Chan, Mo-lin and Lau, Kin-tak and Wong, T. T. and Cardona, Francisco (2011) Interfacial bonding characteristic of nanoclay/polymer composites. Applied Surface Science, 258 (2). pp. 860-864. ISSN 0169-4332
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.
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