Single-step electrospinning of multi walled carbon nanotubes - Poly(3-octylthiophene) hybrid nano-fibers

Céline Bounioux, Ron Avrahami, Gleb Vasilyev, Nilesh Patil, Eyal Zussman, Rachel Yerushalmi Rozen

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Abstract

Single-step electrospinning of micro-fibers from native solutions of poly(3-octyl thiophene) (P3OT) presents a simplified processes as compared to previously reported host-guest or core-shell strategies for production of conjugated-polymers fibers. Furthermore, as P3OT is a good dispersing agent for Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWNT) the process is extended to spinning of MWNT-P3OT dispersions in a single step offering a unique opportunity for incorporation of carbon nanotubes (CNT) into well-shaped functional fibers without the need for the usage of a non-active mediating agent. Rheological characterization of the dispersions and structural analysis of the resulting fibers indicate that well dispersed CNT improve the spinnability of the polymer and enhance the crystallinity of the resulting fibers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-21
Number of pages7
JournalPolymer
Volume86
DOIs
StatePublished - 8 Mar 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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