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Various topics related to sustainability in plastics, including bio-related, environmental issues, green, recycling, renewal, re-use and sustainability.
Bioplastics to eliminate environmental pollution from agricultural plastic waste
Evelia Schettini, Giuliano Vox, Luciana Sartore, February 2017

Biodegradable polymeric materials based on hydrolyzed proteins from leather waste can be used as biodegradable mulch spray-coatings in horticulture and as containers for seedlings.

Mechanical and crystal enhancements to polylactide with silver-nanoparticle filler
Shahir Karami, Saul Sanchez, Tomas Lozano-Ramirez, Ana B. Morales-Cepeda , Jesus Bautista-Del-Angel, Pierre Lafleur, January 2017

Processing poly(lactic acid) with low concentrations of silver using a twin-screw extruder leads to nanocomposites with enhanced crystallinity and improved mechanical properties.

SPE Sustainability Division 1st Quarter 2017 Newsletter
SPE Sustainability Division, January 2017

Read the latest issue of the SPE Sustainability Division newsletter.

My Career in Plastics
Terence J. Browitt, December 2016

I have been retired from active business in the Plastics Industry for 5 years and now feel that this is a good time to look back and assess my career, to see if my course of action can be of any help to anyone else in the Industry.

Depolymerization of terephthalic acid using hot compressed water
Ke Bei, Zhiyan Pan , Junliang Wang, December 2016

Investigations into the phase behavior, stability, and the mechanism for stability of terephthalic acid in hot compressed water may enable more effective recycling of polybutylene terephthalate.

Polytetrafluoroethylene as a suitable filler for poly(lactic acid) composites
Lih-Sheng Turng , Tom Ellingham, Hrishikesh Kharbas, Haoyang Mi, An Huang, Xiangfang Peng, December 2016

The mechanical, rheological, and foaming properties of melt-blended samples were investigated.

SPE Bioplastic and Renewable Technologies Division December 2016 Newsletter
SPE Bioplastic and Renewable Technologies Division, December 2016

Read the latest issue of the SPE Bioplastic and Renewable Technologies Division newsletter.

Effects of temperature on the relaxation behavior of poly(lactic acid)
Necmi Dusunceli , Aleksey D. Drozdov, Naseem Theilgaard, October 2016

A series of tensile loading-unloading and relaxation tests, under stretching and retraction cyclic deformation conditions, were conducted between room temperature and 50°C.

High-solid-loading ionic-liquid pretreatment of lignocellulosic particles for biocomposites
Hazizan M. Akil, Suzana Yusup, Muhammad Moniruzzaman , Hamayoun Mahmood, October 2016

A novel and environmentally friendly pretreatment approach is used for the production of cellulose-rich fibers as reinforcements for thermoplastic-starch-based bioplastics.

Effect of molding conditions on properties of injection-molded polylactic acid parts
Roberto Pantani, Valentina Volpe, Felice De Santis, September 2016

A post-molding stage, in which samples are kept at 105°C, is used to produce semi-crystalline samples in much shorter times than through standard injection into a hot mold.

Recycling paper waste sludge in water-blown rigid polyurethane foams
Aiga Ivdre, Mikelis Kirpluks, Giedrius Balciunas, Sigitas Vejelis, Agne Kairyte , Ugis Cabulis, September 2016

Thermal conductivity and mechanical strength measurements indicate that paper waste sludge particles can be used effectively as fillers in eco-polyol-based foams.

Reinforcing thermoplastic starch composites with cellulose nanofibers
Anupama Sharma , Sheetal Monga, Anuradha Rani, Monica Prabhakar, September 2016

Cellulose from sugarcane bagasse can be used to improve the mechanical and barrier properties of bionanocomposites.

Interfacial nanoreinforcement improves bamboo fiber/polymer composites
Mathieu Robert , Florent Gauvin, September 2016

A fully biobased composite material, composed of bamboo fibers and a nanoparticle-reinforced bio-epoxy matrix, exhibits improved mechanical properties.

High-performance polylactide biocomposites reinforced with cellulose nanofibers
Marie-Claude Heuzey, Pierre J. Carreau, Davood Bagheriasl, Fatemeh Safdari , Musa R. Kamal, August 2016

Rheological, optical, mechanical, and thermomechanical investigation of the properties of cellulose-nanofiber-reinforced polylactide demonstrates the solution method for achieving good fiber dispersion.

Polylactic acid biocomposite filaments with improved mechanical properties
Caroline A. Murphy, Maurice N. Collins, August 2016

Fully biodegradable polylactic acid/microcrystalline cellulose composites, with surface-modified reinforcing cellulose, are suitable for 3D printing applications.

Biodegradable biocomposites with antimicrobial properties for food packaging
Stephen W. Bigger, Intan S. M. A. Tawakkal, Marlene J. Cran, June 2016

A novel ternary composite comprising a biopolymer, natural fibers, and an essential oil extract is a promising active material for extending the shelf-life of food products.

Frictional heating of extruded polymer melts
Hector S. Zamora-Lopez, Benjami-n M. Mari-n-Santibanez, Jose Perez-Gonzalez, June 2016

Rheo-particle image velocimetry and thermal imaging results show that frictional and viscous heating act synergistically to produce significant temperature increases when a melt is extruded under slip conditions.

Biocompatible reinforcement of poly(lactic acid) with graphene nanoplatelets
Carolina Goncalves, Artur Pinto , Joaquim Moreira, Ines Goncalves, Fernao Magalhaes, Ana Machado, June 2016

Improved mechanical properties of composites produced by melt blending is achieved at low filler loadings.

Fabrication of self-reinforced cellulose composites
Supachok Tanpichai, May 2016

Cellulose fibers from agricultural waste are used to prepare composites with improved mechanical properties.

De-inking paper sludge as a potential reinforcement for recycled plastics
M. Makhlouf, A. Elleuchi, Ahmed Elloumi , Ch. Bradai, May 2016

The addition of de-inking paper sludge into recycled high-density polyethylene composites improves their tensile strength and stiffness, but is detrimental to their ductility and toughness.

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