Polymer Science

Functional Polymeric Composites
Macro to Nanoscales

Editors: Chin Hua Chia, PhD
Chin Han Chan, PhD
Sabu Thomas, PhD

Functional Polymeric Composites

Published. Available now.
Pub Date: November 2017
Hardback Price: $139.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771884990
E-Book ISBN: 9781315207452
Pages: 266 pp w/ indEX
Binding Type: hardback
Notes: Illustrations: 8 color, 105 b/w

“Composites are an important class of materials because they offer the possibility to tailor properties and functionalities over a wide range and for various applications. The volume provides a collection of reviews dealing in particular with different aspects of functional polymeric composites. Those may be defined as functional materials consisting of two or more chemically and physically different phases separated by a distinct interface, where at least one of the components is a polymer. The size of the different phases ranges from nano to micrometer scale and determines the properties. Several examples of functional polymer composites are discussed with emphasis on bio-based materials, polymer blends, and polyelectrolytes. This includes, for example, cellulose or chitin nanocrystal composites and blends of polyethylene with natural rubber for mechanical reinforcement as well as PEO/PMMA solid electrolytes for electrochemical performance. Several techniques like FT-IR and impedance spectroscopy as well as sensor applications are discussed in more detail. The book thus will be interesting for engineers and experts in those fields.
“While the topics of the book are quite diverse, the individual contributions provide detailed information on specific areas mostly in the form of reviews. The authors are experts in their fields, and one gets a perfect impression of the present state of research. This is particularly true in the emerging fields of bio-related composites containing micro- or nano-cellulose, nonofibrillar chitin or lignocellulosic biomass. Several aspects of gas sensors and polyelectrolytes are similarly presented. So the book represents a nice collection of important aspects of functional polymer composites.”

—Prof. Dr. Manfred Stamm, Physikalische Chemie und Physik der Polymere, Leibniz-Institut fuer Polymerforschung Dresden, Germany

“Functional polymeric composites occupy a privileged spot due to their important impact on a wide range of the new technologies that are currently used in our daily life, in different relevant fields, ranging from optical, biomedical, cosmetics to packaging, automotive, and construction. The chapters of this book address some of the recent research topics related to advanced polymers and composites. I warmly congratulate the editors for bringing together the different contributors to produce this original book, which will serve those who wish to learn more about these promising new functional polymeric composites.”
—Dominique Durand, CNRS Research Director Emeritus, Department of Polymers, Colloids, Interfaces, Le Mans University, France

This new work, Functional Polymeric Composites: Macro to Nanoscales, focuses on new challenges, findings, opportunities, and applications in the area of polymer composites. The chapters, written by prominent researchers from academia, industry, and research institutes from around the world, present contemporary research and developments on advanced polymeric materials, including polymer blends, polymer electrolytes, bio-based polymer, polymer nanocomposites, etc. Several chapters also cover the applications of the polymeric systems in current industry development and synthesis and characterization of the products.

• Addresses some of the most recent research topics related to advanced polymer composites
• Features studies from researchers well known in their research areas
• Discusses future perspectives and challenges

1. A Review on Mechanical Properties of Semicrystalline/Amorphous Polymer Blends
Srinivasarao Yaragalla, Nithin Chandran, Chin Han Chan, Nandakumar Kalarikkal, and Sabu Thomas
2. Preparation of Polysaccharide-Based Composite Materials Using Ionic Liquids
Jun-Ichi Kadokawa
3. Microcrystalline Cellulose: An Overview
Srimanta Sarkar, Celine Valeria Liew, Josephine Lay Peng Soh, Paul Wan Sia Heng, and Tin Wui Wong
4. Bio-Based Phenol Formaldehyde from Lignocellulosic Biomass
Rasidi Roslan, Sarani Zakaria, Chin Hua Chia, Umar Adli Amran, and Sharifah Nabihah Syed Jaafar
5. Impedance Spectroscopy: A Practical Guide to Evaluate Parameters of Nyquist Plot for Solid Polymer Electrolyte Applications
Siti Rozana Bt. Abd. Karim, Chin Han Chan, and Lai Har Sim
6. Polymerization of Natural Oils for Quartz Crystal Microbalance Based Gas Sensor Application
Rashmita Das, Panchanan Pramanik, and Rajib Bandyopadhyay
7. Emergence of New Nanomaterial: Nanocellulose and Its Nanocomposites
Chi Hoong Chan, Chin Hua Chia, and Sarani Zakaria
8. Qualitative Fourier – Transform Infrared Spectroscopic Analysis of Polyether-Based Polymer Electrolytes
Siti Rozana Bt. Abd. Karim and Chin Han Chan

About the Authors / Editors:
Editors: Chin Hua Chia, PhD
Associate Professor, Materials Science Programme, School of Applied Physics, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia

Chin Hua Chia, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Materials Science Programme, School of Applied Physics, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) (also known as National University of Malaysia). He obtained his PhD in Materials Science (UKM, Malaysia) in 2007. His core research interests include developing polymer nanocomposites, bio-polymers, magnetic nanomaterials, and bio-adsorbents for wastewater treatment. He has published more than 120 research articles and more than 80 publications in conference proceedings. He is an Editor of Sains Malaysiana and the Editor-in-Chief of Polymer Research Journal (Nova Science Publishers). He has received the Best Young Scientist Award (2012) and the Excellent Service Award (2013) from UKM and the Young Scientist Award (2014) from the Malaysian Solid State Science and Technology Society (MASS). He has recently received the Distinguished Lectureship Award (2017) from Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ).

Chin Han Chan, PhD
Associate Professor, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University Teknologi MARA (MARA University of Technology), Selangor, Malaysia

Chin Han Chan, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA (MARA University of Technology) in Selangor, Malaysia. She has received many research grants, has published many articles in professional journals, has published chapters in books, and has presented at many professional conferences. Her field of interest includes epoxidized natural rubber-based nanostructured blends, thermoplastic elastomer, biodegradable polyester/polyether blends, and solid polymer electrolytes.

Sabu Thomas, PhD
Director, International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering, School of Chemical Sciences of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Professor Sabu Thomas is the Director of the International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and full professor of Polymer Science and Engineering at the School of Chemical Sciences of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. He is an outstanding leader with sustained international acclaims for his work in polymer science and engineering, polymer nanocomposites, elastomers, polymer blends, interpenetrating polymer networks, polymer membranes, green composites and nanocomposites, nanomedicine, and green nanotechnology. Professor Thomas has received a number of national and international awards, which include the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London; MRSI medal; Nano Tech Medal; CRSI medal, Distinguished Faculty Award; and Sukumar Maithy Award for the best polymer researcher in the country. He is placed fifth on the list of the most productive researchers in India. Recently, Prof. Thomas has been conferred Honoris Causa (DSc) by the University of South Brittany, Lorient, France. Professor Thomas has published over almost 800 peer-reviewed research papers, reviews, and book chapters. He has co-edited 50 books and holds five patents. He has supervised over 70 PhD theses, and his H index is 80, with his work being cited over 30,000 times. Prof. Thomas has delivered over 300 plenary/inaugural and invited lectures at national and international meetings in over 30 countries.

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