10:00 a.m., Chem. Sci. & Engineering, Room 211
Michael D. Via, PhD Candidate, Chemical Engineering Michigan Technological University
Most polymers are electrical and thermal insulators. Traditionally applications that required some electrical or thermal conductivity were restricted to metals if both properties are required, or ceramics for thermal conductivity only. Increasing the electrical and thermal conductivity of polymers allows them to be used in these other applications. Thermoplastic polymers are resistant to corrosion, have high impact resistance and are lighter than metals. These properties have led to polymers being used to replace metal components in a variety of applications. Thermoplastic components can have properties tailored to the application by changing the type of polymer used as well as the fillers that are added to the polymer. In this research, carbon black and carbon nanotubes have been added to polycarbonate and the resulting composite properties have been measured and analyzed.