This course will provide background on critical issues in synthesis, fabrication, processing, and characterization of nanocomposites. The major thrust would be the challenges in manufacturing low cost real-life components in industrial applications, commercial success stories, its impact on current established material market, and future directions. We will discuss the underlying scientific principles that guide the study of structure-property relationships and will touch on parallel fields of investigation with high relevance to nanocomposites. The course will also cover the incorporation of a variety of nanophases into polymeric matrixes to provide functional materials, the importance of controlling surface energy, methods for achieving dispersion and common techniques for characterizing nanocomposite materials. The influence of the chemical nature of the dispersed (organic or mineral) elements on the different morphologies observed will be described.

Prerequisites: Introduction to polymer sciences and engineering.