The present paper describes the addition of nitroxide-functionalized graphene oxide (GOFT) into polyamide 6 (PA6) micro- and nanofibers, which were obtained through electrospinning. SEM micrographs demonstrated the presence of fibers. Tensile testing presented an unexpected and non-obvious behavior, in which the Young’s modulus, tensile strength, and elongation simultaneously and remarkably increased compared to the pristine polymer nanofibers. GOFT induces the hydrogen bonding between the NH group from PA6 with the functional groups, thus promoting higher crystallinity of the polymer matrix. Nonetheless, deconvoluted DSC curves revealed the presence of two quasi-steady polymorphous (b and d phases) contributing to 46% of the total crystallinity. This evidence suggests that their presence and high-ratios are responsible for the unexpected and simultaneous enhancement of tensile properties.
Macossay-Torres, Javier; Avila-Vega, Yazmin I.; Sheikh, Faheem A.; Cantu, Travis; Longoria-Rodriguez, Francisco E.; Ramirez-Soria, Edgar H.; Advincula, Rigoberto C.; and Bonilla-Cruz, Jose, "The Role of α, γ, and Metastable Polymorphs on Electrospun Polyamide 6/Functionalized Graphene Oxide" (2011). Chemistry Faculty Publications and Presentations. 70.
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