Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Journal description

Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering includes original articles, state-of-the-art reviews, abstracts, notes, and letters on topics such as developing non-solution based polymerization processes; new generation catalysts for producing ultranarrow molecular weight distribution polymers; reactor design and catalyst technology for compositional control of polymers; advanced manufacturing techniques and equipment; analytical tools for characterizing molecular properties, and other timely subjects.

Current impact factor: 1.48

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2012 Impact Factor 1.481
2011 Impact Factor 1.279
2010 Impact Factor 0.557
2009 Impact Factor 0.42
2008 Impact Factor 0.456
2007 Impact Factor 0.342
2006 Impact Factor 0.333
2005 Impact Factor 0.358
2004 Impact Factor 0.352
2003 Impact Factor 0.345
2002 Impact Factor 0.514
2001 Impact Factor 0.515
2000 Impact Factor 0.345
1999 Impact Factor 0.317
1998 Impact Factor 0.152
1997 Impact Factor 0.31
1996 Impact Factor 0.339
1995 Impact Factor 0.384
1994 Impact Factor 0.326

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.31
Cited half-life 4.00
Immediacy index 0.24
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.16
Website Polymer - Plastics Technology and Engineering website
Other titles Polymer-plastics technology and engineering (Online), Polymer-plastics technology and engineering
ISSN 0360-2559
OCLC 41603560
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: A tubelike, naturally occurring halloysite clay mineral (HNTs) incorporated polyphosphazene (PPZ) elastomeric nanocomposites had been electron beam radiated and thermally treated for certain applications. To improve the dispersion of raw HNTs (H), an organosilane modifier had been exploited. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique were utilized for plausible interaction and intercalation. The efficiency of electron beam radiation over chemical initiation for intra and inter chain network formation within the resin was substantiated through oil and solvent resistance studies. Effective delay in mass transport as compared to the virgin elastomer was observed through thermal analysis.
    Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering 05/2015; 54(7). DOI:10.1080/03602559.2014.961079
  • Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering 05/2015; DOI:10.1080/03602559.2014.974192
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    ABSTRACT: Differential scanning calorimetry and polarized optical microscopy methods were used to investigate the crystallization behavior and isothermal crystallization kinetics of poly(phenylene sulfide) (PPS)/carbon nanotube (CNT) and PPS/CNT/carbon fiber (CF) composites. In this paper, the influences of CNT and CF on PPS crystallization behavior are explained. The thermal conductivity properties of composites were studied using laser flash method. The results show that CNT increased crystallization temperature and rate. Thermal conductivity greatly improved at 8 wt% CNT content. In addition, the crystallization and thermal performance of PPS are significantly improved via synergistic effects of CNT and CF in the composites.
    Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering 04/2015; DOI:10.1080/03602559.2014.986802
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    ABSTRACT: Novel, environmentally friendly waterborne coatings were obtained from the filmification of nanostructured latex particles reinforced with inorganic nanotubes. The latex used to form the coatings consists of core-shell particles with a shell functionalized with different amounts of acrylic acid (AA). This external polymer layer was doped, in some cases, with TiO2 nanotubes at three different concentrations: 100, 500 and 1000 ppm. The composite particles were synthesized in two steps by semi-continuous emulsion polymerization at 75 °C. A series of films was prepared by employing core-shell particles with different sizes, core crosslinking and shell functionalization. The coatings obtained were characterized by infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), tapping mode atomic force microscopy (TM-AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetrical analysis (TGA). Drying rates and tests were also performed to further evaluate these films. It was observed that the addition of small amounts of TiO2 nanotubes contributes to improve the application properties sensitivity, mainly adhesion to metallic substrates and water impermeability. The resistance to thermal degradation was also strongly increased, as showed by the DSC and TGA analyses.
    Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering 04/2015; 54(7):730-740. DOI:10.1080/03602559.2014.974273
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    ABSTRACT: Developments in the field of polymer science have led us to the development of Chitosan and PNIPAm mixed pH and temperature responsive hydrogel films. Characterizations were done by Swelling analysis, FTIR, DSC, FESEM and Antibacterial assay. Optimized hydrogel film on swelling analysis does not lose its shape and was not dissolve in to the different buffer solution and at different temperature. FTIR, DSC and FESEM study confirmed the changes in to the hydrogel film after drug absorption. On increasing the temperature and change in pH of the solution, drug absorption increased which was confirmed by zone of inhibition against E. coli.
    Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering 04/2015; 54(6). DOI:10.1080/03602559.2014.974186
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    ABSTRACT: A novel water-swellable rubber (WSR) had been prepared by dynamically vulcanized high density polyethylene (HDPE)/chlorinated polyethylene (CPE)/nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) blends where a cross-linked poly(sodium acrylate) (CPNaAA) was used as a super water-absorbent resin. The mechanical, water-swelling and morphological properties of the WSRs were investigated. Increasing CPNaAA dosages, mechanical properties of WSRs decreased while water-swelling ratio were increased significantly; moreover, swelling ratio of WSRs with 70 phr CPNaAA was reached 956.7% at 55 h. Morphological studies showed that CPNaAA were dispersed randomly in the TPVs, and significant gaps could be found in the surface of dried WSRs.
    Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering 04/2015; 54(6). DOI:10.1080/03602559.2014.974191
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    ABSTRACT: Carbon/aramid fabric composite coatings modified with boron nitride of single layer were fabricated through a dip-coating method. The composite coatings were cured with successive heating processes in an oven. The friction and wear properties of those as-prepared coatings were studied on a block-on-ring tester. The obtained results showed that the wear life of the coatings increased obviously after inclusion of boron nitride of single layer; however, the values of friction coefficients of the coatings almost remained constant. The optimal loadings of boron nitride of single layer in our experiments was 5 wt.%, and the wear life of the modified coating increased by ca. 360% compared with that of pristine fabric composite coating. The worn morphology of the sliding surface for both pristine fabric coating and the composite coatings filled with boron nitride of single layer was discussed, and the wear mechanisms were illuminated.
    Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering 04/2015; 54(6). DOI:10.1080/03602559.2014.974193
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    ABSTRACT: Different contents of multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNTs) functionalized by He-dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma followed by an exposure to NH3 were incorporated into PA6 matrix via a phase inversion based solution method. Optical and electron microscopic results were indicative of the excellent dispersion state of the MWCNTs. The differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetric analysis measurements revealed that even addition of a slight amount of the MWCNTs significantly increased the thermal stability and crystallization temperature. Moreover, the low electrical percolation threshold of the PA 6/functionalized MWCNTs nanocomposites was another confirmation for achieving a good dispersion state of MWCNTs using this approach.
    Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering 04/2015; 54(6). DOI:10.1080/03602559.2014.974269
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    ABSTRACT: We investigated the effect of bioactive nanoparticles on the in-vitro degradation of PLCL and PLCL/nHA composite scaffolds. The concentration of nanohydroxyapatite significantly affected the degradation rate. An increase in the crystallinity of the amorphous portion of the polymer was observed. This increased crystallinity was more pronounced in the pure PLCL samples than in those with more nHA. During the degradation process, we observed the appearance of multiple micropores on the scaffold walls as the hydrolysis process progressed and, by the sixth week, the remains of the degradation products were visible on the pore walls.
    Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering 04/2015; 54(6). DOI:10.1080/03602559.2014.961087
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    ABSTRACT: Herein, the fracture toughness of ternary epoxy systems containing nanosilica and hollow glass microspheres (HGMS) is investigated. The experimental measurements reveal synergistic fracture toughness in some hybrid compositions: The incorporation of 10 phr of HGMS and nanosilica alone modify the fracture toughness of epoxy by 39% and 91%, respectively. However, use of 10 phr hybrid modifier can enhance the fracture toughness of the resin up to 120%. Observations reveal different toughening mechanisms for the blends i.e., plastic deformation for silica nanoparticles and crack bifurcation for HGMS. Both of these toughening mechanisms additively contribute to the synergism in ternary epoxies.
    Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering 04/2015; 54(6). DOI:10.1080/03602559.2014.974187
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    ABSTRACT: In this article, at first, citric acid (CA) was used as a capping agent to control the size, dispersion and morphology of copper oxide (CuO) NPs (CuO-CA). The presence of CA on the surface of CuO NPs was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analyses. Then biodegradable poly(amide-imide) (PAI) was synthesized through a polycondensation reaction of N-trimellitylimido-L-valine and 4,4′-methylenebis(3-chloro-2,6-diethylaniline) in green media. PAI/CuO-CA nanocomposites (PAI/CuO-CA NCs) containing different amounts of CuO-CA NPs in the PAI matrix were prepared using an ultrasonic-assisted technique. The PAI/CuO-CA NCs obtained were characterized using different methods.
    Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering 04/2015; 54(6). DOI:10.1080/03602559.2014.974188
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    ABSTRACT: A long fatty side chain was introduced into the macromolecule of hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC) via esterification reaction. The hydrophobicity of hydroxyethyl cellulose lauric acid ester (HECLAE) was enhanced in comparison with HEC. The obtained HECLAE was used as macromolecular coupling agent in poly (butylene succinate)/wood flour composites and exhibited a positive influence on improving the mechanical performance of composites. Besides, HECLAE plays a role as a hydrophobic agent in composites. A significant increase in storage modulus (E’) was observed upon the incorporation of treated wood flour. SEM images showed that the dispersion of treated wood flour in PBS matrix was improved.
    Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering 04/2015; 54(6). DOI:10.1080/03602559.2014.974284
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    ABSTRACT: A novel guar gum/poly(acrylic acid)/loess (GG-g-PAA/loess) organic-inorganic composite used as chemical sand-fixing agent (CSFA) is successfully prepared in aqueous solution by polymerization guar gum (GG), neutralized acrylic acid (AA) and loess. The correlations between the content of prepared composite and the sand-fixing properties are investigated. The results show that the CSFA can significantly improve the compressive strength of the sand fixation specimens. Meanwhile, the sand fixation specimens has good thermal, freeze-thaw and UV-radiation aging stabilities to withstand the changes in temperature and strong UV radiation. Besides, the specimens treated with sand-fixing agent shows excellent water retention capacity.
    Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering 04/2015; 54(7):150418062255008. DOI:10.1080/03602559.2014.974271
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    ABSTRACT: Compatibilizer (styrene-maleic anhydride copolymer, SMA) and organo-montmorillonite (OMMT) were introduced into immiscible polyamide-6 (PA6)/ poly(phenylene oxide) (PPO) blend to obtain quaternary nanocomposites simply by melt extrusion. OMMT tactoids formed in PA6/PPO/OMMT ternary blend would become smaller or disappear with the addition of SMA. Besides, viscosity of SMA compatibilized PA6/PPO blend decreased a lot with the addition of OMMT. Based on these results, a mechanism for joint effect of SMA and OMMT in compatibilizing PA6 and PPO was proposed. We further studied water absorption and tensile properties of the nanocomposites, which were in consistent with the proposed mechanism.
    Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering 04/2015; 54(7):150418062835007. DOI:10.1080/03602559.2014.979498
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    ABSTRACT: Core-shell nanocomposites were prepared from acrylates, fluorine- containing methacrylate monomers and methylacryloypropyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (MAP-POSS) by emulsion polymerization. The properties of latex and nanocomposites were characterized by FTIR, NMR, TEM, laser particle diameter analyzer, DMA and TGA. The results showed that the particle diameter of composite latexes was about 33.5 nm, dynamic mechanical loss peak temperature Tp of the nanocomposites had the best high value at 99.6°C when 7 wt% MAP-POSS was added, which is 7.8°C higher than the pure polyacrylates. MAP-POSS could increase the thermal stability of materials, the initial thermal decomposition temperature increase about 34°C.
    Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering 04/2015; DOI:10.1080/03602559.2014.979497
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this work was to develop environmental friendly hydrophobic organomodified montmorillonite (OMMT) reinforced poly(amide-ester-imide) (PAEI) composites with enhanced their properties. At first, a chiral PAEI was obtained by step-growth polymerization of diol, N,N’-(1,3,5,7-tetraoxo-5,7-dihydropyrrolo[3,4-f]isoindole-2,6(1H,3H)-diyl)bis(4-hydroxybenzamide) with N-trimellitylimido-L-leucine. The blending of nanoclays with PAEI modifies the thermal property, and this change is strongly related to the dispersion of nanoclay in the polymer matrix. For this goal, positively charged chiral L-leucine was incorporated into the unmodified Cloisite-Na+ montmorillonite (MMT) for organomodification of MMT by cation-exchang method. Then PAEI/OMMT nanocomposites with different compositions were synthesized by solution intercalation method.
    Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering 03/2015; 54(5). DOI:10.1080/03602559.2014.961084
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    ABSTRACT: The bulk free radical copolymerization of D-limonene and 2-ethylhexyl acrylate (EHA) was conducted at 80°C using benzoyl peroxide (BPO) as initiator. Low conversion experiments were conducted to estimate the copolymer reactivity ratios. The reactivity ratios r 1 = 6.896 and r 2 = 0.032 (1 = EHA, 2 = d-limonene) were obtained using a non-linear, error-in-variables method with the RREVM computer program. High conversion experiments were performed and revealed that a degradative chain transfer mechanism for D-limonene dominated the polymerization.
    Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering 03/2015; 54(5). DOI:10.1080/03602559.2014.961080
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    ABSTRACT: The current trend towards sustainability has promoted a new interest in biodegradable plastics. Although there have been many studies on the behavior of biodegradable plastics, the changes in properties that may occur during use have not been fully documented. The mechanical properties of seven commercial service-ware items produced with biodegradable plastics were analyzed in this investigation. The effects of UV exposure, humidity, and accelerated aging on the mechanical properties were studied. In general, samples from polylactic acid and wheat straw had properties comparable to traditional synthetic plastics used in this application. However, the strength of other polymers such as bagasse, fiber pulp and potato starch was less than that of comparable synthetic plastics. The mechanical properties of the biopolymers generally deteriorated significantly upon exposure to UV radiation and humidity, with polylactic acid, wheatstraw, potato starch, and the bamboo bulrush wheatstraw blend being affected the most. Accelerated aging data indicate that after 6 months under ambient conditions, the potato starch, wheatstraw, and bamboo bulrush wheatstraw blend have a significant reduction in strength and modulus. In general, the thermal analysis behavior of most of the plastics was similar indicating a major weight loss of about 69–97% over a temperature range of 250–400C. Additional improvements may be necessary to increase the environmental resistance of these biopolymers so that they can be effective replacements for traditional plastics.
    Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering 03/2015; 54(5). DOI:10.1080/03602559.2014.935410
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    ABSTRACT: Esterified carbon nanotubes (MWCNT-COOC16H33) were prepared. Composite membranes were fabricated. An alternating current (AC) electric field was applied to the membrane structure orientation. The structures and properties of composite membranes were investigated. The fillers induced the β phase of PVDF; the electric field further enhanced the β phase and made more orderly structures. The fillers arranged along with the electric field and formed a thermal channel. The thermal conductivities of composite membranes were improved by MWCNT-COOC16H33. When the MWCNT-COOC16H33 content reached 5%, the thermal conductivity of composite membrane was 56.05% higher than pure PVDF and even 57.18% higher after alignment.
    Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering 03/2015; 54(5). DOI:10.1080/03602559.2014.935403
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    ABSTRACT: A new type of nanofiltration membranes was synthesized using solution blending polyvinylidine fluoride (PVDF) and poly(styrene-butadiene-styrene) with acid chloride-modified multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs-COCl) and acid chloride-modified nanotbes-grafted-silver nanoparticles (MWNTs-COCl-Ag). SEM of PVDF/SBS-MWCNTs-COCl-Ag nanocomposite membranes showed polymer-coated Ag particles grafted on the surface. Tensile testing depicted the enhanced mechanical stability of PVDF/SBS-MWCNTs-COCl-Ag membranes around 18.8–22.4 MPa relative to PVDF/SBS-MWCNTs-COCl (10.1–13.3 MPa). 0.1 wt.% MWCNTs-COCl-Ag also enhanced the water permeability of membrane. Moreover, acid chloride-modified MWCNTs and Ag nanoparticles enhanced thermal properties to T0 of 358°C, T10 of 476°C and Tmax around 599°C.
    Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering 03/2015; 54(5). DOI:10.1080/03602559.2014.935423