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Gaurav Mago, Dilhan M. Kalyon and Frank T. Fisher Nanocomposites of polyamide-11 and carbon nanostructures: Development of microstructure and ultimate properties following solution processing Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics 49

Article first published online: 11 JUL 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/polb.22311

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The microstructure and ultimate properties of polyamide-11 (PA-11) can be influenced by the presence of nanoparticles as well as uniaxial drawing. Here, a solution crystallization technique is used to generate different types of morphologies encapsulating carbon nanotubes and nanofibers. Upon crystallization from dilute solutions, PA-11 crystallizes on the surfaces of the carbon nanotubes and nanofibers, resulting in nano-hybrid shish-kebab morphology. Significant changes in microstructures and mechanical properties of PA-11 nanocomposites films are achieved upon uniaxial drawing.

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