A Comparative Study on The Mechanical and Barrier Characteristics of Polyimide Nanocomposite Films Filled with Nanoparticles of Planar and Tubular Morphology

Polymer nanocomposites are cutting-edge materials created by integrating ultra-fine inorganic particles—no larger than 100 nanometers—into organic polymers. This fusion forms materials with a complex, layered structure that possess unique characteristics different from their individual components. For instance, by adding carbon nanotubes or minuscule silicate particles to polymers, the resulting composite displays improved mechanical strength and barrier properties against gases and liquids, alongside enhanced resistance to heat and fire. These advanced materials, particularly polyimide nanocomposites, could be pivotal in high-performance applications, such as coatings that withstand extreme temperatures and corrosive environments.

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Joshua U. Otaigbe