Dispersion of functionalized mwnt into epoxy-amine networks

Mary E. Sullivan, Giuseppe R. Palmese

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Epoxy-amine resin systems were reinforced with pristine and amino-functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNT) at loading concentrations up to 1 wt % using shear mixing as a dispersion method. It was found that nanocomposites containing fimctionalized MWNT exhibit significant reduction of macroscopic agglomeration in comparison to those containing pristine MWNT. Solvent uptake studies, performed to quantify adhesion of nanotubes to the matrix, suggest that amino-functionalized nanotubes achieve a more uniform dispersion and form covalent interactions with the polymer matrix. In addition, mechanical testing of the nanocomposites suggests marginal improvement of Young's modulus at low nanotube loading.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition (Proceedings)
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventSAMPE 2008 - 52nd International SAMPE Symposium - Material and Process Innovations: Changing our World - Long Beach, CA, United States
Duration: May 18 2008May 22 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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