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Technical article briefs
Moisture-barrier properties of water-based nanocomposite coatings
A very simple two-level model for humidity-dependent moisture transport predicts the performance of barrier coatings under a variety of conditions in commercially important packaging structures.
Thermally stable unsaturated polyester composites
Adding reactive imides to thermosetting resins, at an optimal concentration, improves the thermal stability of the materials while guarding their mechanical properties.
Faster thermoplastic polyurethane crystallization with an organic nucleating agent
An organic salt, sodium octacosanoate proved to be an efficient nucleating agent for polyester-based thermoplastic polyurethanes of distinct molecular weights.
Clay used as waterproofing material in polymer membranes
A polymer matrix filled with clay to form a nanocomposite membrane shows enhanced impermeability to liquid and gas.
A new platform for creating versatile nonwoven mats
Materials suitable for filtration, sensing, and other applications can be made from composite mats prepared by electrospinning crosslinked chitosan with carbon black.
More homogeneous polyvinyl-silica nanocomposite films
Ultrafast simultaneous photopolymerization results in nanoscale interpenetrating organic and inorganic polymer networks.
Strong, flexible high-lignin polypropylene blends
Alkylating lignin with bromododecane improves compatibility with polypropylene and enables up to 70wt% lignin to be incorporated into a thermally stable composite.
Morphology and electrical properties of intrinsically conducting polymer composites
Polypyrrole-poly(acrylonitrile-co-vinyl acetate) composites are well suited to electromagnetic interference shielding applications, antistatic materials, and decoupling capacitors.
Toughness of hydrogels
Combining digital image correlation with the essential-work-of-fracture technique offers a plausible alternative to conventional means of measuring the robustness of soft materials.
Surface treatment effects on wollastonite/polyether ether ketone composites
A series of composites were prepared with three silane coupling agents by a wet modification process, and the composite properties were characterized.
Mixed monolayers of biodegradable polymers and an organo-modified clay
Ultrathin hybrid films form highly-ordered layered structures and 2D lattices of long alkyl chains extending from the montmorillonite surface.
Thin film nano-indentation: an elastic foundation model
Atomic force microscopy and theoretical modeling were combined to measure Young's modulus of a thin (<100nm) polymeric film.
More cost-effective, superior biodegradable food packaging
A new catalyst complex enables a precursor polymer nanocomposite to yield a high-molecular-weight, highly crystalline poly(lactic acid)-clay nanocomposite through solid-state polymerization.
Dynamic mechanical analysis of natural rubber crosslinking reaction kinetics
The reaction order and rate constant for the crosslinking of natural rubber have been determined by modeling and compared to experimental results.
Bionanocomposite foams with strong dimensional stability
Microcellular injection molding can be used to fabricate lightweight, tough, and cost-effective biodegradable polymer composites.
Nanofiber formation in and morphology development of immiscible polymer blends
Polybutylene terephthalate nanofiber diameter distribution in the cellulose acetate butyrate dispersed phase is a function of viscosity ratio, blend ratio, and shear rate.
Development of novel melt-spun nanocomposite fibers
Melt-spinning can develop new nylon-6-based nanocomposite fibers with promising properties, such as improved tensile modulus.
Clay improves sustainability of polyvinyl chloride nanocomposites
Various processing methods are tested to examine the resulting properties of nanocomposites composed of clay and polyvinyl chloride.
Mechanical properties and deformation behavior of plastic blends
Three deformation mechanisms occur in acrylonitrile butadiene styrene rubber-toughened blends, and strain rate affects the relative contribution of each mechanism.
Entangling additives enhance polypropylene foam quality
Combining clay and compatibilizer additives with linear polypropylene forms nanocomposites with a densely entangled inner structure able to produce quality foams upon extrusion.
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