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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 Vice Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India.. Prof. Sabu Thomas is one of India's most renowned scientists known for his contributions in polymer science and nanotechnology. He is a scientist, administrator and a teacher of national and international students. He joined Cochin University of Science and Technology, India, to pursue his bachelor's degree in polymer science and rubber technology. He went on to complete his Ph. D. at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. After attaining industrial experience, he returned to Mahatma Gandhi University, India, as a lecturer. He currently serves as the Vice Chancellor of the Mahatma Gandhi University. He has guided over 116 Ph. D students. He has received several national and international awards for best researcher and is a member of numerous scientific bodies and committees. He has been honoured with honorary doctorates from University of South Brittany, France; University of Lorraine, France and Siberian Federal University, Russia. He has authored more than 1,200 research publications and 156 books. He has been ranked 114th in the list of the world's best scientists (Stanford University, USA). He was also selected for the DST Nanomission award 2020. He received Honorary Professorship from Siberian Federal University in 2020. Last year he was honoured with C.N.R Rao Award Prize Lecture in Advanced Materials by Materials Research Society of India (MRSI). He was elected as the Foreign Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (EurASc)-2019. In 2022 he was honoured the Bailey Medal Award and in 2021 was awarded the Kairali Lifetime Research Award 2021 by the Kerala government. Lakshmipriya Somasekharan PhD, IIUCNN, Mahatma Gandhi University with a UGC-JRF fellowship. 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.