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Materials 2011, 4(3), 553-561; doi:10.3390/ma4030553

A Preliminary Study on the Effect of Macro Cavities Formation on Properties of Carbon Nanotube Bucky-Paper Composites

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1 CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Bayview Avenue, Clayton 3168, Victoria, Australia 2 Institute for Sustainability and Innovation, Victoria University, Melbourne VIC 8001, Australia
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Received: 19 January 2011 / Revised: 23 February 2011 / Accepted: 8 March 2011 / Published: 10 March 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Porous Materials 2011)
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In this study, we focus on processing and characterizing composite material structures made of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and reproducibly engineering macro-pores inside their structure. Highly porous bucky-papers were fabricated from pure carbon nanotubes by dispersing and stabilizing large 1 μm polystyrene beads within a carbon nanotube suspension. The polystyrene beads, homogeneously dispersed across the thickness of the bucky-papers, were then either dissolved or carbonized to generate macro cavities of different shape and properties. The impact of adding these macro cavities on the porosity, specific surface area and Young’s modulus was investigated and some benefits of the macro cavities will be demonstrated.
Keywords: carbon nanotube; bucky-paper; sacrificial beads; tuning porosity carbon nanotube; bucky-paper; sacrificial beads; tuning porosity
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Dumée, L.; Sears, K.; Schütz, J.; Finn, N.; Duke, M.; Gray, S. A Preliminary Study on the Effect of Macro Cavities Formation on Properties of Carbon Nanotube Bucky-Paper Composites. Materials 2011, 4, 553-561.

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