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A method of visualization of inorganic nanoparticles dispersion in nanocomposites

Authors
Journal
Composites Part B Engineering
1359-8368
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
39
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2007.02.027
Keywords
  • A. Nanocomposite
  • A. Montmorillonite
  • E. Plasma Etching
  • D. Sem
  • Tem

Abstract

Abstract Air plasma etching followed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) imaging technique for visualizing the inorganic nanofillers in polymeric composites is a promising technique for quick screening of exfoliation and dispersion of nanofillers in nanocomposites in manufacturing and materials development environments. The method was applied to three different nanocomposites, namely, montmorillonite (MMT) clay vinyl ester, carbon nanotube (CNT) vinyl ester and MMT epoxy nanocomposites samples produced using high shear mixing. Results were compared with transmission electron microscope data. The etch rate for 2%MMT/vinyl ester and 1%MMT/epoxy nanocomposites varied from 1 to 2 nm/min.

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