Effect of the Organoclay Preparation on the Extent of the Intercalation/Exfoliation and the Barrier Properties in Polyamide-6/Montmorillonite Nanocomposites
This paper shows the importance of the clay surface chemistry in the preparation of nanocomposite materials. An Argentinean montmorillonite was used for preparing two modified clays. The filosilicate was intercalated with a quaternary ammonium salt derived from ε- caprolactam to obtain an organofilic material. The other modification was introduced by mixing the clay with hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium chloride. Thus, the polyamide 6 ability in dispersing clays was applied to prepare composites with the intercalated clays. The polyamide 6/clay dry composites with 3 wt % of filler were prepared by melt processing in a mixer chamber. Composites of polyamide 6/organoclay were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission and scanning electron microscopy and thermogravimetry. The barrier properties were determined by cyclohexane pervaporation. The results show that the dispersion and degree of delamination depend on a proper chemical treatment and the clay content influences the polyamide 6 nanocomposites solvent pervaporation resistance.
Dílson S. dos Santos
E. Erdmann et al., "Effect of the Organoclay Preparation on the Extent of the Intercalation/Exfoliation and the Barrier Properties in Polyamide-6/Montmorillonite Nanocomposites", Materials Science Forum, Vol. 570, pp. 78-84, 2008