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|Title:||Influence of Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes on Morphology and Electrical Conductivity of PP/ABS Blends|
|Keywords:||2-Phase Polymer Blends|
|Publisher:||JOHN WILEY & SONS INC|
|Citation:||JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE PART B-POLYMER PHYSICS, 46(21), 2286-2295|
|Abstract:||Polypropylene (PP) and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) blends with multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWNT) were prepared by melt mixing. PP/ABS blends without MWNT revealed coarse co continuous structures on varying the ABS content from 40 to 70 wt %. Bulk electrical conductivity of the blends showed lower percolation threshold (0.4-0.5 wt %) in the 45/55 co continuous blends whereas the percolation threshold was between 2 and 3 wt % in matrix-particle dispersed morphology of 80/20 blends. Interestingly, droplet size was observed to decrease with addition of MWNT above percolation threshold in 80/20 blends. Further, the bulk electrical conductivity was found to be dependent on the melt flow index of PP. The non-polar or weakly polar nature of blends constituents resulted in the temperature independent dielectric constant, dielectric loss, and DC electrical conductivity. Rheological analysis revealed the formation of 3D network-like structure in 80/20 PP/ABS blends at 3 wt % MWNT. An attempt was made to understand the relationship between rheology, morphology, and electrical conductivity of these blends. (C) 2008 . J Polym Sci Part B: Polym Phys 46: 2286-2295, 2008|
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