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Self-assembled regular arrays of carbon nanotube and the route toward actuation of shape memory polymer
Author(s): Haibao Lu; Chunxia Wu; Yanju Liu; Jan Gou; Jinsong Leng
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Paper Abstract

The synthesis of massive arrays of monodispersed carbon nanotubes that are self-assembled on hydrophilic polycarbonate membrane is reported. This approach involves individual carbon nanotube manufacturing by non-ionic surfactant to aid in dispersion and nanotubes self-assembled for three-dimensional orientation by high press filtration. The inherent capability of carbon nanotube and microstructure of well-packed arrays predominate excellent conductive properties of massive arrays. These potential applications of nanometer-sized sensor, probe and energy resistor have been characterized in this study. Furthermore, the route toward application of self-assembled regular arrays, as heat transmission intermedium, has been carried out by activating shape-memory polymer. The electrical conductivity of insulating polymer is significantly improved by assembled carbon nanotubes, resulting in shape recovery behavior of nanocomposite being driven by electrical resistive heating.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 April 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7642, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2010, 76421G (9 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.847366
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Haibao Lu, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Chunxia Wu, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Yanju Liu, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Jan Gou, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Jinsong Leng, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7642:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2010
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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