High performance polymers exhibiting multifunctional characteristics can be achieved by the introduction of inorganic nanoparticles into functional polymers. Polymer nanocomposites offer the possibility of developing a new class of nanofinishing materials with their own manifold of structure-property relationship. In this context, AMPRI is focusing on the development of a new method/process/material for the dispersion of nanoparticles in polymer matrices and performance evaluation of the resulting composites. Work is in progress pertaining to the development of various surface modification techniques and modification/ functionalization of the surface of nanoparticles by treating them with organic agents in order to obtain systems having specific surface and microstructural features. Multifunctional nanocomposites based on PMMA and zinc oxide nanoparticles with superhydrophocity, UV resistance and improved thermal stability have also been developed.
The mentioned activities have been carried out in collaboration with agencies like Commission of European Union (Belgium), University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), Indo-French Centre for Promotion of Advanced Research (India), Institute Curie (France), Department of Science & Technology (India), University of Minho (Portugal).