2007 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - Nanotech 2007 - 10th Annual

Carbon Nanotube Reinforced, Three Dimensionally-Ordered Porous Carbon Materials and Potential Applications

Ji Su, T-B Xu, T. Huang, T. Wilkins, J. Pang and R. Pater
NASA Langley Research Center, US

porous carbon materials, multifunctional nano-structured composites

Mechanical fragility of porous carbon materials has been a major impediment to their use. Recently, researchers at NASA Langley Research Center have developed carbon nanotube-reinforced, three dimensionally-ordered and interconnected porous polymer/carbon composite materials. In order to fabricate the materials, a dynamic processing method was invented. Dynamic mechanical analysis at 1 Hz demonstrated improved compression modulus (100 MPa), as compared to similar materials without carbon nanotube reinforcement (10 MPa). These novel materials possess large BET surface area (>600m2/gram). These porous carbon materials have potential applications in gas storage (for fuel cell), as a hosting material (catalyst substrate), and for multifunctional nano-structured composites. The processing, properties, and potential applications of the porous carbon materials will be presented.

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