The most read Journal of Applied Polymer Science articles from January include electronic materials, polyolefines, antibacterial composites, and hydrogels. In addition, the journal is introducing an open access option: see our open polymers article for more details.
Lim from Hanyang University and co-workers prepare a highly conductive composite with nanotubes in a polymeric matrix, for indium tin oxide-free organic solar cells. After solvent doping the polymer deposited on a polyethylene substrate showed a remarkably high conductivity. The composite has good potential to be deployed in flexible anodes for organic solar cells applications.
Akolekar et al. at Dow Chemical show they can introduce a number of functional groups into polypropylene at high temperature with a yield of up to 20, generating a highly stable functional polymer for a variety of applications.
Preparation and antibacterial activity of polyvinyl alcohol/regenerated silk fibroin composite fibers containing Ag nanoparticles
Through electrospinning and annealing of the resulting fibers, Li and co-workers at Soochow University show they can produce polymer fibers with embedded silver-containing nanoparticles that possess strong antimicrobial properties.
Swelling behavior and structural characteristics of polyvinyl alcohol/montmorillonite nanocomposite hydrogels
Sirousazar and coworkers examine the structure-property relationships in polymer/clay composite hydrogels. The composites are tougher than pure polymer hydrogels, and the swelling can be tailored by the clay content to suit applications especially in the biomedical area.
A classic from 2002 from Safadi et al. at the University of Kentucky on ultrasonic dispersion of nanotubes in polymer matrices. A nanotube loading of 2.5% in weight changes the composite from insulating to conductive, and doubles the tensile modulus.