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• Silica- and diatomite-modified fluorine rubber nanocomposites

To find the most suitable filler system for fluorine rubber, a simple and green method to introduce a limited content of silanol groups on the surfaces of silica and fluorine rubber was studied. Fluorine rubber nano-composites wereprepared by using nano-silica, diatomite and carbon black as the reinforcement and filler and the coupling agents KH550, KH590 or Si69 as the compatibilizer between the filler and fluorine rubber. The structure and morphology of the composites were investigated by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results showed that the most suitable filler system for fluorine rubber was the diatomite and silica compound (8:12 mass ratio), the best coupling agent was KH550 at 2 parts per hundred rubber (phr). The modified compound filler was silanized with the coupling agent KH550 for fluorine rubber by FTIR analysis, the compatibility between the filler and fluorine rubber was improved by SEM analysis and further confirmed by thermogravimetric analysis to improve the thermal properties of fluorine rubber with the filler compound system.

• Silicone rubber composites fabricated using KH550-modified poplar leaves graphene

Silicone rubber (SR) composites were fabricated using poplar leaves graphene (PG). PG was synthesized from poplar leaves and modified-poplar leaves graphene (MPG) was obtained by treating graphene with a silane coupling agent $\gamma$-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (KH550). The biosynthesized PG and MPG were characterized by using organic elemental analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The PGmodified SR composites were studied by using their mechanical properties, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, SEM and thermogravimetric analysis. The results showed that the PG synthesized by poplar leaves had high-carbon content and purity. The MPG was more evenly dispersed into SR than the PG, the mechanical properties of the MPG/SR composites were better than those of the PG/SR when the MPG content was 0.1 phr (parts per hundred rubber), the tensile strength and elongation at break were increased by 36.2 and 19.4% respectively and the wear resistance was increased by 57.1%. The thermal stability of the MPG/SR was higher than that of the PG/SR and SR. This important discovery could not only solve the problem of the origin of graphene, but also broaden the application of SR composites.

• # Bulletin of Materials Science

Volume 44, 2021
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• # Dr Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar for Science and Technology

Posted on October 12, 2020

Prof. Subi Jacob George — Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur, Bengaluru
Chemical Sciences 2020