Dispersion and thermal conductivity of carbon nanotube composites Academic Article uri icon


  • A mechanical method was used to shorten carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for improving dispersion without reducing their thermal conductivity. Single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) were mechanically cut to produce short and open-ended fullerene pipes. These shortened SWCNTs were then used in polymer composites. Both atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy characterizations suggested that nanotube shortening significantly improved CNT dispersion. Thermal conductivity of composites containing short CNTs were found to be much better than those containing pristine CNTs. 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Wang, S., Liang, R., Wang, B., & Zhang, C.

citation count

  • 143

complete list of authors

  • Wang, Shiren||Liang, Richard||Wang, Ben||Zhang, Chuck

publication date

  • January 2009

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