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Peculiar morphological transitions induced by nanoparticles in polymeric blends: retarded relaxation or altered interfacial tension?

Pawar, Shital Patangrao and Bose, Suryasarathi (2015) Peculiar morphological transitions induced by nanoparticles in polymeric blends: retarded relaxation or altered interfacial tension? In: PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 17 (22). pp. 14470-14478.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1039/c5cp01644d

Abstract

Nanoparticles of different shapes can induce peculiar morphologies in binary polymer blends depending on their position. It is envisaged that the increased yield stress of the filled phase slows down the relaxation resulting in arresting the peculiar morphologies which otherwise is thermodynamically unfavourable due to the increased interfacial area. This essentially means that the highly irregular structures can be preserved even without altering the interfacial tension between the phases! On the other hand, in the case of interfacially adsorbed particles, the resulting solid-like interface can also preserve the irregular structures. These phenomenal transitions in filled blends are very different from the classical copolymer compatibilized polymer blends. Moreover, these irregular structures can further pave way in designing conducting polymer blends involving conducting nanoparticles and revisiting our understanding of the concept of double percolation!

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY, THOMAS GRAHAM HOUSE, SCIENCE PARK, MILTON RD, CAMBRIDGE CB4 0WF, CAMBS, ENGLAND
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
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Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2015 09:27
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2015 09:27
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/51840

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