Recent advances in nanocomposite materials of graphene derivatives with polysaccharides

  • Terzopoulou Z
  • Kyzas G
  • Bikiaris D
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Abstract

This review article presents the recent advances in syntheses and applications of nanocomposites consisting of graphene derivatives with various polysaccharides. Graphene has recently attracted much interest in the materials field due to its unique 2D structure and outstanding properties. To follow, the physical and mechanical properties of graphene are then introduced. However it was observed that the synthesis of graphene-based nanocomposites had become one of the most important research frontiers in the application of graphene. Therefore, this review also summarizes the recent advances in the synthesis of graphene nanocomposites with polysaccharides, which are abundant in nature and are easily synthesized bio-based polymers. Polysaccharides can be classified in various ways such as cellulose, chitosan, starch, and alginates, each group with unique and different properties. Alginates are considered to be ideal for the preparation of nanocomposites with graphene derivatives due to their environmental-friendly potential. The characteristics of such nanocomposites are discussed here and are compared with regard to their mechanical properties and their various applications.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Alginates
  • Applications
  • Cellulose
  • Chitosan
  • Graphene
  • Mechanical properties
  • Nanocomposites
  • Polysaccharides
  • Starch

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