Polymer Clay Nanocomposites

Our group is developing a number of polymer clay nanocomposites that have specialty functions and enhanced properties for commercial applications. The current R&D efforts are on films, articles, and foams made of polymer clay nanocomposites.

Some of the highlights of our efforts include:

(1) enhancement of mechanical and thermal properties of polymer clay nanocomposites (PCN)
(2) application of nanoclay to biodegradable polymer technology -- new design of novel products
(3) compatibilization of polymer blends using nanoclay
(4) Elucidation of roles of organically modified clay in PCN
(5) investigation of exfoliation and intercalation phenomena
(6) TEM morphological studies
(7) Novel binary and ternary polymeric blends
(8) Characterization of rheological properties