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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.

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.

Biodegradation properties of poly(butylene succinate) and chitosan nanocomposites

Vikas Mittal, Fakhruddin Patwary, and Nadejda Matsko
25 April 2016
Soil burial tests, conducted under natural conditions, were used to investigate the biodegradability of bio-nanocomposites containing silica, silicate, and graphene reinforcements.

Highly flame retardant green composites using seashells

Hesham Moustafa, Nabila A. Darwish, Sophie Duquesne, and Ahmed M. Youssef
31 March 2016
Using ground seashell as a biofiller in an acrylonitrile butadiene styrene copolymer increases flame retardance.

Enhancing the dimensional stability and durability of wood polymer composites

Kaili Wang, Youming Dong, Yutao Yan, Shifeng Zhang, and Jianzhang Li
24 March 2016
Grafting polystyrene onto wood cell walls improves the interfacial compatibility between polymer and wood, and thus gives rise to better mechanical and hydrophobic properties.

Improved properties of thermoplastic polyurethane bio-composites

Umit Tayfun, Erdal Bayramli, and Mehmet Dogan
26 February 2016
An isocyanate surface treatment of flax fibers produces improved interfacial interactions of the fibers with the polymer matrix, and thus stronger eco-composites.

Fabrication of poly(lactic acid) composites with improved tensile strength

Widsanusan Chartarrayawadee
24 February 2016
Functionalizing graphene oxide with steric acid increases its compatibility with poly(lactic acid), leading to improved tensile strength composites.

Enhancing the processability and performance of polylactic acid resins

Emilia Garofalo, Paola Scarfato, Luciano Di Maio, and Loredana Incarnato
2 February 2016
An in-depth study of polylactide nanocomposite molecular characteristics demonstrates that selecting appropriate organoclays for each polylactide grade is a key issue.

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