Clay-Polymer Nanocomposites

Clay-Polymer Nanocomposites

1st Edition - July 21, 2017

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  • Authors: Khouloud Jlassi, Mohamed M. Chehimi, Sabu Thomas
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323461535
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323461610

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Clay–Polymer Nanocomposites is a complete summary of the existing knowledge on this topic, from the basic concepts of synthesis and design to their applications in timely topics such as high-performance composites, environment, and energy issues. This book covers many aspects of synthesis such as in- situ polymerization within the interlamellar spacing of the clays or by reaction of pristine or pre-modified clays with reactive polymers and prepolymers. Indeed, nanocomposites can be prepared at industrial scale by melt mixing. Regardless the synthesis method, much is said in this book about the importance of theclay pre-modification step, which is demonstrated to be effective, on many occasions, in obtaining exfoliated nanocomposites. Clay–Polymer Nanocomposites reports the background to numerous characterization methods including solid state NMR, neutron scattering, diffraction and vibrational techniques as well as surface analytical methods, namely XPS, inverse gas chromatography and nitrogen adsorption to probe surface composition, wetting and textural/structural properties. Although not described in dedicated chapters, numerous X-ray diffraction patterns of clay–polymer nanocomposites and reference materials are displayed to account for the effects of intercalation and exfoliations of layered aluminosilicates. Finally, multiscale molecular simulation protocols are presenting for predicting morphologies and properties of nanostructured polymer systems with industrial relevance. As far as applications are concerned, Clay–Polymer Nanocomposites examines structural composites such as clay–epoxy and clay–biopolymers, the use of clay–polymer nanocomposites as reactive nanocomposite fillers, catalytic clay-(conductive) polymers and similar nanocomposites for the uptake of hazardous compounds or for controlled drug release, antibacterial applications, energy storage, and more.

Key Features

  • The most comprehensive coverage of the state of the art in clay–polymer nanocomposites, from synthesis and design to opportunities and applications
  • Covers the various methods of characterization of clay–polymer nanocomposites - including spectroscopy, thermal analyses, and X-ray diffraction
  • Includes a discussion of a range of application areas, including biomedicine, energy storage, biofouling resistance, and more


Industrial researchers and post-doc level academics in the fields of materials science, polymer chemistry, polymer physics, and engineering. Particularly relevant to industries where polymer nanocomposites are seeing increasing deployment – e.g. consumer goods, automotive and aerospace, medical applications, energy

Table of Contents

  • 1. Overview of clay preparation, properties, and modification
    2. Overview of clay/polymer nanocomposites
    3. Multiscale molecular modelling of clay/polymer nano composites
    4. Design of clay/polymer nanocomposites by mixing
    5. Chemical and photochemical routes towards tailor-made polymer/clay nanocomposites: recent progress and future prospects
    6. Conductive polymer/clay nanocomposites
    7. Bionanocomposites
    8. Organo - Clay Hybrid Films with Improved Functionality
    9. NMR Spectroscopy of Clay Polymer Nanocomposites
    10. Neutron scattering on different states of polymer/clay compounds: From solution to dry states
    11. Surface analysis of clay/polymer nanocomposites
    12. Recent Advancement towards Dynamic Mechanical Analysis of Clay-Polymer Nanocomposites
    13. Flame retardant properties of clay/polymer
    14. Clay/polymer nanocomposites for controlled drug release

Product details

  • No. of pages: 546
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2017
  • Published: July 21, 2017
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323461535
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323461610

About the Authors

Khouloud Jlassi

Dr. Jlassi Khouloud is a post-doctoral researcher fellow in Qatar University, Centre of Advanced Materials, working with Professor Igor Krupa (NPRP award [8-878-1-172]) from Qatar National Research Fund (a member of Qatar foundation). She is a doctor in Chemistry from the Paris Diderot (ITODYS) lab in 'Chemistry of materials and functional surfaces'. She is involved in the interface chemistry of nanoclay using either silanes or diazonium salts bearing polymerization initiator groups or polymerizable moieties. She prepares Vinylic and conjugated polymers in situ, in the presence of the modified clays leading to highly exfoliated clay/polymer nanocomposites, using the latter in catalysis as nanofillers for polymer matrix for the development of adhesives with very high performance for a variety of applications. Dr. Khouloud has published many papers in international peer-reviewed journals in the area of applied clay. Previously, she was working as an assistant professor in the higher institute of environmental science and technologies in Tunisia for 4 years. Dr Khouloud has many international collaborations with Hong Kong, Turkey, the United States, and India.

Affiliations and Expertise

Qatar University, Center for Advanced Materials, Doha 2713, Qatar

Mohamed M. Chehimi

Mohamed M. Chehimi is the Research Director at French CNRS. He obtained a PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry at the University Paris Diderot in 1988, and joined CNRS in 1989 for a permanent researcher position. He has been promoted Research Director Grade 1 (DR1) in 2011. His research topics include the design of reactive and functional polymer and nanocomposite coatings. In the recent years he has spent time and effort developing aryldiazonium salts as new coupling agents in materials science. The applications encompass adsorbents, electrochemical sensors, fillers, antibacterial surfaces and electronic devices. He is also a specialist of XPS analysis of a broad range of materials including polymer composites. He has published over 250 research papers and 20 book chapters. He is the editor of three books and guest-edited three themed issues. He has supervised over 20 PhD theses and collaborated with academic researchers from 15 countries.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Director, French CNRS

Sabu Thomas

Prof. Sabu Thomas is a renowned professor who is serving as the Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India. He is also a full professor of Polymer Science and Engineering at the School of Chemical Sciences, a role which he has held since 1998. He was previously Pro-Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University 2017-2018, Director of School of Chemical Science during 2010-2013, Hon. Director of International & Inter-University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2009-2015 and 2016-17. In 2015, Prof. Thomas received his first Docteur Honoris Causa from University of Souther Brittany in Lorient, France. In 2016, he received his second Doctorate honoris causa from University of Lorraine, France. He was awarded the Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London, FRSC in 2012. He received the Bronze Medal of the Chemical Research Society of India and the MRSI Medal of the Material Research Society of India in 2013. He was the recipient of Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Award 2017. He also received TRiLA Academician of the year 2018 award. Prof. Thomas has published more than 1000 publications, and more than 100 books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Full Professor, International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India

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