Critical Exponents of Gelation and Conductivity in Polyacrylamide Gels Doped by Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes

Aktas D., EVINGUR G. A., Pekcan O.

COMPOSITE INTERFACES, vol.17, no.4, pp.301-318, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1163/092764410x495243
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.301-318
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


Polyacrylamide (PAM) doped by multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWNT) gels were prepared with different amounts of MWNTs varying in the range between 0.1 and 15 wt%. The PAM-MWNT composite gels were characterized by the steady state fluorescence technique (SSF). The alternative electrical conductivity (AC) of PAM-MWNT composite gels was measured by the dielectric spectroscopy technique. Observations around the gel point, t(gel) for PAM-MWNTs composite gels showed that the gel fraction exponent beta obeyed the percolation result. The critical exponent r of AC electrical conductivity for the composite PAM-MWNT gel was also measured and found to be about 2.0, which agrees with a random resistor network. (C) Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010