Enhanced mechanical properties of multiwalled carbon nanotubes/thermoplastic polyurethane nanocomposites

Parvathalu Kalakonda, S Banne, ParvathaluB Kalakonda

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Carbon nanotubes are considered to be ideal candidates for improving the mechanical properties of polymer nanocomposite scaffolds due to their higher surface area, mechanical properties of three-dimensional isotropic structure, and physical properties. In this study, we showed the improved mechanical properties prepared by backfilling of preformed hydrogels and aerogels of individually dispersed multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs-Baytubes) and thermoplastic polyurethane. Here, we used the solution-based fabrication method to prepare the composite scaffold and observed an improvement in tensile modulus about 200-fold over that of pristine polymer at 19 wt% MWCNT loading. Further, we tested the thermal properties of composite scaffolds and observed that the nanotube networks suppress the mobility of polymer chains, the composite scaffold samples were thermally stable well above their decomposition temperatures that extend the mechanical integrity of a polymer well above its polymer melting point. The improved mechanical properties of the composite scaffold might be useful in smart material industry.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)184798041984085
JournalNanomaterials and Nanotechnology
StatePublished - Apr 29 2019

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: The authors would like to acknowledge Bayer Materials for providing thermoplastic polyurethane and Baytubes.


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