Progress in Rubber Nanocomposites - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081004098, 9780081004289

Progress in Rubber Nanocomposites

1st Edition

Editors: Sabu Thomas Hanna Maria
eBook ISBN: 9780081004289
Hardcover ISBN: 9780081004098
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 10th November 2016
Page Count: 596
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Table of Contents

  • List of contributors
  • Woodhead publishing series in composites science and engineering
  • 1. General introduction to rubber compounding
    • Abstract
    • Abbrevations
    • 1.1 Compounding and its importance
    • 1.2 Introduction to compounding ingredients
    • 1.3 Rubber processing equipments
    • 1.4 Different vulcanization methods
    • 1.5 Testing of compounded rubber
    • 1.6 New trends in rubber compounding
    • 1.7 Conclusion and future outlook
    • Reference and further reading
  • 2. Micro- and nano-fillers used in the rubber industry
    • Abstract
    • 2.1 Introduction
    • 2.2 Rubber category
    • 2.3 Fillers in the rubber industry
    • 2.4 Impact of particle features on composites properties
    • 2.5 Summary
    • Nomenclature
    • References
  • 3. Mechanism of reinforcement using nanofillers in rubber nanocomposites
    • Abstract
    • 3.1 Introduction
    • 3.2 Reinforcing nanofillers for rubbers
    • 3.3 Mechanism of rubber reinforcement by nanofillers
    • 3.4 Conclusions
    • References
  • 4. Interphase characterization in rubber nanocomposites
    • Abstract
    • 4.1 Introduction
    • 4.2 Interphase characterization in rubber composites
    • 4.3 Interfacial modification
    • 4.4 Summary
    • Nomenclature
    • References
  • 5. Rubber nanocomposites with nanoclay as the filler
    • Abstract
    • 5.1 Introduction
    • 5.2 Nanoclay structure, chemical modification, and characterization
    • 5.3 Type of rubbers and their characteristic properties
    • 5.4 Preparation of rubber nanoclay composites
    • 5.5 Manufacturing techniques
    • 5.6 Nanocomposite structure and characterization of structure and morphology
    • 5.7 Properties of nanocomposites
    • 5.8 Conclusion and applications
    • References
  • 6. Rubber nanocomposites with graphene as the nanofiller
    • Abstract
    • 6.1 Introduction
    • 6.2 Graphite, graphene oxide, reduced graphene oxide, and graphene
    • 6.3 Graphene–rubber nanocomposites
    • 6.4 Conclusions and prospects
    • References
  • 7. Rubber nanocomposites with polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) as the nanofiller
    • Abstract
    • 7.1 Introduction
    • 7.2 Structure & Synthesis of POSS
    • 7.3 Synthesis
    • 7.4 Properties of POSS-Nanocomposites
    • 7.5 POSS as Structure Directing Component
    • 7.6 Summary
    • Acknowledgment
    • References
  • 8. Rubber nanocomposites with new core-shell metal oxides as nanofillers
    • Abstract
    • 8.1 Introduction
    • 8.2 Experimental
    • 8.3 Results and discussion
    • 8.4 Swelling properties
    • 8.5 Conclusions
    • References
  • 9. Rubber nanocomposites with metal oxides as nanofillers
    • Abstract
    • 9.1 Introduction
    • 9.2 Preparation of metal oxide nanoparticles
    • 9.3 Preparation and processing of rubber nanocomposites containing different metal oxide nanoparticles
    • 9.4 Properties and applications of rubber nanocomposites filled with metal oxide nanoparticles
    • 9.5 Concluding remarks
    • Acknowledgments
    • References
  • 10. Rubber blend nanocomposites
    • Abstract
    • 10.1 Introduction to elastomers
    • 10.2 Rubber blends and composites
    • 10.3 Importance of rubber blend nanocomposites
    • 10.4 Summary and future scope
    • References
  • 11. Hybrid filler systems in rubber nanocomposites
    • Abstract
    • 11.1 Introduction
    • 11.2 Nanocomposites based on organoclays and carbon black
    • 11.3 Nanocomposites based on CNT and carbon black
    • 11.4 Nanocomposites based on nanographite and carbon black
    • 11.5 Nanocomposites based on CNT and silica
    • 11.6 Rationalization of the mechanical reinforcement
    • 11.7 Hybrid systems made by different nanofillers
    • 11.8 Conclusions and perspectives
    • List of abbreviations
    • References
  • 12. Manufacturing and Structure of Rubber Nanocomposites
    • Abstract
    • 12.1 A comment on rubber reinforcement by the nanofiller
    • 12.2 Features of preparing the rubber composite by the soft processing method
    • 12.3 Manufacturing by soft process and conventional mixing method
    • 12.4 Comparison of mechanical properties of in situ silica and lignin composites from the two methods
    • 12.5 Visualization of nanofiller dispersion in the three-dimensional space
    • 12.6 Dispersion of silica and optical transparency of silica filled rubber
    • 12.7 Carbon black network structure and rubber reinforcement
    • Concluding Remarks
    • Acknowledgement
    • References
  • 13. Rubber nanocomposites with nanocellulose
    • Abstract
    • 13.1 Introduction: the importance of rubber/nanocellulose composites
    • 13.2 Different nanocellulose materials
    • 13.3 Preparation of rubber/nanocellulose composites
    • 13.4 Major techniques used for characterizing rubber nanocomposites
    • 13.5 Structure and properties of different rubber nanocomposites with nanocellulose
    • 13.6 Conclusion
    • References
  • 14. Thermal conductivity and dielectric properties of silicone rubber nanocomposites
    • Abstract
    • 14.1 Introduction
    • 14.2 Thermal conductivity of silicone rubber nanocomposites
    • 14.3 Surface charge of direct-fluorinated silicone rubber nanocomposites and its effect on DC flashover characteristics
    • 14.4 Tree characteristics in silicone rubber/SiO2 nanocomposites
    • 14.5 Conclusion
    • References
  • 15. Computational simulation in elastomer nanocomposites
    • Abstract
    • 15.1 Computer simulation techniques
    • 15.2 Dispersion of NPs: structure and phase behavior
    • 15.3 Interfacial chain structure and dynamics between elastomer and NPs
    • 15.4 Static and dynamic mechanics of ENCs
    • 15.5 Thermal and electrical conductivity of ENCs
    • 15.6 Future simulation opportunities and challenges
    • Acknowledgment
    • References
  • Index


Progress in Rubber Nanocomposites provides an up-to-date review on the latest advances and developments in the field of rubber nanocomposites. It is intended to serve as a one-stop reference resource to showcase important research accomplishments in the area of rubber nanocomposites, with particular emphasis on the use of nanofillers.

Chapters discuss major progress in the field and provide scope for further developments that will have an impact in the industrial research area. Global leaders and researchers from industry, academia, government, and private research institutions contribute valuable information.

Key Features

  • A one-stop reference relating to the processing and characterization of rubber nanocomposites
  • Presents the morphological, thermal, and mechanical properties that are discussed in detail
  • Contains key highlights in the form of dedicated chapters on interphase characterization, applications, and computer simulation


Postgraduates, engineers and research scholars primarily in the field of materials science, polymer chemistry, and polymer physics


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About the Editors

Sabu Thomas Editor

Professor Thomas is the Director of the International and Interuniversity Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and full professor of Polymer Science and Engineering at the School of Chemical Sciences of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. He is an outstanding leader with sustained international acclaims for his work in Polymer Science and Engineering, Polymer Nanocomposites, Elastomers, Polymer Blends, Interpenetrating Polymer Networks, Polymer Membranes, Green Composites and Nanocomposites, Nanomedicine and Green Nanotechnology. Dr. Thomas’s ground breaking inventions in polymer nanocomposites, polymer blends, green bionanotechnological and nano-biomedical sciences, have made transformative differences in the development of new materials for automotive, space, housing and biomedical fields. Professor Thomas has received a number of national and international awards which include: Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Distinguished Professorship from Josef Stefan Institute, Slovenia, MRSI medal, CRSI medal and Sukumar Maithy award. He is in the list of most productive researchers in India and holds a position of No.5. Professor Thomas has published over 720 peer reviewed research papers, reviews and book chapters. He has co-edited 54 books published by Royal Society, Wiley, Wood head, Elsevier, CRC Press, Springer, Nova etc. He is the inventor of 4 patents. The h index of Prof. Thomas is 78 and has more than 26811 citations.Prof. Thomas has delivered over 300 Plenary/Inaugural and Invited lectures in national/international meetings over 30 countries. He has already supervised 74 Ph.D theses.

Affiliations and Expertise

Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India

Hanna Maria Editor

Ms Hanna J. Maria, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Affiliations and Expertise

Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India