This comprehensive compilation of contemporary research initiatives in polymer science & technology details the advancement in the fields of coatings, sensors, energy harvesting and gas transport.
Polymers are the most versatile material and used in all industrial sectors because of their light weight, ease of processing and manufacturing, the ability to mold into intricate shapes, and its cost–effectiveness. They can easily be filled with a range of reinforcing agents like fibers, particulates, flakes and spheres in micro/nano sizes and compete with conventional materials in terms of performance, properties and durability. Polymers continue to be discovered and the demand for them is increasing.
The book comprises a series of chapters outlining recent developments in various high performance applications of Advanced Polymeric Materials. The topics covered encompass specialized applications of polymeric matrices, their blends, composites and nanocomposites pertaining to smart & high performance coatings, high barrier packaging, solar energy harvesting, power generation using polymers, polymer sensors, conducting polymers, gas transport membranes and smart drug delivery systems.
Thus, the theme of the book embraces all the latest innovations and future applications of polymers and related materials. What is novel about this book is that it delineates the applications from a research point of view through descriptions highlighting specific developmental criteria.
The book serves as a reference for all those industry polymer scientists and academic researchers required or interested in updating themselves on recent innovations. It will be exceedingly useful for engineers and students as the book acts as a practical guide for forward–looking research. Industrialists and entrepreneurs will also benefit by understanding the industrially viable technology from the novel techniques presented in the book.
S. K. Nayak holds the position of Director General, Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology (CIPET) as well as Prof. & Chair of R&D wings of CIPET. He is an active researcher in the field of polymer science & technology and has authored several textbooks on novel technological developments and is the Editor–in–Chief of International Journal of Plastics Technology (IJPT).
Smita Mohanty is the Senior Scientist and In–charge of the Laboratory for Advanced Research in Polymeric Materials (the R&D wing of CIPET), with more than 12 years of research and teaching experience. She has published ∼150 papers in major international journals and has 5 Indian patents to her credit.
Lakshmi Unnikrishnan is working as a Scientist at LARPM. She has published 15 papers in major international journals and her major area of research includes polymer electrolyte membranes, piezoelectric membrane systems, membrane separators, biosensors and conductive composites.