Micro and Nanostructured Composite Materials for Neutron Shielding Applications

Micro and Nanostructured Composite Materials for Neutron Shielding Applications

1st Edition - June 30, 2020

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  • Editors: Sajith Abdulrahman, Sabu Thomas, Zakiah Ahmad
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128194621
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128194591

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Micro- and Nanostructured Composite Materials for Neutron Shielding Applications presents recent developments and future possibilities for neutron shielding materials. Emphasis is placed on the correlation between the morphology, shielding mechanisms, and other desired properties, including their mechanical and thermal properties. The effect of neutron absorbing fillers, including their size on final properties is also examined, as are recent advancements in preparation, characterization and simulation techniques. Written by specialists in their respective fields, this comprehensive resource will help professionals and students understand the fundamentals of neutron shielding, as well as the properties of micro- and nanopolymer-based composites, concrete materials, alloy materials and metal-ceramic composites.

Key Features

  • Provides an up-to-date understanding of the fundamentals of shielding mechanisms, morphology and material property correlations
  • Covers a broad range of micro and nano composite materials for neutron shielding
  • Discusses recent advances surrounding the synthesis and processing of nanostructures and nanocomposite materials


Academics and industrial researchers, physicists, chemists, materials scientists and engineers, postgraduate and research students working in the area of Neutron shielding materials, Nuclear engineering, Radiation therapy, Nuclear reactors and Aerospace shielding materials

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to neutron shielding
    2. Review on neutron absorbing fillers
    3. Thermoplastic micro- and nanocomposites for neutron shielding
    4. Thermosetting micro- and nanocomposites for neutron shielding
    5. Elastomeric micro- and nano composites for neutron shielding
    6. Metal and alloy composites for neutron shielding
    7. Shielding concrete with neutron attenuating and absorbing components
    8. Neutron shielding concrete in medical applications
    9. Advancements in shielding materials for spent fuel storage
    10. Neutron radiation shielding composites for deep space exploration: An introduction
    11. Functional characterization of neutron-shielding materials
    12. Advanced multilayer composite structures for fast neutron detection and shielding protection applications
    13. Neutron spectroscopy techniques
    14. Advancements in computational methods for neutron shielding
    15. Effect of spent nuclear fuel neutron aging on dry cask shielding material

Product details

  • No. of pages: 450
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2020
  • Published: June 30, 2020
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128194621
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128194591

About the Editors

Sajith Abdulrahman

Sajith Thottathil Abdulrahman is a senior researcher at Universiti Teknologi Mara, Shah Alam, Malaysia. He was formerly an Assistant Professor at the School of Engineering at the Cochin University of Science and Technology, India. His doctoral thesis is about the development of flexible materials for neutron radiation protection. He holds an M.Tech degree in Nanotechnology and a B.Tech degree in Mechanical engineering. His areas of research include nanotechnology, mechanical engineering, materials engineering and polymer composites. He published several books and journals in international journals and conferences.

Affiliations and Expertise

Faculty of Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Malaysia

Sabu Thomas

Prof. Sabu Thomas, an outstanding Alumnus of IIT, Kharagpur, is one of India’s most renowned scientists in the area of Polymers. After completing his Ph.D. from IIT Kharagpur (1984-1987), he joined MG University as a Lecturer in 1997 and later became its Vice Chancellor. He has taken up a large number of visiting assignments abroad. Under his leadership, the University has been ranked 713th by TIMES, 30th in NIRF and the best University inKerala. He has supervised 120 Ph.D. students, authored 1,300 publications and edited 150 books earning him a H-index of 112 and 60,000 citations. He has received Honoris Causa degrees from Russia and France and obtained grants amounting to Rs. 30 crores for research funding from India and abroad. He has been ranked 114th in the list of the world’s best scientists and 2nd in India by the Stanford University Ranking in Polymers. He was elected as a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences. Considering his excellent contributions in teaching, research and administration, Prof. Thomas is the best candidate for the outstanding Alumnus award of IIT KGP.

Affiliations and Expertise

Vice Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi University, and Director of the School of Energy Materials, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Zakiah Ahmad

Prof. Dr Zakiah Ahmad is the Dean of faculty and Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Mara. Zakiah specialises in timber engineered composite and nano-polymer composites. She has secured and leads more than 50 research grants worth more than Euro 5 million. Dr. Ahmad has published more than 300 papers in journals and proceedings and 8 books. She has received several gold and silver awards for her research projects at national and international research competitions. She is the recipient of the following awards: Top Research Scientist Malaysia, Standard Malaysia Award, Best researcher award, Gold consultant award and Best academic. Dr. Ahmad is also active in giving keynote papers at numerous seminars and conferences at national and international level. Zakiah has served as consultant, committee member and advisor to numerous public agencies and institutions. She also has been appointed as visiting scientist at BRE Research Institute, University of Bath, United Kingdom and tje Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University India.

Affiliations and Expertise

Faculty of Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Malaysia

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