Sabu Thomas, Didier Rouxel, Deepalekshmi Ponnamma (eds.), William Andrew Publishing/Elsevier, Oxford, UK, 2016, 498 p., hardcover, EUR 180.00, ISBN 978-0-323-40183-8, ebook, EUR 180.00, ISBN 978-0-323-41391-6
Spectroscopy of Polymer Nanocomposites is a review of current knowledge about spectroscopy characterisation techniques for polymer nanocomposites. More than 25 spectroscopy characterisation techniques are treated in the book, with discussion of their potentialities and limitations. By comparing the techniques with each other and presenting the techniques together with their specific application areas, the book provides scientists and engineers the information needed for solving specific problems and choosing the right technique for analysing the material structure.
From this, the dispersion structure of fillers, property relations and filler-polymer interactions can be determined, and, ultimately, the right materials can be chosen for the right applications. Besides the techniques and structure-property relations, aspects covered include: phase segregation of filler particles, filler agglomeration and deagglomeration, filler dispersion, filler-polymer interactions, surfaces and interfaces. The book also examines recent developments, as well as unresolved issues and new challenges, in the characterisation of surfaces and interfaces in polymer nanocomposites. The book is aimed at scientists, engineers in industries producing and processing polymers, and PhD students in the fields of polymer.