Colloidal nano-toolbox for molecularly regulated polymerization: Chemorheology over 6 decades of viscoelasticity

Amir Sheikhi, Han Yang, Pierre J. Carreau, Theo G.M. Van De Ven

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Abstract

A universal approach to gain control over molecular interactions among activated, ready-to-react monomers, e.g., ammonium zirconium carbonate, has been proposed in which the monomers bind to two families of nanoengineered celluloses, namely hairy and conventional nanocelluloses with various surface functionalities and steric and electrosteric moieties. Engineering the colloidal interactions, the polymerization reaction was tailored to yield a spectrum of ultrasoft (5 decades decrease in viscoelastic moduli) to highly-reinforced (4000% enhanced viscoelasticity) nanocomposites using only 0.5 wt% nanoparticles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1165-1170
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Horizons
Volume4
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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