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Systematic Approach to the Development of Functional Carbon Nanotube Based Films and Their Applications

Title: A Systematic Approach to the Development of Functional Carbon Nanotube Based Films and Their Applications.

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Name(s): Tyndall Jr., John (Jack) Lawrene, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: text
bachelor thesis
Date Issued: 2019-12-08
Physical Form: computer
Physical Form: online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been demonstrated to possess uniquely valuable electronic properties, good chemical stability, and large surface area. Potential applications include advanced catalytic systems to electrochemical sensors, and highly efficient fuel cells. With an increased interest in flexible/bendable electronics, the need for flexible energy storage devices to work within these devices has grown. Carbon nanotubes have a small diameter, high surface area, and have a graphitic structure. Along with their unique properties, it is also their ability to support metal nanoparticles that their application in flexible energy storage applications is actively being studied. The zinc carbon battery was used as a template for these new flexible batteries, with zinc (Zn) working as the anode active material and manganese (IV) oxide (MnO2) serving as the cathode active material. At the center of this research is the addition of CNTs into the battery design. The CNTs high strength and flexibility make them a promising component for thin and flexible batteries and electrodes. The focus of this study is to show how the development of carbon nanotube based materials has rapidly changed in recent years. My work starts with the inclusion of CNTs into tradition assemblies such as the synthesis of functional cross-linked multi-walled carbon nanotube paper films but with nanoparticles incorporated into the cross-linked network. The project then began to focus on the creation of coin cell (button cell) and flexible batteries using the cross-linked carbon nanotube film with manganese (IV) oxide, zinc foil and an electrolytic solution to replicate the electrochemistry of a zinc carbon battery. Cross-linking carbon nanotubes is difficult because of the low degree of surface functionalization which would be used to connect the tubes, so a better way to incorporate the carbon nanotubes into a functional composite was required to move the field of carbon nanotube out of a plateau. The advent of consumer 3D printing with thermoplastics provided a unique opportunity to mix carbon nanotubes with the thermoplastics and eventually photopolymer resins to produce a new class of functional 3D printing materials which are described in this thesis.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1512750938_c8380521 (IID)
Keywords: Carbon Nanotubes, CNTs, Buckypaper, Battery, 3D Printing
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Tyndall Jr., J. (J. ) L. (2019). A Systematic Approach to the Development of Functional Carbon Nanotube Based Films and Their Applications. Retrieved from