Covalent crosslinking of single-walled carbon nanotubes with poly(allylamine) to produce mechanically robust composites

Amro Satti, Anouk Perret, Joseph E. McCarthy, Yurii K. Gun'ko
2010 Journal of Materials Chemistry  
Supporting Information: General procedures All chemicals were purchased from Aldrich unless stated otherwise. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (SEM) studies were performed using a Hitachi S-4300, which was operated at 5.0 kV, on gold coated fracture surfaces. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) measurements were performed in transmission and reflectance mode using a Digilab FTS-6000 spectrometer using Perkin-Elmer micro-sampling attachment. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)
more » ... were carried out in air for all the samples using a Perkin Elmer Pyris 1 TGA with a temperature scan rate of 10 °C per min. The ultra-sonic bath used was a Grant XB6 at 50-60 Hz. The ultrasonic processor used was Model GEX-750 ultrasonic processor operated at 20 %. Room temperature Raman spectra were recorded with a Renishaw 1000 micro-Raman system equipped with a Leica microscope and an Edinburgh Instrument PL machine with a Xe900 excitation source and Bentham detector. Mechanical tests were performed by Zwick tensile tester Z100 using a 100N load cell with a cross-head speed of 0.5 mm/min. Centrifugations were performed on a Hettich Zentrifugen, Universal 32. Experimental Procedure Carboxylic acid functionalized SWCNT's (P3, Carbon Solutions, Inc.), 10 mg, were dispersed in 20 mL of Millipore water using bath sonication for 15 min. N-(3dimethylaminopropyl)-N′-ethylcarbodiimide hydrochloride, EDAC, (0.5 mM) and excess 4-dimethylamino pyridine ,DMAP, were added to the dispersion. The dispersion was stirred for 10 min. Poly (allylamine) hydrochloride, (PAH, MW ~70,000, 50 mg) was added to the dispersion and the dispersions were stirred
doi:10.1039/c0jm01515f fatcat:3yklfurm2rdnzgeygfj73b4ypy