Epoxy-based multifunctional nanocomposites

Khalid A. Askar, Kenan Song

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4 Scopus citations


Multifunctional nanocomposites have many benefits over conventional structural materials in the way that non-load-bearing capabilities can be incorporated; including, but not limited to wear-resistance, optical transparency, stimuli-responsiveness, surficial wettability, recyclability, and biodegradability. This chapter will introduce epoxy-based multifunctional nanocomposites based on the manipulation of nanoparticle configurations, management of the reflective index, and dispersions of matrix-compatible and temperature-active polymers. The nanoparticles are halloysite nanotubes (HNT), and the dispersive molecules are cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB). Concentrations of both HNT and CAB, and processing viscosities, were optimized for structural and functional behaviors. The generated nanocomposites displayed improved modulus and hardness, and had a longer durable life, transparency, and self-cleaning and self-healing properties. Applications of coatings of this kind can be used on solar cell panels, wind turbines, vehicles, and aircraft.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPolymer-Based Multifunctional Nanocomposites and Their Applications
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9780128150672
ISBN (Print)9780128150689
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • HNTs
  • Mechanics
  • Nanocomposites
  • Roll-off angle
  • Self-healing
  • Transparency
  • Wear-resistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Materials Science


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