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Rheology in Polymer/Clay Nanocomposites: Mesoscale Structure Development and Soft Glassy Dynamics

ByMasami Okamoto

Over the last few years, the utility of inorganic nanoscale particles as filler to enhance the polymer performance has been established. Of particular interest is recently developed nanocomposite technology consisting of a polymer and organically modified layered filler (organo-clay), because they often exhibit remarkably improved mechanical and various other materials properties as compared with those of virgin polymer or conventional composite (micro-/macrocomposites) [1-6]. These concurrent property improvements are well beyond what can generally be achieved through the micro-/macrocomposites preparation.