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Tunable Nanometer-Scale Architecture of Organic–Inorganic Hybrid Nanostructured Materials for Structural and Functional Applications

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  • R. Devesh K. Misra,

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    1. Center for Structural and Functional Materials, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, P.O. Box 44130, Lafayette, LA 70504-4130, USA
    • Center for Structural and Functional Materials, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, P.O. Box 44130, Lafayette, LA 70504-4130, USA.
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  • Zhiyong Jia,

    1. Center for Structural and Functional Materials, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, P.O. Box 44130, Lafayette, LA 70504-4130, USA
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  • Haizhen Z. Huang,

    1. Center for Structural and Functional Materials, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, P.O. Box 44130, Lafayette, LA 70504-4130, USA
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  • Qiang Yuan,

    1. Center for Structural and Functional Materials, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, P.O. Box 44130, Lafayette, LA 70504-4130, USA
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  • Jinesh S. Shah

    1. Global Nanotech–A Nanomaterials Company, Jawahar Nagar, S.V. Road, Goregaon (West), Mumbai 400062, India
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Abstract

Direct crystallization of polymer crystals along the long axis of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to produce a hybrid nanostructured material is expected to retain the properties of CNTs and has the advantage of a strong polymer/CNT interface. Three different polymer systems are selected to elucidate the fundamental principles that govern the processing of organic–inorganic hybrid nanostructured materials with nanometer-scale architecture. The tunable character of the nanometer-scale hybrid architecture is investigated as a function of undercooling and polymer concentration. It is observed that while polyethylene and nylon 6,6 crystallize in a periodic manner as disk-shaped crystals along the long axis of the CNTs, the polypropylene–CNTs result in conventional spherulites. The reasons for these differences are analyzed.

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