A Review On Graphene Reinforced Plastic Conductive PVC

What is the graphene-reinforced conductive PVC?

 

Graphene-reinforced plastic is a composite material that combines graphene and plastic resins. Commonly used on the market are graphene-reinforced PE, graphene-reinforced conductive PVC, and graphene-reinforced nylon. Graphene conductive PVC is a material composed of graphene and PVC (polyvinyl chloride) materials, which have conductive properties. The principle is to use the high conductivity of graphene and mix it with PVC to make the PVC material have a certain conductive ability. Graphene is a honeycomb-shaped two-dimensional crystal composed of a single layer of hexagonal carbon atoms. Large π bonds are formed between the carbon atoms, which have excellent electrical conductivity. Combining graphene with PVC materials can improve the conductivity of PVC without affecting its original performance, making it suitable for some application fields that require conductive properties, such as anti-static plastics and thermally conductive functional plastics.

 

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Graphene-reinforced plastic has the following characteristics and advantages:

 

  • Improved performance: The addition of graphene can enhance the mechanical properties of plastics, such as tensile strength, hardness, and wear resistance, while also improving electrical conductivity. In addition, the flexibility of the plastic can be enhanced, allowing it to be bent and folded without affecting performance. Graphene-reinforced PE masterbatch is used to make stronger, better-performing films, profiles, and extruded sheets. This material has higher mechanical and thermal properties, is better processable, and allows the plastic to be made thinner.
  • Improved thermal conductivity: Graphene has good thermal conductivity properties and can improve the thermal conductivity efficiency of PVC, giving it better heat dissipation properties in some applications. It is one of the best conductive materials known today.
  • Degradability: Graphene-infused bioplastic developed by British biotech company Toraphene is a biodegradable, compostable, and commercially viable alternative to plastic packaging. The material is stronger, thinner, and less permeable than other materials, improving food safety and extending shelf life.
  • Extended shelf life: Graphene can optimize the barrier properties of plastics, improve food safety, and extend the shelf life of food.
  • Reduce costs: The new graphene-reinforced conductive PVC particles developed by INCHR have good conductivity and can be used as a conductive masterbatch to reduce manufacturing costs and reduce waste in the plastic life cycle.
  • Improve flame retardant properties: The addition of graphene can improve the flame retardant properties of graphene-enhanced conductive PVC particles. Usually, the flame retardancy of graphene-enhanced conductive PVCparticles is V0, making it more difficult to burn in the event of a fire and improving the safety of the material.
  • Functional diversification: By surface modification of graphene, it is functionalized, such as adding anti-oxidation, anti-ultraviolet, antibacterial, and fresh-keeping functions, which further expands the application fields of plastics.

 

However, graphene-reinforced plastic is still in the developmental stage, and issues such as cost, processing technology, and large-scale production need to be further solved. As technology continues to advance, it is believed that graphene-reinforced plastic will play an important role in the future plastics industry.

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