Continuous carbon nanofibers for nanofiber composites

Yuris Dzenis, Yongkui Wen

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Continuous carbon nanofibers were manufactured using electrospinning technique. The as-spun polyacrylonitrile (PAN) nanofibers were stabilized and carbonized to convert them into carbon nanofibers. The diameters of typical carbon nanofibers were in the range from 100 - 500 nanometers. Compared to the vapor grown carbon nanofibers, the electronspun carbon nanofibers were continuous, uniform in diameter, and solid. The electrospun nanofiber samples did not require purification. The carbon nanofibers were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. Electron and X-ray diffraction patterns were obtained and analyzed. Nanocomposites of epoxy resin reinforced with as-spun PAN and carbon nanofibers were fabricated and analyzed. The results showed good potential of continuous carbon nanofibers for nanocomposite and other applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-178
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 2002
EventAdvanced Fibers, Plastics, Laminates and Composites - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Nov 26 2001Nov 30 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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