Carbon Nanofibers can be used to improve electrical conductivity.
The electrical conductivity of polymers enhanced with vapor grown carbon fiber (VGCF) was found to be 12 orders of magnitude greater than the conductivity of polymers enhanced with single walled nanotubes (SWNTs). Read more.
Electrical conductivity of carbon nanofiber / polypropylene composites peaks when the nanofibers are heat treated to around 1500o C. Read more.
Ball milling the carbon nanofibers prior to adding to polypropylene provides the lowest highest electrical conductivity because the fiber length is similar to the non-ball milled fiber, but the dispersion is better. Ball milling the carbon nanofibers for 10 minutes shortens the fiber length too much to decrease the resistivity in the polypropylene. Read more.
Carbon nanofibers added to adhesives show promise for meeting electrostatic dissipation (ESD) and thermal management requirements of future space missions. Read more.