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Carbon Based Functional Nanocomposites

Polymer composite materials based on nanosized fillers can be designed to perform specific and complex functions by controlling the physical and chemical interactions between the phases.
A nanocomposite is defined as a composite material in which the size of at least one of the filler components is on a nanometer scale (<100 nm).

Common nanofillers based on carbon nanostructures (CNSs) include fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, carbon nanohorns (CNHs) and graphene-based materials (GBMs)

CNS-based PNCs can be used as organic functional materials in different applications that range from clean energy harvesting and storage to sensing and biomedicine.

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