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Analysis of Sonication Dispersion Parameters for Batch-Production of Buckypaper

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Analysis of Sonication Dispersion Parameters for Batch-Production of Buckypaper


Buckypaper is a macroscopic aggregate of carbon nanotubes. Buckypaper contains valuable high mechanical strength, electrical, and thermal conductivity due to their nanoscale dimension and unique structural network. The current batch-production method has its own associated limitations and problems, including long process time, cost effectiveness, as well as spilling and improper sonication operation. [1] This research will focus on the analysis of sonication time, examining an effective filtration model that will produce buckypaper at effective rates, and the effect of oven drying on the buckypaper, without sacrificing its conducive, electric, and strength properties. The approach used is to study the effect of varying the sonication process time on the resultant samples. The study proves that lower sonication time does not prove to be ideal in the maintaining the properties of the buckypaper. The resultant buckypaper did not yield good results due to the tendency of carbon nanotubes to agglomerate with short dispersion time. Samples that were not placed in the oven after water and methanol baths still proved to have large amounts of surfactant left over, affecting the density and properties of the buckypaper. Poor dispersion and high residual surfactant lead to a decrease in mechanical, electrical, and thermodynamic properties. [2]


Authors: Emily Anne Vargas


Conference: CAMX 2016 – Anaheim


SKU/Code: TP16-0011


Pages: 17

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