Graphene functional fluids
The potential areas for applications of polymer nanocomposites extend from aerospace and automotive industries to paints & coatings and oil, coolants and lubricants. Such nanocomposites offer exciting step changes in both structural and functional material performance because of the exceptionally high interfacial area between the nanofiller and matrix. Graphene promises to be the ultimate additive for a variety of polymer and fluid based matrices given the outstanding and often unsurpassed electronic, mechanical and thermal properties. However, to date true commercial applications have yet to be realized or implemented.
Processing is crucial in determining the performance of the final product or graphene material. The comparable length-scales between graphene nanofillers and the polymer chains found in base oils, coolants, lubricants and coating components (all functional fluids) provides a new challenge for composite formulation and processing: strong flows impact the stretching of polymer chains and the ordering, orientation and dispersion of the nanofiller. Control of these nanoscale phenomena by combining process-engineering technologies with new knowledge and methodologies on surface functionalization and interfacial interactions provides a significant window of opportunity for realizing the commercial potential of graphene functional fluids through better material performance.
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