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Improving the miscibility of polymer blends with nanoclays

Farkhondeh Hemmati, Hamid Garmabi, and Hamid Modarress
Nanoclays are unique additives for polymer blends that not only reinforce them as nanofillers but also act as compatibilizers.

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Increasing dispersion in polypropylene/natural clay nanocomposites

Vikas V. Gite and Pyus D. Tatiya
29 September 2014
Using a compatibilizer in the presence of hyperbranched polyester enables simpler and more cost-effective melt compounding of polypropylene/natural montmorillonite nanocomposites.

Reclaiming ground tire rubber at low temperatures: benefits and limitations

Krzysztof Formela, Magdalena Formela, and Józef Haponiuk
25 September 2014
Lower extrusion temperatures during rubber reclamation lead to a reduction in toxic degradation products and improve the mechanical properties of vulcanizates, at the expense of reduced processability.

Flame retardancy of halogen-free composites prepared by rapid heat cycle molding

Weihua Wang
23 September 2014
Adding glass fibers to polycarbonate/acrylonitrile butadiene styrene composites aggravates combustion by a ‘candlewick’ effect.

New biodegradable composites for food packaging

Mara Cunha, José A. Covas, Loïc Hilliou, Marie-Alix Berthet, Ricardo Pereira, and António A. Vicente
15 September 2014
Beer spent grain fibers are a biodegradable waste resource that forms breathable thin films by conventional extrusion film blowing under processing conditions scalable to industrial production.

Foaming mechanism and control in microcellular injection molding

Guo-Qun Zhao, Gui-Long Wang, Lei Zhang, and Jia-Chang Wang
8 September 2014
The formation mechanism of inner and external bubble morphology, and of the solid skin in microcellular injection molding, is elucidated and verified for effective bubble morphology control.

Green technology for modification of poly(vinyl chloride)

Yelena Kann
5 September 2014
Biodegradable poly(hydroxybutyrate) copolymers plasticize, toughen, improve processing, and reduce UV discoloration.

Biopolyesters filled with date seed powder

Vikas Mittal and Nadejda Matsko
2 September 2014
Using date seed powder to reinforce the biodegradable polyesters poly-L-lactide and poly(butylene adipate-co-terephthalate) improves their properties.

Post-industrial waste nylon for automotive applications

David DuQuesnay, Ying Zhang, and Philip Bates
27 August 2014
Although slightly lower in tensile and fatigue strength, glass-fiber-reinforced waste nylon can be a viable substitute for reinforced prime nylon in cyclically loaded under-hood automotive applications.

Enhancing properties and value of recycled plastics

Ramazan Asmatulu
25 August 2014
Adding graphene nanoflakes to recycled high-density polyethylene drastically improves its performance.

Bioplasticized poly(vinyl chloride)

Bharat Chaudhary
20 August 2014
Treatment with epoxidized soybean oil and bis(2-ethylhexyl) succinate for wire and cable applications softens the polymer but preserves tensile elongation properties after heat aging.