Advances in Polymer Technology (Adv Polymer Tech)

Publisher: Polymer Processing Institute, Wiley

Journal description

Advances in Polymer Technology a quarterly peer-reviewed journal edited under the auspices of the Polymer Processing Institute presents important developments in polymeric materials production and processing methods and equipment and product design. In addition to original articles on trends and advances in polymer technology the editors welcome review articles technico-economic studies and patent reviews as well as short communications on new processing and product technologies for plastics elastomers and other polymers. Examples are technologies for reactive processing multiphase polymer systems simulation of processing and product design recycling and degradation on-line rheological morphological and compositional measurements and specialty polymers for specific applications. Submissions should be directed to the Editor Dr. Theodore Davidson Polymer Processing Institute Suite 3901 Guttenberg Building New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark NJ 07102-1982 or to the Editor - Europe Dr. Leno Mascia Loughborough University Institute of Polymer Technology and Materials Engineering Loughborough Leics LE11 3TU UK.

Current impact factor: 1.05

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 1.045
2013 Impact Factor 2.147
2012 Impact Factor 1.096
2011 Impact Factor 0.875
2010 Impact Factor 0.7
2009 Impact Factor 0.769
2008 Impact Factor 0.979
2007 Impact Factor 0.833
2006 Impact Factor 0.698
2005 Impact Factor 0.541
2004 Impact Factor 0.862
2003 Impact Factor 0.54
2002 Impact Factor 0.54
2001 Impact Factor 0.569
2000 Impact Factor 0.714
1999 Impact Factor 0.583
1998 Impact Factor 0.28
1997 Impact Factor 0.623
1996 Impact Factor 0.63
1995 Impact Factor 0.569

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.22
Cited half-life >10.0
Immediacy index 0.20
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.26
Website Advances in Polymer Technology website
Other titles Advances in polymer technology (Online), Advances in polymer technology, Polymer technology
ISSN 1098-2329
OCLC 38866529
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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    ABSTRACT: Nanocomposites of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP)/silver-doped zinc oxide (Ag-doped ZnO) ternary blends were prepared and characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, ultraviolet (UV), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and conductivity studies. The FTIR and UV spectrum indicated the intermolecular interaction between the polar part of blend and the metal oxide nanoparticles. SEM and XRD patterns ascertained the structurally ordered arrangements of nanoparticles within the polymer matrix. The DSC results showed that the addition of Ag-doped ZnO particles to PVA/PVP decreases the thermal behavior such as glass transition and melting temperature of the blend. The TGA study indicated that the composites attained better thermal resistance than a pure blend and the thermal stability of the composite increases with an increase in the concentration of nanoparticles. The electrical properties such as AC conductivity and dielectric properties of the composites were increased with an increase in content of nanoparticles up to a certain concentration (5 wt%), and thereafter the value was found to decrease.
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of present work is to study the behavior of completely biodegradable starch-based composites containing okra cellulosic fibers in the range from 5 to 25 wt%. The cornstarch matrix and composites were prepared by using urea–formaldehyde as a cross-linking agent. The cross-linked cornstarch matrix and its composites were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and thermogravimetric analysis. Furthermore, thermal and different mechanical properties, i.e., tensile, compressive, and flexural strength of composites, were also studied. The thermal stability of fiber-reinforced composite was increased as compared to starch matrix. The mechanical properties of composite such as tensile, compressive, and flexural have been found to increase with the increase in fiber content up to 15% loading. The composite specimens tested for tensile, compressive, and flexural strength at 15% fiber loading exhibited values of 17.78 ± 0.89, 33.55 ± 1.67 and 60.1 ± 3.01 MPa, respectively. Furthermore, the matrix and composites were subjected to biodegradation studies through the soil burial method.
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    ABSTRACT: Methoxy-2,2-bis(methoxymethyl)butane as a new internal donor was synthesized by the reaction of 1,1,1-tris(hydroxymethyl)propane with sodium hydride as the base and methyl iodide as the alkyl halide. The tri-ether compound was characterized by NMR and FTIR techniques. The MgCl2-supported titanium catalysts were incorporated with varying amounts of 1-methoxy-2,2-bis(methoxymethyl)butane as the internal donor (ID) and also without the internal donor were synthesized, and then the prepared catalysts were characterized. The concentration of titanium, magnesium, and chloride were determined by spectrophotometry and by complexometric and argentometric titration, respectively. The polymerization of propylene was carried out with the prepared catalysts in conjunction with triethylaluminum as a cocatalyst and hydrogen as a chain transfer agent, with and without cyclohexylmethyldimethoxysilane as the external donor. The effects of a new internal donor on MgCl2-supported Ziegler–Natta catalysts for propylene polymerization were investigated, and then these results were compared to the obtained polypropylenes results, which were obtained using the conventional Ziegler–Natta catalyst containing diisobutyl phthalate as the internal donor. The highest isotacticity, melting temperature, and crystallinity degree of polypropylene were obtained using Cat-D with an ID/Mg molar ratio equal to 0.44, and the highest catalytic activity is related to Cat-B with an ID/Mg molar ratio equal to 0.22. The Ziegler–Natta catalysts incorporated with various ID/Mg molar ratios of 1-methoxy-2,2-bis(methoxymethyl)butane were synthesized. The polymerization of propylene was carried out with the prepared catalysts. The highest catalytic activity is related to Cat-B with an ID/Mg molar ratio equal to 0.22. The catalyst with an optimum ID/Mg molar ratio equal to 0.44 is a favorable catalyst for polymerization of propylene.
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    ABSTRACT: In the current research, the sonochemically prepared magnetite nanoparticles (MNPs) were silylated with triethoxyvinylsilane to produce a core–shell structure containing vinyl moieties on the surface. The radical polymerization of the silylated product with acrylic acid in the presence of N,N-methylenebisacrylamide, as the cross-linker, led to the formation of novel magnetic hydrogel nanocomposites (MHNCs) in which some of polyacrylic acid (PAA) chains were chemically grafted onto MNPs (PAA-grafted MNPs). Vibrating sample magnetometry showed the unique phenomenon of superparamagnetism for the prepared MNPs, silylated MNPs, and PAA-grafted MNPs. Batch adsorption experiments were carried out for the removal of methylene blue (MB) using pure hydrogel and MHNCs as an adsorbent. The effects of contact time, PAA-grafted MNP content, adsorbent mass, and initial pH value of the dye solution on adsorption were investigated. Results showed the MHNC containing 10 wt% of PAA-grafted MNP (MHNC 10 wt%) had the maximum adsorption capacity. It was observed that the adsorption kinetics of MB followed pseudo–second-order kinetics. The adsorption equilibrium data obeyed Langmuir isotherm, and the maximum adsorption amount of MB reached 507.7 mg g–1 for MHNC 10 wt%. It was shown that the adsorbed MB could be desorbed from the MHNCs by using methanol solution containing acetic acid and the nanoadsorbents could be recycled.
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    ABSTRACT: Mn-doped nanocrystalline ZnO (MnxZn1–xO) was incorporated in the polyvinylidene fluoride thin film for obtaining the free-standing flexible film by the sol–gel technique. The effect of Mn-ZnO loading on the optical and microstructural properties of the Mn-ZnO/polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) composite films was studied critically for the as-deposited and the poled samples. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman spectroscopy were carried out to study the bonding environment. The XPS spectra recorded for poled samples from the fluorine-terminated surface showed a very strong peak at ∼695 eV for F1s arising due to C–F bonds. Raman studies showed the presence of the predominant β phase of PVDF in the sample. Peaks related to ZnO nanocrystals were also observed in the Raman spectra. Photoluminescence spectra indicated a strong emission band at ∼2.79 eV in the ultraviolet region arising out of near band edge emission of free excitons.
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    ABSTRACT: Polyurethane (PU) production with the use of vegetable oils is greatly appreciated by researchers due to their low cost, easy availability, and nontoxic nature. The addition of TiO2 in castor oil–based PU adhesive led to a remarkable enhancement in its mechanical and chemical resistance, an increase in Tg value, and the adhesion. TGA analysis was done to study the thermal stability of prepared adhesive. The adhesive was also characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and FT-IR spectroscopy. Influence of various factors such as the NCO/OH molar ratio, hydroxyl value of polyols, and the amount of filler on the properties of adhesive were studied in detail. The adhesive with a mole ratio of NCO/OH equaling to 1.2, filled with 3 wt% TiO2, was found to be much better than the commercial adhesive used for bonding wood, when tested for single lap shear strength in various environmental conditions.
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    ABSTRACT: In this paper, the effects of silicone surfactant on the mechanical, thermal, and acoustical properties of flexible polyurethane foams are studied. At first, by introducing the reactions of the foam production and expressing the stoichiometric relationships, a method is provided to select the amounts of the basic compounds for getting the desirable properties. By knowing the OH number of polyol and the NCO content of isocyanate after selecting an amount of a blowing agent for the reaction, the quantity of each compound to produce the desirable foam can be found. Then different foams with various amounts of surfactant are produced. By preparing proper samples, the mechanical, thermal, nonacoustical, and acoustical properties of the foams are measured or calculated by using different instruments. The nonacoustical properties are obtained based on two distinct methods, i.e., a semiphenomenological method and an indirect method. The obtained properties are validated by comparing the calculated theoretical sound absorption coefficients with the measured ones. The results show that with a small increase of surfactant, the acoustical properties of foam samples improve by about 50% without any significant changes in other mechanical and thermal properties of the foams. This improvement results from the variations of reticulation rate and cell size. In addition, the initial desirable porosity and density considered in the stoichiometric relations are fairly achieved in produced samples. These results validate the accuracy of the stoichiometric relations.
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    ABSTRACT: Herein we investigated new type of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) nanocomposites by solution polymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA) in the presence of multimodified Layer double hydroxide (LDHs). Two different anionic exchange capacities LiAl and MgAl types of LDHs were used and modified with cocoamphodipropionate (K2) and sodium dodecyl sulfate by the anionic ion exchange method. The modified and pure LDHs have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Solution-polymerized PMMA nanocomposite LDH dispersion morphology was investigated by transmission electron microscopy and XRD. Thermo-mechanical, gas barrier, and optical clarity properties of nanocomposite systems are greatly improved relative to the virgin PMMA.
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    ABSTRACT: The versatility of plastic materials allows engineering components of very complex geometries and functionalities to be injection molded from them. Because the manufacturing cost of a mold increases with the complexity of the cavity, it is important to optimize the design of component and mold concurrently. In this study, a methodology for determining the optimum parting direction (PD) considering mold-manufacturing factors such as tool accessibility and the amount of material to be removed is presented. The methodology starts with an accessibility analysis in which a three-dimensional part is discretized, and candidate PDs are selected based on maximizing the accessible area, that is, the area that can be machined with a single workpiece orientation or setup. Then, the rough machining process is considered, and an optimum PD that minimizes the rough machining time for both the cavity and core plates is selected. The methodology is applied to four different automotive components: a mirror cover, an interior panel, a pillar, and a fender splash shield.
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    ABSTRACT: In this article, a simple ultrasonic irradiation method for preparing novel poly(vinyl pyrrolidone)/poly(amide-imide)-SiO2 nanocomposites (PVP/PAI-SiO2 NC)s is reported. For this purpose, PAI-SiO2 NC as a filler was embedded in PVP. The presence of incorporated filler into the PVP matrix is established by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), atomic force microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The filler has an average particle size of 10-20 nm as observed by TEM. The FE-SEM images show that the filler was uniformly dispersed in the polymer matrix. Thermogravimetric analysis results showed that the addition of filler favored the enhancement of thermal stability of PVP/PAI-SiO2 NCs.
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, the authors employed a good dispersion of MWCNT within the phase change material (PCM)/polymer (PEG/PAN) electrospinning solution to enhance the thermal properties of shape stabilized phase change nanocomposite nanofibers (PCNNs). In this regard, nanofibers with and without MWCNT were produced (with approximately similar diameters) and the effect of a good dispersion of MWCNT on the thermal, physical and mechanical properties of the nanofibrous samples was evaluated. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were utilized to observe the surface morphology and interior structures of electrospun nanofibers, respectively. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) were utilized to evaluate the degree of crystallinity (DOC) and thermal stability of the samples, respectively. The DSC results of phase change nanofibers (PCNs) and the PCNNs confirmed that the presence of MWCNT extremely boosts the DOC of nanofibers (44.69% and 93.64% for PCNs and PCNNs, respectively), which can be attributed to the nucleation effect of MWCNTs. Moreover, the X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern and tensile test results showed that the presence of MWCNT can affect the average size of crystals and mechanical strength of nanofibers, respectively. Altogether, the present study demonstrates that the SPCNNs has good mechanical and thermal properties and appropriate potential for use in numerous thermal energy storage (TES) applications.
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    ABSTRACT: In the present study, two new kinds of modified poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-maleic anhydride) hydrogels have been prepared and studied as pH-sensitive drug carriers. At first, poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-maleic anhydride) (PGMA-co-MA) was prepared via free-radical polymerization of glycidyl methacrylate and maleic anhydride in the presence of benzoyl peroxide as an initiator. Then the copolymer was modified with two different kinds of amino-containing compounds, 2-aminopyridine and 4-aminobutyric acid. Samples were characterized by FT-IR and TGA analysis. Besides, the water-swelling behavior was studied to determine the approximate swelling capacity. Then as a model, Cefotaxime drug was loaded on both hydrogels, and the release studies were carried out at different pH values (3, 7, and 8, respectively). It was concluded from the results that the amino acid–modified hydrogel has a more controlled release rate than the aminopyridine-modified hydrogel. But generally, both of these hydrogels showed acceptable response to different pH values and can be employed as pH-sensitive drug carriers.
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study is to synthesize flame-retardant additive by using B/P/N and to investigate this additive's performance in the ultraviolet (UV) curable system. Therefore, in the first stage, borate ester (triethanolamine borate, TEAB) was synthesized by the reaction of boric acid and triethanolamine. In the second stage, phosphate salt of borate ester (triethanolamine borate polyphosphoric acid, TEAB-PPA) was synthesized by the reaction of borate ester (TEAB), which synthesized in the first stage and PPA. Thermal stability and flammability of the samples were evaluated by thermal gravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, and limiting oxygen index. The samples were characterized with the following analyses: Fourier transform infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance, UV transmittance, gel content, water absorption capacity, and stress–strain test. Hydrophilicity of the samples was determined by the contact angle measurements. Moreover, the surface morphology of the samples was investigated by a scanning electron microscopy–energy dispersive spectrometer mapping. The obtained results prove that boron, nitrogen, and phosphorus increased the flame retardancy property of the synthesized additive and suggest desired flame retardancy using various resins and different ratio of additives.
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    ABSTRACT: Plant oil and derivatives have been used in polymer biomaterials, especially as starting materials for the synthesis of bio-based polymers. The uses have many advantages such as biodegradability, renewability, energy saving, easy of production, less CO2 emission, and low price. Hydrogels were prepared from natural materials: acrylate-epoxidized soybean oil and dextran. The effects of temperature, reaction time, and molar ratios of the reactants were examined on acrylation of dextran of the hydrogel. The dextran acrylates were tested for their solubility and characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and nuclear magnetic resonance. Hydrogels were characterized by FT-IR. The pore sizes of hydrogels were examined by scanning electronic microscopy. Also, swelling tests were performed on hydrogels. The new biodegradable hydrogels were formed from dextran and different molecular weights of acrylate-epoxidized soybean oil, by the Michael addition reaction using pentaerythritol tetrakis(3-mercaptopropionate) (QT) and triethylamine as catalyst at 30/70 composition.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Advances in Polymer Technology