Special Issue "Nanocomposites of Polymers and Inorganic Particles 2013"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2013)
Prof. Dr. Mady Elbahri
Nanochemistry and Nanoengineering, 1)Faculty of Engineering, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Institute for Materials Science, Kaiserstr. 2, 24143 Kiel, Germany 2)Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH, Institut für Polymerforschung, Max-Planck-Str. 1, 21502 Geesthacht, Germany
Incorporation of nanoscopic particles into host polymeric matrix not only provides an opportunity to strongly improve the mechanical, environmental and many other properties but also offers the possibility to obtain new optical, electrical, and magnetic properties which are not inherent in the constituent materials. These properties can be tailored by controlling the chemical composition, size, shape as well as the volume fraction and the distribution of the nanoscale particles within the polymer matrix thus broadening the application potential of nanocomposites to emerging fields of energy, environment, and medicine.
The functional applications of the nanocomposites can be further extended by making the polymer matrix responsive to external stimuli. Photo-active, thermally responsive, pH-sensitive, or piezoelectric polymers can be implemented for the development of a new generation of nanocomposite where the properties can be changed by external fields, temperature, surrounding media, and mechanical forces for instance. In this way, smart materials (composite) could be fabricated through the combination of metallic and nonmetallic fillers and a stimuli-sensitive polymer matrix for variety of applications.
This issue aims to cover research on all aspects of the types of nanocomposites mentioned above from their fabrication, characterization and theoretical simulation to function and application. Moreover, manuscripts on the investigation and analysis of the interaction of nanoparticles with the matrix and their influence on the rheological and physicochemical properties of the matrix are highly welcomed. Additionally, studies on "nanohybrid" systems where the nanoparticles are used as decorating element of the polymer (e.g., coloration) are also highly appreciated.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Mady Elbahri
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- smart and responsive materials
- functional materials