Polymer Nanocomposites for Environmental Applications

Abstract

Nanotechnology is considered to play a key role in shaping current environmental engineering and science in this twenty-first century. The way the nanoscale science research is progressing in the development and use of novel and cost-effective technologies for adsorptive removal, catalytic degradation, and detection of contaminants as well as other environmental concerns is praiseworthy. Polymer nanocomposites (PNCs), which incorporate advantages of both nanoparticles and polymers, have received increasing attention in both academia and industry. They present outstanding mechanical properties and compatibility owing to their polymer matrix, the unique physical and chemical properties caused by the unusually large surface area to volume ratios, and high interfacial reactivity of the nanofillers. In addition, the composites provide an effective approach to overcome the bottleneck problems of nanoparticles in practice such as separation and reuse. This chapter gives an overview of PNCs for environment application. A brief summary of the fabrication methods of PNCs is provided, and recent advances on the application of PNC materials for treatment of contaminants, pollutant sensing and detection, and green chemistry are highlighted. In addition, it also offers a comprehensive discussion on the research trends and prospective in the coming future.

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Title
Polymer Nanocomposites for Environmental Applications
Book Title
Properties and Applications of Polymer Nanocomposites
Book DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-53517-2
Chapter DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-53517-2_5
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  • Deba Kumar Tripathy Send Email (1)
  • Bibhu Prasad Sahoo Send Email (2)
  • Editor Affiliation
  • 1 Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, KIIT University, Odisha, India
  • 2 School of Applied Sciences, KIIT University, Odisha, India
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  • Tapas Ranjan Sahoo Send Email (3)
  • Author Affiliation
  • 3 Department of Chemistry, School of Applied Sciences, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, 751024, Odisha, India
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