Dispersibility of Carbon Nanotubes
Availability of a stable carbon nanotube suspension is a prerequisite for production of polymer composites with carbon nanotube as additives. In this work nanotube suspensions, which have been prepared from various nanotubes in different dispersion agents, were compared. Dispersibility of the samples was investigated by scanning electon microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Solution of a non-ionic surfactant was also used successfully as a new dispersion agent. Geometrical parameters of the carbon nanotubes were determined by using atomic force microscopy. Correlation was found between the dispersibility and the parameters of the nanotubes and relative permittivity of the different solvents.
J. Gyulai and P.J. Szabó
T. Gábor et al., "Dispersibility of Carbon Nanotubes", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 537-538, pp. 161-168, 2007