Development of Advanced Hybrid, Nano-Sized, Brine Sludge Impregnated MWCNT Composite Material Useful for Broad Application Spectrum

Verma, Sarika ; Sanghi, S K ; Srivastava, A K

Abstract

A novel microwave irradiated process has been developed for the synthesis of advanced hybrid, nano-sized, functionalized, brine sludge impregnated MWCNT composite material useful for broad application spectrum. MWCNTs and brine sludge are mainly used as raw materials and are heated in flask using microwave synthesizer in the temperature range of 50-60 ºC for the duration of 20- 25 minutes. Brine sludge act as a novel agent wherein simultaneously and synergistically in-situ funtionization of MWCNTs takes place and therefore enabling synthesis of dark grey colored advanced hybrid, nano-sized, functionalized, brine sludge impregnated MWCNT composite material useful for broad application spectrum. The synthesized advance material has been characterized by various complementary techniques namely XRD, FTIR, FESEM and EDXA. FESEM study reveals the increase in the thickness of the MWCNT wall thereby confirms the brine sludge impregnation on MWCNT. The applications of synthesized material lie in the area such as radiation shielding materials, hybrid polymeric materials to advanced chemically designed composite (ACDC) materials useful for broad application spectrum.

Keyword(s)

Hybrid; Nanosized; MWCNTs; Brine Sludge; Microwave irradiation

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