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

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

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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.

Enhancing the mechanical characteristics of thermoplastic vulcanizates

Mohammad Milad Abdollahi and Ahmad Reza Shafieizadegan-Esfahani
17 June 2016
Novel processing methods are tested to improve the tensile properties of ethylene propylene diene monomer/polypropylene composites.

Braided composite rebar as an alternative to steel

Marcus A. Ivey, Jason P. Carey, and Cagri Ayranci
16 June 2016
Combining braiding and pultrusion into a single manufacturing process enables the production of hybrid-composite rebar with adaptable geometric and mechanical properties.

Frictional heating of extruded polymer melts

José Pérez-González, Héctor S. Zamora-López, and Benjamí-n M. Marí-n-Santibáñez
8 June 2016
Rheo-particle image velocimetry and thermal imaging results show that frictional and viscous heating act synergistically to produce significant temperature increases when a melt is extruded under slip conditions.

Biocompatible reinforcement of poly(lactic acid) with graphene nanoplatelets

Carolina Gonçalves, Artur Pinto, Joaquim Moreira, Inês Gonçalves, Fernão Magalhães, and Ana Machado
6 June 2016
Improved mechanical properties of composites produced by melt blending is achieved at low filler loadings.

Fabrication of self-reinforced cellulose composites

Supachok Tanpichai
31 May 2016
Cellulose fibers from agricultural waste are used to prepare composites with improved mechanical properties.

Improved electrical and optical properties of a poly(methyl methacrylate) nanocomposite

P. Maji, R. B. Choudhary, and M. Majhi
27 May 2016
An in situ polymerization technique is used to reinforce the polymer matrix with γ-methacryloyloxy propyl trimethoxy silane-treated titanium dioxide nanoparticles.

Low-velocity impact response of nanotube-reinforced composite cylindrical shells

Mohammad R. Bayat, M. Mosavi Mashhadi, and Omid Rahmani
23 May 2016
A two-step perturbation method is used to study the nonlinear behavior of functionally graded carbon-nanotube-reinforced composite cylindrical shells with different filler distributions.

De-inking paper sludge as a potential reinforcement for recycled plastics

Ahmed Elloumi, M. Makhlouf, A. Elleuchi, and Ch. Bradai
20 May 2016
The addition of de-inking paper sludge into recycled high-density polyethylene composites improves their tensile strength and stiffness, but is detrimental to their ductility and toughness.