The main topics of this book are fillers, their interface with polymers, composites, blends, and alloys. Treatment of the subject is fundamental based on principles of surface phenomena, the physico-chemical theory of filling, the theory of adsorption, surface adhesion, etc. Each concept is illustrated by practical consequences for real materials which allow for easy transfer of experiences from one discipline to the other and makes book invaluable for material scientists, technologists, and engineers also in scopes other than polymers. ("The details of the mechanisms of reinforcement may be different in each case but physico-chemical principles remain valid". Lipatov, Foreword). The book contains in-depth analysis of methods by which materials properties can be improved by fostering interaction between components of existing formulation that constitutes the most economical method of upgrading of materials even with the frequent reduction of material cost. Application of these methods requires fundamental understanding.
- The basic theories of polymer adsorption
- Adhesion of polymers at the interface with solid
- Surface layers of polymers at the interface with solids
- Thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of reinforcement
- Viscoelastic properties of reinforced polymers
- Polymer alloys as composites
- Filled polymer alloys
- Concluding remarks on the mechanism of reinforcing the action of fillers in polymers.