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Processing effects on piezoelectric films
Films of poly(vinylidene fluoride) copolymerized with trifluoroethylene made by spin coating have similar properties but a broader, less intense Curie peak at higher temperature than solvent-cast films.
Biocomposites based on poly(lactic acid) and hydrotalcite
The benefit of adding a filler may be outweighed by matrix degradation.
Eliminating separation during powder injection molding
A combination of scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray analysis, and a mathematical approach quantify the extent of separation of highly filled polymer melts.
Cure kinetics of organoclay-unsaturated polyester resin nanocomposites
The choice of clay affects homogeneity, curing behavior, and optimal curing conditions.
Tough polyamide 6/core-shell blends by reactive extrusion
Continuous in situ anionic polymerization of e-caprolactam in a twin screw extruder produces tough polyamide 6 blends incorporating dispersed domains with a core-shell structure.
Thermal degradation of polyamide 6 with melamine and boron-based additives
The thermal degradation characteristics of polyamide 6 containing melamine and boron-based compounds was systematically investigated with direct pyrolysis mass spectrometry.
Improving the performance of monomer-cast nylon 6
Using liquid paraffin and dimethyl silicone fluid as modifiers in monomer-cast nylon 6 leads to improved tribological and mechanical properties.
Graft polymers for separation of heavy metals
Polystyrene-graft-ethyl methacrylate copolymer can be used to remove zinc, copper, and cobalt ions from samples.
Polyamide 6/polycarbonate blends compatibilized in situ
Toughened blends of two immiscible polymers were obtained by adding unmodified and maleated poly[styrene-b-(ethylene-co-butylene)-b-styrene] triblock copolymer to achieve a core-shell morphology.
Characterization of kaolin-filled polymer composites
Addition of a treated kaolin filler improves the mechanical and electrical properties of polymer composites produced from unsaturated polyester derived from polyethylene terephthalate waste.
Rheology and crystallization of polyethylene/organoclay nanocomposite films
Elongational flow in polyethylene/organoclay nanocomposites breaks their 3D network and aligns clay platelets, subsequently affecting the composite's non-isothermal crystallization and melt behavior.
Fabrication of self-reinforced polycarbonate films
Uniaxial stretching with appropriate choices of stretching ratio, stretching rate, and temperature improves the strength, stiffness, and optical properties of amorphous polycarbonate film.
Hybrid reinforcement of silicone rubber
Filling with montmorillonite clay and precipitated silica significantly improves mechanical properties.
Controlling diameter of fibers for antibacterial dressings
Incorporating larger zinc oxide nanoparticles results in finer electrospun fibers of poly(vinyl alcohol).
Rheological investigation of the elasticity of polymeric systems
Shear rheological analysis has led to a new insight into the relationship between the first normal stress difference, the dispersion of filler material, and the applied shear stress on polymer nanocomposites.
A novel dielectric sensor
Composites of polyaniline with ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer combine tensile strength and a high dielectric response.
Breathable polyethylene/sepiolite nanocomposite films
Polyethylene/sepiolite nanocomposite films provide a new material with high elongation at break and transparency, increased Young's modulus and strength, and higher gas permeability.
Experimental investigation of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene fracture
A new loading device was developed to determine the mixed-mode critical stress intensity factors of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene.
Preparing micro/nanocellular open-pore polypropylene foam
A sorbitol-based additive acts as an excellent crystal and bubble nucleating agent during core-back foam injection molding.
Replacing platinum in a dye-sensitized solar cell
Polyaniline nanocomposite synthesized with alkyd has good adhesion to fluoride-doped tin oxide and could be used as a low-cost counter electrode for photovoltaics.
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