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Real-time viscosity monitoring during graft copolymerization of gelatinized starch

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

Recent Articles

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.

Creep-recovery behavior of novel polyurethane/carbon nanotube composites

Ramin Shamsi, Reza Sheibani, and Hamed Nazarpour-Fard
6 October 2017
Dynamic mechanical analysis and three well-known models were used to investigate the mechanical properties of samples synthesized from recycled poly-ethylene terephthalate.

A wear-resistant composite material based on polyvinyl alcohol

Huafeng Tian, Di Liu, Aimin Xiang, and Anumakonda Varada Rajulu
3 October 2017
Polyvinyl alcohol composites containing silicon-carbide particles that were modified by a silane coupling agent achieve enhanced mechanical and wear properties.

Effects of ultrasonic vibration on polypropylene/graphene nanoplatelet composites

Suihua He and Jingjing Zhang
28 September 2017
Ultrasonic vibration can reduce the size and effectively enhance the uniform dispersion of graphene nanoplatelets during extrusion, thus improving the electrical and thermal network in resultant composites.

Functionalizing nonwoven polyester fabrics with polypyrrole

Subhankar Maity
25 September 2017
Polypyrrole-coated nonwoven polyester fabrics, prepared by in situ chemical polymerization, show promise for heat-generation, electromagnetic interference shielding, and sensing applications.

Investigating the use of fibrillar clays for reinforcement of polymer composites

David E. Cisneros-Rosado, Emilio F. Paz-Alpuche, and Jorge A. Uribe-Calderon
21 September 2017
Surface modifications to palygorskite promote its dispersion within nylon 6, which in turn improves the thermal and mechanical properties of the resultant nanocomposites.

Flexible insert for microinjection compression molding of polymer microlens arrays

Han-Xiong Huang, Heng Xie, and An-Fu Chen
18 September 2017
A new method of microinjection molding, based on the use of a flexible insert combined with a porous plate, enables the fast and efficient fabrication of polymer microlens arrays with tunable heights.

Integrating nanoparticles into 3D-printed structures

Jenniffer Bustillos, Daniela Montero, Pranjal Nautiyal, Archana Loganathan, Benjamin Boesl, and Arvind Agarwal
14 September 2017
Understanding the processing–structure–property relationship of 3D-printed composites reinforced with 2D nanomaterials enables the development of scaffold structures with enhanced performance.

Cyclic deformation of polychloroprene rubber/carbon black composites

Deepak Sethi, Ranvijai Ram, and Dipak Khastgir
11 September 2017
The electrical and mechanical properties of conducting samples, containing various types and concentrations of carbon black fillers, were examined after being subjected to different flexing modes.

Hollow-fiber membrane trapper for sulfur-free hydrogen source

Ligang Lin, Qi Cheng, Kai Huang, Tiantian Zheng, Zhifu He, and Sisi Ma
8 September 2017
A polyimide hollow-fiber membrane trapper with adsorption channels that enables sulfur to be removed from hydrocarbon fuels could provide a sulfur-free hydrogen source for fuel-cell applications.