Self-organizing alignment of carbon nanotubes in thermoplastic polyurethane

Wei Chen, Xiaoming Tao

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A simple compounding technique for the fabrication of polymer nanocomposites with single-walled carbon nanotubes having exceptional alignment and improved mechanical properties is described. The aligned-nanotube composite was prepared by dissolving single-walled carbon nanotubes in a solution of thermoplastic polyurethane and tetrahydrofuran, Solvent-polymer interactions that induce the orientation of soft chain segments during the swelling and moisture curing stage are believed to serve as a driving force for the macroscopic alignment of the carbon nanotubes. KGaA, Weinheim.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1763-1767
Number of pages5
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2005


  • Alignment
  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Compounding
  • Polyurethanes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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