Functionalization of Natural and Synthetic Polymeric Materials
Applied Chemistry/ Coloration Processes
Current Research Activities
My current research interest focus on three areas:
Synthesis of nano-colorants incorporating dye molecules into carbon nanotubes via covalent bonding, electrostatic interaction, encapsulation and miniemulsion polymerization techniques. Potential applications include optoelectronics, electrophotographic toners, ink-jet inks, coloration of polymers possessing excellent fastness properties and thermal stability.
Surface modification of natural and synthetic polymeric materials to enhance their mechanical and performance characteristics. An example is that of functionalization of cotton material in order to enhance its crease resistance, water repellency and flame retardancy as well as improved UV blocking and anti-microbial properties.
Nathaniel Soboyejo, Aderemi Oki and Paul Biney, Phenylazoaniline Dyes Covalently Bonded to Functionalized carbon-Nanotubes – Design of Novel Nano-Colorant. ICCE -17 July 26-August 1, 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii
Milton Jackson, Nathaniel Soboyejo, Kamau Tilmut, Tunji Oki and Remi Oki Functionalized Carbon-Nanotubes Epoxy Resin Composites: Synthesis, characterization and Mechanical Properties. 42nd Western Regional Meeting (WRM ) Sept 23-27,2008 in Las Vegas, NV.
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