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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
Understanding the structure-function relationship in polymeric materials enables the development of stable products to optimize hydrocarbon recovery under harsh conditions.

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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.

Functionalizing gum arabic for adhesive and food packaging applications

Vimal Katiyar and Neelima Tripathi
30 March 2017
A new bio-based hydrophobic gum arabic-based copolymer is an excellent adhesive and improves the properties of polylactic acid for potential food packaging applications.

Alkyd-clay nanocomposite coatings enhance anticorrosion and mechanical properties

Priyanka G. Dhirde, Venkata Gopal Reddy Chada, B. P. Mallik, and Nirmalya Moitra
27 March 2017
Exfoliated organo-modified montmorillonite clays in alkyd resins improve the barrier and mechanical properties of polymeric coatings for metal substrates.

Improving nanocomposite performance with graphene oxide and graphene nanosheets

Marya Raji, Hamid Essabir, Rachid Bouhfid, Abou el kacem Qaiss, and Denis Rodrigue
16 March 2017
A good dispersion of graphene nanoparticles and nanosheets in polyvinylidene fluoride, achieved by combining solution mixing and melt compounding, improves its mechanical and electrical properties.

Novel ablative polymer-based composite for aerospace applications

Luigi Torre, Maurizio Natali, Ivan Puri, and Marco Rallini
14 March 2017
A composite of ethylene-propylene-diene rubber and phenolic resin can be used to protect rocket and probe components at high temperatures.

Novel high-performance all-aramid composites

Jian Min Zhang, Beatriz Cortés-Ballesteros, and Ton Peijs
9 March 2017
Self-reinforced polymer composites are prepared by applying an elaborately designed surface-dissolution method to fuse and consolidate poly(p-phenylene terephthalamide) fibers.

Polymer/magnetite nanocomposites with electrical and magnetic conductivity

M. T. Ramesan and P. Jayakrishnan
7 March 2017
A novel nanocomposite based on poly(anthranilic acid) with magnetite nanoparticles—synthesized by a one-step method—achieves enhanced crystallinity, magnetic properties, and AC and DC conductivity.

Surface-initiated catalytic polymerization of hemp fibers

Désiré Yomeni Chimeni, Denis Rodrigue, and Charles Dubois
2 March 2017
A novel surface treatment is experimentally tested as a way to improve the mechanical properties of polymer composites.

Bioplastics to eliminate environmental pollution from agricultural plastic waste

Luciana Sartore, Giuliano Vox, and Evelia Schettini
27 February 2017
Biodegradable polymeric materials based on hydrolyzed proteins from leather waste can be used as biodegradable mulch spray-coatings in horticulture and as containers for seedlings.