Composites of poly(ethylene terephthlate) and carbon nanotubes

McCrossan, K., McClory, C., Mayoral, B., Thompson, D., McNally, T., Murphy, M., Nicholson, T., Martin, D. and Halley, P. (2011). Composites of poly(ethylene terephthlate) and carbon nanotubes. In Tony McNally and Petra Pötschke (Ed.), Polymer-carbon nanotube composites : Preparation, properties and applications (pp. 545-585) Cambridge United Kingdom: Woodhead Publishing.

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Author McCrossan, K.
McClory, C.
Mayoral, B.
Thompson, D.
McNally, T.
Murphy, M.
Nicholson, T.
Martin, D.
Halley, P.
Title of chapter Composites of poly(ethylene terephthlate) and carbon nanotubes
Title of book Polymer-carbon nanotube composites : Preparation, properties and applications
Place of Publication Cambridge United Kingdom
Publisher Woodhead Publishing
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Series Woodhead Publishing in materials
ISBN 9781845697617
Editor Tony McNally
Petra Pötschke
Chapter number 18
Start page 545
End page 585
Total pages 41
Total chapters 25
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The unique and extraordinary mechanical, electrical and thermal conductivity properties of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) make them ideal candidates as functional fillers for polymeric materials. Poly( ethylene terephthalate) (PET) is an important engineering plastic finding widespread application in automotive, electronic and packaging technologies. The key challenge to achieving enhanced polymer properties is efficient dispersion and distribution of MWCNTs in the polymer matrix. In this chapter, we describe the preparation of composites of a PET with MWCNTs via melt mixing and, employing many of the characterisation techniques described elsewhere in this book, we investigate the extent of MWCNT dispersion by correlating microscopic observations with electrical and rheological percolation measurements. We also report the effect of MWCNT addition on PET thermal stability using thermal gravimetry analysis, and on PET crystallisation behaviour using a combination of Fourier transform infrared and Raman spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and wide angle X-ray diffraction.
Keyword Multi-walled carbon nanotubes
Poly( ethylene terephthalate )
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