Electric field alignment of single wall carbon nanotubes (SWNT) in polymers

Sumanth Banda, Zoubeida Ounaies, Tyler St Clair, Jared Rud, Kristin Burney, Gary Bowlin, Cheol Park, Joycelyn Harrison

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Abstract

Electrospinning of a SWNT-polyimide composite is accomplished under DC electric field. The resulting composite fibers are characterized to assess the alignment of the SWNTs in the polyimide. Polarized Raman spectroscopy is performed using a Nicolet dispersive Raman spectrometer with a polarizer. The Raman spectrum of SWNT-polyimide fibers is recorded at several angles between the SWNT axis and the incident polarization, in the range of 0° to 180°. The Raman peak in each spectrum corresponds to the tangential mode (1590 cm- 1) of the SWNT in the composite. Inspection of the spectra reveals that the maximum intensity is obtained when the polarization of incident radiation is parallel to the SWNT axis, while the smallest intensity is obtained when the polarization of incident radiation is perpendicular to the SWNT axis. Difference in the intensities when the radiation is parallel and perpendicular to the SWNT axis indicates preferential alignment of SWNTs in the polyimide fibers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number03
Pages (from-to)12-22
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume5761
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 29 2005
EventSmart Structures and Materials 2005 - Active Materials: Behavior and Mechanics - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 7 2005Mar 10 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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