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Coconut shell powder improves the mechanical performance of polypropylene biocomposites

Sarat Kumar Swain, Niladri Sarkar, and Gyanaranjan Sahoo
21 July 2017
Acrylic-modified coconut shell powder reinforces a hydrophobic polypropylene matrix and leads to a semi-ductile nature that may make the biocomposite suitable for use in construction.

Novel bionanocomposite systems for packaging applications

Sarat Kumar Swain, Gyanaranjan Sahoo, Niladri Sarkar, and Fanismita Mohanty
12 July 2017
Incorporating silicon carbide and calcium carbonate nanofillers into soy protein and starch, respectively, improves the thermal, mechanical, and chemical-resistance properties of the samples.

Time-dependent fracture behavior of acrylic resins

Tommaso Pini, Francesco Briatico-Vangosa, Roberto Frassine, and Marta Rink
10 July 2017
An investigation was conducted into the effects of time, temperature, and different toughening mechanisms on plain and toughened polymer samples.

Improving interfacial adhesion in aramid-fiber-reinforced rubber composites

Zhu Luo, Weilong Chen, Jin Zhong, Dong Fuping, Yang Le, and Zheng Qiang
6 July 2017
An anhydride and mulifunctional epoxy are grafted onto liquid polybutadiene in a novel compatibilizer that has a high grafting degree and very low gel rate.

Self-healing microcapsules containing rejuvenator with an organic nanocomposite shell

Jun-Feng Su, Shan Han, and Yingyuan Wang
15 June 2017
Novel self-healing microcapsules containing bituminous rejuvenator with nano-calcium carbonate/organic composite shells were developed by in situ polymerization.

Improved filler–matrix interfaces in environmentally friendly polymeric composites

Marco Valente and Alessia Quitadamo
9 June 2017
Wood-plastic composites can be optimized with the addition of waste paper fibers, coupling agents, and bioderived polymers.

Novel bioinspired approach to improve the properties of soy protein isolate films

Zhong Wang, Haijiao Kang, Cusheng Qi, Shifeng Zhang, and Jianzhang Li
6 June 2017
A casting method is used to incorporate poly(dopamine)-modified montmorillonite reinforcements and ferric iron coordination crosslinking centers into the matrix of nanocomposites.

Developing greener composites from cellulose nanocrystals and biopolyurethane

Verónica Mucci, Juan Manuel Buffa, Pablo Marcelo Stefani, Mirta Inés Aranguren, Aiga Ivdre, and Ugis Cabulis
2 June 2017
Environmentally friendly nanocomposite materials from bio-based polyurethane and cellulose nanocrystals show significantly improved mechanical properties with only 1 nanocrystal filler.

Improving the flame retardance of microcellular nanocomposites by employing layered nanoclays

Xin-Chao Wang, Tie Geng, Hai-Hong Wu, and Lih-Sheng Turng
31 May 2017
Incorporating fully oriented layered nanoclay within microcellular thermoplastic polyurethane foam achieves an excellent thermal-shielding performance that significantly enhances its flame retardance.

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.