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Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 42, Issue 10, pp 3408–3418 | Cite as

Carbon based conductive polymer composites

  • Wei Zhang
  • Abbas A. Dehghani-Sanij
  • Richard S. Blackburn
Review

Abstract

Composite material has attracted increasingly remarked interest over the last few decades and set it apart in its own class due to its distinct properties. World annual production is over 10 million tonnes and the market has in recent years been growing at 5–10% per annum. Among these materials, one subgroup, conductive polymer composite, has figured out and its importance is increasing in years to come. When used as conductive material, it possesses the merits of light weight, ease of manufacturing and chemical resistance. This review focuses on the electrical properties of carbon based conductive polymer composites. Special emphases are placed on the percolation phenomenon, the factors that affect the percolation threshold as well as related theoretical research work. Then mechanisms of electric conduction and factors influencing conductive properties are addressed.

Keywords

Carbon Fiber Carbon Black Percolation Threshold Filler Content EPDM 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank The UK Government (Overseas Research Scholarship Awards Scheme) and The University of Leeds (Tetley and Lupton Scholarships) for the provision of a PhD scholarship to one of us (Wei Zhang).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wei Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Abbas A. Dehghani-Sanij
    • 2
  • Richard S. Blackburn
    • 1
  1. 1.Green Chemistry Group, Centre for Technical Textiles, School of DesignUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK
  2. 2.School of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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