Title

Improved Electrical Conductivity of Carbon/Polyvinyl Alcohol Electrospun Nanofibers

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Nanomaterials

Volume

2015

Publisher

Hindawi Publishing Corporation

Publication Date

2015

DOI

10.1155/2015/812481

Abstract

Carbon nanofibers (CNFs) gained much interest in the last few years due to their promising electrical, chemical, and mechanical characteristics. This paper investigates a new nanocomposite composed of carbon nanofibers hosted by PVA and both are integrated in one electrospun nanofibers web. This technique shows a simple and cheap way to offer a host for CNFs using traditional deposition techniques.

The results show that electrical conductivity of the formed nanofibers has been improved up to 1.63 × 10-4 S/cm for CNFs of weight 2%. The peak temperature of mass loss through TGA measurements has been reduced by 2.3%. SEM images show the homogeneity of the formed PVA and carbon nanofibers in one web, with stretched CNFs after the electrospinning process. The formed nanocomposite can be used in wide variety of applications including nanoelectronics and gas adsorption. © 2015 Nader Shehata et al.