Functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes for UV coating

Tuba Çakir Çanak, Ömer Faruk Vurur, I. Ersin Serhatli*

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Abstract

Purpose - This paper aims to investigate effects of acrylic functionalisation of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) on properties of carbon nanotubes/epoxy nanocomposites. Design/methodology/approach - A number of analytical techniques, including Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy, were used to assess the effects of acid treatment on MWCNTs. Ultraviolet-curable coatings were fabricated by sonication and cast moulding process. The mechanical properties of MWCNTs/epoxy composites at different weight fractions were evaluated by performing tensile tests and dynamic mechanical analysis tests. Also, gel contents were examined. Findings - It was found that addition of nanotubes monomer to epoxy formulations had significant effect on the viscoelastic and mechanical properties. Practical implications - Improving dispersion and alignment of MWCNTs in the composite matrix will contribute to the development of resin/MWCNTs nanocomposites and promote the applications. Originality/value - The paper establishes a method to introduce MWCNTs into epoxy matrix as a monomer to enhance the photo curable and dispersion properties of the MWCNT/epoxy films.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalPigment and Resin Technology
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Keywords

  • Composites
  • Epoxy resins
  • Nanotechnology
  • UV coating

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