The results of an international research on Zirconia-Graphene Nanocomposites was presented in the frame of the conference “Mechanics, Resource and Diagnostics of Materials and Structures (MRDMS-2016)” that took place in Ekaterinburg, Russia. The work was entitled “Black zirconia-graphene nanocomposite produced by spark plasma sintering” and was undertaken by scientists from the Moscow State University of Technology “STANKIN” and the CINN.
The research team success to fabricate theoretical dense electroconductive poreless black zirconia compacts by adding a small fraction of graphene oxide. This new functionality (electrical-thermal conductivity) enables the use of Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) avoiding the limitations derived from the low thermal conductivity of zirconia and also allows the machining of complex-shaped components by electro-discharge machining methods (EDM).
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