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Title: Effect of carbon nanotube surface modification on dispersion and structural properties of electrospun fibers
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Keywords: Chemistry
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Sui, XM, Giordani, S, Prato, M, Wagner, HD, Effect of carbon nanotube surface modification on dispersion and structural properties of electrospun fibers, Applied Physics Letters, 95, 23, 2009, 233113
Series/Report no.: Applied Physics Letters
Abstract: Covalent surface modification of multiwall carbon nanotubes leads to enhanced nanotube dispersion in the polymer. Despite this, the mechanical properties of electrospun fibers made of polymethylmethacrylate containing surface modified nanotubes generally fall below those of fibers with pristine nanotubes, sometimes below those of pure polymer fibers. We show that covalent functionalization produces defects in the graphene structure, leading to mechanical weakening of the nanotube and, therefore, of the nanocomposite
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