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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.

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.