Category: Transient Plane Source
Keywords: Foams, Gel Permeation Chromatography, Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC), GPC, nanocomposites, physical property characterization, Polymer composites, raw silica, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), SEM, Silica, TEM, Thermal Conductivity, Transmission electron microscopy, Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
Abstract: This research studied the effect of the addition of vinyl-modified silica and raw silica additions to polymer-silica nanocomposite foams. Extensive physical property characterization was undertaken after their addition to quantify their influence. TEM found that silica particles added through the vinyl-modified silica dispersed better than the raw silica. This created foams with a higher density and smaller cell size. A slight reduction in the thermal conductivity after the additions was observed. The mechanical strength and thermal stability was much better in foams that had vinyl-modified silica added as opposed to raw silica.
Reference: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Vol. 8 (2008) 1–9