Theory to guide future research on promising hybrid materials

 

Polymer nanocomposites (PNCs) are made by combining polymers with nanometer-sized particles. These hybrid materials were first explored in the 1940s for use in rubber tires. Since that time, other uses, such as in spaceflight, electronics, and separations, have been considered. Basic understanding of the physical and chemical forces involved in these composites is still lacking, however, and limits their promise. The state of the field is described in an extensive review by Sanat Kumar, Venkat Ganesan and Robert Riggleman in the Journal of Chemical Physics.

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