Improving thermal conductivity of polyethylene/polypropylene by styrene-ethylene-propylene-styrene wrapping hexagonal boron nitride at the phase interface

Xinyi Jing, Yingchun Li, Jiahua Zhu, Lei Chang, Srihari Maganti, Nithesh Naik, Ben Bin Xu, Vignesh Murugadoss, Mina Huang, Zhanhu Guo

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Abstract

In this work, the percentage of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) blend is controlled at 50:50 to make the composite by forming a co-continuous structure with hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN). The h-BN is wrapped by thermoplastic elastomer styrene-ethylene-propylene-styrene (SEPS). This approach enables the localized distribution of h-BN at the interface of the co-continuous structure of PE/PP blend and SEPS phases, allowing the construction of a heat conduction path in the SEPS phase, thereby improving the thermal conductivity of PE/PP. Theoretical calculation predicted the localized distribution of SEPS at the interface of the PE/PP blend to form a co-continuous composite structure. The thermal conductivity of the composites can be improved by 57.7% by adding 10 wt% h-BN, presenting a commercial potential of such composites in certain heat dissipation applications. Graphical abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1090-1099
Number of pages10
JournalAdvanced Composites and Hybrid Materials
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 06-2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)

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