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Journal of Polymer Engineering

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Volume 32, Issue 6-7


Preparation and characterization of polyvinyl alcohol/carbon nanotube (PVA/CNT) conductive nanofibers

Ozcan Koysuren
Published Online: 2012-09-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/polyeng-2012-0068


The aim of this study was to prepare polyvinyl alcohol/carbon nanotube (PVA/CNT) conductive nanofibers by the electrospinning process. Prior to composite preparation, carbon nanotubes are dispersed homogeneously in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) and mixed with a PVA solution. A series of PVA/CNT films and nanofibers with various CNT compositions are prepared. Electrical conductivity and specific capacitance of spin-coated PVA/CNT films and electrospun PVA/CNT fibers increase with an increase in CNT content. Electrospun PVA/CNT nanofibers with a larger electrode surface result in a higher specific capacitance when compared with spin-coated PVA/CNT films. According to the morphology analysis, homogeneous and highly porous PVA/CNT mats containing 50–300 nm diameter nanofibers are obtained by the electrospinning process.

Keywords: carbon nanotube; electrospinning; nanocomposites; nanofiber; specific capacitance

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Corresponding author: Ozcan Koysuren, Department of Chemical Engineering, Selcuk University, Konya, 42031, Turkey

Received: 2012-07-04

Accepted: 2012-07-24

Published Online: 2012-09-10

Published in Print: 2012-10-01

Citation Information: Journal of Polymer Engineering, Volume 32, Issue 6-7, Pages 407–413, ISSN (Online) 2191-0340, ISSN (Print) 0334-6447, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/polyeng-2012-0068.

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