By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- Researchers detail new data in Minerals. According to news originating from Blacksburg, Virginia, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "In this study hybrid ternary polymeric nanocomposites based on carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphite nanoplatelets (GNPs) are examined for their enhanced transport properties, over mono-nanofiller composite systems, originated via a synergy mechanism. Using an epipxy as the host matrix, a number of CNTs/epoxy, GNPs/epoxy and hybrid CNTs/GNPs/ epoxy specimens are processed and their electrical and thermal properties are characterized."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Virginia Tech, "Furthermore, these transport properties are also estimated using a set of recently developed computational models based on percolation analysis and statistical continuum mechanics. Results suggest that the models, in agreement with the experimental observations, confirm the presence of the synergy effect for both the electrical and thermal transport properties. Both the computational and experimental studies suggest incorporating miniscule amount of auxiliary nanofiller (ex. 10%wt CNTs compared to GNPs), boosts the electricalconductivity of the hybrid composites by several orders of magnitudes. Furthermore, the experimental measurements and the strong contrast computational models suggest that, owing to the formation of the hybrid CNT/GNP network, the hybrid CNT/GNP/polymer nanocomposites outperform their single-nanofiller counterpart configurations."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The investigation affirms that the particle agglomeration. severely affects the transport properties of the hybrid nanocomposites and it is the root cause for the conflicting results in the literature."
For more information on this research see: Synergistic electrical and thermal transport properties of hybrid polymeric nanocomposites based on carbon nanotubes and graphite nanoplatelets. Carbon, 2013;64():111-121. Carbon can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Carbon - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/258)
The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from M. Safdari, Virginia Technical, Engn Sci & Mech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, United States (see also Minerals).
Keywords for this news article include: Virginia, Graphite, Minerals, Blacksburg, Fullerenes, Nanoplatelet, United States, Nanocomposite, Nanotechnology, Carbon Nanotubes, Emerging Technologies, North and Central America
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