Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have a huge potential as conductive fillers in conductive polymer composites (CPCs), particularly for bipolar plate applications. These composites are prepared using singlefiller and multifiller reinforced multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) that have undergone a chemical functionalization process. The electrical conductivity and mechanical properties of these composites are determined and compared between the different functionalization processes. The results show that UV/O3-treated functionalization is capable of introducing carboxylic functional groups on CNTs. Acid-treated CNT composites give low electrical conductivity, compared with UV/O3-treated and As-produced CNTs. The in- and through-plane electrical conductivities and flexural strength of multifiller EP/G/MWCNTs (As-produced and UV/O3-treated) achieved the US Department of Energy targets. Acid-treated CNT composites affect the electrical conductivity and mechanical properties of the nanocomposites. These data indicate that the nanocomposites developed in this work may be alternative attributers of bipolar plate requirements. © 2013 Nishata Royan Rajendran Royan et al.
Rajendran Royan, N. R., Sulong, A. B., Sahari, J., & Suherman, H. (2013). Effect of acid- and ultraviolet/ozonolysis-treated MWCNTs on the electrical and mechanical properties of epoxy nanocomposites as bipolar plate applications. Journal of Nanomaterials, 2013. https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/717459