Bioplastics


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High-modulus biocomposites based on short wood fibers and acrylic resin

Emmanuel Akpan, Bernd Wetzel, and Klaus Friedrich
9 January 2018
Replacing natural fiber mats with short wood fibers in acrylic resin biocomposites reduces the associated production cost and cycle time.

Enhancing the processability of plastics using carbon dioxide and water

Silas Owusu-Nkwantabisah, Alan J. Lesser, and Claudia Staudt
27 November 2017
The synergy obtained by combining supercritical carbon dioxide and superheated water enables polyethersulfone to be processed at significantly lower temperatures than in conventional processes.

Real-time viscosity monitoring during graft copolymerization of gelatinized starch

Judy R. Witono, Inge-Willem Noordergraaf, Erik Heeres, and Leon P. B. M. Janssen
17 October 2017
A combined stirrer–torque meter provides a novel and effective way to obtain continuous, in-line measurements of reaction mixtures.

Agricultural waste can replace wood in plastic composites

Israel Kellersztein and Ana Dotan
10 October 2017
Waste wheat straw can be treated for use as an environmentally sustainable reinforcement in composite materials, with performance equal or better than wood-polymer composites.

Industrial-scale preparation of nanocellulose-reinforced biocomposites

Pejman Heidarian, Tayebeh Behzad, Keikhosro Karimi, and Mohini Sain
22 August 2017
A novel method is used to fabricate recycled polylactic acid/cellulose nanofiber composites and to improve the overall properties of the biofilms.

Fabricating nature-inspired self-healing polymers

Alfonso Martone, Stefania Dello Iacono, Antonello Pastore, and Eugenio Amendola
25 July 2017
A thermo-reversible self-healing epoxy resin based on Diels-Alder chemistry is synthesized and strength-tested as part of a fiber-reinforced composite material.

Novel bionanocomposite systems for packaging applications

Sarat Kumar Swain, Gyanaranjan Sahoo, Niladri Sarkar, and Fanismita Mohanty
12 July 2017
Incorporating silicon carbide and calcium carbonate nanofillers into soy protein and starch, respectively, improves the thermal, mechanical, and chemical-resistance properties of the samples.

A novel high-performance biobased polyamide

Fredrick Nzioka Mutua, Tingting Yang, Yuanbo Gao, and Yong He
13 June 2017
Poly(pentamethylene oxamide) exhibits excellent mechanical, thermal, and water absorption properties, and is suitable for the fabrication of plastics, as well as parts in the automobile and electronics industries.

Improved filler–matrix interfaces in environmentally friendly polymeric composites

Marco Valente and Alessia Quitadamo
9 June 2017
Wood-plastic composites can be optimized with the addition of waste paper fibers, coupling agents, and bioderived polymers.

Developing greener composites from cellulose nanocrystals and biopolyurethane

Verónica Mucci, Juan Manuel Buffa, Pablo Marcelo Stefani, Mirta Inés Aranguren, Aiga Ivdre, and Ugis Cabulis
2 June 2017
Environmentally friendly nanocomposite materials from bio-based polyurethane and cellulose nanocrystals show significantly improved mechanical properties with only 1 nanocrystal filler.