We thank Mr. S. Matsumoto for TEM observations, Ms. M. Suga for helping with preparation of the graphs, and Dr. G. C. Eastmond and Dr. T. Murata for fruitful discussions.
Polymer–Clay Nanocomposites Exhibiting Abnormal Necking Phenomena Accompanied by Extremely Large Reversible Elongations and Excellent Transparency†
Article first published online: 8 AUG 2006
Copyright © 2006 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Volume 18, Issue 17, pages 2250–2254, September, 2006
How to Cite
Haraguchi, K., Ebato, M. and Takehisa, T. (2006), Polymer–Clay Nanocomposites Exhibiting Abnormal Necking Phenomena Accompanied by Extremely Large Reversible Elongations and Excellent Transparency. Adv. Mater., 18: 2250–2254. doi: 10.1002/adma.200600143
- Issue published online: 28 AUG 2006
- Article first published online: 8 AUG 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 24 APR 2006
- Manuscript Received: 23 JAN 2006
- Polymer nanocomposites;
Soft and transparent polymer–clay nanocomposites (see figure), consisting of hydrophobic poly(2-methoxyethylacrylate) and hydrophilic inorganic clay, with a unique clay-network morphology have been synthesized by in situ free-radical polymerization. The nanocomposites exhibit the first observation of abnormal necking behavior accompanied by extremely large reversible elongation (1000–3000 %) and excellent optical transparency, regardless of the clay content (1–30 wt %).