Relevance of Chemically Functionalized Nano-Fillers and Modified Nanocomposite in Energy Systems

Relevance of Chemically Functionalized Nano-Fillers and Modified Nanocomposite in Energy Systems

Damilola Elizabeth Babatunde (Covenant University, Nigeria), Iheanacho Henry Denwigwe (University of Lagos, Nigeria), Olubayo Moses Babatunde (University of Lagos, Nigeria), Oluranti Agboola (Covenant University, Nigeria) and Gbemisola Deborah Akinsipe (Covenant University, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7838-3.ch002

Abstract

Reliable energy systems and advances in nanotechnology together will play key role in channeling future cutting edge inventions and developments in all spheres. In this review article, the pertinence of functionalizing nanofillers and modifying nanocomposites for improved performance in various energy applications such as energy conversion, energy efficiency, energy storage, alternative energy and energy saving are expounded. This article also presents structures and unique properties of commonly used nanofillers; advances, improvement potentials and characterization of nanocomposites used in energy systems. Theoretical and experimental literature reviewed revealed that nanofillers engender improved properties in polymeric matrices. Functionalization is applicable to all types of nanofillers in use today, a number of functionalized nanofillers are already commercially available; and more extensive research is needed to achieve optimal improved results with the use of nanofillers and nanocomposites in various fields of applications.
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Chemical Functionalizations Of Nanofillers

Chemical Functionalization of nanofillers has to do with the modification of the surface of nanoparticles to enhance application in different areas. The importance of carrying out this surface modification has been researched severally and found critical in many operations.

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