Epoxy Nanocomposites Filled with Carbon Nanoparticles.

Published on Jul 1, 2018in Chemical Record6.163
· DOI :10.1002/TCR.201700095
Mario Martin-Gallego10
Estimated H-index: 10
(CSIC: Spanish National Research Council),
V. Yuste-Sanchez3
Estimated H-index: 3
(CSIC: Spanish National Research Council)
+ 2 AuthorsMiguel A. López-Manchado55
Estimated H-index: 55
(CSIC: Spanish National Research Council)
Over the past decades, the development of high performance lightweight polymer nanocomposites and, in particular, of epoxy nanocomposites has become one the greatest challenges in material science. The ultimate goal of epoxy nanocomposites is to extrapolate the exceptional intrinsic properties of the nanoparticles to the bulk matrix. However, in spite of the efforts, this objective is still to be attained at commercially attractive scales. Key aspects to achieve this are ultimately the full understanding of network structure, the dispersion degree of the nanoparticles, the interfacial adhesion at the phase boundaries and the control of the localization and orientation of the nanoparticles in the epoxy system. In this Personal Account, we critically discuss the state of the art and evaluate the strategies to overcome these barriers.
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