Fabrication of carbon multiwall nanotube/polymer composites by shear mixing

Rodney Andrews, David Jacques, Mickael Minot, Terry Rantell

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The dispersion of nanotubes in polymer matrices has been investigated as a means of deriving new and advanced engineering materials. These composite materials have been formed into fibers and thin films and their mechanical and electrical properties determined. The nanotube concentration at which conductivity was initiated (the percolation threshold) varied with host polymer. In poly(propylene), this was as low as 0.05 vol.-%, while higher concentrations were required fir polystyrene and particularly for ABS. There was a small increase in elastic modulus and decrease in tensile strength at low nanotube loading, but as the concentration was increased, there was a progressive increase in both strength and stiffness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-403
Number of pages9
JournalMacromolecular Materials and Engineering
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 28 2002


  • Conducting polymers
  • Dispersion
  • Multiwall nanotubes
  • Polymer composites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (all)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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