HIGH PERFORMANCE NANOCOMPOSITE MATERIALS: REINFORCEMENT OF POLYMERS WITH ADVANCED CARBON AND SILICA NANOSTRUCTURES

Abstract: 

Polymer nanocomposites are anticipated to exhibit improved properties in comparison to pristine polymers and conventional composites, due to the unique phase morphology provided by the highly dispersed nanoscale inorganic components. However, the successful formation of a 'true' nanocomposite phase, and not micro/macro-composites, depends greatly on the type of inorganic nanoadditive and its compatibility with the polymer.

The main objective of the project is the development of novel polymer nanocomposites with improved properties utilizing advanced carbon- and silica-based nanostructures. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and controlling the interactions that determine the formation mechanisms of the nanohybrids and on the investigation of the polymer dynamics since structure and dynamics determine the final material properties.

The activities of the project can be grouped in five general interconnecting workpackages:

  1. Property evaluation of pristine polymers and conventional composites.
  2. Synthesis/functionalization and characterization of advanced inorganic nanoadditives, which comprise: 1D silica and carbon nanotubes, 2D graphene nanosheets, and mesoporous silica and carbon nanoparticles.
  3. Synthesis, characterization and testing of novel polymer nanocomposites, using the new silica and carbon-based nanomaterials and a series of polymers with varying polarity and functionality, such as polyethylene oxide, epoxy resins, aliphatic polyesters and polystyrene.
  4. Investigation of polymer dynamics near inorganic surfaces and in confinement.
  5. Project management.

The main expected results of the project are:

  • New advanced inorganic silica and carbon nanostructures tailored for polymer nanocomposites.
  • New polymer nanocomposites with optimized properties.
  • Better understanding of the structure-property relations in nanocomposites.
  • New knowledge on polymer dynamics near surfaces and under confinement.
  • Training of young researchers.

Project info

Acronym:
NANOCOMP
Coordinating Institution:
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Scientific Coordinator:
Triantafyllidis Kostas
Research Team 2 Leader:
Karakassides Michael
Research Team 3 Leader:
Anastasiadis Spiros

Stats

I.D.:
1320
Mis:
377278
Duration (months):
45
Budget:
600 000.00
Diavgeia:
ΑΔΑ: Β4Λ59-1ΥΖ

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