(Natural) polymers

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Cavitation in Poly(4-methyl-1-pentene) during Tensile Deformation

Chen, Ran; Lu, Ying; Jiang, Zhiyong; Men, Yongfeng

The poly(4-methyl-1-pentene) sample was used to investigate the cavitation-induced stress-whitening phenomenon during stretching at different temperatures via the ultrasmall-angle X-ray scattering technique. Two modes of cavitation were found that mode I cavitation activated around yield point followed by mode II cavitation generated in highly oriented state. The critical strain for…
12 March 2019
(Natural) polymersApplicationCharacteristic dimensionCharacterizationCrystalline fractionCustomer publicationsGIWAXSMaterialRenewable energyTechniqueThin films

The effect of side-chain substitution on the aggregation and photovoltaic performance of diketopyrrolopyrrole-alt-dicarboxylic ester bithiophene polymers

Heuvel, Ruurd; Colberts, Fallon J. M.; Li, Junyu; Wienk, Martijn M.; Janssen, René A. J.

Using a dicarboxylic ester bithiophene (DCBT) co-monomer, electron-withdrawing ester groups are introduced on the two central thiophene rings of an alternating donor–acceptor polymer (PDPP4T) consisting of diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) and quaterthiophene (4T) to increase the oxidation potential and reduce the photon energy loss in solar cells. To counteract the increased solubility…
12 March 2019
(Natural) polymersApplicationCharacterizationCrystalline fractionCustomer publicationsFoodFood scienceMaterialSAXSTechniqueWAXS

Characterization of multi-scale structure and thermal properties of Indica rice starch with different amylose contents

Li, Zhihang; Kong, Xiangli; Zhou, Xianrong; Zhong, Kui; Zhou, Sumei; Liu, Xingxun

Fully understanding the relationship between multi-scale structure and thermal properties of rice starch is important for starch-based food processing. Multi-scale structures of Indica rice starch were studied from molecules to aggregation structure. Gel-permeation chromatography (GPC) and high-performance anion-exchange chromatography (HPAEC) both show that the amylopectin from debranched rice…
12 March 2019
(Natural) polymersApplicationCharacteristic dimensionCharacterizationCompositesCustomer publicationsGISAXSGIWAXSInorganic materialMaterialPhase analysisPorous materialRenewable energySAXSSelf-assembled materialSurfactantsTechniqueTemperatureThin filmsWAXS

Ordered Mesoporous to Macroporous Oxides with Tunable Isomorphic Architectures: Solution Criteria for Persistent Micelle Templates

Lokupitiya, Hasala N.; Jones, Alexis; Reid, Barry; Guldin, Stefan; Stefik, Morgan

Porous and nanoscale architectures of inorganic materials have become crucial for a range of energy and catalysis applications, where the ability to control the morphology largely determines the transport characteristics and device performance. Despite the availability of a range of block copolymer self-assembly methods, the conditions for tuning the key…
12 March 2019
(Natural) polymersCompositesCustomer publicationsOrientation analysisPolymer researchSAXS

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
(Natural) polymersApplicationCharacterizationCrystalline fractionCustomer publicationsFibersMaterialPolymer researchSAXSTechniqueWAXS

Strong synergistic improvement of mechanical properties in HDPE/COC blends with fibrillar morphology

Ostafinska, Aleksandra; Vackova, Tatana; Slouf, Miroslav

High-density polyethylene/cycloolefin copolymer (HDPE/COC) blends with fibrous morphology were prepared. Mechanical properties in the whole concentration range were measured in both macroscale (tensile measurements) and microscale (microindentation hardness testing). Strong improvement of mechanical performance was observed namely for the blends with soft HDPE matrix reinforced with the stiff…
12 March 2019