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Nanomaterials 2012, 2(4), 348-365; doi:10.3390/nano2040348
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Characterization of Hybrid Epoxy Nanocomposites

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Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Ramat Gan, 52562, Israel
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Received: 4 September 2012 / Revised: 24 September 2012 / Accepted: 9 October 2012 / Published: 26 October 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Composite Nanomaterials)
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Abstract

This study focused on the effect of Multi Wall Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNT) content and its surface treatment on thermo-mechanical properties of epoxy nanocomposites. MWCNTs were surface treated and incorporated into two epoxy systems. MWCNT's surface treatments were based on: (a) Titania coating obtained by sol-gel process and (b) a nonionic surfactant. Thermo-mechanical properties improvement was obtained following incorporation of treated MWCNT. It was noticed that small amounts of titania coated MWCNT (0.05 wt %) led to an increase in the glass transition temperature and stiffness. The best performance was achieved adding 0.3 wt % titania coated MWCNT where an increase of 10 °C in the glass transition temperature and 30% in storage modulus were obtained.
Keywords: nanocomposites; carbon nanotubes; epoxy; sol-gel nanocomposites; carbon nanotubes; epoxy; sol-gel
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Simcha, S.; Dotan, A.; Kenig, S.; Dodiuk, H. Characterization of Hybrid Epoxy Nanocomposites. Nanomaterials 2012, 2, 348-365.

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