The effect of halloysite nanotubes as a novel nanofiller on curing behaviour, mechanical and microstructural properties of ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) nanocomposites

H. Ismail, Pooria Pasbakhsh, M. N. Ahmad Fauzi, A. Abu Bakar

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Halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) with hollow nanotubular structures were used as a new type of filler for ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) matrix. EPDM/HNT nanocomposites were prepared using a two roll mill by adding 0 to 100 parts per hundred rubber (phr) HNTs. The results show that the tensile properties were increased with the addition of HNTs. The curing time decreased from 0 to 15 phr loading but subsequently increased from 15 to 100 phr, whereas the maximum torque exhibited an increasing trend from 0 to 100 phr. The addition of HNTs reduced the tan δmax and increased the storage modulus especially for the EPDM/HNT nanocomposites at high HNT loading.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-323
Number of pages11
JournalPolymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Electron microscopy
  • Halloysite nanotubes
  • Mechanical properties
  • Polymer-matrix composites (PMCs)

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