Surface Modification of Carbon Nanotubes for High-Performance Polymer Composites


Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are increasingly attracting scientific and industrial interest because of their outstanding characteristics, such as high Young’s modulus and tensile strength, low density, and excellent electrical and thermal properties, which make them ideal fillers for polymer composites. The incorporation of CNTs into polymer matrices greatly improves the electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties of the materials. Surface modification of CNTs can be carried out in order to improve their processibility and dispersion within the composites. Homogeneous dispersion of CNTs in a polymer matrix plays a crucial role in the preparation of polymer composites based on interfacial interactions between CNTs and the polymer matrix. This chapter aims to review the surface modification of CNTs, the processing technology, and improvement of properties of CNT-reinforced polymer composites.

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Surface Modification of Carbon Nanotubes for High-Performance Polymer Composites
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Handbook of Polymer Nanocomposites. Processing, Performance and Application
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  • Kamal K. Kar Send Email (1)
  • Jitendra K. Pandey Send Email (2)
  • Sravendra Rana Send Email (3)
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  • 1 Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Programme, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, India
  • 2 University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun, India
  • 3 School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore
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  • Soo-Jin Park Send Email (4) (5)
  • Seul-Yi Lee (4) (5)
  • Fan-Long Jin (5)
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  • 4 Korea CCS R&D Center, Korea Institute of Energy Research, 152 Gajeongro, Yuseoung–gu, Daejeon, 305-343, South Korea
  • 5 Department of Chemistry, Inha University, 100 Inharo, Nam–gu, Incheon, 402-751, South Korea
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