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Improving the mechanical properties of fatty acid starch esters

Henky Muljana, Asaf Sugih, Hero Jan Heeres, and Francesco Picchioni
5 May 2017
The novel use of sago starch and vinyl laurate in densified carbon dioxide increases the reactivity of esterification and produces final products that have higher degrees of substitution.

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.

Toughening polyoxymethylene by polyolefin elastomer and compatibilizer

Wenqing Yang, Xuan-Lun Wang, Xingru Yan, and Zhanhu Guo
28 April 2017
Glycidyl methacrylate-grafted high-density polyethylene improved the compatibility of polyoxymethylene and polyolefin elastomer, in turn enhancing the properties of polyoxymethylene.

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.

Development of stable polymeric structures for harsh oil-reservoir conditions

Gerardo Pineda-Torres, Luis Cervantes-Montejano, Fernando Barragán-Aroche, Simon López-Ramírez, and Cecilia Durán-Valencia
19 April 2017
Understanding the structure-function relationship in polymeric materials enables the development of stable products to optimize hydrocarbon recovery under harsh conditions.

Investigating the tribology of poly-ether-ether-ketone at high temperatures

Qiufeng Wang, Yunxia Wang, Na Fan, Mengjiao Wang, Fengyuan Yan, and Hongling Wang
6 April 2017
The change in crystallinity of polymer samples at high temperature was used to analyze fretting wear behavior.

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.

Functionalizing gum arabic for adhesive and food packaging applications

Vimal Katiyar and Neelima Tripathi
30 March 2017
A new bio-based hydrophobic gum arabic-based copolymer is an excellent adhesive and improves the properties of polylactic acid for potential food packaging applications.

Alkyd-clay nanocomposite coatings enhance anticorrosion and mechanical properties

Priyanka G. Dhirde, Venkata Gopal Reddy Chada, B. P. Mallik, and Nirmalya Moitra
27 March 2017
Exfoliated organo-modified montmorillonite clays in alkyd resins improve the barrier and mechanical properties of polymeric coatings for metal substrates.

Improving nanocomposite performance with graphene oxide and graphene nanosheets

Marya Raji, Hamid Essabir, Rachid Bouhfid, Abou el kacem Qaiss, and Denis Rodrigue
16 March 2017
A good dispersion of graphene nanoparticles and nanosheets in polyvinylidene fluoride, achieved by combining solution mixing and melt compounding, improves its mechanical and electrical properties.