[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Al-based composites incorporating multilayered graphene sheets were developed via a facile approach. The multilayered graphene sheets were fabricated from the expanded graphite via a simple mechanical exfoliation process. The facile extrusion molding process with Al powder and graphene sheets exfoliated from expended graphite afforded Al-based graphene composite rods. These composites showed enhanced thermal conductivity compared to the pristine Al rods. Moreover, the Al-based multilayered graphene sheet composites exhibited lower interfacial contact resistance between graphene-based electrodes than the pristine Al. With increasing degrees of dispersion, the number of exposed graphene sheets increases, thereby significantly decreasing the interfacial contact resistance between the composite and external graphite electrode.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A carbon nanotube yarn core graphitic shell hybrid fiber was fabricated via facile heat treatment of epoxy-based negative photoresist (SU-8) on carbon nanotube yarn. The effective encapsulation of carbon nanotube yarn in carbon fiber and a glassy carbon outer shell determines their physical properties. The higher electrical conductivity (than carbon fiber) of the carbon nanotube yarn overcomes the drawbacks of carbon fiber/glassy carbon, and the better properties (than carbon nanotubes) of the carbon fiber/glassy carbon make up for the lower thermal and mechanical properties of the carbon nanotube yarn via synergistic hybridization without any chemical doping and additional processes.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Commercially mass-produced multi-walled carbon nanotubes, i.e., VGNF (Showa Denko Co.), were applied to support materials for platinum-ruthenium (PtRu) nanoparticles as anode catalysts for direct methanol fuel cells. The original VGNFs are composed of high-crystalline graphitic shells, which hinder the favorable surface deposition of the PtRu nanoparticles that are formed via borohydride reduction. The chemical treatment of VGNFs with potassium hydroxide (KOH), however, enables highly dispersed and dense deposition of PtRu nanoparticles on the VGNF surface. This capability becomes more remarkable depending on the KOH amount. The electrochemical evaluation of the PtRu-deposited VGNF catalysts showed enhanced active surface areas and methanol oxidation, due to the high dispersion and dense deposition of the PtRu nanoparticles. The improvement of the surface deposition states of the PtRu nanoparticles was significantly due to the high surface area and mesorporous surface structure of the KOH-activated VGNFs.
Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 01/2011; 11(1):675-80. DOI:10.1166/jnn.2011.3229 · 1.56 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: It is demonstrated that an optically transparent and electrically conductive polyethylene oxide (PEO) film is fabricated by the introduction of individualized single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). The incorporated SWNTs in the PEO film sustain their intrinsic electronic and optical properties and, in addition, the intrinsic properties of the polymer matrix are retained. The individualized SWNTs with smaller diameter provide high transmittance as well as good electrical conductivity in PEO films.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In this research study, the vapor-grown carbon nanofibers (VGCFs) were investigated as possible reinforcements in the polymer matrix to improve the mechanical and thermal properties of composites. Microscopic analysis has shown that the fibers were well dispersed in a polycarbonate (PC) matrix. The VGCFs delayed the thermal decomposition of the PC, which is likely a result of absorption by the carbon surface of free radicals generated during the polymer decomposition. The higher orientation of the VGCF resulted in 10 wt.% but that decreased with increasing VGCF content. The thermal stability of composites improved with increasing filler loading below Tg. Both hardness and Young's modulus increased with an increase of filler content for the rolling composite sheets. The effect of VGCF content on the tribological property of the composites was studied. The result shows that the friction coefficient of VGCF-reinforced PC composites decreased with VGCF content compared to pure PC.