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  • 1 Laboratoire de Résonance Magnétique Nucléaire Please ask the editor of the journal.
  • 2 Materials Ireland Polymer Research Centre, Department of Physics, Trinity College Dublin Dublin 2, Ireland
  • 3 Laboratoire de Résonance Magnétique Nucléaire Please ask the editor of the journal.
  • 4 Laboratoire de Chimie et d'Electrochimie des Surfaces, Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix 61 Rue de Bruxelles, B-5000 Namur, Belgium
  • 5 Laboratoire de Chimie et d'Electrochimie des Surfaces, Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix 61 Rue de Bruxelles, B-5000 Namur, Belgium
  • 6 Laboratoire de Chimie et d'Electrochimie des Surfaces, Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix 61 Rue de Bruxelles, B-5000 Namur, Belgium
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Organic polymers - carbon nanotubes nanocomposites are synthesized either by mechanical mixing of the two components or by covalently linking the nanotubes to the matrix. The various procedures will be overviewed and the determining factors will be identified for the best mechanical properties of the composites. On the other hand, it will be shown that for highest electrical conductivity much smaller amounts of carbon nanotubes are needed if the nanotubes can be aligned. The thermal conductivity of the nanocomposites will also be overviewed. Finally, together with nanoclay particles, nanotubes are inducing remarkable flame retardant properties in the nanocomposites materials.