Electroactive shape memory polymer based on optimized multi-walled carbon nanotubes/polyvinyl alcohol nanocomposites

Fei Peng Du, En Zhou Ye, Wen Yang, Tian Han Shen, Chak Yin Tang, Xiao Lin Xie, Xing Ping Zhou, Wing Cheung Law

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The development of shape memory polymers (SMPs) has gained remarkable attention due to their wide range of applications, from biomedical to electromechanical. In this work, we have developed and optimized an electroactive SMP based on polyvinyl alcohol/multi-walled carbon nanotubes (PVA/MWNTs) composites. When a constant voltage of 60 V was applied to the optimized sample, the polymer shape could be recovered to the original form within 35 s. Different weight fractions of MWNT/PVA composites were prepared by using a simple solution blending and transitional solution casting method, and their microstructures, electrical conductivities, thermal conductivities, and electroactive shape memory properties were investigated. According to our systematic analysis, the enhanced performance can be attributed to the reinforcement of MWNTs that led to the improved electrical and thermal conductivities of the PVA matrix.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-175
Number of pages6
JournalComposites Part B: Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • A. Polymer-matrix composites (PMCs)
  • B. Physical properties
  • E. Casting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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