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Technical Article Briefs
Acrylic acid-modified middle-deacetylated chitosan as a paraquat adsorber
An improved method of preparing a modified chitosan polymer results in better adsorption of the toxic herbicide paraquat in emergency medical treatments.
Differentiating structure and stability in high -performance thermoplastics
Melt rheology can probe the molecular-scale structure of several grades of commercially available polyaryletherketones.
Improving the thermal properties of organic-inorganic nanocomposites
Incorporating calcium carbonate and calcium sulfate nanoparticles into polyacrylamide raises the glass transition temperature.
Two-step model to maximize mechanical performance of extruded EPDM weather-strips
An integrated two-step numerical approach to the thermal and mechanical analysis of EPDM rubber weather-strips enables more accurate modeling of their properties.
New method to enhance heat dissipation in microelectronics
Modifying the surface of hexagonal boron nitride with a cold plasma process can enhance interfacial interaction and dramatically increase the thermal conductivity of composites.
Designing water -soluble polymers for enhanced oil recovery
Modifying polyacrylamides with hydrophobic co-monomers containing aryl and alkyl disubstituted acrylamide improves thickening properties and surface activity at the liquid-air interface.
Effects of processing parameters on melt compounding of nanocomposite masterbatches
A low-density polyethylene/organically modified clay nanocomposite is used to assess how processing setup, route, and conditions affect the structure and properties of the final hybrid.
Chitosan scaffolds for tissue engineering: relationship of structure and properties
Chitosan, a widely used biopolymer, exhibits a close relationship between its structure and properties in solution and in the solid state.
Kinetic degradation of hybrid polymer nanocomposites
The relationship between thermal stability and microstructure may be the key to understanding the changes in nanocomposites containing polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane.
Meta-aramid fibers with liquid crystalline properties form stronger composites
Using interfacial polymerization to modify the surface of meta-aramid fibers gives the fibers liquid crystalline properties and improves the interfacial adhesion strength in composites.
Thinner nanoparticles for stronger nanocomposites
Clay platelets with a high aspect ratio give superior reinforcement to low-density polyethylene polymers, compared to clays with lower aspect ratios, due to their higher surface area.
Building better plastics with supercritical carbon dioxide
Supercritical CO!sub!2!/sub! can aid the dispersal of nanoscale clay fragments during the synthesis of polymer nanocomposites, provided that it can be concentrated at the clay-compatibilizer interface.
Super-tough poly(lactic acid) blends
Using poly(ethylene octene) grafted with glycidyl methacrylate to modify poly(lactic acid) by reactive blending improves reactive compatibilization and achieves high impact strength.
Nanoparticle addition improves the foamability of polyprolylene
Suppression of cell coalescence and improved cell structure of polyolefin foams is achieved by nanofiller orientation induced by strong biaxial flows generated in situ.
Effects of natural fiber surface treatments on ethylene vinyl acetate composites
Fiber surface modification enhances the properties of ethylene vinyl acetate composites by creating a compatible interface with the polymer matrix.
Nucleation effects of clay enhanced by carbon dioxide
The creation of polypropylene/clay composites with desirable processing and mechanical properties may be possible through carbon-dioxide-enhanced crystallization control.
Effect of geometric variability on the elastic properties of composites
Variations in the internal geometry of woven composites affect their elastic properties only marginally, suggesting that other sources of deviation are introduced during manufacturing.
Mixing behavior influences free-radical polymerization in Taylor-Couette reactors
During continuous polymerization in Taylor-Couette reactors, the characteristics of the mixing strongly affect the monomer conversion and the polymer properties.
Improved performance of polypropylene/talc composites
Surface treatment of talc filler by superficial grafting of acetoxy groups improves the yield stress, elongation at break, and toughness of the composites.
Predicting orientation of long-fiber suspensions
Applying a novel continuum model of semi-flexible fibers demonstrates the potential for improved understanding of long glass fiber behavior in an injection-molded disk.
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