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Layered Double Hydroxides as Nano Additives in Poly(-caprolactone)

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Poly(-caprolactone) nanocomposites were prepared by melt compounding with organo-modified layered double hydroxides (LDH). The LDH were intercalated with stearic acid (LDH-stearate) or with sodium dodecyl sulphate (LDH-SDS). Nanocomposites morphology was studied by XRD and TEM. Thermal properties were analysed by TG and DSC. Although both systems showed presence of a mixed morphology, exfoliated and intercalated, LDH-stearate nanocomposites showed a better dispersion of inorganic platelets. TEM images showed the presence of individual platelets in the PCL matrix. LDH-SDS nanocomposites.
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Keywords: Polycaprolactone; exfoliation; nanocomposites

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Institute of Applied Materials, Department of Chemistry,University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa 2: Institute of Applied Materials, Department of Chemical Engineering,University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa 3: Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden, Dresden, Germany 4: Department of Chemistry,Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique

Publication date: May 3, 2012

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