Description

The addition of nanoparticles to polymer composites has led to a new generation of composite materials with enhanced and novel properties. Advances in polymer nanocomposites reviews the main types of polymer nanocomposites and their applications.

Part one reviews types of polymer nanocomposites according to fillers. Processing of carbon nanotube-based nanocomposites, layered double hydroxides (LDHs) and cellulose nanoparticles as functional fillers and reinforcement are discussed, alongside calcium carbonate and metal-polymer nanocomposites. Part two focuses on types of polymer nanocomposites according to matrix polymer, with polyolefin-based, (PVC)-based, nylon-based, (PET)-based and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)-based polymer nanocomposites discussed. Soft, gel and biodegradable polymer nanocomposites are also considered. Part three goes on to investigate key applications, including fuel cells, aerospace applications, optical applications, coatings and flame-retardant polymer nanocomposites.

With its distinguished editor and international team of expert contributors, Advances in polymer nanocomposites is an essential guide for professionals and academics involved in all aspects of the design, development and application of polymer nanocomposites.

Key Features

  • Reviews the main types of polymer nanocomposites and their applications
  • Discusses processing of carbon nanotube-based nanocomposites, layered double hydroxides (LDHs) and cellulose nanoparticles as functional fillers and reinforcement
  • Discusses polyolefin-based, (PVC)-based, nylon-based, (PET)-based and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)-based polymer nanocomposites

Readership

Materials scientists, materials chemists, polymer scientists, nanotechnologists, chemical engineers and academics and students in the same fields

Table of Contents

Contributor contact details

Preface

Part I: Types of polymer nanocomposites according to fillers

Chapter 1: Processing of nanotube-based nanocomposites

Abstract:

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Structure of carbon nanotubes

1.3 Processing methods for nanotube-based polymer nanocomposites

1.4 Nanotube alignment

1.5 Properties and characteristics

1.6 Future trends

Chapter 2: Environmental life-cycle assessment of polymer nanocomposites

Abstract:

2.1 Introduction

2.2 The life-cycle assessment (LCA) approach to nanotechnology

2.3 The environmental LCA of polymer nanocomposites

2.4 Future trends and alternate approaches for evaluating emerging technologies

2.5 Conclusions

Chapter 3: Calcium carbonate nanocomposites

Abstract:

3.1 Introduction: applications of calcium carbonate nanoparticles

3.2 Calcium carbonate as filler material

3.3 The toughening mechanisms of polymers filled with precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) nanoparticles

3.4 Conclusions

Chapter 4: Layered double hydroxides (LDHs) as functional fillers in polymer nanocomposites

Abstract:

4.1 Introduction: the role of layered double hydroxides (LDHs) as reinforcements

4.2 Preparation of hybrid LDHs for polymer nanocomposites

4.3 Nanocomposite preparation routes

4.4 Structure of polymer-LDH nanocomposites

4.5 Properties

4.6 Applications and future trends

4.7 Conclusions

4.8 Sources of further information and advice

Chapter 5: Cellulose nanoparticles as reinforcement in polymer nanocomposites

Abstract:

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Preparation of cellulose nanoparticles

5.3 Preparation of cellulose nanocomposites from different processes and polymeric matrices

5.4 Properties and applications of nanocomposites reinforced wit

Details

No. of pages:
680
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2012
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
Print ISBN:
9781845699406
Electronic ISBN:
9780857096241

About the editor

Fengge Gao

Dr Fengge Gao is Reader in Nanotechnology and the Director of Nanoscience Laoratory at Nottingham Trent University, UK. He is one of the pioneers in developing filler enhanced polymer nanocomposites in the UK and is currently leading a group of researchers working on various aspects of polymer nanocomposites and their applications. His recent work on non-migration type antimicrobial polymer nanocomposites won the CenFRA Most Innovative Research Award and UK Food and Drink Forum Innovation Champion Award in 2009.