Compatibilization of Polymer Blends: Micro and Nano Scale Phase Morphologies, Interphase Characterization and Properties offers a comprehensive approach to the use of compatibilizers in polymer blends, examining both fundamental and advanced knowledge in the field. The book begins by introducing polymer blends, describing thermodynamics, miscibility, and phase separation, and explaining the main concepts of compatibilization. Other sections cover theoretical approaches for nearly compatible blends, incompatible blends, nanofillers, physical compatibilization, reactive compatibilization, morphological and structural characterization, and physico-mechanical characterization. Finally, key application areas are covered, including biomedical applications, packaging and automobile engineering.
While this book will be a highly valuable reference source for academics, researchers and postgraduate students interested in polymer blends, it will also be ideal for anyone involved in the fields of polymer science, polymer chemistry, polymer physics, materials science, scientists, R&D professionals, and engineers in involved in the development or engineering of polymer products.
- Offers detailed and systematic coverage of essential and advanced topics relating to the compatibilization of polymer blends
- Presents a critical analysis of the effect of compatibilization on morphology and thermal, mechanical, electrical and viscoelastic properties of polymer blends
- Draws on novel studies and state-of-the-art research, discussing the latest issues and developments
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2. Concepts and classification of compatibilization process
3. Compatibilization of polymer blends by the addition of graft copolymers
4. Compatibilization of polymer blends by the addition of random copolymers
5. Compatibilization of polymer blends by micro and nanofillers
6. Reactive compatibilization of polymer blends by coupling agents and interchange catalysts
7. Compatibilization of polymer blends by Janus Particles
8. Compatibilization of polymer blends by shear pulverization
9. Micro and nanoscale morphology characterization by microscopy
10. Scattering studies of compatibilized polymer blends
11. Interface analysis of compatibilized polymer blends
12. Spectroscopic analysis of compatibilized polymer blends
13. Crystallization studies of compatibilized polymer blends
14. Viscoelastic characterization of polymer blends
15. Rheological Characterization of polymer blends
16. Thermal studies of compatibilized polymer blends
17. Application of compatibilized polymer blends in biomedical field
18. Application of compatibilized polymer blends in packaging
19. Application of compatibilized polymer blends in automobile engineering
Ajitha A R is a UGC Senior Research Fellow and Senior Research Scholar at the International and Interuniversity Centre for Nanosciences and Nanotechnology (IIUCNN), Mahatma Gandhi University, India. Her areas of interest are polymer blends, polymer physics and nanomaterials. She has been working in the area of polymer blend nanocomposites for 4 years. Her research areas include preparation of blends and nanocomposites and their applications. She has attended and presented several papers at conferences and seminars, and has contributed 3 book chapters.
Professor Sabu Thomas is Professor of Polymer Science & Technology and Honorary Director of the International and Inter University Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, at the School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, India. He is a prolific researcher, with 420 international papers, 6122 total citations, 2 patents, 18 books and a total of over 625 publications to his name, and is listed as one of the most productive researchers in India by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Prof. Thomas is a recognized authority in the field of polymer-based materials, and established the state-of-the-art lab in polymer science and nanotechnology at Mahatma Gandhi University. He has been a visiting professor at many polymer research laboratories in Europe and Asia.