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Hybrid epoxy/cyanate ester/caprolactam composites were developed and subsequently characterized. caprolactam toughened DGEBA epoxy- cyanate ester composites possess higher thermal stability indicating their possible use in electrical and electronic engineering applications.

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To enhance the thermo- mechanical behaviour of epoxy- cyanate ester hybrid matrix, surface functionalized Al- MCM 41 and caprolactam were used as reinforcement and toughening agent respectively. To the best of our knowledge, no work has been reported on the functionalized Al- MCM- 41 reinforced epoxy cyanate ester nanocomposites.

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Generally fabricaion of nanocomposites with enhanced storage modulus is always accomplished by compromising very high di-electric loss. However, In our study, we were able to fabricate unique Al- MCM- 41 reinforced epoxy cyanate ester nanocomposites having improved storage modulus and a decreased di-electric loss. The above aspect of our work is something unique and novel.

Dr Ananda Kumar Srinivasan
Anna University

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This page is a summary of: Development and characterisation of functionalised AL-MCM-41 reinforced caprolactam toughened DGEBA epoxy-cyanate ester polymer nanocomposites, Advances in Polymer Technology, June 2017, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/adv.21849.
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