Polystirene nanocomposites with titanate nanotubes and titanate nanoribbons were prepared by an extrusion process at 180oC. NMR analysis at and above the glass transition temperature Tg=373 K suggest that nanofillers affect the termodynamic properties of nanocomposite domains. At the same time, only a slight increase in mechanical tensile properties was observed, reflecting a weak interaction between the polymer matrix and the nanofiller. Nevertheless, the use of functionalizes TiNRS may be a very promising starting point for the preparation of nanocomposites at the industrial level.
The paper demonstrates a possibility to modify the functionality of poylmeric products by modifying the inherent material structure with properly selected procesing conditions, which are achievable on industrial processing machines. In the extreme case the durability of investigated samples where modyfied by factor of 106. At the same time, the coresponding temperature stability of the material was modyfied by factor of 2. Proposed approach opens the new possibilities for manufacturing multifunctionall polymeric materials at industrial scale.