Practical Issues and Future Trends in Polymer Nanocomposite Flammability Research
Contribution to Book
Flame Retardant Polymer Nanocomposites
This chapter will focus on practical issues associated with flame retardant polymer nanocomposite research and fabrication and discuss future trends for this field of research. The topics of polymer nanocomposite design, synthesis, characterization, and commercialization will be covered. This will include known issues that directly affect polymer nanocomposite design as well as ancillary issues, such as regulatory factors, that can have effects on the practical success of a polymer nanocomposite for flammability applications. For future trends the gaps of fundamental knowledge are indicated so that researchers will know how to focus their efforts. Finally, we will give our opinions on where the field of polymer nanocomposite flammability is most likely headed in the next 10 years, including efforts towards true multi-functional materials.