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Study on the Interactions of Halloysite Nanotubes with Amorphous Polyamide and Their Effects on Thermal and Barrier Properties

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In this study, novel nanocomposites were prepared with halloysite nanotubes and different amorphous polyamides using the melt blending technique. The structure and thermomechanical properties of the prepared nanocomposites were studied by different methods. Transmission electron microscopic images showed the good dispersion of nanotubes in the polymer matrices. Fourier transform infrared spectra indicated major differences in the interfacial hydrogen bonding interactions between the two polymers and halloysite. The nanocomposite system with more favorable polymer-halloysite interactions demonstrated higher storage modulus as well as better moisture and solvent barrier property. Above all, the incorporation of halloysite nanotube has significantly improved the thermal stability of the nanocomposites.
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Keywords: AMORPHOUS POLYAMIDE; HALLOYSITE NANOCLAY; MECHANICAL PROPERTIES; MOISTURE BARRIER; NANOCOMPOSITES

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2013

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  • Advanced Chemistry Letters is an international multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal covering all fundamental and applied research areas of chemical sciences including organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, analytical chemistry, organometallic chemistry, nuclear chemistry, electrochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, environmental chemistry, materials chemistry, materials science, supramolecular chemistry, physical chemistry, polymer chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, physical organic chemistry, surface chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, chemical biology, food chemistry, natural product chemistry, neurochemistry, pharmacology, photochemistry, photobiology, toxicology, nanoscience, nanotechnology, agrochemistry, green chemistry, marine chemistry, geochemistry, petrochemistry, radiochemistry, astrochemistry, molecular physics, chemical engineering, quantum chemistry, and theoretical and computational chemistry.
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