Polymer nanocomposites based on P3OT, TPU and SWNT: preparation and characterization

Glaura Silva, Hallen Calado, Anthony Musumeci, Wayde Martens, Eric Waclawik, Ray Frost, Graeme George
2006 2006 International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology  
Single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) were incorporated in polymer nanocomposites based on poly(3octylthiophene) (P3OT), thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) or a blend of them. Thermogravimetry demonstrated the success of the purification procedure employed in the chemical treatment of SWNTs prior to composite preparation. Stable dispersions of SWNTs in chloroform were obtained by non-covalent interactions with the dissolved polymers. Composites exhibited glass transitions, melting temperatures
more » ... d heat of fusion which changed in relation to pure polymers. This behavior is discussed as associated to interactions between nanotubes and polymers. The conductivity at room temperature of the blend (TPU-P3OT) with SWNT is higher than the P3OT/SWNT composite.
doi:10.1109/iconn.2006.340581 fatcat:3f3koxi23vgnxgpz6z3yjp5mem