The dependence of electrical conductivity on compression of a freestanding three-dimensional carbon nanotube (CNT) network is investigated. This macrostructure is made of mm-long and entangled CNTs, forming a random skeleton with open pores. The conductivity linearly increases with the applied compression. This behaviour is due to increase of percolating pathways-contacts among neighbouring CNTs-under loads that is highlighted by in situ scanning electron microscopy analysis. The network sustains compressions up to 75% and elastically recovers its morphology and conductivity during the release period. The repeatability coupled with the high mechanical properties makes the CNT network interesting for pressure-sensing applications.

Pressure-dependent electrical conductivity of freestanding three-dimensional carbon nanotube network

PASSACANTANDO, MAURIZIO;GROSSI, VALENTINA;
2013-01-01

Abstract

The dependence of electrical conductivity on compression of a freestanding three-dimensional carbon nanotube (CNT) network is investigated. This macrostructure is made of mm-long and entangled CNTs, forming a random skeleton with open pores. The conductivity linearly increases with the applied compression. This behaviour is due to increase of percolating pathways-contacts among neighbouring CNTs-under loads that is highlighted by in situ scanning electron microscopy analysis. The network sustains compressions up to 75% and elastically recovers its morphology and conductivity during the release period. The repeatability coupled with the high mechanical properties makes the CNT network interesting for pressure-sensing applications.
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