Imperial College London

Prof Milo Shaffer

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Professor of Materials Chemistry



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Mr John Murrell +44 (0)20 7594 2845




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BibTex format

author = {Lee, W and Clancy, A and Fernández-Toribio, JC and Anthony, D and White, E and Solano, E and Leese, HS and Vilatela, JJ and Shaffer, MSP},
journal = {Carbon},
title = {Interfacially-grafted single wall carbon nanotube / poly (vinyl alcohol) composite fibers},
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RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Nanocomposites are critically influenced by interfacial interactions between the reinforcement and matrix. Polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) of varying molecular weights were prepared and grafted to single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs), to improve the interfacial interaction with a homopolymer PVOH matrix. Nanocomposite fibers were coagulation spun across a broad range of loading fractions, controlled by the spinning dope composition. An intermediate grafted-PVOH molecular weight (10 kDa) maximized grafting ratio, and the final composite mechanical performance; the positive effects were attributed to the increased degree of dispersion of the SWCNTs in the dope, as well as the favorable interface. The PVOH grafting increased the stability of the SWCNT loading fractions (up to 45 wt.%), offering increased strength (up to 1100 MPa) and stiffness (up to 38.5 GPa); at the same time, strain to-failures remained high (up to 23.3%), resulting in high toughness (up to 125 J g-1).
AU - Lee,W
AU - Clancy,A
AU - Fernández-Toribio,JC
AU - Anthony,D
AU - White,E
AU - Solano,E
AU - Leese,HS
AU - Vilatela,JJ
AU - Shaffer,MSP
SN - 0008-6223
TI - Interfacially-grafted single wall carbon nanotube / poly (vinyl alcohol) composite fibers
T2 - Carbon
UR -
ER -