Special Issue "Polymer Clay Nano-composites"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2019)
Prof. Dr. Stefano Leporatti
CNR Nanotec-Istituto di Nanotecnologia, Via Monteroni, c/o Campus Ekotecne, 73100 Lecce (LE), Italy
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Interests: nanomedicine; cytomechanics; drug delivery; scanning force microscopy; polymer nanocapsules; halloysite clay nanotubes; drug nanocolloids; nano-micelles
This Special Issue focuses on the current state-of-the-art of “Polymer Clay Nano-Composites” for biomedical, anticorrosion, antibacterial, and other applications. Clay–polymer composite nanomaterials is an emerging area of research. Loading polymers with clay particles essentially enhances the composite strength features.
Of particular interests are different nano-assembly methods, such as silane mono and multilayers, polyelectrolyte layer-by-layer assembly, and others. An important development was reached for tubular and fibrous clay nanoparticles, such as halloysite, sepiolite, or imogolite. Polymer clay nanoparticles can be prepared as sheets in 1-nm thicknesses and a-few-hundred-nm wide (like kaolin, and montmorillonite). Fibrous clays reinforce significantly the nano-composites in the assembly with biopolymers and other green polymers leading to functional hybrid bio nano-composites.
Papers are sought that summarize selected areas (reviews) or discuss the latest research in the field (original articles). The scope of the Special Issue comprehensively includes the synthesis and characterization of polymer clay nano-composites used for several applications, including nano-clay polymer composites and hybrid nano-assemblies.Prof. Stefano Leporatti
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- Polymer Composites
- Polymer Clays