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Halloysite nanotubes: a green resource for materials and life sciences

  • Autori: Marina Massaro, Giuseppe Lazzara, Renato Noto, Serena Riela
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2020
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista
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Clay minerals are considered one of the materials of the 20th century for their peculiar physico-chemical features. Among them, halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) are an emerging nanomaterial with a particular tubular structure that makes them a low cost and valuable alternative to the most common carbon nanotubes. Due to their tubular morphology, HNTs are employed in several fields acting as nanocontainers for different compounds for applications in drug carrier and delivery fields, catalysis, and as filler for polymeric matrices. The modification of HNTs’ surfaces allows to the synthesis of different nanoarchitectures that can improve the mechanical and thermal performance of polymer as well as they can enhance the use for the loading and release of chemicals. In this review, we summarize our recent results on halloysite functionalization, both supramolecular and covalent, and the application aforementioned fields.