Polymer Modifiers


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De-inking paper sludge as a potential reinforcement for recycled plastics

Ahmed Elloumi, M. Makhlouf, A. Elleuchi, and Ch. Bradai
20 May 2016
The addition of de-inking paper sludge into recycled high-density polyethylene composites improves their tensile strength and stiffness, but is detrimental to their ductility and toughness.

Enhancing the dimensional stability and durability of wood polymer composites

Kaili Wang, Youming Dong, Yutao Yan, Shifeng Zhang, and Jianzhang Li
24 March 2016
Grafting polystyrene onto wood cell walls improves the interfacial compatibility between polymer and wood, and thus gives rise to better mechanical and hydrophobic properties.

Reduced graphene oxide as a novel nanofiller for flexible polyurethane foams

Michał Strankowski, Łukasz Piszczyk, Paulina Kosmela, and Katarzyna Pacholska
16 February 2016
A new kind of carbon nanofiller can be used to achieve improved mechanical properties, such as apparent density, tensile strength, and elongation at break, of the modified materials.

Phosphorus compounds improve flame retardancy of unsaturated polyesters

Anagha Sabnis, Kunal Wazarkar, and Mukesh Kathalewar
22 December 2015
Two novel phosphorus-containing reactive flame retardants were synthesized and incorporated into unsaturated polyester to enhance its thermal stability and flame retardancy.

Effects of silanes on tribological properties of rubber composites

Xin Ge, Yinhang Zhang, Fei Deng, and Ur Ryong Cho
16 November 2015
The friction coefficient and wear loss of clay/rubber composites containing three different silanes were experimentally determined.

New impact-modified polycarbonate/polyester blends

Huanbing Wang and Hongtao Shi
22 September 2015
A refractive index matching approach can be used to develop transparent/translucent materials with improved impact strength and transmittance properties.

Reducing the water uptake of environmentally friendly polypropylene composites

Daniel García-García, Alfredo Carbonell, María Dolores Samper, David García-Sanoguera, and Rafael Balart
16 September 2015
Spent coffee ground particles are treated with a fatty acid derivative in a novel hydrophobic method that improves particle dispersion and impact properties.

Tuning the structure of microcellular-injected polypropylene

Jose Antonio Reglero Ruiz, Jean-François Agassant, Michel Vincent, Aurore Claverie, and Sébastien Huck
11 September 2015
A new microcellular injection process that uses gas counter pressure and movement of the core-back mold results in low-density polypropylene parts with well-controlled cellular structures.

Improving the mechanical behavior of polypropylene nanocomposites

Markus Battisti, Sundaresan Arunachalam, and Walter Friesenbichler
29 May 2015
The addition of smectite-based nanoclays with appropriate compatibilizers can enhance the mechanical properties of polypropylene matrices.

The effect of organoclay concentration on polyurethane nanocomposites

Shirley Peng and Jude Iroh
1 May 2015
Incorporating nanosized clay fillers into a polyurethane matrix improves the processability of the resultant composites at ambient temperatures.