Self-similar arrays of carbon nanotubes and nonwoven fibers with tunable surface wettability

Krisztina Nagy, Krishn Gopal Rajput, Ildikó Y. Tóth, P. V.Kameswara Rao, Sumit Sharma, Vijay Kumar, Amit Rawal, Akos Kukovecz

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Abstract

Self-similar materials can assist in the transition of hydrophobic to hydrophilic state in a well-controlled manner. Herein, we report an ensemble of carboxylic functionalized carbon nanotubes (CNTs) decorated on the self-similar nonwoven surface using a facile, scalable and inexpensive vacuum filtration process for tunable surface wettability. Increasing the amount of CNTs combined with the vacuum assisted nonwoven material reduced the apparent equilibrium contact angle systematically. A simple analytical model has been proposed to predict the apparent equilibrium contact angle by formulating a direct relationship with the structural parameters of CNTs and nonwoven materials. In general, a satisfactory agreement was observed between the theoretical and experimental apparent equilibrium contact angles of CNT decorated nonwoven materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-136
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Letters
Volume228
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2018

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Keywords

  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Contact angle
  • Nonwoven
  • Self-similar
  • Surfaces
  • Wettability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Nagy, K., Rajput, K. G., Tóth, I. Y., Rao, P. V. K., Sharma, S., Kumar, V., Rawal, A., & Kukovecz, A. (2018). Self-similar arrays of carbon nanotubes and nonwoven fibers with tunable surface wettability. Materials Letters, 228, 133-136. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matlet.2018.05.085