtain grapheneloaded nanocomposites (EP/GO). Presented experimental results revealed that the addition of 0.6 wt% GO yielded an similar to 110% increase in the fracture toughness. The corresponding fracture energies as well as the flexural strengths and flexural modulus exhibited similar trends to the fracture toughness. The thermophysical properties of the EP/GO, to further demonstrate the reinforcing effectiveness of GO, were also observed. Collectively, these results indicate that GO investigated in the study can be a viable reinforcement candidate to develop next-generation nanocomposites with multifunctional properties.