Journal of Polymer Research

, 20:249 | Cite as

Nano-Calcium carbonate (CaCO3)/Polystyrene (PS) core-shell nanoparticle: It’s effect on physical and mechanical properties of high impact polystyrene (HIPS)

  • Aniruddha Chatterjee
  • Satyendra Mishra
Original Paper


Rheological, thermal, mechanical and morphological properties of core-shell [Calcium carbonate (CaCO3)/Polystyrene (PS)]/High impact polystyrene (HIPS) as well as bare nano-CaCO3/HIPS nanocomposites with different wt% loading were investigated in this paper. All composites were prepared individually by incorporating nano-CaCO3/PS hybrid nanoparticles and bare nano-CaCO3 with 0.10–5.0 wt% loading on Brabender Plastograph. It was shown from the experimental results that rheological, thermal, mechanical and morphological properties were improved as hybrid nano-CaCO3/PS particles reinforced in HIPS matrix. The interaction between nano-CaCO3 particles and HIPS matrix was significantly improved when the nano-CaCO3 nanoparticles were grafted with PS. FESEM (field emission scanning electron microscope) and AFM (atomic force microscope) images showed a perfect dispersion of nano-CaCO3 particles in polypropylene (PP) matrix.


Core-shell nanoparticles High impact polystyrene (HIPS) Thermal properties Rheological properties Mechanical properties 



Authors are thankful to University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi for providing financial support [project file No: 40–10/2011(SR), dated- July 14, 2011] to carry out this research work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University Institute of Chemical Technology, North Maharashtra UniversityJalgaonIndia

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