Strong and stiff Ag nanowire-chitosan composite films reinforced by Ag–S covalent bonds
silver nanowire, thiolated chitosan, Ag-S covalent bond, spraying, reinforcement
ABSTRACT High-performance composites containing various kinds of nanofibers as reinforcing building blocks have recently received considerable attention, owing to their superior mechanical properties. One of the effective strategies to reinforce these composites involves strengthening interfacial interactions via covalent bonds. However, in contrast to nanosheets, covalent bonds have been rarely used in nanofiber-reinforced composites. Herein, we report the macroscale fabrication of a series of Ag nanowire (NW)-thiolated chitosan (TCS) composite films via spray induced self-assembly. The obtained films were significantly strengthened by Ag–S covalent bonds formed between the Ag NWs and the thiol groups of TCS. The tensile strength of the optimized Ag NW-TCS film was up to 3.9 and 1.5 times higher compared with that of pure TCS and Ag NW-chitosan (CS) films, respectively.
Tsinghua University Press
Xiao-Feng Pan,Huai-Ling Gao,Yang Su,Ya-Dong Wu,Xiang-Ying Wang,Jing-Zhe Xue,Tao He,Yang Lu,Jian-Wei Liu,Shu-Hong Yu, Strong and stiff Ag nanowire-chitosan composite films reinforced by Ag–S covalent bonds. NanoRes.2018, 11(1): 410–419