Rapid surface functionalization of carbon fibres using microwave irradiation in an ionic liquid

Beggs, Kathleen M., Perus, Magenta D., Servinis, Linden, O'Dell, Luke A., Fox, Bronwyn L., Gengenbach, Thomas R. and Henderson, Luke C. 2016, Rapid surface functionalization of carbon fibres using microwave irradiation in an ionic liquid, RSC advances, vol. 6, pp. 32480-32483, doi: 10.1039/c6ra04260k.

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Title Rapid surface functionalization of carbon fibres using microwave irradiation in an ionic liquid
Author(s) Beggs, Kathleen M.
Perus, Magenta D.
Servinis, Linden
O'Dell, Luke A.ORCID iD for O'Dell, Luke A. orcid.org/0000-0002-7760-5417
Fox, Bronwyn L.
Gengenbach, Thomas R.
Henderson, Luke C.ORCID iD for Henderson, Luke C. orcid.org/0000-0002-4244-2056
Journal name RSC advances
Volume number 6
Start page 32480
End page 32483
Total pages 4
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 2046-2069
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Summary The modification of carbon fibre surfaces has been achieved using a novel combination of low power microwave irradiation (20 W) in both an ionic liquid (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide) and an organic solvent (1,2-dichlorobenzene). The use of the ionic liquid was superior to the organic solvent in this application, resulting in a higher density of surface grafted material. As a consequence, carbon fibres treated in the ionic liquid displayed improved interfacial adhesion in the composite material (+28% relative to untreated fibres) compared to those treated in organic solvent (+18%). The methodology presented herein can be easily scaled up to industrially relevant quantities and represent a drastic reduction in both reaction time (30 min from 24 h) and energy consumption, compared to previously reported procedures. This work opens the door to potential energy and time saving strategies which can be applied to carbon fibre manufacture for high performance carbon fibre reinforced composites.
Language eng
DOI 10.1039/c6ra04260k
Field of Research 030301 Chemical Characterisation of Materials
030503 Organic Chemical Synthesis
030603 Colloid and Surface Chemistry
Socio Economic Objective 970103 Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID DP140100165
Copyright notice ©2016, Royal Society of Chemistry
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