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Solubility, dispersion and bonding of functionalised carbon nanotubes in epoxy resins

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Carbon nanotubes as fillers in an epoxy matrix for mechanical reinforcement and heat diffusion enhancement are tested. We demonstrate a method to covalently graft functional molecules on carbon nanotubes to alter the filler/matrix interface incompatibilities, making the carbon nanotubes become soluble in epoxies and allows better homogenisation of the fillers in the matrix. As a result, the carbon nanotubes will bond to the epoxy matrix during polymerisation, and thus create a better mechanical strength and heat transfer enhancement.

Keywords: carbon nanotubes, functionalisation, epoxy composites, n-butyllithium, nanotechnology, mechanical reinforcement, heat diffusion enhancement, polymerisation

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