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TUTORIAL 1

"Physical Properties of Polymer-Based Nanocomposites"

Speaker: Professor Mircea Chipara, University of Texas Pan American, USA

CONTENTS:

1. Definition and examples of polymer-based nanocomposites

2. Synthesis of polymer-based nanocomposites (melt mixing and exfoliation, sonication, high pressure homogenization, in situ polymerization). Dispersion versus aggregation in polymer-based nanocomposites.

3. Phase transitions in polymers and block copolymers (glass transition, melting and crystallization transitions). The effect of the nanofiller on phase transitions (glass, melting, and crystallization temperatures).

4. Morphology/structural features of polymer-based nanocomposites. Surface areas and interfaces. Wetting of polymers to surfaces and nanoparticles. Adhesion and delamination in polymer-based nanocomposites.

5. The effect of nanofillers on the self-assembly capabilities of block copolymers.

6. Why nanocomposites? (a brief critical analysis on the advantages of polymer-based nanocomposites over polymer composites).

7. Future of polymer-based nanocomposites (new materials, biological features, and medical concerns)


 

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