Rubber nanocomposites via solution and melt intercalation

Siby Varghese, J. Karger-Kocsis, Abraham Pannikottu

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The development of organoclay-rubber nanocomposites by the intercalation of the polymer from a solution was discussed. To produce clay-rubber nanocomposites, the clay was dispersed in water to which rubber latex was added. Melt intercalation of unmodified montmorillonite was used in the case of polyethylene based nanocomposites. The process resulted in improved strength characteristics, due to a strong interfacial interaction between the silicate layers and the polymer. The tensile properties of the nanocomposites did not reflect the tendency expected by considering the dispersion of silicates. Intercalation or exfoliation of the silicates resulted in enhanced strength and reduced elongation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-38
Number of pages7
JournalRubber World
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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