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Carbon nanotube composition, composite having a coated film composed of the same, and their production methods

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Title: Carbon nanotube composition, composite having a coated film composed of the same, and their production methods.
Abstract: The object of the present invention is to provide a carbon nanotube composition that does not impair the characteristics of the carbon nanotubes itself, allows the carbon nanotubes to be dispersed or solubilized in a solvent, does not cause separation or aggregation of the carbon nanotubes even during long-term storage, has superior electrical conductivity, film formability and moldability, can be easily coated or covered onto a base material, and the resulting coated film has superior moisture resistance, weather resistance and hardness; a composite having a coated film composed thereof; and, their production methods. In order to achieve this object, the present invention provides a carbon nanotube composition that contains a conducting polymer (a) or heterocyclic compound trimer (i), a solvent (b) and carbon nanotubes (c), and may additionally contain a high molecular weight compound (d), a basic compound (e), a surfactant (f), a silane coupling agent (g) and colloidal silica (h) as necessary; a composite having a coated film composed of the composition; and, their production methods. ...


USPTO Applicaton #: #20090321688 - Class: 252511 (USPTO) - 12/31/09 - Class 252 
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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20090321688, Carbon nanotube composition, composite having a coated film composed of the same, and their production methods.

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TECHNICAL FIELD

The present invention relates to a carbon nanotube composition, a composite having a coated film composed of the same, and their production methods.

BACKGROUND ART

Ever since carbon nanotubes were first discovered by Iijima, et al. in 1991 (S. Iijima, Nature, 354, 56 (1991)), their physical properties have been evaluated and their functions have been elucidated, and extensive research and development have been conducted on their application. However, since carbon nanotubes are produced in an entangled state, they have the shortcoming of being extremely bothersome to handle. In the case of mixing into resins and solutions, there is also the problem of the carbon nanotubes becoming increasingly aggregated, thereby preventing them from demonstrating their inherent characteristics.

Consequently, attempts have been made to uniformly disperse or solubilize carbon nanotubes in solvents or resins by subjecting them to physical treatment or chemical modification.

For example, a method has been proposed in which single-walled carbon nanotubes are cut into short pieces and dispersed by subjecting to ultrasonic treatment in strong acid (R. E. Smalley, et al., Science, 280, 1253 (1998)). However, since treatment is carried out in strong acid, the procedure is complex and not suitable for industrial applications, while the dispersion effects cannot be said to be adequate.

Therefore, by noticing that both ends of single-walled carbon nanotubes cut in the manner proposed above are open, and that they are terminated with oxygen-containing functional groups such as carboxylic acid groups, it was proposed that carbon nanotubes be made soluble in solvent by introducing long-chain alkyl groups by reacting with an amine compound after having converted the carboxylic acid groups into acid chloride (J. Chen, et al., Science, 282, 95 (1998)). However, in this method, since long-chain alkyl groups are introduced into single-walled carbon nanotubes by covalent bonding, there was still the problem of damage to the graphene sheet structure of the carbon nanotubes and effects on the characteristics of the carbon nanotubes itself.

Another attempt to produce water soluble single-walled carbon nanotubes was reported that comprising introducing substituents containing ammonium ions in pyrene molecules by utilizing the fact that pyrene molecules are adsorbed onto the surfaces of carbon nanotubes by strong interaction, and subjecting these to ultrasonic treatment in water together with single-walled carbon nanotubes to non-covalently adsorb them to the single-walled carbon nanotubes (Nakajima, et al., Chem. Lett., 638 (2002)). According to this method, although damage to the graphene sheet structure is inhibited due to the non-covalent bonding chemical modification, since non-conducting pyrene compounds are present, there is the problem of a decrease in the conductivity of the resulting carbon nanotubes.

DISCLOSURE OF THE INVENTION

The object of the present invention is to provide a carbon nanotube composition that does not impair the characteristics of the carbon nanotubes itself, allows the carbon nanotubes to be dispersed or solubilized in water, organic solvents, water-containing organic solvents and other solvents, does not cause separation or aggregation of the carbon nanotubes even during long-term storage, has superior electrical conductivity, film formability and moldability, can be easily coated or covered onto a base material, and the resulting coated film has superior moisture resistance, weather resistance and hardness. The object of the present invention is also to provide a composite having a coated film comprising the carbon nanotube composition as well as production methods of the carbon nanotube composition and the coated film.

As a result of extensive research to solve these problems, the inventor of the present invention found that carbon nanotubes can be dispersed or solubilized in solvent by placing in the presence of a conducting polymer, thereby leading to completion of the present invention.

Namely, a first aspect of the present invention is a carbon nanotube composition that contains a conducting polymer (a), a solvent (b) and carbon nanotubes (c).

In the carbon nanotube composition of this first aspect of the present invention, since the carbon nanotubes (c) are added to the solvent (b) together with the conducting polymer (a), the carbon nanotubes (c) can be dispersed or solubilized in the solvent (b) without impairing the characteristics of the carbon nanotubes (c) itself, and there is no separation or aggregation even during long-term storage. Although the reason for this is not fully understood, the carbon nanotubes (c) are presumed to be dispersed or solubilized together with the conducting polymer (a) due to mutual adsorption by the conducting polymer (a) and the carbon nanotubes (c) due to the π-π interaction by π electrons.

In addition, in the carbon nanotube composition of the present invention, since the conducting polymer (a) and the carbon nanotubes (c) are used in combination, the resulting composition has superior electrical conductivity, film formability and moldability.

The performance of the carbon nanotube composition can be improved by additionally containing a high molecular weight compound (d), a basic compound (e), a surfactant (f) and a silane coupling agent (g) and/or a colloidal silica (h).

In addition, the conducting polymer (a) is preferably a water soluble conducting polymer, and more preferably a water soluble conducting polymer having at least one of a sulfonic acid group and a carboxyl group.

Moreover, as a result of extensive research to solve the aforementioned problems, the inventor of the present invention found that a composition containing a heterocyclic compound trimer and carbon nanotubes is suitable for this purpose, thereby leading to the present invention.

Namely, a second aspect of the present invention is a carbon nanotube composition that contains a heterocyclic compound trimer (i), a solvent (b) and carbon nanotubes (c). Similar to the carbon nanotube composition of the first aspect of the present invention, performance of the composition can be improved by additionally containing a high molecular weight compound (d), a basic compound (e), a surfactant (f), a silane coupling agent (g) and/or a colloidal silica (h).

The carbon nanotube compositions of the first and second aspects of the present invention enable the carbon nanotubes to be dispersed or solubilized in water, an organic solvent and a water-containing organic solvent without impairing the characteristics of the carbon nanotubes itself, and there is no separation or aggregation even during long-term storage. In addition, according to the carbon nanotube composition of the present invention, a coated film having superior electrical conductivity and film formability can be obtained free of temperature dependence by coating the composition onto a base material and allowing the coated film to demonstrate the characteristics of a conducting polymer, a heterocyclic compound trimer having a sulfonic acid group and a carboxyl group or carbon nanotubes itself. Moreover, the resulting coated film has superior moisture resistance, weather resistance and hardness.

A third aspect of the present invention is a production method of a carbon nanotube composition comprising mixing a conducting polymer (a) or a heterocyclic compound trimer (i), a solvent (b) and carbon nanotubes (c), and irradiating with ultrasonic waves. The carbon nanotubes can be efficiently dispersed or solubilized in the solvent by this ultrasonic treatment.

A fourth aspect of the present invention is a composite having a coated film composed of a carbon nanotube composition of the present invention on at least one surface of a base material.

In addition, a fifth aspect of the present invention is a production method of a composite comprising coating a carbon nanotube composition of the present invention onto at least one surface of a base material, and forming a coated film by allowing to stand at an ordinary temperature or subjecting to heating treatment.

BEST MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION

The following provides a detailed explanation of the present invention.

<Conducting Polymer (a)>

Conducting polymer (a) is a π-conjugated polymer containing as its repeating unit phenylene vinylene, vinylene, thienylene, pyrollylene, phenylene, iminophenylene, isothianaphthene, furylene or carbazolylene and so forth.

With respect to solubility in solvent in particular, a so-called water soluble conducting polymer is used preferably in the present invention. Here, a water soluble conducting polymer refers to a conducting polymer that has acidic groups, alkyl groups substituted with acidic groups or alkyl groups containing ether bonds on the backbone of a π-conjugated polymer or on nitrogen atoms of the polymer.

In addition, among these water soluble conducting polymers, a water soluble conducting polymer having at least one of a sulfonic acid group and a carboxyl group is used preferably in the present invention with respect to solubility in solvent, electrical conductivity and film formability.

Water soluble conducting polymers, disclosed in, for example, Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, First Publication No. S61-197633, Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, First Publication No. S63-39916, Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, First Publication No. H01-301714, Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, First Publication No. H05-504153, Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, First Publication No. H05-503953, Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, First Publication No. H04-32848, Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, First Publication No. H04-328181, Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, First Publication No. H06-145386, Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, First Publication No. H06-56987, Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, First Publication No. H05-226238, Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, First Publication No. H05-178989, Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, First Publication No. H06-293828, Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, First Publication No. H07-118524, Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, First Publication No. H06-32845, Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, First Publication No. H06-87949, Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, First Publication No. H06-256516, Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, First Publication No. H07-41756, Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, First Publication No. H07-48436, Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, First Publication No. H04-268331, Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, First Publication No. H09-59376, Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, First Publication No. 2000-172384, Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, First Publication No. H06-49183 and Japanese Unexamined Patent Application, First Publication No. H10-60108, are preferably used as a water soluble conducting polymer having at least one of a sulfonic acid group and a carboxyl group.

Specific examples of a water soluble conducting polymers having at least one of a sulfonic acid group and a carboxyl group include water soluble conducting polymers having at least one of a sulfonic acid group and a carboxyl group, an alkyl group substituted with at least one of a sulfonic acid group and a carboxyl group, or an alkyl group containing an ether bond, on the backbone of a π-conjugated polymer or nitrogen atoms of the polymer that contains as its repeating unit at least one type selected from the group consisting of non-substituted or substituted phenylene vinylene, vinylene, thienylene, pyrollylene, phenylene, iminophenylene, isothianaphthene, furylene and carbazolylene. In particular, among these, a water soluble conducting polymer having a backbone that contains thienylene, pyrollylene, iminophenylene, phenylene vinylene, carbazolylene or isothianaphthene is used preferably.

Preferable water soluble conducting polymers having at least one of a sulfonic acid group and a carboxyl group are the water soluble conducting polymers that contain 20 to 100% of at least one type of the repeating units selected from the following formulas (2) to (10) relative to the total number of repeating units throughout the entire polymer:

(in the structural formula (2), wherein R1 and R2 are respectively and independently selected from the group consisting of H, —SO3−, —SO3H, —R35SO3−, —R35SO3H, —OCH3, —CH3, —C2H5, —F, —Cl, —Br, —I, —N(R35)2, —NHCOR35, —OH, —O−, —SR35, —OR35, —OCOR35, —NO2, —COOH, —R35COOH, —COOR35, —COR35, —CHO, and —CN, where R35 represents an alkyl, aryl, or aralkyl group having 1 to 24 carbon atoms or an alkylene, arylene, or aralkylene group having 1 to 24 carbon atoms, and at least one of R1 and R2 is a group selected from the group consisting of —SO3−, —SO3H, —R35SO3−, —R35SO3H, —COOH and —R35COOH);

(in the structural formula (3), wherein R3 and R4 are respectively and independently selected from the group consisting of H, —SO3−, —SO3H, —R35SO3−, —R35SO3H, —OCH3, —CH3, —C2H5, —F, —Cl, —Br, —I, —N(R35)2, —NHCOR35, —OH, —O−, —SR35, —OR35, —OCOR35, —NO2, —COOH, —R35COOH, —COOR35, —COR35, —CHO, and —CN, where R35 represents an alkyl, aryl, or aralkyl group having 1 to 24 carbon atoms or an alkylene, arylene, or aralkylene group having 1 to 24 carbon atoms, and at least one of R3 and R4 is a group selected from the group consisting of —SO3−, —SO3H, —R35SO3−, —R35SO3H, —COOH and —R35COOH);

(in the structural formula (4), wherein R5 to R8 are respectively and independently selected from the group consisting of H, —SO3−, —SO3H, —R35SO3−, —R35SO3H, —OCH3, —CH3, —C2H5, —F, —Cl, —Br, —I, —N(R35)2, —NHCOR35, —OH, —O−, —SR35, —OR35, —OCOR35, —NO2, —COOH, —R35COOH, —COOR35, —COR35, —CHO and —CN, where R35 represents an alkyl, aryl, or aralkyl group having 1 to 24 carbon atoms or an alkylene, arylene, or aralkylene group having 1 to 24 carbon atoms, and at least one of R5 to R8 is a group selected from the group consisting of —SO3−, —SO3H, —R35SO3−, —R35SO3H, —COOH and —R35COOH);

(in the structural formula (5), wherein R9 to R13 are respectively and independently selected from the group consisting of H, —SO3−, —SO3H, —R35SO3−, —R35SO3H, —OCH3, —CH3, —C2H5, —F, —Cl, —Br, —I, —N(R35)2, —NHCOR35, —OH, —O−, —SR35, —OR35, —OCOR35, —NO2, —COOH, —R35COOH, —COOR35, —COR35, —CHO, and —CN, where R35 represents an alkyl, aryl, or aralkyl group having 1 to 24 carbon atoms or an alkylene, arylene or aralkylene group having 1 to 24 carbon atoms, and at least one of R9 to R13 is a group selected from the group consisting of —SO3−, —SO3H, —R35SO3−, —R35SO3H, —COOH and —R35COOH);

(in the structural formula (6), wherein R14 is selected from the group consisting of —SO3−, —SO3H, —R42SO3−, —R42SO3H, —COOH, and —R42COOH, where R42 represents an alkylene, arylene or aralkylene group having 1 to 24 carbon atoms);



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Application #
US 20090321688 A1
Publish Date
12/31/2009
Document #
12556406
File Date
09/09/2009
USPTO Class
252511
Other USPTO Classes
427122, 977932
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