Polymer-Carbon Nanotube Composites

Preparation, Properties and Applications

Edited by

  • Tony McNally, Queen's University Belfast, UK
  • Petra Pötschke, Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden, Germany

Understanding the properties of polymer carbon nanotube (CNT) composites is the key to these materials finding new applications in a wide range of industries, including but not limited to electronics, aerospace and biomedical/bioengineering. Polymer-carbon nanotube composites provides comprehensive and in-depth coverage of the preparation, characterisation, properties and applications of these technologically interesting new materials.

Part one covers the preparation and processing of composites of thermoplastics with CNTs, with chapters covering in-situ polymerization, melt processing and CNT surface treatment, as well as elastomer and thermoset CNT composites. Part two concentrates on properties and characterization, including chapters on the quantification of CNT dispersion using microscopy techniques, and on topics as diverse as thermal degradation of polymer/CNT composites, the use of rheology, Raman spectroscopy and multi-scale modelling to study polymer/CNT composites, and CNT toxicity. In part three, the applications of polymer/CNT composites are reviewed, with chapters on specific applications such as in fibres and cables, bioengineering applications and conductive polymer CNT composites for sensing.

With its distinguished editors and international team of contributors, Polymer-carbon nanotube composites is an essential reference for scientists, engineers and designers in high-tech industry and academia with an interest in polymer nanotechnology and nanocomposites.
View full description


Professionals and academics.


Book information

  • Published: March 2011
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84569-761-7


Enormously useful to all those in this area, whether in research labs or in industry. It will undoubtedly provide a substantial reference text for some time to come., Materials World

Table of Contents

An introduction to polymer carbon nanotube composites. Part 1 Preparation and processing of polymer carbon nanotube composites: Polyolefin carbon nanotube composites by in-situ polymerisation; Surface treatment of carbon nanotubes via plasma technology; Functionalisation of carbon nanotubes for polymer nanocomposites; Influence of material and processing parameters on carbon nanotube dispersion in polymer melts; High-shear melt processing of polymer carbon nanotube composites; Injection moulding of polymer carbon nanotube composites; Elastomer carbon nanotube composites; Epoxy carbon nanotube composites. Part 2 Properties and characterisation of polymer carbon nanotube composites: Quantification of dispersion and distribution of carbon nanotubes in polymer composites using microscopy techniques; Influence of thermo-rheological history on electrical and rheological properties of polymer carbon nanotube composites; Electromagnetic properties of polymer carbon nanotube composites; Mechanical properties of polymer/polymer-grafted carbon nanotube composites; Multi-scale modeling of polymer carbon nanotube composites; Raman spectroscopy of polymer carbon nanotube composites; Rheology of polymer carbon nanotube composites melts; Thermal degradation of polymer carbon nanotube composites; Polyolefin carbon nanotube composites; Composites of poly(ethylene terephthlate) and carbon nanotubes; Carbon nanotubes in multiphase polymer blends; Toxicity and regulatory perspectives of carbon nanotubes. Part 3 Applications of polymer carbon nanotube composites: The use of polymer carbon nanotube composites in fibres; Biomedical/bioengineering applications of carbon nanotube based nanocomposites; Fire retardant applications of polymer carbon nanotube composites: Improved barrier effect and synergism; Polymer carbon nanotube composites for flame retardant cable applications; Polymer carbon nanotube conductive nanocomposites for sensing.