Spectroscopy of Polymer Nanocomposites

Spectroscopy of Polymer Nanocomposites

1st Edition - February 11, 2016

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  • Editors: Sabu Thomas, Didier Rouxel, Deepalekshmi Ponnamma
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323401838
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323413916

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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

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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 498
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © William Andrew 2016
  • Published: February 11, 2016
  • Imprint: William Andrew
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323401838
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323413916

About the Editors

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

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Institut Jean Lamour, Université de Lorraine, France

Deepalekshmi Ponnamma

Dr. Deepalekshmi Ponnamma is a Lecturer in Materials Science and Technology, at the College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University. She is a PhD graduate from the Deakin University, Australia, and finished the post-doctoral studies from Qatar University. She has a research experience of more than 10 years with special focus on polymer nanocomposites and various nanomaterials. Dr. Ponnamma has more than 100 research articles published in international peer reviewed journals. She has contributed around 20 book chapters and edited 9 books, all focusing on the various fabrication methods and applications of nanomaterials and polymer nanocomposites. For the past three years, Dr. Ponnamma has been working on synthesizing the different nanoarchitectures, polymer nanocomposites and block copolymer membranes for efficient technological applications such as energy storage, environmental applications including photocatalysis and water purification.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer, Department of Physics, Mathematic and Material Science, Center for Advanced Materials, Qatar University, Qatar.

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