Synthesis of CuO Nanocrystals Supported on Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes for Nanothermite Applications

  • Sherif ElbasuneyEmail author
  • M. Gaber Zaky
  • Mostafa Radwan
  • Rakesh P. Sahu
  • Ishwar K. Puri


Multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) can ofer high surface area (> 700 m2/g). MWNTs functionalized with energetic groups can find wide applications in advanced energetic systems. We coat MWNTs with copper through electroless plating and subsequently anneal the hybrid Cu-MWNT material at 250 °C to develop CuO-MWNT. TEM micrographs showed that MWNTs of 20–30 nm and 5–10 nm outer and inner diameters and 0.5–2.0 µm length were homogeneously decorated with CuO nanoparticles; XRD diffractograms revealed highly crystalline structure. Since CuO particles can act as effective oxidizer for aluminium in nanothermite applications. CuO-MWNTs were effectively dispersed with aluminium nanoparticles (100 nm) in isopropyl alcohol; subsequently colloidal nanothermite particles were dispersed into molten tri-nitro toluene (TNT). Upon initiation, the nanothermite colloid offered not only an increase in the shock wave strength of TNT by 29% using ballistic mortar test; but also an increae in brisance (destructive effect) by 15.6%. Futhermore the developed hybrid nanothermite offered an increase in the total heat release by 108% using DSC.


Electroless plating Nanoparticles Nanocomposites Multiwalled carbon nanotubes Thermites Energetic materials 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sherif Elbasuney
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. Gaber Zaky
    • 1
  • Mostafa Radwan
    • 2
  • Rakesh P. Sahu
    • 3
  • Ishwar K. Puri
    • 3
  1. 1.Head of nanotechnology research centerMilitary Technical CollegeCairoEgypt
  2. 2.British University in EgyptElshorouk CityEgypt
  3. 3.Department of Engineering Physics, Department of Mechanical EngineeringMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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