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Electrical and Thermal Properties of Carbon Nanotube Polymer Composite Films

  • Enkeleda Dervishi (a1), Zhongrui Li (a2), Viney Saini (a3), Alexandru R. Biris (a4), Dan Lupu (a4), Steve Trigwell (a5) and Alexandru Sorin Biris (a6)...

Abstract

The electrical and thermal properties of carbon nanotubes (CNT)-polymer nanocomposite materials have been studied. The carbon nanostructures were analyzed by several analytical techniques, including Electronic Microscopy, Raman Spectroscopy, and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy. Carbon nanotubes were grown by catalytic chemical vapor deposition on metal/metal oxide catalytic systems using acetylene or other hydrocarbons. Raman Spectroscopy was used to analyze the CNT and CNT-polymer nanocomposite materials. The thermal and electrical properties of these CNT-polymer nanocomposite materials depend on the amount of CNTs in the polymer and also on the uniformity of the CNTs dispersed in the polymer. A reduction in electrical resistivity was observed, as the nanotubes' concentration in the polymeric films increased, while optical transparency remained 85 % or higher relative to acrylic films without nanotubes.

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