Customizable Ceramic Nanocomposites Using Carbon Nanotubes

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Okolo, C., Rafique, R., Iqbal, S. S., Subhani, T., Saharudin, M. S., Ramachandra Bhat, B. and Inam, F. 2019. Customizable Ceramic Nanocomposites Using Carbon Nanotubes. Molecules. 24 (Art. 3176).
AuthorsOkolo, C., Rafique, R., Iqbal, S. S., Subhani, T., Saharudin, M. S., Ramachandra Bhat, B. and Inam, F.
Abstract

A novel tweakable nanocomposite was prepared by spark plasma sintering followed by systematic oxidation of carbon nanotube (CNT) molecules to produce alumina/carbon nanotube nanocomposites with surface porosities. The mechanical properties (flexural strength and fracture toughness), surface area, and electrical conductivities were characterized and compared. The nanocomposites were extensively analyzed by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) for 2D qualitative surface morphological analysis. Adding CNTs in ceramic matrices and then systematically oxidizing them, without substantial reduction in densification, induces significant capability to achieve desirable/application oriented balance between mechanical, electrical, and catalytic properties of these ceramic nanocomposites. This novel strategy, upon further development, opens new level of opportunities for real-world/industrial applications of these relatively novel engineering materials.

JournalMolecules
Journal citation24 (Art. 3176)
ISSN1420-3049
Year2019
PublisherMDPI
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.3390/molecules24173176
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules24173176
Publication dates
Online01 Sep 2019
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Accepted31 Aug 2019
Deposited17 Sep 2019
Copyright holder© 2019 The Authors.
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