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: 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
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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: 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: 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: 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
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    ABSTRACT: Antibacterial activity against Gram-negative bacteria of polypyrrole-coated fabrics has been demonstrated in the past. In this work, biocidal efficacy of polypyrrole has been evaluated against Gram-positive bacteria on textiles with different polypyrrole loading. Excellent bacterial reduction (≥99%) was found on cotton fabrics containing more than ∼9 wt % of polypyrrole. Polypyrrole loading can be greatly reduced in presence of silver. Silver-containing fabrics used in this work alone does not guarantee a complete biocidal effect, but the addition of just 2 wt % of polypyrrole showed a bacteria reduction of 99%. Moreover, stability to different washing procedures of the antibacterial activity was evaluated. Fabrics were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, and infrared spectroscopy. Stability of the coating was assessed by abrasion tests. PPy showed excellent fastness to abrasion. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41670.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 11/2015; 132(12). DOI:10.1002/app.41670
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    ABSTRACT: By adjusting the molar ratios of antistatic monomer of octyl phenol ethylene oxide acrylate (denoted as AS), rigid monomer of methyl methacrylate (denoted as MMA), and flame-retardant monomer of 2-(phosphoryloxymethyl oxyethylene) acrylate (denoted as FR), a series of flame-retardant antistatic copolymers poly (octyl phenol ethylene oxide acrylate-co-methyl methacrylate-co-phosphoryloxymethyl oxyethylene acrylate) (donated as AMF) were synthesized through radical polymerization. Among the obtained copolymers, two copolymers, AMF162 (the feed molar ratio of AS, MMA, and FR as 1 : 6 : 2) and AMF1104 (the feed molar ratio of AS, MMA, and FR as 1 : 10 : 4) with different concentrations were added into polypropylene (PP) to prepare PP-AMF162 and PP-AMF1104 series of composites. The thermal stability, limiting oxygen index, the antistatic property, and mechanical properties of PP composites were tested and analyzed. PP-AMF162 series composites have excellent antistatic effect. When the AMF162 content was equal to or <15 wt %, the impact strength of PP-AMF162 composites was higher than that of pure PP. The results indicated that copolymer AMF162 was a suitable flame-retardant and antistatic additive for PP. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41677.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 11/2015; 132(12). DOI:10.1002/app.41677
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    ABSTRACT: Poly(ether sulfone) flat-sheet membranes were fabricated via phase inversion with different nonsolvent mixtures. The effect of the nonsolvent water with the addition of various amounts of ethanol, acetone, or isopropyl alcohol on the membrane morphology (as measured with scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy) and the filtration performance were investigated. For the statistical evaluation of the fabrication process, on average, six membranes were produced. The pure water flux (PWF) and macromolecule retention were determined via filtration experiments. The presence of coagulation additives resulted in modified precipitation kinetics and thermodynamics, yielded different membrane structures, and therefore, influenced the performance. The results show that the addition of ethanol, acetone, and isopropyl alcohol in low concentrations (up to 10%) to water led to an increasing PWF. Higher concentrations led to a decrease in PWF. For high concentrations (>30%), a change in the membrane morphology from fingerlike to spongelike structures was expected, and this was experimentally proven for the case of ethanol. One main finding was the similarity of the influence of the used additives on the membrane performance. This was to be expected from Flory–Huggins theory for additives with high water miscibility; hence, under these circumstances, entropic and not energetic reasoning dominated the phase-inversion process. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41645.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 11/2015; 132(11). DOI:10.1002/app.41645
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    ABSTRACT: A novel method of grafting styrene onto linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) by suspension polymerization was systematically evaluated. Cyclohexane as a compatibilizer was introduced to swell and activate the surface of LLDPE molecular chain for amplifying the contact point of styrene monomer with LLDPE. A series of copolymer of grafting polystyrene (PS) onto LLDPE, known as LLDPE-g-PS, were prepared with different ratios of cyclohexane/styrene monomer and various LLDPE dosages. FTIR and 1H NMR techniques both confirmed successful PS grafting onto the LLDPE chains. In addition, SEM images of LLDPE-g-PS particles showed that the cross-section morphology becomes smooth and dense with suitable cyclohexane dosages, indicating a better compatibility between LLDPE and PS. The highest grafting efficiency was 28.4% at 10 mL/g cyclohexane and styrene monomer when 8% LLDPE was added. In these conditions, the LLDPE-g-PS elongation at break increased by about 30 times compared with PS. Moreover, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) demonstrated that LLDPE-g-PS possesses much higher thermal stability than pure PS. Therefore, the optimal amount of cyclohexane as compatibilizer could increase the grafting efficiency and improve the toughness of PS. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41671.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 11/2015; 132(12). DOI:10.1002/app.41671
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    ABSTRACT: We report a facile method to synthesize hollow silica microtubes (SMTs) from electrospun cellulose acetate fiber precursors. Specific surface areas of up to 765 m2/g (Brunauer–Emmett–Teller) were measured for the SMTs, which had a typical wall thickness of ∼100 nm and submicron inner diameters. An average pore size of 4.6 nm and pore volume of 0.41 cm3/g were derived from Barrett–Joyner–Halenda fitting, whereas Horvath–Kawazoe pore size distribution analysis revealed microporous median pore size and maximum pore volume of 0.7 nm and 0.18 cm3/g, respectively. The as-prepared SMTs featuring micro- and mesoporous structures in the walls where amino-functionalized to facilitate a very high drug loading (15% by weight). Drug release profile revealed sustained release rates (79% of acetylsalicylic acid was released after 6 h). It is concluded that the high drug loading and sustained release resulted from the advantageous integration of SMTs' hollow structure and wall mesoporosity. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 42562.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 10/2015; 132(38). DOI:10.1002/app.42562
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    ABSTRACT: In this article, epoxy shape-memory polymer (ESMP) reinforced with 1 wt % thermally reduced graphite oxide (TrGO) was fabricated by solution blending and three-roll mill (TRM) mixing, respectively. Both blending techniques allowed a uniform TrGO dispersion in ESMP matrix, and the TRM mixing lead to an exfoliation of the TrGO worms. Compared with pristine ESMP, the TrGO/ESMP composites showed 36.4–41.1% increase in Young's modulus and 38.1–44.1% improvement in tensile strength. The TrGO/ESMP composite fabricated by TRM mixing had a T5% (the temperature where the material lost 5% of its initial weight) 16.4°C higher than pure ESMP. Compared with pure ESMP, a significant improvement of recovery force by 84.4% and 311.1% was obtained by TrGO/ESMP composite fabricated by solution blending and TRM mixing, respectively. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 42502.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 10/2015; 132(38). DOI:10.1002/app.42502
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    ABSTRACT: A series of polyamide4-block-poly(vinyl acetate)s were synthesized by the radical polymerization of vinyl acetate (VAc) using an azo macromolecular initiator composed of polyamide4 (PA4). The block copolymers were investigated by examining their molecular weight, structure, thermal and mechanical properties, biodegradation, and the morphology of the film surface. The compositions and molecular weights (Mw) ranging from 46,800 to 163,700 g mol−1 of the block copolymers varied linearly with increasing molar ratio of VAc to azo-PA4. The block copolymers have high melting points of 248.2–262.5°C owing to PA4 blocks and heats of fusion, which were linearly dependent on the PA4 content. The mechanical properties of the block copolymers were monotonically dependent on the composition, i.e., increasing the PA4 content increased the tensile strength, whereas increasing the poly(vinyl acetate) content increased the elongation at break. The morphology of the block copolymers suggested the appearance of microphase separation. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 42466.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 10/2015; 132(37):n/a-n/a. DOI:10.1002/app.42466
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    ABSTRACT: We have developed a novel approach of incorporating UV-blocking features into contact lenses by dispersing nanoparticles into the lenses. The nanoparticles are prepared by controlling polymerization dynamics using chain terminating and chain transfer agents. A theoretical model is developed to predict the effect of various formulation parameters on the particle size. This approach can produce UV-blocking nanoparticles of controlled size below 10 nm in diameter with close to 10% conversion. The model predictions for the mean size are in reasonable agreement with the experimental data. The nanoparticles are cleaned and loaded in silicone hydrogel contact lenses by soaking the lenses in a solution of particles in ethanol and acetone. Lenses loaded with about 6% particles w/w in the hydrated lens block sufficient UV light to be classified as Class 1 blockers. The nanoparticles are retained in the lens during soaking in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) and are stable to sterilization by autoclaving. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 42495.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 10/2015; 132(37):n/a-n/a. DOI:10.1002/app.42495
  • Journal of Applied Polymer Science 10/2015; 132(37):n/a-n/a. DOI:10.1002/app.42525
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, we aimed to modify chitosan (CS) as a novel compatible bio-based nanofiller for improving the compatibility including the thermal and mechanical properties of poly(lactic acid) (PLA). The modification of CS with poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (PEGMA) was done by radiation-induced graft copolymerization. The effects of the dose rate, irradiation dose, and PEGMA concentration on the degree of grating (DG) were investigated. The chemical structure, packing structure, thermal stability, particle morphology, and size of the PEGMA-graft-chitosan nanoparticles (PEGMA-graft-CSNPs) were characterized by fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, and transmission electron microscopy. The compatibility of the PEGMA-graft-CSNP/PLA blends was also assessed by field emission scanning electron microscopy. The PEGMA-graft-CSNPs exhibited a spherical shape with the DG and particle sizes in the ranges of 3–145% and 35–104 nm, respectively. The PEGMA-graft-CSNPs showed compatible with PLA because of the grafted PEGMA segment. A model case study of the PEGMA-graft-CSNP/PLA blend demonstrated the improvement not only the compatibility but also thermal stability flexibility, and ductility of PLA. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 42522.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 10/2015; 132(37):n/a-n/a. DOI:10.1002/app.42522
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    ABSTRACT: To obtain an environmentally friendly and efficient scale inhibitor, carboxymethyl quaternary ammonium oligochitosan (CM-QAOC) was prepared from chitosan, which was depolymerized by nitrous acid, and then reacted with chloroacetic acid and glycidyl trimethyl ammonium chloride via carboxymethylation and quaternization, respectively. The chitosan derivatives were characterized by Fourier transform infrared and NMR spectroscopy. The inhibition performance for CM-QAOC was evaluated by a conductivity method and a static antiscaling test. The experiments demonstrated that CM-QAOC showed an excellent scale-inhibition performance. With a Ca2+ concentration of 240 mg/L, CM-QAOC at a concentration of 50 mg/L and pH 8.0 gave an antiscaling ratio of more than 98%. So, CM-QAOC could be applied as an excellent antiscaling agent. Furthermore, a detectable fluorescence of CM-QAOC solution was observed. To understand this interesting fluorescence phenomenon and to explore the probability of its being a fluorescent tracer, the relations between the fluorescence intensities and CM-QAOC concentrations and the pH influence on the fluorescence intensities were investigated. The results show the fluorescence intensities accorded well with the concentrations of CM-QAOC with a detection limit of 0.6046 mg/L, and the fluorescence intensity was constant within pH 5–9; this indicated that it had the potential of its being a fluorescent tracer. Thus, CM-QAOC could be applied as an antiscaling water-treatment chemical and as a fluorescence tracer directly without any further modifications. It could be self-traced online and in real time with its own fluorescence, although more work should be done to investigate its fluorescent mechanism and its tracing properties in detail. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 42518.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 10/2015; 132(37):n/a-n/a. DOI:10.1002/app.42518