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Investigating the use of fibrillar clays for reinforcement of polymer composites

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

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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.

Enhancing the resistance to fatigue crack propagation of epoxy using triblock copolymers

Andreas Klingler and Bernd Wetzel
5 September 2017
Adding triblock copolymers to an epoxy resin significantly increases its resistance to fatigue crack propagation (by more than 130) without reducing its glass transition temperature or ductility.

Polypropylene/cotton stalk biocomposites with enhanced characteristics

Abhishek Sachan, Veena Choudhary, K. K. Vimal, and G. S. Kapur
31 August 2017
The influence of cotton stalk concentration, chemical treatment, and presence of a compatibilizer on the mechanical, rheological, and morphological properties of samples is investigated.

Increasing the thermal resistance of polyoxymethylene

Remo Merijs Meri, Jānis Zicans, Agnese Ābele, Tatjana Ivanova, and Mārtiņš Kalniņš
28 August 2017
Simultaneous addition of polyolefin elastomer and zinc oxide to polyoxymethylene in nanocomposite samples gives rise to a synergistic thermally stabilizing effect.

Electromechanical response of muscle-like actuators enhanced by carbon fillers

Alexandra Shakun, Minna Poikelispää, Jyrki Vuorinen, and Amit Das
25 August 2017
The actuation behavior of an acrylic dielectric elastomer is improved by the addition of different carbon fillers, such as carbon blacks, carbon nanotubes, graphite, and nanodiamonds.

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.

Polymethylolacrylamide films for antibacterial and biowaste management applications

Lidia Kolzunova
18 August 2017
A novel electrosynthesis method is quicker and safer than conventional approaches, and allows the practical uses of the products to be broadened.