Interface

Nanoscale Phenomena: Importance of the Interface

Nanoscale Phenomena: Importance of the Interface

In the field of polymer nanocomposites, there is a great deal of interest in nanoparticles because they can directly interact and influence the behavior of individual polymer chains.  The ease of mobility of a polymer chain greatly influences its bulk properties.  Generally, we are forced to change the entire structure of the polymer in order to modify something like its use temperature or mechanical properties.  Using nanoparticles, we can completely change the behavior of a conventional polymer that is easier to process or prepare that so-called "engineering plastics."