Electrospun CF-PHA nanocomposites: Effect of surface modifications of carbon fibers

Xing Jin, Ying Fan, Yanming Xue, Liwei Wu, Ying Lu, Jinpeng Chen, Xuepeng Wang, Dongmei Dong, Fanbin Meng, Yuebin Lu, Jeffery T. Wood, Chengchun Tang

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Biodegradable polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) based polymer nanocomposite filled with nanoscale carbon fibers (CFs) were prepared by electrospinning. To enhance the processability and thermal properties of the composites, the carbon fibers were treated with chemical reagents, namely n-octanol, silane coupling agent (KH-550), and nitric acid (HNO3). The SEM result shows that the composite fibers with nitric acid treated CFs have the finest diameters and many uniform thickness distributions. All surface treatments on carbon fibers have increased the glass transition temperatures and crystallinities of the composites, with nitric acid treatment being the best. The improvements further depended on the volume fraction of the carbon fibers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-267
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 24 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Hebei Province (Grant No. E2012202114), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 51172060 and 51171056), and the National Basic Research Program of China (973 Programs, No. 2011CB612301).


  • Electrospinning
  • PHA
  • nano carbon fibers
  • surface modification
  • thermal properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering (all)
  • Polymers and Plastics


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