Macrodispersion of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes for Conductive Films

ArticleinJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 12(4):3408-11 · April 2012with7 Reads
Impact Factor: 1.56 · DOI: 10.1166/jnn.2012.5601 · Source: PubMed

    Abstract

    Understanding of the effect of the multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) dispersion process on physical properties of MWCNT film is crucial in process optimization of MWCNT film-based products. In the present work, the electrical conduction property of MWCNT films according to various conditions in MWCNT dispersion is investigated. Spectroscopic analysis of dispersed MWCNTs show that the electrical resistance of the MWCNT conductive film is affected by an increase in the electrical contacts between adjacent CNTs due to CNT debundling and physical damage caused by ultrasonic processing. Based on the two conflicting parameters, dispersion guidelines for highly conductive MWCNT film are presented.