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Electrically conductive nanocomposite

Abouelkacem Qaiss and Rachid Bouhfid
Adding graphene nanosheets to polymer blend polyamide 6/acrylonitrile butadiene styrene blends leads to electrically conductive nanocomposite materials at smaller threshold percolation.

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Green composites based on poly(butylene) succinate

Dimitrios Bikiaris and Zoi Terzopoulou
17 November 2014
Reinforcing poly(butylene succinate) with hemp fibers and shives enhances the biodegradation rate.

Modifying poly(ethylene terephthalate) for low-density foams

Ling Zhao, Tian Xia, Zhenhao Xi, Tao Liu, Xun Pan, and Chaoyang Fan
14 November 2014
Reactive extrusion with pyromellitic dianhydride and controlled foaming of the melt with supercritical carbion dioxide produce high-melt-strength poly(ethylene terephthalate) foam.

Immobilizing polymer chains in chlorobutyl rubber nanocomposites

Saritha Appukuttan and Kuruvilla Joseph
11 November 2014
The varying organic modification, lattice spacing, and concentration of added nanoclays have a profound effect on the constrained polymer volume in chlorobutyl rubber nanocomposites.

Choice of extrusion screw for recycling glass-fiber-reinforced liquid crystal polymer

Shuidong Zhang
7 November 2014
A smaller extrusion screw produces a recycled product with adequate mechanical and thermal properties for reuse in electronic and electrical applications.

Microstructure and rheology of high-melt-strength poly-(propylene) impact copolymer

Harshawardhan Pol, Kalyani Chikhalikar, Anushree Deshpande, Deepa Dhoble, Saroj Jha, Ashish Lele, Kishor Jadhav, Sunil Mahajan, Zubair Ahmad, Surendra Kulkarni, and Surendra Gupta
5 November 2014
Separating a linear and a long chain branched impact polypropylene copolymer (ICP) into their subcomponent phases reveals the long chain branching and microgel content of each phase.

Simple, efficient preparation of high-performance natural rubber composites

Claudia Kummerlöwe, Norbert Vennemann, Yeampon Nakaramontri, and Charoen Nakason
3 November 2014
In situ functionalization of carbon nanotubes gives composites with a very low electrical percolation threshold and excellent properties.

Controlled branching in propylene polymerization

Kishalay Mitra, Anitha Mogilicharla, and Saptarshi Majumdar
30 October 2014
A validated mechanistic kinetic model for a long-chain branched polypropylene system is proposed and optimized for controlled branching for the first time.

High-voltage insulation with enhanced delamination resistance

Sandra Schlögl and Dietmar Lenko
20 October 2014
Flexible laminates based on silicone rubber promote high delamination resistance in stator bar insulation, offering a promising approach for the manufacture of high-voltage generators with extended lifetimes.

Upcycling leather waste

Renivaldo José dos Santos, Flávio Camargo Cabrera, Deuber Lincon da Silva Agostini, Eduardo Roque Budemberg, and Aldo Eloizo Job
10 October 2014
Incorporating contaminated leather waste into natural rubber improves the rubber's mechanical properties and avoids improper disposal of toxins.

High-shear-rate capillary rheology of polymer melts

An-Fu Chen, Han-Xiong Huang, and Wei-Sheng Guan
7 October 2014
Investigation into the high-shear-rate rheology of polystyrene, polypropylene, and linear low-density polyethylene melts yields their true viscosities and sheds light on their rheological behavior.