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Morphologies of Polyisoprene-Grafted Silica Nanoparticles in Model Elastomers

Bonnevide, Marine; Jimenez, Andrew M.; Dhara, Deboleena; Phan, Trang N.T.; Malicki, Nicolas; Abbas, Zaid M.; Benicewicz, Brian; Kumar, Sanat K.; Couty, Marc; Gigmes, Didier; Jestin, Jacques

We control nanoparticle (NP) dispersion by leveraging the entropic and enthalpic effects associated with mixing silica NPs grafted with polyisoprene (PI) chains into matrices of varying degrees of chemical dissimilarity. Previous work in this area has primarily focused on entropic factors alone, and hence, this work represents a significant advance…
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High-performance polyurethane nanocomposites based on UPy-modified cellulose nanocrystals

Tian, Donglin; Wang, Fenfen; Yang, Zhijun; Niu, Xiling; Wu, Qiang; Sun, Pingchuan

Densely H-bonding assemblies are the key strategy found by nature to enhance the rupture strength of natural polymers without sacrificing their toughness, such as spider silk, while it still remains a great challenge using such intriguing strategy to prepare high-performance synthesized polymer or biopolymer enhanced polymer nanocomposites. To address this…
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Ordered structure effects on β-nucleated isotactic polypropylene/graphene oxide composites with different thermal histories

Yu, Yansong; Xu, Ruizhang; Chen, Jinyao; Kang, Jian; Xiang, Ming; Li, Yuanjie; Li, Lu; Sheng, Xingyue

In this paper, the influence of ordered structure effects (OSE) on crystallization behaviors of b-nucleated isotactic polypropylene/graphene oxide (b-iPP/GO) composites with different thermal histories, which crystallized at a slow cooling rate (called SLOW), fast cooling rate (called FAST) and medium cooling rate (called MED), respectively, was studied by differential scanning…
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Influence of extender oil composition on flowing property, thermal stability, and morphology of styrene-b-ethylene-co-butylene-b-styrene copolymer/polypropylene/oil blends

Shi, Xiaotao; Wu, Jianxun; Zhen, Xinping; Xie, Haisheng; Xiong, Chunzhu

In this study, a series of styrene-b-ethylene-co-butylene-b-styrene copolymer (SEBS)/polypropylene (PP)/oil blends with different kinds of oil composition was developed through melt blending. The effect of oil with different composition and properties on its phase equilibrium and “redistribution” in multiphasic SEBS elastomer was systematically studied for the first time. Moreover, an…
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Morphology and ionic conductivity relationship in silk/cellulose biocomposites

Blessing, Bailey; Trout, Cory; Morales, Abneris; Rybacki, Karleena; Love, Stacy A.; Lamoureux, Guillaume; O’Malley, Sean M.; Hu, Xiao; Cruz, David Salas-de la

The relationship between morphology and the ionic conductivity of polysaccharide–protein bio-electrolyte membranes is explored in this study. Structural proteins and polysaccharides form hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions, and the resulting matrices can exhibit novel and useful properties. However, transforming these natural biomacromolecules from their native state to a more usable form…
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Construction of Dual Orientation Crystalline Structure in Poly(vinyl alcohol)/Graphene Oxide Nano-Composite Hydrogels and Reinforcing Mechanism

Meng, Yeqiao; Zhao, Xiaowen; Ye, Lin

Oriented poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/graphene oxide (GO) nanocomposite hydrogels with different draw ratios were prepared by stretching during a freezing/thawing process. The PVA/GO samples with a draw ratio of 200% had significantly enhanced mechanical properties by formation of a microfibrillar structure, while the tensile strength and compressive modulus respectively reached as…
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Dielectric and flash DSC investigations on an epoxy based nanocomposite system with MgAl layered double hydroxide as nanofiller

Szymoniak, Paulina; Li, Zhi; Wang, De-Yi; Schönhals, Andreas

Nanocomposites based on MgAL layered double hydroxides (LDH) and an epoxy resin were prepared and investigated by a combination of complementary methods. As epoxy resin Bisphenol A diglycidyl ether (DGEBA) was used with Diethylenetriamine as curing agent. The LDH was modified with taurine, which acts as an additional crosslinking agent…
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Simultaneously enhancing of wear-resistant and mechanical properties of polyurethane composite based on the selective interaction of fluorinated graphene derivatives

He, Taijun; Wang, Guitu; Wang, Yixing; Liu, Yang; Lai, Wenchuan; Wang, Xu; Feng, Yiyu; Liu, Xiangyang

Simultaneously enhancing of wear-resistant and mechanical properties of the thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is important for its wider application. Herein, fluorinated graphene (FG) was proposed and respectively functionalized by two amine-terminated molecules: aliphatic poly (oxypropylene) diamine (D230) (compatible with soft segment (SS) of TPU), and aromatic phenylamine (PA) (compatible with…
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A robust self-healing polyurethane elastomer: From H-bonds and stacking interactions to well-defined microphase morphology

Fan, Cheng-Jie; Huang, Zi-Chun; Li, Bei; Xiao, Wen-Xia; Zheng, En; Yang, Ke-Ke; Wang, Yu-Zhong

Self-healing materials have attracted considerable attention because of their improved safety, lifetime, energy efficiency and environmental impact. Supramolecular interactions have been extensively considered in the field of self-healing materials due to their excellent reversibility and sensitive responsiveness to environmental stimuli. However, development of a polymeric material with good…