Latex-Based Carbon Nanotube Composites

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Özerol E. , Üstündağ C. B. , Dikici B., Bozlar M.

in: Handbook of Carbon Nanotubes, Jiji Abraham,Sabu Thomas,Nandakumar Kalarikkal, Editor, Springer, London/Berlin , London, pp.1-24, 2021

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Publisher: Springer, London/Berlin 
  • City: London
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-24
  • Editors: Jiji Abraham,Sabu Thomas,Nandakumar Kalarikkal, Editor


Latex rubber is widely used in elastomeric applications due to its low cost, nontoxicity, good stretchability, and eco-friendly properties. Latex is available in nature but it is also commonly prepared synthetically. Natural latex rubber has extreme elongation, tear resiliency, and durability properties compared to syn- thetic rubber. However, natural latex is generally more expensive than synthetic latex. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are graphene sheets rolled into a cylindrical shape and they have very high specific surface area, combined with good mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties. Thus, the performance of a latex rubber matrix can be effectively improved by using CNTs as multifunctional reinforcements. CNTs can be easily integrated into a latex-based matrix using different methods to produce high-performance elastic polymer matrix compos- ite. In this chapter, the structural properties of latex matrix composites reinforced with CNTs have been reviewed extensively. Besides, the synthesis methods and the synergistic effects of CNT reinforcement on the latex-based polymer com- posites have been discussed systematically.