What is it about?

The present review describes the durability of different polymer nanocomposites mainly under thermal- and photoageing. Biodegradable nanocomposites of different polymers are also discussed briefly.

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Why is it important?

Polymer nanocomposites have attracted great attention world wide from both academic and industrial points of view. The material properties of polymers can be enhanced dramatically by incorporating layered silicates at fairly low concentrations.

Perspectives

The durability of any material depends upon several factors e.g. light, heat, microwaves, mechanical abrasion etc. The study and the effect of these factors on the performance are essentially required to extend the application limits. The durability of polymer nanocomposites has been evaluated under different environments.

Dr Pratheep K Annamalai
University of Queensland

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This page is a summary of: An overview on the degradability of polymer nanocomposites, Polymer Degradation and Stability, May 2005, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2004.09.013.
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