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Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane (POSS) Polymer Nanocomposites. From Synthesis to Applications

  • Book

  • April 2021
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 5180527

Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane (POSS) Polymer Nanocomposites: From Synthesis to Applications offers extensive coverage of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes and their nanocomposites, including their synthesis, characterization, interfacial interactions and advanced applications. Sections introduce essentials, information on their preparation and discussions on polymeric materials, including elastomers, thermoplastics, thermosetting polymers, polymer blends and IPNs. Further sections cover the latest analysis techniques, examine the properties of POSS-polymer nanocomposites, and discuss key application areas, such as biological, energy, defense, and space. Finally, issues surrounding industry implementation and lifecycle are explored.

This is a valuable reference for researchers, scientists and advanced students in the areas of polymer composites and nanocomposites, polymer chemistry, polymer physics, polymer science, and materials science and engineering. In an industrial setting, this book will be of great interest to scientists, R&D professionals, and engineers across industries and disciplines.

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Table of Contents

1. POSS nanoparticles: Synthesis, characterization, and properties 2. Manufacturing of POSS-polymer nanocomposites 3. Interface modification of POSSpolymer nanocomposites 4. POSS-General purpose elastomer nanocomposites 5. Modification of specialty elastomers using POSS derivatives 6. POSS-amorphous thermoplastic nanocomposites 7. POSS-crystalline thermoplastic nanocomposites 8. POSS-Thermosetting polymer nanocomposites 9. Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) in polymer blends 10. POSS-based IPN nanocomposites 11. POSS-based hybrid nanocomposites 12. Morphological analysis of POSS polymer nanocomposites 13. Spectroscopic analysis of POSS polymer nanocomposites 14. Scattering studies of POSS nanocomposites 15. Polymer-POSS hybrid materials as fire retardants 16. Dielectric properties and applications of POSS-polymer nanocomposites 17. Rheological properties of POSS nanocomposites 18. Mechanical and dynamic mechanical properties of POSS nanocomposites 19. Solvent transport properties of POSS nanocomposites 20. Surface properties of POSS nanocomposites 21. POSS nanocomposites for biological applications 22. Applications of POSS nanocomposites in the energy field 23. POSS nanocomposites for defense and space applications 24. Industrial scale-up: Lab to commercial-scale manufacturing of POSS composites 25. Aging and lifetime analysis of POSS nanocomposites


Sabu Thomas International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, School of Energy Materials, and School of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. Prof. Sabu Thomas is the Director of the International and Interuniversity Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at Mahatma Gandhi University in Kerala, India. He also serves as the Chairman of Trivandrum Engineering Science and Technology Research Park (TrESPARK) in Kerala, India. Formerly, he was the Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University. His ground-breaking research has covered the areas of polymer science and engineering, polymer nanocomposites, elastomers, polymer blends, interpenetrating polymer networks, polymer membranes, green composites and nanocomposites, nanomedicine, and green nanotechnology. Prof. Thomas has received several national and international awards in recognition for his work and recently received Honoris Causa (DSc) from the University of South Brittany, Lorient, France, in recognition for his contributions to polymer science and engineering. Prof. Thomas has published more than 1400 peer-reviewed research papers, reviews, and book chapters. He has also edited and written 210 books. His H-index stands at 139, accompanied by a citation count of 43,000. Lakshmipriya Somasekharan Mahatma Gandhi University, India. Dr. Lakshmipriya Somasekharan got her PhD from IIUCNN, Mahatma Gandhi University with a UGC-JRF fellowship. Her interest is in the preparation and characterisation of polymer nanocomposites, with a research focus on POSS natural rubber nanocomposites, synthesis of POSS nanoparticles and its hybrids with other nanofillers, and preparation and characterisation of nanocomposites with elastomers.