Polymer nanocomposites by pulverization: Enhanced properties and dispersion

Kosmas G. Kasimatis*, Joseph A. Nowell, Laura M. Dykes, Wesley Roth Burghardt, Thillaiyan Ramanathan, L Catherine Brinson, John M Torkelson

*Corresponding author for this work

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The production of polymer nanocomposites with excellent dispersion of nanofillers has proven to be a major challenge using conventional polymer processing methods. As a result of commonly poor dispersion of nanofillers, the promise of enhanced properties in nanocomposites has often gone unrealized. We have recently demonstrated that a process called solid-state shear pulverization (SSSP) can yield well-exfoliated polymer-clay nanocomposites and well-dispersed polymer-multiwall carbon nanotube and polymer-alumina nanoparticle composites. Furthermore, the exfoliation of dispersion achieved via SSSP is stable during subsequent melt processing of the nanocomposites made via SSSP. The connection between synergistic macroscopic properties, from modulus to thermal stability to conductivity, and dispersion of nanofiller is illustrated by the results obtained in this study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
EventSociety of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference 2005, ANTEC 2005 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: May 1 2005May 5 2005


OtherSociety of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference 2005, ANTEC 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA


  • Alumina nanoparticles
  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Clay
  • Dispersion
  • Nanocomposite
  • Solid-state shear pulverization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Polymers and Plastics


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