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Microwave absorption of carbon nanotube/photopolymer composites

Houmin Li, Yuanyuan Zhang, Kaiqiang Zhu, Xixi Feng, and Hou-Jun Sun
A novel additive manufacturing approach can be used to fabricate samples in any shape and is a promising methodology for the design of microwave-absorbing material structures.

Recent Articles

Multiwalled carbon nanotubes for microwave heating of polymers

Begoña Galindo, Adolfo Benedito, and Enrique Giménez
20 July 2016
Efficient heating is achieved by optimizing the dispersion of microwave susceptor additives within a polypropylene matrix.

Shear viscosity of fast-reacting aqueous polymer solutions

Magnus Tewes and Urs Alexander Peuker
18 July 2016
A power-law function is used in a simple empirical approach to describe the shear viscosity of acrylic acid in water during polymerization.

Numerical simulation and experimental validation of the dip-coating process

Xian-Ming Zhang, Meng-Meng Chen, Jian-Ping Ma, Wen-Xing Chen, and Lian-Fang Feng
15 July 2016
A comprehensive investigation involved the direct measurement of the thickness, free surface, and flow field of non-Newtonian fluids and polyacrylic acid solutions.

Improving the performance of proton exchange membrane fuel cells

Letícia Guerreiro da Trindade and Márcia Regina Becker
12 July 2016
Incorporation of an ionic liquid into sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) polymer membranes increases their thermal stability and power density.

Effect of viscosity and processing parameters on the electrical conductivity of blends

Kejing Yu, Aboutaleb Ameli, Yasamin Kazemi, Sai Wang, and Chul B. Park
8 July 2016
An investigation into polypropylene/polystyrene blends shows thermodynamic factors to be more influential than kinetic ones in selectively localizing carbon nanotubes.

Highly effective flame-retardant system for unsaturated polyester resin

Xingxing Shi, Saihua Jiang, and Xiangfang Peng
7 July 2016
In a novel approach, ammonium polyphosphate and aluminum hypophosphite are incorporated into unsaturated polyester composites to enhance their flame retardancy.

Investigating resonance in carbon-nanotube-reinforced composites

Rasool Moradi-Dastjerdi, Gholamhassan Payganeh, and Mehdi Tajdari
27 June 2016
The waviness of single-walled carbon nanotubes has a significant effect on the vibrational characteristics of functionally graded axisymmetric cylinders.

High-molecular-weight polyvinylidene difluoride binder for high-capacity cathodes

Maurizio Biso, Md-Jamal Uddin, and Sung-Jin Cho
24 June 2016
Slurries prepared with optimized binders exhibit good rheological characteristics and are a cost-effective option for lithium-ion battery applications.

Biodegradable biocomposites with antimicrobial properties for food packaging

Intan S. M. A. Tawakkal, Marlene J. Cran, and Stephen W. Bigger
22 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.

Improved surface hydrophilicity of polyvinylidene fluoride ultrafiltration membranes

Gui-E Chen, Sun-Jie Xu, Wei-Wei Zhu, Qiong Wu, Wei-Guang Sun, and Zhen-Liang Xu
20 June 2016
A novel modification approach involves blending with polyvinyl alcohol and carboxylated multiwalled carbon nanotubes.