Researchers at the Korean Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) have developed a highly heat-resistant and high-strength resin based on chemical graphene oxide processing and mixing with universal epoxy. The new material is expected to contribute to the production of lightweight aircraft and rockets.

An epoxy resin is a material that stabilizes the structures of carbon composite materials.The institute found that multiple amine groups present around graphene oxides bond with epoxy resins to result in a number of cross-linked bonds and a 240% improvement in cross-linking density.

This research included the achievement of a high level of thermal resistance due to the addition of a graphene oxide derivative to a universal and cheap epoxy resin. The researchers claim to have obtained source technology required for high-performance epoxy resin synthesis design, which could be significant for domestic research activities regarding carbon fiber, epoxy resin and more.