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Recent Findings in Nanocomposites Described by Researchers from Catholic University of Louvain

June 17, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Research findings on Nanocomposites are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting out of Louvain, Belgium, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "Supercritical carbon dioxide readily induced foaming of various polymers. In that context, supercritical CO2 was applied to carbon nanotubes based polycarbonate nanocomposites to ensure their foaming."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the Catholic University of Louvain, "Surprisingly, efficient foaming only occurs when low pressure is applied while at high pressure, no expansion of the samples was observed. This is related to the ability of supercritical carbon dioxide to induce crystallization of amorphous polycarbonate. Moreover, this behaviour is amplified by the presence of carbon nanotubes that act as nucleating agents for crystals birth. The thermal behaviour of the composites was analysed by DSC and DMA and was related to the foaming observations. The uniformity of the cellular-structure was arialysed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). By saturating the polycarbonate nanocomposites reinforced with 1 wt% of MWNTs at 100 bar and 100 degrees C during 16 h, microcellular foams were generated, with a density of 0.62, a cell size ranging from 0.6 to 4 mu m, and a cellular density of 4.1 x 10(11) cells cm(-3)."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The high ability of these polymeric foams to absorb electromagnetic radiation was demonstrated at low MWNT content as the result of the high affinity of the polycarbonate matrix for MWNTs, and therefore to the good MWNTs dispersion."

For more information on this research see: Supercritical CO2 and polycarbonate based nanocomposites: A critical issue for foaming. Polymer, 2014;55(10):2422-2431. Polymer can be contacted at: Elsevier Sci Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, Oxon, England. (Elsevier -; Polymer -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting L. Monnereau, Catholic University of Louvain, Res Center Micro & Nanoscop Mat & Elect Devices, CeRMiN, B-1348 Louvain, Belgium. Additional authors for this research include L. Urbanczyk, J.M. Thomassin, M. Alexandre, C. Jerome, I. Huynen, C. Bailly and C. Detrembleur (see also Nanocomposites).

Keywords for this news article include: Europe, Louvain, Belgium, Nanotube, Chemicals, Chemistry, Carbon Dioxide, Nanotechnology, Emerging Technologies

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