Special Issue "Preparation and Application of Polymer Nanocomposites"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 March 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Teresa Cuberes
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Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Departamento de Mecánica Aplicada e Ingeniería de Proyectos, Escuela de Ingeniería Minera e Industrial, Almadén (Ciudad Real), Spain
Interests: Polymer Nanocomposites, Scanning Probe Microscopy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the advent of nanotechnology, the incorporation of nanofillers to a polymer matrix has prompted a breakthrough in materials development, providing polymer nanocomposites with improved mechanical, thermal, electrical, dielectric, optoelectronic and magnetic properties. Typically, the nanofillers affect the properties of the host matrix, and contribute to the composite performance with properties of their own. The structure and behavior of the interface between the nanofiller and the matrix play a most relevant role. Effort is being devoted to study the mobility of nanofillers inside a matrix, their aggregation, or their possible release to the environment.

Polymer nanocomposites have found applications as membranes in batteries and fuel cells, in biomedicine, for drug delivery, or as scaffolds for tissue regeneration, and in electrical/optoelectronic devices such as solar cells. Smart, responsive materials have been developed and used as sensors, actuators, and low-voltage energy generators for wearables.

This Special Issue is focused on the characterization of polymer nanocomposite films with special emphasis on their structure and interface properties, and their mechanical and electrical response. Research addressing the impact on the nanofiller/matrix interface of external conditions such as heat, electrical/magnetic, mechanical, or ultrasonic action is of particular interest. Contributions related to biocompatible, ecofriendly, and biodegradable polymer nanocomposites are welcome.

Prof. Teresa Cuberes
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Polymer nanocomposites
  • Polymer films
  • Polymer membranes
  • Nanofillers
  • Nanoparticles
  • Carbon allotropes.
  • 2D materials
  • Nanocellulose
  • Polymer/nanofiller interface

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Enhanced Storage Stability of Different Polymer Modified Asphalt Binders through Nano-Montmorillonite Modification
Nanomaterials 2020, 10(4), 641; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano10040641 - 30 Mar 2020
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The storage stability concern, caused by phase separation for the density difference between polymers and asphalt fractions, has limited the widespread application of polymer modified asphalt (PMA). Therefore, this study aims to improve the storage concern of PMA by incorporating nano-montmorillonite. To this [...] Read more.
The storage stability concern, caused by phase separation for the density difference between polymers and asphalt fractions, has limited the widespread application of polymer modified asphalt (PMA). Therefore, this study aims to improve the storage concern of PMA by incorporating nano-montmorillonite. To this end, different nano-montmorillonites were incorporated to three PMAs modified with three typical asphalt modifiers, i.e., crumb rubber (CRM), styrene–butadiene-rubber (SBR) and styrene–butadiene-styrene (SBS). A series of laboratory tests were performed to evaluate the storage stability and rheological properties of PMA binders with nano-montmorillonite. As a consequence, the incorporation of nano-montmorillonite exhibited a remarkable effect on enhancing the storage stability of the CRM modified binder, but limited positive effects for the SBR and SBS modified binders. The layered nano-montmorillonite transformed to intercalated or exfoliated structures after interaction with asphalt fractions, providing superior storage stability. Among selected nano-montmorillonites, the pure montmorillonite with Hydroxyl organic ammonium performed the best on enhancing storage stability of PMA. This paper suggests that nano-montmorillonite is a promising modifier to alleviate the storage stability concern for asphalt with polymer modifiers. Full article
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