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Highly compressive boron nitride nanotube aerogels reinforced with reduced graphene oxide

journal contribution
posted on 01.06.2019, 00:00 authored by M Wang, T Zhang, D Mao, Y Yao, X Zeng, L Ren, Qiran CaiQiran Cai, Srikanth MatetiSrikanth Mateti, Luhua LiLuhua Li, G Du, R Sun, Ying (Ian) ChenYing (Ian) Chen, J B Xu, C P Wong
Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs), structural analogues of carbon nanotubes, have attracted significant attention due to their superb thermal conductivity, wide bandgap, excellent hydrogen storage capacity, and thermal and chemical stability. Despite considerable progress in the preparation and surface functionalization of BNNTs, it remains a challenge to assemble one-dimensional BNNTs into three-dimensional (3D) architectures (such as aerogels) for practical applications. Here, we report a highly compressive BNNT aerogel reinforced with reduced graphene oxide (rGO) fabricated using a freeze-drying method. The reinforcement effect of rGO and 3D honeycomb-like framework offer the BNNTs/rGO aerogel with a high compression resilience. The BNNTs/rGO aerogels were then infiltrated with polyethylene glycol to prepare a kind of phase change materials. The prepared phase change material composites show zero leakage even at 100 °C and enhanced thermal conductivity, due to the 3D porous structure of the BNNTs/rGO aerogel. This work provides a simple method for the preparation of 3D BNNTs/rGO aerogels for many potential applications, such as high-performance polymer composites.

History

Journal

ACS Nano

Volume

13

Issue

7

Pagination

7402 - 7409

Publisher

American Chemical Society

Location

Washington, D.C.

ISSN

1936-0851

eISSN

1936-086X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2019, American Chemical Society.