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Using bis-oxalamides to reduce the haze of linear low-density polyethylene

Lin Wang, Nestor Santos Jr., Kyle Hart, Richard Keaton, Andrew Banks, Ye Huang, Yiyong He, Ellen Keene, and Martin Hill
29 May 2017
The haze of a commercially available resin can be reduced by up to 50 by incorporating novel clarification agents.

Analyzing the radiopacity of dental composite restoratives

Dimitrios Dionysopoulos, Kosmas Tolidis, Paris Gerasimou, and Christos Papadopoulos
24 May 2017
The radiopacity of modern dental restorative materials depends critically on the filler compositions.

Accelerating the degradation of polyethylene composite mulches

Ying Luo, Xianming Dong, and Chaoqun Zhang
19 May 2017
Films containing poly(methyl methacrylate)-modified titanium dioxide nanoparticles exhibit enhanced photocatalytic oxidation and biodegradation.

Improving the mechanical properties of fatty acid starch esters

Henky Muljana, Asaf Sugih, Hero Jan Heeres, and Francesco Picchioni
5 May 2017
The novel use of sago starch and vinyl laurate in densified carbon dioxide increases the reactivity of esterification and produces final products that have higher degrees of substitution.

Improving flame retardancy of epoxy resins

Loris Giorgini, Tiziana Benelli, Mauro Comes Franchini, and Laura Mazzocchetti
3 May 2017
New nitrogen-rich bentonite organoclays are used to improve the behavior of traditionally flammable materials, such as epoxy resins in carbon fiber-reinforced polymers.

Toughening polyoxymethylene by polyolefin elastomer and compatibilizer

Wenqing Yang, Xuan-Lun Wang, Xingru Yan, and Zhanhu Guo
28 April 2017
Glycidyl methacrylate-grafted high-density polyethylene improved the compatibility of polyoxymethylene and polyolefin elastomer, in turn enhancing the properties of polyoxymethylene.

Compatibilizer–photostabilizer interactions in coir fiber/polypropylene composites

Lucas Henrique Staffa, José Augusto Marcondes Agnelli, Silvia Helena Prado Bettini, and Miguel Luiz Souza
26 April 2017
The use of photostabilizing additives may compromise the mechanical properties of coir fiber-reinforced polypropylene composites compatibilized with maleic anhydride-grafted polypropylene.

Development of stable polymeric structures for harsh oil-reservoir conditions

Gerardo Pineda-Torres, Luis Cervantes-Montejano, Fernando Barragán-Aroche, Simon López-Ramírez, and Cecilia Durán-Valencia
19 April 2017
Understanding the structure-function relationship in polymeric materials enables the development of stable products to optimize hydrocarbon recovery under harsh conditions.

Investigating the tribology of poly-ether-ether-ketone at high temperatures

Qiufeng Wang, Yunxia Wang, Na Fan, Mengjiao Wang, Fengyuan Yan, and Hongling Wang
6 April 2017
The change in crystallinity of polymer samples at high temperature was used to analyze fretting wear behavior.

Dramatically increasing the thermal conductivity of silicone rubber composites

Yonglai Lu
4 April 2017
Incorporating small amounts of graphite nanosheets into highly filled spherical-alumina/silicone rubber hybrids strengthens the filler–filler networks.

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