Description

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.

Key Features

  • Provides comprehensive and in-depth coverage of the preparation, characterisation and properties of these technologically interesting new materials
  • Reviews the preparation and processing of composites of thermoplastics with CNTs, covering in-situ polymerization, melt processing and CNT surface treatment
  • Explores applications of polymer/CNT composites such as in fibres and cables, bioengineering applications and conductive polymer CNT composites for sensing

Readership

Professionals and academics.

Table of Contents

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Introduction to polymer–carbon nanotube composites

Part I: Preparation and processing of polymer–carbon nanotube composites

Chapter 1: Polyolefin–carbon nanotube composites by in-situ polymerization

Abstract:

1.1 Introduction

1.2 In-situ polymerization techniques for polyolefin-CNT composites

1.3 Polymer architecture by metallocene catalysis

1.4 Polyethylene–CNT composites

1.5 Polypropylene–CNT composites

1.6 Conclusion and future trends

Chapter 2: Surface treatment of carbon nanotubes via plasma technology

Abstract:

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Carbon nanotube surface chemistry and solution-based functionalization

2.3 Plasma treatment of carbon nanotubes

2.4 Summary

Chapter 3: Functionalization of carbon nanotubes for polymer nanocomposites

Abstract:

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Non-covalent functionalization of carbon nanotubes with polymers

3.3 Covalent functionalization of carbon nanotubes with polymers

3.4 Conclusion

3.5 Acknowledgements

Chapter 4: Influence of material and processing parameters on carbon nanotube dispersion in polymer melts

Abstract:

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Fundamentals of melt mixing and filler dispersion

4.3 Review of the literature

4.4 Batch compounding using small-scale mixers

4.5 Continuous melt mixing using extruders

4.6 Conclusion and future trends

4.7 Acknowledgements

Chapter 5: High-shear melt processing of polymer–carbon nanotube composites

Abstract:

5.1 Introduction

5.2 High-shear processing technique

5.3 Polymer nanoblends by high-shear processing

5.4 Polymer–carbon nanotube (CNT) nanocomposites by high-shear processing

5.5 Conclusion and future trends

Chapter 6: Injection moulding of polymer–carbon nanotu

Details

No. of pages:
848
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2011
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
eBook ISBN:
9780857091390
Print ISBN:
9781845697617
Print ISBN:
9780081017272

About the editors

Tony McNally

Tony McNally is a Faculty Member in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).

Affiliations and Expertise

Queen’s University Belfast, UK

Petra Pötschke

Petra Pötschke leads the Composites and Blends with Carbon Nanostructures Group at Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V. (Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden), Germany.

Affiliations and Expertise

Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden, Germany

Reviews

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