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Boron nitride nanotubes/polystyrene composites

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 March 2011

Chunyi Zhi*
Affiliation:
Nanoscale Materials Center, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044, Japan
Yoshio Bando
Affiliation:
Nanoscale Materials Center, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044, Japan
Chengchun Tang
Affiliation:
Nanoscale Materials Center, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044, Japan
Susumu Honda
Affiliation:
Innovation Research Institute, Teijin Ltd., Iwakuni, Yamaguchi 740-8511 Japan
Hiroaki Kuwahara
Affiliation:
Innovation Research Institute, Teijin Ltd., Iwakuni, Yamaguchi 740-8511 Japan
Dmitri Golberg
Affiliation:
Nanoscale Materials Center, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044, Japan
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a) Address all correspondence to this author. e-mail: zhi.chunyi@nims.go.jp
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Abstract

Boron nitride nanotube (BNNT)/polystyrene (PS) composite films were fabricated for the first time using high-quality BNNTs synthesized via a chemical-vapor-deposition method. The composite films exhibited good transparency. Tensile tests indicated that the elastic modulus of the films was increased by ∼21% when a ∼1 wt% soluble BNNT fraction was in use. Dispersion of BNNTs in PS and interfacial interactions between them were investigated using transmission electron microscopy. The film thermal properties, such as stability to oxidation and glass transition temperatures were measured. The experimental results and simple theoretical estimates indicate that BNNTs is a promising additive material for polymeric composites.

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