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Biodegradable Polymer/Clay Nanocomposites

  • Leandro LudueñaEmail author
  • Juan Morán
  • Vera Alvarez
Chapter
Part of the Advanced Structured Materials book series (STRUCTMAT, volume 75)

Abstract

This chapter is a comprehensive source for biodegradable polymer/clay nanocomposite research. The work focuses on several strategies to obtain well-dispersed nanocomposites with improved mechanical properties. Different strategies for optimization of biodegradable polymer-clay nanocomposites were identified and treated herein. The two most important strategies are based on the chemical modification of the clay and on the processing conditions. The combination of these two factors greatly affects the resulting structure of the nano composite, being always the goal to obtain a good dispersion of the reinforcement within the polymeric matrix. Challenges in processing conditions have been analyzed and the prospective for future research has been addressed.

Keywords

Nanocomposites Clay Performance Polymeric matrix Chemical modification Processing conditions 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Authors acknowledge CONICET, ANPCyT and UNMdP for the financial support of the present work.

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  1. 1.Composite Materials Group (CoMP), INTEMANational University of Mar del PlataBuenos AiresArgentina

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