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Polymer Nanocomposite Processing, Characterization, and Applications

Call for Papers

Polymers reinforced with nanoparticles, such as carbon nanotubes, are of great interest due to their remarkable mechanical, thermal, chemical properties as well as optical, electronic, and magnetic applications. In the general research area of polymer nanocomposites, a number of critical issues need to be addressed before the full potential of polymer nanocomposites can actually be realized. While a number of advances have recently been made in the area of polymer nanocomposites, the studies on understanding of the effects of processing parameters on the structure, morphology, and functional properties of polymer nanocomposites are deficient. There is a need for characterization techniques to quantify the concentration and distributions of nanoparticles as well as to assess the strength at the interface between the polymer and nanoparticles. Also, there is a need for the development of better models able to predict the mechanical properties of the polymer nanocomposites as functions of myriad factors including nanoparticle orientation, the type of functional groups, and the molecular weight of polymer chain. The relationships between the structural distributions and the ultimate properties of the polymer nanocomposites also need to be elucidated.

This special issue of the Journal of Nanomaterials will be devoted to emerging polymer nanocomposite processing techniques and call for new contributions in the field of characterization and applications of multifunctional nanocomposites. It intends to cover the entire range of basic and applied materials research focusing on rheological characterization, nanoparticle dispersion, and functional properties of polymer nanocomposites for sensors, actuators, and other applications. Fundamental understanding of the effects of processing and nanoparticles on the polymer structure and morphology, their optical, electrical, and mechanical properties as well as novel functions and applications of nanocomposite materials will be the highlights of this special issue.

Papers are solicited in, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Solution and melt processing of polymer nanocomposites
  • Rheological and thermal characterization of nanocomposites
  • Generation of nanofibers using extrusion and electrospinning of nanocomposites
  • Processing-induced orientation of nanoparticles
  • Quantification of nanoparticle dispersion
  • Effect of nanoparticle incorporation on polymerization
  • In situ nanoparticle formation in polymer matrix
  • Noncovalent functionalization techniques and characterization of properties at polymer-nanoparticle interface
  • Novel applications of polymer nanocomposites

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jnm/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueSunday, 01 November 2009
First Round of ReviewsMonday, 01 February 2010
Publication DateSaturday, 01 May 2010

Lead Guest Editor

  • Gaurav Mago, Lubrizol Advanced Materials, Inc., Avon Lake, OH 44141, USA

Guest Editors

  • Dilhan M. Kalyon, Highly Filled Materials Institute, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, USA
  • Sadhan C. Jana, Department of Polymer Engineering, University of Akron, Akron, OH, USA
  • Frank T. Fisher, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, USA