Silica and Clay Dispersed Polymer Nanocomposites

Silica and Clay Dispersed Polymer Nanocomposites

Preparation, Properties and Applications

1st Edition - June 13, 2018

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  • Editor: Md Rezaur Rahman
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081021293
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081021309

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The production of ‘polymer nanocomposites’ has recently gained considerable attention from both the academic and industrial community, especially in the area of nanoscience. This is mainly due to their enhanced improvements in physico-mechanical, thermal and barrier properties compared to micro and more conventional composites. Their nanoscale dimensions, biodegradable character, cost-effectiveness and sustainability have constituted a stimulus for this increasing interest. Currently there is no limit to the possibility of applications. However, despite all this progress, it is still difficult to achieve uniform dispersion between the filler and the matrix, as agglomerations form far too easily and the production of polymer nanocomposites with high mechanical and thermal properties is still limited. The authors of this proposed book, are of the opinion, that with the increase in scientific publications and the rapid progress in processing possibilities to produce nanocomposites based on various nanoscale fillers (silica/clay), a book that collects all of these scientific findings in one place would be timely and of great interest to both students and scientific researchers, who are concerned with the production, and application of nanocomposites as new innovative materials. The authors aim is to present the latest research findings on the fabrication, properties and applications of nanofillers as reinforcement in polymer nanocomposites. Particular emphasis will be placed on the introduction of various nanofillers (silica/clay) into different elastomeric polymer matrices that will enhance the properties of these materials and their applications. The book will provide an up-to-date review of major innovations in the field and act as a reference for future research in materials science and engineering, which is highly topical due to the demand to produce more sustainable and eco-friendly innovative advanced materials from elastomeric polymers.

Key Features

  • Emphasis on silica/clay as outstanding reinforcing potential in elastomeric polymer matrices
  • Up-to-date on the most relevant innovations in the field of silica/clay nanocomposites and their extensive applications in advanced material science
  • Establishes the most suitable fabrication methods, properties and applications as a solid foundation in materials science and engineering disciplines
  • Includes the incorporation of dual nanofillers that significantly improve the properties of nanocomposites


Materials science and materials engineering, polymer science, nanomaterials, application areas including automotive, packaging and biomedical engineering, organic chemistry, chemical engineering

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction and reinforcing potential of silica and various clay dispersed nanocomposites
    2. Preparation and characterizations of silica and various clay dispersed nanocomposites
    3. Impact of nanoclay on physico-mechanical, morphological, optical, BET isotherm, and thermal analysis of polyvinyl alcohol/fumed silica/clay nanocomposites
    4. Polyvinyl alcohol/silica/clay nanocomposites: effect of clay on surface morphology, electrical and thermo-mechanical properties
    5. Nanoclay dispersed phenol formaldehyde/fumed silica nanocomposites: effect of diverse clays on physico-mechanical and thermal properties
    6. Investigation on physical, mechanical, morphological and thermal properties of styrene-co-glycidyl methacrylate/fumed silica/clay
    7. Physico-mechanical and thermal properties of clay/fumed silica diffuse polylactic acid nanocomposites
    8. Biomedical and Packaging application of silica and various clay dispersed nanocomposites
    9. Durability and sustainability of the silica and clay and its nanocomposites
    10. Low density polyethylene/silica nanocomposite foams: Relationship between chemical composition, particle dispersion, cellular structure and physical, mechanical, gas barrier, dynamic mechanical, electrical and thermal properties
    11. The effect of the clay dispersion on polypropylene nanocomposites: Physico-mechanical, thermal, morphological and optical properties
    12. Improvement of epoxy nanocomposites on physical, morphology and mechanical properties as well as fracture behavior with the addition of mesoporous silica/nanosilica

Product details

  • No. of pages: 300
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2018
  • Published: June 13, 2018
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081021293
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081021309

About the Editor

Md Rezaur Rahman

Dr. Md Rezaur Rahman is currently working as a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Energy Sustainability, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Malaysia. He received his PhD from the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia. He has more than 12 years of experience in teaching, research, and working in industry. Dr. Rahman’s research includes the areas of conducting polymers, silica/clay-dispersed elastomeric polymer nanocomposites, hybrid filler-loaded polymer composites, advanced materials: graphene/nanoclay/fire retardant, nanocellulose (cellulose nanocrystals and nanofibrillar), cellulose-reinforced/cellulose-filled polymer composites, chemical modification and treatment of lignocellulosic fibers, nanocomposites and nanocellulose fibers, and polymer blends. He has published 5 books, 45 book chapters, and more than 100 international journal papers, while overseeing numerous PhD and postgraduate students, as well as acting as a reviewer for several high-impact ISI journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Department of Chemical Engineering and Energy Sustainability, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, Malaysia

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