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Room-Temperature Ferromagnetic Sr3YCo4O10+δ and Carbon Black-Reinforced Polyvinylidenefluoride Composites toward High-Performance Electromagnetic Interference Shielding

Lalan, Vidhya; Puthiyedath Narayanan, Aparna; Surendran, Kuzhichalil Peethambharan; Ganesanpotti, Subodh

In this study, we fabricated composites of conducting carbon black (CB), room-temperature ferromagnetic Sr3YCo4O10+δ (SYCO) and polyvinylidenefluoride (PVDF) by the solution mixing and coagulation method for the first time. During the nucleation process of PVDF, the presence of SYCO and CB individually facilitates the crystallization of polar β and semipolar…
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A printed, recyclable, ultra-strong, and ultra-tough graphite structural material

Zhou, Yubing; Chen, Chaoji; Zhu, Shuze; Sui, Chao; Wang, Chao; Kuang, Yudi; Ray, Upamanyu; Liu, Dapeng; Brozena, Alexandra; Leiste, Ulrich H.; Quispe, Nelson; Guo, Hua; Vellore, Azhar; Bruck, Hugh A.; Martini, Ashlie; Foster, Bob; Lou, Jun; Li, Teng; Hu, Liangbing

The high mechanical performance of common structural materials (e.g., metals, alloys, and ceramics) originates from strong primary bonds (i.e., metallic, covalent, ionic) between constituent atoms. However, the large formation energy of primary bonds requires high temperatures in order to process these materials, resulting in significant manufacturing costs and a substantial…
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Reprocessable Supramolecular Thermoplastic BAB-Type Triblock Copolymer Elastomers with Enhanced Tensile Strength and Toughness via Metal–Ligand Coordination

Wang, Wentao; Zhang, Juan; Jiang, Feng; Wang, Xuehui; Wang, Zhigang

A new strategy was proposed to enhance tensile strength, toughness, and extensibility of BAB-type reprocessable supramolecular triblock copolymer elastomers (STBCPEs) by simply incorporating 1-vinylimidazole (VI) as a minor comonomer to introduce metal–ligand coordinate bonds of minor contents into the soft matrix. Poly(n-butyl acrylate-co-1-vinylimidazole)-b-poly(isobornyl…
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Sustainable in Situ Approach to Covalently Functionalize Graphene Oxide with POSS Molecules Possessing Extremely Low Dielectric Behavior

Joseph, Angel Mary; Nagendra, Baku; Surendran, K. P.; Gowd, E. Bhoje

Incorporation of multifunctional inorganic additives into the commercial polymers still stands as the most captivating and effective way to realize new-generation electronic components. Here, we introduce a simple, cost-effective, and environmentally benign method to covalently functionalize graphene oxide (GO) with vinyl- and aminopropyl-functionalized hybrid silica spheres with a polyhedral…
(Natural) polymersApplicationCharacteristic dimensionCharacterizationCompositesCrystalline fractionCustomer publicationsMaterialRenewable energySAXSTechniqueWAXS

A high-performance BaTiO 3 -grafted-GO-laden poly(ethylene oxide)-based membrane as an electrolyte for all-solid lithium-batteries

Angulakshmi, N.; Prasanna Kar, Goutam; Bose, Suryasarathi; Bhoje Gowd, E.; Thomas, Sabu; Manuel Stephan, A.

Nanocomposite polymer electrolytes (NCPEs) comprising poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), barium titanate-grafted-graphene oxide (BaTiO3-g-GO) and lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl imide) (LiTFSI) were prepared by a simple hot-press technique. An increase of two orders of magnitude in the ionic conductivity was achieved upon incorporation of BaTiO3-g-GO in the polymeric matrix even at 0 °C. The…
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Improved thermal conductivity of thermoplastic polyurethane via aligned boron nitride platelets assisted by 3D printing

Liu, Junchao; Li, Weiwei; Guo, Yufeng; Zhang, Hui; Zhang, Zhong

Thermal management is of importance to microelectronics. Owning both excellent thermal conduction and electrical insulation, hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) platelets are widely used in polymer matrices. While the thermal properties rely on the orientation of hBN platelets in polymer matrices significantly. Herein, we report that high thermal conductive hBN filled…
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High Performance Thermoplastic Elastomers with Biomass Lignin as Plastic Phase

Huang, Jinhao; Liu, Weifeng; Qiu, Xueqing

For the first time, the coordination-based energy sacrificial bonds have been constructed in the interface between lignin and polyolefin elastomer for preparing a new class of high performance thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) with biomass lignin as the hard plastic phase. The coordination bonds not only promoted the dispersion of lignin, but…
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Anisotropic nanoparticles as templates for the crystalline structure of an injection-molded isotactic polypropylene/TiO2 nanocomposite

Zhang, Peng; Kraus, Tobias

We study the molecular origins of anisotropy in a semicrystalline polymer nanocomposite that is caused by aligned, elongated filler nanoparticles. Our study is based on spatially resolved 2D WAXS/SAXS data that indicates the arrangement of molecules, lamellae, and filler particles in the composite. Isotactic polypropylene (IPP) samples filled with anisotropic…
12 March 2019
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Smart release of antimicrobial ZnO nanoplates from a pH-responsive keratin hydrogel

Villanueva, María E.; Cuestas, María L.; Pérez, Claudio J.; Campo Dall′ Orto, Viviana; Copello, Guillermo J.

A smart antibacterial biomaterial based on a keratin hydrogel with pH-dependent behavior and Zinc Oxide nanoplates as biocide agent has been developed. The pH of a chronic wound is basic due to bacterial metabolism. Originally shrank at acid pH, keratin hydrogels swell upon contact with a bacterial contaminated media leading…
12 March 2019
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Highly Biodegradable and Tough Polylactic Acid–Cellulose Nanocrystal Composite

Muiruri, Joseph K.; Liu, Songlin; Teo, Wern Sze; Kong, Junhua; He, Chaobin

Poly(l-lactide) cellulose nanocrystals-filled nanocomposites were fabricated by blending of cellulose nanocrystals-g-rubber-g-poly(d-lactide) (CNC-rD-PDLA) and commercial PLLA, in which CNC-g-rubber was synthesized by ring opening polymerization (ROP) of d-lactide and a ε-caprolactone mixture to obtain CNC-P(CL-DLA), followed by further polymerization of d-lactide to obtain CNC-rD-PDLA. X-ray…
12 March 2019