Fabrication of 3D carbon nanotube networks

Anna Maria Laera, Luciana Mirenghi, Monica Schioppa, Concetta Nobile, Laura Capodieci, Anna Grazia Scalone, Francesca Di Benedetto, Leander Tapfer

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Wereport on the synthesis and characterization of a hyperbranched polymer englobing single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs). This new material was obtained by using SWCNTs functionalized with carboxylic groups as starting reagent. The acid groups were firstly converted in acyl chloride moieties and afterwards were bound to hexamethylenediamine (HMDA) via formation of amide functionality. The acquired spectra of attenuated total reflectance and the analysis performed through x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed the amide bond formation. The hyperbranched polymer characterization was completed by using scanning and transmission electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and Raman spectroscopy. The electron microscopy analyses showed the formation of an amorphous polymeric material englobing a dense network of SWCNTs without phase segregation, demonstrating that the reaction withHMDAallows a reorganization of SWCNTs in a complex three-dimensional network.
Original languageEnglish
Article number085007
Pages (from-to)-
JournalMaterials Research Express
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biomaterials
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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Laera, A. M., Mirenghi, L., Schioppa, M., Nobile, C., Capodieci, L., Scalone, A. G., ... Tapfer, L. (2016). Fabrication of 3D carbon nanotube networks. Materials Research Express, 3(8), -. [085007]. https://doi.org/10.1088/2053-1591/3/8/085007