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Polymer Science: Peer Review Journal

Correlation Between Swelling and Elasticity of Graphene Oxide-Polyacrylamide Composites

  • Open or CloseBüşra Osma1, Önder Pekcan2 and Gülşen Akın Evingür3*

    1Department of Naval Architecture and Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Pîrî Reis University, Turkey

    2Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Kadir Has University, Turkey

    3Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Pîrî Reis University, Turkey

    *Corresponding author: Gülşen Akın Evingür, Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Pîrî Reis University, Tuzla, Istanbul, Turkey

Submission: August 12, 2022;Published: September 06, 2022

DOI: 10.31031/PSPRJ.2022.04.000582

Volume4 Issue2
September , 2022


Composites of Graphene Oxide (GO) and Polyacrylamide (PAAm) have been proposed as promising biomaterials for biomedicine and tissue engineering. The aim of this work is to investigate the relationship between swelling and mechanical properties of these composites and demonstrate the role of Graphene Oxide (GO) on the swelling and elasticity of the composites. Swelling experiments were performed in distilled water at 30 °C, monitoring the steady-state fluorescence intensity in real time, using Py in the GO-PAAm composites as a fluorescence probe. The diffusion coefficients, Dsc and the cooperative diffusion coefficients Dem were calculated using Fick’s model and Li-Tanaka equations, respectively. The mechanical properties of the composites were investigated by the compression test before and after the swelling process. The GO content dependence of the shear modulus of the composites due to the volume phase transition was measured at 30 °C. After the swelling process, the shear modulus of GOPAAm composites decreases with the increase of GO content above 8μl GO, indicating a critical value. An increase in GO content leads to a decrease in swelling capacity due to more cross-links and cross-link densities in the composites.

Keywords: Graphene oxide; Polyacrylamide; Swelling; Elasticity; Composite

Abbreviations: GO: Graphene Oxide; PAAm: Polyacrylamide; SEM: Scanning Electron Microscopy; PVA: Polyvinyl Alcohol

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