Microwave Energy-Assisted Fabrication of Hierarchically Structured Carbon Nanotube/Carbon Fiber Composites

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Through a facile, simple, yet efficient, affordable and ultrafast (30 s) microwave (MW) energy heating process, hierarchical composites made up of carbon fibers (CFs) decorated with multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) forest were produced at ambient conditions in one-step. Morphological features of the as-produced composites were characterized in details by using scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM, TEM) and the elemental analysis (EDX) techniques. Both the composite material characterization results and the versatile and easily controllable nature of the above mentioned process strongly support its promising success for the fabrication of such hierarchical composites that could be effectively used for the next generation advanced engineering applications.


Microwave energy; Carbon nanotube; Carbon fiber; Hierarchical composite

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17482/uujfe.33486


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