(Natural) polymersApplicationCharacteristic dimensionCharacterizationCompositesCustomer publicationsMaterialPolymer researchSAXSTechnique

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…
25 November 2019
(Natural) polymersApplicationCharacterizationCompositesCustomer publicationsMaterialPhase analysisPolymer researchTechniqueWAXS

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…
25 November 2019
(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…
4 November 2019
ApplicationCharacterizationCompositesCustomer publicationsMaterialOrientation analysisPolymer researchSAXSTechnique

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…
18 July 2019
(Natural) polymersApplicationCharacterizationCompositesCustomer publicationsFractal dimensionMaterialPhase analysisPolymer researchSAXSTechnique

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…
18 July 2019
(Natural) polymersApplicationCharacteristic dimensionCharacterizationCompositesCustomer publicationsMaterialPolymer researchSAXSTechniqueWAXS

Adduct modified nano-clay mineral dispersed polystyrene nanocomposites as advanced corrosion resistance coatings for aluminum alloys

Raju, Annu; Lakshmi, V.; Vishnu Prataap, R. K.; Resmi, V. G.; Rajan, T. P. D.; Pavithran, C.; Prasad, V. S.; Mohan, S.

The present investigation is on processing of a series of clay polystyrene nanocomposite (CPS) coatings containing different adduct modified montmorillonite (Mt) for corrosion resistance coating applications. The corrosion properties were studied using potentiodynamic and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements in 3.5wt% aqueous NaCl electrolyte. The CPS coatings offered enhanced…
12 March 2019
(Natural) polymersCompositesCustomer publicationsParticle interactionsPolymer researchWAXS

Amino-functionalized breath-figure cavities in polystyrene–alumina hybrid films: effect of particle concentration and dispersion

V, Lakshmi; Raju, Annu; G, Resmi V.; Pancrecious, Jerin K.; D, Rajan T. P.; C, Pavithran

We report the formation of breath-figure (BF) patterns with amino-functionalized cavities in a BF incompatible polystyrene (PS) by incorporating functionalized alumina nanoparticles. The particles were amphiphilic-modified and the modifier ratio was regulated to achieve a specific hydrophobic/hydrophilic balance of the particles. The influence of the physical and chemical properties of…
12 March 2019
(Natural) polymersCompositesCustomer publicationsOrientation analysisPolymer researchSAXSWAXS

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
(Hydro)gelsCharacteristic dimensionCompositesCustomer publicationsNanoparticles & colloidsSAXSShape

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