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Various topics related to sustainability in plastics, including bio-related, environmental issues, green, recycling, renewal, re-use and sustainability.
Natural-fiber reinforced plastics for high-temperature uses
Prakash Hadimani, Padmanabhan B. Raman, Robert Roden, Sambhu Bhadra, Babu Padmanabhan, May 2015
Jute-filled polypropylene composites with a heat deflection temperature above150°C and improved mechanical and flow properties were developed on a high-performance co-rotating twin-screw compounder.
Water uptake and its effect on biocomposites
Papa-Birame Gning, Vincent Francois, Karim Bensalem, Lotfi Toubal, Jean-Christophe Cuilliere, May 2015
A non-Fickian model of moisture diffusion in a hemp/polypropylene composite allows better prediction of moisture uptake and its related effect on mechanical properties.
Investigating agricultural waste-reinforced polyurethane elastomer green composites
Mehmet Dogan, Erdal Bayramli , Umit Tayfun, June 2015
Enhancing interfacial interactions between natural filler and polymer matrix by modifying the surface of rice straw results in stronger thermoplastic polyurethane-based eco-composites.
Functionally graded porous membranes for effective sound absorption
Noureddine Atalla, Chul B. Park, Hani E. Naguib, Shahrzad Ghaffari Mosanenzadeh, July 2015
Tailoring the microstructure of biobased open-cell porous materials could enable the development of innovative, eco-friendly thermoplastic packages for acoustic applications.
Investigating the crystallization behavior of poly(lactic acid) materials
Wei Li, Zhong-Yong Fan, August 2015
The poly(L-lactide)-to-poly(D-lactide) block length ratio of star-shaped asymmetric stereoblock copolymers is a key control on the crystallization of stereocomplex crystallites.
Reducing the water uptake of environmentally friendly polypropylene composites
Rafael Balart , David Garcia-Sanoguera, Maria Dolores Samper, Alfredo Carbonell, Daniel Garcia-Garcia, September 2015
Spent coffee ground particles are treated with a fatty acid derivative in a novel hydrophobic method that improves particle dispersion and impact properties.
Enhancing the properties of low-density polyethylene composites
Thollwana Makhetha, Rantooa Moji, Mokgaotsa Mochane, Teboho Mokhena, Thabang Mokhothu, Tshwafo Motaung, Setumo Motloung, September 2015
Mechanical treatment, with the use of a Supermasscolloider, of sugar cane bagasse significantly improves the mechanical and thermal characteristics of composites made with this material.
SPE Bioplastic and Renewable Technologies Division December 2015 Newsletter
SPE Bioplastic and Renewable Technologies Division, December 2015
Read the latest issue of the SPE Bioplastic and Renewable Technologies Division newsletter.
Investigating the geometrical shape of cellulose nanocrystals
Qiang Wu, Yanjun Li, Siqun Wang, Timothy M. Young, Yujie Meng, Biao Huang, January 2016
The 3D morphology of nanoparticles prepared from switchgrass is quantitatively and statistically characterized.
Effects of surface modification on physical properties of bio-composites
Sanjay K. Nayak, Mohini Sain, Rajkumar Subbiah , Jimi Tjong, January 2016
Treated sisal fiber-based materials exhibit permeability, resin flow direction, and tensile strength changes compared with untreated samples.
Optimizing the flame retardant content of natural fiber thermoplastic composites
Leif Steuernagel, Dieter Meiners, Gerhard Ziegmann, Ahmed El-Sabbagh , Oliver Toepfer, January 2016
Aluminum trihydroxide can be used with compounded flax and polypropylene to increase flame retardance behavior, but without reducing mechanical properties.
Reinforced polylactic acid for use in high-strength biodegradable medical implants
Declan Devine , Sean Lyons, John Killion, Clement Higginbotham, Luke Geever, Yuanyuan Chen, January 2016
Melt compounding of polylactic acid and halloysite nanotubes produces a novel composite with good mechanical properties.
SPE Bioplastic and Renewable Technologies Division February 2016 Newsletter
SPE Bioplastic and Renewable Technologies Division, February 2016
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Enhancing the processability and performance of polylactic acid resins
Emilia Garofalo , Loredana Incarnato, Luciano Di Maio, Paola Scarfato, February 2016
An in-depth study of polylactide nanocomposite molecular characteristics demonstrates that selecting appropriate organoclays for each polylactide grade is a key issue.
Fracture behavior of high-density polyethylene composites
Sabrina Spatari, Sukjoon Na, Yick G. Hsuan, February 2016
The essential work of fracture concept was used to study the effect of nanoclay on the plain-strain fracturing of pristine and recycled blends.
Fabrication of poly(lactic acid) composites with improved tensile strength
Widsanusan Chartarrayawadee, February 2016
Functionalizing graphene oxide with steric acid increases its compatibility with poly(lactic acid), leading to improved tensile strength composites.
Improved properties of thermoplastic polyurethane bio-composites
Umit Tayfun , Erdal Bayramli, Mehmet Dogan, February 2016
An isocyanate surface treatment of flax fibers produces improved interfacial interactions of the fibers with the polymer matrix, and thus stronger eco-composites.
Improved structural properties of polyhydroxybutyrate composites
Vimal Katiyar , Amit Kumar, Umesh Bhardwaj, Prodyut Dhar, February 2016
Cellulose nanocrystals are used to fabricate novel biodegradable nanocomposites that exhibit reduced oxygen permeability, as well as improved tensile and rheological characteristics.
Enhancing the dimensional stability and durability of wood polymer composites
Jianzhang Li, Shifeng Zhang , Yutao Yan, Kaili Wang, Youming Dong, March 2016
Grafting polystyrene onto wood cell walls improves the interfacial compatibility between polymer and wood, and thus gives rise to better mechanical and hydrophobic properties.
Highly flame retardant green composites using seashells
Sophie Duquesne, Nabila A. Darwish, Hesham Moustafa , Ahmed M. Youssef, March 2016
Using ground seashell as a biofiller in an acrylonitrile butadiene styrene copolymer increases flame retardance.

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