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.
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The one day workshop on which this volume was based focused on the development and use of advanced materials based on clays, and it was attended by well over 100 participants who were closely engaged with the speakers and participated in active question/answer and discussion sessions. The papers collected in this volume represent some of the most outstanding research presented at the workshop and each represents an exciting step forward in the development and integration of clay minerals into active and functional materials.