A Preliminary Study on the Effect of Macro Cavities Formation on Properties of Carbon Nanotube Bucky-Paper Composites

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Dumee, Ludovic, Sears, Kallista, Schutz, Jurg, Finn, Niall, Duke, Mikel and Gray, Stephen R (2011) A Preliminary Study on the Effect of Macro Cavities Formation on Properties of Carbon Nanotube Bucky-Paper Composites. Materials, 4 (3). pp. 553-561. ISSN 1996-1944

Abstract

In this study, we focus on processing and characterizing composite material structures made of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and reproducibly engineering macro-pores inside their structure. Highly porous bucky-papers were fabricated from pure carbon nanotubes by dispersing and stabilizing large 1 μm polystyrene beads within a carbon nanotube suspension. The polystyrene beads, homogeneously dispersed across the thickness of the bucky-papers, were then either dissolved or carbonized to generate macro cavities of different shape and properties. The impact of adding these macro cavities on the porosity, specific surface area and Young’s modulus was investigated and some benefits of the macro cavities will be demonstrated.

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This article belongs to the Special Issue Porous Materials 2011

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9030
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/ma4030553
Official URL http://www.mdpi.com/1996-1944/4/3/553/pdf
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute for Sustainability and Innovation (ISI)
Current > FOR Classification > 0904 Chemical Engineering
Historical > SEO Classification > 9004 Water and Waste Services
Keywords ResPubID23351, carbon nanotubes, CNTs, polystyrene beads, bucky-papers, porosity
Citations in Scopus 13 - View on Scopus
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