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Report discusses types and applications of filler-enhanced polymer nanocomposites

Research And Markets : 08 November, 2012  (New Product)
Research and Markets has announced the addition of Woodhead Publishing new book "Advances in polymer nanocomposites: Types and applications" to its offering.
Report discusses types and applications of filler-enhanced polymer nanocomposites

The addition of nanoparticles to polymer composites has led to a new generation of composite materials with enhanced and novel properties. This book is edited by Dr Fengge Gao, Reader in Nanotechnology and the Director of Nanoscience Laoratory at Nottingham Trent University, UK. He is one of the pioneers in developing filler-enhanced polymer nanocomposites in the UK and is currently leading a group of researchers working on various aspects of polymer nanocomposites and their applications. His recent work on non-migration type antimicrobial polymer nanocomposites won the CenFRA Most Innovative Research Award and UK Food and Drink Forum Innovation Champion Award in 2009.F Gao, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Advances in Polymer Nanocomposites reviews the main types of polymer nanocomposites and their applications. Part One reviews types of polymer nanocomposites according to fillers, whilst Part Two focuses on types of polymer nanocomposites according to base. Finally, Part Three investigates key applications, including fuel cells, aerospace applications, optical applications, coatings and flame retardant polymer nanocomposites.

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PART 1 TYPES OF POLYMER NANOCOMPOSITES ACCORDING TO FILLERS

Processing of carbon nanotube-based nanocomposites
V M Karbhari, University of Alabama in Huntsville and C T Love, US Naval Research Laboratory, USA
 - Introduction
 - Structure of carbon nanotubes
 - Processing methods for nanotube-based polymer nanocomposites
 - Nanotube alignment
 - Properties and characteristics
 - Future trends
 - References

Environmental life-cycle assessment (LCA) of polymer nanocomposites
V Khanna, University of Pittsburgh, L Merugula and B R Bakshi, The Ohio State University, USA
 - Introduction
 - The life-cycle assessment (LCA) approach to nanotechnology
 - The environmental LCA of polymer nanocomposites
 - Future trends and alternate approaches for evaluating emerging technologies
 - Conclusions
 - References

Calcium carbonate nanocomposites
Y Lin and C-M Chan, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China
 - Introduction: applications of calcium carbonate nanoparticles
 - Calcium carbonate as filler material
 - The toughening mechanisms of polymers filled with PCC nanoparticles
 - Conclusions
 - References

Layered double hydroxides (LDHs) as functional fillers in polymer nanocomposites
J I Velasco, M Ardanuy and M Antunes, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
 - Introduction: the role of layered double hydroxides (LDHs) as reinforcements
 - Preparation of hybrid LDHs for polymer nanocomposites
 - Nanocomposite preparation routes
 - Structure of polymer-LDH nanocomposites
 - Properties
 - Applications and future trends
 - Sources of further information and advice
 - Conclusions
 - References

Cellulose nanoparticles as reinforcement in polymer nanocomposites
E C Ramires, Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Brazil and A Dufresne, Grenoble Institute of Technology – INP, France
 - Introduction
 - Preparation of cellulose nanoparticles
 - Preparation of cellulose nanocomposites from different process and polymeric matrices
 - Properties and applications of nanocomposites reinforced with cellulose nanoparticles 
 - Sources of further information and advice
 - Conclusions and future trends
 - Acknowledgements 
 - References

Metal-polymer nanocomposites
G Heness, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
 - Introduction: the role of metal-polymer nanocomposites in reinforcement
 - Techniques for reinforcement
 - Properties of polymer composites reinforced with metal nanoparticles
 - Alternative applications of metal-polymer nanocomposites
 - Future trends
 - Sources of further information and advice
 - References

PART 2 TYPES OF POLYMER NANOCOMPOSITES ACCORDING TO BASE

Polyolefin-based polymer nanocomposites
T Kuila and J Hee Lee, Chonbuk National University, Republic of Korea
 - Introduction
 - Preparation of polymer nanocomposites
 - Different kinds of nanofillers used in the preparation of polymer nanocomposites
 - Characterization of polymer nanocomposites
 - Properties of polymer nanocomposites
 - Application of polyolefin nanocomposites
 - Conclusions and future trends
 - References

Poly(vinyl chloride)-based nanocomposites
M Gilbert, Loughborough University, UK
 - Introduction
 - Poly(vinyl chloride)
 - Manufacturing techniques
 - Nanofillers used
 - Effects of nanofillers
 - Opportunities and problems
 - Future trends
 - Sources of further information and advice
 - References

Nylon-based polymer nanocomposites
S-H Lim, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (Simtech), Singapore, A Dasari, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies of Materials (IMDEA Materials Institute), Spain
 - Introduction 
 - Types of nanoparticles and their modification 
 - Current manufacturing techniques 
 - Structures and properties 
 - Applications of nylon-based polymers
 - Future trends 
 - Acknowledgements 
 - References

Clay-containing poly (ethylene terephthalate) (PET)-based polymer nanocomposites
J Bandyopadhyay, National Centre for Nanostructured Materials, Republic of South Africa; S S Ray, National Centre for Nanostructured Materials, Republic of South Africa and University of Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa
 - Introduction: the importance of poly (ethylene terephthalate) (PET)-based nanocomposites 
 - Types of PET-based nanocomposites
 - Preparative methods
 - Structural characterization
 - Properties of the nanocomposites
 - Applications of PET-based nanocomposites 
 - Future trends
 - Acknowledgements
 - References

Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) -based polymer nanocomposites
D J Martin, AF Osman, Y Andriani and G A Edwards, University of Queensland, Australia
 - Introduction: the potential of thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) nanocomposites
 - TPU nanocomposites: structure, processing, properties and performance
 - TPU nanocomposites as potential biomaterials
 - Future trends
 - References

Soft polymer nanocomposites and gels
K Haraguchi, Kawamura Institute of Chemical Research, Japan
 - Introduction
 - Nanocomposite gels
 - Soft polymer nanocomposites
 - Applications and future trends
 - Sources of future information and advice
 - References

Biodegradable polymer nanocomposites
A R McLauchlin, University of Exeter and N L Thomas, Loughborough University, UK
 - Introduction
 - Biodegradable polymers
 - Methods of production of biodegradable polymer nanocomposites
 - Properties of biodegradable polymer nanocomposites
 - Applications of biodegradable polymer nanocomposites
 - References

PART 3 APPLICATIONS OF POLYMER NANOCOMPOSITES

Polymer nanocomposites in fuel cells
H-W Rhee and L-J Ghil, Sogang University, S Korea
 - Introduction
 - Using polymer nanocomposites in fuel cells
 - Conclusions and future trends
 - Acknowledgement
 - References

Polymer nanocomposites for aerospace applications
J Njuguna, K Pielichowski and J Fan, Cranfield University, UK and Cracow Unversity of Technology, Poland
 - Introduction 
 - Types of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) nanocomposites
 - Sandwich structures using polymer nanocomposites
 - Properties and applications of polymer nanocomposites
 - Future trends: opportunities and challenges
 - Conclusions
 - Acknowledgements 
 - References

Flame-retardant polymer nanocomposites
J-M Lopez-Cuesta, Ecole des Mines d’Alès, France
 - Introduction
 - Benefits and advantages of the use of polymer nanocomposites for flame retardancy
 - The role of nanoparticles in improving the flame retardancy of polymers
 - Methods of incorporating nanoparticles as flame retardant components in polymers
 - Practical examples
 - Future trends
 - References

Polymer nanocomposites for optical applications
D V Szabó, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), T Hanemann, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany and Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany
 - Introduction
 - Important optical properties of polymer nanocomposites
 - Polymer–nanoparticle composites
 - Tailoring optical properties in the near infra-red, visible and ultra-violet ranges
 - Linear and nonlinear optical properties of guest–host systems
 - Replication and optical device fabrication
 - Conclusion and future trends
 - References

Polymer nanocomposite coatings
T-C Huang and J-M Yeh, Chung Yuan Christian University, C-Y, Sipix Technology, Inc, Taiwan
 - Introduction
 - Coating technologies for polymer nanocomposites
 - Key properties of polymer nanocomposite coatings
 - Future trends
 - Acknowledgements
 - References

 

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