Toward tunable and adaptable polymer nanocomposites

Authors

  • Nandula D. Wanasekara,

    1. Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
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  • LaShanda T. J. Korley

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    1. Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
    • Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
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Abstract

New bio-derived strategies have been recently explored in the design of polymer nanocomposites, particularly in the area of responsive materials, which offer pathways toward tailored interfacial adhesion, responsive interactions and controlled dispersion. In this Feature article, we discuss: (1) precise control of dispersion via self-assembly driven approaches in responsive mechanics, (2) inherent and strong interfacial adhesion in single polymer composites, and (3) percolating, electrospun nanofiber networks as filler elements in adaptable composites. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part B: Polym Phys, 2013

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