A nanocomposite is defined as a material designed for enhanced performance in any number of unique applications through improvement in structural, functional or cosmetic properties. There has been a continued demand for novel composites with desirable properties such as: high tensile strength, improved optical and magnetic properties, flame retardance, barrier properties, high resistance to corrosion, high thermal and electronic conductivity. These nanocomposites are making inroads in application markets such as packaging, automotive, aerospace and defense, electronics and semiconductor, energy, construction, and others.
AQM has developed expertise in the creation of hybrid nanocomposites by combining polymers with silicon nanocrystals. Nanoparticles have very high surface-to-volume and aspect ratios which makes them ideal for use in polymeric materials. This new functionalization can be used to endow polymers with new characteristics. Such structures combine the best properties of each component to possess enhanced mechanical, chemical and optical properties for advanced applications. The concept is to develop nanocomposites that benefit from the unique physical and mechanical properties of very small components objects within them.