Mechanical, Thermal and Viscoelastic Properties of Polymer Composites Reinforced with Various Nanomaterials

  • T. H. Mokhothu
  • A. MtibeEmail author
  • T. C. MokhenaEmail author
  • M. J. Mochane
  • O. Ofosu
  • S. Muniyasamy
  • C. A. Tshifularo
  • T. S. Motsoeneng


In recent years, nanomaterials played a key role in developing novel polymer nanocomposites with multifunctional properties. Nanomaterials that will be reviewed in this study are nanoclays, carbonaceous (carbon nanotubes and graphene) and nanocellulose. This chapter reviews the effects of nanomaterials and nanomaterials hybrid on mechanical, thermal, rheological and dynamic mechanical properties of polymer nanocomposites. In the last decades, biobased and biodegradable polymers (biopolymers) reinforced with nanomaterials have been a research hotspot. However, this chapter also reviews the recent developments of polymer nanocomposites from biopolymers and nanomaterials.


Nanocomposites Mechanical properties Thermal properties Dynamic mechanical properties Rheological properties Biopolymers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. H. Mokhothu
    • 1
  • A. Mtibe
    • 2
    Email author
  • T. C. Mokhena
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • M. J. Mochane
    • 4
  • O. Ofosu
    • 2
  • S. Muniyasamy
    • 2
  • C. A. Tshifularo
    • 2
    • 3
  • T. S. Motsoeneng
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryDurban University of TechnologyDurbanSouth Africa
  2. 2.CSIR Materials Science and Manufacturing, Polymers and Composites Competence Area, Nonwovens and Composites Research GroupPort ElizabethSouth Africa
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryNelson Mandela UniversityPort ElizabethSouth Africa
  4. 4.Department of Life SciencesCentral University of Technology Free StateBloemfonteinSouth Africa
  5. 5.Department of Polymer TechnologyTshwane University of TechnologyPretoriaSouth Africa

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