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Materials 2013, 6(6), 2360-2371; doi:10.3390/ma6062360
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Structural Properties of Chemically Functionalized Carbon Nanotube Thin Films

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1 Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Processes, Foundation of Research and Technology Hellas, P.O. Box 1414, Patras GR-26504, Greece 2 Department of Materials Science, University of Patras, Patras GR-26504, Greece
This research paper is dedicated to Prof. Maurizio Prato on the occasion of his 60th birthday.
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 2 May 2013 / Revised: 3 June 2013 / Accepted: 5 June 2013 / Published: 10 June 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Carbon Nanotubes)
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Abstract

Buckypapers are thin sheets of randomly entangled carbon nanotubes, which are highly porous networks. They are strong candidates for a number of applications, such as reinforcing materials for composites. In this work, buckypapers were produced from multiwall carbon nanotubes, pre-treated by two different chemical processes, either an oxidation or an epoxidation reaction. Properties, such as porosity, the mechanical and electrical response are investigated. It was found that the chemical pretreatment of carbon nanotubes strongly affects the structural properties of the buckypapers and, consecutively, their mechanical and electrical performance.
Keywords: carbon nanotubes; buckypaper; oxidation; epoxidation; mechanical properties; electrical properties carbon nanotubes; buckypaper; oxidation; epoxidation; mechanical properties; electrical properties
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Trakakis, G.; Tasis, D.; Parthenios, J.; Galiotis, C.; Papagelis, K. Structural Properties of Chemically Functionalized Carbon Nanotube Thin Films. Materials 2013, 6, 2360-2371.

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