Study on Polymeric Nano-Composites by 3D-TEM and Related Techniques


There are strong demands for controlling the morphologies of nanofiller aggregate dispersion and polymer phase separation in order to improve the performance of nanofiller-filled rubber and polymer alloys and to impart new functions to materials. To accomplish these subjects, it is essential to visualize the morphologies three-dimensionally and to have techniques for analyzing and evaluating them. In this chapter, we describe the visualization of the nanofiller network structure and the nanofiller/rubber interaction layer in rubber and the lamella network structure in polyketone/polyamide polymer alloys by using a three-dimensional transmission electron microscopy/electron tomography technique, which is abbreviated as 3D-TEM in this study. The relationship between their morphological parameters and physical properties is also described.

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Study on Polymeric Nano-Composites by 3D-TEM and Related Techniques
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Transmission Electron Microscopy Characterization of Nanomaterials
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  • Challa S.S.R. Kumar Send Email (1)
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  • 1 Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
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  • Atsushi Kato (2)
  • Yoshinobu Isono (3)
  • Kazuya Nagata (4)
  • Atsushi Asano (5)
  • Yuko Ikeda Send Email (6)
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  • 2 Department of Material Analysis, NISSAN ARC, LTD, Natsushima-cho 1, Yokosuka, Kanagawa, 237-0061, Japan
  • 3 Department of Materials Science and Technology, Nagaoka University of Technology, 1603-1 Kami-tomida, Nagaoka, Niigata, 940-2188, Japan
  • 4 Department of Advanced Technology Development, Laboratory of Plastics, Asahikasei Chemicals Corporation, 1-3-1 Yakoh, Kawasaki-ku Kawasaki, Kanagawa, 210-0863, Japan
  • 5 Department of Applied Chemistry, National Defense Academy, 1-10-20 Hashirimizu, Yokosuka, Kanagawa, 239-8686, Japan
  • 6 Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Matsugasaki, Sakyo, Kyoto, 606-8585, Japan
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