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Erosion of carbon nanotube-based polymer nanocomposites exposed to oxygen plasma

Novikov L., Voronina E., Chernik V., Chechenin N., Makunin A., Vorobieva E.

We present the results of the simulation tests of samples of polymer nanocomposites based on carbon nanotubes for resistance to oxygen plasma in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Data on the weight loss of the samples, the results of analysis of their surface structure after irradiation, and data on arrays of carbon nanotubes damaged under the effect of oxygen plasma are given. Possible mechanisms of destruction of the nanotubes are discussed.