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The effects of amine-modified graphene oxide on dispersion and micro-hardness of epoxy based nanocomposites are reported. Graphene oxide was prepared by the modified Hummers method followed by hexamethylenediamine functionalization. Analysis conducted through Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy-based infrared spectroscopy show that the functionalization process effectively promoted a replacement of oxygen with amine groups while simultaneously creating defects in the graphitic structure. An increase in hardness was observed for the developed nanocomposites.


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Surfaces and Interfaces





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