Journal of Applied Polymer Science Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Wiley

Journal description

The Journal of Applied Polymer Science reports progress and significant results in the systematic practical application of polymer science. Areas of focus include plastics and their composites blends elastomers films and membranes fibers coatings and adhesives studies of emulsions and latices aging of polymers structural property-processing relationships extrusion and molding diffusion and permeability.

Current impact factor: 1.77

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 1.768
2013 Impact Factor 1.64
2012 Impact Factor 1.395
2011 Impact Factor 1.289
2010 Impact Factor 1.24
2009 Impact Factor 1.203
2008 Impact Factor 1.187
2007 Impact Factor 1.008
2006 Impact Factor 1.306
2005 Impact Factor 1.072
2004 Impact Factor 1.021
2003 Impact Factor 1.017
2002 Impact Factor 0.927
2001 Impact Factor 0.992
2000 Impact Factor 0.881
1999 Impact Factor 0.952
1998 Impact Factor 0.886
1997 Impact Factor 0.841
1996 Impact Factor 0.934
1995 Impact Factor 0.896
1994 Impact Factor 0.87
1993 Impact Factor 0.966
1992 Impact Factor 0.969

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.66
Cited half-life 8.50
Immediacy index 0.38
Eigenfactor 0.05
Article influence 0.32
Website Journal of Applied Polymer Science website
Other titles Journal of applied polymer science (Online), Journal of applied polymer science
ISSN 1097-4628
OCLC 38145842
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: The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of oxidized ferulic acid on some physicochemical features of bitter vetch protein concentrate-based films. Our results indicate that moisture content, total soluble matter, water vapor permeability, and mechanical resistance values of the films prepared in the presence of oxidized ferulic acid were significantly modified in comparison with the ones detected with films obtained in its absence. In fact, film moisture content, total soluble matter, and water vapor permeability significantly decreased when oxidized ferulic acid was added to the film forming solutions, whereas both film tensile strength and elongation at break resulted markedly higher. Moreover, atomic force and scanning electron microscopy analyses showed that film morphology was also markedly affected by the presence of oxidized ferulic acid, film surface roughness, and compactness resulting higher than the ones observed in control samples. Therefore, these findings show a marked improvement in obtaining edible films derived from cheap starting biopolymers, such as bitter vetch proteins, potentially useful for different food and pharmaceutical applications. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2016, 133, 42894.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 01/2016; 133(2). DOI:10.1002/app.42894

  • Journal of Applied Polymer Science 01/2016; 133(2):n/a-n/a. DOI:10.1002/app.42971
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    ABSTRACT: The main focus of this research was to prepare ecofriendly biodegradable packaging materials with carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA). Different blend films were prepared through the variation of the ratios of CMC to PVA (00:100, 30:70, 50:50, 70:30, 100:00 w/w) with and without hydrochloric acid. The mechanical properties, including the tensile strength (TS), percentage elongation at break (Eb), water uptake, and solubility in water, of the films were investigated. A soil burial test was also performed. The prepared films were characterized by attenuated total reflectance (ATR)–Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The highest TS and Eb values of the blend films were recorded as 19.52 MPa and 34.52%, respectively. ATR–FTIR spectroscopy, DSC, and TGA results provided that in the presence of HCl, a chemical reaction occurred between CMC and PVA. In addition, the water uptake, solubility in water, and biodegradability of the films were found to be reduced significantly. With all of these results, in presence of HCl, a blend made up of CMC and PVA with a ratio 30:70 was optimized as a biodegradable packaging material. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2016, 133, 42870.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 01/2016; 133(2). DOI:10.1002/app.42870

  • Journal of Applied Polymer Science 01/2016; DOI:10.1002/APP.43039
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    ABSTRACT: ABSTRACT: In this study the degradation of woven fabrics of meta-aramid and the blend of para-aramid and polybenzimidazole fibers when exposed to environmental conditions has been investigated under accelerated ageing conditions. Generally, these polymeric materials have been used for the outer layer of protective clothing, particularly for fire-fighting. The performance of these fabrics plays an important role in preventing burn-injuries to fire fighters. Frequent exposure of these materials to various environmental conditions (especially sunlight) can degrade the polymeric chain and affect their performance properties. Hence, the degradation of the fabrics has been studied in terms of loss of tensile and tear strength; reduction in abrasion resistance; and extension at break. It was observed that ultraviolet (UV) irradiation negatively impacted on the mechanical properties of both the polymeric materials significantly. This can be attributed to chemical changes in the polymeric chains due to the photo-oxidation of the polymer. Scanning electron microscopy images revealed surface decomposition of the filaments due to UV irradiation. Exposure of polybenzimidazole resulted in rapid loss of mechanical and chemical properties in comparison with meta-aramid. However, decomposition and degradation of polybenzidimazole was not statistically significant.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 01/2016; 133:43073. DOI:10.1002/app.43073
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    ABSTRACT: Silk fibroin film (SFF) with excellent mechanical properties was prepared for the first time with Bombyx mori silk fibroin as the material and 1-butyl-3-methyl imidazolium acetate ([Bmim]OAc) ionic liquid (IL) as the solvent. The aim was to understand whether the microstructure of SFF could be modified and whether the mechanical properties were improved when [Bmim]OAc IL was used as a solution. With this new system, the obtained SFF was easily peeled off of the substrate, and the silk fibroin proteins retained the α-helix secondary structure (silk I). Further test results show that the tensile strength (126.8–129.7 MPa) and anti-UV performance were stronger than the silk fibroin regenerated by traditional ways. Therefore, this study provided and identified a new method with [Bmim]OAc to obtain SFF with strong mechanical properties. This facile preparation and related SFF with excellent mechanical strength could have potential applications in biocompatible implants, synthetic coatings for artificial skin, and many other areas. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 42822.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 12/2015; 132(47). DOI:10.1002/app.42822
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    ABSTRACT: A biobased polymer derived from cashew nut shell liquid (CNSL) as a renewable resource was investigated for use as an antibacterial material. CNSL is a mixture of aromatics containing cardanol as the main component and cardol and 2-methylcardol as minor components. CNSL composition analyses showed that the minor components (i.e., cardol and 2-methylcardol) in CNSL had higher contents of unsaturated structures than cardanol. These higher unsaturated contents promoted the thermal polymerization in the preparation of an epoxy CNSL prepolymer (ECNP). The biobased polymer film was fabricated by the reaction of amine compounds and ECNP without any organic solvent. The ECNP film took less than 2.0 h to reach a hardened dry condition at room temperature because of the crosslinking reaction between epoxy and amine groups. The antibacterial activities of the biobased polymer against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus were evaluated. CNSL showed antibacterial activity against S. aureus, whereas epoxy CNSL and ECNP alone showed no significant antibacterial activity against E. coli or S. aureus. This indicated that the antibacterial activity was based on the phenolic and catechol hydroxyl groups of CNSL. In addition, a biobased polymer film derived from CNSL and diamine showed antibacterial activity against both E. coli and S. aureus, even with alcohol conditioning. This suggested that the antibacterial activity was certainly fixed in the structure of the ECNP-based polymers after the standard antisepsis treatment in medical facilities. Therefore, this biobased polymer could be useful in antibacterial materials as a coating and resin for health care applications. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 42725.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 12/2015; 132(45). DOI:10.1002/app.42725

  • Journal of Applied Polymer Science 11/2015; DOI:10.1002/app.43204
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    ABSTRACT: Multifunctional structural batteries and supercapacitors have the potential to improve performance and efficiency in advanced lightweight systems. A critical requirement is a structural electrolyte with superior multifunctional performance. We present here structural electrolytes prepared by the integration of liquid electrolytes with structural epoxy networks. Two distinct approaches were investigated: direct blending of an epoxy resin with a poly(ethylene-glycol) (PEG)- or propylene carbonate (PC)-based liquid electrolyte followed by in-situ cure of the resin; and formation of a porous neat epoxy sample followed by backfill with a PC-based electrolyte. The results show that in situ cure of the electrolytes within the epoxy network does not lead to good multifunctional performance due to a combination of plasticization of the structural network and limited percolation of the liquid network. In contrast, addition of a liquid electrolyte to a porous monolith results in both good stiffness and high ionic conductivity that approach multifunctional goals. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 42681.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 11/2015; 132(42). DOI:10.1002/app.42681
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    ABSTRACT: The Polylactide (PLA)/poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) blends with four different weight ratios were prepared by melt mixing. PLA and PHBV in PLA/PHBV blends were immiscible while the weak interaction between PLA and PHBV existed. The PHBV domains below 2 μm were dispersed in PLA matrix uniformly. The addition of PHBV made the crystallization of PLA easier due to PHBV acting as nucleating agent. PLA spherulites in PLA/PHBV blends presented various banded structures. In addition, the crystallinity of neat PLA was lower than those of PLA/PHBV blends. With the increase of PHBV content in PLA/PHBV blends, the crystallinity of PLA/PHBV blends increased. PHBV could enhance significantly the toughness of PLA. However, with the increase of PHBV content, the yield stress (σy), tensile modulus (E), and the yield strain (εy) of PLA/PHBV blends decreased gradually. In addition, incorporation of PHBV to PLA caused a transformation from an optical transparent to an opaque system. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 42689.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 11/2015; 132(42). DOI:10.1002/app.42689
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    ABSTRACT: Octa-ammonium chloride salt of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) was synthesized by a hydrolysis reaction and introduced into poly(p-phenylene-1,3,4-oxadiazole) (p-POD) and poly(p-phenylene terephthalamide) (PPTA) fibers by a finishing method to enhance the UV resistance. The effects of the POSS concentration, treatment temperature, and time on the tensile strength of the fibers were investigated. The surface morphology, mechanical properties, crystallinity, degree of orientation of fibers, and intrinsic viscosity of the polymer solution were characterized in detail. The results indicate that the tensile strength retention and intrinsic viscosity retention of the fibers treated with POSS were much higher than those of the untreated fibers after the same accelerated irradiation time; this demonstrated that this treatment method was feasible. We also found that the efficacy of the protection provided by POSS was more beneficial to p-POD than PPTA because of the different structure. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 42643.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 11/2015; 132(41). DOI:10.1002/app.42643
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of toluene degradation using impregnated microbial cellulose (MC) with titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (MC/TiO2). The effects of the initial toluene concentration and ultraviolet (UV) source on the degradation efficiency of toluene have been evaluated. The experimental results showed that the rate of toluene degradation decreased with an increasing of the inlet toluene concentration. After 40 min reaction time, the decomposition rate (%) of toluene decreased from 72.3% to 36.02% for experiments conducted at 100 and 500 ppm, respectively. The degradation efficiency of toluene decreased with application of UVA source instead of UVC source. The toluene degradation efficiency (%) reached to 87.79% and 76.87% for UVC and UVA irradiation, respectively. At initial toluene concentration of 100 mg/L, toluene degradation efficiency for photocatalysis and photolysis processes were 70.2% and 10.65%, respectively; indicating that the photocatalytic degradation efficiency is significantly higher than that of photolytic degradation efficiency. Furthermore, photocatalytic degradation kinetics of toluene was studied and the rates of degradation were found to conform to pseudo-second-order kinetic. As shown in the present study, impregnation of TiO2 nanoparticles on MC/TiO2 significantly increases toluene removal for short exposure time. It can be concluded that the MC acted as a local toluene concentrator by adsorbing pollutants from the air stream, and thereby diffusing them to the TiO2 nanoparticles for photodegradation. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2016, 133, 43051
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 11/2015; DOI:10.1002/app.43051
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    ABSTRACT: Elemental sulfur represents a largely unutilized resource for high performance materials development. In this context, elemental sulfur was investigated as reinforcing agent for high density polyethylene (HDPE) composites via extrusion. We were able to produce homogenous composites with sulfur content up to 30 wt %. Compounding was done at 190°C well above the polymerization temperature of elemental sulfur. Infrared and Raman spectroscopy showed that sulfur did not undergo chemical reaction with HDPE. Additionally, Raman spectroscopy showed that sulfur exists in its most stable allotrope, cyclooctasulfur (S8). Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) showed that sulfur is present in non-orthorhombic crystal and X-ray diffraction confirms the same. Results suggest that sulfur is predominantly in its cyclooctasulfur allotrope and occupies the amorphous region of HDPE. According to TEM and SEM microscopy, the composites were of high quality, smooth and without distinguishable defects. Quality and smoothness of composites depend on the experimental parameters and sulfur loading. The addition of elemental sulfur significantly improved the elongation at break of the composites from 835 to 1202% (43% increases with 15 wt % sulfur) despite the obvious fact that HDPE possess an already impressive elongation at break quality. Such phenomena have not been reported in the literature. The improved composites would be suitable for a variety of engineering applications.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 11/2015; DOI:10.1002/app.43060
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    ABSTRACT: To improve the flowability of waxy crude oil containing a high concentration of asphaltenes (AS), novel comb-type copolymers of poly(maleic acid polyethylene glycol ester-co--octadecene) (PMAC) and poly(maleic acid aniline amide-co--octadecene) (AMAC) with various grafting ratios (Rg) of PEG/aniline to maleic anhydride are synthesized. Model oils containing wax mixtures and AS are prepared to explore the effect of asphaltene concentration and the copolymers on the yield stress. The influence of the copolymers on the wax appearance temperature (WAT) of Liaohe high waxy oil is examined by rheological and microscopic methods. Experimental flow curves of shear stress as a function of shear rate are fitted following the Casson model to interpret the rheological properties of gelled waxy crude oil in the presence of AMACs, PMACs, and MAC. Compared with MAC, PMACs, and AMACs are more efficient in reducing the yield stress of both model oil and crude oil, which indicates a better flowability. It is found that PMAC1.0 and AMAC1.0 with a medium Rg can balance the interaction of copolymers with waxes and AS and reduce the yield stress much more than others. Between them, AMAC1.0 that possesses aromatic pendants is better than PMAC1.0, which only has polar pendants. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41660.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 11/2015; 132(11). DOI:10.1002/app.41660