Crystallization in Multiphase Polymer Systems is the first book that explains in depth the crystallization behavior of multiphase polymer systems. Polymeric structures are more complex in nature than other material structures due to their significant structural disorder. Most of the polymers used today are semicrystalline, and the subject of crystallization is still one of the major issues relating to the performance of semicrystalline polymers in the modern polymer industry. The study of the crystallization processes, crystalline morphologies and other phase transitions is of great significance for the understanding the structure-property relationships of these systems. Crystallization in block copolymers, miscible blends, immiscible blends, and polymer composites and nanocomposites is thoroughly discussed and represents the core coverage of this book. The book critically analyzes the kinetics of nucleation and growth process of the crystalline phases in multi-component polymer systems in different length scales, from macro to nanoscale. Various experimental techniques used for the characterization of polymer crystallization process are discussed. Written by experts in the field of polymer crystallization, this book is a unique source and enables professionals and students to understand crystallization behavior in multiphase polymer systems such as block copolymers, polymer blends, composites and nanocomposites.
Covers crystallization of multiphase polymer systems, including copolymers, blends and nanocomposites
Features comprehensive, detailed information about the basic research, practical applications and new developments for these polymeric materials
Analyzes the kinetics of nucleation and growth process of the crystalline phases in multi-component polymer systems in different length scales, from macro to nanoscale
Academics, industrial researchers, undergraduate students, postgraduate students and research students working in the area of polymer structure and morphology, polymer blends, composites and nanocomposites
Table of Contents
1. Introduction on Crystallization in Multiphase Polymer Systems 2. Theoretical aspects of polymer crystallization in multiphase systems 3. Developments of experimental techniques in understanding the polymer crystallization 4. Effects of Mass Transport on Crystallization from Miscible Polymer Blends 5. Crystallization behavior of crystalline-amorphous and crystalline-crystalline block copolymers containing poly(ʟ-lactide) 6. Crystallization and Morphology of Block Copolymers and Terpolymers with more than one Crystallizable Block 7. Crystallization behaviour of semicrystalline immiscible polymer blends 8. Crystallization behaviour of semicrystalline miscible blends 9. Fractionated crystallisation of polymer blends 10. Crystallization behaviour of polymer nanocomposites 11. Crystallisation of polymer blend nanocomposites 12. Trans-crystallization in polymer composites and nanocomposites 13. Crystallization of polymers in confined geometries 14. Crystallization behavior of semicrystalline polymers in the presence of nucleating agent 15. Strain induced crystallization 16. Effect of Ionic Liquids on the Crystallization Kinetics of various Polymers and Polymer electrolytes 17. Stereocomplex Crystallization of Polymers with Complementary Configuration
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
Mohammed Arif P.
Mohammed Arif P is currently working as Senior Research Fellow at the International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India. His research focuses on Polymer Blends, Polymer Nanocomposites, Conductive Polymers and EMI shielding. Apart from a patent on Polymer Nanocomposites to his credit, he has more than four publications in peer reviewed journals. He has also authored three book chapters.
Affiliations and Expertise
International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India
Bhoje Gowd E
Dr. E. Bhoje Gowd is a Polymer Physicist. His research interests include: crystallization and crystallization kinetics of semicrystalline polymers and multiphase polymeric systems (in particular biodegradable polymers, block copolymers, and nano-composites), polymer self-assembly, nanostructured materials, polymorphic phase transitions in semicrystalline polymers, polymer/inorganic hybrid nanocomposites, polymer-solvent complexes. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. (Tech) in Polymer Science and Technology from Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh and his Ph.D. from University of Pune, Pune (work carried out at National Chemical Laboratory under the guidance of Dr. C. Ramesh). He worked as a post-doctoral fellow in Prof. Kohji Tashiro’s group at Toyota Technological Institute, Nagoya, Japan and as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Prof. Manfred Stamm’s group at Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research, Dresden, Germany. After a short stay at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore as a Centenary post-doctoral fellow in Prof. S. Ramakrishnan’s group, he joined CSIR-NIIST, Thiruvananthapuram as a DST Ramanujan Fellow. In 2011, he accepted the senior scientist position at CSIR-NIIST. In 2014, he has been awarded IUSSTF research fellowship by Indo-US Science and Technology Forum. He is also the recipient of Materials Research Society of India (MRSI) Medal in 2016. He has authored more than 50 publications in peer reviewed journals and 3 book chapters. Dr. Gowd has given several invited lectures in more than 8 countries around the world.
Affiliations and Expertise
Senior Scientist, National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Kerala, India
Dr. Nandakumar Kalarikkal is an Associate Professor at the School of Pure and Applied Physics and Joint Director
of the International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. His research activities
involve applications of nanostructured materials, laser plasma, and phase transitions. He is the recipient of research fellowships and associateships from prestigious government organizations such as the Department of Science and Technology and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research of the Government of India. He has active collaborations with national and international scientific institutions in India, South Africa, Slovenia, Canada, France, Germany, Malaysia, Australia, and the United States. He has more than 130 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He also co-edited nine books of scientific interest and co-authored many book chapters.
Affiliations and Expertise
Director, International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and Director and Chair, School of Pure and Applied Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India