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20. Jul 2015 | Application Areas

Advances in polymer nanocomposites for anticorrosion applications

Polymer nanocomposites exhibit unique physicochemical properties that cannot be obtained with individual components acting alone.

Polymer nanocomposites have attracted intensive research interest for solving both energy and environmental issues. Source: FikMik/Fotolia

Polymer nanocomposites have attracted significant research interests due to their promising potential for versatile applications ranging from environmental remediation, energy storage, electromagnetic (EM) absorption, sensing and actuation, transportation and safety, defense systems, information industry, to novel catalysts, etc.

Solving energy and environmental issues

In particular, polymer nanocomposites have attracted intensive research interest for solving both energy and environmental issues. A review paper by Chinese researchers mainly focuses on the most recent advances in polymer nanocomposites for energy storage (i.e., electrochemical capacitors and batteries), energy saving (i.e., electrochromic devices and carbon dioxide capture), and anticorrosion (conductive and non-conductive polymer nanocomposite anticorrosive coatings) applications.

The study is published in: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Issue 29, 2015.

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