High Performance Nanotube-Reinforced Plastics: Understanding the Mechanism of Strength Increase (pages 791–798)
J. N. Coleman, M. Cadek, R. Blake, V. Nicolosi, K. P. Ryan, C. Belton, A. Fonseca, J. B. Nagy, Y. K. Gun'ko and W. J. Blau
Article first published online: 2 SEP 2004 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.200305200
Two methods have been demonstrated for the reinforcement of polymers using carbon nanotubes. Large increases in Young's modulus, strength, and toughness have been observed at extremely low nanotube loading levels. The reinforcement appears to be critically dependent on the properties of the interfacial polymer phase (see Figure).