Nanocomposite characterization on multiple length scales using microSAXS

R. Li, S. Cornaby, M.M.G. Kamperman, D.M. Smilgies

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

6 Citations (Scopus)


Nanocomposites have great potential for the rational synthesis of tailored materials. However, the templating process that transfers the self-organized nanostructure of a block copolymer or other mesophase onto the functional material is by no means trivial, and often involves multiple steps, each of which presents its own chemical and physical challenges. As a result the nanocomposite may not be homogeneous, but can be phase-separated into various components which may feature their own specific microstructure. Here it is shown how scanning microbeam small-angle X-ray scattering (µSAXS) can be used to characterize a thermoset resol/poly(isoprene-block-ethylene oxide) nanocomposite on multiple length scales with respect to homogeneity and microphase separation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-701
JournalJournal of Synchrotron Radiation
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • block-copolymer nanocomposites
  • diblock copolymer
  • resin
  • polymers
  • optics

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Nanocomposite characterization on multiple length scales using microSAXS'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this