Metal-polymer nanocomposites

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Advances in Polymer Nanocomposites: Types and Applications, 2012, pp. 164 - 177
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Polymers have low strength and stiffness, high dielectric strength and poor thermal properties. They are poor conductors of electricity and heat and are non-magnetic. Attempts have been made to change and improve some of these to increase the range of applications. Recently, researchers have shown interest in using nanoparticles. This chapter looks at metal nanoparticles, which exhibit uniquely different electronic and optical properties from their bulk counterparts. It is these interesting new properties that are one of the driving forces for their incorporation in polymer matrices. Methods of incorporation of metal nanoparticles into a polymer, the resultant properties, applications and future trends will be discussed. © 2012 Woodhead Publishing Limited All rights reserved.
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