Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/21893
Title: Interfacial bonding characteristic of nanoclay/polymer composites
Authors: Chan, ML
Lau, KT 
Wong, TT
Cardona, F
Keywords: Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Applied surface science, 2011, v. 258, no. 2, p. 860-864 How to cite?
Journal: Applied surface science 
Abstract: Using a small amount of nanoclay (montmorillonite (MMT)) can significantly enhance the thermal and mechanical properties of polymer-based composites. Therefore, an in depth understanding of the bonding characteristic between the nanoclay and its surrounding matrix is essential. In this study, Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were conducted to analyze the chemical composition between epoxy matrix and nanocomposite. These experiments revealed that a chemical bonding at an interface between the matrix and nanoclay of the composites did exist. Thus, such bonding can enhance the mechanical and thermal properties of resultant polymer composites as reported in many literatures.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/21893
ISSN: 0169-4332
EISSN: 1873-5584
DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2011.09.016
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