Advanced Materials

Hierarchical Polymer–Nanotube Composites


  • We thank Dr. Igor Sics and the user program at the NSLS at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Financial support from the Air Force Office for Sponsored Research and the Texas Institute for Intelligent Bio-Nano Materials and Structures for Aerospace Vehicles, funded by NASA Cooperative Agreement No NCC-1-02038 is gratefully acknowledged. Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the authors.


The hierarchical morphology of a nanocomposite with aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes results in templated growth of a semi-crystalline poly(ϵ-caprolactone) that is highly robust. The composite structure shows a significant mechanical reinforcement of the polymer.

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