Production of epoxide functionalized boehmite nanoparticles and their use in epoxide nanocomposites

Coniku, Anisa
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Citation Formats
A. Coniku, “Production of epoxide functionalized boehmite nanoparticles and their use in epoxide nanocomposites,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2012.