dc.contributor.authorRoy, Sunanda
dc.contributor.authorDas, Tanya
dc.contributor.authorYue, Chee Yoon
dc.contributor.authorHu, Xiao
dc.identifier.citationRoy, S., Das, T., Chee, Y. Y., & Hu, X. (2013). Transparent cyclic olefin copolymer/silica nanocomposites. Polymer International, 63(2), 327-332.en_US
dc.description.abstractIn this work, melt blending of fumed nanosilica with cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) was carried out to prepare high strength transparent composites. The effects of various loadings (1, 2, 3 and 5 wt%) of nanosilica on the physical, mechanical, dynamic mechanical, thermal, tribological and optical properties of the COC composites were investigated in detail. The tensile test results showed that the nanocomposite with 3 wt% nanosilica content provides the highest tensile strength (55.6 MPa) compared with the nanocomposite with 5 wt% nanosilica content (54.6 MPa), which is believed to be significantly dependent on better dispersion. Moreover, the glass transition temperature (from tan δ) increased from 184 °C for pure COC to 194.3 °C for the COC composite with 3 wt% nanosilica. The scratch test and nano-indentation results showed that addition of nanosilica increased the stiffness and hardness of the composite, providing higher scratch resistance and lower frictional coefficient. UV−visible spectroscopy measurements showed that the nanocomposites have excellent optical transparency which is similar to that of the pure COC film.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesPolymer internationalen_US
dc.titleTransparent cyclic olefin copolymer/silica nanocompositesen_US
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Materials Science and Engineeringen_US
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineeringen_US

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