Melt-State Viscoelastic Properties of Clay-Containing Polymer Nanocomposites
Understanding the melt-state viscoelastic properties of clay-containing polymer nanocomposites (PCNs) is crucial to obtaining fundamental knowledge of the ‘processability’ and the structure-property relationship of these materials. In the case of PCNs, the melt-state viscoelastic properties are strongly influenced by their nanostructure. This chapter reviews recent advances in melt-state viscoelastic properties of PCNs. To begin this, brief descriptions of the structure and properties of clays, PCN processing, and thermodynamics are given. Attention is drawn to how viscoelastic behaviors of PCNs can be understood directly from their structure.