240 Pages 101 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    230 Pages 101 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    This new book provides a solid understanding of the recent developments in the field of composites and nanocomposites. It explains the significance of the new fillers, such as graphene and arbon nanotubes in  different matrix systems. The application of these materials in biological and others fields also makes this book unique. This detailed study of nanocomposites, their structure, processing and characterization will be of value in all walks of engineering life.

    The book covers the following topics:
    • polymer matrix composites
    • ceramic matrix composites
    • carbon matrix composites
    • wood-based composites
    • biocomposites
    • ecocomposites
    • nanocomposites
    • processing
    • properties
    • fracture and damage mechanics
    • durability
    • and more

    Composite materials are solids that contain two or more distinct constituent materials or phases, on a scale larger than the atomic. The term “composite” is usually reserved for those materials in which the distinct phases are separated on a scale larger than the atomic, and in which properties such as the elastic modulus are significantly altered in comparison with those of a homogeneous material. Composites have properties that cannot be achieved by either of the constituent materials alone. Composites are becoming more and more important as they can help improve our quality of life. Composites are put into service in flight vehicles, automobiles, boats, pipelines, buildings, roads, bridges, and dozens of other products. Researchers are finding ways to improve other qualities of composites so they may be strong, lightweight, long-lived, and inexpensive to produce. The science and engineering of composites and nanocomposites draws on traditional characterization and processing technologies. Research describing structures containing nanoparticles seems to rely on methods that are being pushed to the limit of resolution. Preparation of nanocomposites also poses very real processing challenges. The list of questions about the fabrication, characterization, and use of nanocomposites is long despite massive financial and intellectual investment. The magnitude of the effects these small particles impart to the bulk properties of a composite are great enough that the science is likely to continue to grow in importance.


    Properties Influence of Particle Characteristics in Composite
    Jiaye Huang, Guoqing Wu, and Wei Sha
    XAFS Probe in Material Science
    C. Meneghini
    Effect of Ag on Textured Electrical Ceramics
    M. A. Sotelol, Sh. Torres, L. C. Rasekh, M. A. Estepa, and J. C. Madre
    Nano-Particles Filled Epoxy-Based Adhesive for In Situ Timber Bonding
    Z. Ahmad, M. P. Ansell, D. Smedley, and P. Md Tahir
    Magnetic Ferro-Photo Gels for Synergistic Reduction of Hexavalent Chromium in Wastewater
    Ani Idris, Nursia Hassan, and Audrey-Flore
    Mode-I Fracture of CFRP Composite Bonded Joints: Influence of Surface Treatment and Adhesive Ductility
    K. B. Katnam and T. M. Young
    Charge Transport Property of Multiferroic BiFeO3 Electro Ceramics
    Sangram K. Pradhan, Prajna P. Rout, Sangram K. Das, Viswaranjan Mohanta, and Binod K. Roul
    Novel Inorganic Organic Hybrid Resins as Biomaterials
    P. P. Lizymol
    An Experimental Investigations on Hybrid Polymeric Composite Material Reinforced with Sisal and Acacia Fiber
    K. Sakthivadivel and Dr. P. Govindasamy
    Modernism of Ni-WC Nanocomposite Coatings Prepared from Pulse and Direct Current Methods
    B. Ranjith and G. Paruthimal Kalaignan
    Effect of Micro-Filler Addition on Physico-Mechanical Properties of Glass Fabric Reinforced Epoxy Composite Systems
    B. Suresha
    Corrosion Performance of Heat Treated Ni-Co Nanocomposite Coatings
    B. Ranjith and G. Paruthimal Kalaignan
    Field Emission Study of Thermally Exfoliated Wrinkled Graphene
    Tessy Theres Baby and Sundara Ramaprabhu
    Synthesis and Characterizations of Anatase TiO2 Nanoparticles by Simple Polymer Gel Technique
    Prathibha Vasudevan, Sunil Thomas, Siby Mathew, and N. V. Unnikrishnan
    Thermoluminescence and Kinetics of Copper Doped CdS Nanoparticle
    Raunak Kumar Tamrakar, D. P. Bisen, C. S. Robinson, and Nameeta Brahme


    Dr. Sabu Thomas is the Director of the School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India. He is also a full professor of polymer science and engineering and the Director of the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of the same university. He is a fellow of many professional bodies. Professor Thomas has authored or co-authored many papers in international peer-reviewed journals in the area of polymer processing. He has organized several international conferences and has more than 420 publications, 11 books and two patents to his credit. He has been involved in a number of books both as author and editor. He is a reviewer to many international journals and has received many awards for his excellent work in polymer processing. His h Index is 42. Professor Thomas is listed as the 5th position in the list of Most Productive Researchers in India, in 2008.

    Oluwatobi Samuel Oluwafemi, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha Campus, Eastern Cape, South Africa. He has published many papers in internationally reviewed journals and has presented at several professional meetings. He is a fellow of many professional bodies, a reviewer for many international journals, and has received many awards for his excellent work in material research. His current research interests include application of nanoparticles in medicine, water treatment, polymer, LEDs, and sensors.

    Josmin P. Jose is currently pursuing her PhD in nanocomposites at Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. She has presented papers at several conferences. Her area of interest is polymer nanocomposites for dielectric applications.

    Hanna J. Maria is a research scholar in the School of Chemical Sciences at Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. Her research interests include polymer-blend nanocompositesk morphological analysis of polymer nanocomposites, mechanical properties of nanocomposites, gas transport through polymeric membranes, among other topics.