The significance of vacuum treatment prior to the curing of PDMS (SYLGARD 184)/CNTs nanocomposite

Saman Azhari, Mohd Nizar Hamidon, Muhd Asnawi Kusaimi


A never reported effect as a result of omitting vacuum treatment during fabrication of PDMS/CNTs nanocomposite is reported. EDS and FESEM results indicate the presence of voids and NaCl crystals on the surface of nanocomposite. The results indicate the importance of vacuum treatment prior to the curing of nanocomposite.


Sylgard 184; PDMS; NaCl; Vacuum treatment; CNTs; Nanocomposite

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