Thermal Properties of Chemically Modified Carbon Nanotubes Dispersed in Polymer Matrices
A functional composite (FC) was obtained by mixing polymers from the group of polyacrylic acid ester derivatives and polymethylacrylate, copolymers of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), polyurethanes, ethoxylate derivatives of silicones and chemically functionalized multiwall carbon nanotubes (FMCN). The result was a subject of temperature dependence measurement on electrical resistivity, as well as mechanical strength and flexibility. FC has presented durable, flexible properties and demonstrated a resistance in the range of 20 - 40 Ω. A silicone composite has presented a best chemical and physical properties in broad range of temperature (up to 100°C). Thermal images were studied using infrared (IR) camera and characterized by histograms. The morphology of the functional composites have been observed by SEM and discussed.
The work also presents number of methods of nanostructures preparation, which are the most commonly used.