Synthesis and characterization of new polyaniline/nanotube composites

W. K. Maser, A. M. Benito, M. A. Callejas, T. Seeger, M. T. Martínez, J. Schreiber, J. Muszynski, O. Chauvet, Z. Osváth, A. A. Koós, L. P. Biró

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New polyaniline/nanotube (PANI/NT) composites have been synthesized by "in situ" polymerization processes using both multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) and single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) in concentrations ranging from 2 to 50 wt.%. Although no structural changes are observed using MWNTs above a concentration of 20 wt.%, the in situ synthesis results in electronic interactions between nanotubes and the quinoid ring of PANI leading to enhanced electronic properties and thus to the formation of a genuine PANI/MWNT composite material. On the other hand, using SWNTs favors the formation of inhomogeneous mixtures rather than of a homogeneous composite materials, independent of the SWNT concentration. X-ray diffraction, Raman and transport measurements show the different behavior of both classes of nanotubes in PANI/NT materials. The difficulties in the formation of a true PANI/SWNT composite are related to the far more complex structure of the SWNT material itself, i.e. to the presence of entangled

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-91
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering C
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 15 2003



  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Composite materials
  • Conducting polymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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Maser, W. K., Benito, A. M., Callejas, M. A., Seeger, T., Martínez, M. T., Schreiber, J., Muszynski, J., Chauvet, O., Osváth, Z., Koós, A. A., & Biró, L. P. (2003). Synthesis and characterization of new polyaniline/nanotube composites. Materials Science and Engineering C, 23(1-2), 87-91.