Polyethylene/boron-containing composites for radiation shielding

Ji Wook Shin, Jang Woo Lee, Seunggun Yu, Bum Ki Baek, Jun Pyo Hong, Yongsok Seo, Woo Nyon Kim, Soon Man Hong, Chong Min Koo

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High-density polyethylene (HDPE) composites with modified boron nitride (mBN) fillers, functionalized with an organosilane, were fabricated through conventional melt-extrusion processing techniques. The properties and performances of these composites were compared with those of the composites containing pristine BN and boron carbide (B4C) fillers. The silane functionalization of the BN fillers strongly improved the interfacial adhesion between the polymer matrix and the filler. As a result, the HDPE/mBN composites showed a better dispersion state of the filler particles, larger tensile modulus, greater effective thermal conductivity, and better neutron shielding property compared with the HDPE/BN and HDPE/B4C composites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-9
Number of pages5
JournalThermochimica Acta
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jun 10

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was financially supported by a grant from the Fundamental R&D Program funded by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, Republic of Korea and the Global-Top Environmental Technology Development Program (GT-11-C-0-240-0) funded by the Ministry of Environment and partially by a grant from Center for Materials Architecturing of Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) . Authors greatly appreciate Dr. Sang-In Kim, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute for his sincere help and advice on the shielding experiments.


  • Boron nitride
  • Composites
  • Effective thermal conductivity
  • Radiation shielding
  • Surface treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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