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Polymer Layered-Silicate Nanocomposites: Polyamide-6, Polypropylene and Polystyrene



Jeffrey W. Gilman, A B. Morgan, Richard H. Harris Jr., E Manias, E P. Giannelis, M Wuthenow


In many of the cases studied, polymer-clay nanocomposites are materials that have improved thermal properties. Furthermore, most of the nanocomposite systems reported so far show reduced flammability. The delaminated versions of nanocomposites also offer measurable improvements in a variety of physical properties. The intercalated versions offer the reduced flammability benefits, but with less improvement in physical properties. Many issues are unresolved as to the mechanism of these property enhancements. We report here on our continuing study of the mechanism of flammability reduction with recent results for polypropylene-graft-maleic anhydride and polystyrene layered-silicate nanocomposites using montmorillonite and fluorohectorite.
Proceedings Title
Fire Retardant Chemicals Association
Conference Dates
October 24-27, 1999
Conference Location
Tucson, AZ
Conference Title
New Advances in Flame Retardant Technology


fire retardants, flame retardants, nanocomposites, polyamides, polypropylene, polystyrene, flammability, cone calorimeters, heat release rate, physical properties


Gilman, J. , Morgan, A. , Harris, R. , Manias, E. , Giannelis, E. and Wuthenow, M. (1999), Polymer Layered-Silicate Nanocomposites: Polyamide-6, Polypropylene and Polystyrene, Fire Retardant Chemicals Association, Tucson, AZ, [online], (Accessed July 22, 2024)


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Created October 24, 1999, Updated February 19, 2017