Fabrication, Mechanical Property and Biocompatibility of Carbon Nanotube/Polymer Nanocomposites
Pp. 143-203 (61)
Sie Chin Tjong
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) exhibit excellent electrical conductivity, mechanical strength,
stiffness and toughness as well as good biocompatibility with human cells. Accordingly, CNTs are
attractive reinforcing materials for polymer nanocomposites designed for orthopedic applications. The
integration of CNTs into polymeric materials opens up new frontiers in biomaterials. In this chapter,
the synthesis, purification and functionalization of carbon nanotubes, mechanical property and
biocompatibility of CNT-polymer nanocomposites are described in details. Proper understanding of
the process-structure-property relationship of CNT-polymer nanocomposites is necessary to achieve
desired mechanical property and biocompatibility.
Carbon nanotubes, synthesis, chemical vapor deposition, nanocomposites, scaffolds,
Department of Physics & Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong.