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    Thermal degradation kinetics and modeling study of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (Uhmwp)/graphene nanocomposite

    , Article Molecules ; Volume 26, Issue 6 , 2021 ; 14203049 (ISSN) Jafari, I ; Shakiba, M ; Khosravi, F ; Ramakrishna, S ; Abasi, E ; Teo, Y. S ; Kalaee, M ; Abdouss, M ; Ahmad Ramazani, S. A ; Moradi, O ; Ghomi, E. R ; Sharif University of Technology
    MDPI AG  2021
    The incorporation of nanofillers such as graphene into polymers has shown significant improvements in mechanical characteristics, thermal stability, and conductivity of resulting polymeric nanocomposites. To this aim, the influence of incorporation of graphene nanosheets into ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) on the thermal behavior and degradation kinetics of UHMWPE/graphene nanocomposites was investigated. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis revealed that graphene nanosheets were uniformly spread throughout the UHMWPE’s molecular chains. X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) data posited that the morphology of dispersed graphene sheets in UHMWPE was exfoliated. Non-isothermal...