Achieving individual-nanotube dispersion at high loading in single-walled carbon nanotube composites

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Year: 2005
Type of Publication: Article
  • R. A. Graff, P. W. Barone J. P. Swanson
Journal: Advanced Materials Volume: 17
Number: 8
Month: APR 18 2005
PT: J; TC: 54; UT: WOS:000228601500005
Lack of matrix dispersion is one principle reason why single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) composites have not yielded the enormous enhancement of mechanical properties predicted by theory. Non-destructive methods for gauging matrix dispersion, using near-IR fluorescence are reported (see Figure), along with new materials and processes that exhibit individual, SWNT dispersion in a matrix at relatively high loading (up to 20 vol.-%).