Interfaces in Particle and Fibre-Reinforced Composites: Current perspectives on polymer, ceramic, metal and extracellular matrices addresses recent research findings on the particle-matrix interface at different length scales. The book's main focus is on the reinforcement of materials by particles that can result in a composite material of high stiffness and strength, but it also focuses on how the particle interacts with the (matrix) material, which may be a polymer, biological-based material, ceramic or conventional metal. The different types of particle reinforced composites are discussed, as is load transfer at the particle-matrix interface. Readers will learn how to select materials and about particle structure.
Significant progress has been made in applying these approaches, thus making this book a timely piece on recent research findings on the particle-matrix interface at different length scales.
- Features wide coverage, from polymer, to ceramics and metal-based particulate composites
- Structured in a logical order to cover fundamental studies, computer simulations, experimental techniques and characterization
Dr Kheng Lim Goh is based at Newcastle University Singapore, where he teaches mechanical engineering to undergraduates. His research aims to understand the physical properties of natural and synthetic materials and to use this knowledge to design composite materials for biomedical engineering applications. Dr Goh holds a B.Sc. (Physics), M.Sc. (Medical Physics) and a Ph.D. degree (Bioengineering). He is a member of the Institute of Physics (IOP) and Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). He is a Chartered Physicist (CPhys) and Engineer (CEng). Dr Goh also publishes regularly in international refereed journals, mainly in the area of fibre composite materials
Professor Thomas is currently Pro-Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University and the Founder Director and Professor of the International and Interuniversity Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He is also a full professor of Polymer Science and Engineering at the School of Chemical Sciences of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India.
Prof. Thomas is an outstanding leader with sustained international acclaims for his work in Nanoscience, Polymer Science and Engineering, Polymer Nanocomposites, Elastomers, Polymer Blends, Interpenetrating Polymer Networks, Polymer Membranes, Green Composites and Nanocomposites, Nanomedicine and Green Nanotechnology. Dr. Thomas's ground-breaking inventions in polymer nanocomposites, polymer blends, green bionanotechnological and nano-biomedical sciences, have made transformative differences in the development of new materials for automotive, space, housing and biomedical fields. In collaboration with India's premier tyre company, Apollo Tyres, Professor Thomas's group invented new high performance barrier rubber nanocomposite membranes for inner tubes and inner liners for tyres. Professor Thomas has received a number of national and international awards which include: Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London FRSC, Distinguished Professorship from Josef Stefan Institute, Slovenia, MRSI medal, Nano Tech Medal, CRSI medal, Distinguished Faculty Award, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Award for Scientific Excellence - 2016, Mahatma Gandhi University- Award for Outstanding Contribution -Nov. 2016, Lifetime Achievement Award of the Malaysian Polymer Group, Indian Nano Biologists award 2017and Sukumar Maithy Award for the best polymer researcher in the country. He is in the list of most productive researchers in India and holds a position of No.5. Recently, because of the outstanding contributions to the field of Nanoscience and Polymer Science and Engineering, Prof. Thomas has been conferred Honoris Causa (DSc) Doctorate by the University of South Brittany, Lorient, France and University of Lorraine, Nancy, France. Very recently, Prof. Thomas has been awarded Senior Fulbright Fellowship to visit 20 Universities in the US and most productive faculty award in the domain Materials Sciences.
Professor Thomas has published over 800 peer reviewed research papers, reviews and book chapters. He has co-edited 80 books published by different publishers. He is the inventor of 6 patents and has delivered over 300 Plenary/Inaugural and Invited lectures in national/international meetings over 30 countries. He has established a state of the art laboratory at Mahatma Gandhi University in the area of Polymer Science and Engineering and Nanoscience and Nanotechnology through external funding from DST, CSIR, TWAS, UGC, DBT, DRDO, AICTE, ISRO, DIT, TWAS, KSCSTE, BRNS, UGC-DAE, Du Pont, USA, General Cables, USA, Surface Treat Czech Republic, MRF Tyres and Apollo Tyres.
De Silva, Rangika Thilan
Dr Rangika Thilan De Silva is a research scientist, postdoctoral fellow, at Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC). He graduated from Monash University with a first degree in Mechanical Engineering and subsequently went on to do a PhD in materials design and processing. He received his PhD in 2015 from Monash University. His research focuses on experimental and numerical modelling of reinforced polymer nanocomposites. Rangika's expertise lies in the fabrication of multi-functional biopolymeric films for packaging applications, self-healing composites for high-performance automobile/aerospace applications, fabrication of mechanically robust nano-fibrous scaffolds as substitutes for artificial tissues and the development of nano-porous membranes for filtration applications.
Aswathi M.K. is a Research Scholar in the International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at Mahatma Gandhi University.