Rubber–Clay Nanocomposites: Some Recent Results

  • Amit DasEmail author
  • De-Yi Wang
  • Klaus Werner Stöckelhuber
  • René Jurk
  • Juliane Fritzsche
  • Manfred Klüppel
  • Gert Heinrich
Part of the Advances in Polymer Science book series (POLYMER, volume 239)


In order to produce high-performance elastomeric materials, the incorporation of different types of nanoparticles such as layered silicates, layered double hydroxides (LDHs), carbon nanotubes, nanosilica, etc. into the elastomer matrix is now a growing area of rubber research. However, the reflection of the “nanoeffect” on the properties and performance can be realized only through a uniform and homogeneous dispersion of filler particles in the rubber matrix. Generally, the properties and the performance of a reinforced elastomeric composite predominantly depend on the crosslinking chemistry of the rubbers, the nature of the fillers, the physical and chemical interaction of the fillers with the rubber matrix and, especially, on the degree of filler dispersion in the rubber matrix. This article is therefore aimed exclusively at addressing the prevailing problems related to the filler dispersion, intercalation, and exfoliation of layered clays in various rubber matrices and compositions to produce advanced high-performance elastomeric nanocomposites. The effect of two chemically distinct layered nanofillers, namely montmorillonite and LDH, on the curing behavior, mechanical, thermo-mechanical, and dielectric properties, etc. are systematically discussed with respect to various elastomeric systems. Different attempts, such as melt interaction, master batch dilution techniques, and further chemical modification of the organoclay, have been taken into consideration and a major portion of this paper will be dedicated to these works.


Layered double hydroxides Layered silicates Nanocomposites Organic modification Reinforcement Rubber Rubber curatives 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amit Das
    • 1
  • De-Yi Wang
    • 2
  • Klaus Werner Stöckelhuber
    • 1
  • René Jurk
    • 1
  • Juliane Fritzsche
    • 3
  • Manfred Klüppel
    • 3
  • Gert Heinrich
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V.DresdenGermany
  2. 2.Center for Degradable and Flame-Retardant Polymeric Materials (ERCEPM-MoE), College of Chemistry; State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials EngineeringSichuan UniversityChengduChina
  3. 3.Deutsches Institut für Kautschuktechnologie e.V.HannoverGermany
  4. 4.Technische Universität Dresden, Institut für WerkstoffwissenschaftDresdenGermany

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