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Functionalization of multiwalled carbon nanotubes with polystyrene under atom transfer radical polymerization conditions

Wu, Hui-Xia and Tong, Rui and Qiu, Xue-Qiong and Yang, Hai-Feng and Lin, Yang-Hui and Cai, Rui-Fang and Qian, Shi-Xiong (2007) Functionalization of multiwalled carbon nanotubes with polystyrene under atom transfer radical polymerization conditions. CARBON, 45 (1). pp. 152-159.

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Abstract

Linear Polystyrene (PS) was grafted onto the convex surfaces of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). Bromine-terminated polystyrene synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) was directly reacted with MWCNTs under ATRP conditions using CuBr/2,2′-bipyridine as catalyst. The PS-grafted MWCNT samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, FT-IR spectra, Raman spectra, 1H NMR, UV–vis spectra, thermal gravimetric analyses, and X-ray diffraction. The products can dissolve in organic solvents such as 1,2-dichlorobenzene, tetrahydrofuran and chloroform to form well-dispersed solutions. Optical limiting property measurements in chloroform were carried out at 532 nm using the open-aperture z-scan technique. The results demonstrate that the samples preserve good optical limiting properties when the polymer is covalently attached to the carbon nanotube.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Material Science > Functional and hybrid materials
Material Science > Nanofabrication processes and tools
Material Science > Nanostructured materials
ID Code:3196
Deposited By:Anuj Seth
Deposited On:26 May 2009 11:57
Last Modified:26 May 2009 11:57

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