Polymer Nanocomposites by Emulsion and Suspension Polymerization

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Vikas Mittal
Royal Society of Chemistry, 2011 - Science - 317 pages
Polymer nanocomposites revolutionized research in the composites area by achieving the nanoscale dispersion of the inorganic filler (clay platelets) in the polymer matrices after suitable surface modifications of the filler phase. A large number of polymer matrices were tried and nanocomposites with varying degrees of successes were achieved with these polymer systems. The majority of the synthesis are carried out by melt blending which does not always result in the full exfoliation of the filler. However, the advanced techniques like in situ polymerization in emulsion and suspension in the presence of the dispersed clay provide a number of advantages as compared to the melt blending and lead to more uniform composites with enhanced properties. There are a number of recent advances in these methods such as the use of reactive surfactants, modified initiators, advanced clay surface modifications, use of a variety of fillers, inverse polymerization, and miniemulsion polymerization methods which have further led the generation of advanced exfoliated nanocomposites.

Until now, most of the published research has been scattered throughout the literature. This book provides a single comprehensive source of information about one of the most important facets of polymer nanocomposites technology: synthesis in emulsion and suspension. These polymerization methods lead to the generation of the well delaminated polymer nanocomposites with a wide range of polymer matrices. This book serves as both a professional reference for experienced researchers and a valuable text for newcomers to the field. It makes the reader aware of the potential commercial use of these recent developments.

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About the author (2011)

Vikas Mittal received his degree in Chemical Engineering from the Punjab Technical University in India. He then went on to obtain his Master of Technology in Polymer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, India. His doctorate on surface chemistry and polymer nanocomposites is from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. He then worked at the Active and Intelligent Coatings section of the Sun Chemical Group, Europe in London on the development of water and solvent based coatings for food packaging applications. He is currently working as a Polymer Engineer at BASF Polymer Research in Germany where he is responsible for the physical analysis of organic and inorganic colloids.

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