Integrated ternary bioinspired nanocomposites via synergistic toughening of reduced graphene oxide and double-walled carbon nanotubes

Shanshan Gong, Wei Cui, Qi Zhang, Anyuan Cao, Lei Jiang, Qunfeng Cheng

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With its synergistic toughening effect and hierarchical micro/nanoscale structure, natural nacre sets a "gold standard" for nacre-inspired materials with integrated high strength and toughness. We demonstrated strong and tough ternary bioinspired nanocomposites through synergistic toughening of reduced graphene oxide and double-walled carbon nanotube (DWNT) and covalent bonding. The tensile strength and toughness of this kind of ternary bioinspired nanocomposites reaches 374.1 ± 22.8 MPa and 9.2 ± 0.8 MJ/m3, which is 2.6 and 3.3 times that of pure reduced graphene oxide film, respectively. Furthermore, this ternary bioinspired nanocomposite has a high conductivity of 394.0 ± 6.8 S/cm and also shows excellent fatigue-resistant properties, which may enable this material to be used in aerospace, flexible energy devices, and artificial muscle. The synergistic building blocks with covalent bonding for constructing ternary bioinspired nanocomposites can serve as the basis of a strategy for the construction of integrated, high-performance, reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-based nanocomposites in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11568-11573
Number of pages6
JournalACS Nano
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • double-walled carbon nanotube
  • graphene oxide
  • integrated
  • synergistic toughening
  • ternary bioinspired nanocomposite

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