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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2013, Article ID 573570, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/573570
Research Article

Application of Functionalized SWCNTs for Increase of Degradation Resistance of Acrylic Paint for Cars

Postgraduate Division, Physico-Mathematics Faculty, Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, 66450 San Nicolas de los Garza, NL, Mexico

Received 15 June 2012; Accepted 5 August 2012

Academic Editor: Romdhane Karoui

Copyright © 2013 Osiel Lucas Flores et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Physical properties of automotive acrylic paint are improved by incorporation of three different types of carbon nanotubes: single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs), OH-functionalized single-wall carbon nanotubes (OH-SWCNTs), and aniline-functionalized single-wall carbon nanotubes (aniline-SWCNTs). The formed composites are studied by electron miscroscopy methods and Raman spectrometry. It is found that the acrylic paints with addition of OH-SWCNTs and aniline-SWCNTs show better quality for their applications. In particular, the resistance against degradation by electron beam increased in ~500%.