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Researchers from University of South Carolina Report Findings in Nanocomposites

June 25, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- Current study results on Nanocomposites have been published. According to news reporting from Columbia, South Carolina, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "One key to optimizing the performance of polymer nano-composites for high-tech applications is surface ligand engineering of the nanofiller, which has been used to either tune the nanofiller morphology or introduce additional ftinctionalities."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the University of South Carolina, "Ligand engineering can be relatively simple such as a single population of short molecules on the nanoparticle surface designed for matrix compatibility. It can also have complexity that includes bimodal (or multimodal) populations of ligands that enable relatively independent control of enthalpic and entropic interactions between the nanofiller and matrix as well as introduce additional functionality and dynamic control."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "In this Spotlight on Applications, we provide a brief review into the use of brush ligands to tune the thermodynamic interactions between nanofiller and matrix and then focus on the potential for surface ligand engineering to create exciting nanocomposites properties for optoelectronic and dielectric applications."

For more information on this research see: Ligand Engineering of Polymer Nanocomposites: From the Simple to the Complex. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2014;6(9):6005-6021. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces can be contacted at: Amer Chemical Soc, 1155 16TH St, NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA. (American Chemical Society -; ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting Y. Li, University of South Carolina, Dept. of Chem & Biochem, Columbia, SC 29208, United States. Additional authors for this research include T.M. Krentz, L. Wang, B.C. Benicewicz and L.S. Schadler.

Keywords for this news article include: Columbia, Engineering, United States, South Carolina, Nanotechnology, Emerging Technologies, North and Central America

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Source: Journal of Engineering

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