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A versatile approach for the processing of polymer nanocomposites with self-assembled nanofibre templates

Capadona, Jeffrey R. and Van Den Berg, Otto and Capadona, Lynn A. and Schroeter, Michael and Rowan, Stuart J. and Tyler, Dustin J. and Weder, Christoph (2007) A versatile approach for the processing of polymer nanocomposites with self-assembled nanofibre templates. NATURE NANOTECHNOLOGY, 2 (12). pp. 765-769.

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Abstract

The incorporation of nanoparticles into polymers is a design approach that is used in many areas of materials science. The concept is attractive because it enables the creation of materials with new or improved properties by mixing multiple constituents and exploiting synergistic effects. One important technological thrust is the development of structural materials with improved mechanical and thermal characteristics. Equally intriguing is the possibility to design functional materials with unique optical or electronic properties, catalytic activity or selective permeation. The broad technological exploitation of polymer nanocomposites is, however, stifled by the lack of effective methods to control nanoparticle dispersion. We report a simple and versatile process for the formation of homogeneous polymer/nanofibre composites. The approach is based on the formation of a three-dimensional template of well-individualized nanofibres, which is filled with any polymer of choice. We demonstrate that this template approach is broadly applicable and allows for the fabrication of otherwise inaccessible nanocomposites of immiscible components.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Material Science > Functional and hybrid materials
Material Science > Nanofabrication processes and tools
Material Science > Nanochemistry
ID Code:1256
Deposited By:Anuj Seth
Deposited On:15 Dec 2008 15:36
Last Modified:19 Jan 2009 10:55

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