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International Journal of Polymer Science
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 967276, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/967276
Research Article

Properties of Natural Rubber-Based Composites Containing Fullerene

1Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
2Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Tabuk, Tabuk 71491, Saudi Arabia
3Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, University of Tabuk, Tabuk 71491, Saudi Arabia
4Department of Polymer Engineering, University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, 8 Kl. Ohridski Boule vard., 1756 Sofia, Bulgaria
5Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University, Ismailia 41522, Egypt

Received 9 March 2012; Revised 3 June 2012; Accepted 17 October 2012

Academic Editor: Qinmin Pan

Copyright © 2012 Omar A. Al-Hartomy et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

In this study the influence of fullerenes in concentrations from 0.5 to 1.5 phr on both the vulcanization characteristics of the compounds and physicomechanical, dynamic, and dielectric properties and thermal aging resistance of nanocomposites on the basis of natural rubber has been investigated. The effect of the filler dispersion in the elastomeric matrix has been also investigated. Neat fullerene and the composites comprising it have been studied and characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).