Final Report Summary - MOMO (Innovative molecular modelling approach to upgrade polymeric materials from post industrial rejects)
Moreover, the project's objectives comprised the embedding of nanoparticles in polymer matrices; thereby reaching high level of competitiveness towards raw materials. MOMO would apply melt intercalation for the production of nanocomposite reclaimed materials based on nanoclays which method constitutes a cost-effective way for synthesising nanocomposites. The novel materials would find use in lighting, in the automotive industry as well as in textiles.
The project achieved in:
- raising fundamental knowledge concerning recycling of polymeric materials;
- developing modelling protocols for either pure polymers or polymeric blends, for polymeric nanocomposites, for clay contabilisation and for nanoclays;
- raising fundamental knowledge concerning the dispersion of nanoclays into polymers and polymeric blends;
- raising fundamental knowledge regarding the processing of recycled materials as well as optimising techniques such as injection moulding, fibre spinning, extrusion and casting;
- developing four demonstrators in order to assess the project results as well as to potentially realise industrial products.