Soft and flexible conductive PDMS/MWCNT composites

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Conductive elastomers based on MWCNT in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) have been prepared by a range of dispersion methods such as ultrasonication, speedmixing and roll milling in combination with physical or covalent modification. The ionic liquid (IL), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide, was used to pre-disperse MWCNT in a MWCNT/IL-gel that was used for preparation of MWCVNT/PDMS composites. The method was seen to be effective at low levels of MWCNT, but required combination with a roll mill to obtain a stable dispersion at 4 wt % MWCNT. With higher amounts of MWCNT a reduction in conductivity was observed, which was attributed to a change in morphology occurring between 4 and 5 wt % MWCNT. As an alternative to IL dispersing aids a novel functionalized MWCNT was prepared by free radical polymerization using α-methacryloxypropyl-polydimethylsiloxane, which could be used directly for preparation of MWCNT/PDMS composites. Composites prepared by use of the IL dispersion method, use of a roll mill or by use of the f-MWCNT all had conductivities around 0.005–0.01 s/cm and retained conductivity upon extension.
Original languageEnglish
Article number44767
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number18
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Conductive
  • Nanocomposites
  • PDMS
  • Silicone

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