Preparation of exfoliated epoxy/alpha-zirconium phosphate nanocomposites containing high aspect ratio nanoplatelets Academic Article uri icon


  • High-crystallinity -zirconium phosphate (-ZrP) crystals which contain stacks of high aspect ratio nanoplatelets were synthesized and exfoliated with tetra-n-butylammonium hydroxide in aqueous dispersion. The exfoliated -ZrP nanoplatelets were then transferred into water-miscible organic solvents, such as acetone, by centrifugation and re-dispersion. The resulting exfoliated -ZrP nanoplatelets in organic solvents can be easily utilized to prepare polymer nanocomposites. Through such an approach, epoxy/-ZrP nanocomposites containing high aspect ratio -ZrP nanoplatelets have been prepared. The presence of the well-exfoliated nanocomposite structure is confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. 2007 American Chemical Society.

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altmetric score

  • 6

author list (cited authors)

  • Sun, L., Boo, W. J., Sun, D., Clearfield, A., & Sue, H.

citation count

  • 146

complete list of authors

  • Sun, Luyi||Boo, Woong J||Sun, Dazhi||Clearfield, Abraham||Sue, Hung-Jue

publication date

  • April 2007