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Aligned carbon nanotube-polymer composites: investigating their electrical and physical characteristics
Author(s): Sumanth Banda; Zoubeida Ounaies; John Wilkinson; Cheol Park; Joycelyn Harrison
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Paper Abstract

Single wall carbon nanotube (SWNT)-polymer composites aligned by an AC electric field were characterized using Raman spectroscopy and electrical conductivity measurements to assess the resulting alignment. The Polarized Raman spectra was recorded at several angles between the SWNT axis and the incident polarization ranging from 0° to 180°. Inspection of the spectra revealed that maximum intensity is obtained when the polarization of incident radiation is parallel to the SWNT axis (0° and 180°), while the smallest intensity is obtained when the polarization of incident radiation is perpendicular to the SWNT axis (90°). The electrical measurements were made in three directions; parallel to the aligned SWNTs and perpendicular to the aligned SWNTs. Based on the electrical conductivity and polarized Raman spectroscopy measurements, it can be concluded that the SWNTs in the polymer matrix were preferentially aligned by applying an AC electric field of 43.5 V/mm at a frequency of 1 Hz, 10 Hz, 10 KHz and 100 KHz.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 July 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5387, Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Active Materials: Behavior and Mechanics, (21 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.541817
Show Author Affiliations
Sumanth Banda, Virginia Commonwealth Univ. (United States)
Zoubeida Ounaies, Virginia Commonwealth Univ. (United States)
John Wilkinson, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Cheol Park, National Institute of Aerospace (United States)
Joycelyn Harrison, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5387:
Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Active Materials: Behavior and Mechanics
Dimitris C. Lagoudas, Editor(s)

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