Plastics Nanotechnology

Welcome to the Plastics Nanotechnology section. The latest articles for this section are displayed below:

Structure-property relationships of 3D-printed carbon nanotube/polymer composites

Huseini S. Patanwala and Anson W. K. Ma
26 December 2017
A dimensionless volumetric flow rate is found to be a critical parameter for understanding the microstructure and subsequent mechanical properties of 3D-printed composites.

UV-induced changes to the structure of polycarbonate

Sanboh Lee and Julie P. Harmon
19 December 2017
Experiments reveal that acetone absorption induces crystallinity in polycarbonate and that the irradiated samples exhibit enhanced solvent crystallization.

Aerogel-reinforced polymer nanocomposites

Saeed Salimian and Ali Zadhoush
12 December 2017
Carbon aerogels are lightweight, mesoporus, solid-state materials that can be used to reinforce composites and to enhance their thermal and mechanical properties.

Applications of nanomaterials in medicine

Stefano Nobile and Lucio Nobile
6 December 2017
Recent advances in nanotechnology, particularly for diagnostic, therapeutic, and bone tissue engineering purposes, are discussed.

Enhancing the processability of plastics using carbon dioxide and water

Silas Owusu-Nkwantabisah, Alan J. Lesser, and Claudia Staudt
27 November 2017
The synergy obtained by combining supercritical carbon dioxide and superheated water enables polyethersulfone to be processed at significantly lower temperatures than in conventional processes.

Adding carbon nanotubes to elastomer blends for improved mechanical performance

Seyed Mohamad Reza Paran, Ghasem Naderi, and Aghil Babakhani
14 November 2017
The addition of carbon nanotubes into a natural rubber/ethylene propylene diene monomer blend enhances the cure characteristics and physical and mechanical properties of the resultant nanocomposites.

Friction stir processing of thermoplastic/rubber/nanoclay composites

Mohammad Reza Nakhaei, Amir Mostafapour, and Ghasem Naderi
2 November 2017
The effects of pin geometry and process parameters on the mechanical properties of samples fabricated via this novel technique are investigated.

Predicting the mechanical behavior of butadiene-rubber nanocomposites

Sepideh Zoghi, Ghasem Naderi, and Shirin Shokoohi
24 October 2017
The physical and mechanical characteristics of butadiene-rubber-based nanocomposites can be reliably predicted using theoretical hyper-elastic models and finite-element simulations.

Effects of ultrasonic vibration on polypropylene/graphene nanoplatelet composites

Suihua He and Jingjing Zhang
28 September 2017
Ultrasonic vibration can reduce the size and effectively enhance the uniform dispersion of graphene nanoplatelets during extrusion, thus improving the electrical and thermal network in resultant composites.

Investigating the use of fibrillar clays for reinforcement of polymer composites

David E. Cisneros-Rosado, Emilio F. Paz-Alpuche, and Jorge A. Uribe-Calderon
21 September 2017
Surface modifications to palygorskite promote its dispersion within nylon 6, which in turn improves the thermal and mechanical properties of the resultant nanocomposites.