Clay-Containing Polymer Nanocomposites

Clay-Containing Polymer Nanocomposites

From Fundamentals to Real Applications

1st Edition - April 1, 2013

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  • Author: Suprakas Sinha Ray
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444594600

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Clay-Containing Polymer Nanocomposites covers everything from fundamental understanding to real applications of clay-containing polymer nanocomposites, including environmental considerations. The book's coverage of fundamentals and generalities, in addition to in-depth coverage of polymer layered silicate nanocomposites, make it a valuable companion for beginners in the field as well as more seasoned researchers. This book provides a rare coherent approach to this class of materials. This title is ideal for polymer and material scientists, researchers, and engineers, including under- and post-graduate students who are interested in this exciting field of research. This book will also help industrial researchers and R&D managers who want to bring advanced polymeric material based products into the market.

Key Features

  • Details crystallization behavior and kinetics to aid in applications such as injection molding
  • Covers melt-state rheological properties, aiding understanding of the processability of materials
  • Presents applications and market potential, supporting R&D managers who want to bring advanced polymeric material-based products into the market.


Researchers, students, scientists, engineers, and R&D managers.

Table of Contents

  • Dedication


    About the Author

    1. An Overview of Pure and Organically Modified Clays

    1.1 Introduction

    1.2 Structure and Properties of Clays

    1.3 Structure and Properties of Organically Modified Clays

    1.4 Conclusions


    2. Thermodynamics, Molecular Modeling, and Kinetics of Nanocomposite Formation

    2.1 Introduction

    2.2 Types of Nanocomposites

    2.3 Preparation Methods

    2.4 Conclusions


    3. Structure and Morphology Characterization Techniques

    3.1 Introduction

    3.2 X-Ray Diffraction

    3.3 Small-Angle X-Ray Scattering

    3.4 Transmission Electron Microscopy and Electron Tomography

    3.5 Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope

    3.6 Scanning Electron Microscopy and Focused-Ion-Beam SEM

    3.7 Atomic-Force Microscopy

    3.8 Optical Microscopy

    3.9 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

    3.10 Infrared Spectroscopy

    3.11 Conclusions


    4. Processing and Characterization

    4.1 Introduction

    4.2 Processing Techniques and a Morphological Study

    4.3 Conclusions


    5. Mechanical Properties

    5.1 Introduction

    5.2 Theoretical Aspects

    5.3 Tensile Properties

    5.4 Dynamic Mechanical Analysis

    5.5 Flexural Properties

    5.6 Heat-Distortion Temperature

    5.7 Conclusions


    6. Barrier Properties

    6.1 Introduction

    6.2 Theoretical Aspects

    6.3. Overview of Barrier Properties

    6.4 Conclusions


    7. Thermal Stability

    7.1 Introduction

    7.2 Overview of Thermal Stability

    7.3 Conclusions


    8. Fire-Retardant Properties

    8.1 Introduction

    8.2 Overview of Flame-Retardant Properties

    8.3 Conclusions


    9. Crystallization Behavior, Morphology, and Kinetics

    9.1 Introduction

    9.2 Differential Scanning Calorimetry and the Thermodynamics of Melting

    9.3 Development of New Crystals or a Change of Crystal Structures

    9.4 Crystal Growth and Crystallization Kinetics

    9.5 Conclusions


    10. Melt-State Rheology

    10.1 Introduction

    10.2 Steady-Shear Rheology

    10.3 Dynamic Oscillatory Properties

    10.4 Extensional Rheology

    10.5 Conclusions


    11. Foam Processing

    11.1 Introduction

    11.2 Preparation, Characterization, and Properties of Nanocomposite Foams

    11.3 Conclusions


    12. Real and Potential Applications


    13. Concluding Remarks and Future Outlook

    13.1 Concluding Remarks

    13.2 Future Outlook


Product details

  • No. of pages: 416
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2013
  • Published: April 1, 2013
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444594600

About the Author

Suprakas Sinha Ray

Prof. Suprakas Sinha Ray is a Chief Researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Pretoria, South Africa. He was awarded a Ph.D. in physical chemistry by the University of Calcutta in 2001 and is the Manager of the Center for Nanostructures and Advanced Materials and Director of the DSI-CSIR Nanotechnology Innovation Center. He is also affiliated with the University of Johannesburg as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Applied Chemistry. Prof. Ray’s current research focus is on advanced nanostructured materials and their applications. His honours and awards include the 2013 Morand Lambla Awardee, International Polymer Processing Society; Distinguish Professor, King Abdulaziz University, Kingdom of Saudi Arab (2012); Extraordinary Professor, University of Pretoria, South Africa (2012); Global Star Award 2011 from the Engineering ceramic division, the American Ceramic Society; CSIR MSM Prestigious Established Researcher Award (2010); Prestigious CSIR President’s Award (2008). He holds several patents with over 500 journal articles, book chapters, books, and peer-reviewed articles in conference proceedings. He is an editor to several reputable journals such as American Chemical Society, ACS, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Advanced Science Letters, International Journal of Plastic Films and Sheeting, Applied Nanoscience, and Journal of Nanomaterials.

Affiliations and Expertise

Centre for Nanostructures and Advanced Materials, DSI-CSIR Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Pretoria, South Africa Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

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