Optimization of Polymer Nanocomposite Properties

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Vikas Mittal
John Wiley & Sons, Dec 9, 2009 - Technology & Engineering - 440 pages
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A one-stop resource for researchers and developers alike, this book covers a plethora of nanocomposite properties and their enhancement mechanisms.
With contributors from industry as well as academia, each chapter elucidates in detail the mechanisms to achieve a certain functionality of the polymer nanocomposite, such as improved biodegradability, increased chemical resistance and tribological performance. Special emphasis is laid on the interdependence of the factors that affect the nanocomposite properties such that readers obtain the information necessary to synthesize the polymer materials according to the requirements of their respective applications.
 

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Contents

1 Polymer Nanocomposites Synthesis Microstructure and Properties
1
2 Morphology Development in Thermoset Nanocomposites
21
3 Morphology and Interface Development in RubberClay Nanocomposites
41
4 Morphology Development in Polyolefin Nanocomposites
67
5 Rheological Behavior of Polymer Nanocomposites
93
6 Mechanical Property Enhancement of Polymer Nanocomposites
123
7 Stress Transfer and Fracture Mechanisms in Carbon NanotubeReinforced Polymer Nanocomposites
139
8 Barrier Resistance Generation in Polymer Nanocomposites
173
11 Mechanisms of Biodegradability Generation in Polymer Nanocomposites
235
12 SelfHealing in NanoparticleReinforced Polymers and other Polymer Systems
261
13 Crystallization in Polymer Nanocomposites
279
14 Prediction of the Mechanical Properties of Nanocomposites
301
15 Morphology Generation in Polymer Nanocomposites Using Various Layered Silicates
333
16 Thermomechanical Properties of Nanocomposites
351
17 Effect of Processing Conditions on the Morphology and Properties of Polymer Nanocomposites
369
Index
407

9 Mechanisms of Thermal Stability Enhancement in Polymer Nanocomposites
195
10 Mechanisms of Tribological Performance Improvement in Polymer Nanocomposites
211

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Vikas Mittal is a polymer engineer at BASF Polymer Research in Ludwigshafen, Germany. He obtained his PhD in 2006 in Polymer and Materials Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. Later, he worked as a Materials Scientist in the Active and Intelligent Coatings section of SunChemical in London, UK. His research interests include polymer nanocomposites, novel filler surface modifications, thermal stability enhancements, polymer latexes with functionalized surfaces etc. He has authored over 40 scientific publications, book chapters and patents on these subjects.

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