Special Issue "Thermoplastic Nanocomposites"
A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2019).
Interests: post-polymerization functionalization of polymers: radical reactions as a tool to introduce specific functionalities by controlling macromolecular structure/architecture; nanostructured polymer materials: preparation, study of confinement effects, influence on barrier and flame resistant properties; polymer blends by reactive blending and processing of polymers: reactions at the interface and effects on the morphology stabilization; preparation of micro- and nanocomposites through catalytic and radical polymerization approaches (reactor blending); properties/structure relationships in polymer based materials
Thermoplastic nanocomposites are a class of materials combining the low density, good processability and low cost of thermoplastic polymeric matrices with the functional properties imparted by dispersed nanostructured fillers. In the last few years, some undeniable and important advances concerning the improvement of mechanical, barrier and thermal properties of such nanomaterials have been achieved by optimizing the morphological and topological structure of composites, by tuning the segregation of nanoparticles in amorphous/crystalline domains or at the interfaces of immiscible polymer blends. At the same time, new and interesting research leanings have been exploited to transfer features of modified nanofillers, used as carriers of peculiar functionalities, to polymer matrices. This is generally aimed at designing polymer hybrids that exhibit the specific viscoelastic behavior of the thermoplastic materials together with optical, electrical, and bioactive characteristics suitable for semiconductor devices and sensing platforms for packaging and biomedical applications.
By considering the current scenario, the Special Issue aims at gathering a compilation of articles, reviews and communications on "Thermoplastic Nanocomposites", which demonstrate the continuous efforts to develop new fundamental knowledges associated to the structural features of these materials by proposing technological innovations in their synthesis, characterization and especially new and advanced applications.Dr. Elisa Passaglia
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- thermoplastic polymers