Electrical and rheological percolation of PMMA/MWCNT nanocomposites as a function of CNT geometry and functionality

Caroline McClory, Tony McNally, Mark Baxendale, Petra Potschke, Werner Blau, Manuel Ruether

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    Abstract

    The ability of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to reinforce and enhance the electrical conductivity of polymer matrices is a function of both the aspect ratio and surface chemistry of the CNTs. Hitherto, due to the variability in MWCNT synthesis methods it has not been possible to study the effect of MWCNT aspect ratio and functionality on polymer composite properties. This paper was the first to report the correlation between MWCNT aspect ratio and functionality on the formation of electrical and rheological percolated networks. Furthermore, the fundamental ballistic conductance of MWCNTs made using arc discharge and chemical vapour deposition techniques was reported.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)854-868
    Number of pages15
    JournalEuropean Polymer Journal
    Volume46
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2010

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Organic Chemistry
    • Polymers and Plastics
    • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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