Polymerically modified layered silicates: An effective route to nanocomposites

Jinguo Zhang, E. Manias, Charles A. Wilkie

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Polymer/clay nanocomposites have been under an extensive investigation for about 15 years. Traditional methods to modify the clay are usually limited to small organic cations, preferably containing long alkyl chain(s), which are exchanged with the inorganic cations in the clay gallery. This article provides a comprehensive review on the strategies for clay modification using polymeric surfactants or polycations: from the synthesis of such surfactants, through the preparation of the polymerically modified clays, and to the fabrication of the respective polymer nanocomposites and their properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1597-1615
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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