Polymer Nanocomposites and Their Applications

Written by
Suprakas Sinha Ray and Mosto Bousmina
Department of Chemical Engineering, Laval University, Canada

    October 2006
ca.600 pages, Hardcover
ISBN: 158883-099-3

POLYMER NANOCOMPOSITES AND THEIR APPLICATIONS is a monograph devoted to the synthesis, processing, properties and commercial applications of polymer nanocomposites. The book has been divided into five parts: Part-I deals with the basic materials used for preparation, processing, and modification of nanocomposites, Part-II is devoted to the polymer nanocomposites based on layered silicates, Part-III is dedicated to the polymer nanocomposites based on carbon nanotubes and nanofibers while Part-IV covers all aspects of polymer nanocomposites based on inorganic nanoparticles, and polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes. The Part-V summarizes a wide variety of industrial applications of polymer nanocomposites. This book covers a very wide range of polymer matrices including both thermoplastics and thermosets. The text provides both a description of the fundamental aspects and an up-to-date overview of the recent developments in manufacturing technologies, fabrication, spectroscopic characterization, properties, structure-property relationships, rheology, crystallization behavior, degradability of biodegradable nanocomposites, processing, and finally commercial applications of polymer nanocomposites. This is the first book summarizing an extensive list of references of scientific papers and patent literature focused on polymer nanocomposites. This book could be used for a one-semester graduate course on polymer nanocomposites.


Part I: Basic Materials for Polymer Nanocomposites Technology

Layered Silicates, Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers, Inorganic Nanoparticles, Expandable Graphite, Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes (POSS®), Cellulose Nanowhiskers, A very wide variety of polymer matrices includes Polyacrylates, Poly(acrylic acid), Poly(acrylonitrile), Polystyrene, Poly(vinyl pyridine), Polyacrylamide, Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide), Poly(tetrafluoro ethylene), Poly(N-vinyl pyrrolidone), Poly(vinyl pyrrolidinone), Poly(vinyl pyridine), Poly(ethylene glycol), Poly(ethylene vinyl alcohol), Poly(vinylidene fluoride), Poly(p-phenylenevinylene), Poly(benzoxazole), Poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile), Ethyl-vinyl-alcohol Copolymers, Polystyrene-Polyisoprene Diblock Copolymers, Polyamides, Poly(ethylene terephthalate), Poly(trimethylene terephthalate), Poly(butylene terephthalate), Polycarbonates, Poly(ethylene oxide), Ethylene Oxide Copolymers, Poly(ethylene imine), Poly(dimethyl siloxane), Polybutadienes, Butadiene Copolymers, Epoxidized Natural Rubber, Epoxy Polymer Resins, Phenolic Resins, Polyurethanes, Polyurethane-Urea, Polyimides, Poly(amic acid), Polysulfone, Polyetherimide, Fluoropoly(ether-imide), Polyolefins, Conductiing and Conjugated Polymers, Liquid Crystal Polymers, Biodegradable Thermoplastic Polyesters and Their Copolymers, Specialty Polymers, etc.

Part II: Polymer Nanocomposites Based on Layered Silicates

Manufacturing Technologies, Morphological Characterization Techniques, Fundamental Aspects, Nucleation and Crystallization Behavior, Mechanical Properties, Heat Distortion Temperature, Gas Barrier Properties, Thermal Stability, Flammability, Photo-oxidative Stability, Ionic Conductivity, Optical Transparency, Degradability of Biodegradable Nanocomposites, Electro-rheology, Rheology under Molten State, Structure-Property Relationship, Processing Techniques, Thin films, Foams, Injection Molding, Sol-Gel Method, Organic-Inorganic Hybrids.

Part III: Polymer Nanocomposites Based on Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers

Preparation, Morphological Characterization, Mechanical Properties, Electrical Properties, Thermal Properties, Optical Properties, Field Emission Properties, Fiber Surface Properties, Structure-Property Relationship, Thermal Stability and Flammability, Crystallization Behaviors and Morphology , Spectroscopic Characterization Methods.

Part IV: Polymer Nanocomposites Based on Inorganic Nanoparticles

Preparation, Characterization, Mechanical Properties, Electrical Properties, Thermal Properties, Thermal Stability and Flammability, Optical Properties, Structure-Property Relationship

Part V: Applications of Polymer Nanocomposites

Automobiles, Aerospace, Injection Molded Products, Coatings, Adhesives, Fire-retardants, Packaging Materials, Microelectronic Packaging, Optical Integrated Circuits, Drug Delivery, Sensors, Membranes, Medical Devices, Consumer Goods, etc.

The book is intended for a very wide audience including students, researchers, scientists, engineers and professionals working in the fields of composite science and technology, nanocomposites, nanotechnology, materials science, surface science, polymer science and engineering, biodegradable materials, chemistry, and solid-state physics.

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