Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 652–659 | Cite as

Freeze cast carbon nanotube-alumina nanoparticle green composites

  • Kathy LuEmail author


CNT-Al2O3 nanoparticle suspensions without and with sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) were freeze-cast into green samples. SDS drastically improves Carbon nanotube (CNT) dispersion and CNT-Al2O3 nanocomposite homogeneity. Green density of the CNT-Al2O3 nanocomposites decreases with CNT addition. Green strength of the CNT-Al2O3 nanocomposites increases with the CNT content when CNTs are well separated. The CNT-Al2O3 nanocomposites show medium energy fracture mode during equibiaxial flexural strength testing and change color in response to CNT content and distribution in the Al2O3 nanoparticle matrix.


Al2O3 Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate Critical Micelle Concentration Al2O3 Nanoparticles Particle Size Distribution Measurement 
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This work was supported by Oak Ridge Associated Universities and Petroleum Research Fund. The author also thanks Chris Kessler and Xiaojing Zhu for certain data collection and Prof. Brian Love for the equibiaxial flexural strength testing.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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