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Polymer Nanocomposites - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781855739697, 9781845691127

Polymer Nanocomposites

1st Edition

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Authors: Yiu-Wing Mai Zhong-Zhen Yu
Hardcover ISBN: 9781855739697
eBook ISBN: 9781845691127
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 28th February 2006
Page Count: 608
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Layered silicates: Polyamide/clay nanocomposites; Epoxy nanocomposites based on layered silicates and other nanostructured fillers; Biodegradable polymer/layered silicate nanocomposites; Polypropylene layered silicate nanocomposites; Polystyrene/clay nanocomposites; Poly(ethyl acrylate)/bentonite nanocomposites; Clay-acrylate nanocomposite photopolymers; Nanocomposites based on water soluble polymers and unmodified smectide clays; Poly(butylene terephthlate) (PBT) based nanocomposites; Flammability and thermal stability of polymer/layered silicate nanocomposites; Barrier properties of polymer/clay nanocomposites; Rubber-clay nanocomposites. Part 2 Nanotubes, nanoparticles and inorganic-organic hybrid systems: Single walled carbon nanotubes in epoxy composites; Fullerene/carbon nanotube (CNT) composites; Filled polymer nanocomposites containing functional nanoparticles; Polymer/calcium carbonate nanocomposites; Magnetic polymer nanocomposites; Phenolic resin/SiO2 organic-inorganic hybrid nanocomposites; Polymer/graphite nanocomposites; Wear resisting polymer nanocomposites: Preparation and properties.


Polymer nanocomposites are polymer matrices reinforced with nano-scale fillers. This new class of composite materials has shown enhanced optical, electrical and dielectric properties. This important book begins by examining the characteristics of the main types of polymer nanocomposites and then reviews their diverse applications.

Part one focuses on polymer/nanoparticle composites, their synthesis, optical properties and electrical conductivity. Part two describes the electrical, dielectric and thermal behaviour of polymer/nanoplatelet composites, whilst polymer/nanotube composites are the subject of Part three. The processing and industrial applications of these nanocomposite materials are discussed in Part four, including uses in fuel cells, bioimaging and sensors as well as the manufacture and applications of electrospun polymer nanocomposite fibers, nanostructured transition metal oxides, clay nanofiller/epoxy nanocomposites, hybrid epoxy-silica-rubber nanocomposites and other rubber-based nanocomposites.

Polymer nanocomposites: physical properties and applications is a valuable reference tool for both the research community and industry professionals wanting to learn about these materials and their applications in such areas as fuel cell, sensor and biomedical technology.

Key Features

  • Gives a comprehensive review of polymer nanocomposites and their properties
  • A standard reference on this area
  • Written by distinguished editors and a international team of authors


The research community and industry professionals wanting to learn about these materials and their applications in such areas as fuel cell, sensor, and biomedical technology


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About the Authors

Yiu-Wing Mai

Zhong-Zhen Yu

Dr Zhong-Zhen Yu is Professor of Physics and Materials at the City University of Hong Kong.

Affiliations and Expertise

City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong