Polymer Science

Polymeric and Nanostructured Materials
Synthesis, Properties, and Advanced Applications

Editors: Aparna Thankappan, PhD
Nandakumar Kalarikkal, PhD
Sabu Thomas, PhD

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Polymeric and Nanostructured Materials: Synthesis, Properties, and Advanced Applications focuses on biopolymer and bio-nanocomposites from processing to applications. The varied chapters provide in-depth knowledge about the recent research on biopolymers from synthesis to application. Leading researchers from industry, academia, government and private research institutions across the globe have contributed to this volume.

This will be a valuable addition to the library of postgraduate students, engineers, research scholars, and industry professionals.

CONTENTS:
Preface
1. Synthetic Approach for Polyurethane From Renewable Material (Cashew Nut Husk Tannin)
2. Synthesis and Characterization of Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (CNSL) Matrix Compositions for Composites Applications
3. Importance of Wood Preservation: An Indian Overview
4. Mechanical Property Analysis of Nanoclay Composites
5. Thermal Properties of Polypropylene Hybrid Composites
6. Biopolymers in the Textile Industry
7. Inverse Relaxation in Polymeric Materials: Special Reference to Textiles
8. Bioprocessing : A Sustainable Tool in the Pretreatment of Lycra/Cotton Weft Knitted Fabrics
9. Polymer Nanocomposites for Piezoelectric Energy Scavenging
10. Comparative Study on Green Synthesis of Metal Nanoparticles
11. Recycling of Textile Mill (Cellulosic) Waste into Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC) for Textile Printing
12. Vibrational Properties of a Glass Fabric/ Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (Cnsl) Resin Composite
13. A Comparative Study of Effect of Dye Structure on Polyelectrolyte Induced Metachromasy
14. Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Based Electrochemical Conversion of Carbon Dioxide from Aqueous Solutions
15. Bio-Resins and Bio-Plastics Synthesized from Agricultural Products for Novel Applications: The Indian Projection
16. Optimization of Plasma Modification for Low-Temperature Dyeing of Silk Fabric
17. Mechanical Properties of Sandwich Composites Made Using Natural Fibers and Glass Fiber Mat
18. Fabrication and Fracture Toughness Properties of Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (CNSL) Resin-Based Glass Fabric Composites
19. Metal Nanocomposites for Sensing Applications
20. Pmma Baser Polymer Nanocomposites for Optical Applications
21. Halloysite Bionanocomposites
Index


About the Authors / Editors:
Editors: Aparna Thankappan, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow (UGC-DSK), International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India

Aparna Thankappan, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the International and Inter University Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India. She has published over a dozen articles in professional journals and has presented at several conferences as well. She has co-authored several book chapters. She received her PhD in photonics from Cochin University of Science and Technology, India.

Nandakumar Kalarikkal, PhD
Director, International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; Associate Professor, School of Pure and Applied Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India

Nandakumar Director, International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; Associate Professor, School of Pure and Applied Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, IndiaKalarikkal, PhD, is the Director of the International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology as well as an Associate Professor in the School of Pure and Applied Physics at Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India. His current research interests include synthesis, characterization, and applications of various nanostructured materials, laser plasma, and phase transitions. He has published more than 80 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and has co-edited seven books.Dr.Kalarikkal obtained his Master’s degree in Physics with a specialization in Industrial Physics and his PhD in Semiconductor Physics from Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala, India. He was a postdoctoral fellow at NIIST, Trivandrum, and later joined Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India.

Sabu Thomas, PhD
Director, School of Chemical Sciences, Professor of Polymer Science & Technology & Honorary Director of the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India

Sabu Thomas, PhD, is a Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering at the School of Chemical Sciences and Director of the International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. The research activities of Professor Thomas include surfaces and interfaces in multiphase polymer blend and composite systems; phase separation in polymer blends; compatibilization of immiscible polymer blends; thermoplastic elastomers; phase transitions in polymers; nanostructured polymer blends; macro-, micro- and nanocomposites; polymer rheology; recycling; reactive extrusion; processing–morphology–property relationships in multiphase polymer systems; double networking of elastomers; natural fibers and green composites; rubber vulcanization; interpenetrating polymer networks; diffusion and transport; and polymer scaffolds for tissue engineering. He has supervised 68 PhD theses, 40 MPhil theses, and 45 Masters thesis. He has three patents to his credit. He also received the coveted Sukumar Maithy Award for the best polymer researcher in the country for the year 2008. Very recently, Professor Thomas received the MRSI and CRSI medals for his excellent work. With over 600 publications to his credit and over 23683 citations, with an h-index of 75, Dr. Thomas has been ranked fifth in India as one of the most productive scientists. He received his BSc degree (1980) in Chemistry from the University of Kerala, B.Tech. (1983) in Polymer Science and Rubber Technology from the Cochin University of Science and Technology, and PhD (1987) in Polymer Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.




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