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Various topics related to sustainability in plastics, including bio-related, environmental issues, green, recycling, renewal, re-use and sustainability.
B. Varkey, Y. Huang, D.A. Wasylyshyn, May 2012
The Non-Conductive Vacuum Metallization (NCVM) process has become a mainstream metallization technology to achieve metallic like appearances on the surfaces of plastics used in wireless electronic devices while maintaining radio frequency (RF) functionality of the internal antennas. The impact on device performance and reliability of NCVM coatings has been discussed based on the most common failure modes and industrial testing standards. This paper discusses the effects of environmental conditions as well as construction variation of NCVM systems as they relate to various customer- impacting failure modes such as discoloration/corrosion, delamination and RF interference.
Improved properties of hybrid epoxy nanocomposites
Hatem Alamri, It-Meng (Jim) Low, May 2012
Using both halloysite and recycled cellulose fibers as fillers in epoxy composites enhances their thermal stability, mechanical, and fracture properties.
Toward better bone repair
Guoyuan Li, Yingjun Wang, Sa Liu, Jiangliang Wu, Li Ren, Jinyan Liu, Jin Yan Liu , Qiang Wei, May 2012
Calcium sulfate particle and whisker composites with polycaprolactone have improved mechanical properties compared with the pure polymer.
Polyamide 6-wheat straw composites: degradation kinetics
Leonardo C. Simon, Yasaman Amintowlieh , Amirpouyan Sardashti, August 2012
The degradation kinetics of wheat straw fillers and their polyamide 6 composites, an environmentally friendly alternative to polyamide 6, are analyzed for use in the manufacture of industrial parts.
Stronger eco-film for food packaging and medicine
Kaojin Wang, Ru Zhang, Qian Li, Yaming Wang , Changyu Shen, August 2012
Exfoliating a copolymer poly(hydroxyalkanoate) with an organoclay increases its tensile modulus.
Carbon nanotube/polymer composite preparation with improved mechanical properties
Donald Baird, Chen Chen, August 2012
A supercritical carbon dioxide green technique was used to disperse entangled carbon nanotubes and led to improved mechanical properties in a carbon nanotube/polymer composite.
Antioxidant effects of natural compounds on green composite materials
Eduardo Fages, Rafael Balart, Teodomiro Boronat, Jose Manuel Espana Giner , Rosana Moriana, August 2012
Naturally-occurring antioxidant compounds can improve the thermal resistance of a bio-composite, increasing the degradation temperature of the material by as much as 130%.
Super-tough poly(lactic acid) blends
Yulin Feng, Wei Jiang, Guiyan Zhao, September 2012
Using poly(ethylene octene) grafted with glycidyl methacrylate to modify poly(lactic acid) by reactive blending improves reactive compatibilization and achieves high impact strength.
Chitosan scaffolds for tissue engineering: relationship of structure and properties
Carmina Gartner, October 2012
Chitosan, a widely used biopolymer, exhibits a close relationship between its structure and properties in solution and in the solid state.
Synthesis and properties of acrylate hydrogels as stimuli-responsive materials
Nermin Orakdogen, November 2012
Intelligent materials prepared from poly(N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) and its copolymers have attracted much interest for their thermal and pH-stimuli response.
Key factors affecting processing of natural fiber composites
Exequiel Rodriguez , Gaston Francucci, Edu Ruiz, Analia Vazquez, December 2012
Processing variables must be considered when replacing synthetic with natural fibers in polymer matrix composites.
Green polylactide blends for durable applications
Yeh Wang , Shu-M. Chiao, January 2013
Modifying polylactide/polycarbonate blends with a poly(butylene succinate-co-L-lactate) compatibilizer improves interfacial adhesion, to achieve high impact strength and heat resistance.
Loosely-grafted and star-shaped polymethacrylates with epoxide groups
Dorota Neugebauer , Anna Mielanczyk, Paulina Maksym-Bebenek, February 2013
Reactive epoxide groups were incorporated into loosely-grafted or star-shaped copolymers synthesized from glycidyl methacrylate in atom transfer radical polymerization.
Understanding textile fractures
Toan Vu-Khanh, Phuong Nguyen-Tri, Ennouri Triki, March 2013
The ability of fabrics to withstand tears can be easily predicted and understood in terms of their yarn and thickness.
PLA Material Processing The Energy-Saving Packaging Solution
William B. Goldfarb, March 2013
PLA Processors: Save 10’s of $ 1,000’s/Year in energy costs; Incur no more capital equipment costs than running PET (May actually be less depending on fuel type); Receive the inherent benefits of PLA: Renewable resource ▪ Compost-ability ▪ Recyclability; Are Pioneers !! Handling characteristics developed over historical experience with PLA manufacturer and processors
Biobased Engineering Polymers Overview of Commercial Technology for Automotive
Rick Bell, March 2013
RENEWABLY SOURCED and BIO-BASED define the same thing. It refers to a material that contains carbon originating from a renewable plant source. DuPont™ Renewably Sourced™ materials contain a minimum of 20% renewably sourced ingredients by weight. RENEWABLY SOURCED can include BIODEGRADABLE products that can be broken down by living organisms like bacteria. It also includes durable goods that are designed for long life. Products discussed in this presentation are for high performance durable good type applications.
Trends in Biobased Chemicals
Patrick B. Smith , March 2013
Petrochemical Industry Context: Biobased Feedstocks • Biobased Chemicals Commercial Activities • Case Studies of Commercial Ventures • Conclusions/Forecasts
Packaging Design for Sustainability: Solutionism in Context
Erica Ocampo, March 2013
Context is the interrelated conditions in which something exists or occurs : environment, setting
Bio-waste composites: A comparative study of polypropylene compounds reinforced with waste agricultural residue
Tanmay Pathak, Jason Hamilton &, James Preston, March 2013
Importance of natural fiber composites (E3): Environmental friendly ¤ Energy reduction ¤ Economically viable; Classification of Natural Fibers; RheVision®: Agro Waste Bio Composites (Proprietary Line at RheTech Inc.): Goal : To develop a finished commercial product base utilizing agro waste natural fibers.; Materials, Methods, Testing and Results; Conclusions
Susceptibility of plastified starch to biodegradation
Krzysztof Bajer, April 2013
Potato starch plastified with glycerol using a twin-screw extruder under different conditions can vary the susceptibility of the plastic to micro-organisms.

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