A novel cement-based hybrid material

Albert G Nasibulin, Sergey D Shandakov, Larisa I Nasibulina, Andrzej Cwirzen, Prasantha R Mudimela, Karin Habermehl-Cwirzen, Dmitrii A Grishin, Yuriy V Gavrilov, Jari E M Malm, Unto Tapper, Ying Tian, Vesa Penttala, Maarit J Karppinen, Esko I Kauppinen

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A novel cement-based hybrid material
Albert G Nasibulin1, Sergey D Shandakov1,2, Larisa I Nasibulina1, Andrzej Cwirzen3, Prasantha R Mudimela1, Karin Habermehl-Cwirzen3, Dmitrii A Grishin4, Yuriy V Gavrilov4, Jari E M Malm5, Unto Tapper6Show full author list

Published 6 February 2009 • Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd
New Journal of Physics, Volume 11, February 2009
Citation Albert G Nasibulin et al 2009 New J. Phys. 11 023013
DOI 10.1088/1367-2630/11/2/023013
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Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and carbon nanofibers (CNFs) are known to possess exceptional tensile strength, elastic modulus and electrical and thermal conductivity. They are promising candidates for the next-generation high-performance structural and multi-functional composite materials. However, one of the largest obstacles to creating strong, electrically or thermally conductive CNT/CNF composites is the difficulty of getting a good dispersion of the carbon nanomaterials in a matrix. Typically, time-consuming steps of purification and functionalization of the carbon nanomaterial are required. We propose a new approach to grow CNTs/CNFs directly on the surface of matrix particles. As the matrix we selected cement, the most important construction material. We synthesized in a simple one-step process a novel cement hybrid material (CHM), wherein CNTs and CNFs are attached to the cement particles. The CHM has been proven to increase 2 times the compressive strength and 40 times the electrical conductivity of the hardened paste, i.e. concrete without sand.
Original languageEnglish
Article number023013
Number of pages11
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2009


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