Journal of Applied Polymer Science

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November 15, 2014

Volume 131, Issue 22

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      Article first published online: 18 AUG 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41131

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      Cross-linked polyacrylamide hydrogel is a biocompatible actuating and sensing polyelectrolyte that adapts and responds to physicochemical, electrical, and biochemical stimulations. The main problem of polyacrylamide actuators is their prohibitively slow actuation rate. Maria Bassil, Judy AL Moussawel, Michael Ibrahim, Georges Azzi, and Mario El Tahchi fabricate well-aligned and covalently crosslinked hydrogel microfibers. The microfiber "muscle-like actuators" are biocompatible, non-biodegradable, and present tunable electroactivity and instantaneous response time. They replicate the small scales of the muscle sarcomeres that can achieve fast response. The cover shows a SEM picture of the swollen smart hydrogel microfiber. DOI: 10.1002/app.41092

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      Article first published online: 18 AUG 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41132

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      In recent years, as efficient use of water available for crops has become highly relevant, the use of superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) has been viewed as an innovative tool to improve water use efficiency in agricultural operations. K. S. V. Poorna Chandrika, Anupama Singh, Dhruba Jyoti Sarkar, Abhishek Rathore, and Anil Kumar prepare crosslinked guar gum-g-polyacrylate superabsorbent hydrogels to explore their potential as soil conditioners and carriers. The addition of guar gum-SAP significantly enhances the moisture characteristics of plant growth media, showing that it has potential for diverse applications in moisture stress agriculture. The cover shows a SEM image of guar gum. DOI: 10.1002/app.41060

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      An overview of luminescent bio-based composites

      Ricardo J. B. Pinto, Luís D. Carlos, Paula A. A. P. Marques, Armando J. D. Silvestre and Carmen S. R. Freire

      Article first published online: 9 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41169

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    1. Graphene oxide reinforced chitosan/polyvinylpyrrolidone polymer bio-nanocomposites

      Mounir El Achaby, Youness Essamlali, Nassima El Miri, Asmae Snik, Karima Abdelouahdi, Aziz Fihri, Mohamed Zahouily and Abderrahim Solhy

      Article first published online: 10 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41042

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    2. The influence of in situ polymerized epoxidized A/F bisphenol-chitosan on features of oilwell cement slurry—Molecular-level analysis and long-term interaction of API fracturing fluid

      Eunice F. S. Vieira, Pablo F. Lima, Ivory M. G. dos Santos, Antonio S. Mangrich, Amanda A. de França, Gwenn Le Saoût and Antonio R. Cestari

      Article first published online: 11 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41044

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    3. Degradability of extruded polyethylene/chitosan blends compatibilized with polyethylene-graft-maleic anhydride under natural weathering

      Dora Evelia Rodríguez-Félix, Jesús Manuel Quiroz-Castillo, Heriberto Grijalva-Monteverde, Teresa del Castillo-Castro, Silvia Elena Burruel-Ibarra, Francisco Rodríguez-Félix, Tomás Madera-Santana, Rafael Enrique Cabanillas and Pedro Jesús Herrera-Franco

      Article first published online: 10 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41045

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    4. Synthesis, characterization and application of novel polyacrylamide-grafted barley

      Gautam Sen, Sumit Mishra, Kartick Prasad Dey and Srijita Bharti

      Article first published online: 17 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41046

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    5. Surface modification using self-assembled layers of amphiphilic cyclodextrins

      Ludmilla Lumholdt, Nielsen Thorbjørn Terndrup and Larsen Kim Lambertsen

      Article first published online: 13 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41047

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    6. Effects of wide-range γ-irradiation doses on the structures and properties of 4,4′-dicyclohexyl methane diisocyanate based poly(carbonate urethane)s

      Chen Zhang, Xiujuan Jiang, Zhiyang Zhao, Lixin Mao, Liqun Zhang and Phil Coates

      Article first published online: 1 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41049

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    7. Crosslinking effect on polydimethylsiloxane elastic modulus measured by custom-built compression instrument

      Zhixin Wang, Alex A. Volinsky and Nathan D. Gallant

      Article first published online: 10 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41050

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    8. Electrospun polyvinyl alcohol/waterborne polyurethane composite nanofibers involving cellulose nanofibers

      Lei Dai, Zhu Long, Xue-hong Ren, Hai-bo Deng, Hong He and Wen Liu

      Article first published online: 10 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41051

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    9. Electrical, mechanical, and crystallization properties of ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene copolymer/multiwalled carbon nanotube composites

      Yuan Rui, Jiaxi Guo, Jeff Harwell, Tomoaki Nakanishi, Seigo Kotera and Brian P. Grady

      Article first published online: 16 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41052

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    10. Calcined Zn/Al hydrotalcites as solid base catalysts for glycolysis of poly(ethylene terephthalate)

      Feifei Chen, Feng Yang, Guanghui Wang and Wei Li

      Article first published online: 11 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41053

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    11. Study on the accelerated biodegradation of PP modified with an organic pro-degradant additive

      Larissa Stieven Montagna, Maria Madalena de Camargo Forte and Ruth Marlene Campomanes Santana

      Article first published online: 16 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41054

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    12. ZIF-11/Polybenzimidazole composite membrane with improved hydrogen separation performance

      Lunxi Li, Jianfeng Yao, Xiaojing Wang, Yi-Bing Cheng and Huanting Wang

      Article first published online: 16 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41056

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    13. Patterned polymer surfaces with wetting contrast prepared by polydopamine modification

      Liang Zhang, Haizhu Yu, Ning Zhao, Zhi-Min Dang and Jian Xu

      Article first published online: 21 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41057

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    14. Submerged friction stir weld of polyethylene sheets

      Jicheng Gao, Yifu Shen, Jingqing Zhang and Haisheng Xu

      Article first published online: 21 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41059

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    15. pH-sensitive crosslinked guar gum-based superabsorbent hydrogels: Swelling response in simulated environments and water retention behavior in plant growth media

      K. S. V. Poorna Chandrika, Anupama Singh, Dhruba Jyoti Sarkar, Abhishek Rathore and Anil Kumar

      Article first published online: 17 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41060

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    16. Improving heat ageing and thermal properties of silicone rubber using montmorillonite clay

      Nik Intan Nik Ismail, M. Ali Ansarifar and Mo Song

      Article first published online: 19 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41061

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    17. Preparation of poly(methyl methacrylate)-grafted attapulgite by surface-Initiated radical polymerization

      Haicun Yang, Hongting Pu and Fanghong Gong

      Article first published online: 13 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41062

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    18. An anisotropic ink based on crystalline nanocellulose: Potential applications in security printing

      Chakkresit Chindawong and Diethelm Johannsmann

      Article first published online: 16 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41063

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    19. Performances of larch (larix gmelini) tannin modified urea–formaldehyde (TUF) resin and plywood bonded by TUF resin

      Jizhi Zhang, Haijiao Kang, Qiang Gao, Jianzhang Li, Antonio Pizzi and Luc Delmotte

      Article first published online: 21 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41064

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    20. A new strategy for plasticizing and stabilization of PVC mixtures

      Radka Kalousková, Helena Fartáková, Lenka Malinová and Jiří Brožek

      Article first published online: 12 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41066

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    21. Electrospinning polycaprolactone dissolved in glacial acetic acid: Fiber production, nonwoven characterization, and In Vitro evaluation

      José Luís Ferreira, Susana Gomes, Célia Henriques, João Paulo Borges and Jorge Carvalho Silva

      Article first published online: 18 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41068

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    22. Nanomechanical properties of poly(trimethylene malonate) and poly(trimethylene itaconate) during hydrolytic degradation

      Ersan Eyiler, I.-W. Chu, Mathew D. Rowe and Keisha B. Walters

      Article first published online: 30 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41069

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    23. Nitrile functionalized benzoxazine/bismaleimide blends and their glass cloth reinforced laminates

      Jing Zhang, Chunli Zhu, Pengfeng Geng, Yanze Wei and Zaijun Lu

      Article first published online: 24 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41072

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    24. Poly(lactic acid) stereocomplex formation: Application to PLA rheological property modification

      Sajjad Saeidlou, Michel A. Huneault, Hongbo Li and Chul B. Park

      Article first published online: 21 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41073

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    25. Amorphous poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) nanoparticles prepared with recombinant phasins and PHB depolymerase

      Jong Kook Rho, Mun Hwan Choi, Merced Gutierrez, Baoxia Tian, Taesik Yoo, Jung Eun Baek, Mohsin Shah and Sung Chul Yoon

      Article first published online: 17 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41074

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    26. Effects of quasi-3D stacking architecture on interlaminar shear strength and void content of FRP

      Xiaohui Zhang, Yugang Duan, Xinming Zhao and Dichen Li

      Article first published online: 21 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41076

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    27. The effects on mechanical properties and crystallization of poly (l-lactic acid) reinforced by cellulosic fibers with different scales

      Tingju Lu, Man Jiang, Xiaoling Xu, Shengli Zhang, David Hui, Jihua Gou and Zuowan Zhou

      Article first published online: 19 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41077

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    28. Synthesis and characterization of crosslinked chitosan immobilized on bentonite and its grafted products with polyaniline

      Fawzia I. El-Dib, Mohammed H. M. Hussein, Hassan H. H. Hefni, Ghada Eshaq and Ahmed E. ElMetwally

      Article first published online: 21 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41078

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    29. Influence of glycerides–xanthan gum synergy on their performance as lubricants for water-based drilling fluids

      Denise Gentili Nunes, Andréia de P.M. da Silva, João Cajaiba, Aurora Pérez-Gramatges, Elizabeth Roditi Lachter and Regina Sandra Veiga Nascimento

      Article first published online: 21 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41085

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    30. Hg(II) removal from HCl solutions using a tetraalkylphosphonium ionic liquid impregnated onto Amberlite XAD-7

      Ricardo Navarro, Janette Alba, Imelda Saucedo and Eric Guibal

      Article first published online: 24 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41086

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    31. Protective properties of PPy-Au nanocomposite coatings prepared by sonoelectrochemisty and optimized by the Taguchi method

      Habib Ashassi-Sorkhabi, Robabeh Bagheri and Babak Rezaei-Moghadam

      Article first published online: 10 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41087

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      Multi-point monitoring of cross-linking reactions

      Venkata Rajanikanth Machavaram, Liwei Wang, Surya Darma Pandita, Sebastian Hellmann, Francisco Nieves Bogonez and Gerard Franklyn Fernando

      Article first published online: 3 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41088

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    33. Flame retardance and origin of bismaleimide resin composites with green and efficient aluminum phosphates

      Qiuqin You, Li Yuan, Hong Wang, Guozheng Liang and Aijuan Gu

      Article first published online: 21 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41089

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    34. Cotton fibers reinforcement of HNBR: Control of fiber alignment and its influence on properties of HNBR vulcanizates

      Pimsaruta Sanprasert, Narongrit Sombatsompop, Pongdhorn Sae-oui and Chakrit Sirisinha

      Article first published online: 26 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41090

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    35. Predicting the electrospinnability of polymer solutions with electromechanical simulation

      Jonas Sidaravicius, Ringaudas Rinkūnas, Justinas Jurksus, Tadeus Lozovski, Isto Heiskanen and Kaj Backfolk

      Article first published online: 1 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41091

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    36. Electrospinning of highly aligned and covalently cross-linked hydrogel microfibers

      Maria Bassil, Judy AL Moussawel, Michael Ibrahim, Georges Azzi and Mario El Tahchi

      Article first published online: 26 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41092

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    37. The preparation and analysis of chlorinated ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer as coating film in gas-solid phase

      Zhao Jing, Lijuan Liu, Shukai Zhang, Jiruo Zhao and Ying Feng

      Article first published online: 21 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41093

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    38. Effect of lignin removal on mechanical, thermal, and morphological properties of polylactide/starch/rice husk blend used in food packaging

      Jamshid Mohammadi-Rovshandeh, Peyman Pouresmaeel-Selakjani, Seyed Mohammad Davachi, Babak Kaffashi, Atieh Hassani and Alireza Bahmeyi

      Article first published online: 21 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41095

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    39. Electrospinning of chitosan/poly(lactic acid) nanofibers: The favorable effect of nonionic surfactant

      Xiaoqian Shan, Fengqian Li, Changsheng Liu and Qun Gao

      Article first published online: 23 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41098

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    40. Antimicrobial cytocompatible pentaerythritol triacrylate-co-trimethylolpropane composite scaffolds for orthopaedic implants

      Mollie Smoak, Cong Chen, Ammar Qureshi, Leah Garber, John A. Pojman, Marlene E. Janes and Daniel J. Hayes

      Article first published online: 24 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41099

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    41. Influences of processing on the phase transition and crystallization of polypropylene cast films

      Meng Xu, Shijun Zhang, Jieying Liang, Hui Quan, Jianye Liu, Hongwei Shi, Dali Gao and Jie Liu

      Article first published online: 21 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41100

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    42. Preparation of Sodium carboxymethylcellulose/poly(methyl acrylate) IPN hydrogels and their application for adsorption

      Bing Qu, Jun-rong Li, Hui-ning Xiao, Bei-hai He and Li-ying Qian

      Article first published online: 27 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41101

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    43. The DOPA-functionalized bioadhesive with properties of photocrosslinked and thermoresponsive

      Yufei Ai, Jun Nie, Gang Wu and Dongzhi Yang

      Article first published online: 4 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41102

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    44. Bio-plastics and elastomers from polylactic acid/thermoplastic polyurethane blends

      Vladislav Jašo, Miroslav Cvetinov, Srđan Rakić and Zoran S. Petrović

      Article first published online: 26 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41104

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    45. Thermal stability of modified end-capped poly(lactic acid)

      Katrin Berger and Adriana Gregorova

      Article first published online: 23 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41105

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    46. Evaluation of photovoltaic efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells fabricated with electrospun PVDF-PAN-Fe2O3 composite membrane

      Malaisamy Sethupathy, Priyanka Pandey and Paramasivam Manisankar

      Article first published online: 26 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41107

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    47. Anomalous impact strength for layered double hydroxide-palmitate/poly(ε-caprolactone) nanocomposites

      Lumbidzani Moyo, Edwin Makhado and Suprakas Sinha Ray

      Article first published online: 26 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41109

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    48. Self-assembled polymer nanocomposites and their networks

      Nitin Patil, Jarred Kelsey and Jeffery L. White

      Article first published online: 26 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41111

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    49. Crystalline phase transformation of polytetrafluoroethylene in a fatigue test

      S. B. Yang, X. X. Pu, Z. Y. Huang and Q. Y. Wang

      Article first published online: 7 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41113

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    50. Synthesis and characterization of advance PA6-b-PDMS multiblock copolymers

      Yanyan Zhang, Hong Fan and Bo-Geng Li

      Article first published online: 3 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41114

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    51. Behavior of UV-cured print inks on LDPE and PBAT/TPS blend substrates during curing, postcuring, and accelerated degradation

      Marcelo Augusto Gonçalves Bardi, Mara de Mello Leite Munhoz, Henrique Alves de Oliveira, Rafael Auras and Luci Diva Brocardo Machado

      Article first published online: 30 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41116

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    52. Research on the tribological performance of Cr2O3 filled with bronze-based PTFE composites

      Sujuan Ye, Xingrong Zeng, Feng Tan and Qing Fan

      Article first published online: 27 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41117

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    53. Textile-surface interfacial asymmetric polymerization

      Hiromasa Goto, Jinmi Jwa, Kuniharu Nakajima and Aohan Wang

      Article first published online: 2 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/app.41118

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