TCi’s Application in the Thermal Conductivity Characterization of Nanomaterials

Nanomaterials are an exciting area of material science research and engineering. Nanomaterials offer unique electrical properties, extraordinary strength and great efficiency in heat conduction. Application areas for nanomaterials include electronics, optics, medicine and architecture - offering tremendous potential for groundbreaking discovery. The webinar will review application areas of the TCi Thermal Conductivity Analyzer in assisting with the development and characterization of nanomaterials.

In reviewing recent published work – we’ll look at how researchers at Texas Tech and Florida State Universities leverage the TCi’s capabilities to help investigate mechanical methods used to shorten carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for improving dispersion without reducing their thermal conductivity. Single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) were mechanically cut to produce short and open-ended fullerene pipes. These shortened SWCNTs were then used in polymer composites. Both atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy characterizations suggested that nanotube shortening significantly improved CNT dispersion. Thermal conductivity of composites containing short CNTs were found to be much better than those containing pristine CNTs.

Similarly, researchers in the School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering at the Universiti Sains Malaysia employ the TCi Thermal Conductivity Analyzer for looking at the effects of surface-functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) on the properties of poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS). Learn more about the TCi’s application in nanomaterials characterization.

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