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Tailoring Temperature Invariant Viscoelasticity of Carbon Nanotube Material

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Technology Research Association for Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes (TASC), Tsukuba, 305-8565, Japan
Nanotube Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, 305-8565, Japan
§ Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Kawaguchi, 332-0012, Japan
E-mail: K. Hata ([email protected]); D. N. Futaba ([email protected]).
Cite this: Nano Lett. 2011, 11, 8, 3279–3284
Publication Date (Web):July 14, 2011
https://doi.org/10.1021/nl201632m
Copyright © 2011 American Chemical Society

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    Using carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as building blocks, we fabricated a viscoelastic material. In contrast to existing conventional materials where the stiffness (storage modulus) increases when the viscosity (damping ratio) decreases, both of these two aspects could be simultaneously improved for the viscoelastic CNT material. This allows fabricating both strong and highly viscous materials. This unique phenomenon was explained by a zipping and unzipping of carbon nanotubes at contacts as the origin of viscoelasticity.

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