Interphase-driven enhancement of advanced polymer blend and nanocomposite materials

iDEAPOLNAN is a coordinated project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitivity (MINECO) to develop novel polymer nanocomposite (PNC) materials with improved properties.

SWCNTThe importance of nanocomposites based on the incorporation of nanoparticle fillers (NF) into polymer matrices has grown considerably over the last decade to become a key area in nanoscience and nanotechnology. This is due to their considerable potential for advanced technological applications which range from structural materials, through electronic devices to regenerative medicine, to mention but a few.

SEM -  PP/MWCNTMany nanoparticle-filled polymer composites can offer access to improved thermal, mechanical, barrier, electrical, optical and electronic properties of their polymeric hosts, and in some cases new and unexpected properties can appear.

The principal objective of the proposal is to obtain polymer nanocomposite materials using new strategies that allow the design of advanced multifunctional materials with a view to enhancing mechanical, electrical, optical and thermal properties for different key application areas.


Polymer blends

Polymer nanocomposites

Chemical modification Surface modification by RF plasma
Deposition of inorganic layers Nanoparticle synergy
Multilayer and laminates Advanced characterization techniques

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Clicking polymers to carbon nanomaterials

nanoindentationAgo 2015
The group has contributed a chapter to a 1,077 page book from CRC Press entitled Chemical Functionalization of Carbon Nanomaterials. The work describes functionalization by click-chemistry of CNT's and graphene with polymers. More HERE.


Looking at crazes

Mar 2015
Conformational changes inside micron-sized crazes in a PET film studied using synchrotron infrared microspectroscopy and Raman microscopy. More details HERE


New view on graphene reinforcement

Jan 2015nanoindentation

Covalently incorporated rGO makes hydrophilic polymer matrix stronger under conditions of high humidity. For more information go HERE


"Progress" in PNC nanoindentation

nanoindentationA review has just been published in the prestigious journal Progress in Material Science, on nanoindentation in polymer nanocomposites. SEE HERE


Recent PBNCs paper published

nanoindentationDic 2014
A recent article in the journal Macromolecular Materials and Engineering features some surprising results on epoxy-thermoplastic polymer blend nanocomposites (PBNCs). SEE HERE



Institute of Polymer Science & TechnologyMadrid Institute of Materials Science