Water-based amorphous carbon nanotubes filled polymer nanocomposites

Xiaoming Yang, Liang Li, Songmin Shang, Xiaoming Tao

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A novel method of making water-based amorphous carbon nanotubes (ACNTs) for advanced polymer nanocomposites is presented. In this approach, sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) is introduced onto the amorphous carbon nanotubes to improve the solubility in water and the dispersion in polyvinyl alcohol [PVA] matrix. As a result, the addition of 0.6 wt % ACNTs in the polymer resulted in the significant improvement (167.5 and 175.8%) in the tensile strength and modulus of the polymer, respectively. The improved mechanical property could be ascribed to the load transfer to the nanotubes in the composites.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1986-1992
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2011


  • composites
  • mechanical properties
  • nanocomposites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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