CH-π Interactions as the Driving Force for Silicone-Based Nanocomposites with Exceptional Properties

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  • A. Beigbeder,

    1. Laboratory of Polymeric and Composite Materials, Center for Innovation and Research in Materials & Polymers – CIRMAP, University of Mons-Hainaut, Place du Parc 20, 7000 Mons (Belgium)
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  • M. Linares,

    1. Laboratory for Chemistry of Novel Materials, Center for Innovation and Research in Materials & Polymers – CIRMAP, University of Mons-Hainaut, Place du Parc 20, 7000 Mons (Belgium)
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  • M. Devalckenaere,

    1. Laboratory of Polymeric and Composite Materials, Center for Innovation and Research in Materials & Polymers – CIRMAP, University of Mons-Hainaut, Place du Parc 20, 7000 Mons (Belgium)
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  • P. Degée,

    1. Laboratory of Polymeric and Composite Materials, Center for Innovation and Research in Materials & Polymers – CIRMAP, University of Mons-Hainaut, Place du Parc 20, 7000 Mons (Belgium)
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  • M. Claes,

    1. NANOCYL S.A., Rue de l'Essor 4, 5060 Sambreville (Belgium)
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  • D. Beljonne,

    1. Laboratory for Chemistry of Novel Materials, Center for Innovation and Research in Materials & Polymers – CIRMAP, University of Mons-Hainaut, Place du Parc 20, 7000 Mons (Belgium)
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  • R. Lazzaroni,

    1. Laboratory for Chemistry of Novel Materials, Center for Innovation and Research in Materials & Polymers – CIRMAP, University of Mons-Hainaut, Place du Parc 20, 7000 Mons (Belgium)
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  • P. Dubois

    1. Laboratory of Polymeric and Composite Materials, Center for Innovation and Research in Materials & Polymers – CIRMAP, University of Mons-Hainaut, Place du Parc 20, 7000 Mons (Belgium)
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  • The authors thank Nanocyl S.A. (Sambreville, Belgium) for kindly providing the carbon nanotubes. This work was financially supported by “Région Wallonne” and the European Commission (FEDER and FSE programs) within the framework of “Phasing out Materia Nova”, and the “Belgian Federal Government Science Policy Office” in the frame of the “Functional Supramolecular Systems” PAI-6/27. D.B is a senior research fellow of FNRS. A. B. thanks the European Commission for financial support in the frame of AMBIO Integrated Project (6th FP). Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the authors.

Abstract

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The preparation and the characterization of nanotubes-reinforced poly(dimethyl)siloxane nanocomposites is reported. Surprisingly the use of “self pure” multiwall carbon nanotubes, that is, without any surface functionalization or specific surface treatment, turns out to be the most efficient approach to impart new key-properties to the silicone matrix.

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