Structural Analysis of Liquid Crystal Polymer Based Nanocomposites by X-Ray Scattering

Authors

  • Jayita Bandyopadhyay,

    1. DST/CSIR Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, National Centre for Nano-structured Materials, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretoria 0001, Republic of South Africa
    2. Department of Chemical Engineering, Laval University, Quebec, Canada G1K 7P4
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  • Suprakas Sinha Ray,

    Corresponding author
    1. DST/CSIR Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, National Centre for Nano-structured Materials, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretoria 0001, Republic of South Africa
    2. Department of Chemical Engineering, Laval University, Quebec, Canada G1K 7P4
    3. Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Department of Chemistry, University of the Free State (Qwaqwa Campus), Phuthaditjhaba 9866, Republic of South Africa
    • DST/CSIR Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, National Centre for Nano-structured Materials, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretoria 0001, Republic of South Africa.
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  • Mosto Bousmina

    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, Laval University, Quebec, Canada G1K 7P4
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Abstract

The main theme of this work is to support the unusual melt-state rheological properties of the clay-containing nanocomposites of thermotropic liquid crystal polymers by small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering. The changes of dispersion of silicate particles in the LCP matrix as well as change in crystal growth of LCP were extensively studied by X-ray scattering in both small- and wide-angle regions. The generalised indirect Fourier transformation technique developed by Glatter was used to study the structural changes in nanocomposites with temperature. This is a new approach recently proposed by us for the quantitative analysis of the nanoparticles dispersion in the polymer matrix.

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