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Spectroscopy of Polymer Nanocomposites - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780323401838, 9780323413916

Spectroscopy of Polymer Nanocomposites

1st Edition

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Editors: Sabu Thomas Didier Rouxel Deepalekshmi Ponnamma
Hardcover ISBN: 9780323401838
eBook ISBN: 9780323413916
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 11th February 2016
Page Count: 498
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Table of Contents

1. Spectroscopy: Advantages and application areas of polymer nanocomposites- State of the art, new challenges and opportunities

2. An overview of nanocomposite nanofillers & their functionalization

3. Thermodynamics, phase segregation, polymer morphology and interface/ interphases in polymer nanocomposites

4. Raman and tip-enhanced Raman scattering spectroscopy studies of polymer nanocomposites

5. Infrared and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy for nanofillers and their nanocomposites

6. Ultraviolet and visible spectroscopy studies of nanofillers and their polymer nanocomposites

7. Fluorescence spectroscopy of nanofillers and their polymer nanocomposites

8. NMR spectroscopy of polymer nanocomposites

9. EPR spectroscopy of polymer:fullerene nanocomposites

10. Dielectric spectroscopy and stimulated current analyses of polymer-ceramic nanocomposites

11. Photothermal spectroscopy of polymer nanocomposites

12. Brillouin spectroscopy of polymer nanocomposites

13. Mössbauer spectroscopy of polymer nanocomposites

14. X-ray diffraction spectroscopy of polymer nanocomposites

15. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of nanofillers and their polymer nanocomposites


Spectroscopy of Polymer Nanocomposites covers all aspects of the spectroscopic characterization of polymer nanocomposites. More than 25 spectroscopy characterization techniques – almost all used in materials science – are treated in the book, with discussion of their potentialities and limitations. By comparing the techniques with each other and presenting the techniques together with their specific application areas, the book provides scientists and engineers the information needed for solving specific problems and choosing the right technique for analyzing the material structure. From this, the dispersion structure of fillers, property relations and filler-polymer interactions can be determined, and, ultimately, the right materials can be chosen for the right applications.

Besides the techniques and structure-property relations, aspects covered include: phase segregation of filler particles, filler agglomeration and deagglomeration, filler dispersion, filler-polymer interactions, surfaces and interfaces. The book also examines recent developments, as well as unresolved issues and new challenges, in the characterization of surfaces and interfaces in polymer nanocomposites. This handpicked selection of topics, and the combined expertise of contributors from industry, academia, government and private research organizations across the globe, make this survey an outstanding reference source for anyone involved in the field of polymer nanocomposites in academia or industry.

Key Features

  • Provides comprehensive coverage of spectroscopy techniques for analyzing polymer nanocomposites
  • Enables researchers and engineers to choose the right technique and make better materials decisions in research and a range of industries
  • Presents the fundamentals, information on structure-property relations, and all other aspects relevant for understanding spectroscopic analyses of nanoreinforced polymers and their applications


Scientists, engineers and PhD students in the fields of Polymer Nanocomposites (Materials Science, Polymer Science, Polymer Chemistry, Polymer Physics). Engineers in industries producing and processing polymers


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About the Editors

Sabu Thomas

Sabu Thomas is currently Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University and the Founder Director and Professor of the International and Interuniversity Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He is also a full professor of Polymer Science and Engineering at the School of Chemical Sciences of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. Recently, because of the outstanding contributions to the field of Nanoscience and Polymer Science and Engineering, Prof. Thomas has been conferred Honoris Causa (DSc) Doctorate by the University of South Brittany, Lorient, France and University of Lorraine, Nancy, France. Very recently, Prof. Thomas has been awarded Senior Fulbright Fellowship to visit 20 Universities in the US and most productive faculty award in the domain of Materials Science.

Didier Rouxel

Dr. Didier Rouxel is a Professor at the Institut Jean Lamour, Université de Lorraine, France. Prof. Rouxel has been involved in the spectroscopic analysis of inorganics and is vastly experienced in the analysis of polymer nanocomposite systems by almost all spectroscopic techniques. His major areas of interest include elastic properties of polymeric materials studied by Brillouin spectroscopy, development of polymer nanocomposite materials, development of micro-devices based on electro-active polymers, piezoelectric nanocrystals, microsensor development for surgery, cell excitement in organic medium by piezoelectric polymers etc. He has written 80 publications, 6 book chapters and 138 communications.

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Université de Lorraine, France

Deepalekshmi Ponnamma

Dr. Deepalekshmi Ponnamma is working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Advanced Materials, Qatar University. She recently obtained her PhD in Material Science from the Institute of Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Australia, and previously worked at the School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, India. She has over five years of research experience and has extensive knowledge in the field of polymer nanocomposites. Her research is focused on nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes and graphene and the significance of developing technologically applicable polymer nanocomposites. She has also studied the properties of elastomer nanocomposites with the help of spectroscopic techniques. She has written 13 publications in international journals and 10 book chapters, and has edited 4 books. She has presented many papers at international conferences and has won best poster and oral presentation awards.

Affiliations and Expertise

Qatar University, Qatar