Journal of Coatings Technology and Research

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 123–132

Functional cellulose fibers via polycarboxylic acid/carbon nanotube composite coating


  • Farbod Alimohammadi
    • Young Researchers ClubIslamic Azad University-South Tehran Branch
    • Department of TextileIslamic Azad University, Shahre Rey Branch
  • Ali Shamei
    • Young Researchers ClubIslamic Azad University-South Tehran Branch

DOI: 10.1007/s11998-012-9429-3

Cite this article as:
Alimohammadi, F., Parvinzadeh Gashti, M. & Shamei, A. J Coat Technol Res (2013) 10: 123. doi:10.1007/s11998-012-9429-3


In this study, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were stabilized on a cotton surface using 1,2,3,4-butanetetracarboxylic acid (BTCA) as a crosslinking agent and sodium hypophosphite as a catalyst. The influence of CNTs on the performance of the cellulose fiber was investigated using a Raman spectrophotometer, thermogravimetric analyzer, a scanning electron microscope, electrical contacting equipment, and an electromagnetic field detector. The possible interactions between CNTs, a crosslinking agent, and cellulose functional groups at the surface were elucidated by Raman spectroscopy. The results indicate that the stabilized CNTs modify the surface of the fibers and increase the functionality and thermal stability of the substrate. SEM showed a uniform coating of CNTs on the fiber surface.


Fabrics/textilesElectrical propertiesSurface analysis

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