Providing a broad insight into the potential applications of carbon nanotubes with metals and ceramic materials as a matrix, this book focuses on the preparation and the microstructural, physical, and mechanical characterizations of such novel nanocomposites. It features information on current synthesis and structure-property-relationships of metals and ceramics reinforced with CNT, organizing the vast array of surveys scattered throughout the literature in a single monograph. With its laboratory protocols and data tables this is invaluable reading for research workers and academics, as well as for applied scientists and industry personnel.
S.C. Tjong is currently a professor at the Department of Physics and Materials Science of the City University of Hong Kong. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Manchester (U.K.) in 1974 and 1976, respectively. Professor Tjong specializes in nanomaterials, ceramics, and in physical and mechanical properties of metal- and polymer matrix composites. He has published over 300 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, edited one previous book and authored twelve book chapters. He is a chartered engineer (U.K.), a chartered scientist (U.K.), a Fellow of The Institute of Materials, Mining and Minerals (U.K.), and a member of The American Chemical Society.
1. Introduction - Types of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) - Synthesis of carbon nanotubes - Importance of CNT-metal nanocomposites - Importance of CNT-ceramic nanocomposites - Current challenges in developing CNT reinforced metal and ceramic matrix nanocomposites 2. Carbon nanotube -metal nanocomposites - Processing of CNT-metal nanocomposites - Dispersion of CNTs in metals - Interfaces in CNT-metal nanocomposites - Aluminum, magnesium and titanium-based composites - Microstructural characterization 3. Physical Properties of CNT-metal nanocomposites - Electrical behavior - Percolation concentration 4. Mechanical characteristics of CNT-metal nanocomposites - Tensile deformation behavior - Strengthening and toughening mechanism - Structure-property relationship - Comparison with nanoparticle-reinforced metals 5. Carbon nanotube-ceramic nanocomposites - Preparation of CNT-ceramic nanocomposites - Oxide based nanocomposites : Alumina, magnesia, silica, titania and zirconia matrices - Carbide-based nanocomposites: Silicon carbide, boron carbide - Nitride-based nanocomposites: Silicon nitride - Microstructural characterization 6. Physical Properties of CNT-ceramic nanocomposites - Electrical behavior - Percolation concentration - Thermal behavior 7. Mechanical characteristics of CNT-ceramic nanocomposites - Strengthening and toughening - Microdeformation mechanism - Fracture toughness 8. Conclusions - Future prospects - Potential applications of CNT-metal nanocomposites - Potential applications of CNT-ceramic nanocomposites