Interphase-driven enhancement of advanced polymer blend and nanocomposite materials

iDEAPOLNAN is a coordinated project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitivity (MINECO) to develop novel polymer nanocomposite (PNC) materials with improved properties.

SWCNTThe importance of nanocomposites based on the incorporation of nanoparticle fillers (NF) into polymer matrices has grown considerably over the last decade to become a key area in nanoscience and nanotechnology. This is due to their considerable potential for advanced technological applications which range from structural materials, through electronic devices to regenerative medicine, to mention but a few.

SEM -  PP/MWCNTMany nanoparticle-filled polymer composites can offer access to improved thermal, mechanical, barrier, electrical, optical and electronic properties of their polymeric hosts, and in some cases new and unexpected properties can appear.

The principal objective of the proposal is to obtain polymer nanocomposite materials using new strategies that allow the design of advanced multifunctional materials with a view to enhancing mechanical, electrical, optical and thermal properties for different key application areas.


Polymer blends

Polymer nanocomposites

Chemical modification Surface modification by RF plasma
Deposition of inorganic layers Nanoparticle synergy
Multilayer and laminates Advanced characterization techniques

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"Progress" in PNC nanoindentation

nanoindentationA review has just been published in the prestigious journal Progress in Material Science, on nanoindentation in polymer nanocomposites. SEE HERE


Recent PBNCs paper published

nanoindentationDic 2014
A recent article in the journal Macromolecular Materials and Engineering features some surprising results on epoxy-thermoplastic polymer blend nanocomposites (PBNCs). SEE HERE


Peter back in York

nanoindentationNov 2014
Dr. Peter Shuttleworth spent 9 days in the GCCE at York University for a series af meetings and materials preparation and characterization for application tests.


Mesoporous NC patent filed

nanoindentationOct 2014
Some of the mesoporous materials developed of the last 2 years in collaboration with the University of York, UK have been patented. MORE HERE


New MINECO project awarded

nanoindentationSept 2014
A new project has been awarded to iDEAPOLNAN researcher Prof. Marian Gómez-Fatou. It will focus specifically on graphene-based polymer nanocomposites, allowing us to advance on some of the developments made in this area during the iDEAPOLNAN project. MORE HERE



Institute of Polymer Science & TechnologyMadrid Institute of Materials Science