Polyaromatic compounds, with terminal functional groups, can be non-covalently bonded to the sidewall of carbon
nanotubes. This architecture preserves the structural, mechanical, electrical, and electromechanical properties of the
CNTs and ensures that an unhindered functional group is available to bond with an extended polymer matrix.
Spectroscopic measurements and high resolution imaging are used to confirm the functionalization and incorporation of
functionalized MWNTs into a nylon 12 matrix.