Improving the dispersion and mechanical properties of epoxy/carbon nanotube composites

Hameed, Nishar, Sona, Mrunali, Salim, Nisa, Hanley, Tracey and Guo, Qipeng 2011, Improving the dispersion and mechanical properties of epoxy/carbon nanotube composites, in ISACS6 2011 : Proceedings of the International Symposia on Advancing the Chemical Sciences : Challenges in Organic Materials and Supramolecular Chemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry, [Beijing, China], pp. 27-27.

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Title Improving the dispersion and mechanical properties of epoxy/carbon nanotube composites
Author(s) Hameed, Nishar
Sona, Mrunali
Salim, Nisa
Hanley, Tracey
Guo, Qipeng
Conference name International Symposia on Advancing the Chemical Sciences (2011 : Beijing, China)
Conference location Beijing, China
Conference dates 2-5 Sep. 2011
Title of proceedings ISACS6 2011 : Proceedings of the International Symposia on Advancing the Chemical Sciences : Challenges in Organic Materials and Supramolecular Chemistry
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2011
Conference series International Symposia on Advancing the Chemical Sciences
Start page 27
End page 27
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Place of publication [Beijing, China]
Keyword(s) carbon nanotubes
nanocomposites
nanofillers
multiwalled carbon nanotubes
Summary The incorporation and uniform dispersion of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in polymer matrix could facilitate engineers to create high performance nanocomposites that potentially compete with most advanced materials in nature. The unique combination of outstanding mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties of CNTs makes them excellent nanofillers for the fabrication of advanced materials. Successful enhancement in mechanical properties via reinforcement is expected only when the nanofillers are well dispersed in the polymer matrix. Moreover, the orientation as well as the CNT/matrix interfacial strength also determines the effective physical properties of the nanocomposites. However, CNTs typically assemble to give bundles, which are heavily entangled to each other with a high aspect ratio and a large π-electronic surface. In this work, we outline some preliminary results in preparing high performance epoxy composites. Composites with fine dispersion and superior mechanical properties were prepared using epoxy and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). The fine dispersion of the nanocomposites can be identified in the high resolution SEM image shown in Figure 1. This method can provide an alternative route for the preparation of new structural and functional nanocomposites.
Language eng
Field of Research 091209 Polymers and Plastics
Socio Economic Objective 870303 Polymeric Materials (e.g. Paints)
HERDC Research category E3 Extract of paper
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042288

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