Mechanisms of single-walled carbon nanotube network formation and its configuration in polymer-based nanocomposites
ID Oseli, Alen (Author), ID Vesel, Alenka (Author), ID Žagar, Ema (Author), ID Slemenik Perše, Lidija (Author)

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The reinforcing and conductive performance of carbon nanotube polymer-based nanocomposites depends on the established network and its configuration. Within this study, we report on the underlying mechanisms of such network formation utilizing single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) in low- and high-density polyethylene matrices. Mechanisms were theoretically evaluated through Doi-Edwards theory and experimentally confirmed through plasma etching coupled with electron microscopy as well as rheological flow tests. Results showed that the established network is constructed from SWCNT bundles, which geometrically entangle at a critical volume fraction [phi]v,crit (number of rods: [beta approximately equal to] 30). Below [phi]v,crit, the bundles behave as individual units and may align in the flow direction. Above [phi]v,crit, the rotation of bundles is constrained by neighboring units, leading to a random network configuration. Moreover, the theory successfully explains SWCNT bundle behavior as a Brownian entity and predicts network formation through diminishing thermo- and hydro-dynamically driven diffusion, which can be manipulated during the production to enhance reinforcing/conductive functionality of such materials.

Keywords:nanocomposites, single-walled carbon nanotubes, network formation, molecular dynamics, Doi-Edwards theory
Work type:Article
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:FS - Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Publication status:Published
Publication version:Version of Record
Submitted for review:04.03.2021
Publication date:13.04.2021
Number of pages:Str. 3334-3346
Numbering:Vol. 54, iss. 7
PID:20.500.12556/RUL-126692 This link opens in a new window
ISSN on article:0024-9297
DOI:10.1021/acs.macromol.0c02763 This link opens in a new window
COBISS.SI-ID:58206467 This link opens in a new window
Publication date in RUL:04.05.2021
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Shortened title:Macromolecules
Publisher:American Chemical Society
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License:CC BY 4.0, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
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Licensing start date:13.04.2021

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Keywords:nanokompoziti, eno-stenske ogljikove nano-cevke, nastanek omrežja, molekularna dinamika, Doi-Edwards teorija


Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije
Project number:P2-0264
Name:Trajnostni Polimerni materiali in Tehnologije

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