A simple route towards polycarbonate-silica nanocomposite

Joseph Lik Hang Chau, Steve Lien Chung Hsu, Yi Ming Chen, Chih Chao Yang, Peter C.F. Hsu

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This work reports the preparation of polycarbonate-silica nanocomposite by simple one-step injection moulding process. Silica nanopowder was first functionalized with a silane coupling agent, (3-methacryloxypropyl) trimethoxysilane (MPS). Polycarbonate pellets mixed with 5 wt% functionalized-silica nanopowders were then compounded by using a Brabender counter-rotating twin screw compounder followed by subsequent injection molding process. The distribution of silica was examined using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The FT-IR spectra were used to investigate the MPS-modified SiO2 nanopowders. The thermal properties of the nanocomposite were studied by differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). Pencil hardness is increased from B to HB with the incorporation of 5 wt% silica nanopowder.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-343
Number of pages3
JournalAdvanced Powder Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010 May

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials

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