Special Issue "Multifunctional Polymer-Based Nanocomposite Materials"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Dania Olmos
Guest Editor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering, Instituto de Química y Materiales Álvaro Alonso Barba (IQMAA), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Leganés 28911, Madrid, Spain
Interests: polymers; nanocomposites; materials characterization; multifunctional polymer-based materials; interphases; atomic force microscopy (AFM).

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent advances in polymer-based nanocomposites have contributed to the development of new multifunctional materials with many potential applications. The properties and functionality of these polymer-based materials can be modified by selectively introducing particles with certain properties for a desired application. In addition, when the size of such particles is reduced, the aspect ratio can play a fundamental role in enhancing the interfacial properties in the overall nanocomposite material. For example, the addition of a nanofiller such as TiO2 to a polymer matrix, when properly dispersed, might lead to a nanocomposite material with good optical properties and modified physico-chemical and mechanical properties, as well as other functional properties, such as electric/magnetic or UV-resistance properties or low permeability to gases, leading to a multifunctional polymer-based nanocomposite material, broadening the field of application. The scope of this Special Issue is to address the recent developments and applications of polymer-based multifunctional nanocomposite materials. Special emphasis will be placed on the following: i) materials for biomedical applications, related to tissue engineering (TE); ii) materials for food packaging and the agro-alimentary industry; iii) flexible materials for smart sensors and actuators; and iv) nanocomposites for energy harvesting.

This Special Issue will cover, but will not be limited to, the following potential topics:

1) Preparation of polymer-based multifunctional nanocomposite materials;

2) Characterization of polymer-based multifunctional nanocomposite materials;

3) Novel approaches to obtaining methods and potential applications;

4) New technological approaches to the development of environmentally sustainable materials (biodegradable materials, energy harvesting, new purification systems, etc.).

Dr. Dania Olmos
Guest Editor

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  • nanocomposite
  • polymers
  • thermoplastic
  • thermoset
  • tissue engineering
  • food industry
  • energy harvesting
  • multifunctional materials

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Bending and Elastic Vibration of a Novel Functionally Graded Polymer Nanocomposite Beam Reinforced by Graphene Nanoplatelets
Nanomaterials 2019, 9(12), 1690; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano9121690 - 26 Nov 2019
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A novel functionally graded (FG) polymer-based nanocomposite reinforced by graphene nanoplatelets is proposed based on a new distribution law, which is constructed by the error function and contains a gradient index. The variation of the gradient index can result in a continuous variation [...] Read more.
A novel functionally graded (FG) polymer-based nanocomposite reinforced by graphene nanoplatelets is proposed based on a new distribution law, which is constructed by the error function and contains a gradient index. The variation of the gradient index can result in a continuous variation of the weight fraction of graphene nanoplatelets (GPLs), which forms a sandwich structure with graded mechanical properties. The modified Halpin–Tsai micromechanics model is used to evaluate the effective Young’s modulus of the novel functionally graded graphene nanoplatelets reinforced composites (FG-GPLRCs). The bending and elastic vibration behaviors of the novel nanocomposite beams are investigated. An improved third order shear deformation theory (TSDT), which is proven to have a higher accuracy, is implemented to derive the governing equations related to the bending and vibrations. The Chebyshev–Ritz method is applied to describe various boundary conditions of the beams. The bending displacement, stress state, and vibration frequency of the proposed FG polymer-based nanocomposite beams under uniformly distributed loads are provided in detail. The numerical results show that the proposed distributions of GPL nanofillers can lead to a more effective pattern of improving the mechanical properties of GPL-reinforced composites than the common ones. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Multifunctional Polymer-Based Nanocomposite Materials)
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