Challenges in Processing of Nanocomposite Membranes

Authored by: P.K. Tewari

Nanocomposite Membrane Technology

Print publication date:  December  2015
Online publication date:  December  2015

Print ISBN: 9781466576827
eBook ISBN: 9781466576834
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b19213-8

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Abstract

Nanocomposite materials have the potential to redefine the field of traditional composite materials in terms of both performance and potential applications. Polymer nanocomposites have tremendous market potential both as replacement for current composites and in the creation of new markets through their outstanding properties. Availability of nanomaterials, integration of nanomaterials into membrane systems, and societal implications because of health and environment risks posed by nanomaterials are the key challenges to the development of integrated nano-based membrane systems. 116 Development of the process-manufacturing technologies in terms of quantity and quality for commercialization is one of the biggest challenges. Despite the bright future of nanocomposites, there are a few issues that warrant concern about the mass commercialization of the nano-based systems. There are four main issues dealing with the production and use of nanocomposites:

Exfoliation

Orientation

Compatibility

Reaggregation

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