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A Short Review on the Effect of Surfactants on the Mechanico-Thermal Properties of Polymer Nanocomposites

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Laboratory of Biocomposite Technology, Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products, Universiti Putra Malaysia, UPM Serdang, Selangor 43400, Malaysia
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Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, UPM Serdang, Selangor 43400, Malaysia
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Centre of Foundation Studies for Agricultural Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, UPM Serdang, Selangor 43400, Malaysia
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Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(14), 4867; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10144867
Received: 29 May 2020 / Revised: 15 June 2020 / Accepted: 16 June 2020 / Published: 16 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Synthesis, Characterization and Application of Hybrid Composites)
The recent growth of nanotechnology consciousness has enhanced the attention of researchers on the utilization of polymer nanocomposites. Nanocomposite have widely been made by using synthetic, natural, biosynthetic, and synthetic biodegradable polymers with nanofillers. Nanofillers are normally modified with surfactants for increasing the mechanico-thermal properties of the nanocomposites. In this short review, two types of polymer nanocomposites modified by surfactants are classified, specifically surfactant-modified inorganic nanofiller/polymer nanocomposites and surfactant-modified organic nanofiller/polymer nanocomposites. Moreover, three types of surfactants, specifically non-ionic, anionic, and cationic surfactants that are frequently used to modify the nanofillers of polymer nanocomposites are also described. The effect of surfactants on mechanico-thermal properties of the nanocomposites is shortly reviewed. This review will capture the interest of polymer composite researchers and encourage the further enhancement of new theories in this research field. View Full-Text
Keywords: surfactant; mechanico-thermal; polymer; nanocomposites surfactant; mechanico-thermal; polymer; nanocomposites
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Shamsuri, A.A.; Md. Jamil, S.N.A. A Short Review on the Effect of Surfactants on the Mechanico-Thermal Properties of Polymer Nanocomposites. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 4867.

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