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Research Letters in Materials Science
Volume 2007, Article ID 18160, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2007/18160
Research Letter

Effect of Compatibilizers on the Morphological Properties of ABS and LCP Blends

1Materials Science Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721302, India
2Department of Mining Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721302, India

Received 27 August 2007; Accepted 6 November 2007

Academic Editor: Dao Hua Zhang

Copyright © 2007 T. Das et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The blends of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) polymer and liquid crystalline polymer (LCP) were prepared using a melt-blending technique in presence and absence of different types of nanosilica. The effect of Zn++ coated nanosilica on thermal, dynamic mechanical, and morphological properties of ABS/LCP blends was studied. The Zn++ coated nanosilica showed a significant effect on the above-mentioned properties of ABS/LCP blends by reacting at the interface between ABS and LCP. A substantial improvement in storage modulus of ABS/LCP blends was observed in presence of Zn++ coated nanosilica. Epoxy encapsulated nanosilica was also used as a compatibilizer in this blend system. It is known that the epoxy end group reacts with the LCP reacting groups. But in this case, we cannot find desirable results, may be due to the presence of ABS as the matrix. So Zn-ion-coated nanosilica proved to be better than that epoxy encapsulated nanosilica for the ABS/LCP containing blends. The SEM morphology also corroborates the above-mentioned argument.