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Polymers in Confined Environments

Volume 138 of the series Advances in Polymer Science pp 107-147

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Polymer-Silicate Nanocomposites: Model Systems for Confined Polymers and Polymer Brushes

  • E. P. GiannelisAffiliated withDepartment of Materials Science & Engineering, Cornell University
  • , R. KrishnamoortiAffiliated withDepartment of Chemical Engineering, University of Houston
  • , E. ManiasAffiliated withDepartment of Materials Science & Engineering, Cornell University

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Abstract

The static and dynamic properties of polymer-layered silicate nanocomposites are discussed, in the context of polymers in confined spaces and polymer brushes. A wide range of experimental techniques as applied to these systems are reviewed, and the salient results from these are compared with a mean field thermodynamic model and non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations.