Special Issue "Conductive Nanocomposites and Their 3D Printing"
A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 October 2020.
Interests: nanomaterials; catalysis; polymer; composite; additive manufacturing; smart materials; sensors; nanotechnology; conductive nanocomposites; 3D printing
Metals are the most frequently used conductive materials; however, they have important drawbacks such as corrosion and high density (heavyweight), and they are expensive to process. Hence, during the last decade, technological breakthroughs and research focus in the field of conductive materials have been intensely directed towards the development of conductive nanocomposites (CNC). CNCs are usually composed of conductive fillers such as carbon nanotubes, graphene, and metal nanowires, dispersed in an insulating matrix. Polymer-based CNCs benefit from the intrinsic properties of polymers (i.e., light weight, low cost, corrosion resistance, and easy processing) combined with tunable electrical conductivity derived from their adjustable filler morphology and properties. CNCs have shown promising electrical properties which are useful for various applications, such as in sensors, electronics, electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding, and lightning strike protection in airplanes.
Conventional methods used for forming CNCs (e.g., solvent-casting, compression molding, or injection molding) usually require the utilization of molds, while additive manufacture (AM) or 3D printing (3DP) methods build forms from a digitally designed 3D model without mold fabrication. This feature of 3DP makes this method one of the most promising methods suitable for direct fabrication of the final conductive parts and complex structures, as well as prototyping for experimental studies. To date, different types of 3D printing methods, such as fused deposition modeling (FDM), selective laser sintering (SLS), stereolithography (SLA), and solvent-assisted 3DP have been developed.
The titled Special Issue aims to cover current research studies in the field of conductive nanocomposites which are useful for additive manufacturing. Advanced composite fabrication approaches with characterizations showing their potential in the field of 3D printing (e.g., rheological behavior) and innovative 3D printing methods and materials are very welcome.
Dr. Kambiz Chizari
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- additive manufacturing
- 3D printing
- electrical properties