Solubility, dispersion and bonding of functionalised carbon nanotubes in epoxy resins
by Charles Baudot, Cher Ming Tan
International Journal of Nanotechnology (IJNT), Vol. 6, No. 7/8, 2009

Abstract: Carbon nanotubes as fillers in an epoxy matrix for mechanical reinforcement and heat diffusion enhancement are tested. We demonstrate a method to covalently graft functional molecules on carbon nanotubes to alter the filler/matrix interface incompatibilities, making the carbon nanotubes become soluble in epoxies and allows better homogenisation of the fillers in the matrix. As a result, the carbon nanotubes will bond to the epoxy matrix during polymerisation, and thus create a better mechanical strength and heat transfer enhancement.

Online publication date: Mon, 18-May-2009

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