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Electrical conductivity, impedance, and percolation behavior of carbon nanofiber and carbon nanotube containing gellan gum hydrogels
Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers
  • Holly Warren, University of Wollongong
  • Reece Gately, University of Wollongong
  • Peter O'Brien, University of Wollongong
  • Robert Gorkin III, University of Wollongong
  • Marc in het Panhuis, University of Wollongong
RIS ID
89428
Publication Date
1-1-2014
Publication Details

Warren, H., Gately, R. D., O'Brien, P., Gorkin III, R. & in het Panhuis, M. (2014). Electrical conductivity, impedance, and percolation behavior of carbon nanofiber and carbon nanotube containing gellan gum hydrogels. Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, 52 (13), 864-871.

Abstract

The electrical impedance behavior of gellan gum (GG), GG-carbon nanotube, and GG-carbon nanofiber hydrogel composites is reported. It is demonstrated that the impedance behavior of these gels can be modeled using a Warburg element in series with a resistor. Sonolysis (required to disperse the carbon fillers) does not affect GG hydrogel electrical conductivity (1.2 ± 0.1 mS/cm), but has a detrimental effect on the gel's mechanical characteristics. It was found that the electrical conductivity (evaluated using impedance analysis) increases with increasing volume fraction of the carbon fillers and decreasing water content. For example, carbon nanotube containing hydrogels exhibited a six- to sevenfold increase in electrical conductivity (to 7 ± 2 mS/cm) at water content of 82%. It is demonstrated that at water content of 95 ± 2% the electrical behavior of multiwalled nanotube containing hydrogels transitions (percolates) from transport dominated by ions (owing to GG) to transport dominated by electrons (owing to the carbon nanotube network).

Grant Number
ARC/FT0990846
Citation Information
Holly Warren, Reece Gately, Peter O'Brien, Robert Gorkin III, et al.. "Electrical conductivity, impedance, and percolation behavior of carbon nanofiber and carbon nanotube containing gellan gum hydrogels" (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/robert_gorkin/17/