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Plasma Coating and Enhanced Dispersion of Carbon Nanotubes

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 February 2011

Peng He
Affiliation:
Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 45221
Jie Lian
Affiliation:
Dept. of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Donglu Shi
Affiliation:
Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 45221
Lumin Wang
Affiliation:
Dept. of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Wim van Ooij
Affiliation:
Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 45221
David Mast
Affiliation:
Dept. of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 48109
W. Z. Li
Affiliation:
Dept. of Physics, University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 45221
Z. F. Ren
Affiliation:
Dept. of Physics, University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 45221
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Abstract

Ultrathin polymer films have been deposited on both multi-wall and aligned carbon nanotubes using a plasma polymerization treatment. TEM experimental results showed that a thin film of polystyrene layer (several nanometers) was uniformly deposited on the surfaces of the nanotubes including inner wall surfaces of the multi-wall nanotubes. The coated multi-wall nanotubes were mixed in polymer solutions for studying the effects of plasma coating on dispersion. It was found that the dispersion of multi-wall carbon nanotubes in polystyrene composite was significantly improved. The deposition mechanisms and the effects of plasma treatment parameters are discussed.

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