Researchers from University of the Basque Country Report Details of New Studies and Findings in the Area of Fullerenes (Dispersion of carbon nanotubes in nanostructured epoxy systems for coating application)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Researchers detail new data in Fullerenes. According to news reporting originating in Donostia San Sebastian, Spain, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "This study about the dispersion of carbon nanotubes into an epoxy matrix can be considered as a first approach to investigate a potential industrial coating. In order to well disperse carboxylic acid-modified multiwalled carbon nanotubes (a-MWCNT) in a commercial epoxy-based resin, its nanostructuring with an amphiphilic epoxidized styrene-b-butadiene-b-styrene triblock copolymer that also acts as surfactant was carried out."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of the Basque Country, "In order to determine if coating performance is suitable for industrial applications, morphologies generated for copolymer-modified coating and the dispersion of a-MWCNT was characterized by atomic force microscopy. Contact angle measurements, Taber abrasion testing and thermogravimetric analysis were also performed. A tailor-made coating was developed with improved a-MWCNT dispersion and hydrophobicity due to the effect of block copolymer. System modified with 5 wt% of block copolymer and filled with 1 wt% a-MWCNT present the lowest value in weight loss in the wear test, while systems filled with 0.2 wt% of a-MWCNT showed increased thermal stability."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Coating properties analyzed depend largely on the amount of components and a-MWCNT dispersion level, thus adding new application possibilities to the coatings, while most of the conventional epoxy-coating advantages are retained."
For more information on this research see: Dispersion of carbon nanotubes in nanostructured epoxy systems for coating application. Progress in Organic Coatings, 2014;77(9):1452-1458. Progress in Organic Coatings can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Sa, PO Box 564, 1001 Lausanne, Switzerland. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Progress in Organic Coatings - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/504100)
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting L.H. Esposito, University of the Basque Country, Polytechnic Sch, Dept. of Chem & Environm Engn, Mat Technol Grp, Donostia San Sebastian 20018, Spain. Additional authors for this research include J.A. Ramos and G. Kortaberria (see also Fullerenes).
Keywords for this news article include: Spain, Europe, Fullerenes, Nanotechnology, Carbon Nanotubes, Emerging Technologies, Donostia San Sebastian
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