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Nanocomposites are composites in which at least one of the phases shows dimensions in the nanometer range. These are high performance materials that exhibit unusual property combinations and unique design possibilities and are thought of as the materials of the 21st century. With an estimated annual growth rate of about 25% and huge demand for engineering polymers, their potential is so promising that they are useful in several applications ranging from packaging to bio-medical.

Nanocomposites and Polymers with Analytical Methods cover a wide range of polymer matrices including both thermoplastics and thermosets. The text provides both a description of the fundamental aspects and an up-to-date overview of the recent developments in manufacturing technologies, fabrication, spectroscopic characterization, properties, structure-property relationships, rheology, crystallization behavior, degradability of biodegradable nanocomposites, processing, and finally commercial applications of polymer nanocomposites. The book describes new materials and analytic methods. These materials include chapters on gold nanoparticles and Sol-Gel metal oxides, nanocomposites with carbon nanotubes, methods of evaluation by depth sensing, and other methods. The book is intended for a very wide audience including students, researchers, scientists, engineers and professionals working in the fields of composite science and technology, nanocomposites, nanotechnology, materials science, surface science, polymer science and engineering, biodegradable materials, chemistry, and solid-state physics.