Figures of merit for electrically conductive polymer composites

J. C. Grunlan, W. W. Gerberich, L. F. Francis

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In an effort to determine the optimal balance of electrical and mechanical performance for electrically conductive polymer composites, three figures of merit were evaluated. All three figures of merit displayed peaks and/or discontinuities at a particular filler loading. These loadings appear to correspond to the critical pigment volume concentration for a given system. Composite systems based upon latex as the matrix starting material showed peaks in the figures of merit at very low carbon black concentrations (10 vol%), while composites prepared with polymer solutions or melts had peaks above 20 vol% carbon black. These differences in behaviour are attributed to differences in microstructural evolution that occur with filler loading.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
EditorsA.I. Nakatani, R.P. Hjelm, M. Gerspacher, R. Krishnamoorti
StatePublished - 2001
EventFilled and Nanocomposite Polymer Materials - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Nov 27 2000Nov 30 2000


OtherFilled and Nanocomposite Polymer Materials
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA


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