Chemical bonding of multiwalled carbon nanotubes to SU-8 via ultrasonic irradiation

Nanyan Zhang, Jining Xie, Manton Guers, Vijay K. Varadan

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Multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNT) were functionalized by oxidation with potassium permanganate using a phase transfer catalyst in mild conditions. SU-8 reacted with functional groups, such as -OH and -COOH, of the functionalized carbon nanotubes by opening epoxide groups with the help of surfactants. Ultrasonic irradiation has been employed to prepare SU-8/CNT nanocomposites, using multiple effects such as dispersion, initiation, and activation. The influence of factors such as acidity, reaction temperature, and the nanotube concentration were investigated. The final product is a dark uniform solution. This new UV-curable polymer is expected to have applications in UV coating and microstereolithography for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)260-263
Number of pages4
JournalSmart Materials and Structures
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Signal Processing
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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