Clay-Containing Polymeric Nanocomposites Volume 1 by L. A. Utracki

By L. A. Utracki

This is often half 1 of a two-part set. half 2 ISBN is 1859574823

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In the early 1950s, for hydrophobic applications clay started to be intercalated with quaternary alkonium chlorides. For example, fatty quatenary alkonium chlorides were used, viz. 0% C 20 alkyl groups). The organoclays, commercialised by NL Industries as Bentone™, were found useful for thickening lubricating greases, oil-based muds, packer fluids and paint-varnish-lacquer removers [Hauser, 1950; Jordan, 1950]. Soon, the process was described in the textbooks [Grim, 1968]. , 1950]. The patent describes MMT intercalation using diverse onium compounds, viz.

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Correspondingly, the calculated average number of platelets in the stack varied from 3 to 1, hence in chloroform the organoclay was fully exfoliated. 8 nm. Within this range TEM may be used to determine the extent of intercalation/exfoliation. However, TEM also offers a direct method for confirming the XRD data (micrograph in Figure 4(a)) and with growing frequency it is being used at low magnification (micrograph in Figure 4(b)) to check on the uniformity (or lack) of clay stack dispersion in polymeric matrix.

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