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Tao Wei, Lijuan Lei, Hailan Kang, Bo Qiao, Zhao Wang, Liqun Zhang, Phil Coates, Kuo-Chih Hua and Joseph Kulig Tough Bio-Based Elastomer Nanocomposites with High Performance for Engineering Applications Advanced Engineering Materials 14

Version of Record online: 12 OCT 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/adem.201100162

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Large-scaled monomers derived from biomass feedstock are chosen to generate the first synthetic bio-based engineering elastomer (BEE) and BEE nanocomposites. Because of BEE's polarity and the existence of hydrogen bonds, silica nanoparticles disperse well in the BEE matrix to achieve significant strengthening and environmental stability. Further chemical crosslinks effectively suppress the crystallization, and increase the elasticity along with physical and mechanical properties. Thus, BEE nanocomposties exhibits excellent comprehensive thermomechanical properties.

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