The authors are grateful for funding from the National Science Foundation (grant no CTS-0330350), the School of Chemical Sciences at UIUC, and a grant from the Molecular Electronics group, Dupont Co.
Achieving Individual-Nanotube Dispersion at High Loading in Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Composites†
Article first published online: 18 FEB 2005
Copyright © 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Volume 17, Issue 8, pages 980–984, April, 2005
How to Cite
Graff, R. A., Swanson, J. P., Barone, P. W., Baik, S., Heller, D. A. and Strano, M. S. (2005), Achieving Individual-Nanotube Dispersion at High Loading in Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Composites. Adv. Mater., 17: 980–984. doi: 10.1002/adma.200401218
- Issue published online: 7 APR 2005
- Article first published online: 18 FEB 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 NOV 2004
- Manuscript Received: 27 JUL 2004
- Carbon nanotube composites;
- Carbon nanotubes, single-walled;
Lack of matrix dispersion is one principle reason why single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) composites have not yielded the enormous enhancement of mechanical properties predicted by theory. Non-destructive methods for gauging matrix dispersion, using near-IR fluorescence are reported (see Figure), along with new materials and processes that exhibit individual, SWNT dispersion in a matrix at relatively high loading (up to 20 vol.-%).