Epoxy-based composites and coatings: improvement of multifunctional properties

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Citation Formats
A. Çaldıklıoğlu, “Epoxy-based composites and coatings: improvement of multifunctional properties,” Thesis (M.S.) -- Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences. Chemical Engineering., Middle East Technical University, 2019.