Polymer International

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January 2010

Volume 59, Issue 1

Pages 1–135

  1. Editorials

    1. Top of page
    2. Editorials
    3. Perspectives
    4. Mini-reviews
    5. Prefaces
    6. Spotlights
    7. Research Articles
  2. Perspectives

    1. Top of page
    2. Editorials
    3. Perspectives
    4. Mini-reviews
    5. Prefaces
    6. Spotlights
    7. Research Articles
    1. Thermoplastic polyurethane and nitrile butadiene rubber blends with layered double hydroxide nanocomposites by solution blending (pages 2–10)

      Moumita Kotal, Suneel K Srivastava and Anil K Bhowmick

      Version of Record online: 14 OCT 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.2686

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      The partially exfoliated PU/NBR blend (1:1 by weight) shows maximum improvement in tensile properties, Tg and thermal stability, LOI, storage and loss modulus for 1, 3 and 8 wt % DS-LDH respectively.

    2. Molecularly imprinted polyallylamine hydrogels: another reassessment (pages 11–15)

      Xesús Feás, Lei Ye, Seyed V Hosseini, Cristina A Fente and Alberto Cepeda

      Version of Record online: 24 SEP 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.2690

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      Researchers in the scientific community actively discuss the fact that polymer hydrogels synthesized by crosslinking polly(allylamine hydrochloride) with epichlorohydrin do not show or show imprinting on the molecular level.

  3. Mini-reviews

    1. Top of page
    2. Editorials
    3. Perspectives
    4. Mini-reviews
    5. Prefaces
    6. Spotlights
    7. Research Articles
    1. Theoretical investigations of electronic structure and charge transport properties in polythiophene-based organic field-effect transistors (pages 16–21)

      Yi-Kang Lan, Cheng Han Yang and Hsiao-Ching Yang

      Version of Record online: 30 SEP 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.2683

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      The hopping model and QM/MD calculations indicate that the main charge transfer route within the P3HT ordered domains is along the intrachain routes instead of the interchain routes.

  4. Prefaces

    1. Top of page
    2. Editorials
    3. Perspectives
    4. Mini-reviews
    5. Prefaces
    6. Spotlights
    7. Research Articles
  5. Spotlights

    1. Top of page
    2. Editorials
    3. Perspectives
    4. Mini-reviews
    5. Prefaces
    6. Spotlights
    7. Research Articles
  6. Research Articles

    1. Top of page
    2. Editorials
    3. Perspectives
    4. Mini-reviews
    5. Prefaces
    6. Spotlights
    7. Research Articles
    1. Oligomeric A2 + B3 synthesis of highly branched polysulfone ionomers: novel candidates for ionic polymer transducers (pages 25–35)

      Andrew J Duncan, John M Layman, Matthew P Cashion, Donald J Leo and Timothy E Long

      Version of Record online: 24 SEP 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.2684

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      Poly(arylene ether sulfone)s with systematically varied degrees of branching and sulfonation were synthesized through oligomeric A2 + B3 methods and characterized for application as electroactive polymer membranes.

    2. Effect of different bases and neutralization steps on porosity and properties of collagen-based hydrogels (pages 36–42)

      Ali Pourjavadi and Mehran Kurdtabar

      Version of Record online: 27 OCT 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.2685

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      A series of porous hydrogels were prepared by neutralizing a conventional hydrogel after gel formation. The pores were induced into the hydrogel by water evaporation and gas releasing resulting from neutralization process.

    3. Condensation of alkoxysilanes in alcoholic media: I. Oligomerization of dimethyldiethoxysilane (pages 43–54)

      Véronique Bennevault-Celton, Olek Maciejak, Bernard Desmazières and Hervé Cheradame

      Version of Record online: 12 OCT 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.2687

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      Kinetic NMR study of dimethyldimethoxysilane reactions (exchange, hydrolysis and condensation) in the conditions used for paper deacidification (alcohol medium) shows that condensation is the slowest.

    4. Silk fibroin/chitosan/heparin scaffold: preparation, antithrombogenicity and culture with hepatocytes (pages 55–61)

      Zhending She, Weiqiang Liu and Qingling Feng

      Version of Record online: 23 OCT 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.2688

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      Maintaining porous structure, good mechanical properties and cytocompatibility, adding of heparin leads silk fibroin/chitosan scaffold to be blood compatible and an effective heparin delivering system.

    5. Preparation of chitosan-graft-(methyl methacrylate)/Ag nanocomposite with antimicrobial activity (pages 62–70)

      Jing An, Xiaoyan Yuan, Qingzhi Luo and Desong Wang

      Version of Record online: 15 OCT 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.2689

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      A nanocomposite of chitosan-g-methylmethacrylate (CS-g-MMA) containing Ag nanoparticles was prepared by in situ chemical reduction of Ag ions in an aqueous acetic acid solution of CS and graft copolymerization of MMA onto CS.

    6. Use of a new natural clay to produce poly(methyl methacrylate)-based nanocomposites (pages 71–77)

      Djahida Lerari, Sophie Peeterbroeck, Samira Benali, Ahmed Benaboura and Philippe Dubois

      Version of Record online: 12 OCT 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.2691

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      New natural clay was employed to prepare nanocomposites of PMMA. The important enhancement of their thermal properties, shows the real interest to use this clay as reinforcing nanofiller in polymer matrices.

    7. Synthesis and characterization of poly[acrylamide-co-(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate)] via inverse microemulsion polymerization (pages 78–84)

      Jianhua Qiu, Yanwu Zhang, Xiaohong Meng, Haoqin Zhang and Jindun Liu

      Version of Record online: 12 OCT 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.2692

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      The compositions of the inverse microemulsion system were determined by pseudoternary phase diagrams. The reactivity ratios of Am (rAM = 0.61) and SSS (rSSS = 1.99) were calculated by the application of Kelen-Tüdös method.

    8. X-ray diffraction and dynamic mechanical analyses of α-chitin whisker-reinforced poly(vinyl alcohol) nanocomposite nanofibers (pages 85–91)

      Jirawut Junkasem, Ratana Rujiravanit, Brian P Grady and Pitt Supaphol

      Version of Record online: 7 OCT 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.2693

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      Electrospun poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) fibers reinforced with α-chitin whiskers were prepared with the content of the whiskers ranging from 2.5 to 11.4 wt%. The obtain fiber matrices were characterized by X-ray diffraction and dynamic mechanical analyses.

    9. Biocompatibility of braided poly(L-lactic acid) nanofiber wires applied as tissue sutures (pages 92–99)

      Wen Hu and Zheng-Ming Huang

      Version of Record online: 19 OCT 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.2695

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      An electrospinning technique has been applied to develop a new type of tissue sutures, which exhibited comparable strength requested by a suture application, had no cellular toxicity and performed preferable histological compatibility.

    10. Polymer nanocomposites reinforced with multi-walled carbon nanotubes for semiconducting layers of high-voltage power cables (pages 100–106)

      Kwang-Un Jeong, Jee Young Lim, Jong-Young Lee, Seong Lak Kang and Changwoon Nah

      Version of Record online: 12 NOV 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.2696

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      Based on the criteria of tensile properties and volume resistance, poly[ethylene-co-(ethyl acrylate)] (EEA)/MWCNT nanocomposite was selected as the best candidate for a SCL of high electrical power cables.

    11. Preparation and evaluation of epoxy methacrylate UV-curable coatings containing phthalazinone (pages 107–111)

      Yan Kou, Jinyan Wang, Mingxia Lv and Xigao Jian

      Version of Record online: 22 OCT 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.2697

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      Epoxy methacrylate resin UV-curable coating containing phthalazinone exhibited the excellent chemical and thermal stability, and it could be potential candidate of UV-curable zero volatile organic compound coating.

    12. Effect of an epoxy octasilsesquioxane on the thermodegradation of an epoxy/amine system (pages 112–118)

      Belén Montero, Carmen Ramírez, Maite Rico, Luis Barral, Javier Díez and Joaquín López

      Version of Record online: 23 OCT 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.2698

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      The influence of an octaepoxy-POSS® in the thermal degradation mechanism of an epoxy-amine system was studied by thermogravimetric analysis, TGA. Moreover, a light improvement on flame retardancy by the presence of POSS® is proved.

    13. Synthesis, characterization and thermal properties of novel epoxy/expandable graphite composites (pages 119–126)

      Chin-Lung Chiang and Shu-Wei Hsu

      Version of Record online: 15 OCT 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.2699

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      The expandable graphite was functionalized by coupling agent. This will improve the compatibility between fillers and polymer to enhance the thermal stability and flame retardancy of composites.

    14. Phosphated crosslinked pectin as a potential excipient for specific drug delivery: preparation and physicochemical characterization (pages 127–135)

      João Fhilype Andrade Souto-Maior, Adriano Valim Reis, Liliane Neves Pedreiro and Osvaldo Albuquerque Cavalcanti

      Version of Record online: 27 OCT 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/pi.2700

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      Pectin was crosslinked with Trisodium Trimetaphosphate, thereby obtaining a material with reduced water solubility. Pect-STMP, prebiotic and Eudragit® RS 30 D was used (in aqueous dispersion) to obtain coating, which can be applied in modified drug release.

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