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Mechanical and UV-shielding properties of in situ synthesized poly(acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene)/zinc oxide nanocomposites

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  • Heriberto Rodríguez-Tobías,

    1. Departamento de Síntesis de Polímeros,, Centro de Investigación en Química Aplicada, Blvd. Enrique Reyna No. 140, (25253), Saltillo Coahuila, México
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  • Graciela Morales,

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    1. Departamento de Síntesis de Polímeros,, Centro de Investigación en Química Aplicada, Blvd. Enrique Reyna No. 140, (25253), Saltillo Coahuila, México
    • Departamento de Síntesis de Polímeros,, Centro de Investigación en Química Aplicada, Blvd. Enrique Reyna No. 140, (25253), Saltillo Coahuila, México
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  • Oliverio Rodríguez-Fernández,

    1. Departamento de Síntesis de Polímeros,, Centro de Investigación en Química Aplicada, Blvd. Enrique Reyna No. 140, (25253), Saltillo Coahuila, México
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  • Pablo Acuña

    1. Departamento de Síntesis de Polímeros,, Centro de Investigación en Química Aplicada, Blvd. Enrique Reyna No. 140, (25253), Saltillo Coahuila, México
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Abstract

A series of poly(acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene)/ZnO nanocomposites with different ZnO nanoparticles content were synthesized by a mass-suspension polymerization process. Nanocomposites obtained through this technique presented high impact resistance despite the presence of agglomerates for high ZnO nanoparticles content so that, these samples were subjected to twin-screw extrusion. The extrusion led to a dramatic morphological change and increased in impact resistance, higher than 100% in most of the cases. On the other hand, the higher the ZnO content, the higher the UV blocking (>95% for 1 and 3% of ZnO) for both materials, before and after extrusion. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 2013

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