"Gel-like" mechanical reinforcement in polymer nanocomposite melts

Pinar Akcora, Sanat K. Kumar, Joseph Moll, Sarah Lewis, Linda S. Schadler, Yu Li, Brian C. Benicewicz, Alec Sandy, Suresh Narayanan, Jan Ilavsky, Pappannan Thiyagarajan, Ralph H. Colby, Jack F. Douglas

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Abstract

We critically explore the role of particle dispersion on the melt state mechanical properties of nanocomposites formed by mixing polystyrene homopolymers with polystyrene grafted silica nanoparticles. We selected this system since we previously showed that nanoparticle spatial distribution can be controlled through judicious choices of the brush, and matrix parameters. Here we focus on. the temporal evolution of the nanoparticle self-assembly dispersion state and its effect on mechanical reinforcement using rheology, electron microscopy, and the measurement of nanoscale particle dynamics using X-ray photon correlation spectroscopy. Nanoscale and macroscopic experiments show that a composite with percolating sheets of particles displays "gel-like" or solid-like mechanical behavior at lower particle loadings than one with uniform particle dispersion. This conclusion allows us to conjecture that mechanical reinforcement is primarily controlled by interparticle interactions (including those facilitated by the grafted chains) and that the matrix plays a relatively minor role. This statement has far-reaching consequences on the design of polymer nanocomposites with desired properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1003-1010
Number of pages8
JournalMacromolecules
Volume43
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 26 2010

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Nanocomposites
Reinforcement
Polymers
Gels
Polystyrenes
Nanoparticles
Photon correlation spectroscopy
Brushes
X ray spectroscopy
Homopolymerization
Rheology
Silicon Dioxide
Self assembly
Spatial distribution
Electron microscopy
Particles (particulate matter)
Display devices
Silica
Mechanical properties
Composite materials

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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Akcora, P., Kumar, S. K., Moll, J., Lewis, S., Schadler, L. S., Li, Y., ... Douglas, J. F. (2010). "Gel-like" mechanical reinforcement in polymer nanocomposite melts. Macromolecules, 43(2), 1003-1010. https://doi.org/10.1021/ma902072d
Akcora, Pinar ; Kumar, Sanat K. ; Moll, Joseph ; Lewis, Sarah ; Schadler, Linda S. ; Li, Yu ; Benicewicz, Brian C. ; Sandy, Alec ; Narayanan, Suresh ; Ilavsky, Jan ; Thiyagarajan, Pappannan ; Colby, Ralph H. ; Douglas, Jack F. / "Gel-like" mechanical reinforcement in polymer nanocomposite melts. In: Macromolecules. 2010 ; Vol. 43, No. 2. pp. 1003-1010.
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Akcora P, Kumar SK, Moll J, Lewis S, Schadler LS, Li Y et al. "Gel-like" mechanical reinforcement in polymer nanocomposite melts. Macromolecules. 2010 Jan 26;43(2):1003-1010. https://doi.org/10.1021/ma902072d