Nanostructured Polymer Blends

Edited by

  • Sabu Thomas, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India
  • Robert Shanks, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Sarathchandran Chandrasekharakurup, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India

Over 30% of commercial polymers are blends or alloys or one kind or another. Nanostructured blends offer the scientist or plastics engineer a new range of possibilities with characteristics including thermodynamic stablility; the potential to improve material transparency, creep and solvent resistance; the potential to simultaneously increase tensile strength and ductility; superior rheological properties; and relatively low cost.

Nanostructured Polymer Blends opens up immense structural possibilities via chemical and mechanical modifications that generate novel properties and functions and high-performance characteristics at a low cost. The emerging applications of these new materials cover a wide range of industry sectors, encompassing the coatings and adhesives industry, electronics, energy (photovoltaics), aerospace and medical devices (where polymer blends provide innovations in biocompatible materials).

This book explains the science of nanostructure formation and the nature of interphase formations, demystifies the design of nanostructured blends to achieve specific properties, and introduces the applications for this important new class of nanomaterial. All the key topics related to recent advances in blends are covered: IPNs, phase morphologies, composites and nanocomposites, nanostructure formation, the chemistry and structure of additives, etc.

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Scientists and Engineers involved in polymer materials design, Design Engineers/Plastics Engineers using Nanostructured Polymer Blends in key sectors: electronics, energy (esp.photovoltaics), aerospace/automotive, medical devices (biocompatible polymers).


Book information

  • Published: December 2013
  • ISBN: 978-1-4557-3159-6

Table of Contents

Polymer Blends;
Nano structure formation in Thermoplastic/Thermoplastic Polymer Blends;
Nano structure formation in Thermoset/Thermoplastic Blends;
Nano structure formation in Thermoset/Block Copolymer Blends;
Nano structure formation in Thermoset/Hyper-branched Polymer Blends;
Thermoplastic/Elastomer Blends;
Polymerization and Blend Formation;
Nanostructure formation in Block Copolymers;
Nanostructured Inter Penetrating Polymers;
Nanostructured Hydrogels;
Nanostructured Blends with Liquid Crystals;
Nanostructured void formation;
Compatibilization as a tool for Nanostructure formation;
Nanostructure Hybrid Materials;
Nanostructured Conductive Polymer Blends;
Recent advances in characterization of Nanostructured Materials;
Theoretical Modeling of Nanostructure formation in Polymer Blends;
Chain Folding and Its Effect on Nanostructure Formation in Polymer Blends