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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Conductive polymer/silver- coated textile composites with antibacterial properties

Meryem Kalkan Erdoğan, Meral Karakışla, and Mehmet Saçak
13 February 2017
A composite made up of a conductive polymer, poly(!italic!o!/italic!-anisidine), and metallic silver particles imparts antibacterial activity and electrical conductivity when deposited on a nonwoven textile fabric.