This book is the translated version of Advanced Nanodielectrics: Fundamentals and Applications, which was published by the Investigating R&D Committee on Advanced Polymer Nanocomposite Dielectrics of the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan (IEEJ). The Japanese version is a winner of the IEEJ Outstanding Technical Report Award (2016). Nanocomposites are generally composed of host and guest materials. This book deals with the combination of a polymer as a host with an inorganic filler as a guest. It provides a detailed coverage on the processing and electrical properties of nanocomposites. It gives special consideration to the surface modification of particles, theoretical aspects of the interface, and computer simulation to help the reader develop an understanding of the characteristics of nanocomposites. Moreover, it discusses potential applications of nanocomposites in electric power and electronics sectors. The book is a definitive and practical handbook for beginners as well as experts.
Introduction: Attractiveness of Polymer Nanocomposites Toshikatsu Tanaka Potential Applications in Electric Power and Electronics Sectors Takahiro Imai, Yoshiyuki Inoue, Masayoshi Nagata, Tetsuo Yoshimitsu, Kazutoshi Goto, Takanori Kondo, and Takashi Ohta Compatibility of Dielectric Properties with Other Engineering Performances Toshikatsu Tanaka, Toshio Shimizu, Muneaki Kurimoto, Yoshimichi Ohki, Norio Kurokaawa, and Kenji Okamoto Preparation of Polymer Nanocomposites: Key for Homogeneous Dispersion Mikimasa Iwata, Yuki Honda, Takahiro Imai, and Minoru Okashita Drastic Improvement of Dielectric Performances by Nanocomposite Technology Muneaki Kurimoto, Kazuyuki Tohyama, Yasuhiro Tanaka, Yoshinobu Mizutani, Toshikatsu Tanaka, Masayuki Nagao, Naoki Hayakawa, Muneaki Kurimoto, Takanori Kondo, and Tsukasa Ohta Thermal and Mechanical Performances of Nanocomposite Insulating Materials Satoru Hishikawa, Shigenori Okada, Takahiro Imai, and Toshio Shimizu Structures of Polymer/Nano-filler Interfaces Toshikatsu Tanaka and Muneaki Kurimoto Computer Simulation Methods to Visualize Nano-fillers in Polymers: Toward Clarification of Mechanisms to Improve Performances of Nanocomposites Masahiro Kozako and Atsushi Otake Epilogue - Environmental Concerns and Future Prospects Takahiro Imai
Toshikatsu Tanaka is a research fellow at the IPS Research Center of Waseda University, Japan, professor emeritus at Xi'an Jiaotong University, China, and chair of the IEEJ Committee on Nanocomposites. He is a recipient of the Japanese Ministry of Science and Technology Prize (2000), Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan (IEEJ) Technology Progress Award (1988), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Whitehead Memorial Lecture Award (2001), IEEJ Inuishi Award (2001), and IEEE Dakin Award (2002). Dr. Tanaka is an IEEE fellow and an IEEJ life fellow. He was the chair of the International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE) Working Group on Nanocomposites for 6 years from 2006. Takahiro Imai received his BEng and MEng in applied chemical engineering and DEng in materials science from Waseda University in 1996, 1998, and 2006, respectively. He joined Toshiba Corporation in 1998. Dr. Imai is presently engaged in the development of electrical insulation materials and systems for switchgears at the Power and Industrial Systems R&D Center of Toshiba Corporation. He is a recipient of the IEEJ Distinguished Paper Award (2006); member of the IEEE, Society of Polymer Science, Japan, and IEEJ; and secretary of the IEEJ Nanocomposite Committee.