Special Issue "Carbon Nanotube Based Composites: Processing, Properties, Modeling and Application"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Carbon Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Antonio Pantano
Guest Editor
Universita degli Studi di Palermo, Dipartimento Ingegneria, Palermo, Italy
Interests: computational mechanics;composite materials;mechanical design;numerical methods for engineering;mechanical engineering aspects of micro-/nano-scale engineering;nondestructive evaluation;wind turbines;biomimetic

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

One way to take advantage of the marvelous properties of carbon nanotubes, consists of incorporating them into a matrix to build composite materials. The best candidates for this task are undoubtedly polymers, which, thanks to their strength, toughness, low weight, and easy processing, have been used in a broad variety of industrial application. The extraordinary mechanical properties, together with the high ratios (100–10,000) of the geometric aspect, stiffness-to-weight, and strength-to-weight, all point to carbon nanotubes as potentially ideal reinforcing agents in advanced composites. However, not only the stiffness and strength of the polymer can be improved by adding CNTs, but also the thermal and electrical conductivities, optical properties, toughness, fatigue resistance, and damping characteristics of the formed composites can be enhanced. A few examples of applications of carbon nanotubes enriched with polymer composites that we can mention are the following: aerospace structures, sporting goods, automotive components, medical devices, optical barriers, photovoltaic devices, conducting plastics, materials with high electrostatic dissipation, electromagnetic interference shielding, efficient electrostatic painting of plastics, composite mirrors, plastics with a high thermal dissipation, biomaterial devices, strain sensors, damage sensing, gas sensors, optoelectronics, transparent electronics, and electromechanical actuation.

This interest in the potential has attracted the attention of both industry and academia, which have committed to this research field an impressive amount of work, as the very high number of publications shows. However, before seeing an extensive use of carbon nanotube enhanced polymer composites, there are a few difficult challenges that need to be addressed, in particular, it is important to consider the following: to develop inexpensive mass production techniques for CNTs, to be able to accurately control their geometrical features (like diameter, length, and chirality), to achieve the ability to disperse the CNTs homogeneously throughout the matrix, and to efficiently transfer the mechanical load from the matrix to the CNTs.

In this Special Issue, modern trends in carbon nanotube-based composites, including their processing, properties, modeling, and applications, are highlighted and discussed.

It is my pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue. Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome.

Prof. Antonio Pantano
Guest Editor

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  • Carbon nanotube
  • Composite
  • Nanocomposite
  • Mechanical properties
  • Thermal properties
  • Thermomechanical properties
  • Electrical properties
  • Optical properties
  • Viscoelastic properties
  • Interfacial properties
  • Dispersion
  • Polymer–matrix composites
  • Processing
  • Modeling

Published Papers

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