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Title

Bio-based polymer nanocomposites based on nylon 11 and WS2 inorganic nanotubes

AuthorsNaffakh, Mohammed ; Shuttleworth, Peter S.; Ellis, Gary James
Issue Date2015
CitationRSC Advances 5: 17879-17887 (2015)
AbstractTungsten disulphide nanotubes (INT-WS2) have been successfully dispersed in a bio-based polyamide matrix (nylon 11) by conventional melt processing. The effect of INT-WS2 content on the morphology, thermal stability, crystallization behaviour and dynamic mechanical properties is investigated. The results indicate that these inorganic nanotubes can be efficiently incorporated into the bio-based polymer matrix without the need for modifiers or surfactants. Additionally, it is found that the non-isothermal crystallization behaviour of nylon 11/INT-WS2 depends on both the cooling rate and INT-WS2 concentration. In particular, crystallization kinetics results demonstrate that the nucleating activity of INTs plays a dominant role in accelerating the crystallization of nylon 11. This fact leads to the appearance of the more-disordered phase at higher temperature. More significantly, it was shown that these INT-WS2 nanocomposites can facilitate a good processability and cost efficiency, and will be of interest for many eco-friendly and medical applications.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C4RA17210H
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/127122
DOI10.1039/C4RA17210H
Identifiersdoi: 10.1039/C4RA17210H
issn: 2046-2069
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