Phase morphology in multicomponent polymer-based systems represents the main physical characteristic that allows for control of the material design and implicitly the development of new plastics. Emphasizing properties of these promising new materials in both solution and solid phase, this book describes the preparation, processing, properties, and practical implications of advanced multiphase systems from macro to nanoscales. It covers a wide range of systems including copolymers, polymer blends, polymer composites, gels, interpenetrating polymers, and layered polymer/metal structures, describing aspects of polymer science, engineering, and technology. The book analyzes experimental and theoretical aspects regarding the thermal and electrical transport phenomena and magnetic properties of crucial importance in advanced technologies. It reviews the most recent advances concerning morphological, rheological, interfacial, physical, fire-resistant, thermophysical, and biomedical properties of multiphase polymer systems. Concomitantly the book deals with basic investigation techniques that are sensitive in elucidating the features of each phase. It also discusses the latest research trends that offer new solutions for advanced bio- and nanotechnologies.
Section I Multiphase Polymer Systems in Solution Phase. Miscible and Immiscible Polymer Blends: The Impact of Viscosity and Phase-Separation on the Development of Commercial Products. Complex Macromolecular Architectures of Copolymer Solution Assemblies for Regenerative Medicine and Drug Delivery. Porous Polymer Structures by Synthesis from Liquid Two-Phase Systems. Advanced Materials Based on Multicomponent Polymeric Systems. Flow Domains of Polymer Solutions with Liquid Crystal Phase. Microstructure Evolution during Reinforcement of Polymer Solutions. Section II Multiphase Polymer Systems in Solid Phase. Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal Design: New Challenges and Applications. From Macro- to Nanoscale Surface Morphological Features of Multiphase Polymer Films. Insights into Depth of Structural Organization Using X-ray Methods. Dynamic Mechanical Analysis in Polymeric Multiphase Systems. Designing Thermophysical Behavior of Polymers with Nanometric Inclusions for Heat Dissipation in Electronic Devices. Polymer Systems Containing Electrically Conductive Single and Multiphases. Polymer Composites with Maleimide Compounds. Fire-Resistant Epoxy Resins Containing Organophosphorus Compounds. Magnetic Polymer Composites for Sensor Applications. Development of Imide Type Polymer Fibers Containing Metal Nanoparticles. Electrochemical Inclusion of Metallic Clusters in Organic Polymers. Thin Metal Films on Polymer Substrate.