Preparation of Conductive Nanotube–Polymer Composites Using Latex Technology


  • We are very grateful to Paul van der Schoot for helpful discussions and to Paul de Boer and Bart Noordover for excellent technical assistance. O.R. acknowledges the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for Visitor Grant number B72-227.


Composites consisting of individual, or bundles of single-walled, exfoliated nanotubes in a highly viscous polymer matrix (see Figure) are described. The nanotubes and polymer are made compatible using surfactant molecules, hence avoiding the need for direct attraction between the nanotubes and the matrix. The resulting nanotube–polymer composites have a conductivity percolation threshold of 0.28 wt.-% nanotubes.