Mathur, R. B. and Pande, Shailaja and Singh, B. P. and Dhami, T. L. (2008) Electrical and mechanical properties of multi-walled carbon nanotubes reinforced PMMA and PS composites. Polymer Composites , 29 (7). 717-727 . ISSN 1548-0569

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The use of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) as reinforcing material for thermoplastic polymer matrices, polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), and polystyrene (PS) has been studied. MWCNT were synthesized by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technique using ferrocene-toluene mixture. As-prepared nanotubes were ultrasonically dispersed in toluene and subsequently dispersed in PMMA and PS. Thin polymer composite films were fabricated by solvent casting. The effect of nanotube content on the electrical and mechanical properties of the nanocomposites was investigated. An improvement in electrical conductivity from insulating to conducting with increasing MWCNT content was observed. The carbon nanotube network showed a classical percolating network behavior with a low percolation threshold. Electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding effectiveness value of about 18 dB was obtained in the frequency range 8.0–12 GHz (X-band), for a 10 vol% CNT loading. An improved composite fabrication process using casting followed by compression molding and use of functionalized MWCNT resulted in increased composites strength.

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Subjects: Materials Science
Polymer Science
Depositing User: Ms Neetu Chandra
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2014 13:25
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