Fabrication and Application of Polymer Composites Comprising Carbon Nanotubes
Kausala Mylvaganam and Liangchi C. Zhang
Affiliation: Centre for Advanced Materials Technology, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.
Keywords: Carbon nanotubes, polymer, composite, fabrication, conductivity, mechanical strength, radiation, opitical activity
Carbon nanotubes are being used in place of carbon fibers in making composites due to their high strength, high aspect-ratio and excellent thermal and electrical conductivity. Although carbon nanotubes were discovered more than a decade ago, works on preparation of satisfactory composites reinforced by carbon nanotubes have encountered difficulties. This review will discuss some registered patents and relevant papers on the fabrication of carbon nanotubepolymer composites on improving material properties such as electrical conductivity, mechanical strength, and radiation detection which have a broad range of applications in nano-electronic devices, and space and medical elements.
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