Fillers do not fill but modify the next generation materials, control their properties, open new applications. This opening sentence underlines the aims of this book which shows applications of fillers resulting from their chemical composition (or modification) and/or special morphological features. This combination results in a high performance required by many new products.
The book has two sections: analysis of the chemical composition and morphology of classical fillers (some of the over 100 fillers listed in Handbook of Fillers, 4th Edition) which contributed to the exceptional enhancements in their properties and applications.
Presentation of new generations of fillers which provide designers with special properties not available so far from the classical fillers used by industry. Special groups of fillers discussed in this part of the book include, as follows
o Molecular (e.g., silsesquioxanes)
o Carbon dots
o High aspect ratio
o Layered double hydroxides
· Physical properties
o Thermally insulating and conductive
o Thermal energy storage
· Electrical and magnetic properties
o Insulating/conductive mixtures
o EMI shielding
o Microwave absorption
o Electrostatic discharge prevention
o Osteoconductive and other bone tissue engineering fillers
o Tissue fillers
· Renewable and recycling
o Recycled materials
From the above list, it is pertinent that chemical modifications, structural features, enhanced physical properties, mixtures of fillers, electrical and magnetic properties, special applications corrosion resistance, medicine, dentistry, and antimicrobial, and fillers from renewable resources are the main topics of the book.
The expected audience, as in the case of Handbook of Fillers, includes most branches of chemical industry (and some other such as pharmaceutical, medicinal, electronics, etc.), considering that these products are common throughout the industry.
George Wypych has a Ph. D. in chemical engineering. His professional expertise includes both university teaching (full professor) and research & development. He has published 17 books: PVC Plastisols, (University Press); Polyvinylchloride Degradation, (Elsevier); Polyvinylchloride Stabilization, (Elsevier); Polymer Modified Textile Materials, (Wiley & Sons); Handbook of Material Weathering, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Editions, (ChemTec Publishing); Handbook of Fillers, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Editions, (ChemTec Publishing); Recycling of PVC, (ChemTec Publishing); Weathering of Plastics. Testing to Mirror Real Life Performance, (Plastics Design Library), Handbook of Solvents, Handbook of Plasticizers, Handbook of Antistatics, Handbook of Antiblocking, Release, and Slip Additives (1st and 2nd Editions), PVC Degradation & Stabilization, PVC Formulary, Handbook of UV Degradation and Stabilization, Handbook of Biodeterioration, Biodegradation and Biostabilization, and Handbook of Polymers (all by ChemTec Publishing), 47 scientific papers, and he has obtained 16 patents. He specializes in polymer additives, polymer processing and formulation, material durability, and the development of sealants and coatings. He is included in the Dictionary of International Biography, Who's Who in Plastics and Polymers, Who's Who in Engineering, and was selected International Man of the Year 1996-1997 in recognition for his services to education.