, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 1011-1016
Date: 28 Nov 2008

Facile graft polystyrene onto multi-walled carbon nanotubes via in situ thermo-induced radical polymerization

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A facile procedure was developed for the grafting of polystyrene onto the surfaces of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) via the in situ thermo-induced bulk radical polymerization of styrene at the different polymerizing temperatures, in the presence of MWNTs without any initiator added. The grafting products were validated by the dispersibility, TEM, TGA, FT-IR, and Raman analysis. The TGA results also showed the lower polymerizing temperature was propitious to the free radical addition reactions.