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Silicate layer dispersion in copolymer/clay nanocomposites



Factors of silicate layer dispersions in polymers have been studied with copolymers. The influence of the copolymerization ratio of copolymers and the alkyl chain lengths of organomodified reagents of organophilic clay has been examined. The dispersion of silicate layers in copolymers is dependent on the copolymerization ratios of the functional groups, that is, the polarity of the polymer matrix. The alkyl chain lengths of organomodified reagents also have an important influence on silicate layer dispersions. From a comprehensive viewpoint, the polarity matching between polymers and organophilic clay is an important factor for silicate layer dispersions in polymers. © 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 98: 1554–1557, 2005