The thermal properties of a carbon nanotube-enriched epoxy: Thermal conductivity, curing, and degradation kinetics

Abstract
Multiwalled carbon nanotube-enriched epoxy polymers were prepared by solvent evaporation based on a commercially available epoxy system and functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (COOH-MWCNTs). Three weight ratio configurations (0.05, 0.5, and 1.0 wt %) of COOH-MWCNTs were considered and compared with neat epoxy and ethanol-treated epoxy to investigate the effects of nano enrichment and processing. Here, the thermal properties of the epoxy polymers, including curing kinetics, thermal conductivity, and degradation kinetics were studied. Introducing the MWCNTs increased the curing activation energy as revealed by differential scanning calorimetry. The final thermal conductivity of the 0.5 and 1.0 wt % MWCNT-enriched epoxy samples measured by laser flash technique increased by up to 15% compared with the neat material. The activation energy of the degradation process, investigated by thermogravimetric analysis, was found to increase with increasing CNT content, suggesting that the addition of MWCNTs improved the thermal stability of the epoxy polymers. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Citation
Ventura, I. A., Rahaman, A., & Lubineau, G. (2013). The thermal properties of a carbon nanotube-enriched epoxy: Thermal conductivity, curing, and degradation kinetics. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 130(4), 2722–2733. doi:10.1002/app.39438

Acknowledgements
The authors thank Mr. Chao Zhao for his support in KAUST's core facilities. The authors gratefully acknowledge financial support received from KAUST, The Boeing Company and Sabic.

Publisher
Wiley

Journal
Journal of Applied Polymer Science

DOI
10.1002/app.39438

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