Customizable ceramic nanocomposites using carbon nanotubes

Chinyere Okolo, Rafaila Rafique, Sadia Sagar Iqbal, Tayyab Subhani, Mohd Shahneel Saharudin, Badekai Ramachandra Bhat, Fawad Inam

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A novel tweakable nanocomposite was prepared by spark plasma sintering followed by systematic oxidation of carbon nanotube (CNT) molecules to produce alumina/carbon nanotube nanocomposites with surface porosities. The mechanical properties (flexural strength and fracture toughness), surface area, and electrical conductivities were characterized and compared. The nanocomposites were extensively analyzed by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) for 2D qualitative surface morphological analysis. Adding CNTs in ceramic matrices and then systematically oxidizing them, without substantial reduction in densification, induces significant capability to achieve desirable/application oriented balance between mechanical, electrical, and catalytic properties of these ceramic nanocomposites. This novel strategy, upon further development, opens new level of opportunities for real-world/industrial applications of these relatively novel engineering materials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3176
Issue number17
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2019


  • Alumina nanocomposite
  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Ceramic nanocomposite
  • Electrical properties
  • Mechanical properties
  • Porous nanocomposite


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