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Mechanical performance of hybrid nanocomposites obtained by reactive blending
Modification of polypropylene by grafting with polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes cage molecules enhances oxidation resistance, and does not markedly affect its mechanical properties except for ultimate elongation.
Multifunctional nanocomposites for environmental remediation
Polyaniline-magnetite nanocomposites can efficiently remove Cr(VI) from polluted water, be retrieved easily with a magnet, be regenerated with acid, and be reused for further Cr(VI) removal.
Improving the wear resistance of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene
Polymer composites embedded with silane-treated zinc oxide particles show improved wear resistance and antibacterial performance.
Epoxy/clay nanocomposites: preparation and performance improvement
High-shear, high-temperature pre-mixing followed by controlled curing at elevated temperature better disperses and intercalates organoclays in epoxy nanocomposites, improving their mechanical performance.
Side chain crystallinity enhances polymeric lubricant additives
Increasing the proportion of long-chain alkyl methacrylates in a copolymer from 4 to 7 mol% lowers the pour point of its mineral oil solutions from Ã¢Ë†â€™9°C to below Ã¢Ë†â€™30°C.
Improved blown film extrusion of biopolymers
Poly(lactic acid) optimized with chain extenders, plasticizers, and nucleating agents forms stable and defect-free films with improved mechanical properties.
Efficient self-healing resins
Micro-encapsulated monomers and embedded solid catalysts produce high-performance composites that quickly repair themselves at temperatures as low as Ã¢Ë†â€™50Ã‚Â° C.
Developing bipolar plates for fuel cells
Conductive polymer composites suitable for constructing bipolar plates are prepared by injection and compression molding.
Electrospinning of highly porous biopolymer membranes
Modifying starch with poly(ethylene-alt maleic anhydride) achieves a 3D nanofiber mesh structure with suitable properties for tissue engineering.
A vane extruder for polymer processing
A novel, non-screw plasticizing processor known as the vane extruder could generate higher stress and dynamical elongational flow in polymers, using groups of vane plasticizing units.
Direction-dependent loss of toughness in deformed and aged polycarbonate
Work-toughened polycarbonate subjected to thermal aging shows a sudden 10-fold drop in energy dissipation capability that happens sooner at higher aging temperatures.
Microprobe investigation of molecularly imprinted polymers
A novel technique that measures tiny pores can improve physical selectivity in lock-and-key polymer applications.
How to fabricate porous artificial bone by injection molding
Careful choice of conditions forms hydroxyapatite/polyamide-66 polymer composites with a porous structure and mechanical properties similar to human spongy bone.
Modified wood fiber enhances reinforced unsaturated polyester composites
Applying a variety of surface treatment methods to wood fiber improves both the interfacial compatibility of fiber composite materials and mechanical properties such as flexural and tensile strength.
Enhancing the rheological and electrical properties of polymer nanocomposites
Incorporating carbon nanotubes into polymer nanocomposites increases their melt flow and decreases their electrical resistivity.
Field-emission properties of carbon nanotube-polyaniline composites
In situ polymerization leads to better dispersion of carbon nanotubes, enhancing field emission for displays and other devices.
Economical and environmentally friendly synthesis of porous cation-exchange resins
A method to synthesize strongly acidic cation-exchange resins from porous styrene-divinylbenzene copolymers can quickly monitor porosity and significantly reduce cost, health risks, and pollution.
Fully bio-based composites from gluten and seaweed waste fibers
Using natural fatty acids to treat the cellulose components of green composites reinforced with agro-waste fibers reduces their water uptake resulting in stable and environmentally friendly materials.
Applications and advantages of ß-crystalline polypropylene
A ß-nucleation additive makes it possible to obtain novel materials such as microporous films, as well as improve the properties and lower the cost of injection-molded and thermoformed parts.
Casting membranes for ionic polymer-metal composite actuators
Using additives in the casting process introduces characteristics to Nafion membranes that enable the fabrication of ionic polymer-metal composite actuators with high conductivity and output force.
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