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Evaluating phase inversion during high-impact polystyrene synthesis by means of rheology
Isaac Cano, Pablo Acuna, Ramon E. Diaz de Leon , Florentino Soriano-Corral, November 2012
Rheological evaluation of relaxation times makes it possible to estimate the occurrence of a crucial switch in phases that determines the final properties of high-impact polystyrene.
Synthesis and properties of acrylate hydrogels as stimuli-responsive materials
Nermin Orakdogen, November 2012
Intelligent materials prepared from poly(N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) and its copolymers have attracted much interest for their thermal and pH-stimuli response.
Making an impact with nanocomposites
Antonio Pouzada, Valeria Pettarin, Patricia Maria Frontini, November 2012
Nanoclays can improve the performance of injection-molded polypropylene components likely to be subjected to impact in service.
Properties of a multi-walled carbon nanotube/epoxy nanocomposite system
Baichen Wang, November 2012
A carbon nanotube/epoxy nanocomposite material has improved strength and useful fluid properties.
Partial carbon black replacement by nanoclay for enhanced crosslinking
Jyrki Vuorinen, Wilma Dierkes, Minna Poikelispaa, Amit Das, Janak Sapkota, November 2012
The curing reaction of a rubber compound was more efficient with an organoclay-carbon black hybrid filler system.
Thermoplastic-ceramic composites for electronics prepared by cryomilling
Javier Gonzalez-Benito , Rafael Serra-Gomez, Gustavo Gonzalez-Gaitano, November 2012
Cryogenic high-energy ball milling produces a composite of ethylene vinyl acetate with uniformly dispersed barium titanate particles that retains the useful properties of both the thermoplastic and filler.
Polypyrrole-platinum composite, a potential gas electrode material
Louis Cindrella, November 2012
Platinum-impregnated polypyrrole could make a corrosion-resistant alternative to carbon-supported platinum electrodes in fuel cells.
Slower crystallization of poly(butylene terephthalate) copolymers
Qingjuan Kong, Weilan Xue, Zuoxiang Zeng, Xiaoling Xiao , Wanyu Zhu, December 2012
Introducing the unsaturated dicarboxylic acid, fumaric acid, changes the crystallization behavior of a common thermoplastic.
A laminating-multiplying extrusion system for tailored dispersion of polymer blends
Shaoyun Guo, Jiabin Shen, Jiang Li, December 2012
A novel extrusion die offers a new route to polymeric composites with specific distribution and morphological evolution of dispersed components in the melt.
Toward electroactive self-cleaning fabrics and films
Ilker S. Bayer , Athanassia Athanassiou, December 2012
Solution casting methods can be used to incorporate nanofillers with hydrophobic, conductive, magnetic, and anti-microbial properties into superhydrophobic polymer nanocomposites.
Effect of nanosilica on vulcanizates of natural and reclaimed rubber
Abu Ismail Jaman, Satyaban Bhunia, Madhusudan Roy, Prabir Kr. Panda, Debapriya De, December 2012
Adding nanosilica to vulcanizates of natural and reclaimed rubber enhances their reinforcing efficiency, tensile properties, and thermal stability.
Avermectin-loaded cellulose acetate composite materials
Yong Zhang, Jian Li, Decai Ren, Dongmei Zhao, December 2012
Avermectin-containing fibers, particles, and spheres were manufactured from a cellulose acetate solution and showed effective pesticidal activity via initial fast and later slow release.
Thermal stabilization ability of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane nanofillers
Miguel Sanchez-Soto, Sin Vila, December 2012
The polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane nanofillers examined in this study provided little or no improvement to the thermal properties of melt-blended acrylonitrile butadiene styrene polymer composites.
Key factors affecting processing of natural fiber composites
Exequiel Rodriguez , Gaston Francucci, Edu Ruiz, Analia Vazquez, December 2012
Processing variables must be considered when replacing synthetic with natural fibers in polymer matrix composites.
Ultrafine rubber particles raise thermoplastic's glass transition temperature
Xiang Wang , Guicun Qi, Xiaohong Zhang, Jinliang Qiao, December 2012
Adding ultrafine full-vulcanized powdered rubber substantially increases a thermoplastic's glass transition temperature, due to the restricted motion of plastic chains at the interface layer.
Enhancing the fluorescence of a europium complex by co-doping with terbium
James Guthrie, Soney Varghese, Unnikrishnan Gopalakrishnapanicker, Rafeeque Puthiyottil, January 2013
When two rare-earth ions in complexes are added to a polymer matrix, light emission becomes five times brighter due to energy transfer between the metal ions.
Residual stress effect on rapid crack propagation in polyethylene pipes
Patrick Leevers, Andrea Guevara Morales, January 2013
Residual stress increases the stored strain energy prior to crack propagation in polyethylene pipes, thus helping to drive the crack, but tests suggest another effect related to crack shape must be at work.
Super-tough polymer nanocomposite blends
Jose Eguiazabal, Imanol Gonzalez , Asier Zabaleta, January 2013
Rubber modification of a polyamide/organoclay nanocomposite produced a material that combines high impact strength with stiffness and ductility comparable to those of the pure polyamide.
Optical performance of gas-assist injection molding
Antonio J. Carrillo, Avraam I. Isayev, January 2013
Simulation and experimentation are used to analyze birefringence in objects produced by the gas-assist injection molding process.
Green polylactide blends for durable applications
Yeh Wang , Shu-M. Chiao, January 2013
Modifying polylactide/polycarbonate blends with a poly(butylene succinate-co-L-lactate) compatibilizer improves interfacial adhesion, to achieve high impact strength and heat resistance.

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