Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 43, Issue 22, pp 7132–7140 | Cite as

Isotactic and syndiotactic polypropylene/multi-wall carbon nanotube composites: synthesis and properties

  • Anton A. KovalchukEmail author
  • Vitaliy G. Shevchenko
  • Alexander N. Shchegolikhin
  • Polina M. Nedorezova
  • Alla N. Klyamkina
  • Alexander M. Aladyshev


Isotactic polypropylene (iPP) and syndiotactic polypropylene (sPP) nanocomposites containing 0.1–3.5 wt.% multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) have been synthesized via in situ polymerization method with the use of C2- and Cs- symmetry zirconocenes activated by methylaluminoxane (MAO) in liquid propylene medium. Fracture morphology studies by SEM reveal different MWCNT dispersion efficiency in various polymer matrices, which arises from the catalytic peculiarities of the composite synthesis. Considerable Young’s modulus enhancement of iPP and sPP (25–66%) takes place even at low MWCNT loadings (below 0.5 wt.%). The obtained nanocomposites can find use as efficient electromagnetic shielding materials and microwave absorbing filters due to relatively low permittivity values and considerable dielectric losses in microwave range. Calorimetry data demonstrate that MWCNTs exert evident influence as nucleating agents causing the rise of iPP and sPP crystallization temperature. Considerable retardation effect on iPP thermal oxidative degradation has been observed: the temperature of maximal weight loss rate rises by ~52 °C upon incorporating only 1.4 wt.% MWCNTs.


Filler Content Filler Particle Isotactic Polypropylene Metallocene Catalyst Molecular Weight Characteristic 



The authors gratefully thank Dr. Anastasia Bolshakova from Moscow State University for the assistance in SEM observations and Dr. Konstantin Bryliakov (G. K. Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk) for 13C NMR analysis. The authors are also grateful to Professor Dmitry Lemenovsky and his group from Department of Chemistry of Moscow State University for the provision of the catalyst. This work was supported by Haldor Topsoe A/S grant.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anton A. Kovalchuk
    • 1
    Email author
  • Vitaliy G. Shevchenko
    • 2
  • Alexander N. Shchegolikhin
    • 3
  • Polina M. Nedorezova
    • 1
  • Alla N. Klyamkina
    • 1
  • Alexander M. Aladyshev
    • 1
  1. 1.N.N. Semenov Institute of Chemical Physics of Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.N.S. Enikolopov Institute of Synthetic Polymer Materials of Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  3. 3.N.M. Emanuel Institute of Biochemical Physics of Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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