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A novel high-performance biobased polyamide

Fredrick Nzioka Mutua, Tingting Yang, Yuanbo Gao, and Yong He
13 June 2017
Poly(pentamethylene oxamide) exhibits excellent mechanical, thermal, and water absorption properties, and is suitable for the fabrication of plastics, as well as parts in the automobile and electronics industries.

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.

Using bis-oxalamides to reduce the haze of linear low-density polyethylene

Lin Wang, Nestor Santos Jr., Kyle Hart, Richard Keaton, Andrew Banks, Ye Huang, Yiyong He, Ellen Keene, and Martin Hill
29 May 2017
The haze of a commercially available resin can be reduced by up to 50 by incorporating novel clarification agents.

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 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.