, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 123-132
Date: 03 Jul 2012

Functional cellulose fibers via polycarboxylic acid/carbon nanotube composite coating

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Abstract

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.