Polymer/Halloysite nanotubes composites: Mechanical robustness and optical transmittance

Kenan Song, Michael F. Rubner, Robert E. Cohen, Khalid A. Askar

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Halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) have attracted attention for their potential use in a variety of applications owing to their mechanical robustness, thermal stability, natural abundance and low cost. The inclusion of HNTs into epoxy matrix at low concentrations was found to be effective in stiffening and hardening. At 1 vol% loading, composites showed improvements up to 50% in modulus and 100% in hardness compared to pure epoxy, based on nanoindentation measurements. In addition, tribology studies using TriboIndenter and AFM showed an increase of wear resistance; depending on their orientation in the composite, HNTs can decrease the scratch volume by 50% at fixed loading levels. Adding HNTs into epoxy had almost no effect on the transmittance over the range of wavelength from 400 to 700 nm. Transmittance values of 91% were observed for HNT concentrations as high as 10 vol%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-32
Number of pages6
JournalMRS Advances
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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