Nanocomposites Based on Carbon Nanomaterials and Electronically Nonconducting Polymers
Polymer nanocomposites (PNCs) are the growing field of research having significant contribution in limitless application areas due to excellent combinations of tunable properties. Carbon-based PNCs are of recent research interest and cover numerous fields of applications including structural composites, drug delivery, shape memory polymers, etc. In this chapter, different allotropes of carbon, viz., carbon nanotubes, graphene, graphene oxide, fullerenes, metallofullerenes, carbon nanohorn, carbon nanodiamond, etc., are discussed in brief. Different types of polymeric materials used for the fabrication of PNCs are also introduced. Several types of carbon-based PNCs and their fabrication methodologies have been emphasized to represent a broad overview on carbon-based PNCs of nonconducting polymer matrices.