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Silver nanoparticles for wound dressings: electrochemical synthesis inside Poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) hydrogel
Aleksandra Radosavljevic , Branislav Nikolic, Bojana Obradovic, Vesna Miskovic-Stankovic , Jasmina Stojkovska, Zeljka Jovanovic, Zorica Kacarevic-Popovic, November 2013
Electrochemically reducing silver ions in situ within a swollen hydrogel network produces a strong material that slowly releases antibacterial nanosilver.
Re-extrusion of wood polymer composites and its effects
Abbas Zolfaghari, Peyman Shahi, Amir Hossein Behravesh , Majid TabkhPaz, November 2013
Reprocessing wood polymer composites may improve their physical and mechanical properties.
Measuring the concentration of phthalate plasticizers in poly(vinyl chloride)
John F. O'Connell, Michael T. K. Ling, Vadim V. Krongauz, December 2013
A new gas chromatography method was used to analyze phthalate plasticizer concentration after poly(vinyl chloride) sample dissolution with consequent phthalate extraction and polymer precipitation.
Optimizing the dispersion of multifunctional nanofillers
Lawrence Drzal, Huang Wu, December 2013
Solid-state ball milling, a new solventless compounding method, simultaneously lowers the percolation threshold and achieves excellent mechanical properties in processed nanocomposites.
Injection-molded hybrid polymer composites with improved thermal isotropy
Samuel Kenig, Rina Cohen, Pablo Fabian Rios , Amir Shechter, December 2013
As next-generation materials, hybrid polymer composites synergistically combine the properties of traditional polymer composites and more recent polymer nanocomposites.
Radar absorbing composites reinforced with barium hexaferrite powder
Erdal Celik, Husnugul Yilmaz Atay, December 2013
Barium hexaferrite-reinforced composites demonstrate tunable electromagnetic properties suited to high-performance radar absorbing applications.
Fiber metal laminates
Pedro Cortes, December 2013
Layering metal alloys and fiber-reinforced thermoplastic-based composites creates a material with outstanding impact properties.
Effect of functionalized nanoparticles on properties of polymer nanocomposites
Baicun Zheng , Heng Lin, Hongling Yi, Juan Liu, Xiaohui Li, December 2013
Nanosilica and polytetrafluoroethylene particles functionalized with specific modifiers enhance the properties of polyamide 6 polymer matrices.
Water-assisted melt mixing and solid-state polymerization of PET/clay nanocomposites
Minh-Tan Ton-That, Musa R. Kamal, Tahereh Mousavand, Pierre J. Carreau , Maryam Dini, December 2013
Feeding steam into a twin-screw extruder during fabrication improves the microstructure of PET nanocomposites while subsequent solid-state polymerization enhances their mechanical properties.
Chitosan/titanium oxide composite: a photocatalyst and bacteriocide
Yuvaraj Haldorai, December 2013
A chitosan/titanium oxide composite exhibited high photocatalytic activity against harmful dyes as well as antibacterial properties, and it was easier to recover from the environment than titanium oxide alone.
Electrically conductive hybrid elastomeric nanocomposites
Moshe Narkis, Ran Y. Suckeveriene, Shiran Lupo, Guy Mechrez, Rosa Tchoudakov, Irena Brook, December 2013
A novel synthesis method uniformly disperses polyaniline and carbon nanotubes in an elastomeric matrix, resulting in a nanocomposite with tunable conductivity and enhanced mechanical properties.
Melting in starve-fed single screw extrusion
Adrian Lewandowski, Krzysztof J. Wilczynski, Andrzej Nastaj, Krzysztof Wilczynski, December 2013
A novel model describes the way in which thermoplastics melt by dissipative and conductive mechanisms, taking metering, melting, and solid conveying into account.
Chicken eggshell as a biofiller in polypropylene composites
Shashikant, Gurpreet Singh Kapur , Jatinder Singh Dhaliwal, January 2014
Chemically modified chicken eggshell acts as an effective biofiller that enhances the mechanical properties of polypropylene composites.
Toughening epoxy thermosetting polymer
Golnaz Samandari, Siamak Zavareh, January 2014
Adding small amounts of liquid polyethylene glycol to an epoxy matrix improves its impact strength and fracture resistance without significantly affecting its tensile properties.
Prestressed polymer composites have enhanced mechanical performance
Kevin Fancey, January 2014
Viscoelastic recovery improves the mechanical performance of polymer-fiber composite materials without needing to increase their weight or cross-section thickness.
Polyvinyl chloride/halloysite nanotube nanocomposites
Cong Liu, January 2014
Reinforcing polyvinyl chloride with halloysite nanotubes, a naturally occurring form of aluminosilicate mineral, produced a nanocomposite with improved mechanical properties and thermal stability.
Biobased and biodegradable polylactide composites with waste cotton fibers
Ewa Piorkowska, January 2014
Blending polylactide with other polymers, fibers, and fillers leads to novel materials with modified properties.
High-speed fabrication of thermoplastic carbon-fiber fabric composites
Jae R. Youn , Ye Ji Noh, Seong Yun Kim, January 2014
Thermoplastic carbon-fiber fabric composites can be made by low-viscosity and in-situ polymerizable cyclic butylene terephthalate oligomer resin within a few minutes.
Structure and properties of stoichiometrically balanced epoxy-amine thermosets
Monoj Pramanik , James Rawlins, January 2014
The network structures and properties of a thermosetting, stoichiometrically balanced epoxy-amine system depend on extent of reaction.
Effect of nanofiller type on degradation of polylactic acid
Michael Niaounakis, Panayiotis Georgiopoulos, Evagelia Kontou, January 2014
Polylactic acid nanocomposites with montmorillonite and silica nanofillers showed different thermomechanical property alterations over a six-month aging period.

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