[en] nanostructured material ; nanocomposite ; clay
[en] (Nano)composites based on ethylene vinyl acetate copolymers (EVA) and montmorillonite modified by various alkylammonium cations were processed by mechanical kneading. Polymer intercalation and filler exfoliation were evidenced by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, respectively. Nano-composites tensile properties showed that Young's modulus increases significantly even at very low content of the organo-modified filler while preserving high ultimate elongation and tensile stress. The matrix thermal stability in air was increased by 40°C and, interestingly, the obtained nanocomposites present flame retardant properties. TEM micrograph of the nanocomposite based on EVA3 filled with 5 wt.-% of Mont-2CN2C18.
Center for Education and Research on Macromolecules (CERM)
The Câblerie d'Eupen S.A. ; The Région Wallonne and the Fonds Social Européen in the frame of Objectif 1-Hainaut: Materia Nova