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Electron Microscopy Investigation of Coated Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes Prepared by Reactive Ball Milling

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Homogeneous and stable inorganic coating of SiO2, Al2O3 and TiO2 was obtained on the surface of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) by mechanically mixing them with precursor compounds in a planetary ball mill and by subsequent hydrolysis. Detailed studies by means of transmission and scanning electron microscopy revealed that the milling time as well as the number of balls significantly affects the homogeneity of the layer formed. Our results demonstrate that planetary ball milling can be an effective and low-cost process for the production of homogenous coating of oxides on MWNTs in a large-scale.
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Keywords: Ball Milling; Carbon Nanotube; Composite; Electron Microscopy; Oxide Coating

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Applied and Environmental Chemistry, University of Szeged, Rerrich B. tér 1, Szeged, H-6720, Hungary 2: Departement Metaalkunde en Toegepaste Materiaalkunde, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 44 – Bus 2450, B-3001 Heverlee, Belgium 3: Laboratory of Physics of Complex Matter (LPMC), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Centre Est, Station 3, CH-1015, Lausanne, Switzerland

Publication date: January 1, 2019

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