Date Approved

3-9-2011

Date Posted

7-5-2013

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Engineering Technology

Committee Member

John Texter, PhD, Chair

Committee Member

Vijay Mannari, PhD

Committee Member

Wade Shen, PhD

Abstract

Solvent-free nanofluids are a new and exciting class of material that evolved to address the limitations of their predecessors, nanocomposites. One of the most exciting aspects of solvent-free nanofluids is the wide range of tools chemists have to build and study them. Understanding how the structure manipulations impact the rheology of the resulting solvent-free nanofluids is essential if solvent-free nanofluids are truly the technology of the future. This work documents the basic rheological parameters, thermal transitions, and curing kinetics of various solvent-free nanofluids synthesized by Zhiming Qiu and Kejian Bian at the Coating Research Institute at Eastern Michigan University.

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