Polymer nanocomposites: A small part of the story

L. S. Schadler*, L. C. Brinson, W. G. Sawyer

*Corresponding author for this work

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Polymer nanocomposites are polymer matrix composites in which the fillers are less than 100 nm in as least one dimension. These composites have exhibited extraordinarily interesting properties. A defining feature of polymer nanocomposites is that the small size of the fillers leads to a dramatic increase in interfacial area as compared to traditional composites. This interfacial area creates a significant volume fraction of interfacial polymer with properties differens from the bulk polymer even as low loadings. The properties and structure of this interfacial region are not yet known quantitatively, presenting a challenge both for controlling and predicting the properties of polymer nanocomposites. This paper provides a brief overview of polymer nanocomposites with emphasis on the impact of the interfacial region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-60
Number of pages8
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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