Polymer Science

Micro- and Nanostructured Polymer Systems
From Synthesis to Applications

Editors: Sabu Thomas, PhD
Robert Shanks, PhD
Jithin Joy

Micro- and Nanostructured Polymer Systems

Published. Available now.
Pub Date: December 2015
Hardback Price: $169.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771881005
Pages: 348pp with index
Binding Type: hardback
Notes: 171 B/W Illustrations

This book focuses on the recent trends in micro- and nano-structured polymer systems, particularly natural polymers, biopolymers, biomaterials, and their composites, blends, and IPNs. This valuable volume covers the occurrence, synthesis, isolation, production, properties, applications, and modification, as well as the relevant analysis techniques to reveal the structures and properties of polymer systems.

Biobased polymer blends and composites occupy a unique position in the dynamic world of new biomaterials. The growing environmental awareness of the society has become an major factor in recent decades- is playing a major role in the advancement of biomaterials technology. Natural polymers have attained their cutting-edge technology through various platforms, and this book presents a multitude of information about them.

Topics include
• biopolymer-synthetic systems
• nanomaterial-polymer structures
• multi-characterization techniques
• polymer blends and composites
• polymer gels, polyelectrolytes
• and many other interesting aspects of interests to researchers

This book will be valuable to scientists,engineers, industrialists, researchers and other specialists in a variety of disciplines, both academic and industrial.

Chapter 1. Natural Polymer Blends and Their Composites: Micro and Nano Structured Polymer Systems
Jithin Joy, Runcy Wilson, Lovely Mathew P., and Sabu Thomas
Chapter 2. Performance Enhancement of Polymeric Materials Through Nanotechnology
P. C. Thapliyal
Chapter 3. Natural Cellulose Fibers: Sources, Isolation, Properties, and Applications
Tanki Mochochoko, Oluwatobi S. Oluwafemi, Olufemi O. Adeyemi, Denis N. Jumbam, and Sandile P. Songca
Chapter 4. Starch-Based Biodegradable Composites: Scope in Biomedical and Agricultural Applications
N. Jyothi, P. Parvathy Chandran, Soumya B. Nair, and G. Suja
Chapter 5. Seaweed Polysaccharides Based New Hydrogel Materials: A Green Approach
Jai Prakash Chaudhary and Ramavatar Meena
Chapter 6. Edible Nanocomposite Films Based on Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose Reinforced with Bacterial Cellulose Nanocrystals
Johnsy George, S. N. Sabapathy, and Siddaramaiah
Chapter 7. Synthesis and Characterization of Ph Sensitive Poly (Vinyl Acetate-Co-Methacrylic Acid) Microspheres for Control Release of Acebutolol Hydrochloride
V. Rajinee Kant, S. Ravindra, K. Chowdojirao, S. G. Adoor, and Antoine F. Mulaba-Bafubiandi
Chapter 8. Carbon Nanoparticle-Based Flexible LLDPE Composites for Enhanced Electromagnetic Shielding Effectiveness
Byron S. Villacorta and Amod A. Ogale
Chapter 9. Effect of Different Types of Graphene and Graphene Loadings on the Properties of Nitrile Rubber NBR Compounds
Anna Marzec and Marian Zaborski
Chapter 10. Synthesis and Characterization of Silver Nanoparticle Sols in Presence of Different Polymeric Stabilizers
Indrajit Sinha, Manjeet Singh, and R. K. Mandal
Chapter 11. Synthesis of Ag-Cu Alloy Nanoparticles in Presence of Starch, PVP and PVA as Polymeric Stabilizers: Structural and LSPR Studies
Manjeet Singh and I. Sinha, R. K. Mandal
Chapter 12. Removal of Cr (Vi) from Aqueous Solution by Super Absorbent Poly [N, N-Dapb/N, N-DMAAm/Pnaac] Hydrogels
Yatin N. Patel and Manish P. Patel
Chapter 13. An Ideal Hydrogel for Removal of Methylene Blue from Aqueous Solution
Souda P. and Lisa Sreejith
Chapter 14. Modification of PVC by Blending
Mahuya Das, Rupa Bhattacharyya, and Debabrata Chakrabarty
Chapter 15. Radiation Protection Properties of Natural Rubber Composites
Edyta Kusiak and Marian Zaborski
Chapter 16. Barium Sodium Niobate Filled Polystyrene Nanocomposite as a Dielectric Material
Rosalin Abraham, Jayakumari Isac, Nandakumar K., and Sabu Thomas
Chapter 17. Corrosion Studies of Basalt Fabric Reinforced Epoxy and Polyester Plain-Weave Laminates
C. Anand Chairman and S. P. Kumaresh Babu
Chapter 18. Structural Investigations of PEO/PVP Polymer Blend Salt Complexes
K. Kiran Kumar, S. Bhavani, M. Ravi, Y. Pavani, A. K. Sharma, and V. V. R. N. Rao
Chapter 19. A Comparative Study of Metchromasy Induced by Thiazine Dyes
Nandini R, Vishalakshi B.


About the Authors / Editors:
Editors: Sabu Thomas, PhD
Professor of Polymer Science & Technology, School of Chemical Sciences & Honorary Director of the International and Inter University 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. He received his BSc degree (1980) in Chemistry from the University of Kerala, BTech. (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. 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 65 PhD theses, 30 MPhil theses, and 40 Masters theses. 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 17,500 citations, with an h-index of 67, Dr. Thomas has been ranked fifth in India as one of the most productive scientists.

Robert Shanks, PhD
Professor of Polymer Science, School of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Robert Shanks is a Professor of Polymer Science at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of over 230 refereed journal papers, 22 book chapters, 8 patents and 378 conference papers on or related to polymer science. He is the recipient of many awards, including the BHERT (Business Higher Education Round Table) Award for academic-industry collaboration, 2005; RACI Polymer Division Citation, 1990; the CRC Association Award and CRC for Polymers Chairman Award 2005; RMIT University Supervisor of the Year 1997, and RMIT University Most Published Awards 1995, 1996. Dr. Shanks has extensive consulting experience with several major industrial projects with many major companies and small businesses. This work included problem solving related to product failures, production problems and selection of materials. His research interests include synthesis and modification of nano-structured materials and biopolymers with enhanced physical, chemical and thermal properties; development of functional nano-materials; and the investigation of processes of controlling the self-assembly of nano-structures, with emphasis on thermochemical and thermophysical properties.

Jithin Joy
Research Scholar, International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Jithin Joy is a research scholar in International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. He has co-edited the book Natural Rubber Materials: Volume 2: Composites and Nanocomposites and is the author of several articles and conference presentations.

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