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  1. Characterization of polymer decomposition products by laser desorption mass spectrometry

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    Pallix, Joan B.; Lincoln, Kenneth A.; Miglionico, Charles J.; Roybal, Robert E.; Stein, Charles; Shively, Jon H.

    1993-01-01

    Laser desorption mass spectrometry has been used to characterize the ash-like substances formed on the surfaces of polymer matrix composites (PMC's) during exposure on LDEF. In an effort to minimize fragmentation, material was removed from the sample surfaces by laser desorption and desorbed neutrals were ionized by electron impact. Ions were detected in a time-of-flight mass analyzer which allows the entire mass spectrum to be collected for each laser shot. The method is ideal for these studies because only a small amount of ash is available for analysis. Three sets of samples were studied including C/polysulfone, C/polyimide and C/phenolic. Each set contains leading and trailing edge LDEF samples and their respective controls. In each case, the mass spectrum of the ash shows a number of high mass peaks which can be assigned to fragments of the associated polymer. These high mass peaks are not observed in the spectra of the control samples. In general, the results indicate that the ash is formed from decomposition of the polymer matrix.

  2. A Model-Fitting Approach to Characterizing Polymer Decomposition Kinetics

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    Burnham, A K; Weese, R K

    2004-07-20

    The use of isoconversional, sometimes called model-free, kinetic analysis methods have recently gained favor in the thermal analysis community. Although these methods are very useful and instructive, the conclusion that model fitting is a poor approach is largely due to improper use of the model fitting approach, such as fitting each heating rate separately. The current paper shows the ability of model fitting to correlate reaction data over very wide time-temperature regimes, including simultaneous fitting of isothermal and constant heating rate data. Recently published data on cellulose pyrolysis by Capart et al. (TCA, 2004) with a combination of an autocatalytic primary reaction and an nth-order char pyrolysis reaction is given as one example. Fits for thermal decomposition of Estane, Viton-A, and Kel-F over very wide ranges of heating rates is also presented. The Kel-F required two parallel reactions--one describing a small, early decomposition process, and a second autocatalytic reaction describing the bulk of pyrolysis. Viton-A and Estane also required two parallel reactions for primary pyrolysis, with the first Viton-A reaction also being a minor, early process. In addition, the yield of residue from these two polymers depends on the heating rate. This is an example of a competitive reaction between volatilization and char formation, which violates the basic tenet of the isoconversional approach and is an example of why it has limitations. Although more complicated models have been used in the literature for this type of process, we described our data well with a simple addition to the standard model in which the char yield is a function of the logarithm of the heating rate.

  3. Synthesis, characterization and non-isothermal decomposition kinetic of a new galactochloralose based polymer.

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    Kök, Gökhan; Ay, Kadir; Ay, Emriye; Doğan, Fatih; Kaya, Ismet

    2014-01-30

    A glycopolymer, poly(3-O-methacroyl-5,6-O-isopropylidene-1,2-O-(S)-trichloroethylidene-α-d-galactofuranose) (PMIPTEG) was synthesized from the sugar-carrying methacrylate monomer, 3-O-methacroyl-5,6-O-isopropylidene-1,2-O-(S)-trichloroethylidene-α-d-galactofuranose (MIPTEG) via conventional free radical polymerization with AIBN in 1,4-dioxane. The structures of glycomonomer and their polymers were confirmed by UV-vis, FT-IR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, GPC, TG/DTG-DTA, DSC, and SEM techniques. SEM images showed that PMIPTEG had a straight-chain length structure. On the other hand, the thermal decomposition kinetics of polymer were investigated by means of thermogravimetric analysis in dynamic nitrogen atmosphere at different heating rates. The apparent activation energies for thermal decomposition of the PMIPTEG were calculated using the Kissinger, Kim-Park, Tang, Flynn-Wall-Ozawa (FWO), Kissinger-Akahira-Sunose (KAS) and Friedman methods and were found to be 100.15, 104.40, 102.0, 102.2, 103.2 and 99.6 kJ/mol, respectively. The most likely process mechanism related to the thermal decomposition stage of PMIPTEG was determined to be a Dn deceleration type in terms of master plots results. PMID:24299780

  4. Synthesis and characterization of Mn 3O 4 nanoparticles via thermal decomposition of a new synthesized hydrogen bonded polymer

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    Morsali, Ahmad; Monfared, Hassan Hossieni; Morsali, Ali

    2009-12-01

    A new Mn(II) compound, [Mn(pyterpy)(H 2O)(N 3)(NO 3)] ( 1) [pyterpy = 4'-(4-pyridyl)-2,2':6',2''-terpyridine], was synthesized by the reaction of pyterpy and mixtures of manganese(II) nitrate and sodium azide using heat gradient method. The compound 1 characterized by IR spectroscopy, elemental analyses and X-ray crystallography. The crystal structure of compound 1 was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The potentially tetradentate pyterpy ligand acts as a tridentate donor. The noncoordinated pyridyl group interacts via O-H⋯N hydrogen bonds with adjacent molecules. Mn 3O 4 nanoparticles were obtained by thermolyses of compound 1 in oleic acid at 320 °C under air atmosphere. The Mn 3O 4 nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA).

  5. Decomposition procedure using methyl orthoformate to analyze silicone polymers.

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    Fujimoto, Yuichiro; Sogabe, Keisuke; Ohtani, Hajime

    2014-01-01

    A new decomposition method for structural analysis of polysiloxanes (silicones) was developed using methyl orthoformate. The siloxane bonds in samples with vinyl and/or methyl side groups decomposed under relatively mild acidic conditions up to around 70°C and were followed by methoxylation at the cleaved linkages with few side reactions. The product yields with respect to the siloxane monomer units were 98-100% for low molecular weight model siloxane compounds. Additionally, this method decomposed the silicone polymer sample in a similar manner with decomposition yields of 98 and 103% for the dimethylsiloxane main chain and dimethylvinylsilyl end groups, respectively. These results demonstrate that the proposed decomposition method should be an effective pretreatment procedure for structural and compositional analyses of silicone polymers. PMID:25007937

  6. Viscoelastic effects on early stage of spinodal decomposition in dynamically asymmetric polymer blends

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    Takenaka, Mikihito; Takeno, Hiroyuki; Hashimoto, Takeji; Nagao, Michihiro

    2006-03-01

    Spinodal decomposition induced by a rapid pressure change was investigated for a dynamically asymmetric polymer blend [deuterated polybutadiene (DPB)/polyisoprene (PI)] with a composition of 50/50wt/wt by using time-resolved small angle neutron scattering. The time change in the scattered intensity distribution with wave number (q) during the spinodal decomposition was found to be approximated by the Doi-Onuki theory [M. Doi and A. Onuki, J. Phys. II 2, 1631 (1992)]. The theoretical analysis yielded the q dependence of the Onsager kinetic coefficient which is characterized by the q-2 dependence at qξve>1 with the characteristic length ξve being much larger than the radius of gyration of DPB or PI. The estimated ξve agrees well with that obtained previously in the relaxation processes induced by pressure change within the one phase region for the same blend.

  7. Spin labelled polymers for composite interface studies: Synthesis and characterization

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    Snow, A.W.; Pace, M.D.

    1993-12-31

    For the purpose of investigating the epoxy resin composite interface, a series of spin labelled epoxy polymers and model compounds were synthesized and characterized. Linear epoxy polymers were prepared by reacting systematically varying quantities of 4-amino-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperid-1-yloxy and cyclohexyl amine with an equivalence bisphenol A diglycidyl ether. The adducts of phenylgylcidyl ether and 4-cumylphenylgylcidyl ether with 4-amino-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperid-1-yloxy were synthesized as model compounds. Characterization determined that the 125{degrees}C polymerization temperature did not cause significant decomposition of the nitroxyl free radical, magnetic dilution of the spin label in the epoxy polymer to 3% of the amine repeat units is sufficient for observation of unobscured nitroxyl hyperfine structure in the ESR spectrum of the labelled epoxy polymer in the solid state, and a polymer glass transition temperature of 66{degrees}C as not affected by variation in the amine composition.

  8. Characterization and measurement of polymer wear

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    Buckley, D. H.; Aron, P. R.

    1984-01-01

    Analytical tools which characterize the polymer wear process are discussed. The devices discussed include: visual observation of polymer wear with SEM, the quantification with surface profilometry and ellipsometry, to study the chemistry with AES, XPS and SIMS, to establish interfacial polymer orientation and accordingly bonding with QUARTIR, polymer state with Raman spectroscopy and stresses that develop in polymer films using a X-ray double crystal camera technique.

  9. A study of the process of nonisothermal decomposition of phenolformaldehyde polymers by differential thermal analysis

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    Petrova, O.M.; Fedoseev, S.D.; Komarova, T.V.

    1984-01-01

    A calculation has been made of the activation energy of the thermal decomposition of phenol-formaldehyde polymers. It has been established that for nonisothermal conditions the rate of performance of the process does not affect the effective activation energy calculated by means of Piloyan's equation.

  10. Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell fault diagnosis based on empirical mode decomposition

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    Damour, Cédric; Benne, Michel; Grondin-Perez, Brigitte; Bessafi, Miloud; Hissel, Daniel; Chabriat, Jean-Pierre

    2015-12-01

    Diagnosis tool for water management is relevant to improve the reliability and lifetime of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). This paper presents a novel signal-based diagnosis approach, based on Empirical Mode Decomposition (EMD), dedicated to PEMFCs. EMD is an empirical, intuitive, direct and adaptive signal processing method, without pre-determined basis functions. The proposed diagnosis approach relies on the decomposition of FC output voltage to detect and isolate flooding and drying faults. The low computational cost of EMD, the reduced number of required measurements, and the high diagnosis accuracy of flooding and drying faults diagnosis make this approach a promising online diagnosis tool for PEMFC degraded modes management.

  11. NMR characterization of polymers: Review and update

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    NMR spectroscopy is a major technique for the characterization and analysis of polymers. A large number of methodologies have been developed in both the liquid and the solid state, and the literature has grown considerably (1-5). The field now covers a broad spectrum of activities, including polym...

  12. Accelerated Characterization of Polymer Properties

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    R. Wroczynski; l. Brewer; D. Buckley; M. Burrell; R. Potyrailo

    2003-07-30

    This report describes the efforts to develop a suite of microanalysis techniques that can rapidly measure a variety of polymer properties of industrial importance, including thermal, photo-oxidative, and color stability; as well as ductility, viscosity, and mechanical and antistatic properties. Additional goals of the project were to direct the development of these techniques toward simultaneous measurements of multiple polymer samples of small size in real time using non-destructive and/or parallel or rapid sequential measurements, to develop microcompounding techniques for preparing polymers with additives, and to demonstrate that samples prepared in the microcompounder could be analyzed directly or used in rapid off-line measurements. These enabling technologies are the crucial precursors to the development of high-throughput screening (HTS) methodologies for the polymer additives industry whereby the rate of development of new additives and polymer formulations can be greatly accelerated.

  13. Mathematical simulation of thermal decomposition processes in coking polymers during intense heating

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    Shlenskii, O.F.; Polyakov, A.A.

    1994-12-01

    Description of nonstationary heat transfer in heat-shielding materials based on cross-linked polymers, mathematical simulation of chemical engineering processes of treating coking and fiery coals, and designing calculations all require taking thermal destruction kinetics into account. The kinetics of chemical transformations affects the substance density change depending on the temperature, the time, the heat-release function, and other properties of materials. The traditionally accepted description of the thermal destruction kinetics of coking materials is based on formulating a set of kinetic equations, in which only chemical transformations are taken into account. However, such an approach does not necessarily agree with the obtained experimental data for the case of intense heating. The authors propose including the parameters characterizing the decrease of intermolecular interaction in a comparatively narrow temperature interval (20-40 K) into the set of kinetic equations. In the neighborhood of a certain temperature T{sub 1}, which is called the limiting temperature of thermal decomposition, a decrease in intermolecular interaction causes an increase in the rates of chemical and phase transformations. The effect of the enhancement of destruction processes has been found experimentally by the contact thermal analysis method.

  14. Characterization of Tantalum Polymer Capacitors

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    Spence, Penelope

    2012-01-01

    Overview Reviewed data Caution must be taken when accelerating test conditions Data not useful to establish an acceleration model Introduction of new failure mechanism skewing results Evidence of Anti-Wear-Out De-doping of polymer Decreased capacitance Increased ESR Not dielectric breakdown Needs further investigation Further investigation into tantalum polymer capacitor technology Promising acceleration model for Manufacturer A Possibility for use in high-reliability space applications with suitable voltage derating.

  15. Acousto-spinodal decomposition of compressible polymer solutions: early stage analysis.

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    Rasouli, Ghoncheh; Rey, Alejandro D

    2011-05-14

    The structure and dynamics of early stage kinetics of pressure-induced phase separation of compressible polymer solutions via spinodal decomposition is analyzed using a linear Euler-Cahn-Hilliard model and the modified Sanchez Lacombe equation of state. The integrated density wave and Cahn-Hilliard equations combine the kinetic and structural characteristics of spinodal decomposition with density waves arising from pressure-induced couplings. When mass transfer rate is slower that acoustic waves, concentration gradients generate density waves that cycle back into the spinodal decomposition dynamics, resulting in oscillatory demixing. The wave attenuation increases with increasing mass transfer rates eventually leading to nonoscillatory spinodal demixing. The novel aspects of acousto-spinodal decomposition arise from the coexistence of stable oscillatory density dynamics and the unstable monotonic concentration dynamics. Scaling laws for structure and dynamics indicate deviations from incompressible behavior, with a significant slowing down of demixing due to couplings with density waves. Partial structure factors for density and density-concentration reflect the oscillatory nature of acousto-spinodal modes at lower wave vectors, while the single maximum at a constant wave vector reflects the presence of a dominant mode in the linear regime. The computed total structure factor is in qualitative agreement with experimental data for a similar polymer solution. PMID:21568529

  16. Decomposition

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    Middleton, Beth A.

    2014-01-01

    A cornerstone of ecosystem ecology, decomposition was recognized as a fundamental process driving the exchange of energy in ecosystems by early ecologists such as Lindeman 1942 and Odum 1960). In the history of ecology, studies of decomposition were incorporated into the International Biological Program in the 1960s to compare the nature of organic matter breakdown in various ecosystem types. Such studies still have an important role in ecological studies of today. More recent refinements have brought debates on the relative role microbes, invertebrates and environment in the breakdown and release of carbon into the atmosphere, as well as how nutrient cycling, production and other ecosystem processes regulated by decomposition may shift with climate change. Therefore, this bibliography examines the primary literature related to organic matter breakdown, but it also explores topics in which decomposition plays a key supporting role including vegetation composition, latitudinal gradients, altered ecosystems, anthropogenic impacts, carbon storage, and climate change models. Knowledge of these topics is relevant to both the study of ecosystem ecology as well projections of future conditions for human societies.

  17. Polarization and Characterization of Piezoelectric Polymers

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    Bodiford, Hollie N.

    1995-01-01

    Piezoelectric materials exhibit an electrical response, such as voltage or charge, in reaction to a mechanical stimuli. The mechanical stimuli can be force, pressure, light, or heat. Therefore, these materials are excellent sensors for various properties. The major disadvantage of state of the art piezoelectric polymers is their lack of utility at elevated temperatures. The objective of this research is to study the feasibility of inducing piezoelectricity in high performance polymer systems. The three aspects of the research include experimental poling, characterization of the capacitance, and demonstration of the use of a piezoelectric polymer as a speaker.

  18. Thermochemical characterization of polymers for improved fire safety

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    Lerner, N. R.

    1977-01-01

    Apparatus has been constructed for studying the thermal decomposition of polymers as a function of temperature. Such data is needed to evaluate the toxic threat presented by polymeric materials under fire conditions such as the smoldering fire of the type that occurs in closed areas such as coat closets in which anaerobic decomposition of polymers occurs. The apparatus allows the products of thermal decomposition to be collected and analyzed by infrared spectrometry and mass spectrometry. Data obtained from dog hair, an aromatic polyamide, polyphenylene sulfide, and polybenzimidazole are presented. It was found that significant amounts of toxic gas were evolved from dog hair at temperatures as low as 250 C, while temperatures in excess of 500 C were necessary in order for the evolution of toxic gas from the aromatic polymers to become significant.

  19. Preparation and characterization of gradient polymer films

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    Smith, S.C.

    1987-01-01

    Gradient polymers are multicomponent polymers whose chemical constitution varies with depth in the sample. Although these polymers may possess unique mechanical, optical, and barrier properties they remain relatively unexplored. This work is a study of the preparation of gradient polymers by sequential exposure of films to a diffusing monomer followed by electron beam irradiation. Initial experiments involved immersion of poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) films in styrene or n-butyl methacrylate (BMA) for various time periods followed by irradiation with 1 or 10 megarads of accelerated electrons. A significant amount of poly(n-butyl methacrylate) (PBMA) formed in PVC/BMA systems, but little polystyrene could be found in the PVC/styrene films. A second set of experiments involved immersion of PVC and polyethylene (PE) films in BMA for 20, 40, 60, and 720 minutes followed by irradiation with 10 megarads of electrons. These films were then characterized using optical microscopy, quantitative transmission Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and a depth profiling procedure based on quantitative attenuated total reflection (ATR) FTIR. It was concluded that the mechanism of PBMA formation in the polyethylene films was a result of events immediately following irradiation. Atmospheric oxygen diffusing into irradiated films trapped free radicals at the film surfaces. This was followed by storage in an evacuated desiccator where unintentional exposure to BMA vapor took place. This BMA reacted with free radicals that remained within the film cores, polymerizing to PBMA.

  20. Quantum efficiency of PAG decomposition in different polymer matrices at advanced lithographic wavelengths

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    Fedynyshyn, Theodore H.; Sinta, Roger F.; Mowers, William A.; Cabral, Alberto

    2003-06-01

    The Dill ABC parameters for optical resists are typically determined by measuring the change in the intensity of transmitted light at the wavelength of interest as a function of incident energy. The effectiveness of the experiment rests with the fact that the resist optical properties change with exposure and that the optical properties are directly related to the concentration of PAG compound. These conditions are not typically satisfied in CA resists and thus C is unobtainable by this method. FT-IR spectroscopy can directly measure changes in the photoactive species by isolating and measuring absorbance peaks unique to the photoactive species. We employed the ProABC software, specially modified to allow FT-IR absorbance input, to extract ABS parameters through a best fit of the lithography model to experimental data. The quantum efficiency of PAG decomposition at 157-, 193-, and 248-nm was determined for four diazomethane type PAGs in four different polymer matrices. It was found that both the Dill C parameter and the quantum efficiency for all PAGs increased as wavelength decreased, but that the magnitude of the increase was strongly dependent on the polymer matrix.

  1. Design, synthesis, characterization and study of novel conjugated polymers

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    Chen, W.

    1997-06-24

    After introducing the subject of conjugated polymers, the thesis has three sections each containing a literature survey, results and discussion, conclusions, and experimental methods on the following: synthesis, characterization of electroluminescent polymers containing conjugated aryl, olefinic, thiophene and acetylenic units and their studies for use in light-emitting diodes; synthesis, characterization and study of conjugated polymers containing silole unit in the main chain; and synthesis, characterization and study of silicon-bridged and butadiene-linked polythiophenes.

  2. Electrochemical characterization of aminated acrylic conducting polymer

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    Rashid, Norma Mohammad; Heng, Lee Yook; Ling, Tan Ling

    2015-09-25

    New attempt has been made to synthesize aminated acrylic conducting polymer (AACP) using precursor of phenylvinylsulfoxide (PVS). The process was conducted via the integration of microemulsion and photopolymerization techniques. It has been utilized for covalent immobilization of amino groups by the adding of N-achryiloxisuccinimide (NAS). Thermal eliminating of benzene sulfenic acids from PVS has been done at 250 °C to form electroactive polyacetylene (PA) segment. Characterization of AACP has been conducted using fourier transform infrared (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and linear sweep cyclic voltammetry (CV). A range of 0.3-1.25μm particle size obtained from SEM characterization. A quasi-reversible system performed as shown in electrochemical study.

  3. Electrochemical characterization of aminated acrylic conducting polymer

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    Rashid, Norma Mohammad; Heng, Lee Yook; Ling, Tan Ling

    2015-09-01

    New attempt has been made to synthesize aminated acrylic conducting polymer (AACP) using precursor of phenylvinylsulfoxide (PVS). The process was conducted via the integration of microemulsion and photopolymerization techniques. It has been utilized for covalent immobilization of amino groups by the adding of N-achryiloxisuccinimide (NAS). Thermal eliminating of benzene sulfenic acids from PVS has been done at 250 °C to form electroactive polyacetylene (PA) segment. Characterization of AACP has been conducted using fourier transform infrared (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and linear sweep cyclic voltammetry (CV). A range of 0.3-1.25μm particle size obtained from SEM characterization. A quasi-reversible system performed as shown in electrochemical study.

  4. Characterization of Hybrid CNT Polymer Matrix Composites

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    Grimsley, Brian W.; Cano, Roberto J.; Kinney, Megan C.; Pressley, James; Sauti, Godfrey; Czabaj, Michael W.; Kim, Jae-Woo; Siochi, Emilie J.

    2015-01-01

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been studied extensively since their discovery and demonstrated at the nanoscale superior mechanical, electrical and thermal properties in comparison to micro and macro scale properties of conventional engineering materials. This combination of properties suggests their potential to enhance multi-functionality of composites in regions of primary structures on aerospace vehicles where lightweight materials with improved thermal and electrical conductivity are desirable. In this study, hybrid multifunctional polymer matrix composites were fabricated by interleaving layers of CNT sheets into Hexcel® IM7/8552 prepreg, a well-characterized toughened epoxy carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite. The resin content of these interleaved CNT sheets, as well as ply stacking location were varied to determine the effects on the electrical, thermal, and mechanical performance of the composites. The direct-current electrical conductivity of the hybrid CNT composites was characterized by in-line and Montgomery four-probe methods. For [0](sub 20) laminates containing a single layer of CNT sheet between each ply of IM7/8552, in-plane electrical conductivity of the hybrid laminate increased significantly, while in-plane thermal conductivity increased only slightly in comparison to the control IM7/8552 laminates. Photo-microscopy and short beam shear (SBS) strength tests were used to characterize the consolidation quality of the fabricated laminates. Hybrid panels fabricated without any pretreatment of the CNT sheets resulted in a SBS strength reduction of 70 percent. Aligning the tubes and pre-infusing the CNT sheets with resin significantly improved the SBS strength of the hybrid composite To determine the cause of this performance reduction, Mode I and Mode II fracture toughness of the CNT sheet to CFRP interface was characterized by double cantilever beam (DCB) and end notch flexure (ENF) testing, respectively. Results are compared to the

  5. Physical and Electrical Characterization of Polymer Aluminum Capacitors

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    Liu, David; Sampson, Michael J.

    2010-01-01

    Polymer aluminum capacitors from several manufacturers with various combinations of capacitance, rated voltage, and ESR values were physically examined and electrically characterized. The physical construction analysis of the capacitors revealed three different capacitor structures, i.e., traditional wound, stacked, and laminated. Electrical characterization results of polymer aluminum capacitors are reported for frequency-domain dielectric response at various temperatures, surge breakdown voltage, and other dielectric properties. The structure-property relations in polymer aluminum capacitors are discussed.

  6. Physical and Electrical Characterization of Aluminum Polymer Capacitors

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    Liu, David; Sampson, Michael J.

    2010-01-01

    Polymer aluminum capacitors from several manufacturers with various combinations of capacitance, rated voltage, and ESR values were physically examined and electrically characterized. The physical construction analysis of the capacitors revealed three different capacitor structures, i.e., traditional wound, stacked, and laminated. Electrical characterization results of polymer aluminum capacitors are reported for frequency-domain dielectric response at various temperatures, surge breakdown voltage, and other dielectric properties. The structure-property relations in polymer aluminum capacitors are discussed.

  7. Characterization of dielectric electroactive polymer transducers

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    Nielsen, Dennis; Møller, Martin B.; Sarban, Rahimullah; Lassen, Benny; Knott, Arnold; Andersen, Michael A. E.

    2014-03-01

    Throughout this paper, a small-signal model of the Dielectric Electro Active Polymer (DEAP) transducer is analyzed. The DEAP transducer have been proposed as an alternative to the electrodynamic transducer in sound reproduction systems. In order to understand how the DEAP transducer works, and provide guidelines for design optimization, accurate characterization of the transducer must be established. A small signal model of the DEAP transducer is derived and its validity is investigated using impedance measurements. Impedance measurements are shown for a push-pull DEAP based loudspeaker, and the dependency of the biasing voltage is explained. A measuring setup is proposed, which allows the impedance to be measured, while the DEAP transducer is connected to its biasing source.

  8. Characterization of passive polymer optical waveguides

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    Joehnck, Matthias; Kalveram, Stefan; Lehmacher, Stefan; Pompe, Guido; Rudolph, Stefan; Neyer, Andreas; Hofstraat, Johannes W.

    1999-05-01

    The characterization of monomode passive polymer optical devices fabricated according to the POPCORN technology by methods originated from electron, ion and optical spectroscopy is summarized. Impacts of observed waveguide perturbations on the optical characteristics of the waveguide are evaluated. In the POPCORN approach optical components for telecommunication applications are fabricated by photo-curing of liquid halogenated (meth)acrylates which have been applied on moulded thermoplastic substrates. For tuning of waveguide material refractive indices with respect to the substrate refractive index frequently comonomer mixtures are used. The polymerization characteristics, especially the polymerization kinetics of individual monomers, determine the formation of copolymers. Therefore the unsaturation as function of UV-illumination time in the formation of halogenated homo- and copolymers has been examined. From different suitable copolymer system, after characterization of their glass transition temperatures, their curing behavior and their refractive indices as function of the monomer ratios, monomode waveguides applying PMMA substrates have been fabricated. To examine the materials composition also in the 6 X 6 micrometers 2 waveguides they have been visualized by transmission electron microscopy. With this method e.g. segregation phenomena could be observed in the waveguide cross section characterization as well. The optical losses in monomode waveguides caused by segregation and other materials induce defects like micro bubbles formed as a result of shrinkage have been quantized by return loss measurements. Defects causing scattering could be observed by convocal laser scanning microscopy and by conventional light microscopy.

  9. Synthesis, crystal structure and catalytic effect on thermal decomposition of RDX and AP: An energetic coordination polymer [Pb{sub 2}(C{sub 5}H{sub 3}N{sub 5}O{sub 5}){sub 2}(NMP)·NMP]{sub n}

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    Liu, Jin-jian; Liu, Zu-Liang; Cheng, Jian; Fang, Dong

    2013-04-15

    An energetic lead(II) coordination polymer based on the ligand ANPyO has been synthesized and its crystal structure has been got. The polymer was characterized by FT-IR spectroscopy, elemental analysis, DSC and TG-DTG technologies. Thermal analysis shows that there are one endothermic process and two exothermic decomposition stages in the temperature range of 50–600 °C with final residues 57.09%. The non-isothermal kinetic has also been studied on the main exothermic decomposition using the Kissinger's and Ozawa–Doyle's methods, the apparent activation energy is calculated as 195.2 KJ/mol. Furthermore, DSC measurements show that the polymer has significant catalytic effect on the thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate. - Graphical abstract: An energetic lead(II) coordination polymer of ANPyO has been synthesized, structurally characterized and properties tested. Highlights: ► We have synthesized and characterized an energetic lead(II) coordination polymer. ► We have measured its molecular structure and thermal decomposition. ► It has significant catalytic effect on thermal decomposition of AP.

  10. Yttrium-succinates coordination polymers: Hydrothermal synthesis, crystal structure and thermal decomposition

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    Amghouz, Zakariae; Roces, Laura; Garcia-Granda, Santiago; Garcia, Jose R.; Souhail, Badredine; Mafra, Luis; Shi, Fa-nian; Rocha, Joao

    2009-12-15

    New polymeric yttrium-succinates, Y{sub 2}(C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 4}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}.6H{sub 2}O and Y{sub 2}(C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 4}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}, have been synthesized, and their structures (solved by single crystal XRD) are compared with that of Y{sub 2}(C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 4}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}.H{sub 2}O. Three compounds were obtained as single phases, and their thermal behaviour is described. - Graphical abstract: In the field of coordination polymers or MOF's, few studies report on the polymorphs of Ln(III)-succinic acid. Here, we describe the hydrothermal synthesis and structural characterization of two novel yttrium-succinates coordination polymers, respectively 2D and 3D, Y{sub 2}(C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 4}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}.6H{sub 2}O and Y{sub 2}(C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 4}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}.

  11. Polymer-coated vesicles: development and characterization.

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    Venkatesan, N; Vyas, S P

    1998-01-01

    Unilamellar polyacrylonitrile-coated niosomes were prepared using an interfacial pH induced polymerization technique. Polymer coated niosomes were then compared with plain niosomes for their physical characteristics, i.e., shape, size, lamellarity, and release profile. It was observed that polymer-coated niosomes could maintain their shape and size under osmotic stresses. The trapping efficiency of the polymer-coated system was slightly higher when compared to plain niosomes, and the release rate was slower. However, the release rate was also found to be anomolous and followed near zero-order kinetics. The effect of osmotic stress on the release rate was also investigated. It was observed that the polymer-coated vesicles did not show any significant change in release rate profile under osmotic variations. PMID:19569992

  12. Fast preparation of printable highly conductive polymer nanocomposites by thermal decomposition of silver carboxylate and sintering of silver nanoparticles.

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    Zhang, Rongwei; Lin, Wei; Moon, Kyoung-sik; Wong, C P

    2010-09-01

    We show the fast preparation of printable highly conductive polymer nanocomposites for future low-cost electronics. Highly conductive polymer nanocomposites, consisting of an epoxy resin, silver flakes, and incorporated silver nanoparticles, have been prepared by fast sintering between silver flakes and the incorporated silver nanoparticles. The fast sintering is attributed to: 1) the thermal decomposition of silver carboxylate-which is present on the surface of the incorporated silver flakes-to form in situ highly reactive silver nanoparticles; 2) the surface activation of the incorporated silver nanoparticles by the removal of surface residues. As a result, polymer nanocomposites prepared at 230 °C for 5 min, at 260 °C for 10 min, and using a typical lead-free solder reflow process show electrical resistivities of 8.1×10(-5), 6.0×10(-6), and 6.3×10(-5) Ω cm, respectively. The correlation between the rheological properties of the adhesive paste and the noncontact printing process has been discussed. With the optimal rheological properties, the formulated highly viscous pastes (221 mPa s at 2500 s(-1)) can be non-contact-printed into dot arrays with a radius of 130 μm. The noncontact printable polymer nanocomposites with superior electrical conductivity and fast processing are promising for the future of printed electronics.

  13. Characterization of explosives processing waste decomposition due to composting

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    Griest, W.H.; Tyndall, R.L.; Stewart, A.J.; Ho, C.H.; Ironside, K.S.; Caton, J.E.; Caldwell, W.M.; Tan, E.

    1991-11-01

    Static pile and mechanically stirred composts generated at the Umatilla Army Depot Activity in a field composting optimization study were chemically and toxicologically characterized to provide data for the evaluation of composting efficiency to decontaminate and detoxify explosives-contaminated soil. Characterization included determination of explosives and 2,4,6,-trinitrotoluene metabolites in composts and their EPA Synthetic Precipitation Leaching Procedure Leachates, leachate toxicity to Ceriodaphnia Dubia and mutagenicity of the leachates and organic solvent extracts of the composts to Ames bacterial strains TA-98 and TA-100. The main conclusion from this study is that composting can effectively reduce the concentrations of explosives and bacterial mutagenicity in explosives -- contaminated soil, and can reduce the aquatic toxicity of leachable compounds. Small levels of explosive and metabolites, bacterial mutagenicity, and leachable aquatic toxicity remain after composting. The ultimate fate of the biotransformed explosives, and the source(s) of residual toxicity and mutagenicity remain unknown.

  14. Characterizing abrupt changes in the stock prices using a wavelet decomposition method

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    Caetano, Marco Antonio Leonel; Yoneyama, Takashi

    2007-09-01

    Abrupt changes in the stock prices, either upwards or downwards, are usually preceded by an oscillatory behavior with frequencies that tend to increase as the moment of transition becomes closer. The wavelet decomposition methods may be useful for analysis of this oscillations with varying frequencies, because they provide simultaneous information on the frequency (scale) and localization in time (translation). However, in order to use the wavelet decomposition, certain requirements have to be satisfied, so that the linear and cyclic trends are eliminated by standard least squares techniques. The coefficients obtained by the wavelet decomposition can be represented in a graphical form. A threshold can then be established to characterize the likelihood of a short-time abrupt change in the stock prices. Actual data from the São Paulo Stock Exchange (Bolsa de Valores de São Paulo) were used in this work to illustrate the proposed method.

  15. Decomposition of 2-chloroethylethylsulfide on copper oxides to detoxify polymer-based spherical activated carbons from chemical warfare agents.

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    Fichtner, S; Hofmann, J; Möller, A; Schrage, C; Giebelhausen, J M; Böhringer, B; Gläser, R

    2013-11-15

    For the decomposition of chemical warfare agents, a hybrid material concept was applied. This consists of a copper oxide-containing phase as a component with reactive functionality supported on polymer-based spherical activated carbon (PBSAC) as a component with adsorptive functionality. A corresponding hybrid material was prepared by impregnation of PBSAC with copper(II)nitrate and subsequent calcination at 673K. The copper phase exists predominantly as copper(I)oxide which is homogeneously distributed over the PBSAC particles. The hybrid material containing 16 wt.% copper on PBSAC is capable of self-detoxifying the mustard gas surrogate 2-chloroethylethylsulfide (CEES) at room temperature. The decomposition is related to the breakthrough behavior of the reactant CEES, which displaces the reaction product ethylvinylsulfide (EVS). This leads to a combined breakthrough of CEES and EVS. The decomposition of CEES is shown to occur catalytically over the copper-containing PBSAC material. Thus, the hybrid material can even be considered to be self-cleaning.

  16. Decomposition of 2-chloroethylethylsulfide on copper oxides to detoxify polymer-based spherical activated carbons from chemical warfare agents.

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    Fichtner, S; Hofmann, J; Möller, A; Schrage, C; Giebelhausen, J M; Böhringer, B; Gläser, R

    2013-11-15

    For the decomposition of chemical warfare agents, a hybrid material concept was applied. This consists of a copper oxide-containing phase as a component with reactive functionality supported on polymer-based spherical activated carbon (PBSAC) as a component with adsorptive functionality. A corresponding hybrid material was prepared by impregnation of PBSAC with copper(II)nitrate and subsequent calcination at 673K. The copper phase exists predominantly as copper(I)oxide which is homogeneously distributed over the PBSAC particles. The hybrid material containing 16 wt.% copper on PBSAC is capable of self-detoxifying the mustard gas surrogate 2-chloroethylethylsulfide (CEES) at room temperature. The decomposition is related to the breakthrough behavior of the reactant CEES, which displaces the reaction product ethylvinylsulfide (EVS). This leads to a combined breakthrough of CEES and EVS. The decomposition of CEES is shown to occur catalytically over the copper-containing PBSAC material. Thus, the hybrid material can even be considered to be self-cleaning. PMID:24140529

  17. Characterizing SWCNT Dispersion in Polymer Composites

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    Lillehei, Peter T.; Kim, Jae-Woo; Gibbons, Luke; Park, Cheol

    2007-01-01

    The new wave of single wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) infused composites will yield structurally sound multifunctional nanomaterials. The SWCNT network requires thorough dispersion within the polymer matrix in order to maximize the benefits of the nanomaterial. However, before any nanomaterials can be used in aerospace applications a means of quality assurance and quality control must be certified. Quality control certification requires a means of quantification, however, the measurement protocol mandates a method of seeing the dispersion first. We describe here the new tools that we have developed and implemented to first be able to see carbon nanotubes in polymers and second to measure or quantify the dispersion of the nanotubes.

  18. Char characterization-thermal decomposition chemistry of poly(vinyl alcohol)

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    Gilman, J.W.; VanderHart, D.L.; Kashiwagi, Takashi

    1995-12-01

    Currently, due to concerns over the environmental effects of halogenated compound, there is an international demand for the control of polymer flammability without the use of halogenated additives. An alternative to the use of halogenated fire retardants, which control flammability primarily in the gas phase, is to control polymer flammability by manipulating the condensed phase chemistry. Our approach is to increase the amount of char that forms during polymer combustion. Char formation reduces, through crosslinking reactions, the amount of small volatile polymer pyrolysis fragments, or fuel, available for burning in the gas phase; this, in turn reduces the amount of heat feedback to the polymer surface. The char also insulates the underlying virgin polymer. The polymer we chose to investigate was polyvinyl alcohol, PVA, because it is one of the few linear, non-halogenated, aliphatic, polymers with a measurable (approximately 4%) char yield. We report the CP/MAS {sup 13}C NMR characterization of the fundamental condensed phase processes and structures which lead to char formation during the pyrolysis of poly (vinyl-alcohol), PVA, and PVA with nonhalogenated additives.

  19. Isotropic photo-decomposition of spherical organic polymers on rutile TiO₂(110) surfaces.

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    Ishida, Nobuyuki; Iwasaki, Tamaki; Fujita, Daisuke

    2011-04-15

    We observed the photo-decomposition process of polystyrene latex (PSL) spheres on a rutile TiO₂(110) single crystal surface by using atomic force microscopy. During the decomposition process, both the height and width of the PSL spheres linearly decreased with the irradiation time in a similar way from the beginning, suggesting that the PSL spheres are isotropically decomposed. This indicates that the interface between the PSL spheres and the TiO₂ surface is not a dominant reaction site, as expected from normal photocatalytic reactions.

  20. Isotropic photo-decomposition of spherical organic polymers on rutile TiO₂(110) surfaces.

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    Ishida, Nobuyuki; Iwasaki, Tamaki; Fujita, Daisuke

    2011-04-15

    We observed the photo-decomposition process of polystyrene latex (PSL) spheres on a rutile TiO₂(110) single crystal surface by using atomic force microscopy. During the decomposition process, both the height and width of the PSL spheres linearly decreased with the irradiation time in a similar way from the beginning, suggesting that the PSL spheres are isotropically decomposed. This indicates that the interface between the PSL spheres and the TiO₂ surface is not a dominant reaction site, as expected from normal photocatalytic reactions. PMID:21389569

  1. In situ characterization of polymer blend mixing

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    Fabian, Zoltan Thomas

    Currently there is great interest in the development of polymer blend morphology arising from processing to control the properties of blends. A non-destructive technique, non-radiative energy transfer (NRET), was utilized to investigate polymer blend mixing ex and in situ . Donor (naphthyl) labeled polymers and acceptor (anthryl) labeled polymers were segregated to either phase domain limiting NRET to the interphase, and therefore permitting superior spatial resolution than obtained by other techniques such as light scattering. Observed donor and acceptor fluorescence intensities were correlated to respective concentrations, sample geometry, and interphase volume using a fluorescence model derived from the Beer-Lambert Law and Forster's description of NRET between a single donor-acceptor chromophore pair. Particular attention was devoted to the phenomena of direct chromophore excitation, NRET, and radiative energy transfer. The model was used to interpret experiments on the two determinant attributes of polymer mixing: interphase thickness and interphase area. Relative interphase thickness comparisons via polymer interdiffusion in a miscible blend of donor-labeled polystyrene and acceptor-labeled polystyrene indicated increasing ratios of acceptor fluorescence to donor fluorescence resulting from (1) longer diffusion time and (2) higher temperatures. Interphase area effects in an immiscible donor-labeled poly(methyl methacrylate)/acceptor-labeled polystyrene blend revealed a linear relationship between interphase area and donor to acceptor fluorescence ratio. Further interphase area investigation revealed that as the ratio of interphase area to sample volume increases, the resulting donor to acceptor fluorescence ratio approaches that of a homogenous mixed sample of equivalent thickness and dye concentration. The observed fluorescence ratio response to mixing was utilized to interpret two commercial applications: interphase contact and random immiscible blend

  2. Image characterization by fractal descriptors in variational mode decomposition domain: Application to brain magnetic resonance

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    Lahmiri, Salim

    2016-08-01

    The main purpose of this work is to explore the usefulness of fractal descriptors estimated in multi-resolution domains to characterize biomedical digital image texture. In this regard, three multi-resolution techniques are considered: the well-known discrete wavelet transform (DWT) and the empirical mode decomposition (EMD), and; the newly introduced; variational mode decomposition mode (VMD). The original image is decomposed by the DWT, EMD, and VMD into different scales. Then, Fourier spectrum based fractal descriptors is estimated at specific scales and directions to characterize the image. The support vector machine (SVM) was used to perform supervised classification. The empirical study was applied to the problem of distinguishing between normal and abnormal brain magnetic resonance images (MRI) affected with Alzheimer disease (AD). Our results demonstrate that fractal descriptors estimated in VMD domain outperform those estimated in DWT and EMD domains; and also those directly estimated from the original image.

  3. Electrospinning polymer nanofibers - Electrical and optical characterization

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    Khan, Saima N.

    Electro spinning is a technique used for the production of thin continuous fibers from a variety of materials including polymers, composites and ceramics [1-3]. The extremely small diameters (˜nm) and high surface to volume and aspect ratios found in electrospun fibers can not be achieved through conventional spinning. Electrically conducting polymers are materials which simultaneously possess the physical and chemical properties of organic polymers and the electronic characteristics of metals. In this work fibers were electrospun from polymer blends of polyaniline doped with Camphorsulfonic acid (PAn.HCSA) and polyethylene oxide (PEO) in chloroform. Electrical conductivities of the fibers were measured using the four-point-probe method. The conductivities of the cast films were measured for comparison purposes. It was noticed that the conductivity of both the fibers and films increase exponentially with the concentration of (PAn.HCSA), the conductivity of the film however is higher than that of the mat for any given concentration of PAn.HCSA in PEO. Electrical conductivities of single fibers containing different PAn: HCSA concentrations were measured for the first time and were found to be the highest (3.2S/cm) among the mats and films. The effect of the non-conductive PEO on the conductivity of the polyaniline fibers was studied. Keeping the PAn.HCSA concentration constant films and fibers were obtained from blends containing PEO (300,000 g/mol) and PEO (900,000 g/mol). Higher electrical conductivities were recorded in fibers and mats containing PEO (900,000 g/mol) than those containing PEO (300,000 g/mol). Silicon Carbide (SiC) fibers were obtained by electrospinning a blend of SiC and PEO in chloroform and sintering the as spun fibers at temperatures of 800°C and 1000°C. The compositional analysis of the annealed samples confirmed the presence of (30-40) mum long SiC fibers with diameters in the range (1-3) mum. Optical spectra of the fibers show red

  4. Characterization and characteristics of degradable polymer sacks

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    Davis, Georgina

    2003-10-15

    This paper reviews the categories and characteristics of degradable polymers used to manufacture sacks for the collection and subsequent treatment of organic wastes from householders. The characteristics of polyethylene (PE) and starch-based sacks were examined using a number of different methods, including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), chemical analysis and mechanical strength testing of the sacks during their use. The analyses revealed that the characteristics of the PE and starch-based sacks were very different. Photomicrographs indicated that the surface of the PE sack was much smoother than the surface of the starch-based sacks. Polyethylene sacks exhibited a greater mechanical strength, both in the unused state and over time during householder use. The severe loss of mechanical strength during use of the starch-based sacks indicated that only thicker gauge sacks were suitable for the fortnightly kerbside collection of biodegradable municipal waste (BMW). Chemical analysis of two different PE sacks indicated that transition metals and other elements were commonly incorporated into the PE structure in order to facilitate increased polymer degradation.

  5. Assessment of a new method for the analysis of decomposition gases of polymers by a combining thermogravimetric solid-phase extraction and thermal desorption gas chromatography mass spectrometry.

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    Duemichen, E; Braun, U; Senz, R; Fabian, G; Sturm, H

    2014-08-01

    For analysis of the gaseous thermal decomposition products of polymers, the common techniques are thermogravimetry, combined with Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (TGA-FTIR) and mass spectrometry (TGA-MS). These methods offer a simple approach to the decomposition mechanism, especially for small decomposition molecules. Complex spectra of gaseous mixtures are very often hard to identify because of overlapping signals. In this paper a new method is described to adsorb the decomposition products during controlled conditions in TGA on solid-phase extraction (SPE) material: twisters. Subsequently the twisters were analysed with thermal desorption gas chromatography mass spectrometry (TDS-GC-MS), which allows the decomposition products to be separated and identified using an MS library. The thermoplastics polyamide 66 (PA 66) and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) were used as example polymers. The influence of the sample mass and of the purge gas flow during the decomposition process was investigated in TGA. The advantages and limitations of the method were presented in comparison to the common analysis techniques, TGA-FTIR and TGA-MS.

  6. Characterization of chitosan composites with synthetic polymers and inorganic additives.

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    Lewandowska, Katarzyna

    2015-11-01

    In the present study, the results from thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), contact angle measurements, tensile tests, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) of polymer composites containing chitosan (Ch) and montmorillonite (MMT) with and without poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) are presented. Measurements of the contact angles for diiodomethane (D) and glycerol (G) on the surfaces of chitosan films, Ch/MMT and Ch/PVA/MMT, were made and surface free energies were calculated. It was found that the wettability of the chitosan/MMT or Ch/PVA/MMT composite films decreased relative to the wettability of chitosan. The microstructure of unmodified polymers and their composites, as observed by SEM and AFM, showed particles that are relatively well dispersed in the polymer matrix. The TGA thermograms and mass loss percentages at different decomposition temperatures showed that the thermal stability of the binary composite slightly decreases upon the addition of PVA. The film mechanical properties such as tensile strength, Young's modulus and tensile strain at break depend on the composition and varied non-uniformly. Both composites possessed a tensile strength and Young's modulus of 27.6-94.3MPa and 1.5-3.5GPa, respectively. The addition of PVA to the composite led to a reduction in tensile strength by approximately 40%. PMID:26253510

  7. Fourier decomposition of polymer orientation in large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow

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    Giacomin, A. J.; Gilbert, P. H.; Schmalzer, A. M.

    2015-01-01

    In our previous work, we explored the dynamics of a dilute suspension of rigid dumbbells as a model for polymeric liquids in large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow, a flow experiment that has gained a significant following in recent years. We chose rigid dumbbells since these are the simplest molecular model to give higher harmonics in the components of the stress response. We derived the expression for the dumbbell orientation distribution, and then we used this function to calculate the shear stress response, and normal stress difference responses in large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow. In this paper, we deepen our understanding of the polymer motion underlying large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow by decomposing the orientation distribution function into its first five Fourier components (the zeroth, first, second, third, and fourth harmonics). We use three-dimensional images to explore each harmonic of the polymer motion. Our analysis includes the three most important cases: (i) nonlinear steady shear flow (where the Deborah number λω is zero and the Weissenberg number λγ˙0 is above unity), (ii) nonlinear viscoelasticity (where both λω and λγ˙0 exceed unity), and (iii) linear viscoelasticity (where λω exceeds unity and where λγ˙0 approaches zero). We learn that the polymer orientation distribution is spherical in the linear viscoelastic regime, and otherwise tilted and peanut-shaped. We find that the peanut-shaping is mainly caused by the zeroth harmonic, and the tilting, by the second. The first, third, and fourth harmonics of the orientation distribution make only slight contributions to the overall polymer motion. PMID:26798789

  8. Fourier decomposition of polymer orientation in large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow.

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    Giacomin, A J; Gilbert, P H; Schmalzer, A M

    2015-03-01

    In our previous work, we explored the dynamics of a dilute suspension of rigid dumbbells as a model for polymeric liquids in large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow, a flow experiment that has gained a significant following in recent years. We chose rigid dumbbells since these are the simplest molecular model to give higher harmonics in the components of the stress response. We derived the expression for the dumbbell orientation distribution, and then we used this function to calculate the shear stress response, and normal stress difference responses in large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow. In this paper, we deepen our understanding of the polymer motion underlying large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow by decomposing the orientation distribution function into its first five Fourier components (the zeroth, first, second, third, and fourth harmonics). We use three-dimensional images to explore each harmonic of the polymer motion. Our analysis includes the three most important cases: (i) nonlinear steady shear flow (where the Deborah number [Formula: see text] is zero and the Weissenberg number [Formula: see text] is above unity), (ii) nonlinear viscoelasticity (where both [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] exceed unity), and (iii) linear viscoelasticity (where [Formula: see text] exceeds unity and where [Formula: see text] approaches zero). We learn that the polymer orientation distribution is spherical in the linear viscoelastic regime, and otherwise tilted and peanut-shaped. We find that the peanut-shaping is mainly caused by the zeroth harmonic, and the tilting, by the second. The first, third, and fourth harmonics of the orientation distribution make only slight contributions to the overall polymer motion. PMID:26798789

  9. Fourier decomposition of polymer orientation in large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow

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    Giacomin, A. J.; Gilbert, P. H.; Schmalzer, A. M.

    2015-03-19

    In our previous work, we explored the dynamics of a dilute suspension of rigid dumbbells as a model for polymeric liquids in large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow, a flow experiment that has gained a significant following in recent years. We chose rigid dumbbells since these are the simplest molecular model to give higher harmonics in the components of the stress response. We derived the expression for the dumbbell orientation distribution, and then we used this function to calculate the shear stress response, and normal stress difference responses in large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow. In this paper, we deepen our understanding of the polymer motion underlying large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow by decomposing the orientation distribution function into its first five Fourier components (the zeroth, first, second, third, and fourth harmonics). We use three-dimensional images to explore each harmonic of the polymer motion. Our analysis includes the three most important cases: (i) nonlinear steady shear flow (where the Deborah number λω is zero and the Weissenberg number λγ 0 is above unity), (ii) nonlinear viscoelasticity (where both λω and λγ 0 exceed unity), and (iii) linear viscoelasticity (where λω exceeds unity and where λγ 0 approaches zero). We learn that the polymer orientation distribution is spherical in the linear viscoelastic regime, and otherwise tilted and peanut-shaped. We find that the peanut-shaping is mainly caused by the zeroth harmonic, and the tilting, by the second. The first, third, and fourth harmonics of the orientation distribution make only slight contributions to the overall polymer motion.

  10. Fourier decomposition of polymer orientation in large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow

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    Giacomin, A. J.; Gilbert, P. H.; Schmalzer, A. M.

    2015-03-19

    In our previous work, we explored the dynamics of a dilute suspension of rigid dumbbells as a model for polymeric liquids in large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow, a flow experiment that has gained a significant following in recent years. We chose rigid dumbbells since these are the simplest molecular model to give higher harmonics in the components of the stress response. We derived the expression for the dumbbell orientation distribution, and then we used this function to calculate the shear stress response, and normal stress difference responses in large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow. In this paper, we deepen our understanding of themore » polymer motion underlying large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow by decomposing the orientation distribution function into its first five Fourier components (the zeroth, first, second, third, and fourth harmonics). We use three-dimensional images to explore each harmonic of the polymer motion. Our analysis includes the three most important cases: (i) nonlinear steady shear flow (where the Deborah number λω is zero and the Weissenberg number λγ 0 is above unity), (ii) nonlinear viscoelasticity (where both λω and λγ 0 exceed unity), and (iii) linear viscoelasticity (where λω exceeds unity and where λγ 0 approaches zero). We learn that the polymer orientation distribution is spherical in the linear viscoelastic regime, and otherwise tilted and peanut-shaped. We find that the peanut-shaping is mainly caused by the zeroth harmonic, and the tilting, by the second. The first, third, and fourth harmonics of the orientation distribution make only slight contributions to the overall polymer motion.« less

  11. Characterization of naproxen-polymer conjugates for drug-delivery.

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    Forte, Gianpiero; Chiarotto, Isabella; Giannicchi, Ilaria; Loreto, Maria Antonietta; Martinelli, Andrea; Micci, Roberta; Pepi, Federico; Rossi, Serena; Salvitti, Chiara; Stringaro, Annarita; Tortora, Luca; Vecchio Ciprioti, Stefano; Feroci, Marta

    2016-01-01

    The synthesis and the characterization of three new naproxen decorated polymers are described. A versatile and general approach is employed to link the drug to polymers, affording the derivatives with a very high degree of purity. The release of the drug from the conjugates proved to be exceptionally slow, even in acidic aqueous media, and the kinetic of the process seems to be triggered by their solubility in water. On the other hand, the interesting outcome of the first ex vivo drug release experiments on human blood samples makes this preliminary study valuable for future investigations on the use of these polymeric prodrugs in in vivo treatment of inflammatory states.

  12. Damage characterization for particles filled semi-crystalline polymer

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    Lauro, Franck; Balieu, Romain; Bennani, Bruno; Haugou, Gregory; Bourel, Benjamin; Chaari, Fahmi; Matsumoto, Tsukatada; Mottola, Ernesto

    2015-09-01

    Damage evolution and characterization in semi-crystalline polymer filled with particles under various loadings is still a challenge. A specific damage characterization method using Digital Image Correlation is proposed for a wide range of strain rates considering tensile tests with hydraulic jacks as well as Hopkinson's bars. This damage measurement is obtained by using and adapting the SEE method [1] which was developed to characterize the behaviour laws at constant strain rates of polymeric materials in dynamic. To validate the characterization process, various damage measurement techniques are used under quasi-static conditions before to apply the procedure in dynamic. So, the well-known damage characterization by loss of stiffness technique under quasi-static loading is applied to a polypropylene. In addition, an in-situ tensile test, carried out in a microtomograph, is used to observe the cavitation phenomenon in real time. A good correlation is obtained between all these techniques and consequently the proposed technique is supposed suitable for measuring the ductile damage observed in semi-crystalline polymers under dynamic loading. By applying it to the semi-crystalline polymer at moderate and high speed loadings, the damage evolution is measured and it is observed that the damage evolution is not strain rate dependent but the failure strain on the contrary is strain rate dependent.

  13. A Perturbation Based Decomposition of Compound-Evoked Potentials for Characterization of Nerve Fiber Size Distributions.

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    Szlavik, Robert B

    2016-02-01

    The characterization of peripheral nerve fiber distributions, in terms of diameter or velocity, is of clinical significance because information associated with these distributions can be utilized in the differential diagnosis of peripheral neuropathies. Electro-diagnostic techniques can be applied to the investigation of peripheral neuropathies and can yield valuable diagnostic information while being minimally invasive. Nerve conduction velocity studies are single parameter tests that yield no detailed information regarding the characteristics of the population of nerve fibers that contribute to the compound-evoked potential. Decomposition of the compound-evoked potential, such that the velocity or diameter distribution of the contributing nerve fibers may be determined, is necessary if information regarding the population of contributing nerve fibers is to be ascertained from the electro-diagnostic study. In this work, a perturbation-based decomposition of compound-evoked potentials is proposed that facilitates determination of the fiber diameter distribution associated with the compound-evoked potential. The decomposition is based on representing the single fiber-evoked potential, associated with each diameter class, as being perturbed by contributions, of varying degree, from all the other diameter class single fiber-evoked potentials. The resultant estimator of the contributing nerve fiber diameter distribution is valid for relatively large separations in diameter classes. It is also useful in situations where the separation between diameter classes is small and the concomitant single fiber-evoked potentials are not orthogonal.

  14. Preparation and Characterization of Nateglinide Loaded Hydrophobic Biocompatible Polymer Nanoparticles

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    Naik, Jitendra; Lokhande, Amolkumar; Mishra, Satyendra; Kulkarni, Ravindra

    2016-09-01

    The aim of the present study was to develop sustained release Nateglinide loaded Ethylcellulose nanoparticles and characterize the properties of recovered nanoparticles. The sustained release nanoparticles were prepared by oil in water single emulsion solvent evaporation method. The developed nanoparticles were characterised for their particle size, morphology, encapsulation efficiency, drug polymer compatibility and in vitro drug release. The drug polymer compatibility was investigated by XRPD. Imaging of particles was performed by field emission scanning electron microscopy. The highest particle size and encapsulation efficiency of recovered nanoparticles were 248.37 nm and 91.16 % respectively. The recovered nanoparticles are spherical in nature and uniform in size. Developed nanoparticles have low crystallinity than the pure Nateglinide. The highest drug-polymer ratio formulation showed drug release 61.1 ± 1.76 % up to 24 h.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of carbonated hydroxyapatite and bioinspired polymer-calcium phosphate nanocomposites

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    Yusufoglu, Yusuf

    Taking the inspiration from natural bone, where collagen provides sites for the nucleation and growth of carbonated hydroxyapatite, we have developed self-assembling calcium phosphate-block copolymer nanocomposites by using a bottom-up approach. In this regard, self-assembling thermo-reversibly gelling block copolymers based on the nonionic, zwitterionic, anionic, block copolymers conjugated to hydroxyapatite-nucleating peptides, and polylysine-polyleucine diblock copoly-peptides were employed as templates for the precipitation of nano-sized calcium phosphates from aqueous solutions. Calcium phosphate nanocrystals were formed at the polymer-inorganic interface presumably nucleated by the ionic interactions. Solid-state NMR, XRD, TEM, TGA, FTIR and X-ray scattering techniques were used to characterize the nanocomposites. NMR and scattering measurements of polymer-inorganic gel composites proved nanocomposite formation and templating by the polymer micelles. The inorganic fraction of the nanocomposites was found to vary between 30-55 wt%. TEM studies showed that the morphology and the size of the hydroxyapatite crystals in the nanocomposites were similar to the apatite in the bone. The findings in our studies provide information for developing guidelines for design of novel HAp-polymer nanocomposites and for the understanding of the mechanism of biomineralization. Moreover, this study may also offer routes for bioinspired bottom-up approaches for the development of a number of nanostructured composites including injectable nanocomposite biomaterials for potential orthopedic applications. As a part of the present study, the carbonate incorporation into the hydroxyapatite lattice under various pH conditions was also investigated. Crystalline sodium and carbonate containing calcium hydroxyapatite (NaCO 3HAp) powders were prepared using an oxidative decomposition of calcium-EDTA chelates in the sodium phosphate solution with hydrogen peroxide. Depending on pH, spherical

  16. Characterization of inverted polymer solar cells with low-band-gap polymers as donor materials

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    Kim, Hong Il; Cho, Jung Min; Shin, Won Suk; Lee, Sang Kyu; Lee, Jong-Cheol; Moon, Sang-Jin; Kim, Jong Hak

    2012-06-01

    Inverted polymer solar cells with low-band-gap polymers were characterized. Molybdenum trioxide (MoO3) and tungsten trioxide (WO3) were deposited between the active layer and the silver top electrode in inverted polymer solar cells (PSCs) with titanium oxide (TiO x ) and indium tin oxide (ITO) as a buffer layer and a cathode, respectively. The performances of different anode buffer layers and three different polymers were compared. The best performance was achieved for the device with poly[N-9″-heptadecanyl-2,7-carbazole-alt-5,5-(5',8'-di-2-thienyl-2,3-bis(4-octyloxyl)phenyl)quinoxaline] (P2) as a donor polymer and a 20 nm MoO3 layer between the active layer and Ag, that device exhibited a open circuit voltage (V oc ) of 0.84 V, a short circuit current (J sc ) of 8.15 mA/cm2, and a fill factor (FF) of 0.41. The overall power conversion efficiency (PCE) for this cell was 2.79%.

  17. Synthesis and characterization of aminated perfluoro polymer electrolytes

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    Page-Belknap, Zachary Stephan Glenn

    Polymer electrolytes have been developed for use in anion exchange membrane fuel cells for years. However, due to the highly corrosive environment within these fuel cells, poor chemical stability of the polymers and low ion conductivity have led to high development costs and thus prevention from widespread commercialization. The work in this study aims to provide a solution to these problems through the synthesis and characterization of a novel polymer electrolyte. The 800 EW 3M PFSA sulfonyl fluoride precursor was aminated with 3-(dimethylamino)-1-propylamine to yield a functional polymer electrolyte following quaternization, referred to in this work as PFSa-PTMa. 1 M solutions of LiPF6, HCL, KOH, NaOH, CsOH, NaHCO3 and Na2CO3 were used to exchange the polymer to alternate counterion forms. Chemical structure analysis was performed using both FT and ATR infrared spectroscopy to confirm sulfonyl fluoride replacement and the absence of sulfonic acid sites. Mechanical testing of the polymer, following counterion exchange with KOH, at saturated conditions and 60 ºC exhibited a tensile strength of 13 +/- 2.0 MPa, a Young's modulus of 87 +/- 16 MPa and a degree of elongation reaching 75% +/- 9.1%, which indicated no mechanical degradation following exposure to a highly basic environment. Conductivities of the polymer in the Cl- and OH- counterion forms at saturated conditions and 90 ºC were observed at 26 +/- 8.0 mS cm-1 and 1.1 +/- 0.1 mS cm-1, respectively. OH- conductivities were slightly above those observed for CO32- and HCO 3- counterions at the same conditions, 0.63 +/- 0.18 and 0.66 +/- 0.21 mS cm-1 respectively. The ion exchange capacity (IEC) of the polymer in the Cl- counterion form was measured via titration at 0.57 meq g-1 which correlated to 11.2 +/- 0.10 water molecules per ion site when at 60ºC and 95% relative humidity. The IEC of the polymer in the OH- counterion form following titration expressed nearly negligible charge density, less than 0.01 meq

  18. Synthesis, characterization, and antiplasmodial activity of polymer-incorporated aminoquinolines.

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    Aderibigbe, B A; Neuse, E W; Sadiku, E R; Ray, S Shina; Smith, P J

    2014-06-01

    In this research, aminoquinoline compounds were synthesized, characterized, and incorporated into water-soluble polymers to form conjugates. The conjugates were characterized by X-ray diffraction, thermal gravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscope, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to confirm the successful incorporation of the aminoquinoline compound on to the polymer. The synthesized conjugates were screened for in vitro antiplasmodial activity in triplet test against chloroquine-sensitive strain of Plasmodium falciparum and chloroquine drug was used as a reference drug in all the experiments. A full dose-response was performed to determine the concentration inhibiting 50% of parasite growth (IC50 value). Polymeric conjugates containing 3-diethylamino-1-propylamine solubilizing units were found to be most active against the chloroquine-sensitive strain of P. falciparum.

  19. Validity of linear analysis in early-stage spinodal decomposition of a polymer mixture

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    Hayashi, Masaki; Jinnai, Hiroshi; Hashimoto, Takeji

    2000-08-01

    A two-step phase separation was imposed to a binary mixture of deuterated polybutadiene and protonated polyisoprene with nearly critical composition in the following way: the system was first subjected to phase separation via spinodal decomposition (SD) so that the system developed coexisting two phases characteristics of the late stage of SD (the first-step phase separation). It was then brought into a deeper quench so that both two phases again fell into spinodal region and hence further SD took place within each phase (the second-step phase separation at T2). In the very early stage after this second-step phase separation, the two-phase structure developed in the first-step phase separation was almost unchanged with time, but the composition fluctuation was newly developed within each phase, giving rise to an excess light scattering (LS) at large scattering vectors. The very early stage in this second-step phase separation process was studied by time-resolved LS. We found that the early-stage SD after the second-step phase separation at T2 can be well described by the linearized theory of SD. However the characteristic parameters, especially the collective diffusivity, obtained from the linear analysis, were different from those obtained by the single-step SD at T2 for the corresponding single-phase mixtures. The results unveil an intriguing effect of initial structure or space confinement on early stage SD, reflecting an intrinsically nonlinear phenomenon.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of metallo-supramolecular polymers.

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    Winter, Andreas; Schubert, Ulrich S

    2016-10-01

    The incorporation of metal centers into the backbone of polymers has led to the development of a broad range of organometallic and coordination compounds featuring properties that are relevant for potential applications in diverse areas of research, ranging from energy storage/conversion to bioactive or self-healing materials. In this review, the basic concepts and synthetic strategies leading to these types of materials as well as the scope of available characterization techniques will be summarized and discussed.

  1. Scattering studies of self-assembling processes of polymer blends in spinodal decomposition. II. Temperature dependence

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    Takenaka, Mikihito; Hashimoto, Takeji

    1992-04-01

    Our previous work on time evolution of the interfacial structure for a near critical mixture of polybutadiene and polyisoprene undergoing the spinodal decomposition (SD) [T. Hashimoto, M. Takenaka, and H. Jinnai, J. Appl. Crystallogr. 24, 457 (1991)] was extended to explore the behavior as a function of temperature T, again using the time-resolved light scattering method. The study involved the investigation of the time evolutions of various characteristic parameters such as the wave number qm(t;T ) of the dominant mode of the concentration fluctuations, the maximum scattered intensity Im(t;T ), the scaled structure factor F(x;T ), the interfacial area density Σ(t;T ), and the characteristic interfacial thickness tI(t;T ) from the early-to-late stage SD, where t refers to time after the onset of SD and x refers to the reduced scattering vector defined by x=q/qm(t;T ); q is the magnitude of the scattering vector. The results confirm the model previously proposed at a given T over a wider temperature range corresponding to the quench depth ΔT=T-Ts =5.5-34.5 K, or ɛT=(χ-χs)/χs =4.50×10-2 to 2.79×10-1, where Ts is the spinodal temperature, and χ and χs are the Flory interaction parameters at T and Ts, respectively. This blend is noted to have a phase diagram of the lower critical solution temperature type.

  2. Forced and free displacement characterization of ionic polymer transducers

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    Akle, Barbar J.; Duncan, Andrew; Akle, Etienne; Wallmersperger, Thomas; Leo, Donald J.

    2009-03-01

    Ionic polymer transducers (IPT), sometimes referred to as artificial muscles, are known to generate a large bending strain and a moderate stress at low applied voltages (<5V). Recently Akle and Leo[1] reported extensional actuation in ionic polymer transducers. In this study, extensional IPTs are characterized under forced and free displacement boundary condition as a function of transducer architecture. The electrode thickness is varied from 10 μm up to 40 μm while three extensional actuators with Lithium, Cesium, and tetraethylammonium (TEA) mobile cations are characterized. Three fixtures are built in order to characterize the extensional actuation response. The first fixture measures the free displacement of an IPT sample sandwiched between two aluminum plates glued using the electrically conductive silver paste. In the second fixture a spring is compressed against the test sample with variable amounts to generate different levels of pre-stress and prevents the bending of the IPT. In the third fixture dead weights are placed on top of the sample in order to prevent bending. In the spring loaded fixture a thermocouple is placed in the proximity of the actuator and temperature is measured. The different transducers are characterized using a step voltage input and an alternating current (AC) sine wave input. The step input resulted in a logarithmic rise like displacement curve, while the low frequency (<0.1 Hz) AC excitation generated a sine wave displacement response with a strong first harmonic. The high frequency AC excitation generated a response similar to that of the step input. Comparing the measured temperature for step and AC response demonstrated that the sample is heating up when exited with a high frequency signal; which is leading to the expansion of the sample. Initial experimental results demonstrate a strong correlation between electrode architecture and the peak strain response. Strains on the order of 2% are observed with air stable ionic

  3. Slow spinodal decomposition in binary liquid mixtures of polymers. III. Scaling analyses of later-stage unmixing

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    Izumitani, Tatsuo; Takenaka, Mikihito; Hashimoto, Takeji

    1990-03-01

    Later-stage unmixing process of a near critical mixture of polybutadiene (PB)/poly(styrene- r-butadiene)(SBR) were examined at real time t and in situ at several temperatures T by time-resolved light scattering method. The magnitude of scattering vector qm(t,T) at which the intensity becomes maximum and the maximum intensity Im(t,T) were analyzed in order to characterize the coarsening processes of the later-stage spinodal decomposition. The variations of Im and qm with t at different T's were found to fall onto master curves on the reduced plots, thus assuring the scaling postulate that the data obtained at different t and T for given mixtures are properly scaled with the temperature-dependent characteristic wave number qm(0,T) and characteristic time tc(T).

  4. Characterization of a sustainable sulfur polymer concrete using activated fillers

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    Moon, Juhyuk; Kalb, Paul D.; Milian, Laurence; Northrup, Paul A.

    2016-01-02

    Sulfur polymer concrete (SPC) is a thermoplastic composite concrete consisting of chemically modified sulfur polymer and aggregates. This study focused on the characterization of a new SPC that has been developed as a sustainable construction material. It is made from industrial by-product sulfur that is modified with activated fillers of fly ash, petroleum refinery residual oil, and sand. Unlike conventional sulfur polymer cements made using dicyclopentadiene as a chemical modifier, the use of inexpensive industrial by-products enables the new SPC to cost-effectively produce sustainable, low-carbon, thermoplastic binder that can compete with conventional hydraulic cement concretes. A series of characterization analysesmore » was conducted including thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction, and spatially-resolved Xray absorption spectroscopy to confirm the polymerization of sulfur induced from the presence of the oil. In addition, mechanical testing, internal pore structure analysis, and scanning electron microscope studies evaluate the performance of this new SPC as a sustainable construction material with a reduced environmental impact.« less

  5. Synthesis and characterization of macromolecular layers grafted to polymer surfaces

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    Burtovyy, Oleksandr

    The composition and behavior of surfaces and interfaces play a pivotal role in dictating the overall efficiency of the majority of polymeric materials and devices. Surface properties of the materials can be altered using surface modification techniques. It is necessary to highlight that successful methods of surface modification should affect only the upper layer of the polymer material without changing bulk properties. The processes must introduce new functionalities to the surface, optimize surface roughness, lubrication, hydrophobicity, hydrophilicity, adhesion, conductivity, and/or biocompatibility. Research presented in this dissertation is dedicated to the synthesis, characterization, and application of thin macromolecular layers anchored to polymer substrates. Specifically, attachment of functional polymers via a "grafting to" approach has been extensively studied using PET and nylon model substrates. First, poly(glycidyl methacrylate) was used to introduce permanent functionalities to the model substrates by anchoring it to model films. Then, three different functional polymers were grafted on top of the previous layer. As one part of this study, the temperature and time dependence of grafting functional layers were studied. The surface coverage by hydrophobic polymer was determined from experimental data and predicted by a model. In general, the model has a high degree of predictive capability. Next, surface modification of polymeric fibers and membranes is presented as an important application of the polymer thin layers targeted in the study. Specifically, the procedures developed for surface modification of model substrates was employed for modification of PET, nylon, and cotton fabrics as well as PET track-etched membranes. Since epoxy groups are highly reactive in various chemical reactions, the approach becomes virtually universal, allowing both various surfaces and end-functionalized macromolecules to be used in the grafted layer synthesis. PET

  6. Fabrication and characterization of solid-state, conducting polymer actuators

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    Xie, J.; Sansinena, J. M.; Gao, J.; Wang, H. L.

    2004-01-01

    We report here the fabrication and characterization of solid-state, conducting polymer actuators. The electrochemical activity of polyaniline (PANI) thin film coated with solid-state polyelectrolyte is very similar to the polyaniline thin film in an aqueous solution. The solid-state actuator is adhere to a lever arm of an force transducer and the force generation is measured in real time. The force generated by the actuator is found to be length dependent. However, the overall torques generated by the actuators with different lengths remains essentially the same. The effect of stimulation signals such as voltage, current, on the bending angle and displacement is also studied using square wave potential.

  7. Evaluation and characterization of the methane-carbon dioxide decomposition reaction

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    Davenport, R. J.; Schubert, F. H.; Shumar, J. W.; Steenson, T. S.

    1975-01-01

    A program was conducted to evaluate and characterize the carbon dioxide-methane (CO2-CH4) decomposition reaction, i.e., CO2 + CH4 = 2C + 2H2O. The primary objective was to determine the feasibility of applying this reaction at low temperatures as a technique for recovering the oxygen (O2) remaining in the CO2 which exits mixed with CH4 from a Sabatier CO2 reduction subsystem (as part of an air revitalization system of a manned spacecraft). A test unit was designed, fabricated, and assembled for characterizing the performance of various catalysts for the reaction and ultraviolet activation of the CH4 and CO2. The reactor included in the test unit was designed to have sufficient capacity to evaluate catalyst charges of up to 76 g (0.17 lb). The test stand contained the necessary instrumentation and controls to obtain the data required to characterize the performance of the catalysts and sensitizers tested: flow control and measurement, temperature control and measurement, product and inlet gas analysis, and pressure measurement. A product assurance program was performed implementing the concepts of quality control and safety into the program effort.

  8. Accelerated characterization for long-term creep behavior of polymer

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    Zhao, Rongguo; Chen, Chaozhong; Li, Qifu; Luo, Xiyan

    2008-11-01

    Based on the observation that high stress results in increasing creep rate of polymeric material, which is analogous to the time-temperature equivalence, where high temperature accelerates the process of creep or relaxation of polymer, the time-stress equivalence is investigated. The changes of intrinsic time in polymer induced by temperature and stress are studied using the free volume theory, and a clock model based on the time-temperature and time-stress equivalence is constructed to predict the long-term creep behavior of polymer. Polypropylene is used for this work. The specimens with shape of dumbbell are formed via injection molding. The short-term creep tests under various stress levels are carried out at ambient temperature. The creep strains of specimens are modeled according to the concept of time-stress equivalence, and the corresponding stress shift factors are calculated. A master creep curve is built by the clock model. The result indicates that the time-stress superposition principle provides an accelerated characterization method in the laboratory. Finally, the time-dependent axial elongations at sustained stress levels, whose values are close to the tensile strength of polypropylene, are measured. The three phases of creep, i.e., the transient, steady state and accelerated creep phases, are studied, and the application and limitation of the time-stress superposition principle are discussed.

  9. Comparative study of differential matrix and extended polar decomposition formalisms for polarimetric characterization of complex tissue-like turbid media.

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    Kumar, Satish; Purwar, Harsh; Ossikovski, Razvigor; Vitkin, I Alex; Ghosh, Nirmalya

    2012-10-01

    Development of methodologies for quantification/unique interpretation of the intrinsic polarimetry characteristics of biological tissues are important for various applications involving tissue characterization/diagnosis. A detailed comparative evaluation of the polar decomposition and the differential matrix decomposition of Mueller matrices for extraction/quantification of the intrinsic polarimetry characteristics (with special emphasis on linear retardance δ, optical rotation Ψ and depolarization Δ parameters was performed, because these are the most prominent tissue polarimetry effects) from complex tissue-like turbid media exhibiting simultaneous scattering and polarization effects. The results suggest that for media exhibiting simultaneous linear retardance and optical rotation polarization events, the use of retarder polar decomposition with its associated analysis which assumes sequential occurrence of these effects, results in systematic underestimation of δ and overestimation of Ψ parameters. Analytical relationships between the polarization parameters (δ, Ψ) extracted from both the retarder polar decomposition and the differential matrix decomposition for either simultaneous or sequential occurrence of the linear retardance and optical rotation effects were derived. The self-consistency of both decompositions is validated on experimental Mueller matrices recorded from tissue-simulating phantoms (whose polarization properties are controlled, known a-priori, and exhibited simultaneously) of increasing biological complexity. Additional theoretical validation tests were performed on Monte Carlo-generated Mueller matrices from analogous turbid media exhibiting simultaneous depolarization (Δ), linear retardance (δ) and optical rotation (Ψ) effects. After successful evaluation, the potential advantage of the differential matrix decomposition over the polar decomposition formalism was explored for monitoring of myocardial tissue regeneration following

  10. Characterization of Nonlinear Rate Dependent Response of Shape Memory Polymers

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    Volk, Brent; Lagoudas, Dimitris C.; Chen, Yi-Chao; Whitley, Karen S.

    2007-01-01

    Shape Memory Polymers (SMPs) are a class of polymers, which can undergo deformation in a flexible state at elevated temperatures, and when cooled below the glass transition temperature, while retaining their deformed shape, will enter and remain in a rigid state. Upon heating above the glass transition temperature, the shape memory polymer will return to its original, unaltered shape. SMPs have been reported to recover strains of over 400%. It is important to understand the stress and strain recovery behavior of SMPs to better develop constitutive models which predict material behavior. Initial modeling efforts did not account for large deformations beyond 25% strain. However, a model under current development is capable of describing large deformations of the material. This model considers the coexisting active (rubber) and frozen (glass) phases of the polymer, as well as the transitions between the material phases. The constitutive equations at the continuum level are established with internal state variables to describe the microstructural changes associated with the phase transitions. For small deformations, the model reduces to a linear model that agrees with those reported in the literature. Thermomechanical characterization is necessary for the development, calibration, and validation of a constitutive model. The experimental data reported in this paper will assist in model development by providing a better understanding of the stress and strain recovery behavior of the material. This paper presents the testing techniques used to characterize the thermomechanical material properties of a shape memory polymer (SMP) and also presents the resulting data. An innovative visual-photographic apparatus, known as a Vision Image Correlation (VIC) system was used to measure the strain. The details of this technique will also be presented in this paper. A series of tensile tests were performed on specimens such that strain levels of 10, 25, 50, and 100% were applied to

  11. Replacement of silicone polymer A with silicone polymer B and the subsequent characterization of the new cellular silicone materials

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    Schneider, J.W.

    1994-04-01

    The purpose of this project is to replace silicone polymer A with silicone polymer B produced by Vendor B. Silicone polymer B and the resulting B-50 cellular silicone have been used to produce cushions for the W87 program. Approximately 5.5 years of stress relaxation aging study data as well as actual part surveillance data have been collected, characterizing the stockpile life performance of the B-50 cellular silicone cushion material. Process characterization of new cellular silicone materials as a result of replacing silicone polymer A with silicone polymer B has been completed. Load deflection requirements for the new cellular silicone materials based on silicone polymer B have been met. The silicone polymer B based cellular silicone materials must be compounded at densities of approximately 0.03 g/cm{sup 3} less than the silicone polymer A based cellular silicone materials in order to achieve the same load deflection requirements has also been demonstrated. The change in silicone polymers from A to B involved a decrease in volatile content as well as a decrease in part shrinkage.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of silicon-containing monomers, polymers and copolymers

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    van Dyke, Mark E.

    ,4-phenylene oxide) (PPO) and poly(dimethyl-siloxane) (PDMS) have been prepared and characterized. The PPO-PDMS copolymers containing Si-O-C linkages were found to be hydrolytically unstable while the PPO-PDMS block copolymers containing a Si-C linkage between the blocks were hydrolytically stable. The modification of PPO through blending with a poly(silarylene siloxane) homopolymer was also investigated. Optical microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, laser light scattering and scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy were applied to this system. It was concluded that a ternary system consisting of PPO, the poly(silarylene siloxane) and toluene phase separated by spinodal decomposition upon removal of the solvent, which resulted in a non-miscible polymer blend.

  13. Characterization and degradation studies on synthetic polymers for aerospace application

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    Hsu, M. T. S.

    1982-01-01

    The anti-misting additive for jet fuels known as FM-9 (proprietary polymer) was characterized by elemental analysis, solubility studies and molecular weight determination. Physical properties of surface tension, viscosity, specific gravity and other physical parameters were determined. These results are compared with properties of polyisobutylene and fuels modified with the same; the misting characteristics of polyisobutylene and FM-9 in Jet A fuel are included. Characterization and degradation of phthalocyanine and its derivatives were accomplished by use of a mass spectrometer and a pyroprobe solid pyrolyzer. Metal phthalocyanine tetracarboxylic acids and phthalocyanine-tetraamine cured epoxies were studied. Epoxy/graphite composite panels were exposed to a NASA-Ames radiant panel fire simulator in the flaming and non-flaming modes; toxic gases of HCN and HZS were measured along with oxygen, Co2, Co, and organic gases.

  14. Characterization of novel soybean-oil-based thermosensitive amphiphilic polymers for drug delivery applications

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    Characterization, aggregation behavior, physical properties and drug-polymer interaction of novel soybean oil-based polymers i.e., hydrolyzed polymers of (epoxidized) soybean oil (HPESO), were studied. The surface tension method was used to determine the critical micelle concentration (CMC). CMC w...

  15. A characterization of the two-step reaction mechanism of phenol decomposition by a Fenton reaction

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    Valdés, Cristian; Alzate-Morales, Jans; Osorio, Edison; Villaseñor, Jorge; Navarro-Retamal, Carlos

    2015-11-01

    Phenol is one of the worst contaminants at date, and its degradation has been a crucial task over years. Here, the decomposition process of phenol, in a Fenton reaction, is described. Using scavengers, it was observed that decomposition of phenol was mainly influenced by production of hydroxyl radicals. Experimental and theoretical activation energies (Ea) for phenol oxidation intermediates were calculated. According to these Ea, phenol decomposition is a two-step reaction mechanism mediated predominantly by hydroxyl radicals, producing a decomposition yield order given as hydroquinone > catechol > resorcinol. Furthermore, traces of reaction derived acids were detected by HPLC and GS-MS.

  16. Fire-safe polymers and polymer composites

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    Zhang, Huiqing

    The intrinsic relationships between polymer structure, composition and fire behavior have been explored to develop new fire-safe polymeric materials. Different experimental techniques, especially three milligram-scale methods---pyrolysis-combustion flow calorimetry (PCFC), simultaneous thermal analysis (STA) and pyrolysis GC/MS---have been combined to fully characterize the thermal decomposition and flammability of polymers and polymer composites. Thermal stability, mass loss rate, char yield and properties of decomposition volatiles were found to be the most important parameters in determining polymer flammability. Most polymers decompose by either an unzipping or a random chain scission mechanism with an endothermic decomposition of 100--900 J/g. Aromatic or heteroaromatic rings, conjugated double or triple bonds and heteroatoms such as halogens, N, O, S, P and Si are the basic structural units for fire-resistant polymers. The flammability of polymers can also be successfully estimated by combining pyrolysis GC/MS results or chemical structures with TGA results. The thermal decomposition and flammability of two groups of inherently fire-resistant polymers---poly(hydroxyamide) (PHA) and its derivatives, and bisphenol C (BPC II) polyarylates---have been systematically studied. PHA and most of its derivatives have extremely low heat release rates and very high char yields upon combustion. PHA and its halogen derivatives can completely cyclize into quasi-polybenzoxazole (PBO) structures at low temperatures. However, the methoxy and phosphate derivatives show a very different behavior during decomposition and combustion. Molecular modeling shows that the formation of an enol intermediate is the rate-determining step in the thermal cyclization of PHA. BPC II-polyarylate is another extremely flame-resistant polymer. It can be used as an efficient flame-retardant agent in copolymers and blends. From PCFC results, the total heat of combustion of these copolymers or blends

  17. Ozone decomposition

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    Batakliev, Todor; Georgiev, Vladimir; Anachkov, Metody; Rakovsky, Slavcho

    2014-01-01

    Catalytic ozone decomposition is of great significance because ozone is a toxic substance commonly found or generated in human environments (aircraft cabins, offices with photocopiers, laser printers, sterilizers). Considerable work has been done on ozone decomposition reported in the literature. This review provides a comprehensive summary of the literature, concentrating on analysis of the physico-chemical properties, synthesis and catalytic decomposition of ozone. This is supplemented by a review on kinetics and catalyst characterization which ties together the previously reported results. Noble metals and oxides of transition metals have been found to be the most active substances for ozone decomposition. The high price of precious metals stimulated the use of metal oxide catalysts and particularly the catalysts based on manganese oxide. It has been determined that the kinetics of ozone decomposition is of first order importance. A mechanism of the reaction of catalytic ozone decomposition is discussed, based on detailed spectroscopic investigations of the catalytic surface, showing the existence of peroxide and superoxide surface intermediates. PMID:26109880

  18. Ozone decomposition.

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    Batakliev, Todor; Georgiev, Vladimir; Anachkov, Metody; Rakovsky, Slavcho; Zaikov, Gennadi E

    2014-06-01

    Catalytic ozone decomposition is of great significance because ozone is a toxic substance commonly found or generated in human environments (aircraft cabins, offices with photocopiers, laser printers, sterilizers). Considerable work has been done on ozone decomposition reported in the literature. This review provides a comprehensive summary of the literature, concentrating on analysis of the physico-chemical properties, synthesis and catalytic decomposition of ozone. This is supplemented by a review on kinetics and catalyst characterization which ties together the previously reported results. Noble metals and oxides of transition metals have been found to be the most active substances for ozone decomposition. The high price of precious metals stimulated the use of metal oxide catalysts and particularly the catalysts based on manganese oxide. It has been determined that the kinetics of ozone decomposition is of first order importance. A mechanism of the reaction of catalytic ozone decomposition is discussed, based on detailed spectroscopic investigations of the catalytic surface, showing the existence of peroxide and superoxide surface intermediates. PMID:26109880

  19. Ozone decomposition.

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    Batakliev, Todor; Georgiev, Vladimir; Anachkov, Metody; Rakovsky, Slavcho; Zaikov, Gennadi E

    2014-06-01

    Catalytic ozone decomposition is of great significance because ozone is a toxic substance commonly found or generated in human environments (aircraft cabins, offices with photocopiers, laser printers, sterilizers). Considerable work has been done on ozone decomposition reported in the literature. This review provides a comprehensive summary of the literature, concentrating on analysis of the physico-chemical properties, synthesis and catalytic decomposition of ozone. This is supplemented by a review on kinetics and catalyst characterization which ties together the previously reported results. Noble metals and oxides of transition metals have been found to be the most active substances for ozone decomposition. The high price of precious metals stimulated the use of metal oxide catalysts and particularly the catalysts based on manganese oxide. It has been determined that the kinetics of ozone decomposition is of first order importance. A mechanism of the reaction of catalytic ozone decomposition is discussed, based on detailed spectroscopic investigations of the catalytic surface, showing the existence of peroxide and superoxide surface intermediates.

  20. Mechanical properties characterization and modeling of active polymer gels

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    Marra, Steven Paul

    Active polymer gels expand and contract in response to certain environmental stimuli, such as the application of an electric field or a change in the pH level of the surroundings. This ability to achieve large, reversible deformations with no external mechanical loading has generated much interest in the use of these gels as actuators and "artificial muscles." While much work has been done to study the behavior and properties of these gels, little information is available regarding the full constitutive description of the mechanical and actuation properties. This work focuses on developing a means of characterizing the mechanical properties of active polymer gels and describing how these properties evolve as the gel actuates. Poly(vinyl alcohol)-poly(acrylic acid) (PVA-PAA) gel was chosen as the model material for this work because it is relatively simple and safe to both fabricate and actuate. PVA-PAA gels are fabricated on-site using a solvent-casting technique. These gels expand when moved from acidic to basic solutions, and contract when moved from basic to acidic solutions. Citric acid and sodium bicarbonate were used as the testing solutions for this work. The mechanical properties of the gel were characterized by conducting uniaxial and biaxial tests on thin PVA-PAA gel films. A biaxial testing system has been developed which can measure stresses and deformations of these films in a variety of liquid environments. The experimental results on PVA-PAA gels show these materials to be relatively compliant, and slightly viscoelastic and compressible. These gels are also capable of large recoverable deformations in both acidic and basic environments. A thermodynamically consistent finite-elastic constitutive model was developed to describe the mechanical and actuation behaviors of active polymer gels. The mechanical properties of the gel are characterized by a free-energy function, and the model utilizes an evolving internal variable to describe the actuation

  1. Characterization of Solid Polymers, Ceramic Gap Filler, and Closed-Cell Polymer Foam Using Low-Load Test Methods

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    Herring, Helen M.

    2008-01-01

    Various solid polymers, polymer-based composites, and closed-cell polymer foam are being characterized to determine their mechanical properties, using low-load test methods. The residual mechanical properties of these materials after environmental exposure or extreme usage conditions determines their value in aerospace structural applications. In this experimental study, four separate polymers were evaluated to measure their individual mechanical responses after thermal aging and moisture exposure by dynamic mechanical analysis. A ceramic gap filler, used in the gaps between the tiles on the Space Shuttle, was also tested, using dynamic mechanical analysis to determine material property limits during flight. Closed-cell polymer foam, used for the Space Shuttle External Tank insulation, was tested under low load levels to evaluate how the foam's mechanical properties are affected by various loading and unloading scenarios.

  2. Characterization of a polymer-infiltrated ceramic-network material

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    Corazza, Pedro H.; Zhang, Yu

    2015-01-01

    Objectives To characterize the microstructure and determine some mechanical properties of a polymer-ingfiltrated ceramic-network (PICN) material (Vita Enamic, Vita Zahnfabrik) available for CAD–CAM systems. Methods Specimens were fabricated to perform quantitative and qualitative analyses of the material’s microstructure and to determine the fracture toughness (KIc), density (ρ), Poisson’s ratio (v) and Young’s modulus (E). KIc was determined using V-notched specimens and the short beam toughness method, where bar-shaped specimens were notched and 3-point loaded to fracture. ρ was calculated using Archimedes principle, and v and E were measured using an ultrasonic thickness gauge with a combination of a pulse generator and an oscilloscope. Results Microstructural analyses showed a ceramic- and a polymer-based interpenetrating network. Mean and standard deviation values for the properties evaluated were: KIc = 1.09 ± 0.05 MPa m1/2, ρ = 2.09 ± 0.01 g/cm3, v = 0.23 ± 0.002 and E = 37.95 ± 0.34 GPa. Significance The PICN material showed mechanical properties between porcelains and resin-based composites, reflecting its microstructural components. PMID:24656471

  3. Strain-dependent characterization of electrode and polymer network of electrically activated polymer actuators

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    Töpper, Tino; Osmani, Bekim; Weiss, Florian M.; Winterhalter, Carla; Wohlfender, Fabian; Leung, Vanessa; Müller, Bert

    2015-04-01

    Fecal incontinence describes the involuntary loss of bowel content and affects about 45 % of retirement home residents and overall more than 12 % of the adult population. Artificial sphincter implants for treating incontinence are currently based on mechanical systems with failure rates resulting in revision after three to five years. To overcome this drawback, artificial muscle sphincters based on bio-mimetic electro-active polymer (EAP) actuators are under development. Such implants require polymer films that are nanometer-thin, allowing actuation below 24 V, and electrodes that are stretchable, remaining conductive at strains of about 10 %. Strain-dependent resistivity measurements reveal an enhanced conductivity of 10 nm compared to 30 nm sputtered Au on silicone for strains higher than 5 %. Thus, strain-dependent morphology characterization with optical microscopy and atomic force microscopy could demonstrate these phenomena. Cantilever bending measurements are utilized to determine elastic/viscoelastic properties of the EAP films as well as their long-term actuation behavior. Controlling these properties enables the adjustment of growth parameters of nanometer-thin EAP actuators.

  4. Characterization of Polymer Blends: Optical Microscopy (*Polarized, Interference and Phase Contrast Microscopy*) and Confocal Microscopy

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    Ramanathan, Nathan Muruganathan; Darling, Seth B.

    2015-01-01

    Chapter 15 surveys the characterization of macro, micro and meso morphologies of polymer blends by optical microscopy. Confocal Microscopy offers the ability to view the three dimensional morphology of polymer blends, popular in characterization of biological systems. Confocal microscopy uses point illumination and a spatial pinhole to eliminate out-of focus light in samples that are thicker than the focal plane.

  5. Characterizing kernels of operators related to thin-plate magnetizations via generalizations of Hodge decompositions

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    Baratchart, L.; Hardin, D. P.; Lima, E. A.; Saff, E. B.; Weiss, B. P.

    2013-01-01

    Recently developed scanning magnetic microscopes measure the magnetic field in a plane above a thin-plate magnetization distribution. These instruments have broad applications in geoscience and materials science, but are limited by the requirement that the sample magnetization must be retrieved from measured field data, which is a generically nonunique inverse problem. This problem leads to an analysis of the kernel of the related magnetization operators, which also has relevance to the ‘equivalent source problem’ in the case of measurements taken from just one side of the magnetization. We characterize the kernel of the operator relating planar magnetization distributions to planar magnetic field maps in various function and distribution spaces (e.g., sums of derivatives of Lp (Lebesgue spaces) or bounded mean oscillation (BMO) functions). For this purpose, we present a generalization of the Hodge decomposition in terms of Riesz transforms and utilize it to characterize sources that do not produce a magnetic field either above or below the sample, or that are magnetically silent (i.e. no magnetic field anywhere outside the sample). For example, we show that a thin-plate magnetization is silent (i.e. in the kernel) when its normal component is zero and its tangential component is divergence free. In addition, we show that compactly supported magnetizations (i.e. magnetizations that are zero outside of a bounded set in the source plane) that do not produce magnetic fields either above or below the sample are necessarily silent. In particular, neither a nontrivial planar magnetization with fixed direction (unidimensional) compact support nor a bidimensional planar magnetization (i.e. a sum of two unidimensional magnetizations) that is nontangential can be silent. We prove that any planar magnetization distribution is equivalent to a unidimensional one. We also discuss the advantages of mapping the field on both sides of a magnetization, whenever experimentally

  6. Mass Spectrometry Characterization of the Thermal Decomposition/Digestion (TDD) at Cysteine in Peptides and Proteins in the Condensed Phase

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    Basile, Franco; Zhang, Shaofeng; Kandar, Sujit Kumar; Lu, Liang

    2011-11-01

    We report on the characterization by mass spectrometry (MS) of a rapid, reagentless and site-specific cleavage at the N-terminus of the amino acid cysteine (C) in peptides and proteins induced by the thermal decomposition at 220-250 °C for 10 s in solid samples. This thermally induced cleavage at C occurs under the same conditions and simultaneously to our previously reported thermally induced site-specific cleavage at the C-terminus of aspartic acid (D) (Zhang, S.; Basile, F. J. Proteome Res. 2007, 6, (5), 1700-1704). The C cleavage proceeds through cleavage of the nitrogen and α-carbon bond (N-terminus) of cysteine and produces modifications at the cleavage site with an amidation (-1 Da) of the N-terminal thermal decomposition product and a -32 Da mass change of the C-terminal thermal decomposition product, the latter yielding either an alanine or β-alanine residue at the N-terminus site. These modifications were confirmed by off-line thermal decomposition electrospray ionization (ESI)-MS, tandem MS (MS/MS) analyses and accurate mass measurements of standard peptides. Molecular oxygen was found to be required for the thermal decomposition and cleavage at C as it induced an initial cysteine thiol side chain oxidation to sulfinic acid. Similar to the thermally induced D cleavage, missed cleavages at C were also observed. The combined thermally induced digestion process at D and C, termed thermal decomposition/digestion (TDD), was observed on several model proteins tested under ambient conditions and the site-specificity of the method confirmed by MS/MS.

  7. Mass spectrometry characterization of the thermal decomposition/digestion (TDD) at cysteine in peptides and proteins in the condensed phase.

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    Basile, Franco; Zhang, Shaofeng; Kandar, Sujit Kumar; Lu, Liang

    2011-11-01

    We report on the characterization by mass spectrometry (MS) of a rapid, reagentless and site-specific cleavage at the N-terminus of the amino acid cysteine (C) in peptides and proteins induced by the thermal decomposition at 220-250 °C for 10 s in solid samples. This thermally induced cleavage at C occurs under the same conditions and simultaneously to our previously reported thermally induced site-specific cleavage at the C-terminus of aspartic acid (D) (Zhang, S.; Basile, F. J. Proteome Res. 2007, 6, (5), 1700-1704). The C cleavage proceeds through cleavage of the nitrogen and α-carbon bond (N-terminus) of cysteine and produces modifications at the cleavage site with an amidation (-1 Da) of the N-terminal thermal decomposition product and a -32 Da mass change of the C-terminal thermal decomposition product, the latter yielding either an alanine or β-alanine residue at the N-terminus site. These modifications were confirmed by off-line thermal decomposition electrospray ionization (ESI)-MS, tandem MS (MS/MS) analyses and accurate mass measurements of standard peptides. Molecular oxygen was found to be required for the thermal decomposition and cleavage at C as it induced an initial cysteine thiol side chain oxidation to sulfinic acid. Similar to the thermally induced D cleavage, missed cleavages at C were also observed. The combined thermally induced digestion process at D and C, termed thermal decomposition/digestion (TDD), was observed on several model proteins tested under ambient conditions and the site-specificity of the method confirmed by MS/MS.

  8. Mass Spectrometry Characterization of the Thermal Decomposition/Digestion (TDD) at Cysteine in Peptides and Proteins in the Condensed Phase

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    Basile, Franco; Zhang, Shaofeng; Kandar, Sujit Kumar; Lu, Liang

    2011-01-01

    We report on the characterization by mass spectrometry (MS) of a rapid, reagentless and site-specific cleavage at the N-terminus of the amino acid cysteine (C) in peptides and proteins induced by the thermal decomposition at 220–250 °C for 10 seconds in solid samples. This thermally induced cleavage at C occurs under the same conditions and simultaneously to our previously reported thermally induced site-specific cleavage at the C-terminus of aspartic acid (D) (Zhang, S.; Basile, F., J. Proteome Res. 2007, 6, (5), 1700–1704). The C cleavage proceeds through cleavage of the nitrogen and α–carbon bond (N-terminus) of cysteine and produces modifications at the cleavage site with an amidation (−1 amu) of the N-terminal thermal decomposition product and a −32 amu mass change of the C-terminal thermal decomposition product, the latter yielding either an alanine or β-alanine residue at the N-terminus site. These modifications were confirmed by off-line thermal decomposition electrospray ionization (ESI)-MS, tandem MS (MS/MS) analyses and accurate mass measurements of standard peptides. Molecular oxygen was found to be required for the thermal decomposition and cleavage at C as it induced an initial cysteine thiol side chain oxidation to sulfinic acid. Similar to the thermally induced D cleavage, missed cleavages at C were also observed. The combined thermally induced digestion process at D and C, termed Thermal Decomposition/Digestion (TDD), was observed on several model proteins tested under ambient conditions and the site-specificity of the method confirmed by MS/MS. PMID:21952765

  9. Characterization of thermally separated poly (alkylene glycol) polymer quenchants by ESR spectroscopy

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    McLeod, D. Jr.; Totten, G.E.; Webster, G.M.

    1996-12-31

    Poly(alkylene glycol) - PAG copolymers are the most commonly used polymer quenchants in the world today. One of the distinguishing and advantageous features of these polymers is their ability to undergo thermal separation. This may occur at the hot metal interface during quenching or in solution as a means of recycling contaminated quench baths. In this paper, the use of electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy to characterize PAG polymers that have been thermally separated from aqueous solution will be reported. Exploratory studies using ESR spectroscopy to characterize thermally separated polymer films during quenching will also be reported.

  10. Characterization of polymer materials and powders for selective laser melting

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    Wudy, K.; Drummer, D.; Drexler, M.

    2014-05-01

    Concerning individualization, the requirements to products have increased. The trend towards individualized serial products faces manufacturing techniques with demands of increasing flexibility. Additive manufacturing techniques generate components directly out of a CAD data set while requiring no specific tool or form. Due to this additive manufacturing processes comply, in opposite to conventional techniques, with these increased demands on processing technology. With a variety of available additive manufacturing techniques, some of them have a high potential to generate series products with reproducible properties. Selective laser melting (SLM) of powder materials shows the highest potential for this application. If components made by SLM are desired to be applied in technical series products, their achievable properties play a major part. These properties are mainly determined by the processed materials. The range of present commercially available materials for SLM of polymer powders is limited. This paper shows interrelations of various material properties to create a basic understanding of sintering processes and additional qualifying new materials. Main properties of polymer materials, with regard to their consolidation are viscosity and surface energy. On the one hand the difference of the surface energy between powder and melt influences, the wetting behavior, and thus the penetration depth. On the other hand, a high surface tension is fundamental for good coalescence of bordering particles. To fulfill these requirements limits of the surface tension will be determined on the basis of a reference material. For these reason methods for determining surface tension of solids, powders and melts are analyzed, to carry out a possible process-related material characterization. Not only an insight into observed SLM phenomena is provided but also hints concerning suitable material selection.

  11. Automated metric characterization of urban structure using building decomposition from very high resolution imagery

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    Heinzel, Johannes; Kemper, Thomas

    2015-03-01

    Classification approaches for urban areas are mostly of qualitative and semantic nature. They produce interpreted classes similar to those from land cover and land use classifications. As a complement to those classes, quantitative measures directly derived from the image could lead to a metric characterization of the urban area. While these metrics lack of qualitative interpretation they are able to provide objective measure of the urban structures. Such quantitative measures are especially important in rapidly growing cities since, beside of the growth in area, they can provide structural information for specific areas and detect changes. Rustenburg, which serves as test area for the present study, is amongst the fastest growing cities in South Africa. It reveals a heterogeneous face of housing and building structures reflecting social and/or economic differences often linked to the spatial distribution of industrial and local mining sites. Up to date coverage with aerial photographs is provided by aerial surveys in regular intervals. Also recent satellite systems provide imagery with suitable resolution. Using such set of very high resolution images a fully automated algorithm has been developed which outputs metric classes by systematically combining important measures of building structure. The measurements are gained by decomposition of buildings directly from the imagery and by using methods from mathematical morphology. The decomposed building objects serve as basis for the computation of grid statistics. Finally a systematic combination of the single features leads to combined metrical classes. For the dominant urban structures verification results indicate an overall accuracy of at least 80% on the single feature level and 70% for the combined classes.

  12. Photothermal and morphological characterization of PLA/PCL polymer blends

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    Correa-Pacheco, Z. N.; Jiménez-Pérez, J. L.; Sabino, M. A.; Cruz-Orea, A.; Loaiza, M.

    2015-09-01

    Nowadays, some synthetic polymers have been replaced by biodegradable polymers in order to avoid environmental contamination. Among these biodegradables polymers, aliphatic polyesters such as polylactic acid (PLA) and polycaprolactone (PCL) have been widely used. In the present study, solvent-casting films of PLA, PCL and polymer blends with and without compatibilizer (PLA grafted with maleic anhydride) were prepared. The thermal diffusivity ( α) of each sample was obtained by using the open photoacoustic cell technique. Morphology and thermal properties were determined by using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), respectively. The blends showed lower thermal diffusivity compared to pure polymers. However, when the compatibilizer was used, the highest value of thermal diffusivity was obtained. Also, cold crystallization with the highest value of enthalpy of fusion was observed for the compatibilized sample, which was revealed by DSC. To our knowledge, this is the first time that the thermal diffusivity of these biodegradable polymer blends is reported.

  13. Synthesis Characterization and Decomposition Studies of tris[N-N-dibenzyidithocarbaso)Indium (III) Chemical Spray Deposition of Polycrystalline CuInS2 on Copper Films

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    Hehemann, David G.; Lau, J. Eva; Harris, Jerry D.; Hoops, Michael D.; Duffy, Norman V.

    2005-01-01

    This paper presents the results of the synthesis characterization and decomposition studies of tris[N-N-dibenzyidithocarbaso)Indium (III) with chemical spray deposition of polycrystalline CuInS2 on Copper Films.

  14. Synthesis and Characterization of Polymers for Fuel Cells Application

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    Tytko, Stephen F.

    2003-01-01

    The goal of this summer research is to prepare Polymer Exchange Membranes (PEM s) for fuel cell application. Several high temperature polymers such as polybenzimidazoles and polyether ketones were known to possess good high temperature stability and had been investigated by post-sulfonation to yield sulfonated polymers. The research project will involve two approaches: 1. Synthesis of polybenzimidazoles and then react with alkyl sultonse to attach an aliphatic sulfonic groups. 2. Synthesis of monomers containing sulfonic acid units either on a aromatic ring or on an aliphatic chain and then polymerize the monomers to form high molecular weight sulfonate polymers.

  15. Characterization of conjugated polymer actuation under cerebral physiological conditions.

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    Daneshvar, Eugene Dariush; Smela, Elisabeth

    2014-07-01

    Conjugated polymer actuators have potential use in implantable neural interface devices for modulating the position of electrode sites within brain tissue or guiding insertion of neural probes along curved trajectories. The actuation of polypyrrole (PPy) doped with dodecylbenzenesulfonate (DBS) is characterized to ascertain whether it can be employed in the cerebral environment. Microfabricated bilayer beams are electrochemically cycled at either 22 or 37 °C in aqueous NaDBS or in artificial cerebrospinal fluid (aCSF). Nearly all the ions in aCSF are exchanged into the PPy-the cations Na(+) , K(+) , Mg(2+) , Ca(2+) , as well as the anion PO4 (3-) ; Cl(-) is not present. Nevertheless, deflections in aCSF are comparable to those in NaDBS and they are monotonic with oxidation level: strain increases upon reduction, with no reversal of motion despite the mixture of ionic charges and valences being exchanged. Actuation depends on temperature. Upon warming, the cyclic voltammograms show additional peaks and an increase of 70% in the consumed charge. Bending is, however, much less affected: strain increases somewhat (6%-13%) but remains monotonic, and deflections shift (up to 20%). These results show how the actuation environment must be taken into account, and demonstrate proof of concept for actuated implantable neural interfaces. PMID:24574101

  16. Characterization of Conjugated Polymer Actuation under Cerebral Physiological Conditions

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    Daneshvar, Eugene Dariush; Smela, Elisabeth

    2014-01-01

    Conjugated polymer actuators have potential use in implantable neural interface devices for modulating the position of electrode sites within brain tissue or guiding insertion of neural probes along curved trajectories. The actuation of polypyrrole (PPy) doped with dodecylbenzenesulfonate (DBS) was characterized to ascertain whether it could be employed in the cerebral environment. Microfabricated bilayer beams were electrochemically cycled at either 22 or 37 °C in aqueous NaDBS or in artificial cerebrospinal fluid (aCSF). Nearly all the ions in aCSF were exchanged into the PPy – the cations Na+, K+, Mg2+, Ca2+, as well as the anion PO43−; Cl− was not present. Nevertheless, deflections in aCSF were comparable to those in NaDBS and they were monotonic with oxidation level: strain increased upon reduction, with no reversal of motion despite the mixture of ionic charges and valences being exchanged. Actuation depended on temperature. Upon warming, the cyclic voltammograms showed additional peaks and an increase of 70% in the consumed charge. Bending was, however, much less affected: strain increased somewhat (6-13%) but remained monotonic, and deflections shifted (up to 20%). These results show how the actuation environment must be taken into account, and demonstrate proof of concept for actuated implantable neural interfaces. PMID:24574101

  17. Characterization and recovery of polymers from mobile phone scrap.

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    Kasper, Angela C; Bernardes, Andréa M; Veit, Hugo M

    2011-07-01

    Electronic scrap is part of a universally wide range of obsolete, defective, or used materials that need to be disposed of or recycled in an ecologically friendly manner. The present study focused on the polymers present in mobile phone scrap. In mobile phones, polymers are found in frames and in printed circuit boards (PCBs). The frames are mainly made of polymers whereas PCBs use a variety of material (polymers, ceramics, and metals) which makes recycling more difficult. As a first step, mobile phones were collected, separated by manufacturer/model, and weighed, and the principal polymer types identified. The frames and PCBs were processed separately. The metals in PCBs were separated out by an electrostatic separation process. The resulting polymeric material was identified and mixed with the polymers of frames to fabricate the samples. Two types of samples were made: one with polymeric frames, and the other with a mixture of frames and polymeric fraction from the PCBs. Both kinds of sample were fabricated by injection moulding. The samples were evaluated by mechanical tests (tensile, impact, and hardness) to verify the feasibility of recycling the polymers present in mobile phone scrap. The results demonstrated the technical viability of recovering polymers using mechanical processing followed by an injection process.

  18. The rheology, degradation, processing, and characterization of renewable resource polymers

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    Conrad, Jason David

    Renewable resource polymers have become an increasingly popular alternative to conventional fossil fuel based polymers over the past couple decades. The push by the government as well as both industrial and consumer markets to go "green" has provided the drive for companies to research and develop new materials that are more environmentally friendly and which are derived from renewable materials. Two polymers that are currently being produced commercially are poly-lactic acid (PLA) and polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) copolymers, both of which can be derived from renewable feedstocks and have shown to exhibit similar properties to conventional materials such as polypropylene, polyethylene, polystyrene, and PET. PLA and PHA are being used in many applications including food packaging, disposable cups, grocery bags, and biomedical applications. In this work, we report on the rheological properties of blends of PLA and PHA copolymers. The specific materials used in the study include Natureworks RTM 7000D grade PLA and PHA copolymers of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate). Blends ranging from 10 to 50 percent PHA by weight are also examined. Shear and extensional experiments are performed to characterize the flow behavior of the materials in different flow fields. Transient experiments are performed to study the shear rheology over time in order to determine how the viscoelastic properties change under typical processing conditions and understand the thermal degradation behavior of the materials. For the blends, it is determined that increasing the PHA concentration in the blend results in a decrease in viscosity and increase in degradation. Models are fit to the viscosity of the blends using the pure material viscosities in order to be able to predict the behavior at a given blend composition. We also investigate the processability of these materials into films and examine the resultant properties of the cast films. The mechanical and thermal properties of the

  19. Synthesis and Characterization of Ca, Mg, La- PMMA Polymer Composites for Phosphate Removal

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    In this study calcium, magnesium and lanthanum- PMMA polymer composites were synthesized, characterized and investigated for phosphate removal from wastewater using rapid small scale column tests. Theoretical and experimental capacity of the media was determined and unused and sp...

  20. Synthesis, Decomposition and Characterization of Fe and Ni Sulfides and Fe and CO Nanoparticles for Aerospace Applications

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    Cowen, Jonathan E.; Hepp, Aloysius F.; Duffy, Norman V.; Jose, Melanie J.; Choi, D. B.; Brothers, Scott M.; Baird, Michael F.; Tomsik, Thomas M.; Duraj, Stan A.; Williams, Jennifer N.; Kulis, Michael J.; Gaier, James R.

    2009-01-01

    We describe several related studies where simple iron, nickel, and cobalt complexes were prepared, decomposed, and characterized for aeronautics (Fischer-Tropsch catalysts) and space (high-fidelity lunar regolith simulant additives) applications. We describe the synthesis and decomposition of several new nickel dithiocarbamate complexes. Decomposition resulted in a somewhat complicated product mix with NiS predominating. The thermogravimetric analysis of fifteen tris(diorganodithiocarbamato)iron(III) has been investigated. Each undergoes substantial mass loss upon pyrolysis in a nitrogen atmosphere between 195 and 370 C, with major mass losses occurring between 279 and 324 C. Steric repulsion between organic substituents generally decreased the decomposition temperature. The product of the pyrolysis was not well defined, but usually consistent with being either FeS or Fe2S3 or a combination of these. Iron nanoparticles were grown in a silica matrix with a long-term goal of introducing native iron into a commercial lunar dust simulant in order to more closely simulate actual lunar regolith. This was also one goal of the iron and nickel sulfide studies. Finally, cobalt nanoparticle synthesis is being studied in order to develop alternatives to crude processing of cobalt salts with ceramic supports for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis.

  1. Synthesis, Characterization and Biological Studies of New Linear Thermally Stable Schiff Base Polymers with Flexible Spacers.

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    Qureshi, Farah; Khuhawar, Muhammad Yar; Jahangir, Taj Muhammad; Channar, Abdul Hamid

    2016-01-01

    Five new linear Schiff base polymers having azomethine structures, ether linkages and extended aliphatic chain lengths with flexible spacers were synthesized by polycondensation of dialdehyde (monomer) with aliphatic and aromatic diamines. The formation yields of monomer and polymers were obtained within 75-92%. The polymers with flexible spacers of n-hexane were somewhat soluble in acetone, chloroform, THF, DMF and DMSO on heating. The monomer and polymers were characterized by melting point, elemental microanalysis, FT-IR, (1)HNMR, UV-Vis spectroscopy, thermogravimetry (TG), differential thermal analysis (DTA), fluorescence emission, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and viscosities and thermodynamic parameters measurements of their dilute solutions. The studies supported formation of the monomer and polymers and on the basis of these studies their structures have been assigned. The synthesized polymers were tested for their antibacterial and antifungal activities.

  2. Synthesis, Characterization and Biological Studies of New Linear Thermally Stable Schiff Base Polymers with Flexible Spacers.

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    Qureshi, Farah; Khuhawar, Muhammad Yar; Jahangir, Taj Muhammad; Channar, Abdul Hamid

    2016-01-01

    Five new linear Schiff base polymers having azomethine structures, ether linkages and extended aliphatic chain lengths with flexible spacers were synthesized by polycondensation of dialdehyde (monomer) with aliphatic and aromatic diamines. The formation yields of monomer and polymers were obtained within 75-92%. The polymers with flexible spacers of n-hexane were somewhat soluble in acetone, chloroform, THF, DMF and DMSO on heating. The monomer and polymers were characterized by melting point, elemental microanalysis, FT-IR, (1)HNMR, UV-Vis spectroscopy, thermogravimetry (TG), differential thermal analysis (DTA), fluorescence emission, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and viscosities and thermodynamic parameters measurements of their dilute solutions. The studies supported formation of the monomer and polymers and on the basis of these studies their structures have been assigned. The synthesized polymers were tested for their antibacterial and antifungal activities. PMID:26970795

  3. Electrical characterization of proton conducting polymer electrolyte based on bio polymer with acid dopant

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    Kalaiselvimary, J.; Pradeepa, P.; Sowmya, G.; Edwinraj, S.; Prabhu, M. Ramesh

    2016-05-01

    This study describes the biodegradable acid doped films composed of chitosan and Perchloric acid with different ratios (2.5 wt %, 5 wt %, 7.5 wt %, 10 wt %) was prepared by the solution casting technique. The temperature dependence of the proton conductivity of complex electrolytes obeys the Arrhenius relationship. Proton conductivity of the prepared polymer electrolyte of the bio polymer with acid doped was measured to be approximately 5.90 × 10-4 Scm-1. The dielectric data were analyzed using Complex impedance Z*, Dielectric loss ɛ', Tangent loss for prepared polymer electrolyte membrane with the highest conductivity samples at various temperature.

  4. Syntheses and characterizations of two new energetic copper-amine-DNANT complexes and their effects on thermal decomposition of RDX

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    Qiu, Qianqian; Xu, Kangzhen; Yang, Shihe; Gao, Zhe; Zhang, Hang; Song, Jirong; Zhao, Fengqi

    2013-09-01

    Two novel copper complexes of dinitroacetonitrile (DNANT), Cu(NH3)4(DNANT)2 (1) and Cu(en)2(DNATN)2 (2), have been synthesized for the first time through an unique reaction, and structurally characterized. The single-crystal X-ray structural analysis shows that the Cu2+ cations in the two complexes share a similar four-coordinated structure, which however does not directly involve the main energetic DNANT- anion. The differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) study reveals that the two complexes have higher thermal stability and lower sensitivity than the analogous FOX-7 complexes, and exhibit good catalytic action to the decomposition of RDX.

  5. Thermochemical characterization of some thermally stable thermoplastic and thermoset polymers

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    Kourtides, D. A.; Gilwee, W. J., Jr.; Parker, J. A.

    1979-01-01

    The thermochemical and flammability properties of some thermally stable polymers considered for use in aircraft interiors are described. The properties studied include: (1) thermomechanical properties such as glass transition and melt temperature; (2) dynamic thermogravimetric analysis in anaerobic environment; (3) flammability properties such as oxygen index, flame spread, and smoke evolution; and (4) selected physical properties. The thermoplastic polymers evaluated include polyphenylene sulfide, polyaryl sulfone, 9,9-bis(4-hydroxyphenyl)-fluorene polycarbonate-poly(dimethylsiloxane) and polyether sulfone. The thermoset polymers evaluated include epoxy, bismaleimide, a modified phenolic, and polyaromatic melamine resin. These resins were primarily used in the fabrication of glass-reinforced prepregs for the construction of experimental panels. Test results and relative rankings of some of the flammability parameters are presented, and the relationship of the molecular structure, char yield, and flammability properties of these polymers are discussed.

  6. Characterization and optimization of polymer-ceramic pressure-sensitive paint by controlling polymer content.

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    Sakaue, Hirotaka; Kakisako, Takuma; Ishikawa, Hitoshi

    2011-01-01

    A pressure-sensitive paint (PSP) with fast response characteristics that can be sprayed on a test article is studied. This PSP consists of a polymer for spraying and a porous particle for providing the fast response. We controlled the polymer content (%) from 10 to 90% to study its effects on PSP characteristics: the signal level, pressure sensitivity, temperature dependency, and time response. The signal level and temperature dependency shows a peak in the polymer content around 50 to 70%. The pressure sensitivity was fairly constant in the range between 0.8 and 0.9 %/kPa. The time response is improved by lowering the polymer content. The variation of the time response is shown to be on the order of milliseconds to ten seconds. A weight coefficient is introduced to optimize the resultant PSPs. By setting the weight coefficient, we can optimize the PSP for sensing purposes.

  7. Development and Characterization of NMR Measurements for Polymer Gel Dosimetry

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    Kwong, Zachary; Whitney, Heather

    2012-03-01

    Polymer gel dosimeters are systems of water, gelatin, and monomers which form polymers upon irradiation. The gelatin matrix retains dose distribution in 3D form, facilitating truly integrated measurements of complex dose plans for radiation therapy. Polymer gels have two proton pools coupled by exchange: free solvent protons and bound polymerized macromolecular protons. Measuring magnetization transfer (MT) and relaxation affords useful insights into particle rigidity and chemical exchange effects on relaxation in polymer gels. Polymer gel dose response has been previously quantified with several techniques, most often in terms of MRI parameters, usually at field strengths of 1.5 T and below. The research described here investigates the dose response of a revised MAGIC gel dosimeter via both high-field imaging and simpler nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. This includes both transverse and longitudinal relaxation rates (R2 and R1) and quantitative MT parameters. We investigated estimating polymer molecular weight for a given applied dose using the Rouse model and R2 data from the imaging study. Finally, we began development of NMR methods for studying dose response, requiring adaption of NMR experiments to accommodate for radiation damping.

  8. Design and characterization of well-defined supramolecular polymers

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    Schaefer, Kathleen; Kade, Matthew; Hawker, Craig; Kramer, Edward

    2007-03-01

    Polymeric materials with well-defined and controllable temperature dependent properties are of interest both for technological applications and fundamental physical studies. Melt processing requires low viscosity, while resistance to fracture is desirable at material operating temperatures, and these two properties are often mutually exclusive. Through controlled radical polymerization (ATRP) we have synthesized tailor-made polymers with MHB groups specifically located at one or both chain ends or randomly along the backbone to provide thermal tunability, and by changing the nature of the MHB group (complementary or self-complementary) we can control the specificity and type of the polymer-polymer interaction. As a simple model system, we investigate the case of two end-functional MHB homopolymers that form a novel supramolecular diblock copolymer. Two energies are expected to be important in this system---χN, the Flory-Huggins interaction parameter times the degree of polymerization, which describes the polymer-polymer interaction, and ɛ, the binding energy of the MHB group. Using deuterium labeled polymers in various multilayer thin film structures, dynamic secondary ion mass spectrometry (dSIMS) allows each of these parameters to be measured independently and these values used to design technologically and physically interesting new materials.

  9. Characterizing and monitoring changes in state of polymers during cure and use-aging

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    Meyer, Andrew Orschel

    2001-10-01

    Multi Angle Laser Light Scattering (MALLS) and Frequency Dependent Electromagnetic Sensing (FDEMS) provide unique characterizations of polymer systems during cure and use- aging. This research illustrates how MALLS is an extremely accurate technique for absolute characterization of macromolecules, giving molecular weight and size information that other widely used and accepted techniques are incapable of measuring. Application of MALLS to monitoring the changing state of a polyamide-11 system in a water aging environment led to the discovery of an equilibrium molecular weight which is the result of two competing reactions, hydrolysis- degradation and a newly discovered recombination- polymerization reaction. The discovery of this recombination reaction creates the possibility of an indefinitely healthy polyamide-11 polymer system. FDEMS successfully monitored changing water content and degree of cure of a moisture-curing adhesive polymer. The data show potential for total in situ cure characterization by FDEMS, including in situ determinations of moisture diffusion rates during a polymer cure in the adhesive bondline.

  10. New insights into the characterization of 'insoluble black HCN polymers'.

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    Ruiz-Bermejo, Marta; de la Fuente, José L; Rogero, Celia; Menor-Salván, César; Osuna-Esteban, Susana; Martín-Gago, José A

    2012-01-01

    The data presented here provide a novel contribution to the understanding of the structural features of HCN polymers and could be useful in further development of models for prebiotic chemistry. The interpretation of spectroscopic and analytical data, along with previous results reported by other authors, allowed us to propose a mechanism for the aqueous polymerization of HCN from its primary and simplest isolated oligomer, the diaminomaleonitrile (DAMN) tetramer. We suggest that 'insoluble black HCN polymers' are formed by an unsaturated complex matrix, which retains a significant amount of H(2) O and important bioorganic compounds or their precursors. This polymeric matrix can be formed by various motifs of imidazoles and cyclic amides, among others. The robust formation of HCN polymers assayed under several conditions seems to explain the plausible ubiquity of these complex substances in space.

  11. New insights into the characterization of 'insoluble black HCN polymers'.

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    Ruiz-Bermejo, Marta; de la Fuente, José L; Rogero, Celia; Menor-Salván, César; Osuna-Esteban, Susana; Martín-Gago, José A

    2012-01-01

    The data presented here provide a novel contribution to the understanding of the structural features of HCN polymers and could be useful in further development of models for prebiotic chemistry. The interpretation of spectroscopic and analytical data, along with previous results reported by other authors, allowed us to propose a mechanism for the aqueous polymerization of HCN from its primary and simplest isolated oligomer, the diaminomaleonitrile (DAMN) tetramer. We suggest that 'insoluble black HCN polymers' are formed by an unsaturated complex matrix, which retains a significant amount of H(2) O and important bioorganic compounds or their precursors. This polymeric matrix can be formed by various motifs of imidazoles and cyclic amides, among others. The robust formation of HCN polymers assayed under several conditions seems to explain the plausible ubiquity of these complex substances in space. PMID:22253100

  12. Characterizing Feedback Control Mechanisms in Nonlinear Microbial Models of Soil Organic Matter Decomposition by Stability Analysis

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    Georgiou, K.; Tang, J.; Riley, W. J.; Torn, M. S.

    2014-12-01

    Soil organic matter (SOM) decomposition is regulated by biotic and abiotic processes. Feedback interactions between such processes may act to dampen oscillatory responses to perturbations from equilibrium. Indeed, although biological oscillations have been observed in small-scale laboratory incubations, the overlying behavior at the plot-scale exhibits a relatively stable response to disturbances in input rates and temperature. Recent studies have demonstrated the ability of microbial models to capture nonlinear feedbacks in SOM decomposition that linear Century-type models are unable to reproduce, such as soil priming in response to increased carbon input. However, these microbial models often exhibit strong oscillatory behavior that is deemed unrealistic. The inherently nonlinear dynamics of SOM decomposition have important implications for global climate-carbon and carbon-concentration feedbacks. It is therefore imperative to represent these dynamics in Earth System Models (ESMs) by introducing sub-models that accurately represent microbial and abiotic processes. In the present study we explore, both analytically and numerically, four microbe-enabled model structures of varying levels of complexity. The most complex model combines microbial physiology, a non-linear mineral sorption isotherm, and enzyme dynamics. Based on detailed stability analysis of the nonlinear dynamics, we calculate the system modes as functions of model parameters. This dependence provides insight into the source of state oscillations. We find that feedback mechanisms that emerge from careful representation of enzyme and mineral interactions, with parameter values in a prescribed range, are critical for both maintaining system stability and capturing realistic responses to disturbances. Corroborating and expanding upon the results of recent studies, we explain the emergence of oscillatory responses and discuss the appropriate microbe-enabled model structure for inclusion in ESMs.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of polymers and interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs) with nonlinear optical (NLO) properties and related numerical studies

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    Sharma, P. R. Srikanth

    Copolymers of methyl methacrylate (MMA) and 2-propenoic acid, 2-methyl-, 2-[[[[4-methyl-3-[[[2-methyl-4-nitrophenyl)amino]carbonyl]aminophenyl]carbonyl]oxy]ethyl ester (PAMEE) exhibiting nonlinear optical (NLO) properties have been synthesized. Two kinds of urethane containing interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs), consisting of nonlinear optical (NLO) chromophore, 2-methyl-4-nitroaniline (MNA) or Disperse Red1 (DR1) have been synthesized. The IPN systems consist of either aliphatic polycarbonate urethane (PCU) or 2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene oxide (PPO) as one network and crosslinked poly (MMA-co-PAMEE) or poly (MMA-co-PMNEE) as the second network. Copolymers and interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs) were characterized by IR spectroscopy, UV-VIS spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and second harmonic generation (SHG) measurements. The thin films of copolymers and IPNs were optically transparent and the corona poled polymers produced relatively large and stable SHG signals at room temperature. To understand the polarization decay of our NLO polymer we studied a simple theoretical model which can account for the main features which we observe. The addition of an apparent "chemical" reaction with a reaction activation energy EAB to the neighbor-facilitated Fredrickson-Anderson model shows the existence of a beta relaxation occurring simultaneously with the main alpha process. The combination of an Ising-model with antiferromagnetic interaction and the neighbor-facilitated Fredrickson-Anderson model allows a description of the polarization decay of polarized materials, such as our polymers, below the glass transition temperature Tg. The relaxation time for the polarization scales with the relaxation time of the alpha-process of the glass transition, and shows a typical curvature in the ln tau versus T-1 plot. Real polymers, such as poly(MMA-co-PAMEE) which we study possess both of these features and its

  14. Synthesis, Characterization, and Application of Metal-Chelating Polymers for Mass Cytometric Bioassays

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    Majonis, Daniel

    This thesis describes the synthesis, characterization, and application of metal-chelating polymers for mass-cytometric bioassays. Mass cytometry is a cell characterization technique in which cells are injected individually into an ICP-MS detector. Signal is provided by staining cell-surface or intracellular antigens with metal-labeled antibodies (Abs). These Abs are labeled through the covalent attachment of metal-chelating polymers which carry multiple copies of a lanthanide isotope. In this work, my first goal was to develop a facile, straightforward synthesis of a new generation of metal-chelating polymers. The synthesis began with reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization, and was followed by numerous post-polymerization pendant group transformations to introduce DTPA lanthanide chelators to every repeat unit, and a maleimide at the end of the chain. The second goal was to apply these metal-chelating polymers in bioassay experiments. The DTPA groups were loaded with lanthanide ions, and the maleimide group was used to covalently attach the polymer to an Ab. This goat anti-mouse conjugate was found to carry an average of 2.4 +/- 0.3 polymer chains. Then, primary Ab conjugates were prepared and used in an 11-plex mass cytometry assay in the characterization of umbilical cord blood cells. The third goal was to expand the multiplexity of the assay. In current technology, the number of Abs that can be monitored simultaneously is limited to the 31 commercially available, stable lanthanide isotopes. Thus, I had an interest in preparing metal-chelating polymers that could carry other metals in the 100-220 amu range. I synthesized polymers with four different polyaminocarboxylate ligands, and investigated the loading of palladium and platinum ions into these polymers. Polymer-Ab conjugates prepared with palladium- and platinum-loaded polymers gave curious results, in that only dead cells were recognized. The fourth goal was to create dual

  15. Dynamic Mechanical Characterization of Thin Film Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Herring, Helen M.; Gates, Thomas S. (Technical Monitor)

    2003-01-01

    Many new materials are being produced for aerospace applications with the objective of maximizing certain ideal properties without sacrificing others. Polymer composites in various forms and configurations are being developed in an effort to provide lighter weight construction and better thermal and electrical properties and still maintain adequate strength and stability. To this end, thin film polymer nanocomposites, synthesized for the purpose of influencing electrical conductivity using metal oxide particles as filler without incurring losses in mechanical properties, were examined to determine elastic modulus and degree of dispersion of particles. The effects of various metal oxides on these properties will be discussed.

  16. Molecular dynamics modeling and characterization of graphene/polymer nanocomposites

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    Rahman, Rezwanur

    The current work focuses on the characterization of graphene based nanocomposites using molecular dynamic simulation and multiscale modeling approaches. Both graphene-epoxy and graphene-cellulose nanocomposites were considered in this study. A hierarchical multiscale modeling approach has been proposed using peridynamics and molecular dynamics simulation. Firstly, the mechanical properties of crosslinked graphene/epoxy (G-Ep) nanocomposites were investigated by molecular mechanics (MM) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The influence of graphene's weight concentration, aspect ratio and dispersion on stress-strain response and elastic properties were studied. The results show significant improvement in Young's modulus and shear modulus for the G-Ep system in comparison to the neat epoxy resin. It appears that the RDF, molecular energy and aspect ratios are influenced by both graphene concentrations and aspect ratios. The graphene concentrations in the range of 1-3% are seen to improve Young's modulus and shorter graphenes are observed to be more effective than larger ones. In addition, the dispersed graphene system is more promising in enhancing in-plane elastic modulus than the agglomerated graphene system. The cohesive and pullout forces versus displacements data were plotted under normal and shear modes in order to characterize interfacial properties. The cohesive force is significantly improved by attaching the graphene with a chemical bond at the graphene-epoxy interface. In the second part of the work, cellulose was considered to study the mechanical properties of graphene-cellulose bionanocomposite. Similar to graphene-epoxy systems, the effect of graphene dispersion and agglomeration were studied in the stress-strain plots of graphene-cellulose system. A pcff forcefield was used to define intermolecular and intramolecular interactions. The effect of graphene's aspect ratio and weight concentration on the structural property of each unitcell was

  17. Synthesis and characterization thin films of conductive polymer (PANI) for optoelectronic device application

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    Jarad, Amer N.; Ibrahim, Kamarulazizi; Ahmed, Nasser M.

    2016-07-01

    In this work we report preparation and investigation of structural and optical properties of polyaniline conducting polymer. By using sol-gel in spin coating technique to synthesize thin films of conducting polymer polyaniline (PANI). Conducting polymer polyaniline was synthesized by the chemical oxidative polymerization of aniline monomers. The thin films were characterized by technique: Hall effect, High Resolution X-ray diffraction (HR-XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), and UV-vis spectroscopy. Polyaniline conductive polymer exhibit amorphous nature as confirmed by HR-XRD. The presence of characteristic bonds of polyaniline was observed from FTIR spectroscopy technique. Electrical and optical properties revealed that (p-type) conductivity PANI with room temperature, the conductivity was 6.289×10-5 (Ω.cm)-1, with tow of absorption peak at 426,805 nm has been attributed due to quantized size of polyaniline conducting polymer.

  18. Characterization and antimicrobial activity of silver nanoparticles prepared by a thermal decomposition technique

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    Tam, Le Thi; Phan, Vu Ngoc; Lan, Hoang; Thuy, Nguyen Thanh; Hien, Tran Minh; Huy, Tran Quang; Quy, Nguyen Van; Chinh, Huynh Dang; Tung, Le Minh; Tuan, Pham Anh; Lam, Vu Dinh; Le, Anh-Tuan

    2013-11-01

    Recently, there has been an increasing need of efficient synthetic protocols using eco-friendly conditions including low costs and green chemicals for production of metal nanoparticles. In this work, silver nanoparticles (silver NPs) with average particle size about 10 nm were synthesized by using a thermal decomposition technique. Unlike the colloidal chemistry method, the thermal decomposition method developed has advantages such as the high crystallinity, single-reaction synthesis, and easy dispersion ability of the synthesized NPs in organic solvents. In a modified synthesis process, we used sodium oleate as a capping agent to modify the surface of silver NPs because the oleate has a C18 tail with a double bond in the middle, therefore, forming a kink which is to be effective for aggregative stability. Importantly, the as-synthesized silver NPs have demonstrated strong antimicrobial effects against various bacteria and fungi strains. Electron microscopic studies reveal physical insights into the interaction and bactericidal mechanism between the prepared silver NPs and tested bacteria in question. The observed excellent antibacterial and antifungal activity of the silver NPs make them ideal for disinfection and biomedicine applications.

  19. Characterization of a synthetic bioactive polymer by nonlinear optical microscopy

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    Djaker, N.; Brustlein, S.; Rohman, G.; Huot, S.; de la Chapelle, M. Lamy; Migonney, V.

    2013-01-01

    Tissue Engineering is a new emerging field that offers many possibilities to produce three-dimensional and functional tissues like ligaments or scaffolds. The biocompatibility of these materials is crucial in tissue engineering, since they should be integrated in situ and should induce a good cell adhesion and proliferation. One of the most promising materials used for tissue engineering are polyesters such as Poly-ε-caprolactone (PCL), which is used in this work. In our case, the bio-integration is reached by grafting a bioactive polymer (pNaSS) on a PCL surface. Using nonlinear microscopy, PCL structure is visualized by SHG and proteins and cells by two-photon excitation autofluorescence generation. A comparative study between grafted and nongrafted polymer films is provided. We demonstrate that the polymer grafting improves the protein adsorption by a factor of 75% and increase the cell spreading onto the polymer surface. Since the spreading is directly related to cell adhesion and proliferation, we demonstrate that the pNaSS grafting promotes PCL biocompatibility. PMID:24466483

  20. Characterizing Residuals in New and Aged Fluorotelomer Polymers in Soil

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    Fluorotelomer polymers (FTPs) comprise some of the major products of the fluorotelomer industry. FTPs impart anti-wetting and anti-staining properties which are invaluable to wide range of consumer products including clothing, upholstery, food packaging, and carpeting. FTPs retai...

  1. Novel semiconducting polymers: Synthesis, characterization, and their application in organic electronics

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    Hubijar, Emir

    Conjugated polymers have attracted considerable attention as semiconducting materials in recent years due to their versatile electronic and optoelectronic applications. The main promise of conjugated polymers is not just attaining or exceeding the level of performance of silicon technologies but also producing electronic devices at a lower cost and enabling completely new device functionalities such as light weight, large surface area, mechanical flexibility, and optical transparency. Due to their broad potential, conjugated polymers have been incorporated in the wide range of applications, including polymer light-emitting diodes (LEDs), organic field-effect transistors (OFETs), and polymer solar cells (PSCs). Chapter 1 provides general information on conjugated polymers utilized in polymer light-emitting diodes (LEDs), polymer solar cells (PSCs) and organic field effect transistors (OFETs). It also includes brief description and schematic diagrams for each device configuration. Chapter 2 describes the synthesis, characterization and electronic properties of a novel symmetrical sulfone-substituted polyphenylene vinylene (SO 2EH-PPV) for applications in light-emitting devices. The sulfonyl functional group was directly attached to the polymer's backbone to increase the electron affinities of the polymer. The polymer was incorporated into a single layer PLED devices with the configuration of (ITO/ PEDOT:PSS/SO2EH-PPV polymer/Al). Chapter 3 focuses on the synthesis and color tuning of novel poly (fluorenevinylene-co-sulfonylphenylenevinylene) based copolymers for application in light-emitting diodes. New electroluminescent Poly(fluorenevinylene)-co-(sulfonylphenylenevinylene) random copolymers with different monomer feed ratios (PFV-SO2EH 10 and PFV-SO2EH 50) were synthesized via palladium-catalyzed Stille coupling reaction. Single layer stable PLED devices with the configuration of (ITO/PEDOT:PSS/PFV-SO 2EH 10 & PFV-SO2EH 50 polymer/Al) were fabricated exhibiting a

  2. Lignocellulose decomposition by microbial secretions

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    Carbon storage in terrestrial ecosystems is contingent upon the natural resistance of plant cell wall polymers to rapid biological degradation. Nevertheless, certain microorganisms have evolved remarkable means to overcome this natural resistance. Lignocellulose decomposition by microorganisms com...

  3. Mechanical testing and characterization of PVDF, a thin film piezoelectric polymer

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    Vinogradov, A.M.; Holloway, F.

    1997-10-01

    Mechanical properties of the thin film piezoelectric polymer PVDF are examined experimentally. The developed program comprising static, creep and dynamic (oscillatory) tests provides a consistent empirical data base for material characterization of the polymer: The results of the study indicate that PVDF thin films are orthotropic materials. The constitutive equations of linear hereditary viscoelasticity are shown to accurately represent the time-dependent response of PVDF over a wide range of stresses, temperatures and frequencies. The experiments indicate that the polymer exhibits thermorheologically simple behavior governed by the temperature-frequency correspondence principle.

  4. Polymers.

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    Tucker, David C.

    1986-01-01

    Presents an open-ended experiment which has students exploring polymer chemistry and reverse osmosis. This activity involves construction of a polymer membrane, use of it in a simple osmosis experiment, and application of its principles in solving a science-technology-society problem. (ML)

  5. Characterizing and correcting for the effect of sensor noise in the dynamic mode decomposition

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    Dawson, Scott T. M.; Hemati, Maziar S.; Williams, Matthew O.; Rowley, Clarence W.

    2016-03-01

    Dynamic mode decomposition (DMD) provides a practical means of extracting insightful dynamical information from fluids datasets. Like any data processing technique, DMD's usefulness is limited by its ability to extract real and accurate dynamical features from noise-corrupted data. Here, we show analytically that DMD is biased to sensor noise, and quantify how this bias depends on the size and noise level of the data. We present three modifications to DMD that can be used to remove this bias: (1) a direct correction of the identified bias using known noise properties, (2) combining the results of performing DMD forwards and backwards in time, and (3) a total least-squares-inspired algorithm. We discuss the relative merits of each algorithm and demonstrate the performance of these modifications on a range of synthetic, numerical, and experimental datasets. We further compare our modified DMD algorithms with other variants proposed in the recent literature.

  6. Optical activity of transparent polymer layers characterized by spectral means

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    Cosutchi, Andreea Irina; Dimitriu, Dan Gheorghe; Zelinschi, Carmen Beatrice; Breaban, Iuliana; Dorohoi, Dana Ortansa

    2015-06-01

    The method based on the channeled spectrum, validated for inorganic optical active layers, is used now to determine the optical activity of some transparent polymer solutions in different solvents. The circular birefringence, the dispersion parameter and the specific rotation were estimated in the visible range by using the measurements of wavelengths in the channeled spectra of Hydroxypropyl cellulose in water, methanol and acetic acid. The experiments showed the specific rotation dependence on the polymer concentration and also on the solvent nature. The decrease of the specific rotation in the visible range with the increase in wavelength was evidenced. The method has some advantages as the rapidity of the experiments and the large spectral range in which it can be applied. One disadvantage is the fact that the channeled spectrum does not allow to establish the rotation sense of the electric field intensity.

  7. Characterization of the potential energy landscape of an antiplasticized polymer

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    Riggleman, Robert A.; Douglas, Jack F.; de Pablo, Juan J.

    2007-07-01

    The nature of the individual transitions on the potential energy landscape (PEL) associated with particle motion are directly examined for model fragile glass-forming polymer melts, and the results are compared to those of an antiplasticized polymer system. In previous work, we established that the addition of antiplasticizer reduces the fragility of glass formation so that the antiplasticized material is a stronger glass former. In the present work, we find that the antiplasticizing molecules reduce the energy barriers for relaxation compared to the pure polymer, implying that the antiplasticized system has smaller barriers to overcome in order to explore its configuration space. We examine the cooperativity of segmental motion in these bulk fluids and find that more extensive stringlike collective motion enables the system to overcome larger potential energy barriers, in qualitative agreement with both the Stillinger-Weber and Adam-Gibbs views of glass formation. Notably, the stringlike collective motion identified by our PEL analysis corresponds to incremental displacements that occur within larger-scale stringlike particle displacement processes associated with PEL metabasin transitions that mediate structural relaxation. These “substrings” nonetheless seem to exhibit changes in relative size with antiplasticization similar to those observed in “superstrings” that arise at elevated temperatures. We also study the effects of confinement on the energy barriers in each system. Film confinement makes the energy barriers substantially smaller in the pure polymer, while it has little effect on the energy barriers in the antiplasticized system. This observation is qualitatively consistent with our previous studies of stringlike motion in these fluids at higher temperatures and with recent experimental measurements by Torkelson and co-workers.

  8. Fluorinated bottlebrush polymers based on poly(trifluoroethyl methacrylate): Synthesis and characterizations

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    Xu, Yuewen; Wang, Weiyu; Wang, Yangyang; Zhu, Jiahua; Uhrig, David; Lu, Xinyi; Keum, Jong Kahk; Mays, Jimmy W.; Hong, Kunlun

    2015-11-25

    Bottlebrush polymers are densely grafted polymers with long side-chains attached to a linear polymeric backbone. Their unusual structures endow them with a number of unique and potentially useful properties in solution, in thin films, and in bulk. Despite the many studies of bottlebrushes that have been reported, the structure–property relationships for this class of materials are still poorly understood. In this contribution, we report the synthesis and characterization of fluorinated bottlebrush polymers based on poly(2,2,2-trifluoroethyl methacrylate). The synthesis was achieved by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) using an α-bromoisobutyryl bromide functionalized norbornene initiator, followed by ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) usingmore » a third generation Grubbs’ catalyst (G3). Rheological characterization revealed that the bottlebrush polymer backbones remained unentangled as indicated by the lack of a rubbery plateau in the modulus. By tuning the size of the backbone of the bottlebrush polymers, near-spherical and elongated particles representing single brush molecular morphologies were observed in a good solvent as evidenced by TEM imaging, suggesting a semi-flexible nature of their backbones in dilute solutions. Thin films of bottlebrush polymers exhibited noticeably higher static water contact angles as compared to that of the macromonomer reaching the hydrophobic regime, where little differences were observed between each bottlebrush polymer. Further investigation by AFM revealed that the surface of the macromonomer film was relatively smooth; in contrast, the surface of bottlebrush polymers displayed certain degrees of nano-scale roughness (Rq = 0.8–2.4 nm). The enhanced hydrophobicity of these bottlebrushes likely results from the preferential enrichment of the fluorine containing end groups at the periphery of the molecules and the film surface due to the side chain crowding effect. Furthermore, our results provide

  9. Fluorinated bottlebrush polymers based on poly(trifluoroethyl methacrylate): Synthesis and characterizations

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    Xu, Yuewen; Wang, Weiyu; Wang, Yangyang; Zhu, Jiahua; Uhrig, David; Lu, Xinyi; Keum, Jong Kahk; Mays, Jimmy W.; Hong, Kunlun

    2015-11-25

    Bottlebrush polymers are densely grafted polymers with long side-chains attached to a linear polymeric backbone. Their unusual structures endow them with a number of unique and potentially useful properties in solution, in thin films, and in bulk. Despite the many studies of bottlebrushes that have been reported, the structure–property relationships for this class of materials are still poorly understood. In this contribution, we report the synthesis and characterization of fluorinated bottlebrush polymers based on poly(2,2,2-trifluoroethyl methacrylate). The synthesis was achieved by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) using an α-bromoisobutyryl bromide functionalized norbornene initiator, followed by ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) using a third generation Grubbs’ catalyst (G3). Rheological characterization revealed that the bottlebrush polymer backbones remained unentangled as indicated by the lack of a rubbery plateau in the modulus. By tuning the size of the backbone of the bottlebrush polymers, near-spherical and elongated particles representing single brush molecular morphologies were observed in a good solvent as evidenced by TEM imaging, suggesting a semi-flexible nature of their backbones in dilute solutions. Thin films of bottlebrush polymers exhibited noticeably higher static water contact angles as compared to that of the macromonomer reaching the hydrophobic regime, where little differences were observed between each bottlebrush polymer. Further investigation by AFM revealed that the surface of the macromonomer film was relatively smooth; in contrast, the surface of bottlebrush polymers displayed certain degrees of nano-scale roughness (Rq = 0.8–2.4 nm). The enhanced hydrophobicity of these bottlebrushes likely results from the preferential enrichment of the fluorine containing end groups at the periphery of the molecules and the film surface due to the side chain crowding effect. Furthermore, our results

  10. Synthesis and characterization of phosphonate ester and phosphonic acid containing polymers and blends

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    Tamber, Harinder Singh

    1997-12-01

    Vinylbenzylphosphonate ester (VBP) was homopolymerized and copolymerized with methyl methacrylate and the reactivity ratio of this pair of monomers was calculated from Finneman-Ross and Kelen-Tudos methods. These methods provided identical values, which are rsb1 (VBP) = 1.23 and rsb2(MMA) = 0.43. The phosphonate ester group, -P = O(OEt)sb2; in VBP and poly(VBP-MMA) copolymers was hydrolysed to phosphonic acid, -P = O(OH)sb2; at room temperature to obtain vinylbenzylphosphonic acid (VBPa) and poly(VBPa-MMA) copolymers. sp1H, sp{13}C & sp{31}P NMR spectroscopy, DSC and FTIR were used to monitor the hydrolysis of these phosphorylated monomers and polymers. The glass transition temperature of PVBP was 13sp°C as compared to 198sp°C of PVBPa. The phosphoryl group in the parent polymers acts as a self plasticizing agent resulting in lower glass transition temperature, on the other hand inter and intra hydrogen bonding results in broad and high Tsbg in these hydrolysed polymers. VBP was also polymerized with BisGMA or TEGDM to low conversions. These oligomers were tested in vitro as potential adhesive materials for dental/enamel and composite resins. The phosphonate esters containing polymers show substantial capacity to dissolve the heavy metal salts, e.g., UOsb2(NO)sb3.6Hsb2O and thus provides radiopaque polymers. Excessive sorption of water lead to phase separation and, hence, loss of radiopacity. Thus, an alternate method of synthesis of radiopaque polymers is also described in which radiopacifying agent is covalently linked to polymer backbone. Styryldiphenylbismuth was prepared by the reaction of diphenylbismuthchloride and Grignard of p-bromostyrene, but some other by-products such as triphenylbismuth, distyrylphenyl bismoth were also obtained as revealed by reverse phase HPLC and the yield of the reaction was low. Iodinated monomers VBTIsb3 and IEMIsb3 were prepared by reacting VBC or IEM to triiodophenol in high yields. Decomposition kinetic analysis was done by

  11. Synthesis, Characterization and Catalytic Properties of Attapulgite/CeO2 Nanocomposite Films for Decomposition of Rhodamine B.

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    Lu, Xiaowang; Li, Xiazhang; Qian, Junchao; Chen, Feng; Chen, Zhigang

    2015-08-01

    ATP(attapulgite)/CeO2 nanocomposite films were prepared on the glass substrates via a sol-gel and dip-coating route. The ATP/CeO2 nanocomposite films were characterized by Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive spectrometry (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The results showed that the ATP/CeO2 nanocomposite films were free from cracks and the nanoparticles were attached onto the surface of attapulgite. The ATP/CeO2 nanocomposite films displayed excellent catalytic activity for decomposition of Rhodamine B. The COD (chemical oxygen demand) removal rate of rhodamine B using ATP/CeO2 nanocomposite films as catalyst reached as high as 94% when the weight ratio of ATP to CeO2 was 2:1.

  12. Synthesis and Characterization of Polymer-Clay Systems Prepared by Surface-Initiated Polymerization

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    Penaloza, David P., Jr.

    2011-12-01

    Polymer-clay nanocomposites were prepared by surface-initiated ring opening metathesis polymerization (SI-ROMP) of norbornene monomers on a previously surface-modified naturally occurring montmorillonite (MMT) clay template. Utilizing the hydrothermal--silylation reaction between a norbornenyl-bearing chlorosilane agent and silanol groups of the MMT clay template, we were able to successfully surface-bound a metal alkylidene catalyst used to mediate the ROMP and grow poly(norbornene) chains directly from the surface. Our approach produced a nanocomposite having poly(norbomene) chains that are covalently-attached to the inorganic substrate, as opposed to the conventional polymer-clay composites having ionically tethered chains (via the ammonium-based modifiers of the organoclay) or physically adsorbed polymers. Structural characterization of the surface-modified clay templates, nanocomposites and cleaved polymers was done using various characterization techniques that include x-ray diffraction, infrared and NMR spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Analyses of the nanocomposite structure that include surface chemistry of the clay template, morphology of the nanocomposite, polymer chemistry, the molecular weight and polydispersity of the cleaved polymer and grafting density were considered. Also, preliminary studies of the mechanical and thermal properties of the nanocomposites were performed using dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), and TGA.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of cross-linkable polyurethane-imide electro-optic waveguide polymer

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    Wang, Long-De; Tang, Jie; Li, Ruo-Zhou; Zhang, Tong; Tong, Ling; Tang, Jing

    2016-01-01

    The novel electro-optic (EO) polymers of fluorinated cross-linkable polyurethane-imides (CLPUI) were designed and synthesized by polycondensation of azo chromophore C1 and C2, diisocyanate MDI, and aromatic dianhydride 6FDA. Molecular structural characterization for the resulting polymers was achieved by 1HNMR, FT-IR, elemental analysis, and gel permeation chromatography. The polymers exhibit good film-forming properties, high glass transition temperature ( T g) in the range of 193-200 °C, and thermal stability up to 290 °C. The polymers that possess a high EO coefficient (γ_{33} = 48 and 56 pm/V) at 1550 nm for poled polymer thin films were measured by the simple reflection technique. Excellent temporal stability and low optical losses in the range of 1.1-1.7 dB/cm at 1550 nm were observed for these polymers. Using the synthesized side-chain electro-optic CLPUI as the active core material and of a fluorinated polyimide as cladding material, we have designed and successfully fabricated the high-performance polymer waveguide Mach-Zehnder EO modulators.

  14. Development and characterization of thermally stable electro-optic polymers and devices (Presentation Recording)

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    Otomo, Akira; Aoki, Isao; Yamada, Chiyumi; Yamada, Toshiki

    2015-10-01

    Electro-optic (EO) polymers are key materials for next generation optical communications not only in wide area network but also in local area and storage area network because EO polymer modulator can be operated at fast speed more than 100 GHz with low energy consumption and can be miniaturized in combination with silicon photonics. In practical applications, thermal stability is one of the important issues to be considered for developing EO polymers. Since EO activity of the polymer is proportional to dipole orientation factor of the EO moieties, electric field assisted poling around glass transition temperature (Tg) of the polymer is necessary. However, the poled order of the molecules relaxes gradually at finite temperature, and then EO activity decreases after long period of time. We have successfully developed thermally stable EO polymers that have high-Tg up to 180 °C. They show excellent thermal stability with the Telcordia thermal test. Thermal stability is also characterized by thermally stimulated depolarization current (TSDC) measurement. Analyzing the TSDC, we can estimate the activation energy and relaxation time of polarization at any temperature. We will discuss thermal stability of the high-Tg EO polymers and devices.

  15. Surface characterization of LDEF carbon fiber/polymer matrix composites

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    Grammer, Holly L.; Wightman, James P.; Young, Philip R.; Slemp, Wayne S.

    1995-01-01

    XPS (x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) and SEM (scanning electron microscopy) analysis of both carbon fiber/epoxy matrix and carbon fiber/polysulfone matrix composites revealed significant changes in the surface composition as a result of exposure to low-earth orbit. The carbon 1s curve fit XPS analysis in conjunction with the SEM photomicrographs revealed significant erosion of the polymer matrix resins by atomic oxygen to expose the carbon fibers of the composite samples. This erosion effect on the composites was seen after 10 months in orbit and was even more obvious after 69 months.

  16. Spectral decomposition aids AVO analysis in reservoir characterization: A case study of Blackfoot field, Alberta, Canada

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    Jung Yoon, Wang; Farfour, Mohammed

    2012-09-01

    Blackfoot field, Alberta, Canada, has produced oil and gas from a Glauconitic compound incised valley-system. In this area channels can be filled with sands and/or shales. Differentiation of prospective channel sands and non-productive shales was always problematic due to the similarity in P-wave impedance of these two lithotypes. We study the spectral decomposition response to the hydrocarbons presence in the Glauconitic channel of Early Cretaceous age. From previous AVO analysis and modeling, a strong Class III AVO anomaly has been observed at the top of the porous sandstone in the upper valley, whereas shale had a very different AVO response. Furthermore, AVO inversion revealed additional information about lithology and fluid content in the channel. Our workflow starts from selecting a continuous horizon that was close and conforms to the channel interval; we then run spectral analyses for the channel area. Short Window Fourier Transform workflow could successfully image the channel's stratigraphic features and confirm results obtained from AVO analysis and inversion run on the data before being stacked. Additionally, the producing oil wells in the sand-fill channel were found to be correlating with high spectrum amplitude; while the dry wells in the shale-plugged channel fell in low amplitude anomaly.

  17. Development, Characterization, and Utilization of Food-Grade Polymer Oleogels.

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    Davidovich-Pinhas, M; Barbut, Shai; Marangoni, A G

    2016-01-01

    The potential of organogels (oleogels) for oil structuring has been identified and investigated extensively using different gelator-oil systems in recent years. This review provides a comprehensive summary of all oil-structuring systems found in the literature, with an emphasis on ethyl-cellulose (EC), the only direct food-grade polymer oleogelator. EC is a semicrystalline material that undergoes a thermoreversible sol-gel transition in the presence of liquid oil. This unique behavior is based on the polymer's ability to associate through physical bonds. These interactions are strongly affected by external fields such as shear and temperature, as well as by solvent chemistry, which in turn strongly affect final gel properties. Recently, EC-based oleogels have been used as a replacement for fats in foods, as heat-resistance agents in chocolate, as oil-binding agents in bakery products, and as the basis for cosmetic pastes. Understanding the characteristics of the EC oleogel is essential for the development of new applications. PMID:26735799

  18. Synthesis and Characterization of Magnetically Controllable Nanostructures Using Different Polymers

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    Turcu, Rodica; Nan, Alexandrina; Craciunescu, Izabell; Leostean, Cristian; Macavei, Sergiu; Taculescu, Alina; Marinica, Oana; Daia, Camelia; Vekas, Ladislau

    2010-12-01

    We report a comparative study of hybrid nanostructures prepared by using water based magnetic nanofluids and polymers such as poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) and pyrrole copolymer functionalized with glycyl-leucine. Design of magnetic nanostructures could be achieved using different synthesis procedures that allow either coating or clustering the magnetic nanoparticles from magnetic fluid by the addition of polymer. Physical-chemical characteristics of hybrid magnetic nanostructures were investigated by FTIR, TEM, DLS, rotational viscosimetry and magnetization measurements. Functionalized pyrrole copolymer coated magnetite nanoparticles with mean size around 9 nm have superparamagnetic behavior and saturation magnetization value of 65 emu/g_Fe3O4. Clusters of magnetite nanoparticles from the water based magnetic nanofluid were encapsulated into polymeric PNIPA spheres having diameters in the range 50-100 nm. The procedure applied allowed to achieve high magnetic loading of polymeric microspheres, having saturation magnetization value of 41 emu/g. Also, the stable suspension in water of thermoresponsive magnetic microgel, as well as the dried samples shows superparamagnetic behavior. It was evidenced that the thermally induced transition from the swollen to collapsed state of magnetic microgels occurs around 30° C.

  19. Laboratory bench for the characterization of triboelectric properties of polymers

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    Neagoe, Bogdan; Prawatya, Yopa; Zeghloul, Thami; Souchet, Dominique; Dascalescu, Lucian

    2015-10-01

    The use of polymers as materials for sliding machine components is due to their low cost, ease of manufacturing, as well as appropriate mechanical and thermal properties. The aim of this paper is to present the experimental bench designed for the study of the triboelectric charge generated in sliding conformal contacts between flat polymer materials. The experiments were performed with 4-mm-thick samples of polystyrene and 5-mm-thick samples of poly-vinyl-chloride.The normal contact force can be adjusted using an appropriate control system and measured by a force sensor (± 50 N). The translational back-and-forth motion of the samples is produced by a crank-shaft system that generates a sinusoidal translational speed profile, with amplitudes between 12 and 50 mm/s, for strokes of 36 to 60 mm. The distribution of charge at the surface of the samples is measured by the capacitive probe of an electrostatic voltmeter (± 10 kV). The experiments pointed out that this bench enables the evaluation of the non-uniformity of the electric charge accumulated on the sliding bodies and the study of the correlations that might exists between this charge and the external forces applied to the contact.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of thermally responsive polymer layers

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    Seeber, Michael

    Future devices such as biomedical and microfluidic devices, to a large extent, will depend on the interactions between the device surfaces and the contacting liquid. Further, biological liquids containing proteins call for controllable interactions between devices and such proteins, however the bulk material must retain the inherent mechanical properties from which the device was fabricated from. It is well known that surface modification is a suitable technique to tune the surface properties without sacrificing the bulk properties of the substrate. In the present study, surface properties were modified through temperature responsive polymer layers. After the modification, the surfaces gained switchability toward protein interaction as well as surface wettability properties. Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM), a well studied thermo-responsive polymer was utilized in the subsequent work. Firstly, thermally responsive brushes made from well defined block copolymers incorporating NIPAM and the surface reactive monomer, glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) were fabricated in a single step process. Reaction of the PGMA block with surface hydroxyl groups anchors the polymers to the surface yet allows PNIPAM to assemble at the interface at high enough concentration to exhibit thermally responsive properties in aqueous solutions. Surface properties of the resulting brushes prepared the 1-step process are compared to characteristics of PNIPAM brushes synthesized by already established methods. The thickness, swelling, and protein adsorption of the PNIPAM films were studied by ellipsometry. Chemical composition of the layer was studied by angle-resolved x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Film morphologies and forces of adhesion to fibrinogen were examined using atomic force microscopy (AFM) tapping mode and colloidal probe technique. Block copolymer (BCP) and conventional brush films were abraded and subsequently examined for changes in thermally responsive behavior. The results

  1. Orthogonal Supramolecular Polymer Formation on Highly Oriented Pyrolytic Graphite (HOPG) Surfaces Characterized by Scanning Probe Microscopy.

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    Gong, Yongxiang; Zhang, Siqi; Geng, Yanfang; Niu, Chunmei; Yin, Shouchun; Zeng, Qingdao; Li, Min

    2015-10-27

    Formation of an orthogonal supramolecular polymer on a highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) surface was demonstrated for the first time by means of scanning probe microscopy (SPM). Atomic force microscopy (AFM) was employed to characterize the variation of both the thickness and the topography of the film formed from (1) monomer 1, (2) monomer 1/Zn(2+), and (3) monomer 1/Zn(2+)/cross-linker 2, respectively. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) was used to monitor the self-assembly behavior of monomer 1 itself, as well as 1/Zn(2+) ions binary system on graphite surface, further testifying for the formation of linear polymer via coordination interaction at the single molecule level. These results, given by the strong surface characterization tool of SPM, confirm the formation of the orthogonal polymer on the surface of graphite, which has great significance in regard to fabricating a complex superstructure on surfaces. PMID:26457462

  2. Orthogonal Supramolecular Polymer Formation on Highly Oriented Pyrolytic Graphite (HOPG) Surfaces Characterized by Scanning Probe Microscopy.

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    Gong, Yongxiang; Zhang, Siqi; Geng, Yanfang; Niu, Chunmei; Yin, Shouchun; Zeng, Qingdao; Li, Min

    2015-10-27

    Formation of an orthogonal supramolecular polymer on a highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) surface was demonstrated for the first time by means of scanning probe microscopy (SPM). Atomic force microscopy (AFM) was employed to characterize the variation of both the thickness and the topography of the film formed from (1) monomer 1, (2) monomer 1/Zn(2+), and (3) monomer 1/Zn(2+)/cross-linker 2, respectively. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) was used to monitor the self-assembly behavior of monomer 1 itself, as well as 1/Zn(2+) ions binary system on graphite surface, further testifying for the formation of linear polymer via coordination interaction at the single molecule level. These results, given by the strong surface characterization tool of SPM, confirm the formation of the orthogonal polymer on the surface of graphite, which has great significance in regard to fabricating a complex superstructure on surfaces.

  3. Synthesis and characterization of soluble conducting polymers and conducting adhesives

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    Oztemiz, Serhan

    With the demanding nature of the technology today, scientists are looking for new materials in order to decrease the cost, increase the efficiency of the use of the materials, and decrease time-consuming steps in order to increase the speed of production. New materials are being studied to decrease the weight of cars, planes and space vehicles; surface properties are being modified to decrease the drag coefficient; new technologies are being introduced for speeding up applications in production and assembly lines. In this research we address the needs of different technological applications from a conductivity perspective. In the first part of the thesis, the synthesis of soluble conducting polymers in order to make them more processable for potential electronic and photovoltaic applications is presented. Soluble conducting polymers of 3-hexylthiophene, 3-octylthiophene, 3-decylthiophene and 3-dodecylthiophene were synthesized electrochemically and thus, doped during synthesis. It was found that the conductivities; molecular weights and degrees of polymerization of the polymers strongly depend on the side chain's length. The substitution of alkyl side chains decreases the reactivity of the growing chain, and with an increasing side-chain length, all of these properties show a decrease. The hexyl substituent, being the shortest of the four side chains, causes the least distortion in the background, has the highest conjugation, and has the highest shift in the UV spectrum when it polymerizes. As the length of the side chain increases, the shift in the UV spectrum decreases, too. Decrease in the pi-stacking, conjugation and delocalization decreases the conductivity. This gives the material an opportunity to be used in photovoltaic applications. In the second part of the thesis, a conducting adhesive formulation that eliminates the need for heat or other expensive and rather bothersome application methods to activate the adhesive is investigated. Using the quick

  4. Interface Characterization in Fiber-Reinforced Polymer-Matrix Composites

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    Naya, F.; Molina-Aldareguía, J. M.; Lopes, C. S.; González, C.; LLorca, J.

    2016-10-01

    A novel methodology is presented and applied to measure the shear interface strength of fiber-reinforced polymers. The strategy is based in fiber push-in tests carried out on the central fiber of highly-packed fiber clusters with hexagonal symmetry, and it is supported by a detailed finite element analysis of the push-in test to account for the influence of hygrothermal residual stresses, fiber constraint and fiber anisotropy on the interface strength. Examples of application are presented to determine the shear interface strength in carbon and glass fiber composites reinforced with either thermoset or thermoplastic matrices. In addition, the influence of the environment (either dry or wet conditions) on the interface strength in C/epoxy composites is demonstrated.

  5. Micromechanical characterization of nonlinear behavior of advanced polymer matrix composites

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    Gates, Thomas S.; Chen, J. L.; Sun, C. T.

    1994-01-01

    Due to the presence of curing stresses and oriented crystalline structures in the matrix of polymer matrix fiber composites, the in situ nonlinear properties of the matrix are expected to be rather different from those of the bulk resin. A plane stress micromechanical model was developed to retrieve the in situ elastic-plastic properties of Narmco 5260 and Amoco 8320 matrices from measured elastic-plastic properties of IM7/5260 and IM7/8320 advance composites. In the micromechanical model, the fiber was assumed to be orthotropically elastic and the matrix to be orthotropic in elastic and plastic properties. The results indicate that both in situ elastic and plastic properties of the matrices are orthotropic.

  6. Design, fabrication and characterization of an arrayable all-polymer microfluidic valve employing highly magnetic rare-earth composite polymer

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    Rahbar, Mona; Shannon, Lesley; Gray, Bonnie L.

    2016-05-01

    We present a new magnetically actuated microfluidic valve that employs a highly magnetic composite polymer (M-CP) containing rare-earth hard-magnetic powder for its actuating element and for its valve seat. The M-CP offers much higher magnetization compared to the soft-magnetic, ferrite-based composite polymers typically used in microfluidic applications. Each valve consists of a permanently magnetized M-CP flap and valve seat mounted on a microfluidic channel system fabricated in poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS). Each valve is actuated under a relatively small external magnetic field of 80 mT provided by a small permanent magnet mounted on a miniature linear actuator. The performance of the valve with different flap thicknesses is characterized. In addition, the effect of the magnetic valve seat on the valve’s performance is also characterized. It is experimentally shown that a valve with a 2.3 mm flap thickness, actuated under an 80 mT magnetic field, is capable of completely blocking liquid flow at a flow rate of 1 ml min‑1 for pressures up to 9.65 kPa in microfluidic channels 200 μm wide and 200 μm deep. The valve can also be fabricated into an array for flow switching between multiple microfluidic channels under continuous flow conditions. The performance of arrays of valves for flow routing is demonstrated for flow rates up to 5 ml min‑1 with larger microfluidic channels of up to 1 mm wide and 500 μm deep. The design of the valves is compatible with other commonly used polymeric microfluidic components, as well as other components that use the same novel permanently magnetic composite polymer, such as our previously reported cilia-based mixing devices.

  7. Characterization of a faster resorbing polymer after real time aging.

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    McManus, Anastasia J; Moser, Rodney C; Thomas, Kevin A

    2006-08-01

    This study evaluated the in vitro strength retention and polymer characteristics of specimens made from commercially available 85:15 poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide). Test samples included dogbone tensile specimens with a nominal thickness of either 0.75 and 1.0 mm, which were machined from compression-molded sheets, and screws with a major diameter of 2.71 mm and minor diameter of 2.14 mm, which were manufactured by injection molding. All samples were sterilized by e-beam irradiation prior to in vitro aging following a standard methodology. Mechanical testing and polymer analysis were performed at time zero and weekly up to 15 weeks of real time aging. The time zero maximum tensile strength of the 0.75 mm dogbone specimens averaged 55.86 +/- 0.72 MPa. The 1.0-mm dogbone specimens tested at time zero had an average maximum tensile strength of 34.55 +/- 0.36 MPa. The 0.75-mm and 1.0-mm thick dogbone specimens exhibited a controlled decrease in their tensile strength. The initial shear strength of the injection-molded screws was 32.86 +/- 4.15 MPa. After 3 weeks of real time in vitro aging, the screws maintained approximately 70% of their initial (time zero) strength. The inherent viscosity and molecular weight (Mw) at time zero averaged approximately 0.9 dL/g and 98,000 g/mol respectively, and decreased at similar rates for both dogbones and screws. These results demonstrate a controlled, rapid degradation in the mechanical properties of 85:15 poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) material, with sufficient strength for pediatric craniofacial applications.

  8. Synthesis, characterization, and multilayer assembly of pH sensitive graphene-polymer nanocomposites.

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    Liu, Jingquan; Tao, Lei; Yang, Wenrong; Li, Dan; Boyer, Cyrille; Wuhrer, Richard; Braet, Filip; Davis, Thomas P

    2010-06-15

    pH sensitive graphene-polymer composites have been prepared by the modification of graphene basal planes with pyrene-terminated poly(2-N,N'-(dimethyl amino ethyl acrylate) (PDMAEA) and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) via pi-pi stacking. The pyrene-terminal PDMAEA and PAA were synthesized using reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization with a pyrene-functional RAFT agent. The graphene-polymer composites were found to demonstrate phase transfer behavior between aqueous and organic media at different pH values. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) analysis revealed that the thicknesses of the graphene-polymer sheets were approximately 3.0 nm when prepared using PDMAEA (M(n): 6800 and PDI: 1.12). The surface coverage of polymer chains on the graphene basal plane was calculated to be 5.3 x 10(-11) mol cm(-2) for PDMAEA and 1.3 x 10(-10) mol cm(-2) for PAA. The graphene-polymer composites were successfully characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), attenuated total reflection infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Self-assembly of the two oppositely charged graphene-polymer composites afforded layer-by-layer (LbL) structures as evidenced by high-resolution scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) measurements.

  9. Bioadhesive vaginal drug delivery of nystatin using a derivatized polymer: Development and characterization.

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    Bassi, Pallavi; Kaur, Gurpreet

    2015-10-01

    Increasing incidence of resistance to azole antifungals has highlighted the importance of the use of alternative therapeutic agents such as nystatin for the treatment of vulvovaginal candidiasis. The aim of the present study was to develop and characterize locally acting, film formulation for the treatment of candidiasis using a derivatized natural polymer. Derivatization of natural polymer was carried out in order to introduce anionic character to an otherwise neutral polymer, so as to enhance its interaction with vaginal mucous membrane along with inheriting the biocompatibility and nonirritant characteristics of its parent polymer. A carboxymethyl derivative of fenugreek gum (CMFG) was prepared, and characterized by DSC, FTIR and X-ray diffraction studies. The derivatized gum was found to possess bioadhesive and film forming properties. A 3(2) factorial design was employed to formulate vaginal films and a response surface methodological approach was used to study the effect of formulation variables on film properties. Films containing 5% w/v polymer and 2% v/v glycerol exhibited optimum properties in vitro. The optimized drug loaded formulation was able to release 100% drug over a period of 5h and followed Korsmeyer-Peppas kinetics. It was found to be non-irritant and nontoxic to vaginal mucosa and showed appropriate antifungal properties in vivo. PMID:26235393

  10. Effective characterization of polymer residues on two-dimensional materials by Raman spectroscopy.

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    Park, Ji-Hoon; Choi, Soo Ho; Chae, Won Uk; Stephen, Boandoh; Park, Hyeon Ki; Yang, Woochul; Kim, Soo Min; Lee, Joo Song; Kim, Ki Kang

    2015-12-01

    Large-area two-dimensional (2D) materials grown by chemical vapor deposition need to be transferred onto a target substrate for real applications. Poly(methyl methacrylate) as a supporting layer is widely used during the transfer process and removed after finishing it. However, it is a challenge to diminish the polymer layer completely. It is necessary to readily characterize the polymer residues on 2D materials to facilitate the removal process. Here, we report a method that characterizes the polymer residues on 2D materials by tracking the presence of G-band of amorphous carbons (a-Cs) in the Raman spectrum after forming carbonized a-Cs through thermal annealing. The (13)C-graphene is employed to separate the Raman signal G-band between (12)C-a-Cs and (13)C-graphene in the Raman spectrum. The residence of the polymer residues is clearly confirmed by the different Raman signals of two different isotopes ((12)C and (13)C) due to differences in mass. Our effective method recognizes that while the polymer residue is not easily removed on graphene, those on hexagonal boron nitride and molybdenum disulfide are almost diminished under optimum thermal annealing conditions. Our method will not only contribute to the development of a new transfer process, but also help to achieve a clean surface of 2D materials.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of low flammability polymer/layered silicate nanocomposites

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    Zhang, Xin

    There has been significant interest in the applications of polymer nanocomposites in a variety of areas. Polymer/layered silicate nanocomposites have been of interest because of relatively low raw material cost and improved materials properties such as higher Young's modulus, higher thermal deformation temperature, lower small molecule permeability, lower density (compared to metals and traditional glass fiber reinforced composites) as well as low flammability. The relationships between the flammability and the dispersion of the layered silicate platelets inside the polymer matrix is just being established. The complete set of factors that affect the flammability of polymer/layered nanocomposites are not fully identified. In this thesis polymer/layered silicate nanocomposites with different degrees of platelet dispersion were synthesized. The structure of the nanocomposites was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The flammability of these nanocomposites was characterized by TGA, cone calorimetry and gasification. By coupling the structural and flammability data it has been concluded that forming a nanometer scale dispersed structure significantly improves the flammability but the details of the degree of dispersion are not critical. The improvement in the flammability arises from the formation of a residue or char layer at the surface of the nanocomposite. This residue layer acts as a radiation shield and as a physical barrier preventing the polymer degradation products from escaping and acting as fuel. It is observed that the stability of the residue layer formed during combustion has major impact on the flammability. This thesis also describes work to improve the flammability of the polymer/layered silicate nanocomposites by enhancing char/residue formation in order to improve the residue layer stability.

  12. Characterization of explosives processing waste decomposition due to composting. Phase 2, Final report

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    Griest, W.H.; Tyndall, R.L.; Stewart, A.J.; Ho, C.H.; Ironside, K.S.; Caton, J.E.; Caldwell, W.M.; Tan, E.

    1991-11-01

    Static pile and mechanically stirred composts generated at the Umatilla Army Depot Activity in a field composting optimization study were chemically and toxicologically characterized to provide data for the evaluation of composting efficiency to decontaminate and detoxify explosives-contaminated soil. Characterization included determination of explosives and 2,4,6,-trinitrotoluene metabolites in composts and their EPA Synthetic Precipitation Leaching Procedure Leachates, leachate toxicity to Ceriodaphnia Dubia and mutagenicity of the leachates and organic solvent extracts of the composts to Ames bacterial strains TA-98 and TA-100. The main conclusion from this study is that composting can effectively reduce the concentrations of explosives and bacterial mutagenicity in explosives -- contaminated soil, and can reduce the aquatic toxicity of leachable compounds. Small levels of explosive and metabolites, bacterial mutagenicity, and leachable aquatic toxicity remain after composting. The ultimate fate of the biotransformed explosives, and the source(s) of residual toxicity and mutagenicity remain unknown.

  13. Characterization of explosives processing waste decomposition due to composting. Final report

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    Griest, W.H.; Stewart, A.J.; Ho, C.H.; Tyndall, R.L.; Vass, A.A.; Caton, J.E.; Caldwell, W.M.

    1994-09-01

    The objective of this work was to provide data and methodology assisting the transfer and acceptance of composting technology for the remediation of explosives-contaminated soils and sediments. Issues and activities addressed included: (a) chemical and toxicological characterization of compost samples from new field composting experiments, and the environmental availability of composting efficiency by isolation of bacterial consortia and natural surfactants from highly efficient composts, and (c) improved assessment of compost product suitability for land application.

  14. Interpenetrating phase ceramic/polymer composite coatings: Fabrication and characterization

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    Craig, Bradley Dene

    The goals of this thesis research were to fabricate interpenetrating phase composite (IPC) ceramic/polymer coatings and to investigate the effect of the interconnected microstructure on the physical and wear properties of the coatings. IPC coatings with an interpenetrating phase microstructure were successfully fabricated by first forming a porous ceramic with an interconnected microstructure using a chemical bonding route (mainly reacting alpha-alumina (0.3 mum) with orthophosphoric acid to form a phosphate bond). Porosity within these ceramic coatings was easily controlled between 20 and 50 vol. % by phosphoric acid addition, and was measured by a new porosity measurement technique (thermogravimetric volatilization of liquids, or TVL) which was developed. The resulting ceramic preforms were infiltrated with a UV and thermally curable cycloaliphatic epoxide resin and cured. This fabrication route resulted in composite coatings with thicknesses ranging from ˜1mum to 100 mum with complete filling of open pore space. The physical properties of the composite coatings, including microhardness, flexural modulus and wear resistance, were evaluated as a function of processing variables, including orthophosphoric acid content and ceramic phase firing temperature, which affected the microstructure and interparticulate bonding between particles in the coatings. For example, microhardness increased from ˜30 on the Vicker's scale to well over 200 as interparticulate bonding was increased in the ceramic phase. Additionally, Taber wear resistance in the best TPC coatings was found to approach that of fully-densified alumina under certain conditions. Several factors were found to influence the wear mechanism in the IPC coating materials. Forming strong connections between ceramic particles led to up to an order of magnitude increase in the wear resistance. Additionally, coating microhardness and ceramic/polymer interfacial strength were studied and found to be important in

  15. Optical characterization of phase transitions in pure polymers and blends

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    Mannella, Gianluca A.; Brucato, Valerio; La Carrubba, Vincenzo

    2015-12-01

    To study the optical properties of polymeric samples, an experimental apparatus was designed on purpose and set up. The sample is a thin film enclosed between two glass slides and a PTFE frame, with a very thin thermocouple placed on sample for direct temperature measurement. This sample holder was placed between two aluminum slabs, equipped with a narrow slit for optical measurements and with electrical resistances for temperature control. Sample was enlightened by a laser diode, whereas transmitted light was detected with a photodiode. Measurements were carried out on polyethylene-terephtalate (PET) and two different polyamides, tested as pure polymers and blends. The thermal history imposed to the sample consisted in a rapid heating from ambient temperature to a certain temperature below the melting point, a stabilization period, and then a heating at constant rate. After a second stabilization period, the sample was cooled. The data obtained were compared with DSC measurements performed with the same thermal history. In correspondence with transitions detected via DSC (e.g. melting, crystallization and cold crystallization), the optical signal showed a steep variation. In particular, crystallization resulted in a rapid decrease of transmitted light, whereas melting gave up an increase of light transmitted by the sample. Further variations in transmitted light were recorded for blends, after melting: those results may be related to other phase transitions, e.g. liquid-liquid phase separation. All things considered, the apparatus can be used to get reliable data on phase transitions in polymeric systems.

  16. Optical characterization of phase transitions in pure polymers and blends

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    Mannella, Gianluca A.; Brucato, Valerio; La Carrubba, Vincenzo

    2015-12-17

    To study the optical properties of polymeric samples, an experimental apparatus was designed on purpose and set up. The sample is a thin film enclosed between two glass slides and a PTFE frame, with a very thin thermocouple placed on sample for direct temperature measurement. This sample holder was placed between two aluminum slabs, equipped with a narrow slit for optical measurements and with electrical resistances for temperature control. Sample was enlightened by a laser diode, whereas transmitted light was detected with a photodiode. Measurements were carried out on polyethylene-terephtalate (PET) and two different polyamides, tested as pure polymers and blends. The thermal history imposed to the sample consisted in a rapid heating from ambient temperature to a certain temperature below the melting point, a stabilization period, and then a heating at constant rate. After a second stabilization period, the sample was cooled. The data obtained were compared with DSC measurements performed with the same thermal history. In correspondence with transitions detected via DSC (e.g. melting, crystallization and cold crystallization), the optical signal showed a steep variation. In particular, crystallization resulted in a rapid decrease of transmitted light, whereas melting gave up an increase of light transmitted by the sample. Further variations in transmitted light were recorded for blends, after melting: those results may be related to other phase transitions, e.g. liquid-liquid phase separation. All things considered, the apparatus can be used to get reliable data on phase transitions in polymeric systems.

  17. Surface characterization of oligonucleotides immobilized on polymer surfaces

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    Pham, Duy K.; Ivanova, Elena P.; Wright, Jonathan P.; Grodzinski, Piotr A.; Lenigk, Ralf; Nicolau, Dan V.

    2002-11-01

    The immobilization and hybridization of amino-terminated oligonucleotide strands to cyclo-olefin-copolymer (COC) and polycarbonate (PC) surfaces have been investigated for potential application in micro-PCR devices. The oligonucleotides were covalently bound to the plasma-treated COC and PC surfaces via an N-hydroxy-sulfosuccinimide (NHSS) intermediate. Analysis by AFM showed that the oligonucleotides were present on the surfaces as lumps, and that the size, both vertically and laterally, of these lumps on the COC surface was larger compared to the PC surface. The immobilization efficiency of the former was also higher (15.8 x 1012 molecules / cm2) compared to the latter (3.3 x 1012 molecules / cm2). The higher efficiency of the COC surface is attributed to the more effective NHSS-functionalization and its higher surface roughness. Subsequent hybridization doubled the height of the lumps, while the lateral dimensions remained essentially unchanged. This is explained in terms of organization of the long probe strands used on the surface as flexible, coil-like polymer chains, which allow the complementary oligonucleotides to bind and increase the height of the lumps. The AFM frictional images showed that the hybridization had the effect of reversing hydrophilicity of the oligonucleotide lumps from being more hydrophilic to more hydrophobic, consistent with the hydrophilic bases of the probe strands being shielded as a result of hybridization.

  18. Characterization of a boron carbide-based polymer neutron sensor

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    Tan, Chuting; James, Robinson; Dong, Bin; Driver, M. Sky; Kelber, Jeffry A.; Downing, Greg; Cao, Lei R.

    2015-12-01

    Boron is used widely in thin-film solid-state devices for neutron detection. The film thickness and boron concentration are important parameters that relate to a device's detection efficiency and capacitance. Neutron depth profiling was used to determine the film thicknesses and boron-concentration profiles of boron carbide-based polymers grown by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) of ortho-carborane (1,2-B10C2H12), resulting in a pure boron carbide film, or of meta-carborane (1,7-B10C2H12) and pyridine (C5H5N), resulting in a pyridine composite film, or of pyrimidine (C4H4N2) resulting in a pure pyrimidine film. The pure boron carbide film had a uniform surface appearance and a constant thickness of 250 nm, whereas the thickness of the composite film was 250-350 nm, measured at three different locations. In the meta-carborane and pyridine composite film the boron concentration was found to increase with depth, which correlated with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)-derived atomic ratios. A proton peak from 14N (n,p)14C reaction was observed in the pure pyrimidine film, indicating an additional neutron sensitivity to nonthermal neutrons from the N atoms in the pyrimidine.

  19. Analysis and characterization of demolding of hot embossed polymer microstructures

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    Dirckx, Matthew E.; Hardt, David E.

    2011-08-01

    Micro-molding techniques including injection molding and hot embossing have great potential for manufacturing microfluidic 'lab-on-a-chip' devices for point-of-care diagnostics and many other applications; however, separating the part from the mold (demolding) can pose problems. This paper presents a study of demolding of hot embossed polymer microstructures, including theoretical analysis and finite element simulations, along with demolding experiments using a newly developed test method. Using this method, the energy dissipated during demolding (the demolding toughness) can be determined for individual microstructures. It has been found that both adhesion and sidewall friction play a role in demolding, with adhesion being degraded by thermal stress and friction being exacerbated as the part cools. A minimum value of demolding toughness occurs at the temperature where adhesion is fully degraded. This temperature depends on the initial adhesion strength, the part's material properties and the geometry of mold features. The minimum toughness temperature has been identified for several simple mold patterns for parts made of poly-methyl-methacrylate and polycarbonate. The minimum toughness temperature is higher for sparser patterns of features and lower for denser ones. Below this temperature, the demolding toughness is related to feature height but is not related to feature width.

  20. Characterization of electro-optic polymers using a Teng-Man setup

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    Yang, Naixin

    Electro-optic characterization of polymer matrix perfluorocyclobutyl (PFCB) blend system with chromophore C4 tricyanovinylidenediphenylaminobenzene (TCVDPA), and enchained system with chromophore C2 (propanedinitrile) are shown in this thesis. The poling procedures of these materials are developed. The Teng-Man instrument is used to do the material electro-optical coefficient r33 measurement. The Teng-Man setup has been calibrated with a z-cut LiNbO3 sample and has been done a blind test with an well studied polymer material sample that is proprietary to Intel. The calibration results agree well with the literature value.

  1. Ultrasonic wave techniques and characterization of filled elastomers and biodegradable polymers

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    Wu, Hsueh-Chang

    Ultrasonic wave technique is an excellent method for non-destructive testing and for the monitoring of polymer curing, fatigue damage and polymer transition. It is also a potentially effective tool to be applied in the characterization of high frequency viscoelastic properties of polymers. This research represents the effort to improve and further develop ultrasonic wave techniques and extend its applications to new material evaluation areas. The work is presented as followings: In chapter 1, the fundamental wave propagation theories and characterization of the viscoelastic properties of materials by acoustic parameters were briefly reviewed. In chapter 2, the effects of carbon black filler on the elastomers were studied by the longitudinal wave pulse-echo technique. It is found that the enhanced pulse-echo technique is able to characterize the effects of polymer base, filler loading level, type as well as temperature, on the acoustic properties of filled elastomers. In chapter 3, the application of longitudinal wave pulse-echo technique was extended to the monitoring of the degradation process of biodegradable polymers: poly (glycolic acid)(PGA), poly (lactic acid) (PLA) and their copolymer-poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) (PDLLG). It shows that the pulse-echo technique is able to differentiate the effects of polymer structure and preparation method on the degradation behavior of biopolymers. In chapter 4, the Young's modulus, shear modulus, bulk modulus and Poisson ratio of carbon black filled elastomers were determined by the longitudinal wave pulse-echo method and the shear wave through-transmission method. The effects of polymer base, filler loading and dispersion on the elastomers were also studied by the calculated elastic constants. In chapter 5, the effects of carbon black filler on the elastomers were studied by an innovative calibrated longitudinal and shear wave surface impedance technique. The results show that the effects of polymer base, filler loading

  2. Polymer characterization using the time-resolved phosphorescence of singlet oxygen as a spectroscopic probe

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    Ogilby, P.R.; Kristiansen, M.; Dillon, M.P. . Dept. of Chemistry); Taylor, V.L.; Clough, R.L. )

    1990-01-01

    The lowest excited electronic state of molecular oxygen, singlet oxygen ({sup 1}{Delta}{sub g}0{sub 2}), can be produced in solid organic polymers by a variety of different methods. Once produced, singlet oxygen will return to the ground triplet state by two pathways, radiative (phosphorescence) and non-radiative decay. Although the quantum efficiency of phosphorescence is small ({minus}10{sup {minus}5}), singlet oxygen can be detected by its emission at 1270 mn in both steady-state and time-resolved experiments. The phosphorescence of singlet oxygen can be used to characterize many properties of a solid organic polymer. 2 refs., 5 figs.

  3. Characterization of polymer monoliths containing embedded nanoparticles by scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM).

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    Arrua, R Dario; Hitchcock, Adam P; Hon, Wei Boon; West, Marcia; Hilder, Emily F

    2014-03-18

    The structural and chemical homogeneity of monolithic columns is a key parameter for high efficiency stationary phases in liquid chromatography. Improved characterization techniques are needed to better understand the polymer morphology and its optimization. Here the analysis of polymer monoliths by scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM) is presented for the first time. Poly(butyl methacrylate-co-ethyleneglycoldimethacrylate) [poly(BuMA-co-EDMA)] monoliths containing encapsulated divinylbenzene (DVB) nanoparticles were characterized by STXM, which gives a comprehensive, quantitative chemical analysis of the monolith at a spatial resolution of 30 nm. The results are compared with other methods commonly used for the characterization of polymer monoliths [scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), mercury porosimetry, and nitrogen adsorption]. The technique permitted chemical identification and mapping of the nanoparticles within the polymeric scaffold. Residual surfactant, which was used during the manufacture of the nanoparticles, was also detected. We show that STXM can give more in-depth chemical information for these types of materials and therefore lead to a better understanding of the link between polymer morphology and chromatographic performance.

  4. Predicting X-ray absorption spectra of semiconducting polymers for electronic structure and morphology characterization

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    Su, Gregory; Patel, Shrayesh; Pemmaraju, C. Das; Kramer, Edward; Prendergast, David; Chabinyc, Michael

    2015-03-01

    Core-level X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) reveals important information on the electronic structure of materials and plays a key role in morphology characterization. Semiconducting polymers are the active component in many organic electronics. Their electronic properties are critically linked to device performance, and a proper understanding of semiconducting polymer XAS is crucial. Techniques such as resonant X-ray scattering rely on core-level transitions to gain materials contrast and probe orientational order. However, it is difficult to identify these transitions based on experiments alone, and complementary simulations are required. We show that first-principles calculations can capture the essential features of experimental XAS of semiconducting polymers, and provide insight into which molecular model, such as oligomers or periodic boundary conditions, are best suited for XAS calculations. Simulated XAS can reveal contributions from individual atoms and be used to visualize molecular orbitals. This allows for improved characterization of molecular orientation and scattering analysis. These predictions lay the groundwork for understanding how chemical makeup is linked to electronic structure, and to properly utilize experiments to characterize semiconducting polymers.

  5. Characterization of polymer monoliths containing embedded nanoparticles by scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM).

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    Arrua, R Dario; Hitchcock, Adam P; Hon, Wei Boon; West, Marcia; Hilder, Emily F

    2014-03-18

    The structural and chemical homogeneity of monolithic columns is a key parameter for high efficiency stationary phases in liquid chromatography. Improved characterization techniques are needed to better understand the polymer morphology and its optimization. Here the analysis of polymer monoliths by scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM) is presented for the first time. Poly(butyl methacrylate-co-ethyleneglycoldimethacrylate) [poly(BuMA-co-EDMA)] monoliths containing encapsulated divinylbenzene (DVB) nanoparticles were characterized by STXM, which gives a comprehensive, quantitative chemical analysis of the monolith at a spatial resolution of 30 nm. The results are compared with other methods commonly used for the characterization of polymer monoliths [scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), mercury porosimetry, and nitrogen adsorption]. The technique permitted chemical identification and mapping of the nanoparticles within the polymeric scaffold. Residual surfactant, which was used during the manufacture of the nanoparticles, was also detected. We show that STXM can give more in-depth chemical information for these types of materials and therefore lead to a better understanding of the link between polymer morphology and chromatographic performance. PMID:24552424

  6. Computational Reduction of Specimen Noise to Enable Improved Thermography Characterization of Flaws in Graphite Polymer Composites

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    Winfree, William P.; Howell, Patricia A.; Zalameda, Joseph N.

    2014-01-01

    Flaw detection and characterization with thermographic techniques in graphite polymer composites are often limited by localized variations in the thermographic response. Variations in properties such as acceptable porosity, fiber volume content and surface polymer thickness result in variations in the thermal response that in general cause significant variations in the initial thermal response. These result in a "noise" floor that increases the difficulty of detecting and characterizing deeper flaws. A method is presented for computationally removing a significant amount of the "noise" from near surface porosity by diffusing the early time response, then subtracting it from subsequent responses. Simulations of the thermal response of a composite are utilized in defining the limitations of the technique. This method for reducing the data is shown to give considerable improvement characterizing both the size and depth of damage. Examples are shown for data acquired on specimens with fabricated delaminations and impact damage.

  7. Contact resonance atomic force microscopy for viscoelastic characterization of polymer-based nanocomposites at variable temperature

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    Natali, Marco; Passeri, Daniele; Reggente, Melania; Tamburri, Emanuela; Terranova, Maria Letizia; Rossi, Marco

    2016-06-01

    Characterization of mechanical properties at the nanometer scale at variable temperature is one of the main challenges in the development of polymer-based nanocomposites for application in high temperature environments. Contact resonance atomic force microscopy (CR-AFM) is a powerful technique to characterize viscoelastic properties of materials at the nanoscale. In this work, we demonstrate the capability of CR-AFM of characterizing viscoelastic properties (i.e., storage and loss moduli, as well as loss tangent) of polymer-based nanocomposites at variable temperature. CR-AFM is first illustrated on two polymeric reference samples, i.e., low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and polycarbonate (PC). Then, temperature-dependent viscoelastic properties (in terms of loss tangent) of a nanocomposite sample constituted by a epoxy resin reinforced with single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) are investigated.

  8. Modern mass spectrometry in the characterization and degradation of biodegradable polymers.

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    Rizzarelli, Paola; Carroccio, Sabrina

    2014-01-15

    In the last decades, the solid-waste management related to the extensively growing production of plastic materials, in concert with their durability, have stimulated increasing interest in biodegradable polymers. At present, a variety of biodegradable polymers has already been introduced onto the market and can now be competitive with non biodegradable thermoplastics in different fields (packaging, biomedical, textile, etc.). However, a significant economical effort is still directed in tailoring structural properties in order to further broaden the range of applications without impairing biodegradation. Improving the performance of biodegradable materials requires a good characterization of both physico-chemical and mechanical parameters. Polymer analysis can involve many different features including detailed characterization of chemical structures and compositions as well as average molecular mass determination. It is of outstanding importance in troubleshooting of a polymer manufacturing process and for quality control, especially in biomedical applications. This review describes recent trends in the structural characterization of biodegradable materials by modern mass spectrometry (MS). It provides an overview of the analytical tools used to evaluate their degradation. Several successful applications of MALDI-TOF MS (matrix assisted laser desorption ionization time of flight) and ESI MS (electrospray mass spectrometry) for the determination of the structural architecture of biodegradable macromolecules, including their topology, composition, chemical structure of the end groups have been reported. However, MS methodologies have been recently applied to evaluate the biodegradation of polymeric materials. ESI MS represents the most useful technique for characterizing water-soluble polymers possessing different end group structures, with the advantage of being easily interfaced with solution-based separation techniques such as high-performance liquid

  9. Crossover time in relative fluctuations characterizes the longest relaxation time of entangled polymers

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    Uneyama, Takashi; Akimoto, Takuma; Miyaguchi, Tomoshige

    2012-09-01

    In entangled polymer systems, there are several characteristic time scales, such as the entanglement time and the disengagement time. In molecular simulations, the longest relaxation time (the disengagement time) can be determined by the mean square displacement (MSD) of a segment or by the shear relaxation modulus. Here, we propose the relative fluctuation analysis method, which is originally developed for characterizing large fluctuations, to determine the longest relaxation time from the center of mass trajectories of polymer chains (the time-averaged MSDs). Applying the method to simulation data of entangled polymers (by the slip-spring model and the simple reptation model), we provide a clear evidence that the longest relaxation time is estimated as the crossover time in the relative fluctuations.

  10. Synthesis and characterization of a hyper-branched water-soluble β-cyclodextrin polymer.

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    Trotta, Francesco; Caldera, Fabrizio; Cavalli, Roberta; Mele, Andrea; Punta, Carlo; Melone, Lucio; Castiglione, Franca; Rossi, Barbara; Ferro, Monica; Crupi, Vincenza; Majolino, Domenico; Venuti, Valentina; Scalarone, Dominique

    2014-01-01

    A new hyper-branched water-soluble polymer was synthesized by reacting β-cyclodextrin with pyromellitic dianhydride beyond the critical conditions that allow the phenomenon of gelation to occur. The molar ratio between the monomers is a crucial parameter that rules the gelation process. Nevertheless, the concentration of monomers in the solvent phase plays a key role as well. Hyper-branched β-cyclodextrin-based polymers were obtained performing the syntheses with excess of solvent and cross-linking agent, and the conditions for critical dilution were determined experimentally. A hyper-branched polymer with very high water solubility was obtained and fully characterized both as for its chemical structure and for its capability to encapsulate substances. Fluorescein was used as probe molecule to test the complexation properties of the new material. PMID:25550720

  11. Fabrication and characterization of submicron polymer waveguides by micro-transfer molding

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    Wu, Te-Wei

    2009-01-01

    Various methods exist for fabrication of micron and submicron sized waveguide structures. However, most of them include expensive and time consuming semiconductor fabrication techniques. An economical method for fabricating waveguide structures is introduced and demonstrated in this thesis. This method is established based on previously well-developed photonic crystal fabrication method called two-polymer microtransfer molding. The waveguide in this work functions by a coupler structure that diffracts the incident light into submicron polymer rods. The light is then guided through the rods. Characterization is done by collecting the light that has been guided through the waveguide and exits the end of these submicron polymer bars. The coupling and waveguiding capabilities are demonstrated using two light sources, a laser and white light.

  12. Development and Characterization of Healable Carbon Fiber Composites with a Reversibly Cross Linked Polymer

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    Ghezzo, Fabrizia; Smith, David R.; Starr, Tatiana N.; Perram, Timothy; Starr, Anthony F.; Darlington, Thomas K.; Baldwin, Richard K.; Oldenburg, Steven J.

    2010-10-18

    Carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) laminates with remendable cross-linked polymeric matrices were fabricated using a modified resin transfer mold (RTM) technique. The healable composite resin, bis-maleimide tetrafuran (2MEP4F), was synthesized by mixing two monomers, furan (4F) and maleimide (2MEP), at elevated temperatures. The fast kinetic rate of the reaction of polymer constituents requires a fast injection of the healable resin into the carbon fiber preform. The polymer viscosity as a function of time and temperature was experimentally quantified in order to optimize the fabrication of the composite material and to guarantee a uniform flow of the resin through the reinforcement. The method was validated by characterizing the thermo-mechanical properties of the polymerized 2MEP4F. Additionally, the thermo-mechanical properties of the remendable CFRP material were studied.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of a hyper-branched water-soluble β-cyclodextrin polymer.

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    Trotta, Francesco; Caldera, Fabrizio; Cavalli, Roberta; Mele, Andrea; Punta, Carlo; Melone, Lucio; Castiglione, Franca; Rossi, Barbara; Ferro, Monica; Crupi, Vincenza; Majolino, Domenico; Venuti, Valentina; Scalarone, Dominique

    2014-01-01

    A new hyper-branched water-soluble polymer was synthesized by reacting β-cyclodextrin with pyromellitic dianhydride beyond the critical conditions that allow the phenomenon of gelation to occur. The molar ratio between the monomers is a crucial parameter that rules the gelation process. Nevertheless, the concentration of monomers in the solvent phase plays a key role as well. Hyper-branched β-cyclodextrin-based polymers were obtained performing the syntheses with excess of solvent and cross-linking agent, and the conditions for critical dilution were determined experimentally. A hyper-branched polymer with very high water solubility was obtained and fully characterized both as for its chemical structure and for its capability to encapsulate substances. Fluorescein was used as probe molecule to test the complexation properties of the new material.

  14. Physiochemical characterization and antimicrobial evaluation of phenylthiourea-formaldehyde polymer (PTF) based polymeric ligand and its polymer metal complexes

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    Ahamad, Tansir; Alshehri, Saad M.

    2013-05-01

    Phenylthiourea-formaldehyde polymer (PTF) has been synthesized via polycondensation of phenylthiourea and formaldehyde in basic medium and its corresponding metal complexes [PTF-M(II)] were prepared with Mn(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II) and Zn(II) ions. The synthesized polymers have been characterized by elemental analysis, magnetic susceptibility, UV-visible, FT-IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR, ESR spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Elemental analysis, electronic spectra and magnetic moment measurement indicate that PTF-Mn(II), PTF-Co(II) and PTF-Ni(II) show octahedral geometry, while PTF-Cu(II) and PTF-Zn(II) show square planar and tetrahedral geometry, respectively. The results of TGA ascribed that all the PTF-M(II) showed better heat-resistance properties than PTF resin. In vitro antimicrobial activities were performed against several bacteria and fungi using agar well diffusion method. The results of microbial activity were compared with Kanamycin and Miconazole as standard antibiotics for antibacterial and antifungal activities respectively.

  15. Characterization of LiF-doped TiO{sub 2} and its photocatalytic activity for decomposition of trichloromethane

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    Jiang Hongfu; Song Haiyan; Zhou Zuoxing; Liu Xingqin; Meng Guangyao

    2008-11-03

    LiF-doped TiO{sub 2} was prepared by hydrolysis of tetrabutyl titanate in a mixed LiF-H{sub 2}O-alcohol solution. The prepared LiF-doped TiO{sub 2} powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential thermal analysis-thermogravimetry (DTA-TG), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectra (PL). The photocatalytic activity was evaluated by the decomposition of trichloromethane (CHCl{sub 3}). The results showed that LiF-doping increased the amount of O{sub OH} and oxygen vacancy (OV) on the surface of TiO{sub 2}, which were beneficial to photocatalytic activity. LiF-doping inducted the new isolated energy band located above the valence band of TiO{sub 2}, which extended the absorption region of TiO{sub 2} to visible light. The results of photocatalytic reaction showed that the photocatalytic activity of LiF-doped TiO{sub 2} was 2.5 times higher than that of pure TiO{sub 2}.

  16. Synthesis and characterization of alkaline polyvinyl alcohol and poly(epichlorohydrin) blend polymer electrolytes and performance in electrochemical cells

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    Yang, Chun-Chen; Lin, Sheng-Jen; Hsu, Sung-Ting

    Alkaline SPE was obtained from a blend of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and poly(epichlorohydrin) (PECH), PVA-PECH, by a solution-cast technique. The PVA host polymer is blended with PECH polymer to provide a polymer electrolyte with improved chemical and mechanical properties. The ionic conductivity of the PVA-PECH polymer electrolytes is between 10 -2 and 10 -3 S cm -1 at room temperature when the blend ratio is varied from 1:0.2 to 1:1. The PVA-PECH polymer was characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, stress-strain test, cyclic voltammetry, and a.c. impedance spectroscopy. It is found that the polymer electrolytes exhibit good mechanical strength and excellent chemical stability. The electrochemical performance of solid-state Zn-air batteries with various types of the blended polymer electrolyte films is examined by a galvanostatic discharge method.

  17. Characterization of selected LDEF: Exposed polymer films and resins

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    Young, Philip R.; Slemp, Wayne S.

    1992-01-01

    The Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) provided a unique environmental exposure of a wide variety of materials. The effects of 5 years and 10 months of Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) exposure of these materials to atomic oxygen, ultraviolet and particulate radiation, meteoroid and debris, vacuum, contamination, and thermal cycling is providing a data base unparalleled in the history of space environment research. Working though the Environmental Effects on Materials Special Investigation Group (MSIG), a number of polymeric materials in various processed forms have been assembled from LDEF investigators for analysis at the NASA Langley Research Center. This paper reports the status of on-going chemical characterization of these materials.

  18. Polymer layer ordering of polyaniline derivatives in PLED devices: Surface adsorption and characterization[Polymer Light Emitting Diodes

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    Advincula, R.C.; Knoll, W.; Frank, C.W.; Roitman, D.; Moon, R.; Sheats, J.

    1998-07-01

    The fabrication and characterization of polyaniline (PANI) derivatives deposited on ITO coated glass is investigated as possible hole injection layers for MEH-PPV based polymer light emitting diode (PLED) devices. This involved multilayer ordering by the alternate polyelectrolyte adsorption of polyaniline and sulfonated polyaniline with an oppositely charged polyelectrolyte from solution. A combination of spectroscopic and microscopic techniques was utilized to determine the layer ordering, film structure, morphology, and homogeneity. The deposition process generally showed a linear behavior for all pairs as shown by ellipsometry and UV-vis spectroscopy. However, surface plasmon spectroscopy (SPS) and AFM revealed that thicker films are accompanied by increased surface roughness regardless of concentration. Comparison in performance was made between bare ITO and PANI or SPANI coated devices. Initial investigations of PLED performance showed significant improvements in lifetime and efficiency compared to bare ITO.

  19. Preparation and characterization of erythromycin molecularly imprinted polymers based on distillation-precipitation polymerization.

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    Liu, Jiang; Li, Le; Tang, Hui; Zhao, Feilang; Ye, Bang-Ce; Li, Yingchun; Yao, Jun

    2015-09-01

    Erythromycin-imprinted polymers with excellent recognition properties were prepared by an innovative strategy called distillation-precipitation polymerization. The interaction between erythromycin and methacrylic acid was studied by ultraviolet absorption spectroscopy, and the as-prepared materials were characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Moreover, their binding performances were evaluated in detail by static, kinetic and selective sorption tests. It was found that the molecularly imprinted polymers afforded good morphology, monodispersity, and high adsorption capacity when the fraction of the monomers was 7 vol% in the whole reaction system, and the adsorption data for imprinted polymers correlated well with the Langmuir model. The maximum capacity of the imprinted and the non-imprinted polymers for adsorbing erythromycin is 44.03 and 19.95 mg/g, respectively. The kinetic studies revealed that the adsorption process fitted a pseudo-second-order kinetic model. Furthermore, the imprinted polymers display higher affinity toward erythromycin, compared with its analogue roxithromycin.

  20. Preparation and characterization of erythromycin molecularly imprinted polymers based on distillation-precipitation polymerization.

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    Liu, Jiang; Li, Le; Tang, Hui; Zhao, Feilang; Ye, Bang-Ce; Li, Yingchun; Yao, Jun

    2015-09-01

    Erythromycin-imprinted polymers with excellent recognition properties were prepared by an innovative strategy called distillation-precipitation polymerization. The interaction between erythromycin and methacrylic acid was studied by ultraviolet absorption spectroscopy, and the as-prepared materials were characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Moreover, their binding performances were evaluated in detail by static, kinetic and selective sorption tests. It was found that the molecularly imprinted polymers afforded good morphology, monodispersity, and high adsorption capacity when the fraction of the monomers was 7 vol% in the whole reaction system, and the adsorption data for imprinted polymers correlated well with the Langmuir model. The maximum capacity of the imprinted and the non-imprinted polymers for adsorbing erythromycin is 44.03 and 19.95 mg/g, respectively. The kinetic studies revealed that the adsorption process fitted a pseudo-second-order kinetic model. Furthermore, the imprinted polymers display higher affinity toward erythromycin, compared with its analogue roxithromycin. PMID:26118901

  1. Elastic and viscoelastic characterization of inhomogeneous polymers by bimodal atomic force microscopy

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    Nguyen, Hung K.; Ito, Makiko; Nakajima, Ken

    2016-08-01

    The elastic and viscoelastic responses of inhomogeneous polymers upon interacting with an atomic force microscopy (AFM) probe are simultaneously characterized by a bimodal AFM approach namely the amplitude- and frequency-modulation (AM-FM) method. In this approach, the AFM probe is operated in the AM mode at the first flexural frequency and in the FM mode at a higher flexural frequency. The AM mode provides information about the viscoelasticity of polymers in terms of the mechanical loss tangent, whereas the modulus of polymers is obtained as a function of the frequency shift of flexural frequencies in both modes. For a glassy polymer blend, the AM-FM method provides a consistent result in both the elastic modulus and loss tangent in comparison with those obtained by other methods. Moreover, a significant improvement of the contrast and lateral resolution in the AM-FM modulus image can be observed. However, the current approach shows a substantial increase in the modulus of rubbery polymers.

  2. Elastic and viscoelastic characterization of inhomogeneous polymers by bimodal atomic force microscopy

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    Nguyen, Hung K.; Ito, Makiko; Nakajima, Ken

    2016-08-01

    The elastic and viscoelastic responses of inhomogeneous polymers upon interacting with an atomic force microscopy (AFM) probe are simultaneously characterized by a bimodal AFM approach namely the amplitude- and frequency-modulation (AM–FM) method. In this approach, the AFM probe is operated in the AM mode at the first flexural frequency and in the FM mode at a higher flexural frequency. The AM mode provides information about the viscoelasticity of polymers in terms of the mechanical loss tangent, whereas the modulus of polymers is obtained as a function of the frequency shift of flexural frequencies in both modes. For a glassy polymer blend, the AM–FM method provides a consistent result in both the elastic modulus and loss tangent in comparison with those obtained by other methods. Moreover, a significant improvement of the contrast and lateral resolution in the AM–FM modulus image can be observed. However, the current approach shows a substantial increase in the modulus of rubbery polymers.

  3. Electrochemical characterization of plasma polymer coatings in corrosion protection of aluminum alloys

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    Chan, Yenfong; Yu, Qingsong

    2005-07-01

    Low-temperature plasma polymerization is a promising pretreatment technique to create environmentally friendly coating systems for corrosion protection of aluminum alloys. In this study, the pretreatment effects of plasma treatment and plasma polymerization on corrosion properties of alclad aluminum alloy 2024-T3 ([2A]) were investigated using electrochemical characterization techniques, including cyclic polarization (CP) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The [2A] panels were coated with an ultrathin layer (~50 nm) of plasma polymers in a direct current (dc) glow discharge of trimethylsilane or its mixtures with one of two diatomic gases (O2 and N2). The CP measurement results showed that the plasma polymer coated [2A] panels exhibited more negative corrosion potentials (Ecorr), smaller corrosion currents (Icorr), and no surface passivation when compared with uncoated [2A] control panels. The lower values of Icorr imply a higher corrosion resistance on the plasma polymer coated [2A]. When investigated using EIS, these plasma polymer coated [2A] panels exhibited higher impedance (|Z|) at lower frequency when first immersed in electrolyte solution, yet degraded quickly to a similar level as uncoated controls within 1 day of immersion. These results illustrated that thin plasma polymer films provided a certain but very limited corrosion resistance to [2A] substrate; their dominant role in plasma interface engineered coating systems still relied mostly on their adhesion enhancement at metal/paint interface as observed in our previous studies.

  4. Towards syntactic characterizations of approximation schemes via predicate and graph decompositions

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    Hunt, H.B. III; Stearns, R.E.; Jacob, R.; Marathe, M.V.

    1998-12-01

    The authors present a simple extensible theoretical framework for devising polynomial time approximation schemes for problems represented using natural syntactic (algebraic) specifications endowed with natural graph theoretic restrictions on input instances. Direct application of the technique yields polynomial time approximation schemes for all the problems studied in [LT80, NC88, KM96, Ba83, DTS93, HM+94a, HM+94] as well as the first known approximation schemes for a number of additional combinatorial problems. One notable aspect of the work is that it provides insights into the structure of the syntactic specifications and the corresponding algorithms considered in [KM96, HM+94]. The understanding allows them to extend the class of syntactic specifications for which generic approximation schemes can be developed. The results can be shown to be tight in many cases, i.e. natural extensions of the specifications can be shown to yield non-approximable problems. The results provide a non-trivial characterization of a class of problems having a PTAS and extend the earlier work on this topic by [KM96, HM+94].

  5. Fast Geostatistical Inversion using Randomized Matrix Decompositions and Sketchings for Heterogeneous Aquifer Characterization

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    O'Malley, D.; Le, E. B.; Vesselinov, V. V.

    2015-12-01

    We present a fast, scalable, and highly-implementable stochastic inverse method for characterization of aquifer heterogeneity. The method utilizes recent advances in randomized matrix algebra and exploits the structure of the Quasi-Linear Geostatistical Approach (QLGA), without requiring a structured grid like Fast-Fourier Transform (FFT) methods. The QLGA framework is a more stable version of Gauss-Newton iterates for a large number of unknown model parameters, but provides unbiased estimates. The methods are matrix-free and do not require derivatives or adjoints, and are thus ideal for complex models and black-box implementation. We also incorporate randomized least-square solvers and data-reduction methods, which speed up computation and simulate missing data points. The new inverse methodology is coded in Julia and implemented in the MADS computational framework (http://mads.lanl.gov). Julia is an advanced high-level scientific programing language that allows for efficient memory management and utilization of high-performance computational resources. Inversion results based on series of synthetic problems with steady-state and transient calibration data are presented.

  6. Interfacial and Mechanical Characterization of Soft Materials Using Polymer Membranes Geometries

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    Laprade, Evan J.

    Polymer membranes have found their way in to a wide range of applications including selective barriers, protective coatings, packaging, sensors, and medical implants, becom- ing more pervasive in our lives every day. Their importance is derived not only from their unique mechanical and interfacial properties, but also from the versatility of their geometry. In this thesis, several polymer membrane geometries are employed to interfacially and mechanically characterize the properties of soft materials and polymer thin films. This thesis is organized in to two sections, the first deals with interfacial characterization using a membrane contact geometry. The centerpiece of this section, and this thesis, was the development of a sensitive membrane peel test to measure adhesion. A model membrane-contact system was used to evaluate an analytical model of large deformation contact and ultimately develop a simple protocol for measuring an adhesion energy using a membrane peel geometry. A second investigation in the section looked at the multiple harmonic behavior of quartz crystal resonators during contact mechanics experiments. An analytical solution to the radial mass sensitivity function was calculated and compared to experimentally measured sensitivity profiles from growing water drop and membrane contact experiments. The second half of this thesis deals with non-contact membrane geometries for mechanically characterizing two novel polymer membranes. The first is a highly water permeable sulfonated pentablock copolymer, designed for water purification applications. In this work these membranes were mechanically characterized with a biaxial creep test to investigate the affect of sulfonation level and processing conditions on their deformation behavior. Lastly pendant drop membranes were fabricated by ionically crosslinking amphiphilic gradient copolymers at an oil/water interface. These robust, self healing membranes were modeled with both an elastic and liquid

  7. Acoustical characterization of polysaccharide polymers tissue-mimicking materials.

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    Cuccaro, Rugiada; Musacchio, Chiara; Giuliano Albo, P Alberto; Troia, Adriano; Lago, Simona

    2015-02-01

    Tissue-mimicking phantoms play a crucial role in medical ultrasound research because they can simulate biological soft tissues. In last years, many types of polymeric tissues have been proposed and characterized from an acoustical and a thermal point of view, but, rarely, a deep discussion about the quality of the measurements, in terms of the uncertainty evaluation, has been reported. In this work, considering the necessity to develop laboratory standards for the measurement of ultrasonic exposure and dose quantities, a detailed description of the experimental apparatuses for the sound speed and the attenuation coefficient measurements is given, focusing the attention on the uncertainty evaluation both of the results and analysis algorithms. In particular, this algorithm reveals a novel empirical relation, fixing a limit to the energy content (therefore limits the number of cycles) of the three parts in which the authors have proposed to divide the acoustical signal. Furthermore, the realisation of multi-components phantoms, Agar and Phytagel based tissue-mimicking gels along with others long chain molecules (dextrane or polyvinyl alcohol) and scattering materials (silicon carbide and kieselguhr) are investigated. This paper reports accurate speed of sound and attenuation coefficient measurements. Speed of sound is measured by a pulse-echo technique in far-field condition, using an optical glass buffer rod; while attenuation coefficient is determined by an insertion technique, using demineralized water as reference material. The experimental sound speed results are subjected to an overall estimated relative uncertainty of about 1.5% and the attenuation coefficient uncertainty is less than 2.5%. For the development of laboratory standards, a detailed analysis of the measurement uncertainty is fundamental to make sample properties comparable. The authors believe this study could represent the right direction to make phantoms characterizations referable and traceable.

  8. Characterization of ι-carrageenan and its derivative based green polymer electrolytes

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    Jumaah, Fatihah Najirah; Mobaraka, Nadhratun Naiim; Ahmad, Azizan; Ramli, Nazaruddin

    2013-11-27

    The new types of green polymer electrolytes based on ι-carrageenan derivative have been prepared. ι-carrageenan act as precursor was reacted with monochloroacetic acid to produce carboxymethyl ι-carrageenan. The powders were characterized by Attenuated Total Reflection Fourier Transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy and {sup 1}H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to confirm the substitution of targeted functional group in ι-carrageenan. The green polymer electrolyte based on ι-carrageenan and carboxymethyl ι-carrageenan was prepared by solution-casting technique. The films were characterized by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy to determine the ionic conductivity. The ionic conductivity ι-carrageenan film were higher than carboxymethyl ι-carrageenan which 4.87 ×10{sup −6} S cm{sup −1} and 2.19 ×10{sup −8} S cm{sup −1}, respectively.

  9. Nanoscale Mechanical Characterization of Graphene/Polymer Nanocomposites using Atomic Force Microscopy

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    Cai, Minzhen

    Graphene materials, exhibiting outstanding mechanical properties, are excellent candidates as reinforcement in high-performance polymer nanocomposites. In this dissertation, advanced atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques are applied to study the nanomechanics of graphene/polymer nanocomposites, specifically the graphene/polymer interfacial strength and the stress transfer at the interface. Two novel methods to directly characterize the interfacial strength between individual graphene sheets and polymers using AFM are presented and applied to a series of polymers and graphene sheets. The interfacial strength of graphene/polymer varies greatly for different combinations. The strongest interaction is found between graphene oxide (GO) and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), a strongly polar, water-based polymer. On the other hand, polystyrene, a non polar polymer, has the weakest interaction with GO. The interfacial bond strength is attributed to hydrogen bonding and physical adsorption. Further, the stress transfer in GO/PVA nanocomposites is studied quantitatively by monitoring the strain in individual GO sheet inside the polymer via AFM and Raman spectroscopy. For the first time, the strains of individual GO sheets in nanocomposites are imaged and quantified as a function of the applied external strains. The matrix strain is directly transferred to GO sheets for strains up to 8%. At higher strain levels, the onset of the nanocomposite failure and a stick-slip behavior is observed. This study reveals that GO is superior to pure graphene as reinforcement in nanocomposites. These results also imply the potential to make a new generation of nanocomposites with exceptional high strength and toughness. In the second part of this dissertation, AFM is used to study the structure of silk proteins and the morphology of spider silks. For the first time, shear-induced self-assembly of native silk fibroin is observed. The morphology of the Brown Recluse spider silk is investigated and a

  10. Development, characterization and applications of electrodes modified with conductive polymers, ionic liquids and proteins

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    Tang, Yijun

    My research involves both fundamental studies and applications of the electrodes whose surfaces are chemically modified. Conductive polymers are one of the major materials that are used to modify electrode surfaces. The thorough understanding of the behavior of conductive polymers in ionic liquids is interesting and important as the ionic liquids are becoming promising solvents. With poly(vinyl ferrocene) as the model conductive polymer, electrochemical studies were performed in various ionic liquid electrolytes. A theoretical square model and dynamic equilibrium were proposed to describe the interaction between conductive polymers and ionic liquids when the electrons transferred between the electrode and electrolyte. These findings were applied to enable and accelerate the structure relaxation of conductive polymers so that the conductive polymers were capable of delivering peptides efficiently. Incorporation of metallic nanoparticles to the conductive polymer matrix entitled new properties to the conductive polymer, increasing conductivity and providing catalytic abilities. This modification on electrode surface might bring potential uses in gas sensing, energy storage, energy conversion, etc. Conductive polymer coated electrodes produced unique double layer in ionic liquids and a fundamental study of quantum charging help to understand the double layer properties. I also studied the application of surface modified electrodes in chemo- and biosensing. A nonregeneration protocol was created to save the cost and the time in analyzing interfacial binding activities and to prevent the potential of deterioration caused to biological ligands by the conventional regeneration. In the study of carbohydrate/protein interactions, a "click" chemical reaction was first used in constructing a carbohydrate-based biosensor, which was capable of detecting and analyzing proteins specifically and accurately. In another biosensor design, the hydrogen bonding between the template and

  11. New polymer target-shell properties and characterizations. Appendix A

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    Honig, A.; Wei, X.; Fan, Q.; Alexander, N.; Palmer, N.

    1993-12-31

    A method for characterizing ICF target shells is presented, based on measurement of the gas released from a single shell into a small volume. It utilizes cryogenic permeation systems developed in connection with our work on ICF targets containing nuclear spin-polarized deuterium. Permeation rates for polystyrene and parylene-coated-polystyrene shells are measured at temperatures from 350K down to 180K. Burst or implosion pressure can be determined over a full temperature range down to 20K. Shell temperature is calculated from its gas leakage rate, calibrated by permeation measurements over the temperature range. Lag of shell temperature compared with sample-chamber temperature during warming of the latter is attributed to the weakness of the thermal link provided by both radiative heat transfer and free molecular conduction with small accommodation coefficients for helium and deuterium gas at the structure to which the shell is conductively linked, or at the surface of a conductively isolated shell. Quantification of this lag can provide a measure of atomic scale roughness of the shell outer surface. Also presented are reversible pre-rupture leakage phenomena for polystyrene and parylene-coated-polystyrene shells.

  12. Additive Manufacturing and Characterization of Ultem Polymers and Composites

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    Chuang, Kathy C.; Grady, Joseph E.; Draper, Robert D.; Shin, Euy-Sik E.; Patterson, Clark; Santelle, Thomas D.

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this project was to conduct additive manufacturing to produce aircraft engine components by Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), using commercially available polyetherimides - Ultem 9085 and experimental Ultem 1000 mixed with 10 percent chopped carbon fiber. A property comparison between FDM-printed and injection-molded coupons for Ultem 9085, Ultem 1000 resin and the fiber-filled composite Ultem 1000 was carried out. Furthermore, an acoustic liner was printed from Ultem 9085 simulating conventional honeycomb structured liners and tested in a wind tunnel. Composite compressor inlet guide vanes were also printed using fiber-filled Ultem 1000 filaments and tested in a cascade rig. The fiber-filled Ultem 1000 filaments and composite vanes were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and acid digestion to determine the porosity of FDM-printed articles which ranged from 25-31 percent. Coupons of Ultem 9085 and experimental Ultem 1000 composites were tested at room temperature and 400 degrees Fahrenheit to evaluate their corresponding mechanical properties.

  13. Characterization of semicrystalline polymers after nanoimprint by spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Wang, Si; Rond, Johannes; Steinberg, Christian; Papenheim, Marc; Scheer, Hella-Christin

    2016-02-01

    Semicrystalline Reg-P3HT (regio-regular poly-3-hexylthiophene) is a promising material for organic electronics. It features relatively high charge mobility and enables easy preparation because of its solubility. Due to its high optical and electrical anisotropy, the size, number and orientation of the ordered domains are important for applications. To control these properties without limitation from crystalline domains existing after spin coating, thermal nanoimprint is performed beyond the melting point. The state of the art of measurement to analyze the complex morphology is X-ray diffraction (XRD). We address an alternative measurement method to characterize the material by its optical properties, spectroscopic ellipsometry. It provides information on the degree of order from the typical fingerprint absorption spectrum. In addition, when the material is modeled as a uniaxial layer, an anisotropy factor can be derived. The results obtained from spectroscopic ellipsometry are in accordance with those from XRD. In particular, spectroscopic ellipsometry is able to distinguish between order along the backbone and order in π- π stacking direction, which is important with respect to conductivity.

  14. Characterization of the Binding Properties of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers.

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    Ansell, Richard J

    2015-01-01

    The defining characteristic of the binding sites of any particular molecularly imprinted material is heterogeneity: that is, they are not all identical. Nonetheless, it is useful to study their fundamental binding properties, and to obtain average properties. In particular, it has been instructive to compare the binding properties of imprinted and non-imprinted materials. This chapter begins by considering the origins of this site heterogeneity. Next, the properties of interest of imprinted binding sites are described in brief: affinity, selectivity, and kinetics. The binding/adsorption isotherm, the graph of concentration of analyte bound to a MIP versus concentration of free analyte at equilibrium, over a range of total concentrations, is described in some detail. Following this, the techniques for studying the imprinted sites are described (batch-binding assays, radioligand binding assays, zonal chromatography, frontal chromatography, calorimetry, and others). Thereafter, the parameters that influence affinity, selectivity and kinetics are discussed (solvent, modifiers of organic solvents, pH of aqueous solvents, temperature). Finally, mathematical attempts to fit the adsorption isotherms for imprinted materials, so as to obtain information about the range of binding affinities characterizing the imprinted sites, are summarized. PMID:25796622

  15. Synthesis and Characterization of Thin Film Lithium-Ion Batteries Using Polymer Electrolytes

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    Maranchi, Jeffrey P.; Kumta, Prashant N.; Hepp, Aloysius F.; Raffaelle, Ryne P.

    2002-01-01

    The present paper describes the integration of thin film electrodes with polymer electrolytes to form a complete thin film lithium-ion battery. Thin film batteries of the type, LiCoO2 [PAN, EC, PC, LiN(CF3SO2)2] SnO2 have been fabricated. The results of the synthesis and characterization studies will be presented and discussed.

  16. Synthesis and characterization of benzodithiophene and benzotriazole-based polymers for photovoltaic applications.

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    Gedefaw, Desta; Tessarolo, Marta; Bolognesi, Margherita; Prosa, Mario; Kroon, Renee; Zhuang, Wenliu; Henriksson, Patrik; Bini, Kim; Wang, Ergang; Muccini, Michele; Seri, Mirko; Andersson, Mats R

    2016-01-01

    Two high bandgap benzodithiophene-benzotriazole-based polymers were synthesized via palladium-catalysed Stille coupling reaction. In order to compare the effect of the side chains on the opto-electronic and photovoltaic properties of the resulting polymers, the benzodithiophene monomers were substituted with either octylthienyl (PTzBDT-1) or dihexylthienyl (PTzBDT-2) as side groups, while the benzotriazole unit was maintained unaltered. The optical characterization, both in solution and thin-film, indicated that PTzBDT-1 has a red-shifted optical absorption compared to PTzBDT-2, likely due to a more planar conformation of the polymer backbone promoted by the lower content of alkyl side chains. The different aggregation in the solid state also affects the energetic properties of the polymers, resulting in a lower highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) for PTzBDT-1 with respect to PTzBDT-2. However, an unexpected behaviour is observed when the two polymers are used as a donor material, in combination with PC61BM as acceptor, in bulk heterojunction solar cells. Even though PTzBDT-1 showed favourable optical and electrochemical properties, the devices based on this polymer present a power conversion efficiency of 3.3%, considerably lower than the efficiency of 4.7% obtained for the analogous solar cells based on PTzBDT-2. The lower performance is presumably attributed to the limited solubility of the PTzBDT-1 in organic solvents resulting in enhanced aggregation and poor intermixing with the acceptor material in the active layer. PMID:27559416

  17. Synthesis and characterization of benzodithiophene and benzotriazole-based polymers for photovoltaic applications

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    Gedefaw, Desta; Tessarolo, Marta; Bolognesi, Margherita; Prosa, Mario; Kroon, Renee; Zhuang, Wenliu; Henriksson, Patrik; Bini, Kim; Wang, Ergang; Muccini, Michele

    2016-01-01

    Summary Two high bandgap benzodithiophene–benzotriazole-based polymers were synthesized via palladium-catalysed Stille coupling reaction. In order to compare the effect of the side chains on the opto-electronic and photovoltaic properties of the resulting polymers, the benzodithiophene monomers were substituted with either octylthienyl (PTzBDT-1) or dihexylthienyl (PTzBDT-2) as side groups, while the benzotriazole unit was maintained unaltered. The optical characterization, both in solution and thin-film, indicated that PTzBDT-1 has a red-shifted optical absorption compared to PTzBDT-2, likely due to a more planar conformation of the polymer backbone promoted by the lower content of alkyl side chains. The different aggregation in the solid state also affects the energetic properties of the polymers, resulting in a lower highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) for PTzBDT-1 with respect to PTzBDT-2. However, an unexpected behaviour is observed when the two polymers are used as a donor material, in combination with PC61BM as acceptor, in bulk heterojunction solar cells. Even though PTzBDT-1 showed favourable optical and electrochemical properties, the devices based on this polymer present a power conversion efficiency of 3.3%, considerably lower than the efficiency of 4.7% obtained for the analogous solar cells based on PTzBDT-2. The lower performance is presumably attributed to the limited solubility of the PTzBDT-1 in organic solvents resulting in enhanced aggregation and poor intermixing with the acceptor material in the active layer. PMID:27559416

  18. Synthesis and characterization of benzodithiophene and benzotriazole-based polymers for photovoltaic applications.

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    Gedefaw, Desta; Tessarolo, Marta; Bolognesi, Margherita; Prosa, Mario; Kroon, Renee; Zhuang, Wenliu; Henriksson, Patrik; Bini, Kim; Wang, Ergang; Muccini, Michele; Seri, Mirko; Andersson, Mats R

    2016-01-01

    Two high bandgap benzodithiophene-benzotriazole-based polymers were synthesized via palladium-catalysed Stille coupling reaction. In order to compare the effect of the side chains on the opto-electronic and photovoltaic properties of the resulting polymers, the benzodithiophene monomers were substituted with either octylthienyl (PTzBDT-1) or dihexylthienyl (PTzBDT-2) as side groups, while the benzotriazole unit was maintained unaltered. The optical characterization, both in solution and thin-film, indicated that PTzBDT-1 has a red-shifted optical absorption compared to PTzBDT-2, likely due to a more planar conformation of the polymer backbone promoted by the lower content of alkyl side chains. The different aggregation in the solid state also affects the energetic properties of the polymers, resulting in a lower highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) for PTzBDT-1 with respect to PTzBDT-2. However, an unexpected behaviour is observed when the two polymers are used as a donor material, in combination with PC61BM as acceptor, in bulk heterojunction solar cells. Even though PTzBDT-1 showed favourable optical and electrochemical properties, the devices based on this polymer present a power conversion efficiency of 3.3%, considerably lower than the efficiency of 4.7% obtained for the analogous solar cells based on PTzBDT-2. The lower performance is presumably attributed to the limited solubility of the PTzBDT-1 in organic solvents resulting in enhanced aggregation and poor intermixing with the acceptor material in the active layer.

  19. Short wave infrared hyperspectral imaging for recovered post-consumer single and mixed polymers characterization

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    Bonifazi, Giuseppe; Palmieri, Roberta; Serranti, Silvia

    2015-03-01

    Postconsumer plastics from packing and packaging represent about the 60% of the total plastic wastes (i.e. 23 million of tons) produced in Europe. The EU Directive (2014/12/EC) fixes as target that the 60%, by weight, of packaging waste has to be recovered, or thermally valorized. When recovered, the same directive established that packaging waste has to be recycled in a percentage ranging between 55% (minimum) and 60% (maximum). The non-respect of these rules can produce that large quantities of end-of-life plastic products, specifically those utilized for packaging, are disposed-off, with a strong environmental impact. The application of recycling strategies, finalized to polymer recovery, can represent an opportunity to reduce: i) not renewable raw materials (i.e. oil) utilization, ii) carbon dioxide emissions and iii) amount of plastic waste disposed-off. Aim of this work was to perform a full characterization of different end-of-life polymers based products, constituted not only by single polymers but also of mixtures, in order to realize their identification for quality control and/or certification assessment. The study was specifically addressed to characterize the different recovered products as resulting from a recycling plant where classical processing flow-sheets, based on milling, classification and separation, are applied. To reach this goal, an innovative sensing technique, based on the utilization of a HyperSpectral[b] I[/b]maging (HSI) device working in the SWIR region (1000-2500 nm), was investigated. Following this strategy, single polymers and/or mixed polymers recovered were correctly recognized. The main advantage of the proposed approach is linked to the possibility to perform "on-line" analyses, that is directly on the different material flow streams, as resulting from processing, without any physical sampling and classical laboratory "off-line" determination.

  20. [Synthesis and Characterization of a Sugar Based Electrolyte for Thin-film Polymer Batteries

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    1998-01-01

    The work performed during the current renewal period, March 1,1998 focused primarily on the synthesis and characterization of a sugar based electrolyte for thin-film polymer batteries. The initial phase of the project involved developing a suitable sugar to use as the monomer in the polymeric electrolyte synthesis. The monomer has been synthesized and characterized completely. Overall the yield of this material is high and it can be produced in relatively large quantity easily and in high purity. The scheme used for the preparation of the monomer is outlined along with pertinent yields.

  1. Characterization of properties and structural heterogeneity of crosslinked polymers formed by living radical photopolymerizations

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    Kannurpatti, Anandkumar R.

    Polymer networks formed by radical photopolymerizations of multifunctional monomers are finding use in an increasing number of applications. To meet this increasing demand, it is important to tailor these materials and their properties to suit the application requirements. However, to achieve this goal, an understanding of the underlying polymerization-structure-property relationships of these networks is necessary. This work focuses on understanding the effect of polymerization conditions and the evolution of material properties and structural heterogeneity in crosslinked polymers. While photopolymerizing these multifunctional monomers, microgels, unreacted double bonds (monomeric and pendant), and trapped radicals are features that have been observed by several researchers. Also, the resultant structure of the crosslinked polymers is extremely heterogeneous. Previously, examining the material properties of such networks as a function of temperature has been very difficult because the unreacted double bonds and trapped radicals continue to react as the temperature approaches the glass transition temperature of the material. Therefore, while studying the properties of the sample, the structure and properties are altered. In this work, "living" radical polymerizations are used to avoid radical trapping. As a result, for the first time the properties and structural heterogeneity of the polymers are studied as a function of temperature at various double bond conversions and crosslinking densities. To enable the use of "living" radical photopolymerizations in the characterization of polymer networks, it was important to understand the mechanism of the "living" radical polymerizations. Therefore, a study of the kinetics and mechanisms of the "living" radical polymerizations was also undertaken. Experimental and modeling studies were performed to understand the mechanism of these reactions. By performing dynamic mechanical and dielectric measurements on the polymer

  2. Formation Mechanism and Characterization of Ag-Metal Chelate Polymer Prepared by a Wet Chemical Process

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    Huang, Chueh-Jung; Lin, Jiang-Jen; Shieu, Fuh-Sheng

    2005-08-01

    In this study, a metal chelate polymer (MCP) contained Ag(0) was prepared from commercial polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) and silver nitrate (AgNO3) by a wet chemical method using concentrate formic acid (HCOOH) as solvent. The characterization of these MCP materials, and the formation mechanism that involved in the MCP system, were studied by the analyses of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). The Ag(I) cations of silver nitrate (AgNO3) were found coordinated with polymer functional groups to form polymer-Ag(I) complexes. The XRD analysis revealed that these complexed Ag(I) ions were in-situ reduced to generate Ag(0) metal by HCOOH solvent in MCP system. The results of FTIR and NMR analyses demonstrated that there are hydrolyzed hydroxyl groups present in the MCP chains. The XPS analysis showed that the oxygen ligands that interacted with the Ag(0) were mostly contributed from the OH groups. The interaction between the reduced Ag(0) metal and the polymer chains was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) investigation on the MCP materials.

  3. Analytical characterization of polymers used in conservation and restoration by ATR-FTIR spectroscopy.

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    Chércoles Asensio, Ruth; San Andrés Moya, Margarita; de la Roja, José Manuel; Gómez, Marisa

    2009-12-01

    In the last few decades many new polymers have been synthesized that are now being used in cultural heritage conservation. The physical and chemical properties and the long-term behaviors of these new polymers are determined by the chemical composition of the starting materials used in their synthesis along with the nature of the substances added to facilitate their production. The practical applications of these polymers depend on their composition and form (foam, film, sheets, pressure-sensitive adhesives, heat-seal adhesives, etc.). Some materials are used in restoration works and others for the exhibition, storage and transport of works of art. In all cases, it is absolutely necessary to know their compositions. Furthermore, many different materials that are manufactured for other objectives are also used for conservation and restoration. The technical information about the materials provided by the manufacturer is usually incomplete, so it is necessary to analytically characterize such materials. FTIR spectrometry is widely used for polymer identification, and, more recently, ATR-FTIR has been shown to give excellent results. This paper reports the ATR-FTIR analysis of samples of polymeric materials used in the conservation of artworks. These samples were examined directly in the solid material without sample preparation.

  4. Characterization of Homopolymer and Polymer Blend Films by Phase Sensitive Acoustic Microscopy

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    Ngwa, Wilfred; Wannemacher, Reinhold; Grill, Wolfgang

    2003-03-01

    CHARACTERIZATION OF HOMOPOLYMER AND POLYMER BLEND FILMS BY PHASE SENSITIVE ACOUSTIC MICROSCOPY W Ngwa, R Wannemacher, W Grill Institute of Experimental Physics II, University of Leipzig, 04103 Leipzig, Germany Abstract We have used phase sensitive acoustic microscopy (PSAM) to study homopolymer thin films of polystyrene (PS) and poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), as well as PS/PMMA blend films. We show from our results that PSAM can be used as a complementary and highly valuable technique for elucidating the three-dimensional (3D) morphology and micromechanical properties of thin films. Three-dimensional image acquisition with vector contrast provides the basis for: complex V(z) analysis (per image pixel), 3D image processing, height profiling, and subsurface image analysis of the polymer films. Results show good agreement with previous studies. In addition, important new information on the three dimensional structure and properties of polymer films is obtained. Homopolymer film structure analysis reveals (pseudo-) dewetting by retraction of droplets, resulting in a morphology that can serve as a starting point for the analysis of polymer blend thin films. The outcome of confocal laser scanning microscopy studies, performed on the same samples are correlated with the obtained results. Advantages and limitations of PSAM are discussed.

  5. Investigation and Characterization of Conductive DEAP Polymer Materials with Nickel Nanocomposites

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    Wrisley, Seaver

    Dielectric ElectroActive Polymers, or DEAPs, are devices with coupled electrical and mechanical responses that resemble stretchable parallel plate capacitors, that can act as actuators, sensors, or electrical generators. Currently, the electrode layers on the top and bottom are generally conductive carbon grease, which is dirty and also causes curing issues for certain polymers. This thesis explores several polymers and conductive fillers to identify a conductive nanocomposite material, to replace the grease electrode with a solid material and eliminate issues associated with grease electrodes. It then characterizes the mechanical and electric properties and how they change during cyclic loading, while augmenting an equibiaxial tensile testing machine and advancing the knowledge of equibiaxial characterization. The most promising polymer/filler combination was found to be EcoFlex30, a platinum cure silicone rubber, containing seven volume percent of nickel nanostrands and three volume percent of 0.1 mm length nickel-coated carbon fiber. Using two conductive fillers of different sizes resulted in much higher conductivity than a single filler alone, and an enormous piezoresistive effect. This material gave weak conductivity at no load, increasing several orders of magnitude as strained and well surpassing the benchmark of 1.2 S/m set by conductive carbon grease. Elastomer materials were found to have conductivities as high as 275 S/m under peak strain, and changing the nickel-coated carbon fiber length allowed for strains over 120%. Equibiaxial stress-strain curves were also analyzed for energy lost through hysteresis, in order to compare to published results for DEAPs used as Dielectric Energy Generators. Results and recommendations are presented for using and further improving the materials for applications of DEAPs used as energy harvesters and capacitive sensors, using the material alone as a piezoresistive sensor, and improving the equibiaxial characterization

  6. Development of a polymer etch rate monitor: design, characterization, and application

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    Wang, Heping; Toddy, Terry; Gibbons, Stephen; May, Trisha

    2003-05-01

    A polymer etch rate monitor (PERM) was designed to quantify rates of base-soluble polymeric materials by measuring electric signals. The thickness of a thin film was demonstrated to be proportional to the electric resistance of the polymer coating. The applicability of the electric cell design for characterizing the dissolution of polymer coatings was demonstrated. Characterization of the electric signal versus the developing process revealed distinctive steps and mechanisms of the dissolution process. Scanning electron microscopy provided some insight into the dissolution process and the interaction between polymeric coatings and base. The correlation between dissolution rate and the concentration of base was investigated. Also investigated was the relationship between dissolution rate of polymeric coating and its thermal curing parameter. This monitor is able to provide instant information about the dissolution process as well as the etch rate in the base solution. Not only can the overall dissolution rate be measured, but the dissolution behavior and interaction can also be interpreted by analyzing the dissolving curve. This instrument has been used successfully for quality control purposes. Currently, the applicability of this device for photosensitive polymeric coatings is being evaluated.

  7. Direct characterization of polymer encapsulated CdSe/CdS/ZnS quantum dots

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    Zorn, Gilad; Dave, Shivang R.; Weidner, Tobias; Gao, Xiaohu; Castner, David G.

    2016-06-01

    Surface engineering advances of semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) have enabled their application to molecular labeling, disease diagnostics and tumor imaging. For biological applications, hydrophobic core/shell QDs are transferred into aqueous solutions through the incorporation of water-solubility imparting moieties, typically achieved via direct exchange of the native surface passivating ligands or indirectly through the adsorption of polymers. Although polymeric encapsulation has gained wide acceptance, there are few reports addressing the characterization of the adsorbed polymers and existing theoretical analyses are typically based on simple geometric models. In this work, we experimentally characterize and quantify water-soluble QDs prepared by adsorption of amphiphilic poly(maleic anhydride-alt-1-tetradecene) (PMAT, MW ~ 9000) onto commercially available CdSe/CdS/ZnS (CdSe/CdS/ZnS-PMAT). Using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) we determined that ~ 15 PMAT molecules are adsorbed onto each QD and sum frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectra were utilized to investigate the mechanism of interaction between PMAT molecules and the QD surface. Importantly, when employed together, these techniques constitute a platform with which to investigate any polymer-nanoparticle complex in general.

  8. Preparation and characterization of Ni-Zn ferrite + polymer nanocomposites using mechanical milling method

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    Raju, P.; Murthy, S. R.

    2013-12-01

    The insulating properties of Ni-Zn ferrites can be improved by the addition of various types of insulating materials such as polymers, ceramics, etc. In this connection, ferrite-polymer composites have been subjected to extensive research, because they have many applications: electromagnetic interference shielding, rechargeable battery, electrodes and sensors, and microwave absorption. Electrical and magnetic properties of such composites will depend on the size, shape and amount of filler addition. In this paper, we report the preparation and characterization of nanocomposites of Ni-Zn ferrite + paraformaldehyde. These nanocomposites were prepared by using mechanical milling method and characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectrometer. The particle size estimated from SEM pictures for composites varies from 36 to 60 nm. Magnetic properties were measured on nanocomposites at room temperature. The complex permittivity and permeability were measured over a wide frequency range from 1 MHz to 1.8 GHz at room temperature. From our studies, it is observed that both the values of permittivity and permeability decrease with an increase in polymer content.

  9. Modeling and characterization of long term material behavior in polymer composites with woven fiber architecture

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    Gupta, Vikas

    The purpose of this research is to develop an analytical tool which, when coupled with accelerated material characterization, is capable of predicting long-term durability of polymers and their composites. Conducting creep test on each composite laminate with different fibers, fiber volume fractions, and weave architectures is impractical. Moreover, in case of thin laminates, accurately characterizing the out-of-plane matrix dominated viscoelastic response is not easily achievable. Therefore, the primary objective of this paper is to present a multi-scale modeling methodology to simulate the long-term interlaminar properties in polymer matrix woven composites and then predict the critical regions where failure is most likely to occur. A micromechanics approach towards modeling the out-of-plane viscoelastic behavior of a five-harness satin woven-fiber cross-ply composite laminate is presented, taking into consideration the weave architecture and time-dependent effects. Short-term creep tests were performed on neat resin at different test temperatures and stress levels to characterize physical aging of the resin matrix. In addition, creep and recovery experiments were conducted on un-aged resin specimens in order to characterize the pronounced stress-dependent nonlinear viscoelastic response of the PR500 resin. Two-dimensional micromechanics analysis was carried out using a test-bed finite element code, NOVA-3D, including interactions between non-linear material constitutive behavior, geometric nonlinearity, aging and environmental effects.

  10. Synthesis and characterization of acetalated dextran polymer and microparticles with ethanol as a degradation product.

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    Kauffman, Kevin J; Do, Clement; Sharma, Sadhana; Gallovic, Matthew D; Bachelder, Eric M; Ainslie, Kristy M

    2012-08-01

    In the field of drug delivery, pH-sensitive polymeric microparticles can be used to release therapeutic payloads slowly in extracellular conditions (pH 7.4) and faster in more acidic areas in vivo, such as sites of inflammation, tumors, or intracellular conditions. Our group currently uses and is further developing the pH-sensitive polymer acetalated dextran (Ac-DEX), which is a biodegradable polymer with highly tunable degradation kinetics. Ac-DEX has displayed enhanced delivery of vaccine and drug components to immune and other cells, making it an extremely desirable polymer for immune applications. Currently, one of the degradation products of Ac-DEX is methanol, which may cause toxicity issues if applied at high concentrations with repeated doses. Therefore, in this manuscript we report the first synthesis and characterization of an Ac-DEX analog which, instead of a methanol degradation product, has a much safer ethanol degradation product. We abbreviate this ethoxy acetal derivatized acetalated dextran polymer as Ace-DEX, with the 'e' to indicate an ethanol degradation product. Like Ac-DEX, Ace-DEX microparticles have tunable degradation rates at pH 5 (intracellular). These rates range from hours to several days and are controlled simply by reaction time. Ace-DEX microparticles also show minimal cytotoxicity compared to commonly used poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microparticles when incubated with macrophages. This study aims to enhance the biocompatibility of acetalated dextran-type polymers to allow their use in high volume clinical applications such as multiple dosing and tissue engineering.

  11. Multiscale characterization of chemical–mechanical interactions between polymer fibers and cementitious matrix

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    Hernández-Cruz, Daniel; Hargis, Craig W.; Bae, Sungchul; Itty, Pierre A.; Meral, Cagla; Dominowski, Jolee; Radler, Michael J.; Kilcoyne, David A.; Monteiro, Paulo J. M.

    2014-04-01

    Together with a series of mechanical tests, the interactions and potential bonding between polymeric fibers and cementitious materials were studied using scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM) and microtomography (lCT). Experimental results showed that these techniques have great potential to characterize the polymer fiber-hydrated cement-paste matrix interface, as well as differentiating the chemistry of the two components of a bi-polymer (hybrid) fiber the polypropylene core and the ethylene acrylic acid copolymer sheath. Similarly, chemical interactions between the hybrid fiber and the cement hydration products were observed, indicating the chemical bonding between the sheath and the hardened cement paste matrix. Microtomography allowed visualization of the performance of the samples, and the distribution and orientation of the two types of fiber in mortar. Beam flexure tests confirmed improved tensile strength of mixes containing hybrid fibers, and expansion bar tests showed similar reductions in expansion for the polypropylene and hybrid fiber mortar bars.

  12. Synthesis, characterization and magnetic properties of Fe3O4 doped chitosan polymer

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    Karaca, E.; Şatır, M.; Kazan, S.; Açıkgöz, M.; Öztürk, E.; Gürdağ, G.; Ulutaş, D.

    2015-01-01

    Fe3O4 nanoparticles doped into chitosan films were prepared by the solution casting technique. Various samples were synthesized in atmospheric medium and in vacuum. The morphological properties of the samples were characterized by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The structural, magnetic, and microwave absorption properties of magnetic chitosan films have been carried out using the Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) and Ferromagnetic Resonance (FMR). It is shown that the composite polymer behaves like a superparamagnetic material with high blocking temperature. The effective magnetization shows gradual increments with the concentration of dopant Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The microwave absorption characteristic of superparamagnetic composite polymer shows low reflection loss.

  13. Flame retardant brominated styrene-based polymers. VI. Synthesis and characterization of dibromostyrene graft latices

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    Favstritsky, N.A.; Wang, J.L.

    1995-12-01

    Nine dibromostyrene-grafted commercial lattices were prepared in 8 oz bottles by an emulsion polymerization technique. Proper selection of lattices used in conjunction with the dibromostyrene monomer enables production of flame retardant latex products useful in a wide range of coating applications. The prime factor to be considered in the choice of a latex or a latex mixture to be grafted is the glass transition temperature(s) of the polymer(s) in the final latex desired. Lattices chosen for grafting are commercial lattices, such as Rhoplex HA-24 and HA-8, Hystretch V-29, Airflex 465, 4500, 4514 and 4530, Pliolite SBR latex and polybutadiene latex. The graft latex was characterized in terms of glass transition temperature, solids content, bromine content, grafted dibromostyrene and flame retardancy.

  14. Novel polymer anchored Cr(III) Schiff base complexes: Synthesis, characterization and antimicrobial properties

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    Selvi, Canan; Nartop, Dilek

    2012-09-01

    New polymer-bound Schiff bases and Cr(III) complexes have been synthesized by the reaction of 4-benzyloxybenzaldehyde, polymer-bound with 2-aminophenol, 2-amino-4-chlorophenol and 2-amino-4-methylphenol. The structure of polymeric-Schiff bases and their Cr(III) complexes have been characterized by elemental analyses, magnetic measurements, IR, UV-Vis, TG-DTA and 1H-NMR. All these compounds have also been investigated for antibacterial activity by the well-diffusion method against Staphylococcus aureus (RSKK-07035), Shigella dysenteria type 10 (RSKK 1036), Listeria monocytogenes 4b(ATCC 19115, Escherichia coli (ATCC 1230), Salmonella typhi H (NCTC 901.8394), Staphylococcus epidermis (ATCC 12228), Brucella abortus (RSKK-03026), Micrococcs luteus (ATCC 93419, Bacillus cereus sp., Pseudomonas putida sp. and for antifungal activity against Candida albicans (Y-1200-NIH).

  15. Novel polymer anchored Cr(III) Schiff base complexes: synthesis, characterization and antimicrobial properties.

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    Selvi, Canan; Nartop, Dilek

    2012-09-01

    New polymer-bound Schiff bases and Cr(III) complexes have been synthesized by the reaction of 4-benzyloxybenzaldehyde, polymer-bound with 2-aminophenol, 2-amino-4-chlorophenol and 2-amino-4-methylphenol. The structure of polymeric-Schiff bases and their Cr(III) complexes have been characterized by elemental analyses, magnetic measurements, IR, UV-Vis, TG-DTA and (1)H-NMR. All these compounds have also been investigated for antibacterial activity by the well-diffusion method against Staphylococcus aureus (RSKK-07035), Shigella dysenteria type 10 (RSKK 1036), Listeria monocytogenes 4b(ATCC 19115, Escherichia coli (ATCC 1230), Salmonella typhi H (NCTC 901.8394), Staphylococcus epidermis (ATCC 12228), Brucella abortus (RSKK-03026), Micrococcs luteus (ATCC 93419, Bacillus cereus sp., Pseudomonas putida sp. and for antifungal activity against Candida albicans (Y-1200-NIH). PMID:22622060

  16. Characterization of polymers after a surface treatment at low excimer laser fluences

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    Laurens, Patricia; Ould Bouali, M.; Petit, S.; Sadras, Benedicte

    2000-02-01

    The modifications induced by an excimer laser irradiation at 193 nm or 248 nm on organic surfaces, below their ablation threshold, were investigated for different kinds of polymers such as: PEEK (Polyether Etherketone), PC (Polycarbonate), PET (Polyethylene terephtalate). Treatments were carried under argon or air at different laser fluences. Treated surfaces were characterized by XPS (X-rays Photoelectron Spectroscopy) and surface wettability measurements. For, all the studied polymers, the results shows that the surface modifications first depended on the laser wavelength. Surface oxidation occurred at 193 nm, leading to the formation of polar groups (carbonyls, carboxyls, hydroxyls) and inducing an increase of the surface energy. Treatments at 248 nm never induced any oxygen enrichment of the surface. This is due to the loss of oxygen by CO or CO2 desorption at this wavelength.

  17. Synthesis and characterization of an energetic compound Cu(Mtta)2(NO3)2 and effect on thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate.

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    Yang, Qi; Chen, Sanping; Xie, Gang; Gao, Shengli

    2011-12-15

    An energetic coordination compound Cu(Mtta)(2)(NO(3))(2) has been synthesized by using 1-methyltetrazole (Mtta) as ligand and its structure has been characterized by X-ray single crystal diffraction. The central copper (II) cation was coordinated by four O atoms from two Mtta ligands and two N atoms from two NO(3)(-) anions to form a six-coordinated and distorted octahedral structure. 2D superamolecular layer structure was formed by the extensive intermolecular hydrogen bonds between Mtta ligands and NO(3)(-) anions. Thermal decomposition process of the compound was predicted based on DSC and TG-DTG analyses results. The kinetic parameters of the first exothermic process of the compound were studied by the Kissinger's and Ozawa-Doyle's methods. Sensitivity tests revealed that the compound was insensitive to mechanical stimuli. In addition, compound was explored as additive to promote the thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate (AP) by differential scanning calorimetry.

  18. An NDE approach for characterizing quality problems in polymer matrix composites

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    Roth, Don J.; Baaklini, George Y.; Sutter, James K.; Bodis, James R.; Leonhardt, Todd A.; Crane, Elizabeth A.

    1994-01-01

    Polymer matrix composite (PMC) materials are periodically identified appearing optically uniform but containing a higher than normal level of global nonuniformity as indicated from preliminary ultrasonic scanning. One such panel was thoroughly examined by nondestructive (NDE) and destructive methods to quantitatively characterize the nonuniformity. The NDE analysis of the panel was complicated by the fact that the panel was not uniformly thick. Mapping of ultrasonic velocity across a region of the panel in conjunction with an error analysis was necessary to (1) characterize properly the porosity gradient that was discovered during destructive analyses and (2) account for the thickness variation effects. Based on this study, a plan for future NDE characterization of PMC's is presented to the PMC community.

  19. Characterizing the self-sensing performance of carbon nanotube-enhanced fiber-reinforced polymers

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    Loyola, Bryan R.; La Saponara, Valeria; Loh, Kenneth J.

    2010-04-01

    The increased usage of fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP) in recent decades has created a need to monitor the unique response of these materials to impact and fatigue damage. As most traditional nondestructive evaluation methods are illsuited to detecting damage in FRPs, new methods must be created without compromising the high strength-to-weight aspects of FRPs. This paper describes the characterization of carbon nanotube-polyelectrolyte thin films applied to glass fiber substrates as a means for in situ strain sensing in glass fiber-reinforced polymers (GFRP). The layer-by-layer deposition process employed is capable of depositing individual and small bundles of carbon nanotubes within a polyelectrolyte matrix and directly onto glass fiber matrices. Upon film fabrication, the nanocomposite-coated GFRP specimens are mounted in a load frame for characterizing their electromechanical performance. This preliminary results obtained from this study has shown that these thin films exhibit bilinear piezoresistivity. Time- and frequency-domain techniques are utilized to characterize the nanocomposite strain sensing response. An equivalent circuit is also derived from electrical impedance spectroscopic analysis of thin film specimens.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of nickel and zinc ferrite nanocatalysts for decomposition of CO2 greenhouse effect gas.

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    Lin, Kuen-Song; Adhikari, Abhijit Krishna; Wang, Chi-Yu; Hsu, Pei-Ju; Chan, Ho-Yang

    2013-04-01

    The decomposition of CO2 over oxygen deficient nickel ferrite nanoparticles (NFNs) and zinc ferrite nanoparticles (ZFNs) at 573 K was studied. The oxidation states with fine structure of Fe/Ni or Fe/Zn species were also measured in NFNs and ZFNs catalysts, respectively. Oxygen deficiency of catalysts was obtained by reduction in hydrogen. Decomposition of CO2 into carbon and oxygen has been carried out within few minutes when it comes into contact with oxygen deficient catalysts through incorporation of oxygen into ferrite nanoparticles. Oxygen and carbon rather than CO were produced in the decomposition process. The complete decomposition of CO2 was possible because of higher degree of oxygen deficiency andsurface-to-volume ratio of the catalysts. The pre-edge XANES spectra of Fe species in both catalysts exhibit an absorbance feature at 7114 eV for the 1s to 3d transition which is forbidden by the selection rule in case of perfect octahedral symmetry. The EXAFS data showed that the NFNs had two central Fe atoms coordinated by primarily Fe-O and Fe-Fe with bond distances of 1.871 and 3.051 angstroms, respectively. In case of ZFNs these values are 1.889 and 3.062 A, respectively. Methane gas was produced during the reactivation of NFNs by flowing hydrogen gas. Decomposition of CO2, moreover, recovery of valuable methane using heat energy of offgas produced from power generation plant or steel industry is an appealing alternative for energy recovery. PMID:23763127

  1. Preparation and characterization of MWCNT nanofiller incorporated polymer composite for lithium battery applications

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    Pradeepa, P.; Raj, S. Edwin; Selvakumar, K.; Sowmya, G.; Prabhu, M. Ramesh

    2015-06-24

    Poly (ethyl methacrylate) based polymer electrolyte films were prepared by solution casting technique incorporating multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) as filler and characterized using XRD and Ac impedance analysis. The electrical conductivity is increased with increasing filler concentration (upto 6wt %), which is attributed to the formation of charge transfer complexes. The maximum ionic conductivity value is found to be 1.171×10{sup −3} Scm{sup −1} at 303K for PEMA (19wt %) -LiClO{sub 4} (8wt %) -MWCNT (6wt %) -PC (67wt %) electrolyte system. The temperature dependent ionic conductivity plot seems to obey Vogel -Tamman-Fulcher relation.

  2. Synthesis, Characterization, and Long-Term Stability of Hollow Polymer Nanocapsules with Nanometer-Thin Walls

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    Dergunov, Sergey A.; Kesterson, Katrina; Li, Wei; Wang, Zhao

    2010-01-01

    Hollow polymer nanocapsules are produced by the polymerization within hydrophobic interior of lipid bilayers that act as temporary self-assembled scaffolds. Pore-forming templates are co-dissolved with monomers in the bilayers to create pores with controlled size and chemical environment. Polymerization was monitored with UV spectroscopy and dynamic light scattering. High resolution magic angle spinning NMR characterization provided detailed structural information about nanocapsules. Spherical shape was confirmed by electron microscopy. Medium-sized molecules can be entrapped within porous nanocapsules. No release of encapsulated molecules was observed within 240 days. PMID:21423872

  3. Decomposition techniques

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    Chao, T.T.; Sanzolone, R.F.

    1992-01-01

    Sample decomposition is a fundamental and integral step in the procedure of geochemical analysis. It is often the limiting factor to sample throughput, especially with the recent application of the fast and modern multi-element measurement instrumentation. The complexity of geological materials makes it necessary to choose the sample decomposition technique that is compatible with the specific objective of the analysis. When selecting a decomposition technique, consideration should be given to the chemical and mineralogical characteristics of the sample, elements to be determined, precision and accuracy requirements, sample throughput, technical capability of personnel, and time constraints. This paper addresses these concerns and discusses the attributes and limitations of many techniques of sample decomposition along with examples of their application to geochemical analysis. The chemical properties of reagents as to their function as decomposition agents are also reviewed. The section on acid dissolution techniques addresses the various inorganic acids that are used individually or in combination in both open and closed systems. Fluxes used in sample fusion are discussed. The promising microwave-oven technology and the emerging field of automation are also examined. A section on applications highlights the use of decomposition techniques for the determination of Au, platinum group elements (PGEs), Hg, U, hydride-forming elements, rare earth elements (REEs), and multi-elements in geological materials. Partial dissolution techniques used for geochemical exploration which have been treated in detail elsewhere are not discussed here; nor are fire-assaying for noble metals and decomposition techniques for X-ray fluorescence or nuclear methods be discussed. ?? 1992.

  4. Pure CuCr2O4 nanoparticles: Synthesis, characterization and their morphological and size effects on the catalytic thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate

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    Hosseini, Seyed Ghorban; Abazari, Reza; Gavi, Azam

    2014-11-01

    In the present paper a pure phase of the copper chromite spinel nanoparticles (CuCr2O4 SNPs) were synthesized via the sol-gel route using citric acid as a complexing agent. Then, the CuCr2O4 SNPs has been characterized by field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). In the next step, with the addition of Cu-Cr-O nanoparticles (NPs), the effects of different parameters such as Cu-Cr-O particle size and the Cu/Cr molar ratios on the thermal behavior of Cu-Cr-O NPs + AP (ammonium perchlorate) mixtures were investigated. As such, the catalytic effect of the Cu-Cr-O NPs for thermal decomposition of AP was evaluated by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). TGA/DSC results showed that the samples with different morphologies exhibited different catalytic activity in different stages of thermal decomposition of AP. Also, in the presence of Cu-Cr-O nanocatalysts, all of the exothermic peaks of AP shifted to a lower temperature, indicating the thermal decomposition of AP was enhanced. Moreover, the heat released (ΔH) in the presence of Cu-Cr-O nanocatalysts was increased to 1490 J g-1.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of MAA-based molecularly-imprinted polymer (MIP) with D-glucose template

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    Yanti; Nurhayati, T.; Royani, I.; Widayani; Khairurrijal

    2016-08-01

    In this study, molecularly-imprinted polymer (MIP) was prepared by using a D-glucose template and a methacrylic acid (MAA) functional monomer. The obtained MIP was characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy techniques to study the template imprinting results. For comparison, similar characterizations were also carried out for the respective non imprinted polymer (NIP). It was found that the polymer has semicrystalline structure, with crystallinity degree of the unleached- polymer, the NIP, and the MIP is 62.40%, 62.97%, and 63.47%, respectively. XRD patterns showed that the intensity peaks increases as D-glucose content decreases. The FTIR spectra of the MIP indicate the detail interaction of template and functional monomer.

  6. On the mechanical characterization and modeling of polymer gel brain substitute under dynamic rotational loading.

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    Fontenier, B; Hault-Dubrulle, A; Drazetic, P; Fontaine, C; Naceur, H

    2016-10-01

    The use of highly sensitive soft materials has become increasingly apparent in the last few years in numerous industrial fields, due to their viscous and damping nature. Unfortunately these materials remain difficult to characterize using conventional techniques, mainly because of the very low internal forces supported by these materials especially under high strain-rates of deformation. The aim of this work is to investigate the dynamic response of a polymer gel brain analog material under specific rotational-impact experiments. The selected polymer gel commercially known as Sylgard 527 has been studied using a specific procedure for its experimental characterization and numerical modeling. At first an indentation experiment was conducted at several loading rates to study the strain rate sensitivity of the Sylgard 527 gel. During the unloading several relaxation tests were performed after indentation, to assess the viscous behavior of the material. A specific numerical procedure based on moving least square approximation and response surface method was then performed to determine adequate robust material parameters of the Sylgard 527 gel. A sensitivity analysis was assessed to confirm the robustness of the obtained material parameters. For the validation of the obtained material model, a second experiment was conducted using a dynamic rotational loading apparatus. It consists of a metallic cylindrical cup filled with the polymer gel and subjected to an eccentric transient rotational impact. Complete kinematics of the cup and the large strains induced in the Sylgard 527 gel, have been recorded at several patterns by means of optical measurement. The whole apparatus was modeled by the Finite Element Method using explicit dynamic time integration available within Ls-dyna(®) software. Comparison between the physical and the numerical models of the Sylgard 527 gel behavior under rotational choc shows excellent agreements. PMID:27341290

  7. Viscoelastic characterization of thin-film polymers exposed to low Earth orbit

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    Letton, Alan; Farrow, Allan; Strganac, Thomas

    1993-01-01

    The materials made available through the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) satellite provide a set of specimens that can be well characterized and have a known exposure history with reference to atomic oxygen and ultraviolet radiation exposure. Mechanical characteristics measured from control samples and exposed samples provide a data base for predicting the behavior of polymers in low earth orbit. Samples of 1.0 mil thick low density polyethylene were exposed to the low earth orbit environment for a period of six years. These materials were not directly exposed to ram atomic oxygen and offer a unique opportunity for measuring the effect of atomic oxygen and UV radiation on mechanical properties with little concern to the effect of erosion. The viscoelastic characteristics of these materials were measured and compared to the viscoelastic characteristics of control samples. To aid in differentiating the effects of changes in crystallinity resulting from thermal cycling, from the effects of changes in chemical structure resulting from atomic oxygen/UV attack to the polymer, a second set of control specimens, annealed to increase crystallinity, were measured as well. The resulting characterization of these materials will offer insight into the impact of atomic oxygen/UV on the mechanical properties of polymeric materials. The viscoelastic properties measured for the control, annealed, and exposed specimens were the storage and loss modulus as a function of frequency and temperature. From these datum is calculated the viscoelastic master curve derived using the principle of time/temperature superposition. Using the master curve, the relaxation modulus is calculated using the method of Ninomiya and Ferry. The viscoelastic master curve and the stress relaxation modulus provide a direct measure of the changes in the chemical or morphological structure. In addition, the effect of these changes on long-term and short-term mechanical properties is known directly. It

  8. On the mechanical characterization and modeling of polymer gel brain substitute under dynamic rotational loading.

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    Fontenier, B; Hault-Dubrulle, A; Drazetic, P; Fontaine, C; Naceur, H

    2016-10-01

    The use of highly sensitive soft materials has become increasingly apparent in the last few years in numerous industrial fields, due to their viscous and damping nature. Unfortunately these materials remain difficult to characterize using conventional techniques, mainly because of the very low internal forces supported by these materials especially under high strain-rates of deformation. The aim of this work is to investigate the dynamic response of a polymer gel brain analog material under specific rotational-impact experiments. The selected polymer gel commercially known as Sylgard 527 has been studied using a specific procedure for its experimental characterization and numerical modeling. At first an indentation experiment was conducted at several loading rates to study the strain rate sensitivity of the Sylgard 527 gel. During the unloading several relaxation tests were performed after indentation, to assess the viscous behavior of the material. A specific numerical procedure based on moving least square approximation and response surface method was then performed to determine adequate robust material parameters of the Sylgard 527 gel. A sensitivity analysis was assessed to confirm the robustness of the obtained material parameters. For the validation of the obtained material model, a second experiment was conducted using a dynamic rotational loading apparatus. It consists of a metallic cylindrical cup filled with the polymer gel and subjected to an eccentric transient rotational impact. Complete kinematics of the cup and the large strains induced in the Sylgard 527 gel, have been recorded at several patterns by means of optical measurement. The whole apparatus was modeled by the Finite Element Method using explicit dynamic time integration available within Ls-dyna(®) software. Comparison between the physical and the numerical models of the Sylgard 527 gel behavior under rotational choc shows excellent agreements.

  9. Size control and characterization of wustite (core)/spinel (shell) nanocubes obtained by decomposition of iron oleate complex.

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    Hai, Hoang Tri; Yang, Hai Tao; Kura, Hiroaki; Hasegawa, Daiji; Ogata, Yasunobu; Takahashi, Migaku; Ogawa, Tomoyuki

    2010-06-01

    Monodisperse wustite (core)/spinel (shell) nanocubes with controllable size from 9 to 22 nm were synthesized by the decomposition of iron oleate complex at high temperature. The composition of the nanocubes was confirmed by X-ray diffraction and magnetic analysis, meanwhile the distributions of wustite and spinel phases within the nanocubes were directly observed by high resolution transmission electron microscopy using the dark-field image technique. The core/shell structure is quite unique, in which spinel phase is distributed not only preferentially on the surface, but also in the interior, while almost all of the wustite phase is located in the core of the nanocubes. The formation of wustite is inherent in the decomposition of the iron oleate complex, as indirectly inferred through the detection of a huge quantity of carbon monoxide generated from the reactor.

  10. Mueller matrix differential decomposition.

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    Ortega-Quijano, Noé; Arce-Diego, José Luis

    2011-05-15

    We present a Mueller matrix decomposition based on the differential formulation of the Mueller calculus. The differential Mueller matrix is obtained from the macroscopic matrix through an eigenanalysis. It is subsequently resolved into the complete set of 16 differential matrices that correspond to the basic types of optical behavior for depolarizing anisotropic media. The method is successfully applied to the polarimetric analysis of several samples. The differential parameters enable one to perform an exhaustive characterization of anisotropy and depolarization. This decomposition is particularly appropriate for studying media in which several polarization effects take place simultaneously. PMID:21593943

  11. The fabrication and characterization of a formaldehyde odor sensor using molecularly imprinted polymers.

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    Feng, Liang; Liu, Yongjun; Zhou, Xiaodong; Hu, Jiming

    2005-04-15

    The fabrication and characterization of odor sensors based on molecularly imprinted polymers is reported as the first case of imprinting formaldehyde. A quartz crystal microbalance is employed as a sensitive apparatus of a sensor for the determination of odor formaldehyde. An equation is deduced to characterize the interaction between molecularly imprinted films and the template. A linear relationship between the frequency shifts and the concentration of analyte in the range of 1.25 to 14.25 microM is found. The detection limit is about 20.5 microM. The sensor can selectively distinguish gaseous formaldehyde. It is envisaged that this novel and handy method could be employed to determine formaldehyde gas in the atmosphere.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of inorganic polymers from the alkali activation of an aluminosilicate

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    González, C. P.; Montaño, A. M.; González, A. K.; Ríos, C. A.

    2014-06-01

    This paper presents the results of the synthesis and characterization of inorganic polymers (IP) from aluminosilicates: bentonite (BT) and pumice (PP). The synthesis of IP, was carried out by two methods involving alkaline activation, at room temperature and 80 ± 5 °C, using as activating agent sodium silicate both commercial and analytical (Na2SiO3). Sodium hydroxide (NaOH) at 3 M, 7 M and 12 M was added. A lower degree of polymerization was obtained by using analytical precursors subjected to room temperature and 80 ± 5°C. Replacement of heating by the use of the commercial activating agent with greater alkalinity allows the formation of a 3D network. The materials were structurally characterized by FTIR spectroscopy with Attenuated Reflectance (ATR), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and X -ray diffraction (DRX).

  13. Synthesis, Experimental Characterization and Parametric Identification of Ionic-Polymer Metal Composite Bending Actuators

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    Zhu, Zicai; Li, Huibiao; Chen, Hualing; Zhou, Jinxiong

    2012-03-01

    Ionic polymer metal composite (IPMC) actuator is a sandwiched structure with a thin polyelectrolyte strip or membrane plated with metal electrodes on both sides. Under a low applied voltage the IPMC strip bends toward either electrode depending on its polarity, forming a soft actuator for potential diverse applications. We report in details our methodologies for synthesizing IPMC with high quality electrode morphologies. We describe our experimental setup for measuring the physical and mechanical properties of IPMC. In conjunction with the experimental characterization, we finally present a parameter identification scheme to identify two key parameters for establishing relationship between unbalanced charge density and the associated electrostatic eigenstress, a constitutive law widely used in IPMC literature. The experimental and simulation procedures presented herein pave the avenue for fabrication, characterization and development of novel IPMC-based sensors and actuators.

  14. Improving the Presage® polymer radiosensitivity for hot cell and glovebox 3D characterization.

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    Adamovics, John; Farfán, Eduardo B; Coleman, J Rusty

    2013-01-01

    RadBall is a novel, passive, radiation detection device that provides 3D mapping of radiation from areas where measurements have not been possible previously due to lack of access or extremely high radiation doses. This kind of technology is beneficial when decommissioning and decontamination of nuclear facilities occur. The key components of the RadBall technology include a tungsten outer shell that houses a radiosensitive PRESAGE polymer. The 1.0-cm-thick tungsten shell has a number of holes that allow photons to reach the polymer, thus generating radiation tracks that are analyzed to characterize the radiation sources within the contaminated area being considered. Facilities being mapped frequently have to be shut down to minimize radiation exposures to workers; therefore, reducing the mapping or characterization time is significant. The objective of this study was to reduce the RadBall deployment time by increasing the radiosensitivity of the PRESAGE formulation. The new formulation is four times more radiosensitive than the original formulation. Consequently, RadBall deployment times can be reduced fourfold, which is a considerable improvement.

  15. Improving the Presage® polymer radiosensitivity for hot cell and glovebox 3D characterization.

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    Adamovics, John; Farfán, Eduardo B; Coleman, J Rusty

    2013-01-01

    RadBall is a novel, passive, radiation detection device that provides 3D mapping of radiation from areas where measurements have not been possible previously due to lack of access or extremely high radiation doses. This kind of technology is beneficial when decommissioning and decontamination of nuclear facilities occur. The key components of the RadBall technology include a tungsten outer shell that houses a radiosensitive PRESAGE polymer. The 1.0-cm-thick tungsten shell has a number of holes that allow photons to reach the polymer, thus generating radiation tracks that are analyzed to characterize the radiation sources within the contaminated area being considered. Facilities being mapped frequently have to be shut down to minimize radiation exposures to workers; therefore, reducing the mapping or characterization time is significant. The objective of this study was to reduce the RadBall deployment time by increasing the radiosensitivity of the PRESAGE formulation. The new formulation is four times more radiosensitive than the original formulation. Consequently, RadBall deployment times can be reduced fourfold, which is a considerable improvement. PMID:23192088

  16. Syntheses and structural characterization of two new nanostructured Bi(III) supramolecular polymers via sonochemical method.

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    Yan, Xiao-Wei; Haji-Hasani, Ensieh; Morsali, Ali

    2016-07-01

    Two new bismuth(III) coordination supramolecular polymers, {[Bi2(Hbpp)(bpp)(μ-I)2I6](Hbpp)·MeOH}n (1) and [Bi(Hbpp)(Br4)] (2), (bpp=1,3-di(pyridin-4-yl)propane) were prepared and were structurally characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction. Single crystalline one-dimensional materials were prepared using a heat gradient applied a solution of the reagents using the branched tube method. The structural determination by single crystal X-ray crystallography shows that compounds 1 and 2 form monoclinic polymers with symmetry space group P21 in the solid state. These new nanostructured Bi(III) supramolecular compounds, {[Bi2(Hbpp)(bpp)(μ-I)2I6](Hbpp)·MeOH} (1) and [Bi(Hbpp)(Br4)] (2), were also synthesized by sonochemical method. The nanostructures were characterized by Field Emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) and IR spectroscopy. PMID:26964932

  17. Synthesis and characterization of polymer layers for control of fluid transport

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    Vatansever, Fehime

    The level of wetting of fiber surface with liquids is an important characteristic of fibrous materials. It is related to fiber surface energy and the structure of the material. Surface energy can be changed by surface modification via the grafting methodologies that have been reported for introducing new and stable functionality to fibrous substrates without changing bulk properties. Present work is dedicated to synthesis and characterization of macromolecular layers grafted to fiber surface in order to achieve directional liquid transport for the modified fabric. Modification technique used here is based on formation of stable polymer layer on fabric surface using "grafting to" technique. Specifically, modification of fabric with wettability gradient for facilitated one way-liquid transport, and pointed modification of yarn-based channels on textile microfluidic device for directional liquid transport are reported here. First, fabric was activated with alkali (NaOH) solution. Second, poly (glycidyl methacrylate) (PGMA) was deposited on fabric as an anchoring layer. Finally, polymers of interest were grafted to surface through the epoxy functionality of PGMA. Effect of polymer grafting on the wicking property of the fabric has been evaluated by vertical wicking technique at the each step of surface modification. The results shows that wicking performance of fabric can be altered by grafting of a thin nanoscale polymeric film. For the facilitated liquid transport, the gradient polymer coating was created using "grafting to" technique and its dependence on the grafting temperature. Wettability gradient from hydrophilic to hydrophobic (change in water contact angle from 0 to 140 degrees on fabric) was achieved by grafting of polystyrene (PS) and polyacrylic acid (PAA) sequentially with concentration gradient. This study proposes that fabric with wettability gradient property can be used to transfer sweat from skin and support moisture management when it is used in a

  18. Topology sorting and characterization of folded polymers using nano-pores

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    Nikoofard, Narges; Mashaghi, Alireza

    2016-02-01

    Here we report on the translocation of folded polymers through nano-pores using molecular dynamic simulations. Two cases are studied: one in which a folded molecule unfolds upon passage and one in which the folding remains intact as the molecule passes through the nano-pore. The topology of a folded polymer chain is defined as the arrangement of the intramolecular contacts, known as circuit topology. In the case where intramolecular contacts remain intact, we show that the dynamics of passage through a nano-pore varies for molecules with differing topologies: a phenomenon that can be exploited to enrich certain topologies in mixtures. We find that the nano-pore allows reading of the topology for short chains. Moreover, when the passage is coupled with unfolding, the nano-pore enables discrimination between pure states, i.e., states in which the majority of contacts are arranged identically. In this case, as we show here, it is also possible to read the positions of the contact sites along a chain. Our results demonstrate the applicability of nano-pore technology to characterize and sort molecules based on their topology.Here we report on the translocation of folded polymers through nano-pores using molecular dynamic simulations. Two cases are studied: one in which a folded molecule unfolds upon passage and one in which the folding remains intact as the molecule passes through the nano-pore. The topology of a folded polymer chain is defined as the arrangement of the intramolecular contacts, known as circuit topology. In the case where intramolecular contacts remain intact, we show that the dynamics of passage through a nano-pore varies for molecules with differing topologies: a phenomenon that can be exploited to enrich certain topologies in mixtures. We find that the nano-pore allows reading of the topology for short chains. Moreover, when the passage is coupled with unfolding, the nano-pore enables discrimination between pure states, i.e., states in which the

  19. Woodland Decomposition.

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    Napier, J.

    1988-01-01

    Outlines the role of the main organisms involved in woodland decomposition and discusses some of the variables affecting the rate of nutrient cycling. Suggests practical work that may be of value to high school students either as standard practice or long-term projects. (CW)

  20. Development of orodispersible polymer films with focus on the solid state characterization of crystalline loperamide.

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    Woertz, Christina; Kleinebudde, Peter

    2015-08-01

    The formulation of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) as orodispersible films is gaining interest among novel oral drug delivery systems due to their small size, enhanced flexibility and improved patient compliance. The aim of this work was the preparation and characterization of orodispersible films containing loperamide hydrochloride (LPH) as model drug. As loperamide hydrochloride is poorly soluble in water it was used in crystalline form with a loading of 2mg/6cm(2) film. Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) and different types of hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) in different concentrations were used as film forming polymers whereas arabic gum, xanthan gum and tragacanth served as thickening agents. Films were characterized with respect to the content uniformity, morphology, thermal behavior and crystallinity. Suspensions were investigated regarding their viscosity using a rotational rheometer and the crystal structure of the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) was analyzed using polarized light microscopy. The development of flexible, non-brittle and homogeneous films of LPH was feasible. Two polymorphic forms of LPH appeared in the film formulations dependent on the utilized polymer. While in presence of HPMC the original polymorphic form I remained stable in suspension and films, the polymorphic form II occurred in presence of HPC. Both polymorphic forms were prepared separately and a solid state characterization was performed. Polymorph I showed isometric crystals whereas polymorph II showed needle shaped crystals. Tragacanth was able to prevent the transformation to polymorph II, if it was dissolved first before HPC. When HPC was added first to the suspension, the conversion to form II occurred irreversibly also after further addition of tragacanth.

  1. Piezoelectric Polymers

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    Harrison, J. S.; Ounaies, Z.; Bushnell, Dennis M. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The purpose of this review is to detail the current theoretical understanding of the origin of piezoelectric and ferroelectric phenomena in polymers; to present the state-of-the-art in piezoelectric polymers and emerging material systems that exhibit promising properties; and to discuss key characterization methods, fundamental modeling approaches, and applications of piezoelectric polymers. Piezoelectric polymers have been known to exist for more than forty years, but in recent years they have gained notoriety as a valuable class of smart materials.

  2. [Surface characterization of urushiol-titanium chelate polymers by inverse gas chromatography].

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    Xu, Yanlian; Lin, Jinhuo; Xia, Jianrong; Hu, Binghuan

    2011-03-01

    Urushiol-titanium chelate polymer (UTP), the reaction product of urushiol with titanium compound, is a special eco-friendly polymer with excellent performances, such as strong acids-resistance, strong alkalis-resistance, salt solution-resistance and several organic solvent-resistance. Inverse gas chromatography (IGC) was used to measure the dispersive component of surface free energy (gamma(s)d) and the Lewis acid-base parameters of UTP in this work. The gamma(s)d and the acid/base characters of UTP' surfaces were estimated by the retention time with different non-polar and polar probes at infinite dilution region. n-Pentane (C5), n-hexane (C6), n-heptane (C7), n-octane (C8) and n-nonane (C9) were chosen as the non-polar probes to characterize the gamma(s)d. Trichloromethane (CHCl3), tetrahydrofuran (THF) and acetone were chosen as polar probes to detect the Lewis acid-base parameters. The specific free energy (deltaG(a)AB) and the enthalpy (deltaH(a)AB) of adsorption corresponding to acid-base surface interactions were determined. By correlating deltaH(a)AB with the donor and acceptor numbers of the probes, the acidic (K(a)) and the basic (K(b)) parameters of the samples were calculated. The results showed that the dispersive components of the free energy of UTP were 37.68, 33.53, 35.92, 24.01 and 31.32 mJ/m2 at 70, 80, 90, 100 and 110 degrees C, respectively. The Lewis acidic number K(a) of UTP was 0.185 3, and the Lewis basic number K(b) was 0.966 2. The results were of great importance to the study of the surface properties and the applications for urushiol-metal chelate polymers. PMID:21657056

  3. Experimental and theoretical characterization of implantable neural microelectrodes modified with conducting polymer nanotubes

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    Abidian, Mohammad Reza; Martin, David C.

    2009-01-01

    Neural prostheses transduce bioelectric signals to electronic signals at the interface between neural tissue and neural microelectrodes. A low impedance electrode-tissue interface is important for the quality of signal during recording as well as quantity of applied charge density during stimulation. However, neural microelectrode sites exhibit high impedance because of their small geometric surface area. Here we analyze nanostructured-conducting polymers that can be used to significantly decrease the impedance of microelectrode typically by about two orders of magnitude and increase the charge transfer capacity of microelectrodes by three orders of magnitude. In this study poly(pyrrole) (PPy) and poly(3, 4- ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) nanotubes were electrochemically polymerized on the surface of neural microelectrode sites (1250 μm2). An equivalent circuit model comprising a coating capacitance in parallel with a pore resistance and interface impedance in series was developed and fitted to experimental results to characterize the physical and electrical properties of the interface. To confirm that the fitting parameters correlate with physical quantities of interface, theoretical equations were used to calculate the parameter values thereby validating the proposed model. Finally, an apparent diffusion coefficient was calculated for PPy film (29.2 ± 1.1 cm2/s), PPy nanotubes (72.4 ± 3.3 cm2/s), PEDOT film (7.4 ± 2.1 cm2/s), and PEDOT nanotubes (13.0 ± 1.8 cm2/s). The apparent diffusion coefficient of conducting polymer nanotubes was larger than the corresponding conducting polymer films. PMID:18093644

  4. Fabrication and mechanical characterization of semi-free-standing (conjugated) polymer thin films.

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    Martín, Jaime; Muñoz, Miguel; Encinar, Mario; Calleja, Montserrat; Martín-González, Marisol

    2014-05-13

    Polymers undergo severe low-dimensionality effects when they are confined to ultrathin films since most of the structural and dynamical processes involving polymer molecules are correlated to length scales of the order of nanometers. However, the real influence of the size limitation over such processes is often hard to identify as it is masked by interfacial effects. We present the fabrication of a new type of nanostructure consisting of poly[[9-(1-octylnonyl)-9H-carbazole-2,7-diyl]-2,5-thiophenediyl-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole-4,7-diyl-2,5-thiophenediyl] (PCDTBT) thin film that is held up exclusively over tips of poly(ether-ether-ketone) (PEEK) nanopillars. The fabrication method exploits the nonwetting behavior of PCDTBT onto an ordered PEEK nanopillar array when the mobility of the PCDTBT molecules is enhanced by a solvent annealing process. We use this new configuration to characterize the mechanical behavior of free-standing thin film regions, thus in the absence of underlaying substrate, by means of an atomic force microscope (AFM) setup. First, we study how the finite thickness and/or the presence of the underlying substrate influences the mechanical modulus of the material in the linear elastic regime. Moreover, we analyze deep indentations up to the rupture of the thin film, which allow for the measurement of important mechanical features of the nanoconfined polymer, such as its yield strain, the rupture strain, the bending rigidity, etc., which are impossible to investigate in thin films deposited on substrates. PMID:24111564

  5. [Surface characterization of urushiol-titanium chelate polymers by inverse gas chromatography].

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    Xu, Yanlian; Lin, Jinhuo; Xia, Jianrong; Hu, Binghuan

    2011-03-01

    Urushiol-titanium chelate polymer (UTP), the reaction product of urushiol with titanium compound, is a special eco-friendly polymer with excellent performances, such as strong acids-resistance, strong alkalis-resistance, salt solution-resistance and several organic solvent-resistance. Inverse gas chromatography (IGC) was used to measure the dispersive component of surface free energy (gamma(s)d) and the Lewis acid-base parameters of UTP in this work. The gamma(s)d and the acid/base characters of UTP' surfaces were estimated by the retention time with different non-polar and polar probes at infinite dilution region. n-Pentane (C5), n-hexane (C6), n-heptane (C7), n-octane (C8) and n-nonane (C9) were chosen as the non-polar probes to characterize the gamma(s)d. Trichloromethane (CHCl3), tetrahydrofuran (THF) and acetone were chosen as polar probes to detect the Lewis acid-base parameters. The specific free energy (deltaG(a)AB) and the enthalpy (deltaH(a)AB) of adsorption corresponding to acid-base surface interactions were determined. By correlating deltaH(a)AB with the donor and acceptor numbers of the probes, the acidic (K(a)) and the basic (K(b)) parameters of the samples were calculated. The results showed that the dispersive components of the free energy of UTP were 37.68, 33.53, 35.92, 24.01 and 31.32 mJ/m2 at 70, 80, 90, 100 and 110 degrees C, respectively. The Lewis acidic number K(a) of UTP was 0.185 3, and the Lewis basic number K(b) was 0.966 2. The results were of great importance to the study of the surface properties and the applications for urushiol-metal chelate polymers.

  6. Fabrication and mechanical characterization of semi-free-standing (conjugated) polymer thin films.

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    Martín, Jaime; Muñoz, Miguel; Encinar, Mario; Calleja, Montserrat; Martín-González, Marisol

    2014-05-13

    Polymers undergo severe low-dimensionality effects when they are confined to ultrathin films since most of the structural and dynamical processes involving polymer molecules are correlated to length scales of the order of nanometers. However, the real influence of the size limitation over such processes is often hard to identify as it is masked by interfacial effects. We present the fabrication of a new type of nanostructure consisting of poly[[9-(1-octylnonyl)-9H-carbazole-2,7-diyl]-2,5-thiophenediyl-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole-4,7-diyl-2,5-thiophenediyl] (PCDTBT) thin film that is held up exclusively over tips of poly(ether-ether-ketone) (PEEK) nanopillars. The fabrication method exploits the nonwetting behavior of PCDTBT onto an ordered PEEK nanopillar array when the mobility of the PCDTBT molecules is enhanced by a solvent annealing process. We use this new configuration to characterize the mechanical behavior of free-standing thin film regions, thus in the absence of underlaying substrate, by means of an atomic force microscope (AFM) setup. First, we study how the finite thickness and/or the presence of the underlying substrate influences the mechanical modulus of the material in the linear elastic regime. Moreover, we analyze deep indentations up to the rupture of the thin film, which allow for the measurement of important mechanical features of the nanoconfined polymer, such as its yield strain, the rupture strain, the bending rigidity, etc., which are impossible to investigate in thin films deposited on substrates.

  7. Synthesis, characterization and optical properties of polymer-based ZnS nanocomposites.

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    Tiwari, A; Khan, S A; Kher, R S; Dhoble, S J; Chandel, A L S

    2016-03-01

    Nanostructured polymer-semiconductor hybrid materials such as ZnS-poly(vinyl alcohol) (ZnS-PVA), ZnS-starch and ZnS-hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (Zns-HPMC) are synthesized by a facile aqueous route. The obtained nanocomposites are characterized using various techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV/vis spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL). XRD studies confirm the zinc blende phase of the nanocomposites and indicate the high purity of the samples. SEM studies indicate small nanoparticles clinging to the surface of a bigger particle. The Energy Dispersive Analysis by X-rays (EDAX) spectrum reveals that the elemental composition of the nanocomposites consists primarily of Zn:S. FTIR studies indicate that the polymer matrix is closely associated with ZnS nanoparticles. The large number of hydroxyl groups in the polymer matrix facilitates the complexation of metal ions. The absorption spectra of the specimens show a blue shift in the absorption edge. The spectrum reveals an absorption edge at 320, 310 and 325 nm, respectively. PL of nanocomposites shows broad peaks in the violet-blue region (420-450 nm). The emission intensity changes with the nature of capping agent. The PL intensity of ZnS-HPMC nanocomposites is found to be highest among the studied nanocomposites. The results clearly indicate that hydroxyl-functionalized HPMC is much more effective at nucleating and stabilizing colloidal ZnS nanoparticles in aqueous suspensions compared with PVA and starch.

  8. Functionalization and characterization of pyrolyzed polymer based carbon microstructures for bionanoelectronics platforms

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    Hirabayashi, Mieko; Mehta, Beejal; Vahidi, Nasim W.; Khosla, Ajit; Kassegne, Sam

    2013-11-01

    In this study, the investigation of surface-treatment of chemically inert graphitic carbon microelectrodes (derived from pyrolyzed photoresist polymer) for improving their attachment chemistry with DNA molecular wires and ropes as part of a bionanoelectronics platform is reported. Polymer microelectrodes were fabricated on a silicon wafer using standard negative lithography procedures with negative-tone photoresist. These microelectrode structures were then pyrolyzed and converted to a form of conductive carbon that is referred to as PP (pyrolyzed polymer) carbon throughout this paper. Functionalization of the resulting pyrolyzed structures was done using nitric, sulfuric, 4-amino benzoic acids (4-ABA), and oxygen plasma etching and the surface modifications confirmed with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy, and electron dispersion x-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Post surface-treatment analysis of microelectrodes with FTIR and Raman spectroscopy showed signature peaks characteristics of carboxyl functional groups while EDS showed an increase in oxygen content in the surface-treatment procedures (except 4-ABA) indicating an increase in carboxyl functional group. These functional groups form the basis for peptide bond with aminated oligonucleotides that in turn could be used as molecular wires and interconnects in a bionanoelectronics platform. Post-pyrolysis analysis using EDS showed relatively higher oxygen concentrations at the edges and location of defects compared to other locations on these microelectrodes. In addition, electrochemical impedance measurements showed metal-like behavior of PP carbon with high conductivity (|Z| <1 KΩ) and no detectable detrimental effect of oxygen plasma surface-treatment on electrical characteristic. In general, characterization results—taken together—indicated that oxygen plasma surface-treatment produced more reliable, less damaging, and consistently repeatable generation of carboxyl functional

  9. Mechanical characterization and structural analysis of recycled fiber-reinforced-polymer resin-transfer-molded beams

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    Tan, Eugene Wie Loon

    1999-09-01

    The present investigation was focussed on the mechanical characterization and structural analysis of resin-transfer-molded beams containing recycled fiber-reinforced polymers. The beams were structurally reinforced with continuous unidirectional glass fibers. The reinforcing filler materials consisted entirely of recycled fiber-reinforced polymer wastes (trim and overspray). The principal resin was a 100-percent dicyclo-pentadiene unsaturated polyester specially formulated with very low viscosity for resin transfer molding. Variations of the resin transfer molding technique were employed to produce specimens for material characterization. The basic materials that constituted the structural beams, continuous-glass-fiber-reinforced, recycled-trim-filled and recycled-overspray-filled unsaturated polyesters, were fully characterized in axial and transverse compression and tension, and inplane and interlaminar shear, to ascertain their strengths, ultimate strains, elastic moduli and Poisson's ratios. Experimentally determined mechanical properties of the recycled-trim-filled and recycled-overspray-filled materials from the present investigation were superior to those of unsaturated polyester polymer concretes and Portland cement concretes. Mechanical testing and finite element analyses of flexure (1 x 1 x 20 in) and beam (2 x 4 x 40 in) specimens were conducted. These structurally-reinforced specimens were tested and analyzed in four-point, third-point flexure to determine their ultimate loads, maximum fiber stresses and mid-span deflections. The experimentally determined load capacities of these specimens were compared to those of equivalent steel-reinforced Portland cement concrete beams computed using reinforced concrete theory. Mechanics of materials beam theory was utilized to predict the ultimate loads and mid-span deflections of the flexure and beam specimens. However, these predictions proved to be severely inadequate. Finite element (fracture propagation

  10. New bithiophene-containing electroluminescent polymer: Synthesis, characterization, optical and electrical properties

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    Jaballah, Nejmeddine; Chemli, Mejed; Fave, Jean-Louis; Majdoub, Mustapha

    2015-12-01

    A semi-conducting polymer, P-DSBT, based on distyryl-bithiophene π-conjugated sequences has been synthesized and characterized. The macromolecular material was soluble in volatile solvents and showed a good film quality; it exhibited an amorphous morphology with relatively high glass transition temperature. The absorption and photoluminescence properties of the polymer were studied in solution and as thin solid film, which showed an optical gap of 2.6 eV. The HOMO/LUMO energy levels were evaluated by cyclic voltammetry measurements and indicate a p-type semi-conducting material. The electrical properties of P-DSBT were investigated by the current-tension characteristic and modeled by the current space-charge-limited (SCLC) mechanism; charge carrier mobility higher than 10-6 cm2 V-1 s-1 was evaluated. A yellow-green electroluminescence was evidenced in a multilayer organic light-emitting diode with an [ITO/PEDOT:PPS/P-DSBT/BCP/Al] configuration.

  11. Characterization of electroactive behavior and of progress in developments and applications of ionic polymer gels

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    Guelch, Rainer W.; Weible, Andrea; Wallmersperger, Thomas

    2002-07-01

    Polyelectrolyte gels are distinguished by enormous swelling capabilities under the influence of external physical or chemical stimuli. No other kind of material attains similar volume expansiveness. These properties make them most attractive candidates for a new generation of pseudomuscular actuators. In contrast to chemical stimulations which are able to trigger large in-toto deformations, weak electric fields can only induce considerable bending strains in ionic polymer gels when confined to direct electrical effects. This, of course, restricts their potential for technical applications. To characterize their chemo-mechanical and electrical behavior and the underlying physico-chemical processes, experimental and theoretical findings are presented. Measurements of basic mechanical and electrical parameters on polyelectrolyte gels allow quantification of their electroactive responses, especially with respect to the direct effects of external electric fields on the Donnan potential inside the gels. Model calculations on the basis of a coupled chemo-electro-mechanical multi- field formulation are in good agreement with the experimental results. Although the emphasis of this study is given to various anionic and cationic gels of the polyacrylamide family, a new class of hydrogels based on the biopolymer chitosan is included. These natural polymers have excellent properties such as biocompatibility, biodegradability, non-toxicity etc. making them predestinate to biomedical applications.

  12. A Polymer-Based Antibody-Vinca Drug Conjugate Platform: Characterization and Preclinical Efficacy.

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    Yurkovetskiy, Alexander V; Yin, Mao; Bodyak, Natalya; Stevenson, Cheri A; Thomas, Joshua D; Hammond, Charles E; Qin, LiuLiang; Zhu, Bangmin; Gumerov, Dmitry R; Ter-Ovanesyan, Elena; Uttard, Alex; Lowinger, Timothy B

    2015-08-15

    Antibody-drug conjugates (ADC) are an emerging drug class that uses antibodies to improve cytotoxic drug targeting for cancer treatment. ADCs in current clinical trials achieve a compromise between potency and physicochemical/pharmacokinetic properties by conjugating potent cytotoxins directly to an antibody at a 4:1 or less stoichiometric ratio. Herein, we report a novel, polyacetal polymer-based platform for creating ADC that use poly-1-hydroxymethylethylene hydroxymethyl-formal (PHF), also known as Fleximer. The high hydrophilicity and polyvalency properties of the Fleximer polymer can be used to produce ADC with high drug loading without compromising physicochemical and pharmacokinetic properties. Using trastuzumab and a vinca drug derivative to demonstrate the utility of this platform, a novel Fleximer-based ADC was prepared and characterized in vivo. The ADC prepared had a vinca-antibody ratio of 20:1. It exhibited a high antigen-binding affinity, an excellent pharmacokinetic profile and antigen-dependent efficacy, and tumor accumulation in multiple tumor xenograft models. Our findings illustrate the robust utility of the Fleximer platform as a highly differentiated alternative to the conjugation platforms used to create ADC currently in clinical development. PMID:26113086

  13. Thermosensitive polymer (N-isopropylacrylamide) coated nanomagnetic particles: preparation and characterization.

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    Shamim, N; Hong, L; Hidajat, K; Uddin, M S

    2007-03-15

    Thermosensitive polymer coated nanomagnetic adsorbents were synthesized by seed polymerization using surface modified nanomagnetic particles as the seeds. The Fe3O4 nanomagnetic particles were prepared by chemical precipitation of Fe2+ and Fe3+ salts in the ratio of 1:2 under alkaline and inert condition. The surface of these particles was modified by surfactants to achieve stability against agglomeration. These stable particles were then polymerized using N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM) as the main monomer, methylene-bis-acrylamide as the crosslinker and potassium per sulfate as the initiator. The thermosensitive adsorbents were characterized by using transmission electron micrography (TEM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). TEM showed that the particle remained discrete with a mean diameter of 12 nm. Magnetic measurements revealed that the particles are superparamagnetic only with a decrease of magnetism after binding with the polymer due to the increase in surface spin disorientation. Pure Fe3O4 spinel structure of these nanoparticles was indicated by the X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns. The polymerization of NIPAM with the surface modified nanomagnetic particles was confirmed by Fourier transform spectroscopy (FTIR), Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). In addition, the adsorption/desorption of BSA molecule on these thermosensitive nanoparticles was investigated as a function of temperature. More than 60% desorption efficiency was achieved under appropriate condition. PMID:17178452

  14. The viscoelastic characterization of polymer materials exposed to the low-Earth orbit environment

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    Strganac, Thomas; Letton, Alan

    1992-01-01

    Recent accomplishments in our research efforts have included the successful measurement of the thermal mechanical properties of polymer materials exposed to the low-earth orbit environment. In particular, viscoelastic properties were recorded using the Rheometrics Solids Analyzer (RSA 2). Dynamic moduli (E', the storage component of the elastic modulus, and E'', the loss component of the elastic modulus) were recorded over three decades of frequency (0.1 to 100 rad/sec) for temperatures ranging from -150 to 150 C. Although this temperature range extends beyond the typical use range of the materials, measurements in this region are necessary in the development of complete viscoelastic constitutive models. The experimental results were used to provide the stress relaxation and creep compliance performance characteristics through viscoelastic correspondence principles. Our results quantify the differences between exposed and control polymer specimens. The characterization is specifically designed to elucidate a constitutive model that accurately predicts the change in behavior of these materials due to exposure. The constitutive model for viscoelastic behavior reflects the level of strain, the rate of strain, and the history of strain as well as the thermal history of the material.

  15. [Preparation and characterization of core-shell structural magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers for nafcillin].

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    Chen, Langxing; Liu, Yuxing; He, Xiwen; Zhang, Yukui

    2015-05-01

    The uniform core-shell nanostructured magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) were synthesized using antibiotic nafcillin as a template. In this protocol, the magnetite nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by the solvothermal reaction firstly. Subsequently, the vinyl groups were grated onto silica-modified Fe3O4 surface by 3-methacryloyloxypropyltrimethoxysilane via sol-gel method. Finally, the nafcillin-MIPs film was formed on the surface of Fe3O4 @ SiO2 by the copolymerization of vinyl end group with functional monomer, methacrylic acid, cross-linking agent, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate, the initiator azo-bis-isobutyronitrile and template molecule. The morphological and magnetic characteristics of the MIPs were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and vibrating sample magnetometer. The obtained spherical magnetic MIPs with diameters of about 320 nm had good monodispersity. The static binding experiment was carried out to evaluate the properties of magnetic MIPs and non imprinted polymers (NIPs). The results demonstrated that the magnetic MIPs had high adsorption capacity to template and good selectivity. The imprinting factor and the maximum adsorption capacity of Fe3O4 @ MIPs to nafcillin were 2.46 and 50.7 mg/g, respectively. It is expected that the prepared magnetic MIPs could be used for the enrichment of nafcillin in complex samples. PMID:26387205

  16. Interdigitated silver-polymer-based antibacterial surface system activated by oligodynamic iontophoresis - an empirical characterization study.

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    Shirwaiker, Rohan A; Wysk, Richard A; Kariyawasam, Subhashinie; Voigt, Robert C; Carrion, Hector; Nembhard, Harriet Black

    2014-02-01

    There is a pressing need to control the occurrences of nosocomial infections due to their detrimental effects on patient well-being and the rising treatment costs. To prevent the contact transmission of such infections via health-critical surfaces, a prophylactic surface system that consists of an interdigitated array of oppositely charged silver electrodes with polymer separations and utilizes oligodynamic iontophoresis has been recently developed. This paper presents a systematic study that empirically characterizes the effects of the surface system parameters on its antibacterial efficacy, and validates the system's effectiveness. In the first part of the study, a fractional factorial design of experiments (DOE) was conducted to identify the statistically significant system parameters. The data were used to develop a first-order response surface model to predict the system's antibacterial efficacy based on the input parameters. In the second part of the study, the effectiveness of the surface system was validated by evaluating it against four bacterial species responsible for several nosocomial infections - Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterococcus faecalis - alongside non-antibacterial polymer (acrylic) control surfaces. The system demonstrated statistically significant efficacy against all four bacteria. The results indicate that given a constant total effective surface area, the system designed with micro-scale features (minimum feature width: 20 μm) and activated by 15 μA direct current will provide the most effective antibacterial prophylaxis.

  17. Topology sorting and characterization of folded polymers using nano-pores.

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    Nikoofard, Narges; Mashaghi, Alireza

    2016-02-28

    Here we report on the translocation of folded polymers through nano-pores using molecular dynamic simulations. Two cases are studied: one in which a folded molecule unfolds upon passage and one in which the folding remains intact as the molecule passes through the nano-pore. The topology of a folded polymer chain is defined as the arrangement of the intramolecular contacts, known as circuit topology. In the case where intramolecular contacts remain intact, we show that the dynamics of passage through a nano-pore varies for molecules with differing topologies: a phenomenon that can be exploited to enrich certain topologies in mixtures. We find that the nano-pore allows reading of the topology for short chains. Moreover, when the passage is coupled with unfolding, the nano-pore enables discrimination between pure states, i.e., states in which the majority of contacts are arranged identically. In this case, as we show here, it is also possible to read the positions of the contact sites along a chain. Our results demonstrate the applicability of nano-pore technology to characterize and sort molecules based on their topology.

  18. Rupture threshold characterization of polymer-shelled ultrasound contrast agents subjected to static overpressure

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    Chitnis, Parag V.; Lee, Paul; Mamou, Jonathan; Allen, John S.; Böhmer, Marcel; Ketterling, Jeffrey A.

    2011-04-01

    Polymer-shelled micro-bubbles are employed as ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs) and vesicles for targeted drug delivery. UCA-based delivery of the therapeutic payload relies on ultrasound-induced shell rupture. The fragility of two polymer-shelled UCAs manufactured by Point Biomedical or Philips Research was investigated by characterizing their response to static overpressure. The nominal diameters of Point and Philips UCAs were 3 μm and 2 μm, respectively. The UCAs were subjected to static overpressure in a glycerol-filled test chamber with a microscope-reticule lid. UCAs were reconstituted in 0.1 mL of water and added over the glycerol surface in contact with the reticule. A video-microscope imaged UCAs as glycerol was injected (5 mL/h) to vary the pressure from 2 to 180 kPa over 1 h. Neither UCA population responded to overpressure until the rupture threshold was exceeded, which resulted in abrupt destruction. The rupture data for both UCAs indicated three subclasses that exhibited different rupture behavior, although their mean diameters were not statistically different. The rupture pressures provided a measure of UCA fragility; the Philips UCAs were more resilient than Point UCAs. Results were compared to theoretical models of spherical shells under compression. Observed variations in rupture pressures are attributed to shell imperfections. These results may provide means to optimize polymeric UCAs for drug delivery and elucidate associated mechanisms.

  19. Fabrication and characterization of disordered polymer optical fibers for transverse Anderson localization of light.

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    Karbasi, Salman; Frazier, Ryan J; Mirr, Craig R; Koch, Karl W; Mafi, Arash

    2013-07-29

    We develop and characterize a disordered polymer optical fiber that uses transverse Anderson localization as a novel waveguiding mechanism. The developed polymer optical fiber is composed of 80,000 strands of poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and polystyrene (PS) that are randomly mixed and drawn into a square cross section optical fiber with a side width of 250 μm. Initially, each strand is 200 μm in diameter and 8-inches long. During the mixing process of the original fiber strands, the fibers cross over each other; however, a large draw ratio guarantees that the refractive index profile is invariant along the length of the fiber for several tens of centimeters. The large refractive index difference of 0.1 between the disordered sites results in a small localized beam radius that is comparable to the beam radius of conventional optical fibers. The input light is launched from a standard single mode optical fiber using the butt-coupling method and the near-field output beam from the disordered fiber is imaged using a 40X objective and a CCD camera. The output beam diameter agrees well with the expected results from the numerical simulations. The disordered optical fiber presented in this work is the first device-level implementation of 2D Anderson localization, and can potentially be used for image transport and short-haul optical communication systems.

  20. Nonlinear viscoelastic characterization of polymer materials using a dynamic-mechanical methodology

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    Strganac, Thomas W.; Payne, Debbie Flowers; Biskup, Bruce A.; Letton, Alan

    1995-01-01

    Polymer materials retrieved from LDEF exhibit nonlinear constitutive behavior; thus the authors present a method to characterize nonlinear viscoelastic behavior using measurements from dynamic (oscillatory) mechanical tests. Frequency-derived measurements are transformed into time-domain properties providing the capability to predict long term material performance without a lengthy experimentation program. Results are presented for thin-film high-performance polymer materials used in the fabrication of high-altitude scientific balloons. Predictions based upon a linear test and analysis approach are shown to deteriorate for moderate to high stress levels expected for extended applications. Tests verify that nonlinear viscoelastic response is induced by large stresses. Hence, an approach is developed in which the stress-dependent behavior is examined in a manner analogous to modeling temperature-dependent behavior with time-temperature correspondence and superposition principles. The development leads to time-stress correspondence and superposition of measurements obtained through dynamic mechanical tests. Predictions of material behavior using measurements based upon linear and nonlinear approaches are compared with experimental results obtained from traditional creep tests. Excellent agreement is shown for the nonlinear model.

  1. Preparation and characterization of functional material based on hybrid polymer composites

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    Agusu, La; Amiruddin; Taswito, Chen Chen; Herdianto; Zamrun, Muh.

    2016-08-01

    The microstructures and properties of hybrid polymer composites based on polyaniline (PANi)/γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles/TiO2/carbon have been investigated for multifunctional applications such as heavy metal removal and initial study for radar absorbing material application. γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles with spherical shape were synthetized by a coprecipitation method from iron sand. By activating the polyethylene glycol (PEG-400) coated carbon of coconut shell, the homogenous shape and size of carbon was achieved. Then, γ- Fe2O3, TiO2, and carbon were mixed with PANi by an in situ polymerization method at low temperature 0-5 oC. Characterization process involved XRD, SEM, FTIR, VSM, and DC conductivity measurements. For radar absorber application, the functionalized polymer composites showed good electrical conductivity 0.45 S/cm to absorb the incoming electromagnetic energy. An efficient and effective reduction of Pb2+ ion from the water has been achieved by using this material.

  2. Characterization of steel fiber and/or polymer concrete mixes and applications to slender rectangular and I-beams

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    Ahmed, Ashraf Ibrahim

    This dissertation presents results from experimental studies related to polymer modified concrete, steel fiber reinforced concrete, and steel fiber/polymer modified concrete. As a first stage of this research, the properties of different concrete mixes were characterized. These mixes were: plain concrete, steel fiber concrete with fiber volume fraction of 1%, polymer modified concrete with 1% to 7.5% solids of polymer, and steel fiber/polymer modified concrete with 1% to 7.5% polymer solids and I% steel fiber fraction. Concrete cylinders and 4 x 4 inches beams were tested under compressive, tensile, flexural, and bar pull-out loadings. In the second phase of this research, slender beams with a depth to width ratio of three were tested under four point loading for shear and flexure. Half I-beams, with gross aspect ratio of four and web aspect ratio of three were tested under the combined loading of bending, shear, and torsion. Lateral eccentric loads were applied transversely in the shallow direction to the 3 x 9 inches beams and the half I-beams. Dog bone shaped reinforced and un-reinforced specimens with 3 x 3 inches square sections were tested under pure torsional loading. The addition of 1% steel fibers alone or with 5% solids of polymers to concrete mixes improved their toughness and ductility. The contribution of steel fibers to bending, shear, and torsion in slender and half I-beams is presented. The ACI code methods for calculating the torsional, shear, and flexural resistance of beams are compared to the experimental results. Post crack analysis performed on the slender beams and half I-beams indicated that the tested specimens could carry 70% of the maximum applied loads after initial concrete cracking and failure. The reduction in the tensile stresses of stirrups and longitudinal reinforcing bars, due to the steel fibers and polymer, are presented. Fibers and polymers increase bending and toughness in concrete.

  3. Characterization and modeling of piezo-resistive properties of carbon nanotube-based conductive polymer composites

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    Pham, Giang Truong

    Electrically conductive polymers (ECPs), offering capabilities such as electrostatic discharge protection and electromagnetic interference shielding, have been the subject of intensive research and development both in academia and industry. The emergence of new conductive nano-fillers in recent decades, particularly carbon nanotubes (CNTs), further fuels more enthusiasm. Thanks to CNTs' excellent mechanical, thermal, and electrical/electronic properties, CNT-filled polymers possess not only conductive properties, but a range of other properties desirable for multi-functional and high performance applications. In order to fully exploit the benefits of CNT-based conductive polymers (CNT-ECPs), researchers have conducted diverse studies primarily to characterize the electrical conductivity of the composites. A crucial area that is less studied is the piezoresistive behaviors of CNT-ECPs, that is, the change in material conductive properties due to an applied stress or strain. Given broad usage of ECPs, it would be reasonable to assume that ECP products commonly operate under certain stress or strain conditions. For instance, an electrostatic discharge (ESD)-protected conductive coating for spacecraft would be affected by strain induced by mechanical or aerodynamic loads. A more systematic understanding of the materials' piezoresistivity, therefore, is instrumental in ensuring satisfactory conductive performance of those material applications. Additionally, knowledge of conductive characteristics of the CNT-ECPs against stress/strain can open the door to newer material applications, e.g., strain gage or multifunctional conductive coating with strain-sensing capability. This research aims to achieve a more fundamental understanding of the mechanism of piezoresistive property of CNT-ECPs, and to develop a model that permits quantifying the structure-property relationships of CNT-ECPs' piezoresistivity. In this research, expanded experimental studies with various

  4. Optimization of a planar all-polymer transistor for characterization of barrier tissue.

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    Ramuz, Marc; Margita, Kaleigh; Hama, Adel; Leleux, Pierre; Rivnay, Jonathan; Bazin, Ingrid; Owens, Róisín M

    2015-04-27

    The organic electrochemical transistor (OECT) is a unique device that shows great promise for sensing in biomedical applications such as monitoring of the integrity of epithelial tissue. It is a label-free sensor that is amenable to low-cost production by roll-to-roll or other printing technologies. Herein, the optimization of a planar OECT for the characterization of barrier tissue is presented. Evaluation of surface coating, gate biocompatibility and performance, and optimization of the geometry of the transistor are highlighted. The conducting polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate), which is used as the active material in the transistor, has the added advantage of allowing significant light transmission compared to traditional electrode materials and thus permits high-quality optical microscopy. The combination of optical and electronic monitoring of cells shown herein provides the opportunity to couple two very complementary techniques to yield a low-cost method for in vitro cell sensing.

  5. Solid state NMR and IR characterization of wood polymer structure in relation to tree provenance.

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    Santoni, Ilaria; Callone, Emanuela; Sandak, Anna; Sandak, Jakub; Dirè, Sandra

    2015-03-01

    (13)C nuclear magnetic resonance and mid-infrared spectroscopies were used for characterizing changes in the chemical structure of wood polymers (cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin) in relation to the tree growth location. Samples of three provenances in Europe (Finland, Poland and Italy) were selected for studies. The requirement was to use untreated solid wood samples to minimize any manipulation to the nanostructure of native wood. The results confirm that the chemical and physical properties of samples belonging to the same wood species (Picea abies Karst.) differ due to the origin. Both FT-IR and dynamic NMR spectroscopies were able to correctly discriminate samples originating from three different provenances in Europe. Such methods might be very useful for both, research and understanding of wood microstructure and its variability due to the growth conditions. PMID:25498692

  6. Solid state NMR and IR characterization of wood polymer structure in relation to tree provenance.

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    Santoni, Ilaria; Callone, Emanuela; Sandak, Anna; Sandak, Jakub; Dirè, Sandra

    2015-03-01

    (13)C nuclear magnetic resonance and mid-infrared spectroscopies were used for characterizing changes in the chemical structure of wood polymers (cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin) in relation to the tree growth location. Samples of three provenances in Europe (Finland, Poland and Italy) were selected for studies. The requirement was to use untreated solid wood samples to minimize any manipulation to the nanostructure of native wood. The results confirm that the chemical and physical properties of samples belonging to the same wood species (Picea abies Karst.) differ due to the origin. Both FT-IR and dynamic NMR spectroscopies were able to correctly discriminate samples originating from three different provenances in Europe. Such methods might be very useful for both, research and understanding of wood microstructure and its variability due to the growth conditions.

  7. Fabrication and Characterization of Cylindrical Light Diffusers Comprised of Shape Memory Polymer

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    Small IV, W; Buckley, P R; Wilson, T S; Loge, J M; Maitland, K D; Maitland, D J

    2007-01-29

    We have developed a technique for constructing light diffusing devices comprised of a flexible shape memory polymer (SMP) cylindrical diffuser attached to the tip of an optical fiber. Devices were fabricated by casting an SMP rod over the cleaved tip of an optical fiber and media blasting the SMP rod to create a light diffusing surface. The axial and polar emission profiles and circumferential (azimuthal) uniformity were characterized for various blasting pressures, nozzle-to-sample distances, and nozzle translation speeds. The diffusers were generally strongly forward-directed and consistently withstood over 8 W of incident infrared laser light without suffering damage when immersed in water. These devices are suitable for various endoluminal and interstitial biomedical applications.

  8. Photopolymerisation and characterization of maleylatedcellulose-g-poly(acrylic acid) superabsorbent polymer.

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    Sawut, Amatjan; Yimit, Mamatjan; Sun, Wanfu; Nurulla, Ismayil

    2014-01-30

    A novel biodegradable superabsorbent polymer has been prepared from maleylated cotton stalk cellulose (MCSC) crosslinker and acrylic acid (AA) by ultraviolet (UV) photopolymerization in aqueous solution at room temperature, and irgacure 651 as a photoinitiator. The resulting superabsorbent was characterized by FT-IR, (1)H NMR, SEM and TGA. The effects of preparation conditions such as degree of substitution (DS), amount of maleylated cotton stalk cellulose, exposed time, photoinitiator amount and monomer concentration on the water absorbency and the monomer conversion in graft were evaluated. The swelling kinetics, salt-resistance, water retention capacity and biodegradability of the MCSC-g-PAA superabsorbent were investigated. It was found that, the obtained superabsorbent have good swelling degree that greatly affected by its composition and preparation conditions. Owing to its considerable good water retention capacity, being economical and environment-friendly, it might be useful for its application in agriculture field.

  9. Characterization of polymer silver pastes for screen printed flexible RFID antennas

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    Janeczek, Kamil; Jakubowska, Małgorzata; Futera, Konrad; MłoŻniak, Anna; Kozioł, GraŻyna; Araźna, Aneta

    Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems have become more and more popular in the last few years because of their wide application fields, such as supply chain management and logistics. To continue their development further investigations of new conductive materials for fabrication of RFID transponders' antennas are necessary to be carried out. These materials should provide high flexibility and good radiation performance of printed antennas. In this paper, two polymer silver pastes based on silver flakes were characterized with regard to manufacturing of flexible RFID antennas with screen printing technique. Foil and paper were used as a substrate materials. Surface profile of the printed antennas was measured using an optical profilometer and their resistance was measured with a four-point-probe method. Antenna flexibility was evaluated in cyclic bending tests and its performance with reflection coefficient measurements with the use of differential probe connected to a vector network analyzer. In addition, a maximum read distance of a fabricated RFID transponder was measured.

  10. Photopolymerisation and characterization of maleylatedcellulose-g-poly(acrylic acid) superabsorbent polymer.

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    Sawut, Amatjan; Yimit, Mamatjan; Sun, Wanfu; Nurulla, Ismayil

    2014-01-30

    A novel biodegradable superabsorbent polymer has been prepared from maleylated cotton stalk cellulose (MCSC) crosslinker and acrylic acid (AA) by ultraviolet (UV) photopolymerization in aqueous solution at room temperature, and irgacure 651 as a photoinitiator. The resulting superabsorbent was characterized by FT-IR, (1)H NMR, SEM and TGA. The effects of preparation conditions such as degree of substitution (DS), amount of maleylated cotton stalk cellulose, exposed time, photoinitiator amount and monomer concentration on the water absorbency and the monomer conversion in graft were evaluated. The swelling kinetics, salt-resistance, water retention capacity and biodegradability of the MCSC-g-PAA superabsorbent were investigated. It was found that, the obtained superabsorbent have good swelling degree that greatly affected by its composition and preparation conditions. Owing to its considerable good water retention capacity, being economical and environment-friendly, it might be useful for its application in agriculture field. PMID:24299769

  11. Improved electrochemical in-situ characterization of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell stacks

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    Hartung, I.; Kirsch, S.; Zihrul, P.; Müller, O.; von Unwerth, T.

    2016-03-01

    In-situ diagnostics for single polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells are well known and established. Comparable stack level techniques are urgently needed to enhance the understanding of degradation during real system operation, but have not yet reached a similar level of sophistication. We have therefore developed a new method for the quantification of the hydrogen crossover current in stacks, which in combination with a previously published technique now allows a clear quantitative characterization of the individual cells' membranes and electrodes. The limits of the reported methods are theoretically assessed and application is then demonstrated on automotive short stacks. The results prove to be highly reproducible and are validated for individual cells of the respective stacks by direct comparison with cyclic voltammetry results, showing good quantitative agreement for the hydrogen crossover current, the double layer capacitance and the electrochemically active surface area.

  12. Optimization of a planar all-polymer transistor for characterization of barrier tissue.

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    Ramuz, Marc; Margita, Kaleigh; Hama, Adel; Leleux, Pierre; Rivnay, Jonathan; Bazin, Ingrid; Owens, Róisín M

    2015-04-27

    The organic electrochemical transistor (OECT) is a unique device that shows great promise for sensing in biomedical applications such as monitoring of the integrity of epithelial tissue. It is a label-free sensor that is amenable to low-cost production by roll-to-roll or other printing technologies. Herein, the optimization of a planar OECT for the characterization of barrier tissue is presented. Evaluation of surface coating, gate biocompatibility and performance, and optimization of the geometry of the transistor are highlighted. The conducting polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate), which is used as the active material in the transistor, has the added advantage of allowing significant light transmission compared to traditional electrode materials and thus permits high-quality optical microscopy. The combination of optical and electronic monitoring of cells shown herein provides the opportunity to couple two very complementary techniques to yield a low-cost method for in vitro cell sensing. PMID:25752503

  13. Low-velocity impact damage characterization of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) using infrared thermography

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    Li, Yin; Zhang, Wei; Yang, Zheng-wei; Zhang, Jin-yu; Tao, Sheng-jie

    2016-05-01

    Carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) after low-velocity impact is detected using infrared thermography, and different damages in the impacted composites are analyzed in the thermal maps. The thermal conductivity under pulse stimulation, frictional heating and thermal conductivity under ultrasonic stimulation of CFRP containing low-velocity impact damage are simulated using numerical simulation method. Then, the specimens successively exposed to the low-velocity impact are respectively detected using the pulse infrared thermography and ultrasonic infrared thermography. Through the numerical simulation and experimental investigation, the results obtained show that the combination of the above two detection methods can greatly improve the capability for detecting and evaluating the impact damage in CFRP. Different damages correspond to different infrared thermal images. The delamination damage, matrix cracking and fiber breakage are characterized as the block-shape hot spot, line-shape hot spot,

  14. Polymer nanocomposite nanomechanical cantilever sensors: material characterization, device development and application in explosive vapour detection.

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    Seena, V; Fernandes, Avil; Pant, Prita; Mukherji, Soumyo; Rao, V Ramgopal

    2011-07-22

    This paper reports an optimized and highly sensitive piezoresistive SU-8 nanocomposite microcantilever sensor and its application for detection of explosives in vapour phase. The optimization has been in improving its electrical, mechanical and transduction characteristics. We have achieved a better dispersion of carbon black (CB) in the SU-8/CB nanocomposite piezoresistor and arrived at an optimal range of 8-9 vol% CB concentration by performing a systematic mechanical and electrical characterization of polymer nanocomposites. Mechanical characterization of SU-8/CB nanocomposite thin films was performed using the nanoindentation technique with an appropriate substrate effect analysis. Piezoresistive microcantilevers having an optimum carbon black concentration were fabricated using a design aimed at surface stress measurements with reduced fabrication process complexity. The optimal range of 8-9 vol% CB concentration has resulted in an improved sensitivity, low device variability and low noise level. The resonant frequency and spring constant of the microcantilever were found to be 22 kHz and 0.4 N m(-1) respectively. The devices exhibited a surface stress sensitivity of 7.6 ppm (mN m(-1))(-1) and the noise characterization results support their suitability for biochemical sensing applications. This paper also reports the ability of the sensor in detecting TNT vapour concentration down to less than six parts per billion with a sensitivity of 1 mV/ppb. PMID:21673380

  15. SAXS Combined with UV-vis Spectroscopy and QELS: Accurate Characterization of Silver Sols Synthesized in Polymer Matrices.

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    Bulavin, Leonid; Kutsevol, Nataliya; Chumachenko, Vasyl; Soloviov, Dmytro; Kuklin, Alexander; Marynin, Andrii

    2016-12-01

    The present work demonstrates a validation of small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) combining with ultra violet and visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy and quasi-elastic light scattering (QELS) analysis for characterization of silver sols synthesized in polymer matrices. Polymer matrix internal structure and polymer chemical nature actually controlled the sol size characteristics. It was shown that for precise analysis of nanoparticle size distribution these techniques should be used simultaneously. All applied methods were in good agreement for the characterization of size distribution of small particles (less than 60 nm) in the sols. Some deviations of the theoretical curves from the experimental ones were observed. The most probable cause is that nanoparticles were not entirely spherical in form. PMID:26815604

  16. Two-port transmission line technique for dielectric property characterization of polymer electrolyte membranes.

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    Lu, Zijie; Lanagan, Michael; Manias, Evangelos; Macdonald, Digby D

    2009-10-15

    Performance improvements of perfluorosulfonic acid membranes, such as Nafion and Flemion, underline a need for dielectric characterization of these materials toward a quantitative understanding of the dynamics of water molecules and protons within the membranes. In this Article, a two-port transmission line technique for measuring the complex permittivity spectra of polymeric electrolytes in the microwave region is described, and the algorithms for permittivity determination are presented. The technique is experimentally validated with liquid water and polytertrafluoroethylene film, whose dielectric properties are well-known. Further, the permittivity spectra of dry and hydrated Flemion SH150 membranes are measured and compared to those of Nafion 117. Two water relaxation modes are observed in the microwave region (0.045-26 GHz) at 25 degrees C. The higher-frequency process observed is identified as the cooperative relaxation of bulk-like water, whose amount was found to increase linearly with water content in the polymer. The lower-frequency process, characterized by longer relaxation times in the range of 20-70 ps, is attributed to water molecules that are loosely bound to sulfonate groups. The loosely bound water amount was found to increase with hydration level at low water content and levels off at higher water contents. Flemion SH150, which has an equivalent weight of 909 g/equiv, displays higher dielectric strengths for both of these water modes as compared to Nafion 117 (equivalent weight of 1100 g/equiv), which probably reflects the effect of equivalent weight on the polymers' hydrated structure, and in particular its effect on the extended ionic cluster domains.

  17. Production and analysis of thermal decomposition products from polymeric materials

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    Chatfield, D. A.; Einhorn, I. N.; Hileman, F. D.; Futrell, J. H.; Voorhees, K. J.

    1978-01-01

    A description is presented of a strategy for analyzing the combustion process and the degradation products which are formed. One of three primary objectives in the study of polymer degradation is related to the characterization of the material to be studied and the investigation of the thermal behavior of the material. Another objective is concerned with the definition of the nature of the decomposition process by identification and quantitation of the degradation products. The third objective involves the determination of the mechanism and kinetics of the decomposition process. The methods of sample degradation include pyrolysis, oxidative degradation, flaming combustion, and the use of large-scale combustion chambers. Methods of chemical separation and identification are considered, taking into account low-boiling volatiles, high-boiling volatiles, and ancillary techniques.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of ionomers as polymer electrolytes for energy conversion devices

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    Oh, Hyukkeun

    Single-ion conducting electrolytes present a unique alternative to traditional binary salt conductors used in lithium-ion batteries. Secondary lithium batteries are considered as one of the leading candidates to replace the combustible engines in automotive technology, however several roadblocks are present which prevent their widespread commercialization. Power density, energy density and safety properties must be improved in order to enable the current secondary lithium battery technology to compete with existing energy technologies. It has been shown theoretically that single-ion electrolytes can eliminate the salt concentration gradient and polarization loss in the cell that develops in a binary salt system, resulting in substantial improvements in materials utilization for high power and energy densities. While attempts to utilize single-ion conducting electrolytes in lithium-ion battery systems have been made, the low ionic conductivities prevented the successful operation of the battery cells in ambient conditions. This work focuses on designing single-ion conducting electrolytes with high ionic conductivities and electrochemical and mechanical stability which enables the stable charge-discharge performance of battery cells. Perfluorosulfonate ionomers are known to possess exceptionally high ionic conductivities due to the electron-withdrawing effect caused by the C-F bonds which stabilizes the negative charge of the anion, leading to a large number of free mobile cations. The effect of perfluorinated sulfonic acid side chains on transport properties of proton exchange membrane polymers was examinated via a comparison of three ionomers, having different side chain structures and a similar polymer backbone. The three different side chain structures were aryl-, pefluoro alkyl-, and alkyl-sulfonic acid groups, respectively. All ionomers were synthesized and characterized by 1H and 19F NMR. A novel ionomer synthesized with a pendant perfluorinated sulfonic acid

  19. An investigation of adhesive/adherend and fiber/matrix interactions. Part A: Surface characterization of titanium dioxide, titantium and titanium 6% Al to 4% V powders: Interaction with water, hydrogen chloride and polymers

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    Siriwardane, R. V.; Wightman, J. P.

    1982-01-01

    The titanium dioxide surface is discussed. Polymer adhesive are also discussed. Titanium powders are considered. Characterization techniques are also considered. Interactions with polymers, water vapor, and HCl are reported. Adsorbents are characterized.

  20. Hyperspectral imaging and characterization of live cells by broadband coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy with singular value decomposition (SVD) analysis.

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    Khmaladze, Alexander; Jasensky, Joshua; Price, Erika; Zhang, Chi; Boughton, Andrew; Han, Xiaofeng; Seeley, Emily; Liu, Xinran; Banaszak Holl, Mark M; Chen, Zhan

    2014-01-01

    Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy can be used as a powerful imaging technique to identify chemical compositions of complex samples in biology, biophysics, medicine, and materials science. In this work we developed a CARS microscopic system capable of hyperspectral imaging. By employing an ultrafast laser source, a photonic crystal fiber, and a scanning laser microscope together with spectral detection by a highly sensitive back-illuminated cooled charge-coupled device (CCD) camera, we were able to rapidly acquire and process hyperspectral images of live cells with chemical selectivity. We discuss various aspects of hyperspectral CARS image analysis and demonstrate the use of singular value decomposition methods to characterize the cellular lipid content. PMID:25198903

  1. Development and characterization of high refractive index and high scattering acrylate polymer layers

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    Eiselt, Thomas; Gomard, Guillaume; Preinfalk, Jan; Gleissner, Uwe; Lemmer, Uli; Hanemann, Thomas

    2016-04-01

    The aim is to develop a polymer layer which has the ability to diffuse light homogeneously and exhibit a high refractive index. The mixtures are containing an acrylate casting resin, benzylmethacrylate, phenanthrene and other additives. Phenanthrene is employed to increase the refractive index. The mixtures are first rheologically characterized and then polymerized with heat and UV radiation. For the refractive index measurements the polymerized samples require a planar surface without air bubbles. To produce flat samples a special construction consisting of a glass plate, a teflon sheet, a silicone ring (PDMS mold), another teflon sheet and another glass plate is developed. Glue clamps are used to fix this construction together. Selected samples have a refractive index of 1.585 at 20°C at a wavelength of 589nm. A master mixture with a high refractive index is taken for further experiments. Nano scaled titanium dioxide is added and dispersed into the master mixture and then spin coated on a glass substrate. These layers are optically characterized. The specular transmission and the overall transmission are measured to investigate the degree of scattering, which is defined as the haze. Most of the presented layers express the expected haze of over 50%.

  2. Characterization of Peptide Polymer Interactions in Poly(alkylcyanoacrylate) Nanoparticles: A Mass Spectrometric Approach.

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    Kafka, Alexandra P; Kleffmann, Torsten; Rades, Thomas; McDowell, Arlene

    2010-07-01

    Drug/polymer interactions occur during in situ polymerization of poly(alkylcyanoacrylate) (PACA) formulations. We have used MALDI ionization coupled tandem time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry as an accurate method to characterize covalent peptide/polymer interactions of PACA nanoparticles with the bioactives D-Lys6-GnRH, insulin, [Asn1-Val5]-angiotensin II, and fragments of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1 (1-3)) and human adrenocorticotropic hormone (h-ACTH, (18-39)) at the molecular level. Covalent interactions of peptide with alkylcyanoacrylate were identified for D-Lys6-GnRH, [Asn1-Val5]-angiotensin II and IGF-1 (1-3). D-Lys6-GnRH and [Asn1-Val5]-angiotensin II were modified at their histidine side chain within the peptide, whilst IGF-1 (1-3) was modified at the C-terminal glutamic acid residue. The more complex protein insulin was not modified despite the presence of 2 histidine residues. This might be explained by the engagement of histidine residues in the folding and sterical arrangement of insulin under polymerization conditions. As expected, h-ACTH (18-39) that does not contain histidine residues did not interfere in the polymerization process. Lowering the pH did not prevent the covalent association of PACA with D-Lys6-GnRH or IGF-1 (1-3). Conclusively, protein and peptide bioactives are potentially reactive towards alkylcyanoacrylate monomers via various mechanisms with limited interference of pH. Histidines and C-terminal glutamic acid residues have been identified as potential sites of interaction. The likelihood of their engagement in the polymerization process (initiators), however, seems dependent on their sterical availability. The reactivity of nucleophilic functional groups should always be considered and bioactives examined for their potential to covalently interfere with alkylcyanoacrylate monomers, especially when designing PACA delivery systems for protein and peptide biopharmaceuticals.

  3. Characterization of Peptide Polymer Interactions in Poly(alkylcyanoacrylate) Nanoparticles: A Mass Spectrometric Approach.

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    Kafka, Alexandra P; Kleffmann, Torsten; Rades, Thomas; McDowell, Arlene

    2010-02-17

    Drug/polymer interactions occur during in situ polymerization of poly(alkylcyanoacrylate) (PACA) formulations. We have used MALDI ionization coupled tandem time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry as an accurate method to characterize covalent peptide/polymer interactions of PACA nanoparticles with the bioactives D-Lys6-GnRH, insulin, [Asn1-Val5]-angiotensin II, and fragments of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1 (1-3)) and human adrenocorticotropic hormone (h-ACTH, (18-39)) at the molecular level. Covalent interactions of peptide with alkylcyanoacrylate were identified for D-Lys6-GnRH, [Asn1-Val5]-angiotensin II and IGF-1 (1-3). D-Lys6-GnRH and [Asn1-Val5]-angiotensin II were modified at their histidine side chain within the peptide, whilst IGF-1 (1-3) was modified at the C-terminal glutamic acid residue. The more complex protein insulin was not modified despite the presence of 2 histidine residues. This might be explained by the engagement of histidine residues in the folding and sterical arrangement of insulin under polymerization conditions. As expected, h-ACTH (18-39) that does not contain histidine residues did not interfere in the polymerisation process. Lowering the pH did not prevent the covalent association of PACA with D-Lys6-GnRH or IGF-1 (1-3). Conclusively, protein and peptide bioactives are potentially reactive towards alkylcyanoacrylate monomers via various mechanisms with limited interference of pH. Histidines and C-terminal glutamic acid residues have been identified as potential sites of interaction. The likelihood of their engagement in the polymerisation process (initiators), however, seems dependant on their sterical availability. The reactivity of nucleophilic functional groups should always be considered and bioactives examined for their potential to covalently interfere with alkylcyanoacrylate monomers, especially when designing PACA delivery systems for protein and peptide biopharmaceuticals.

  4. Development and characterization of polymers-metallic hot embossing process for manufacturing metallic micro-parts

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    Sahli, M.; Millot, C.; Gelin, J.-C.; Barrière, T.

    2011-01-01

    In the recent years, hot embossing process becomes a promising process for the replication of polymer micro-structures associated to its manufacturing capability related to a relatively low component cost. This rising demand has prompted the development of various micro-manufacturing techniques in an attempt to get micro-parts in large batch. The paper investigates the way to get metallic micro-parts through the hot embossing process. The micro-manufacturing process consists in three stages. In the first one, the different metallic feedstocks with 50 to 60% powder loading in volume have been prepared with adapted polymers/powders formulations. In a second stage, an elastomeric master has been used to obtain micro-parts on a plastic loaded substrate with developed mixture based on polypropylene, paraffin wax and stearic acid. Finally, a thermal debinding stage in nitrogen atmosphere followed by a solid state pre-sintering stage has been applied, in order to eliminate the pores between powder particles in the debinded components. Then the porous components are agglomerated by solid state diffusion after heating to a temperature slightly lower than the melting temperature related to the material used in the process, to form an homogenous structure when full densification is achieved. The advantages of this approach include: rapid manufacturing of injection tools with high-quality, easy demoulding of metallic parts from the elastomeric moulds and great flexibility related to the choices of material. The paper describes all the processing stages and the way to characterize the geometrical, physical and mechanical properties of the resulting micro-parts.

  5. Fundamental Vibration Frequency and Damping Estimation: A Comparison Using the Random Decrement Method, the Empirical Mode Decomposition, and the HV Spectral Ratio Method for Local Site Characterization

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    Huerta-Lopez, C. I.; Upegui Botero, F. M.; Pulliam, J.; Willemann, R. J.; Pasyanos, M.; Schmitz, M.; Rojas Mercedes, N.; Louie, J. N.; Moschetti, M. P.; Martinez-Cruzado, J. A.; Suárez, L.; Huerfano Moreno, V.; Polanco, E.

    2013-12-01

    Site characterization in civil engineering demands to know at least two of the dynamic properties of soil systems, which are: (i) dominant vibration frequency, and (ii) damping. As part of an effort to develop understanding of the principles of earthquake hazard analysis, particularly site characterization techniques using non invasive/non destructive seismic methods, a workshop (Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute: New Frontiers in Geophysical Research: Bringing New Tools and Techniques to Bear on Earthquake Hazard Analysis and Mitigation) was conducted during july 15-25, 2013 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic by the alliance of Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) and Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), jointly supported by Department of Energy (DOE) and National Science Foundation (NSF). Preliminary results of the site characterization in terms of fundamental vibration frequency and damping are here presented from data collected during the workshop. Three different methods were used in such estimations and later compared in order to identify the stability of estimations as well as the advantage or disadvantage among these methodologies. The used methods were the: (i) Random Decrement Method (RDM), to estimate fundamental vibration frequency and damping simultaneously; (ii) Empirical Mode Decomposition (EMD), to estimate the vibration modes, and (iii) Horizontal to Vertical Spectra ratio (HVSR), to estimate the fundamental vibration frequency. In all cases ambient vibration and induced vibration were used.

  6. Covalently functionalized noble metal nanoparticles for molecular imprinted polymer biosensors: Synthesis, characterization, and SERS detection

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    Volkert, Anna Allyse

    This dissertation evaluates how gold nanoparticle structure and local environment influence resulting sensor function when using these nanomaterials for complex sample analysis. Molecular imprinted polymers (MIPs), a class of plastic antibodies, are engineered and incorporated into these nanosensors thereby facilitating the quantitative detection of a variety of small molecules when Raman spectroscopy and surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) are used for detection. First, homogeneous seeded growth gold nanosphere synthesis is evaluated as a function of ionic double layer composition and thickness. Systematically increasing the citrate concentration during synthesis improves nanomaterial shape homogeneity; however, further elevations of citrate concentration increase the number of internal and/or external atomic defects in the nanomaterials which leads to decreasing solution-phase stability. Next, spherical gold nanoparticles are modified with self-assembled monolayer (SAM), modeled using interfacial energy calculations, and experimental characterized using transmission electron microscopy, NMR, extinction spectroscopy, zeta potential, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and flocculation studies to assess the morphology, surface chemistry, optical properties, surface charge, SAM packing density, and nanoparticle stability, respectively. The number of molecules on the nanostructures increases with increasing ionic strength (by decreasing the electrostatic interfacial energy between assembled molecules) which subsequently promotes nanoparticle stability. Third, plastic antibodies that recognize three drugs commonly used to treat migraines are engineered. These methacrylate-based MIPs are synthesized, extracted, characterized, and used to quantitatively and directly detect over-the-counter drugs in complex samples using Raman microscopy. These results along with numerical approximation methods to estimate drug binding site densities and dissociation constants with

  7. Materials and characterization techniques for high-temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells

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    2015-01-01

    Summary The performance of high-temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (HT-PEMFC) is critically dependent on the selection of materials and optimization of individual components. A conventional high-temperature membrane electrode assembly (HT-MEA) primarily consists of a polybenzimidazole (PBI)-type membrane containing phosphoric acid and two gas diffusion electrodes (GDE), the anode and the cathode, attached to the two surfaces of the membrane. This review article provides a survey on the materials implemented in state-of-the-art HT-MEAs. These materials must meet extremely demanding requirements because of the severe operating conditions of HT-PEMFCs. They need to be electrochemically and thermally stable in highly acidic environment. The polymer membranes should exhibit high proton conductivity in low-hydration and even anhydrous states. Of special concern for phosphoric-acid-doped PBI-type membranes is the acid loss and management during operation. The slow oxygen reduction reaction in HT-PEMFCs remains a challenge. Phosphoric acid tends to adsorb onto the surface of the platinum catalyst and therefore hampers the reaction kinetics. Additionally, the binder material plays a key role in regulating the hydrophobicity and hydrophilicity of the catalyst layer. Subsequently, the binder controls the electrode–membrane interface that establishes the triple phase boundary between proton conductive electrolyte, electron conductive catalyst, and reactant gases. Moreover, the elevated operating temperatures promote carbon corrosion and therefore degrade the integrity of the catalyst support. These are only some examples how materials properties affect the stability and performance of HT-PEMFCs. For this reason, materials characterization techniques for HT-PEMFCs, either in situ or ex situ, are highly beneficial. Significant progress has recently been made in this field, which enables us to gain a better understanding of underlying processes occurring during

  8. Characterizing the Material Properties of Polymer-Based Microelectrode Arrays for Retinal Prosthesis

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    Park, C S; Maghribi, M

    2003-05-10

    The Retinal Prosthesis project is a three year project conducted in part at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and funded by the Department of Energy to create an epiretinal microelectrode array for stimulating retinal cells. The implant must be flexible to conform to the retina, robust to sustain handling during fabrication and implantation, and biocompatible to withstand physiological conditions within the eye. Using poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS), LLNL aims to use microfabrication techniques to increase the number of electrodes and integrate electronics. After the initial designs were fabricated and tested in acute implantation, it became obvious that there was a need to characterize and understand the mechanical and electrical properties of these new structures. This knowledge would be imperative in gaining credibility for polymer microfabrication and optimizing the designs. Thin composite microfabricated devices are challenging to characterize because they are difficult to handle, and exhibit non-linear, viscoelastic, and anisotropic properties. The objective of this research is to device experiments and protocols, develop an analytical model to represent the composite behavior, design and fabricate test structures, and conduct experimental testing to determine the mechanical and electrical properties of PDMS-metal composites. Previous uniaxial stretch tests show an average of 7% strain before failure on resistive heaters of similar dimensions deposited on PDMS. Lack of background information and questionable human accuracy demands a more sophisticated and thorough testing method. An Instron tensile testing machine was set up to interface with a digital multiplexor and computer interface to simultaneously record and graph position, load, and resistance across devices. With a compliant load cell for testing polymers and electrical interconnect grips designed and fabricated to interface the sample to the electronics, real-time resistance measurements

  9. Reactive molecular dynamics of network polymers: Generation, characterization and mechanical properties

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    Shankar, Chandrashekar

    The goal of this research was to gain a fundamental understanding of the properties of networks created by the ring opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) used in self-healing materials. To this end we used molecular simulation methods to generate realistic structures of DCPD networks, characterize their structures, and determine their mechanical properties. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations, complemented by structural information derived from molecular dynamics simulations were used to reconstruct experimental Raman spectra and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) data. We performed coarse-grained simulations comparing networks generated via the ROMP reaction process and compared them to those generated via a RANDOM process, which led to the fundamental realization that the polymer topology has a unique influence on the network properties. We carried out fully atomistic simulations of DCPD using a novel algorithm for recreating ROMP reactions of DCPD molecules. Mechanical properties derived from these atomistic networks are in excellent agreement with those obtained from coarse-grained simulations in which interactions between nodes are subject to angular constraints. This comparison provides self-consistent validation of our simulation results and helps to identify the level of detail necessary for the coarse-grained interaction model. Simulations suggest networks can classified into three stages: fluid-like, rubber-like or glass-like delineated by two thresholds in degree of reaction alpha: The onset of finite magnitudes for the Young's modulus, alphaY, and the departure of the Poisson ration from 0.5, alphaP. In each stage the polymer exhibits a different predominant mechanical response to deformation. At low alpha < alphaY it flows. At alpha Y < alpha < alphaP the response is entropic with no change in internal energy. At alpha > alphaP the response is enthalpic change in internal energy. We developed graph theory

  10. Synthesis and characterization of functional polymers with controlled architecture and their application as anticorrosion primers

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    Quincy, Anne S.

    spectroscopy, polarization curves and pull-off test). A deposition method was developed to generate the optimal coating system: the steel to protect was dipped in a dilute solution of the copolymer, rinsed with pure solvent to eliminate the excess material and painted by spraying the epoxy mixture. Electrochemical techniques showed a 60% corrosion inhibition for the AEMA-GMA copolymers. An improvement of the epoxy coating corrosion resistance with the addition of the AEMA-GMA gradient copolymer and the AEMA-GMA star-block copolymer was noticed when subjected to hot water immersion and salt spray tests. While the polymeric primers showed to be quite effective in improving the coating's corrosion resistance, the common corrosion resistance tests were found to be inadequate to robustly characterize their full potential. Nonetheless, the functional copolymers polymer with controlled architecture, their formulation and improved testing techniques, present challenging and interesting work to continue for anticorrosion research.

  11. Application of Empirical Mode Decomposition for Identification and Characterization of Long-Run Persistence in California Reservoir Inflows

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    McCullum, A. J. K.; Haddad, B.; Kidson, R.

    2015-12-01

    This research quantified long-run hydrological persistence in two important regions for the California water supply system using a relatively new approach in hydrology, Empirical Mode Decomposition (EMD). EMD is a user-adaptive method that identifies non-stationary persistence, as Intrinsic Mode Functions (IMFs), prevalent in hydrological data but often not represented in current water supply modeling. The primary objectives of this research included: 1) examination of variability, patterns of persistence, and the degree of cross-correlations among annual and monthly inflows in these two regions, 2) identification of potential sources of persistence in inflows, particularly modes of climate variability, and 3) to provide water supply managers with suggestions to incorporate these methods into water supply modeling. Results indicate that inflows are highly variable, highly cross-correlated within each region and between the two regions, and moderately correlated to long-run patterns of persistence. Average annual IMF periodicities of >10 years contributed to a considerable amount of variance in annual inflows for the two regions (27.05% and 14.92% for the Oroville and Shasta/Trinity inflows, respectively) and exhibited the strongest moderate (on average 0.50) correlations to climate IMFs of similar length. Monthly correlations of inflows to climate indices were generally weak, but also exhibited the strongest correlations in IMFs with average periodicities of >10 years. This research underscores the need to utilize uncorrelated sources of water, such as desalination, into water management plans and to incorporate long-run persistence into water supply scenario modeling to increase reliability, especially during prolonged periods of hydrologic downturns. The EMD analytical method is a powerful and approachable tool that can be adapted for water supply managers to use as a precursor to this future scenario modeling.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of oxytetracycline imprinted magnetic polymer for application in food

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    Aggarwal, Sneha; Rajput, Yudhishthir Singh; Singh, Gulab; Sharma, Rajan

    2016-02-01

    Magnetic imprinted polymer was prepared by polymerization of methacrylate and ethyleneglycoldimethacrylate in the presence of oxytetracycline on the surface of iron magnetite. Selectivity of prepared polymer was calculated from ratio of partition coefficient of oxytetracycline for imprinted and non- imprinted polymer in water, acetonitrile, methanol and at different pH in aqueous buffer. pH of solvent exhibited pronounced effect on selectivity. Selectivity at pH 7.0, 6.0 and 5.0 was 36.0, 2.25 and 1.61 fold higher than at pH 4.0. Imprinted polymer was not selective for oxytetracycline in methanol. However, selectivity in water and acetonitrile was 19.42 and 2.86, respectively. Oxytetracycline did bind to imprinted polymer in water or aqueous buffer (pH 7.0) and could be eluted with methanol. Prepared polymer extracted 75-80 % oxytetracycline from water, honey and egg white.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of a new type of electro-optic polymer without carbon main chains

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    Zhang, Ying; Qiu, Chengjun; Li, You; Zhang, Wenlong; Xuan, Wang

    2014-09-01

    A new type of electro-optic (EO) polymer is prepared in this work. The main chain of the EO polymer is made of polyphosphazenes, and the side chain consists of carbazole based nitro azobenzene. The principle and method of preparation are given and the characteristics of this material are studied in details. The polymer with an EO coefficient of 35 pm/V has fine stability and can be easily processed. It also shows photoconductivity due to the carbazole group. This polymer thin film is obtained through performance improvement. Terahertz (THz) wave can be detected using the device, which is made of the new polymer. Owing to its fascinating properties, this new type of EO polymer has the potential to be widely applied in photorefractive materials as well as for emission and detection of THz radiation.

  14. All-polymer arrayed waveguide grating at 850  nm: design, fabrication, and characterization.

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    Orghici, Rozalia; Bethmann, Konrad; Zywietz, Urs; Reinhardt, Carsten; Schade, Wolfgang

    2016-09-01

    In this Letter, a novel all-polymer arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) device with an operating wavelength around 850 nm is reported. The all-polymer AWG consists of polymer ridge waveguides fabricated on a thin poly(methyl methacrylate) foil via microscope projection photolithography. The developed device is suitable to be integrated into optical circuits, e.g., a planar polymer foil and, along with other optical integrated devices, to be used for different sensing applications. The functionality of the device is demonstrated by using a fiber Bragg grating sensor and performing strain measurements. PMID:27607942

  15. Characterization of the polymer-filler interface in (gamma)-irradiated silica-reinforced polysiloxane composites

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    Chien, A T; Balazs, B; LeMay, J

    2000-04-03

    The changes in hydrogen bonding at the interface of silica-reinforced polysiloxane composites due to aging in gamma radiation environments were examined in this study. Solvent swelling was utilized to determine the individual contributions of the matrix polymer and polymer-filler interactions to the overall crosslink density. The results show how the polymer-filler hydrogen bonding dominates the overall crosslink density of the material. Air irradiated samples displayed decreased hydrogen bonding at the polymer-filler interface, while vacuum irradiation revealed the opposite effect.

  16. [The construction and physical-mechanical characterization of polymer foams of D. L-PLA].

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    Wang, C; Wang, Q; Mao, T; Wang, H; Zhu, X

    2000-12-01

    This study was intended to construct biogradable polymer foam used in tissue engineering. The D. L-PLA was supplied by chengdu institute of organic chemistry. Biogradable polymer membranes were prepared with a novel solvent-casting particulate-leaching technique, then, the constituent membranes with the proper order were laminated to produce three-dimensional foams with continuous pore structure and morphology. Afterwards, the physical-mechanical property of polymer foams were tested. The test results indicated that the lamination process did not change the physical-mechanical property of the polymer membranes. PMID:11211823

  17. Synthesis and Characterization of Bimetallic Ni50Pt50 Catalyst Supported on SiO2 for N2O Decomposition.

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    Angeles-Pascual, A; Esparza, R; Tellez-Vazquez, O; Velumani, S; Pérez, R

    2015-12-01

    Nanometallic and bimetallic catalyst of Ni, Pt and Ni50Pt50 were studied by the decompositions of N2O. The catalyst were prepared by incipient wetness impregnation of the silica with low superficial area of 50 m2/g supported with aqueous solution of the metal precursors, for Pt H2Pt Cl6 x 6H2O was used and for Ni, Ni(NO3)2 was used to a total metal loading of 1% wt. Catalyst were oxidized for 2 hours at 400 degrees C with O2, then the samples were reduced for 30 minutes with N2 and 2 hours with H2, all at the same temperature. The catalyst was characterized by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), High Angular Annular Dark Field (HAADF), High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HR-TEM) and Termoprogramed Reduction (TPR). The mean particle sizes obtained by TEM and HAADF were about 12.5 nm for Ni/SiO2, 2.8 nm for Pt/SiO2 and 3.5 nm Ni50Pt50/SiO2 catalysts respectability. HR-TEM and HAADF analysis showed differences between Ni and Pt catalysts displaying mainly cuboctahedral shapes. Stepped surface defects were found in the Ni50Pt50/SiO2 catalyst. Finally Ni50Pt50/SiO2 was more active than Pt/SiO2 and Ni/SiO2 catalysts for the decomposition of N2O. PMID:26682368

  18. A mechanical characterization of polymer scaffolds and films at the macroscale and nanoscale.

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    Boffito, Monica; Bernardi, Ettore; Sartori, Susanna; Ciardelli, Gianluca; Sassi, Maria Paola

    2015-01-01

    Biomaterials should be mechanically tested at both the nanoscale and macroscale under conditions simulating their working state, either in vitro or in vivo, to confirm their applicability in tissue engineering applications. In this article, polyester-urethane-based films and porous scaffolds produced by hot pressing and thermally induced phase separation respectively, were mechanically characterized at both the macroscale and nanoscale by tensile tests and indentation-type atomic force microscopy. All tests were conducted in wet state with the final aim of simulating scaffold real operating conditions. The films showed two distinct Young Moduli populations, which can be ascribed to polyurethane hard and soft segments. In the scaffold, the application of a thermal cooling gradient during phase separation was responsible for a nanoscale polymer chain organization in a preferred direction. At the macroscale, the porous matrices showed a Young Modulus of about 1.5 MPa in dry condition and 0.3 MPa in wet state. The combination of nanoscale and macroscale values as well as the aligned structure are in accordance with stiffness and structure required for scaffolds used for the regeneration of soft tissues such as muscles.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of functional elastomeric poly(ester amide) co-polymers.

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    Jokhadze, G; Machaidze, M; Panosyan, H; Chu, C C; Katsarava, R

    2007-01-01

    A new family of random co-poly(ester amides)s (co-PEAs) having reactive pendant functional carboxylic acid groups were synthesized by co-polycondensation of di-p-toluenesulfonic acid salts of bis-(L-alpha-amino acid (L-leucine and/or L-phenylalanine)) alpha,omega-alkylene diesters with active diesters of dicarboxylic acids using di-p-toluenesulfonic acid salt of L-lysine benzyl ester as a co-monomer. The lateral benzyl ester groups in the L-lysine segment of co-PEAs were subsequently transformed into free COOH groups by catalytic hydrogenolysis using Pd black as a catalyst. The co-PEA-based polyacids obtained, as well as the original co-PEA having lateral benzyl ester groups were characterized by standard methods. In vitro biodegradation studies in the presence of hydrolases like alpha-chymotrypsin and lipase showed significant enzymatic-catalyzed biodegradation of these co-PEAs. These co-PEA-based polyacids were used for covalent attachment of iminoxyl radicals (4-amino-TEMPO) and in vitro biodegradation of 4-aminoTEMPO attached polymer was studied along with releasing kinetic of iminoxyl radical. PMID:17540117

  20. Polymer based flapping-wing robotic insect: Progress in design, fabrication, and characterization

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    Bontemps, A.; Vanneste, T.; Soyer, C.; Paquet, J. B.; Grondel, S.; Cattan, E.

    2014-03-01

    In the last decade, many researchers pursued the development of tiny flying robots inspired by natural flyers destined for the exploration of confined spaces, for example. Within this context, our main objective is to devise a flying robot bioinspired from insect in terms of size and wing kinematics using MEMS technologies. For this purpose, an original design has been developed around resonant thorax and wings by the way of an indirect actuation and a concise transmission whereas the all-polymer prototypes are obtained using a micromachining SU-8 photoresist process. This paper reports our recent progress on the design of a flapping-wing robotic insect as well as on the characterization of its performance. Prototypes with a wingspan of 3 cm and a mass of 22 mg are achieved. Due to the introduction of an innovative compliant link, large and symmetrical bending angles of 70° are obtained at a flapping frequency of 30 Hz along with passive wing torsion while minimizing its energy expenditure. Furthermore, it leads to a mean lift force representing up to 75 % of the prototype weight as measured by an in-house force sensor. Different improvements are currently underway to increase the power-to-weight ratio of the prototype and to obtain an airborne prototype.

  1. Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Preceramic Polymer for SiC

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    Lee, Y J; Lee, J H; Kim, S R; Kwon, W T; Oh, H; Klepeis, J P; Teat, S; Kim, Y H

    2009-08-20

    Polyphenylcarbosilane as a novel preceramic polymer for SiC was synthesized from thermal rearrangement of polymethylphenylsilane around 350 C {approx} 430 C. Characterization of synthesized polyphenylcarbosilane was performed with {sup 29}Si, {sup 13}C, {sup 1}H NMR, FT-IR, TG, XRD, and GPC analysis. From FT-IR data, the band at 1035 cm{sup -1} was very strong and assigned to CH{sub 2} bending vibration in Si-CH{sub 2}-Si group, indicating the formation of the polyphenylcarbosilane. The average of the molecular weight (M{sub w}) of the polyphenylcarbosilane synthesized was 2,500 and easily dissolves in an organic solvent. TGA data indicates that polyphenylcarbosilane is thermally stable up to 400 C. However, the rapid weight loss occurs above 400 C due to the pyrolysis of polyphenylcarbosilane, and the diffraction peak of pyrolysis residue at 1200 C corresponds to the {beta}-SiC ceramic. The ceramic yield calculated from TGA is approximately 65%.

  2. Characterization and Analysis of Triaxially Braided Polymer Composites under Static and Impact Loads

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    Goldberg, Robert K.; Roberts, Gary D.; Blinzler, Brina J.; Kohlman, Lee W.; Binienda, Wieslaw K.

    2012-01-01

    In order to design impact resistant aerospace components made of triaxially-braided polymer matrix composite materials, a need exists to have reliable impact simulation methods and a detailed understanding of the material behavior. Traditional test methods and specimen designs have yielded unrealistic material property data due to material mechanisms such as edge damage. To overcome these deficiencies, various alternative testing geometries such as notched flat coupons have been examined to alleviate difficulties observed with standard test methods. The results from the coupon level tests have been used to characterize and validate a macro level finite element-based model which can be used to simulate the mechanical and impact response of the braided composites. In the analytical model, the triaxial braid unit cell is approximated by using four parallel laminated composites, each with a different fiber layup, which roughly simulates the braid architecture. In the analysis, each of these laminated composites is modeled as a shell element. Currently, each shell element is considered to be a smeared homogeneous material. Simplified micromechanics techniques and lamination theory are used to determine the equivalent stiffness properties of each shell element, and results from the coupon level tests on the braided composite are used to back out the strength properties of each shell element. Recent improvements to the model include the incorporation of strain rate effects into the model. Simulations of ballistic impact tests have been carried out to investigate and verify the analysis approach.

  3. Preparation and characterization of polymer nanocomposites coated magnetic nanoparticles for drug delivery applications

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    Prabha, G.; Raj, V.

    2016-06-01

    In the present research work, the anticancer drug 'curcumin' is loaded with Chitosan (CS)-polyethylene glycol (PEG)-polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) (CS-PEG-PVP) polymer nanocomposites coated with superparamagnetic iron oxide (Fe3O4) nanoparticles. The system can be used for targeted and controlled drug delivery of anticancer drugs with reduced side effects and greater efficiency. The prepared nanoparticles were characterized by Fourier transmission infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Curcumin drug loaded Fe3O4-CS, Fe3O4-CS-PEG and Fe3O4-CS-PEG-PVP nanoparticles exhibited the mean particle size in the range of 183-390 nm with a zeta potential value of 26-41 mV as measured using Malvern Zetasizer. The encapsulation efficiency, loading capacity and in-vitro drug release behavior of curcumin drug loaded Fe3O4-CS, Fe3O4-CS-PEG and Fe3O4-CS-PEG-PVP nanoparticles were studied using UV spectrophotometer. Besides, the cytotoxicity of the prepared nanoparticles using MTT assay was also studied. The curcumin drug release was examined at different pH medium and it was proved that the drug release depends upon the pH medium in addition to the nature of matrix.

  4. Synthesis and Characterization of Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Membrane for the Removal of 2,4-Dinitrophenol

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    Yusof, Nor Azah; Zakaria, Nor Dyana; Maamor, Nor Amirah Mohd; Abdullah, Abdul Halim; Haron, Md. Jelas

    2013-01-01

    Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) were prepared by bulk polymerization in acetonitrile using 2,4-dinitrophenol, acrylamide, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate, and benzoyl peroxide, as the template, functional monomer, cross-linker, and initiator, respectively. The MIP membrane was prepared by hybridization of MIP particles with cellulose acetate (CA) and polystyrene (PS) after being ground and sieved. The prepared MIP membrane was characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The parameters studied for the removal of 2,4-dinitrophenol included the effect of pH, sorption kinetics, and the selectivity of the MIP membrane. Maximum sorption of 2,4-nitrophenol by the fabricated CA membrane with MIP (CA-MIP) and the PS membrane with MIP (PS-MIP) was observed at pH 7.0 and pH 5.0, respectively. The sorption of 2,4-dinitrophenol by CA-MIP and PS-MIP followed a pseudo–second-order kinetic model. For a selectivity study, 2,4-dichlorophenol, 3-chlorophenol, and phenol were selected as potential interferences. The sorption capability of CA-MIP and PS-MIP towards 2,4-dinitrophenol was observed to be higher than that of 2,4-dichlorophenol, 3-chlorophenol, or phenol. PMID:23429189

  5. Preparation and Characterization of Space Durable Polymer Nanocomposite Films from Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes

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    Delozier, D. M.; Connell, J. W.; Smith, J. G.; Watson, K. A.

    2003-01-01

    Low color, flexible, space durable polyimide films with inherent, robust electrical conductivity have been under investigation as part of a continuing materials development activity for future NASA space missions involving Gossamer structures. Electrical conductivity is needed in these films to dissipate electrostatic charge build-up that occurs due to the orbital environment. One method of imparting conductivity is through the use of single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). However, the incompatibility and insolubility of the SWNTs severely hampers their dispersion in polymeric matrices. In an attempt to improve their dispersability, SWNTs were functionalized by the reaction with an alkyl hydrazone. After this functionalization, the SWNTs were soluble in select solvents and dispersed more readily in the polymer matrix. The functionalized SWNTs were characterized by Raman spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The functionalized nanotubes were dispersed in the bulk of the films using a solution technique. The functionalized nanotubes were also applied to the surface of polyimide films using a spray coating technique. The resultant polyimide nanocomposite films were evaluated for nanotube dispersion, electrical conductivity, mechanical, and optical properties and compared with previously prepared polyimide-SWNT samples to assess the effects of SWNT functionalization.

  6. A Novel Method to Characterize Nanorod Orientation and Aggregation in Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Glor, Ethan; Ferrier, Robert; Composto, Russell; Fakhraai, Zahra

    Gold nanorods provide an ideal system for the systematic change of optical properties through changes in the rod aspect ratio. Furthermore, the dispersity and orientation of the nanorods within a polymer matrix greatly affects the optical properties of the composites. Here, we use spectroscopic ellipsometry to characterize the properties of nanocomposite thin films. The optical properties of the nanorod are modeled as an effective index of refraction for a disordered meta-material. This effective medium index is then related to the longitudinal surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of the nanorods. The degree of birefringence in the LSPR frequency, as determined by variable angle ellipsometry measurements, can help determine the average orientation of the rods in the thin film as well as the degree of aggregation. With this method, one can quickly and accurately define the average orientation and average aggregation of nanorods within a nanocomposite with a single measurement. Ellipsometry also allows us to perform in-situ variable temperature measurements to monitor properties such as nanoparticle shape and the glass transition temperature of the matrix. Acknowledgement: NSF-PIRE-1545884, MRSEC (NSF-DMR-11-20901).

  7. Characterization of Metallosupramolecular Polymers by Top-Down Multidimensional Mass Spectrometry Methods.

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    Guo, Kai; Guo, Zaihong; Ludlow, James M; Xie, Tingzheng; Liao, Shengyun; Newkome, George R; Wesdemiotis, Chrys

    2015-09-01

    Top-down multidimensional mass spectrometry, interfacing electrospray ionization (ESI) with ion mobility mass spectrometry (IM-MS), and energy resolved (gradient) tandem mass spectrometry (gMS(2) ) are employed to characterize the stoichiometries, architectures, and intrinsic stabilities of coordinatively bound supramolecular polymers containing terpyridine functionalized ligands. As a soft ionization method, ESI prevents or minimizes unwanted assembly destruction. The IM dimension affords separation of the supramolecular ions by charge and collision cross-section (a function of size and shape). The mobility separated ions are subsequently identified by their mass-to-charge-ratios and isotope patterns in the orthogonal MS dimension. Finally, the gMS(2) dimension reveals bond breaking proclivities and disintegration pathways of the assemblies. The described methodology does not require high sample purity due to the dispersive nature of the IM and MS steps. Its utility is demonstrated with the comprehensive analysis of bisterpyridine-based metallomacrocycle mixtures and a tristerpyridine based complex with 3-D nanosphere-like architecture. PMID:26248126

  8. Characterization and analysis of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer composite laminates with embedded circular vasculature

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    Huang, C.-Y.; Trask, R. S.; Bond, I. P.

    2010-01-01

    A study of the influence of embedded circular hollow vascules on structural performance of a fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite laminate is presented. Incorporating such vascules will lead to multi-functional composites by bestowing functions such as self-healing and active thermal management. However, the presence of off-axis vascules leads to localized disruption to the fibre architecture, i.e. resin-rich pockets, which are regarded as internal defects and may cause stress concentrations within the structure. Engineering approaches for creating these simple vascule geometries in conventional FRP laminates are proposed and demonstrated. This study includes development of a manufacturing method for forming vascules, microscopic characterization of their effect on the laminate, finite element (FE) analysis of crack initiation and failure under load, and validation of the FE results via mechanical testing observed using high-speed photography. The failure behaviour predicted by FE modelling is in good agreement with experimental results. The reduction in compressive strength owing to the embedding of circular vascules ranges from 13 to 70 per cent, which correlates with vascule dimension. PMID:20150337

  9. Characterization of nanoscale spatial distribution of small molecules in amorphous polymer matrices

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    Ricarte, Ralm; Hillmyer, Marc; Lodge, Timothy

    Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose acetate succinate (HPMCAS) can significantly enhance the efficacy of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). Yet, the interactions between species in HPMCAS-API blends are not understood. Elucidating these interactions is difficult because the spatial distributions of HPMCAS and API in the blends are ambiguous; the polymer and drug may be molecularly mixed or the species may form phase separated domains. As these phase separated domains may be less than 100 nm in size, traditional characterization techniques may not accurately evaluate the spatial distribution. To address this challenge, we explore the use of electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) for detecting the model API phenytoin in an HPMCAS-phenytoin blend. Using EELS, we directly measured with high accuracy and precision the phenytoin concentrations in several blends. We present evidence that suggests phase separation occurs in blends that have a phenytoin loading of approximately 50 wt percent. Finally, we demonstrate that this technique achieves a sub-100 nm spatial resolution and can detect several other APIs.

  10. Characterization and analysis of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer composite laminates with embedded circular vasculature.

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    Huang, C-Y; Trask, R S; Bond, I P

    2010-08-01

    A study of the influence of embedded circular hollow vascules on structural performance of a fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite laminate is presented. Incorporating such vascules will lead to multi-functional composites by bestowing functions such as self-healing and active thermal management. However, the presence of off-axis vascules leads to localized disruption to the fibre architecture, i.e. resin-rich pockets, which are regarded as internal defects and may cause stress concentrations within the structure. Engineering approaches for creating these simple vascule geometries in conventional FRP laminates are proposed and demonstrated. This study includes development of a manufacturing method for forming vascules, microscopic characterization of their effect on the laminate, finite element (FE) analysis of crack initiation and failure under load, and validation of the FE results via mechanical testing observed using high-speed photography. The failure behaviour predicted by FE modelling is in good agreement with experimental results. The reduction in compressive strength owing to the embedding of circular vascules ranges from 13 to 70 per cent, which correlates with vascule dimension.

  11. Preparation and Characterization of Nanocomposite Polymer Membranes Containing Functionalized SnO2 Additives

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    Scipioni, Roberto; Gazzoli, Delia; Teocoli, Francesca; Palumbo, Oriele; Paolone, Annalisa; Ibris, Neluta; Brutti, Sergio; Navarra, Maria Assunta

    2014-01-01

    In the research of new nanocomposite proton-conducting membranes, SnO2 ceramic powders with surface functionalization have been synthesized and adopted as additives in Nafion-based polymer systems. Different synthetic routes have been explored to obtain suitable, nanometer-sized sulphated tin oxide particles. Structural and morphological characteristics, as well as surface and bulk properties of the obtained oxide powders, have been determined by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopies, N2 adsorption, and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). In addition, dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), atomic force microscopy (AFM), thermal investigations, water uptake (WU) measurements, and ionic exchange capacity (IEC) tests have been used as characterization tools for the nanocomposite membranes. The nature of the tin oxide precursor, as well as the synthesis procedure, were found to play an important role in determining the morphology and the particle size distribution of the ceramic powder, this affecting the effective functionalization of the oxides. The incorporation of such particles, having sulphate groups on their surface, altered some peculiar properties of the resulting composite membrane, such as water content, thermo-mechanical, and morphological characteristics. PMID:24957125

  12. Thermal characterization of polymer blends prepared by reactive blending of PC and PET

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    Fiorini, M.; Marchese, P.; Pilati, F.

    1996-12-31

    Several Poly(ethylene terephthalate)-Bisphenol A polycarbonate (PC/PET) blends were prepared by reactive blending poly(ethylene terephthalate) and Bisphenol A polycarbonate in a batch mixer in the presence of ester exchange catalysts with different catalytic activity, such as Titanium, Terbium, Cerium, Samarium, Europium and Calcium/Antimony compounds. The catalytic activity and mixing time have been correlated with the extent of ester-carbonate exchange reactions and hence the influence of the PET/PC block copolymers formed during the blending on miscibility has been investigated by differential scanning calorimetry. The results of the thermal characterization showed that blends with a single glass transition temperature can be prepared at different mixing time determined by the ester-carbonate exchange reaction activity of the different catalysts employed. In addition, the Tg`s values for the miscible blends were lower than those predicted by the widely used Flory-Fox equation, except from the blends prepared with the Titanium catalyst. Crystallization of PET in PC/PET blends was also investigated. Thermal analysis is a powerful technique that can be applied to the determination of miscibility in polymer blends. In this communication, the results of a differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) study on blends prepared by reactive blending PC and PET are reported.

  13. Preparation and characterization of nanocomposite polymer electrolytes poly(vinylidone fluoride)/nanoclay

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    Rahmawati, Suci A.; Sulistyaningsih, Putro, Alviansyah Z. A.; Widyanto, Nugroho F.; Jumari, Arif; Purwanto, Agus; Dyartanti, Endah R.

    2016-02-01

    Polymer electrolytes are defined as semi solid electrolytes used as separator in lithium ion battery. Separator used as medium for transfer ions and to prevent electrical short circuits in battery cells. To obtain the optimal battery performance, separator with high porosity and electrolyte uptake is required. This can reduce the resistance in the transfer of ions between cathode and anode. The main objective of this work is to investigate the impact of different solvent (Dimethyl acetamide (DMAc), N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) and dimethyl formamide (DMF)), pore forming agent poly(vinylpyrolidone) (PVP) and nanoclay as filler in addition of membrane using phase inversion method on the morphology, porosity, electrolyte uptake and degree of crystallinity. The membrane was prepared by the phase inversion method by adding PVP and Nanoclay using different solvents. The phase inversion method was prepared by dissolving Nanoclay and PVP in solvent for 1-2 hours, and then add the PVDF with stirring for 4 hours at 60°C. The membranes were characterized by porosity test, electrolyte uptake test, scanning electron microscope (SEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results showed that DMAc as solvent gives the highest value of porosity and electrolyte uptake. The addition of nanoclay and PVP enlarge the size of the pores and reduce the degree of crystallinity. So, the usage of DMAc as solvent is better than NMP or DMF.

  14. Quantitative characterization of water transport and flooding in the diffusion layers of polymer electrolyte fuel cells

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    Casalegno, A.; Colombo, L.; Galbiati, S.; Marchesi, R.

    Optimization of water management in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) and in direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC) is a very important factor for the achievement of high performances and long lifetime. A good hydration of the electrolyte membrane is essential for high proton conductivity; on the contrary water in excess may lead to electrode flooding and severe reduction in performances. Many studies on water transport across the gas diffusion layer (GDL) have been carried out to improve these components; anyway efforts in this field are affected by lack of effective experimental methods. The present work reports an experimental investigation with the purpose to determine the global coefficient of water transport across different diffusion layers under real operating conditions. An appropriate and accurate experimental apparatus has been designed and built to test the single GDL under a wide range of operating conditions. Data analysis has allowed quantification of both the water vapor transport across different diffusion layers, and the effects of micro-porous layers; furthermore flooding onset and its consequences on the mass transport coefficient have been characterized by means of suitably defined parameters.

  15. Quartz crystal microbalance sample stage for in situ characterization of thickness and surface morphology of spin coated polymer films

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    Rao Nanxia; Xie Xin; Wielizcka, David; Zhu Daming

    2006-11-15

    A miniature spin coating stage is developed for in situ characterization of the thickness and the surface morphology of spin coated polymer films using quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and atomic force microscopy. The spin coated polystyrene films deposited on gold surfaces from solutions using the stage were found to be uniform; the thickness of the films varied linearly with the polystyrene concentration in solution. The film thickness determined by the QCM agree with that from ellipsometry measurements.

  16. Characterization of local elastic modulus in confined polymer films via AFM indentation.

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    Cheng, Xu; Putz, Karl W; Wood, Charles D; Brinson, L Catherine

    2015-02-01

    The properties of polymers near an interface are altered relative to their bulk value due both to chemical interaction and geometric confinement effects. For the past two decades, the dynamics of polymers in confined geometries (thin polymer film or nanocomposites with high-surface area particles) has been studied in detail, allowing progress to be made toward understanding the origin of the dynamic effects near interfaces. Observations of mechanical property enhancements in polymer nanocomposites have been attributed to similar origins. However, the existing measurement methods of these local mechanical properties have resulted in a variety of conflicting results on the change of mechanical properties of confined polymers. Here, an atomic force microscopy (AFM)-based method is demonstrated that directly measures the mechanical properties of polymers adjacent to a substrate with nanometer resolution. This method allows us to consistently observe the gradient in mechanical properties away from a substrate in various materials systems, and paves the way for a unified understanding of thermodynamic and mechanical response of polymers. This gradient is both longer (up to 170 nm) and of higher magnitude (50% increase) than expected from prior results. Through the use of this technique, we will be better able to understand how to design polymer nanocomposites and polymeric structures at the smallest length scale, which affects the fields of structures, electronics, and healthcare.

  17. Characterization of local elastic modulus in confined polymer films via AFM indentation.

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    Cheng, Xu; Putz, Karl W; Wood, Charles D; Brinson, L Catherine

    2015-02-01

    The properties of polymers near an interface are altered relative to their bulk value due both to chemical interaction and geometric confinement effects. For the past two decades, the dynamics of polymers in confined geometries (thin polymer film or nanocomposites with high-surface area particles) has been studied in detail, allowing progress to be made toward understanding the origin of the dynamic effects near interfaces. Observations of mechanical property enhancements in polymer nanocomposites have been attributed to similar origins. However, the existing measurement methods of these local mechanical properties have resulted in a variety of conflicting results on the change of mechanical properties of confined polymers. Here, an atomic force microscopy (AFM)-based method is demonstrated that directly measures the mechanical properties of polymers adjacent to a substrate with nanometer resolution. This method allows us to consistently observe the gradient in mechanical properties away from a substrate in various materials systems, and paves the way for a unified understanding of thermodynamic and mechanical response of polymers. This gradient is both longer (up to 170 nm) and of higher magnitude (50% increase) than expected from prior results. Through the use of this technique, we will be better able to understand how to design polymer nanocomposites and polymeric structures at the smallest length scale, which affects the fields of structures, electronics, and healthcare. PMID:25537230

  18. Assessment and characterization of the total geometric uncertainty in Gamma Knife radiosurgery using polymer gels

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    Moutsatsos, A.; Karaiskos, P.; Pantelis, E.; Georgiou, E.; Petrokokkinos, L.; Sakelliou, L.; Torrens, M.; Seimenis, I.

    2013-03-15

    Purpose: This work proposes and implements an experimental methodology, based on polymer gels, for assessing the total geometric uncertainty and characterizing its contributors in Gamma Knife (GK) radiosurgery. Methods: A treatment plan consisting of 26, 4-mm GK single shot dose distributions, covering an extended region of the Leksell stereotactic space, was prepared and delivered to a polymer gel filled polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) head phantom (16 cm diameter) used to accurately reproduce every link in the GK treatment chain. The center of each shot served as a 'control point' in the assessment of the GK total geometric uncertainty, which depends on (a) the spatial dose delivery uncertainty of the PERFEXION GK unit used in this work, (b) the spatial distortions inherent in MR images commonly used for target delineation, and (c) the geometric uncertainty contributor associated with the image registration procedure performed by the Leksell GammaPlan (LGP) treatment planning system (TPS), in the case that registration is directly based on the apparent fiducial locations depicted in each MR image by the N-shaped rods on the Leksell localization box. The irradiated phantom was MR imaged at 1.5 T employing a T2-weighted pulse sequence. Four image series were acquired by alternating the frequency encoding axis and reversing the read gradient polarity, thus allowing the characterization of the MR-related spatial distortions. Results: MR spatial distortions stemming from main field (B{sub 0}) inhomogeneity as well as from susceptibility and chemical shift phenomena (also known as sequence dependent distortions) were found to be of the order of 0.5 mm, while those owing to gradient nonlinearities (also known as sequence independent distortions) were found to increase with distance from the MR scanner isocenter extending up to 0.47 mm at an Euclidean distance of 69.6 mm. Regarding the LGP image registration procedure, the corresponding average contribution to the total

  19. Characterization of proton conducting blend polymer electrolyte using PVA-PAN doped with NH4SCN

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    Premalatha, M.; Mathavan, T.; Selvasekarapandian, S.; Genova, F. Kingslin Mary; Umamaheswari, R.

    2016-05-01

    Polymer electrolytes with proton conductivity based on blend polymer using polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and poly acrylo nitrile (PAN) doped with ammonium thiocyanate have been prepared by solution casting method using DMF as solvent. The complex formation between the blend polymer and the salt has been confirmed by FTIR Spectroscopy. The amorphous nature of the blend polymer electrolytes have been confirmed by XRD analysis. The highest conductivity at 303 K has been found to be 3.25 × 10-3 S cm-1 for 20 mol % NH4SCN doped 92.5PVA:7.5PAN system. The increase in conductivity of the doped blend polymer electrolytes with increasing temperature suggests the Arrhenius type thermally activated process. The activation energy is found to be low (0.066 eV) for the highest conductivity sample.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of functional thienyl-phosphine microporous polymers for carbon dioxide capture.

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    Chen, Xianghui; Qiao, Shanlin; Du, Zhengkun; Zhou, Yuanhang; Yang, Renqiang

    2013-07-25

    A novel kind of functional organic microporous polymer is designed by introducing polar organic groups (P=O and P=S) and electron-rich heterocyclic into the framework to obtain high carbon dioxide capture capacity. The estimated Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface areas of these polymers are about 600 m(2) g(-1) and the highest CO2 uptake is 2.26 mmol g(-1) (1.0 bar/273 K). Interestingly, the polymer containing P=O groups shows greater CO2 capture capacity than that containing P=S groups at the same temperature. In addition, these polymers show high isosteric heats of CO2 adsorption (28.6 kJ mol(-1) ), which can be competitive with some nitrogen-rich networks. Therefore, these microporous polymers are promising candidates for carbon dioxide capture.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of novel polycyclic structures, precursors to high-performance polymers

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    Mandal, Humayun

    . Polysiloxane gums are highly unstable at 300°C in the presence of a basic catalyst. However, the cross-linked polysiloxane gum at 30 wt.% loading of polycyclic siloxanes, was sufficiently stable at this temperature. A Bisphenol A dimer (o, o' methylene bridged) was synthesized by a single-pot reaction between formaldehyde and excess BPA using cation exchange resin catalyst. A few novel classes of oligomeric polycyclics with low melt viscosities were synthesized from this dimer under high dilution conditions. A series of co-polycarbonates of BPA were synthesized by the reaction of methylene bridged dimer with BPA and triphosgene. An alternative in-situ polymerization method was also developed to synthesize the BPA co-polycarbonates. These co-polymers containing cross-linkable cyclic carbonate moieties on the backbone, gave thermoset materials when cured at elevated temperatures in the presence of a catalyst. Low molecular weight poly(aryl ether sulfone)s end-capped with metallophthalocyanine moieties were prepared by reacting poly(aryl ether sulfone)s containing o-phthalonitrile end-groups with excess phthalonitrile and metals/metal salts in quinoline. These polymers were characterized in detail by using IR, UV-VIS, 1 H NMR and GPC techniques. Annealing studies on the polymers containing PcM end-groups were undertaken in order to investigate the occurrence of stacking of plithalocyanine rings in the melt. This study was conducted by using a Thermo-Gravimettic/Differential Thermal Analysis (TG/DTA) instrument.

  2. Synthesis, crystal structures and characterization of four coordination polymers based on 5-amino-2,4,6-triiodoisophthalic acid

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    Zhang Koulin; Chang Yan; Zhang Jingbo; Yuan Limin; Deng Ye; Diao Guowang; Ng, Seik Weng

    2011-05-15

    One homochiral 1D coordination polymer [Cu(ATIBDC)(2,2'-bipy)].3H{sub 2}O.CH{sub 3}OH (1) and three achiral 1D coordination polymers: [Cd(ATIBDC)(2,2'-bipy)(H{sub 2}O)].3H{sub 2}O (2), [Cd(ATIBDC)(phen)(H{sub 2}O)].4H{sub 2}O (3), and [Mn(ATIBDC)(phen){sub 2}].5H{sub 2}O (4) have been synthesized and characterized (H{sub 2}ATIBDC=5-amino-2,4,6-triiodoisophthalic acid, 2,2'-bipy=2,2'-bipyridine, and phen=1,10-phenanthroline). Extended high dimensional network architectures are further constructed with the help of weak secondary interactions, such as hydrogen bonding, aromatic stacking, and halogen bonding (C-I..{pi} and C-I...N/O). Complex 1 crystallizes in the monoclinic system with chiral space group P2(1) and exhibits a right-handed 2{sub 1} helical chain structure. The homochirality of 1 was confirmed by CD spectrum. Interestingly, two new configurations of decameric water cluster are found in 3 and 4. The acyclic tetrameric cluster (H{sub 2}O){sub 3}(CH{sub 3}OH) in 1 and (H{sub 2}O){sub 4} in 2 array into highly ordered helical infinite chains. Thermal stabilities of all the complexes have been studied. Solid state fluorescent properties of the Cd(II) complexes have been explored. -- Graphical abstract: The synthesis, crystal structures and characterization of one 1D homochiral coordination polymer and three achiral 1D coordination polymers with 5-amino-2,4,6-triiodoisophthalic acid (H{sub 2}ATIBDC) are reported. Display Omitted highlights: > Four 1D coordination polymers with 5-amino-2,4,6-triiodoisophthalate are reported. > The halogen bonds play important roles in the supramolecular assembly. > Solid state fluorescent properties of the Cd(II) complexes are explored.

  3. Processing and characterization of natural cellulose fibers/thermoset polymer composites.

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    Thakur, Vijay Kumar; Thakur, Manju Kumari

    2014-08-30

    Recently natural cellulose fibers from different biorenewable resources have attracted the considerable attraction of research community all around the globe owing to their unique intrinsic properties such as biodegradability, easy availability, environmental friendliness, flexibility, easy processing and impressive physico-mechanical properties. Natural cellulose fibers based materials are finding their applications in a number of fields ranging from automotive to biomedical. Natural cellulose fibers have been frequently used as the reinforcement component in polymers to add the specific properties in the final product. A variety of cellulose fibers based polymer composite materials have been developed using various synthetic strategies. Seeing the immense advantages of cellulose fibers, in this article we discuss the processing of biorenewable natural cellulose fibers; chemical functionalization of cellulose fibers; synthesis of polymer resins; different strategies to prepare cellulose based green polymer composites, and diverse applications of natural cellulose fibers/polymer composite materials. The article provides an in depth analysis and comprehensive knowledge to the beginners in the field of natural cellulose fibers/polymer composites. The prime aim of this review article is to demonstrate the recent development and emerging applications of natural cellulose fibers and their polymer materials.

  4. Synthesis and characterization of polymer brushes for controlled adsorption of proteins

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    Hoy, Olha

    Performance of biomedical devices to a large extent depends on the interactions between the device surface and the biological liquids/protein molecules. To achieve controllable interactions between the device and biomolecules and still retain the required mechanical strength on the whole, modification of the surface is often done. In the present study surface properties were modified through a polymer brush approach. After the modification, surfaces gain tunability toward protein adsorption. Mixed polymer brushes consisting of protein repelling and protein attractive components were used, with a "grafting to" method employed for the synthesis of polymer layers. First, poly(ethylene glycol), the protein repelling component of the mixed polymer brush, was tethered to the surface. Then, polyacrylic acid-b-polystyrene (the protein attractive component) was grafted on top of the previous layer. As one part of this study, the temperature dependence of grafting of the mixed brush components was studied. Surface morphology and surface properties of the mixed polymer brush were altered by treating the brush with different organic solvents. Changes in surface morphology and properties resulting from the solvent treatment were studied in dry conditions and in aqueous media. Hydrophobic interactions of the mixed polymer brush in different pH environments were also estimated. Synthesized mixed polymer brushes demonstrated a clear dependency between the external stimuli applied to the brush and the amount of the protein adsorbed onto the brush surface, allowing an effective control of protein adsorption. Attraction forces between the protein molecules and surface of he mixed polymer brush were measured using AFM and these supported the findings from the protein adsorption studies. 2-D molecular imprinting of the polymer brush approach was used to synthesize a surface with controlled positioning of the protein molecules on the surface. Protein adsorption onto the surface of the

  5. Polymer pendant crown thioethers for removal of mercury from acidic wastes: synthesis, characterization and application

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    Reynolds, J G; Baumann, T F; Nelson, A J; Fox, G A

    2000-07-21

    Removal of mercury ions from industrial waste streams is a difficult and expensive problem requiring an efficient and selective extractant that is resistant to corrosive conditions. We have now developed an acid-resistant thiacrown polymer that has potential utility as a selective and cost-effective Hg{sup 2+} extractant. Copolymerization of a novel C-substituted thiacrown, N,N-(4-vinylbenzylmethyl)-2-aminomethyl-1,4,8,11,14-pentathiacycloheptadecane, with DVB (80% divinylbenzene) using a radical initiator generated a highly cross-linked polymer containing pendant thiacrowns. Mercury extraction capabilities of the polymer were tested in acidic media (pH range: 1.5 to 6.2) and the extraction of Hg{sup 2+} was determined to be 95% at a mixing time of 30 minutes. The thiacrown polymer was also determined to be selective for Hg{sup 2+}, even in the presence of high concentrations of competing ions such as Pb{sup 2+}, Cd{sup 2+}, Al{sup 3}, and Fe{sup 3+}. The bound Hg{sup 2+} ions can then be stripped from the polymer, allowing the polymer to be reused without significant loss of loading capacity. The binding of Hg{sup 2+} to the polymer has been examined by X-ray photoemission spectroscopy. The thiacrown appears unaffected by incorporation into the polymer and the Hg{sup 2+} appears to be bound to the polymer complex in a similar manner as Hg{sup 2+} is bound in monomeric thiacrowns containing five sulfur atoms.

  6. Polydisperse methyl β-cyclodextrin–epichlorohydrin polymers: variable contact time 13C CP-MAS solid-state NMR characterization

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    Mallard, Isabelle; Baudelet, Davy; Castiglione, Franca; Ferro, Monica; Panzeri, Walter; Ragg, Enzio

    2015-01-01

    Summary The polymerization of partially methylated β-cyclodextrin (CRYSMEB) with epichlorohydrin was carried out in the presence of a known amount of toluene as imprinting agent. Three different preparations (D1, D2 and D3) of imprinted polymers were obtained and characterized by solid-state 13C NMR spectroscopy under cross-polarization magic angle spinning (CP-MAS) conditions. The polymers were prepared by using the same synthetic conditions but with different molar ratios of imprinting agent/monomer, leading to morphologically equivalent materials but with different absorption properties. The main purpose of the work was to find a suitable spectroscopic descriptor accounting for the different imprinting process in three homogeneous polymeric networks. The polymers were characterized by studying the kinetics of the cross-polarization process. This approach is based on variable contact time CP-MAS spectra, referred to as VCP-MAS. The analysis of the VCP-MAS spectra provided two relaxation parameters: T CH (the CP time constant) and T 1ρ (the proton spin-lattice relaxation time in the rotating frame). The results and the analysis presented in the paper pointed out that T CH is sensitive to the imprinting process, showing variations related to the toluene/cyclodextrin molar ratio used for the preparation of the materials. Conversely, the observed values of T 1ρ did not show dramatic variations with the imprinting protocol, but rather confirmed that the three polymers are morphologically similar. Thus the combined use of T CH and T 1ρ can be helpful for the characterization and fine tuning of imprinted polymeric matrices. PMID:26877800

  7. Polydisperse methyl β-cyclodextrin-epichlorohydrin polymers: variable contact time (13)C CP-MAS solid-state NMR characterization.

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    Mallard, Isabelle; Baudelet, Davy; Castiglione, Franca; Ferro, Monica; Panzeri, Walter; Ragg, Enzio; Mele, Andrea

    2015-01-01

    The polymerization of partially methylated β-cyclodextrin (CRYSMEB) with epichlorohydrin was carried out in the presence of a known amount of toluene as imprinting agent. Three different preparations (D1, D2 and D3) of imprinted polymers were obtained and characterized by solid-state (13)C NMR spectroscopy under cross-polarization magic angle spinning (CP-MAS) conditions. The polymers were prepared by using the same synthetic conditions but with different molar ratios of imprinting agent/monomer, leading to morphologically equivalent materials but with different absorption properties. The main purpose of the work was to find a suitable spectroscopic descriptor accounting for the different imprinting process in three homogeneous polymeric networks. The polymers were characterized by studying the kinetics of the cross-polarization process. This approach is based on variable contact time CP-MAS spectra, referred to as VCP-MAS. The analysis of the VCP-MAS spectra provided two relaxation parameters: T CH (the CP time constant) and T 1ρ (the proton spin-lattice relaxation time in the rotating frame). The results and the analysis presented in the paper pointed out that T CH is sensitive to the imprinting process, showing variations related to the toluene/cyclodextrin molar ratio used for the preparation of the materials. Conversely, the observed values of T 1ρ did not show dramatic variations with the imprinting protocol, but rather confirmed that the three polymers are morphologically similar. Thus the combined use of T CH and T 1ρ can be helpful for the characterization and fine tuning of imprinted polymeric matrices. PMID:26877800

  8. Structural characterization of a polymer substituted fullerene (flagellene) by small angle neutron scattering

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    Affholter, K.A.; Bunick, G.J.; Wignall, G.D.; Desimone, J.M.; Hunt, M.O. Jr.; Menceloglu, Y.Z.; Samulski, E.T.

    1994-12-31

    Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) can structurally characterize fullerenes in solvents with strong SANS contrast (e.g. CS{sub 2}). Deuterated solvents (e.g. toluene-d{sub 8}) have a high scattering length density (SLD), which is close to that of C{sub 60} and C{sub 70} moieties. Hence, there is virtually no SANS contrast with the solvent and these particles are practically ``invisible`` in such media. On the other hand, the negative scattering length of hydrogen means that the SLD of H{sup 1}-containing materials is much lower, so they have strong contrast with toluene-d{sub 8}. Thus, SANS makes it possible to study the size and shapes of modified buckyballs such as the polymer-substituted fullerenes, or flagellenes. These consist of C{sub 60} cores to which 1-4 polystryene chains (with a molecular weight, MW {approx_equal} 2000) are attached. The extrapolated cross section at zero angle of scatter [d{Sigma}/d{Omega}(0)] is a function of the number of pendant chains, so SANS can be used to assess the number of ``arms`` which are covalently attached to the fullerene ``sphere.`` Close agreement ({plus_minus}4%) between measured and calculated values of d{Sigma}/d{Omega}(0) along with independent estimates of the radius of gyration (R{sub g}) and second virial coefficient (A{sub 2}) for a calibration linear polystyrene sample serves as a cross check on the validity of this methodology.

  9. Preparation and Characterization of Reconstituted Lipid-Synthetic Polymer Discoidal Particles.

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    Tanaka, Masafumi; Hosotani, Akira; Tachibana, Yuka; Nakano, Minoru; Iwasaki, Kenji; Kawakami, Toru; Mukai, Takahiro

    2015-11-24

    Discoidal high-density lipoproteins generated by the apolipoprotein-mediated solubilization of membrane lipids in vivo can be reconstituted with phospholipids and apolipoproteins in vitro. Recently, it has been reported that such particles can be prepared using the hydrolyzed acid form of styrene-maleic anhydride copolymer (SMAaf) instead of apolipoproteins, but characterization of its physicochemical properties has remained less elucidated. In the present study, with the aim of applying SMAaf-based lipid nanoparticles as novel delivery vehicles of drugs and/or imaging agents, we investigated the preparation conditions and evaluated the physicochemical properties of lipid-SMAaf complexes. SMAaf induced spontaneous turbidity clearance of dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) vesicles accompanied by the formation of smaller particles not only at the phase transition temperature of DMPC but also above it. Such reductions in the turbidity were not observed with some other amphiphilic synthetic polymers tested under the same experimental conditions. Size exclusion chromatography analyses showed that homogeneously sized particles were prepared at lipid to SMAaf weight ratios of less than 1/1.5. Dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy revealed that gel-filtered DMPC-SMAaf complexes were approximately 8-10 nm in diameter and discoidal in shape. The DMPC-SMAaf complexes were relatively stable even after lyophilization but were sensitive to pH changes. Fluorescence techniques demonstrated that the gel to liquid-crystalline phase transition temperature of DMPC in the discoidal complexes broadened significantly relative to that of liposomes, despite their common bilayer structure, which is a typical feature of discoidal lipid nanoparticles. These results provide fundamental insights into discoidal SMAaf-based lipid nanoparticles for the development of novel delivery vehicles. PMID:26531224

  10. Processing and characterization of protein polymer thin films for surface modification of neural prosthetic devices

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    Buchko, Christopher John

    The objective of this research has been to develop methods for modifying the surfaces of neural prosthetic devices to enhance biocompatibility. Also central to this work was the characterization of the processes used to modify the surfaces, the resulting macroscopic and microscopic structure, and the relevant physical properties of the new surface. The application required a coating that could attract and adhere cells, mediate the stiffness mismatch between the device and tissue, and facilitate signal transport from the device to tissue. The materials chosen for use as surface modifiers were genetically engineered polypeptides that combine biofunctional sequences with structural segments, creating a processable bioadhesive agent. An electric field mediated deposition process was used to create thin coatings on the devices from these protein polymers. Varying the process parameters was found to exert controllable changes on the morphology, and porous thin films with a range of structures were fabricated. This deposition process was combined with lithographic techniques to generate high-fidelity patterned surfaces. It was anticipated that the surface structure of these films could augment their biochemical composition and facilitate cell adhesion. A Fourier Transform-based method of explicitly quantifying the surface topography was employed to evaluate the effects of process parameters on topography. The mechanical properties of the coatings were examined to determine a suitable morphology for joining the mechanically dissimilar device and tissue. Fibrous coatings composed of randomly oriented filaments exhibited a stiffness gradient while under compression. The films were compliant near the tissue and stiffer near the device. The biological performance of these films was assayed and the films were seen to be potent cellular adhesives. The coatings were also found to be capable of delivering biologically-relevant molecules in vitro.

  11. Biosynthesis and characterization of silver nanoparticles prepared from two novel natural precursors by facile thermal decomposition methods

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    Goudarzi, Mojgan; Mir, Noshin; Mousavi-Kamazani, Mehdi; Bagheri, Samira; Salavati-Niasari, Masoud

    2016-01-01

    In this work, two natural sources, including pomegranate peel extract and cochineal dye were employed for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles. The natural silver complex from pomegranate peel extract resulted in nano-sized structures through solution-phase method, but this method was not efficient for cochineal dye-silver precursor and the as-formed products were highly agglomerated. Therefore, an alternative facile solid-state approach was investigated as for both natural precursors and the results showed successful production of well-dispersed nanoparticles with narrow size distribution for cochineal dye-silver precursor. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDX), and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). PMID:27581681

  12. Biosynthesis and characterization of silver nanoparticles prepared from two novel natural precursors by facile thermal decomposition methods.

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    Goudarzi, Mojgan; Mir, Noshin; Mousavi-Kamazani, Mehdi; Bagheri, Samira; Salavati-Niasari, Masoud

    2016-01-01

    In this work, two natural sources, including pomegranate peel extract and cochineal dye were employed for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles. The natural silver complex from pomegranate peel extract resulted in nano-sized structures through solution-phase method, but this method was not efficient for cochineal dye-silver precursor and the as-formed products were highly agglomerated. Therefore, an alternative facile solid-state approach was investigated as for both natural precursors and the results showed successful production of well-dispersed nanoparticles with narrow size distribution for cochineal dye-silver precursor. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDX), and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). PMID:27581681

  13. Biosynthesis and characterization of silver nanoparticles prepared from two novel natural precursors by facile thermal decomposition methods

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    Goudarzi, Mojgan; Mir, Noshin; Mousavi-Kamazani, Mehdi; Bagheri, Samira; Salavati-Niasari, Masoud

    2016-09-01

    In this work, two natural sources, including pomegranate peel extract and cochineal dye were employed for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles. The natural silver complex from pomegranate peel extract resulted in nano-sized structures through solution-phase method, but this method was not efficient for cochineal dye-silver precursor and the as-formed products were highly agglomerated. Therefore, an alternative facile solid-state approach was investigated as for both natural precursors and the results showed successful production of well-dispersed nanoparticles with narrow size distribution for cochineal dye-silver precursor. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDX), and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM).

  14. Photocatalytic decomposition of 4-t-octylphenol over NaBiO3 driven by visible light: catalytic kinetics and corrosion products characterization.

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    Chang, Xiaofeng; Huang, Jun; Cheng, Cheng; Sha, Wei; Li, Xue; Ji, Guangbin; Deng, Shubo; Yu, Gang

    2010-01-15

    The photocatalytic decomposition of 4-t-octylphenol (4-t-OP) by NaBiO(3) photocatalyst and the catalyst stability in aqueous solution were investigated systematically for the first time. The results showed that some parameters such as catalyst dosage, initial 4-t-OP concentration and pH value of the solution had great effects on the photocatalytic activity. The NaBiO(3) photocatalyst maintained considerable catalytic performance under visible light (lambda>400 nm) irradiation and exhibited a higher photocatalytic activity compared to the commercialized photocatalyst P25. In addition, the corrosion products of NaBiO(3) catalyst under acid condition (HCl aqueous solution contained) were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmittance electronic microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and UV-vis transmittance spectrum analysis. The results showed that NaBiO(3) was unstable under the acidic condition and the catalyst could convert into Bi(3+)-containing compounds such as Bi(2)O(3), etc. The experiment demonstrates that NaBiO(3) can be corroded to nano-sized BiOCl crystal in the presence of hydrogen chloride, the band gap of which was estimated to be 3.28 eV by Tauc's approach. PMID:19800168

  15. Characterization of polymer composites during autoclave manufacturing by Fourier transform Raman spectroscopy

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    Farquharson, Stuart; Smith, Wayne W.; Rigas, Elias J.; Granville, Dana

    2001-02-01

    12 The superior engineering properties of fiber reinforced polymer matrix composites, primarily the high strength-to- weight ratio, make them suitable to applications ranging from sporting goods to aircraft components (e.g. helicopter blades). Unfortunately, consistent fabrication of components with desired mechanical properties has proven difficult, and has led to high production costs. This is largely due to the inability to monitor and control polymer cure, loosely defined as the process of polymer chain extension and cross- linking. Even with stringent process control, slight variations in the pre-polymer formulations (e.g. prepreg) can influence reaction rates, reaction mechanisms, and ultimately, product properties. In an effort to optimize the performance of thermoset composite, we have integrated fiber optic probes between the plies of laminates and monitored cure by Raman spectroscopy, with the eventual goal of process control. Here we present real-time measurements of two high performance aerospace companies cured within an industrial autoclave.

  16. Synthesis and characterization of Sm3+:PEO+PVP polymer film

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    Kumar, K. Naveen; Buddhudu, S.

    2013-06-01

    Sm3+:PEO+PVP polymer films have successfully been synthesized by employing solution casting method and for these polymer films their XRD. TG-DTA profiles have been measured for an analysis. A bright orange luminescent color has been observed from them under an UV source. Besides the measurement of their absorption spectra, excitation and emission spectra have also been measured to evaluate emission performance at 600nm (4G5/2→6H7/2) of Sm3+ polymer films in the form of an energy level diagram. Such a detailed study on Sm3+:PEO+PVP polymer film has enabled to suggest this film as a orange luminescent optical material.

  17. Development and characterization of poly(1-vinylpyrrolidone-co-vinyl acetate) copolymer based polymer electrolytes.

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    Sa'adun, Nurul Nadiah; Subramaniam, Ramesh; Kasi, Ramesh

    2014-01-01

    Gel polymer electrolytes (GPEs) are developed using poly(1-vinylpyrrolidone-co-vinyl acetate) [P(VP-co-VAc)] as the host polymer, lithium bis(trifluoromethane) sulfonimide [LiTFSI] as the lithium salt and ionic liquid, and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide [EMImTFSI] by using solution casting technique. The effect of ionic liquid on ionic conductivity is studied and the optimum ionic conductivity at room temperature is found to be 2.14 × 10(-6) S cm(-1) for sample containing 25 wt% of EMImTFSI. The temperature dependence of ionic conductivity from 303 K to 353 K exhibits Arrhenius plot behaviour. The thermal stability of the polymer electrolyte system is studied by using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) while the structural and morphological properties of the polymer electrolyte is studied by using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), respectively. PMID:25431781

  18. HCN polymers characterized by solid state NMR: Chains and sheets formed in the neat liquid

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    Mamajanov, Irena; Herzfeld, Judith

    2009-04-01

    Hydrogen cyanide polymerizes readily under a variety of conditions and significant prebiotic roles have been suggested for these polymers due to the abundance of HCN in universe. However, the structures of HCN polymers have been more speculative than grounded in experimental data. Here we show that C13 and N15 solid state NMR spectra of polymers formed in neat HCN are inconsistent with the previously proposed structures and suggest instead that the polymers are formed by simple monomer addition, first in head-to-tail fashion to form linear, conjugated chains, and then laterally to form saturated two-dimensional networks. This interpretation of the NMR spectra finds support in other information about the polymerization of neat HCN, including the presence of free radicals. As expected from the literature, formation of the HCN tetramer, diaminomaleonitrile, is also observed, but only when the reaction is catalyzed exclusively by base and then in crystalline form.

  19. Unusually conductive carbon-inherently conducting polymer (ICP) composites: Synthesis and characterization

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    Bourdo, Shawn Edward

    Two groups of materials that have recently come to the forefront of research initiatives are carbon allotropes, especially nanotubes, and conducting polymers-more specifically inherently conducting polymers. The terms conducting polymers and inherently conducting polymers sometimes are used interchangeably without fully acknowledging a major difference in these terms. Conducting polymers (CPs) and inherently conducting polymers (ICPs) are both polymeric materials that conduct electricity, but the difference lies in how each of these materials conducts electricity. For CPs of the past, an electrically conductive filler such as metal particles, carbon black, or graphite would be blended into a polymer (insulator) allowing for the CP to carry an electric current. An ICP conducts electricity due to the intrinsic nature of its chemical structure. The two materials at the center of this research are graphite and polyaniline. For the first time, a composite between carbon allotropes (graphite) and an inherently conducting polymer (PANI) has exhibited an electrical conductivity greater than either of the two components. Both components have a plethora of potential applications and therefore the further investigation could lead to use of these composites in any number of technologies. Touted applications that use either conductive carbons or ICPs exist in a wide range of fields, including electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding, radar evasion, low power rechargeable batteries, electrostatic dissipation (ESD) for anti-static textiles, electronic devices, light emitting diodes (LEDs), corrosion prevention, gas sensors, super capacitors, photovoltaic cells, and resistive heating. The main motivation for this research has been to investigate the connection between an observed increase in conductivity and structure of composites. Two main findings have resulted from the research as related to the observed increase in conductivity. The first was the structural evidence from

  20. Microstructural characterization of thin polymer films using Langley low energy positron flux generator

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    Singh, Jag. J.

    1992-01-01

    We have developed a highly efficient scheme for generating high fluxes of slow positrons. These positrons have been successfully used to measure lifetimes in thin test films. The lifetime data have been used to develop two structure-property models for the test films. The first model relates the free volume cell size to the molecular weight of the polymer repeat unit. The second model relates the free volume fraction to the dielectric constant of the polymer film.

  1. Characterization and Mechanism for the Protection of Photolytic Decomposition of N-Halamine Siloxane Coatings by Titanium Dioxide.

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    Liu, Ying; Li, Jing; Li, Lin; McFarland, Stuart; Ren, Xuehong; Acevedo, Orlando; Huang, T S

    2016-02-10

    N-Halamine antibacterial materials have superior inactivation activities due to oxidative chlorine species. However, N-Cl bonds and bonds between N-halamine and substrates often decompose rapidly under UV irradiation, leading to unrecoverable loss of antimicrobial activity. In this study, titanium dioxide was covalently bonded onto N-halamine siloxane poly[5,5-dimethyl-3-(3'-triethoxysilylpropyl)hydantoin] (PSPH) via a sol-gel process. Experimental testing of the chlorinated cotton fabrics treated with TiO2/PSPH demonstrated that the residual oxidative chlorine in cotton-TiO2/PSPH-Cl was still effective for inactivating bacteria after 50 washing cycles and under UV light irradiation for 24 h. Quantum mechanical calculations found that TiO2 improves the UV stability of the PSPH-Cl system by increasing the activation barrier of the C-Si scission reaction responsible for the loss of the biocidal hydantoin moiety. SEM, XPS and FTIR spectra were used to characterize the coated cotton samples. Cotton-TiO2/PSPH-Cl samples exhibited good antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 6538) and Escherichia coli O157:H7 (ATCC 43895). The storage stability and washing stability of treated cotton fabrics were also investigated.

  2. Characterization and photo-chemical applications of nano-ZnO prepared by wet chemical and thermal decomposition methods

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    Mousa, M.A.; Bayoumy, W.A.A.; Khairy, M.

    2013-11-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Nano-ZnO particles were synthesized by soft-wet precipitation and dry methods. • ZnO nanoparticle with different morphologies was obtained. • Nano ZnO samples showed a high photocatalytic activity. • ZnO nanoparticle showed strong ultraviolet emission at room temperature. • The samples showed high biological activity depending on their synthetic method. - Abstract: Nano-crystalline ZnO particles were synthesized using two different routes: soft-wet and dry methods. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were used to identify the particles structures and morphologies, while X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used for verifying the particles crystal structure. The thermal stabilities of the particles were examined through thermal gravimetric analysis technique and their surface areas were calculated using BET method. Moreover, the photocatalytic activities were evaluated using UV–vis spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) characterization. The results showed that all the prepared ZnO samples possess a hexagonal wurtzite structure with high purity. Different particle sizes and morphologies of spheres, rods and wires were obtained depending on the preparation method used. Particle sizes obtained by the dry method are smaller than that found by the wet chemical method. The effects of both particle size and morphology on each of surface as well as optical properties, photocatalytic activity, dye/ZnO solar cell efficiency and biological activity have been studied and discussed.

  3. Synthesis and Characterization of Thermally Stable Photocurable Polymer with Cyclohexane Moiety.

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    Kim, Dong Mm; Yu, Seong Hun; Lee, Jun Young

    2016-03-01

    Photocurable polymers with high transparency and thermal stability were synthesized by reaction between a commercial epoxy resin (NC9110) containing cyclohexane moiety and various kinds of cinnamic acids such as trans-cinnamic acid (CA), 3-hydroxy-trans-cinnamic acid (HCA) and 4-methoxy-trans-cinnamic acid (MCA). The photocurable polymers were synthesized with equal equivalent weight ratio of epoxy and cinnamate group. The chemical structures of the synthesized polymers were confirmed by 1H-NMR and FT-IR spectroscopies. Optical transmittance and thermal stability of the photocured polymers were investigated using UV-Visible spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), respectively. It was confirmed that the polymers could form thin films with very smooth surface and could be efficiently cured by UV irradiation. It was also found that the polymer after curing showed a good thermal stability and optical transmittance. There was no significant transmittance change after heat treatment at 250 degrees C for 1 h and showed no noticeable weight loss up to 360 degrees C.

  4. Synthesis and Characterization of Thermally Stable Photocurable Polymer with Cyclohexane Moiety.

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    Kim, Dong Mm; Yu, Seong Hun; Lee, Jun Young

    2016-03-01

    Photocurable polymers with high transparency and thermal stability were synthesized by reaction between a commercial epoxy resin (NC9110) containing cyclohexane moiety and various kinds of cinnamic acids such as trans-cinnamic acid (CA), 3-hydroxy-trans-cinnamic acid (HCA) and 4-methoxy-trans-cinnamic acid (MCA). The photocurable polymers were synthesized with equal equivalent weight ratio of epoxy and cinnamate group. The chemical structures of the synthesized polymers were confirmed by 1H-NMR and FT-IR spectroscopies. Optical transmittance and thermal stability of the photocured polymers were investigated using UV-Visible spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), respectively. It was confirmed that the polymers could form thin films with very smooth surface and could be efficiently cured by UV irradiation. It was also found that the polymer after curing showed a good thermal stability and optical transmittance. There was no significant transmittance change after heat treatment at 250 degrees C for 1 h and showed no noticeable weight loss up to 360 degrees C. PMID:27455682

  5. Characterization of MreB polymers in E. coli and their correlations to cell shape

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    Nguyen, Jeffrey; Ouzonov, Nikolay; Gitai, Zemer; Shaevitz, Joshua

    2015-03-01

    Shape influences all facets of how bacteria interact with their environment. The size of E. coli is determined by the peptidoglycan cell wall and internal turgor pressure. The cell wall is patterned by MreB, an actin homolog that forms short polymers on the cytoplasmic membrane. MreB coordinates the breaking of old material and the insertion of new material for growth, but it is currently unknown what mechanism sets the absolute diameter of the cell. Using new techniques in fluorescence microscopy and image processing, we are able to quantify cell shape in 3- dimensions and access previously unattainable data on the conformation of MreB polymers. To study how MreB affects the diameter of bacteria, we analyzed the shapes and polymers of cells that have had MreB perturbed by one of two methods. We first treated cells with the MreB polymerization-inhibiting drug A22. Secondly, we created point mutants in MreB that change MreB polymer conformation and the cell shape. By analyzing the correlations between different shape and polymer metrics, we find that under both treatments, the average helical pitch angle of the polymers correlates strongly with the cell diameter. This observation links the micron scale shape of the cell to the nanometer scale MreB cytoskeleton.

  6. Thermal Decomposition of Radiation-Damaged Polystyrene

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    J Abrefah GS Klinger

    2000-09-26

    The radiation-damaged polystyrene material (''polycube'') used in this study was synthesized by mixing a high-density polystyrene (''Dylene Fines No. 100'') with plutonium and uranium oxides. The polycubes were used on the Hanford Site in the 1960s for criticality studies to determine the hydrogen-to-fissile atom ratios for neutron moderation during processing of spent nuclear fuel. Upon completion of the studies, two methods were developed to reclaim the transuranic (TRU) oxides from the polymer matrix: (1) burning the polycubes in air at 873 K; and (2) heating the polycubes in the absence of oxygen and scrubbing the released monomer and other volatile organics using carbon tetrachloride. Neither of these methods was satisfactory in separating the TRU oxides from the polystyrene. Consequently, the remaining polycubes were sent to the Hanford Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) for storage. Over time, the high dose of alpha and gamma radiation has resulted in a polystyrene matrix that is highly cross-linked and hydrogen deficient and a stabilization process is being developed in support of Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board Recommendation 94-1. Baseline processes involve thermal treatment to pyrolyze the polycubes in a furnace to decompose the polystyrene and separate out the TRU oxides. Thermal decomposition products from this degraded polystyrene matrix were characterized by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to provide information for determining the environmental impact of the process and for optimizing the process parameters. A gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) system coupled to a horizontal tube furnace was used for the characterization studies. The decomposition studies were performed both in air and helium atmospheres at 773 K, the planned processing temperature. The volatile and semi-volatile organic products identified for the radiation-damaged polystyrene were different from those observed for virgin polystyrene. The differences were in the

  7. Spectroscopic characterization of alumina-supported bis(allyl)iridium complexes : site-isolation, reactivity, and decomposition studies.

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    Trovitch, R. J.; Guo, N.; Janicke, M. T.; Li, H.; Marshall, C. L.; Miller, J. T.; Sattelberger, A. P.; John, K. D.; Baker, R. T.; LANL; Univ. of Ottawa

    2010-01-01

    The covalent attachment of tris(allyl)iridium to partially dehydroxylated ?-alumina is found to proceed via surface hydroxyl group protonation of one allyl ligand to form an immobilized bis(allyl)iridium moiety, (?AlO)Ir(allyl)2, as characterized by CP-MAS 13C NMR, inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry, and Ir L3 edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Extended X-ray absorption fine-structure (EXAFS) measurements taken on unsupported Ir(allyl)3 and several associated tertiary phosphine addition complexes suggest that the ?3-allyl ligands generally account for an Ir-C coordination number of 2 rather than 3, with an average Ir-C distance of 2.16 A. Using this knowledge, combined EXAFS and X-ray absorption near-edge structure studies reveal that a small amount of Ir0 is also formed upon reaction of Ir(allyl)3 with the surface. It was found that the addition of either 2,6-dimethylphenyl isocyanide or carbon monoxide to the supported complex allows spectroscopic identification of the supported bis(allyl)iridium complexes, (?AlO)Ir(allyl)2(CNAr) [Ar = 2,6-(CH3)2C6H4] and (?AlO)Ir(allyl)2(CO)2, respectively. Although samples of the supported bis(allyl)iridium complex are active for the dehydrogenation of cyclohexane to benzene at temperatures between 180 and 220C, in situ temperature-programmed reaction XAFS and continuous-flow reactor studies suggest that Ir0 nanoparticles, rather than a well-defined Ir3+ complex, are responsible for the observed activity.

  8. Spectroscopic characterization of alumina-supported bis(allyl)iridium complexes: site-isolation, reactivity, and decomposition studies.

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    Trovitch, Ryan J; Guo, Neng; Janicke, Michael T; Li, Hongbo; Marshall, Christopher L; Miller, Jeffrey T; Sattelberger, Alfred P; John, Kevin D; Baker, R Thomas

    2010-03-01

    The covalent attachment of tris(allyl)iridium to partially dehydroxylated gamma-alumina is found to proceed via surface hydroxyl group protonation of one allyl ligand to form an immobilized bis(allyl)iridium moiety, (=AlO)Ir(allyl)(2), as characterized by CP-MAS (13)C NMR, inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry, and Ir L(3) edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Extended X-ray absorption fine-structure (EXAFS) measurements taken on unsupported Ir(allyl)(3) and several associated tertiary phosphine addition complexes suggest that the eta(3)-allyl ligands generally account for an Ir-C coordination number of 2 rather than 3, with an average Ir-C distance of 2.16 A. Using this knowledge, combined EXAFS and X-ray absorption near-edge structure studies reveal that a small amount of Ir(0) is also formed upon reaction of Ir(allyl)(3) with the surface. It was found that the addition of either 2,6-dimethylphenyl isocyanide or carbon monoxide to the supported complex allows spectroscopic identification of the supported bis(allyl)iridium complexes, (=AlO)Ir(allyl)(2)(CNAr) [Ar = 2,6-(CH(3))(2)C(6)H(4)] and (=AlO)Ir(allyl)(2)(CO)(2), respectively. Although samples of the supported bis(allyl)iridium complex are active for the dehydrogenation of cyclohexane to benzene at temperatures between 180 and 220 degrees C, in situ temperature-programmed reaction XAFS and continuous-flow reactor studies suggest that Ir(0) nanoparticles, rather than a well-defined Ir(3+) complex, are responsible for the observed activity. PMID:20112918

  9. Modeling decomposition of rigid polyurethane foam

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    Hobbs, M.L.

    1998-01-01

    Rigid polyurethane foams are used as encapsulants to isolate and support thermally sensitive components within weapon systems. When exposed to abnormal thermal environments, such as fire, the polyurethane foam decomposes to form products having a wide distribution of molecular weights and can dominate the overall thermal response of the system. Decomposing foams have either been ignored by assuming the foam is not present, or have been empirically modeled by changing physical properties, such as thermal conductivity or emissivity, based on a prescribed decomposition temperature. The hypothesis addressed in the current work is that improved predictions of polyurethane foam degradation can be realized by using a more fundamental decomposition model based on chemical structure and vapor-liquid equilibrium, rather than merely fitting the data by changing physical properties at a prescribed decomposition temperature. The polyurethane decomposition model is founded on bond breaking of the primary polymer and formation of a secondary polymer which subsequently decomposes at high temperature. The bond breaking scheme is resolved using percolation theory to describe evolving polymer fragments. The polymer fragments vaporize according to individual vapor pressures. Kinetic parameters for the model were obtained from Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA) from a single nonisothermal experiment with a heating rate of 20 C/min. Model predictions compare reasonably well with a separate nonisothermal TGA weight loss experiment with a heating rate of 200 C/min.

  10. Potential approaches to the spectroscopic characterization of high performance polymers exposed to energetic protons and heavy ions

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    Suleman, Naushadalli K.

    1991-01-01

    A potential limitation to human activity on the lunar surface or in deep space is the exposure of the crew to unacceptably high levels of penetrating space radiations. The radiations of most concerns for such missions are high-energy protons emitted during solar flares, and galactic cosmic rays which are high-energy ions ranging from protons to iron. The development of materials for effective shielding from energetic space radiations will clearly require a greater understanding of the underlying mechanisms of radiation-induced damage in bulk materials. This can be accomplished in part by the detailed spectroscopic characterization of bulk materials that were exposed to simulated space radiations. An experimental data base thus created can then be used in conjunction with existing radiation transport codes in the design and fabrication of effective radiation shielding materials. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy was proven very useful in elucidating radiation effects in polymers (high performance polymers are often an important components of structural composites).

  11. Ultrasonic-assisted synthesis and structural characterization of two new nano-structured Hg(II) coordination polymers.

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    Ghasempour, Hosein; Azhdari Tehrani, Alireza; Morsali, Ali

    2015-11-01

    Two new Hg(II) coordination polymers containing N,N'-Bis-pyridin-3-ylmethylene-naphtalene-1,5-diamine ligand were synthesized by conventional and sonochemical methods, characterized by spectroscopic techniques (FT-IR and elemental analysis), and their X-ray crystallographic structures were determined. The crystal packing and supramolecular features of these coordination polymers were studied using geometrical analysis and Hirshfeld surface analysis. The crystal structure analysis revealed that H⋯H contacts, C-H⋯π and C-H⋯X (X = Cl for 1 and X = Br for 2) hydrogen bonding interactions are strong enough to govern the supramolecular architecture. The BFDH analysis helps us to compare the predicted morphology to that obtained under ultrasonication. This study may provide further insight into discovering the role of weak intermolecular interactions in the context of nano-supramolecular assembly.

  12. Characterization of nanocellulose reinforced semi-interpenetrating polymer network of poly(vinyl alcohol) & polyacrylamide composite films.

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    Mandal, Arup; Chakrabarty, Debabrata

    2015-12-10

    Semi-interpenetrating polymer network (semi-IPN) of poly(vinyl alcohol)/polyacrylamide was reinforced with various doses of nanocellulose. The different composite films thus prepared were characterized with respect to their mechanical, thermal, morphological and barrier properties. The composite film containing 5 wt.% of nanocellulose showed the highest tensile strength. The semi-interpenetrating polymer network of poly(vinyl alcohol)/polyacrylamide; and its various composites with nanocellulose were almost identical in their thermal stability. Each of the composites however exhibited much superior stability with respect to the linear poly(vinyl alcohol) and crosslinked polyacrylamide. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies exhibited phase separated morphology where agglomerates of nanocellulose were found to be dispersed in the matrix of the semi-IPN. The moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR) was the lowest for the film containing 5 wt.% of nanocellulose. PMID:26428121

  13. Isolation, characterization, and evaluation of Cassia fistula Linn. seed and pulp polymer for pharmaceutical application

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    Killedar, Suresh G; Nale, Ashwini B; more, Harinath N; Nadaf, Sameer J; Pawar, Anuja A; Tamboli, Umarfarukh S

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: Present work, is an effort toward exploring the potential of Cassia fistula Linn. seed gum as an extended release polymer and laxative. While, C. fistula pulp polymer has evaluated as suspending agent. Materials and Methods: For extended release application, total five batches (F1-F5) were prepared by varying the ratio of drug:polymer as 1:1, 1:2, 1:3, 1:4, and 1:5, respectively. The granules were prepared by wet granulation method and further evaluated for micromeritic properties such as angle of repose (θ), Carr's compressibility index (CCI), and Hausner's ratio. Further compacts were evaluated by hardness, thickness, swelling index, in-vitro dissolution, and so on. Laxative activity was evaluated by administration of seed polymer (100 mg/kg) alone or in combination with bisacodyl (2.5 mg/kg) in 1% Tween 80. Zinc oxide suspension was prepared by varying the concentration of C. fistula pulp polymer and compared with suspension made by use of tragacanth, sodium carboxymethyl cellulose and bentonite. Results: Result showed that granules were free flowing, while the compact extended the drug release up to 10 h (72.84 ± 0.98; batch F5) and followed Higuchi matrix release kinetics. This extended release might be due to the formation of polyelectrolyte complex because of gluco-mannose in seed gum. Result of in-vivo laxative activity showed that seed polymer reduced faeces weight after 24 h compared to control (P < 0.01). Conclusions: Pulp polymer showed good sedimentation volume, but alone fails to stabilize the suspension for a longer period, so it could be useful in combination with other suspending agents and can be useful as novel excipient. PMID:25426443

  14. Isolation of Halotolerant, Thermotolerant, Facultative Polymer-Producing Bacteria and Characterization of the Exopolymer

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    Pfiffner, S. M.; McInerney, Michael J.; Jenneman, Gary E.; Knapp, Roy M.

    1986-01-01

    Over 200 bacterial strains were selected for anaerobic growth at 50°C and extracellular polysaccharide production in a sucrose-mineral salts medium with NaNO3 and up to 10% NaCl. The predominant cell type was an encapsulated gram-positive, motile, facultative sporeforming rod similar to Bacillus species. Strain SP018 grew and produced the polysaccharide on a variety of substrates at salinities up to 12% NaCl. Good polymer production only occurred anaerobically and was optimal between 4 and 10% NaCl. The ethanol-precipitated SP018 polymer was a charged heteropolysaccharide that contained glucose, mannose, arabinose, ribose, and low levels of allose and glucosamine. The SP018 polymer showed pseudoplastic behavior, was resistant to shearing, and had a higher viscosity at dilute concentrations and at elevated temperatures than xanthan gum. High-ionic-strength solutions reversibly decreased the viscosity of SP018 polymer solutions. The bacterium and the associated polymer have many properties that make them potentially useful for in situ microbially enhanced oil recovery processes. PMID:16347080

  15. Isolation of halotolerant, thermotolerant, facultative polymer-producing bacteria and characterization of the exopolymer

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    Pfiffner, S.M.; McInerney, M.J.; Jenneman, G.E.; Knapp, R.M.

    1986-06-01

    Over 200 bacterial strains were selected for anaerobic growth at 50/sup 0/C and extracellular polysaccharide production in a sucrose-mineral salts medium with NaNO/sub 3/ and up to 10% NaCl. The predominant cell type was an encapsulated gram-positive, motile, facultative spore-forming rod similar to Bacillus species. Strain SP018 grew and produced the polysaccharide on a variety of substrates at salinities up to 12% NaCl. Good polymer production only occurred anaerobically and was optimal between 4 and 10% NaCl. The ethanol-precipitated SP018 polymer was a charged heteropolysaccharide that contained glucose, mannose, arabinose, ribose, and low levels of allose and glucosamine. The SP018 polymer showed pseudoplastic behavior, was resistant to shearing, and had a higher viscosity at dilute concentrations and at elevated temperatures than xanthan gum. High-ionic-strength solutions reversibly decreased the viscosity of SP018 polymer solutions. The bacterium and the associated polymer have many properties that make them potentially useful for in situ microbially enhanced oil recovery processes.

  16. Isolation of halotolerant, thermotolerant, facultative polymer-producing bacteria and characterization of the exopolymer.

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    Pfiffner, S M; McInerney, M J; Jenneman, G E; Knapp, R M

    1986-06-01

    Over 200 bacterial strains were selected for anaerobic growth at 50 degrees C and extracellular polysaccharide production in a sucrose-mineral salts medium with NaNO(3) and up to 10% NaCl. The predominant cell type was an encapsulated gram-positive, motile, facultative sporeforming rod similar to Bacillus species. Strain SP018 grew and produced the polysaccharide on a variety of substrates at salinities up to 12% NaCl. Good polymer production only occurred anaerobically and was optimal between 4 and 10% NaCl. The ethanol-precipitated SP018 polymer was a charged heteropolysaccharide that contained glucose, mannose, arabinose, ribose, and low levels of allose and glucosamine. The SP018 polymer showed pseudoplastic behavior, was resistant to shearing, and had a higher viscosity at dilute concentrations and at elevated temperatures than xanthan gum. High-ionic-strength solutions reversibly decreased the viscosity of SP018 polymer solutions. The bacterium and the associated polymer have many properties that make them potentially useful for in situ microbially enhanced oil recovery processes.

  17. Light scattering characterization of carbon nanotube dispersions and reinforcement of polymer composites

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    Zhao, Jian

    Dispersion and morphology of carbon nanotubes as well as enhancement for rubber reinforcement are studied. Several approaches including surfactant aids, functionalization and plasma treatment are used to assist dispersion. Several characterization methods are used to assess both the degree of dispersion and the level of reinforcement. Small angle light scattering is carried out as a primary tool to assess structure and dispersion of nanotubes treated through these approaches Stress-strain measurement and dynamic mechanical analysis are performed on elastomeric composites to study polymer reinforcement. These results are divided into five sections. The first section focuses on dispersion of untreated and acid-treated multi-walled carbon nanofibers (MWNF) suspended in water. Light scattering data provide the first insights into the mechanism by which surface treatment promotes dispersion. Both acid-treated and untreated nanofibers exhibit hierarchical morphology consisting of small-scale aggregates (bundles) that agglomerate to form fractal clusters that eventually precipitate. Although the morphology of the aggregates and agglomerates is nearly independent of surface treatment, their time evolution is quite different. Acid oxidation has little effect on bundle morphology. Rather acid treatment inhibits agglomeration of the bundles. The second section focuses on dispersion of the solubilized nanofibers. Light scattering data indicate that PEG-functionalized sample is dispersed at small rod-like bundle (side-by-side aggregate) level. Solubilization is achieved not by disrupting small-scale size-by-side bundles, but mainly by completely inhibiting large-scale agglomeration. The third section focuses on dispersion of plasma-treated carbon nanofibers. Comparison of untreated and plasma-treated nanofibers indicates that plasma treatment facilitates dispersion of nanofibers. The fourth section focuses on dispersion and structure of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs

  18. Environmentally-controlled microtensile testing of mechanically-adaptive polymer nanocomposites for ex vivo characterization.

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    Hess, Allison E; Potter, Kelsey A; Tyler, Dustin J; Zorman, Christian A; Capadona, Jeffrey R

    2013-08-20

    Implantable microdevices are gaining significant attention for several biomedical applications. Such devices have been made from a range of materials, each offering its own advantages and shortcomings. Most prominently, due to the microscale device dimensions, a high modulus is required to facilitate implantation into living tissue. Conversely, the stiffness of the device should match the surrounding tissue to minimize induced local strain. Therefore, we recently developed a new class of bio-inspired materials to meet these requirements by responding to environmental stimuli with a change in mechanical properties. Specifically, our poly(vinyl acetate)-based nanocomposite (PVAc-NC) displays a reduction in stiffness when exposed to water and elevated temperatures (e.g. body temperature). Unfortunately, few methods exist to quantify the stiffness of materials in vivo, and mechanical testing outside of the physiological environment often requires large samples inappropriate for implantation. Further, stimuli-responsive materials may quickly recover their initial stiffness after explantation. Therefore, we have developed a method by which the mechanical properties of implanted microsamples can be measured ex vivo, with simulated physiological conditions maintained using moisture and temperature control. To this end, a custom microtensile tester was designed to accommodate microscale samples with widely-varying Young's moduli (range of 10 MPa to 5 GPa). As our interests are in the application of PVAc-NC as a biologically-adaptable neural probe substrate, a tool capable of mechanical characterization of samples at the microscale was necessary. This tool was adapted to provide humidity and temperature control, which minimized sample drying and cooling. As a result, the mechanical characteristics of the explanted sample closely reflect those of the sample just prior to explantation. The overall goal of this method is to quantitatively assess the in vivo mechanical

  19. Star Polymers.

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    Ren, Jing M; McKenzie, Thomas G; Fu, Qiang; Wong, Edgar H H; Xu, Jiangtao; An, Zesheng; Shanmugam, Sivaprakash; Davis, Thomas P; Boyer, Cyrille; Qiao, Greg G

    2016-06-22

    Recent advances in controlled/living polymerization techniques and highly efficient coupling chemistries have enabled the facile synthesis of complex polymer architectures with controlled dimensions and functionality. As an example, star polymers consist of many linear polymers fused at a central point with a large number of chain end functionalities. Owing to this exclusive structure, star polymers exhibit some remarkable characteristics and properties unattainable by simple linear polymers. Hence, they constitute a unique class of technologically important nanomaterials that have been utilized or are currently under audition for many applications in life sciences and nanotechnologies. This article first provides a comprehensive summary of synthetic strategies towards star polymers, then reviews the latest developments in the synthesis and characterization methods of star macromolecules, and lastly outlines emerging applications and current commercial use of star-shaped polymers. The aim of this work is to promote star polymer research, generate new avenues of scientific investigation, and provide contemporary perspectives on chemical innovation that may expedite the commercialization of new star nanomaterials. We envision in the not-too-distant future star polymers will play an increasingly important role in materials science and nanotechnology in both academic and industrial settings.

  20. Characterization of the inhibition of enveloped virus infectivity by the cationic acrylate polymer eudragit E100.

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    Alasino, Roxana V; Bianco, Ismael D; Vitali, María S; Zarzur, Jorge A; Beltramo, Dante M

    2007-09-11

    The antiviral effects of the cationic acrylate polymer E100 on a panel of lipid-enveloped viruses and the interactions involved are studied. The treatment of several common viruses with E100 induced a dose-dependent inhibition of the infectivity of viruses below the detection limit of the assays employed. Similarly, the treatment of human sera infected with HIV or HCV reduced virus RNA plasma levels to undetectable values. This implies that Eudragit E100 can interact with enveloped viruses, even in the presence of proteins, through a mechanism that is not reversed by titration of the positively charged groups of the polymer, opening the possibility to remove viral particles with the polymer as it is eliminated.

  1. Characterization of coplanar poled electro optic polymer films for Si-photonic devices with multiphoton microscopy

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    Himmelhuber, R. Mehravar, S. S.; Herrera, O. D.; Demir, V.; Kieu, K.; Norwood, R. A.; Peyghambarian, N.; Luo, J.; Jen, A. K.-Y.

    2014-04-21

    We imaged coplanar poled electro optic (EO) polymer films on transparent substrates with a multiple-photon microscope in reflection and correlated the second-harmonic light intensity with the results of Pockels coefficient (r{sub 33}) measurements. This allowed us to make quantitative measurements of poled polymer films on non-transparent substrates like silicon, which are not accessible with traditional Pockels coefficient measurement techniques. Phase modulators consisting of silicon waveguide devices with EO polymer claddings with a known Pockels coefficient (from V{sub π} measurements) were used to validate the correlation between the second-harmonic signal and r{sub 33}. This also allowed us to locally map the r{sub 33} coefficient in the poled area.

  2. Synthesis and Characterization of Benzotriazole-based Conjugated Polymers for Bulk-heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Jeong, Hee-Yeon; Oh, Young-Min; Yoon, Kuk-Ro; Kim, Tae-Dong

    2016-05-01

    A series of new benzotriazole-containing low band gap polymers were synthesized by replacing conjugated electron-donating units, carbazole, fluorene, and benzodithiophene. UV spectra of PBTZCZ, PBTZFL, and PBTZSP in chloroform solution show absorption bands around 501, 504, and 537 nm, respectively. The results indicate that their bandgaps as well as their molecular energy levels are readily tuned by copolymerizing with different electron-donating units. Thermal stability of the polymers was investigated with thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The TGA analysis revealed that the onset points of the weight loss with 5% weight-loss temperature (Td) of PBTZCZ, PBTZFL, and PBTZSP were 417, 429, 337°C. Bulk-heterojunction solar cells comprising these polymers and PC60BM gave a power conversion efficiency of 2 ~ 3%.

  3. Temperature characterization of integrated optical all-polymer Mach-Zehnder interferometers

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    Xiao, Yanfen; Hofmann, Meike; Wang, Ziyu; Langenecker, Alexa; Shermann, Stanislav; Gleissner, Uwe; Zappe, Hans

    2016-04-01

    Two new design concepts for all-polymer-based integrated optical Mach-Zehnder interferometers in foil as chemical or bio-chemical sensors are presented. Fabricated with hot-embossing and printing techniques, these all polymer optical components are designed for low-cost fabrication and yield highly sensitive response to external refractive index changes. Compared to traditional semiconductor based systems, these polymer sensors do not need the interaction window and do not require a cleanroom for fabrication. The optical response of the asymmetric interferometers to temperature variations is determined theoretically and compared for two designs. Using the designed asymmetric interferometer, a chemical micro-fluidic test system with temperature controller experimentally demonstrates the sensors' temperature characteristics.

  4. Characterizing the function of unstructured proteins: Simulations of charged polymers under confinement

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    Bright, Joanne N.; Stevens, Mark. J.; Hoh, Jan; Woolf, Thomas B.

    2001-09-01

    Experimental findings that some polypeptides may be unstructured and behave as entropically driven polymeric spacers in biological systems motivates a study of confined polymers. Here we examine the confinement of neutral, polyampholyte, and polyelectrolyte polymers between two parallel surfaces using course grained models and molecular dynamics. Forces between the confining surfaces are determined for different polymer classes and as a function of chain length, charge sequence (pattern) and degree of confinement. Changes in chain properties are also evaluated under these conditions. The results reinforce the significance of length and net charge for predicting chain properties. In addition the clustering of charge along the chain appears to be critical, and changes in cluster size and distribution produce dramatic changes in chain behavior.

  5. Fabrication and characterization of polymer microfluidic devices for bio-agent detection

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    Morales, Alfredo M.; Brazzle, John D.; Crocker, Robert W.; Domeier, Linda A.; Goods, Eric B.; Hachman, John T., Jr.; Harnett, Cindy K.; Hunter, Marion C.; Mani, Seethambal S.; Mosier, Bruce P.; Simmons, Blake A.

    2005-01-01

    Sandia and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories are developing a briefcase-sized, broad-spectrum bioagent detection system. This autonomous instrument, the BioBriefcase, will monitor the environment and warn against bacterium, virus, and toxin based biological attacks. At the heart of this device, inexpensive polymer microfluidic chips will carry out sample preparation and analysis. Fabrication of polymer microfluidic chips involves the creation of a master in etched glass; plating of the master to produce a nickel stamp; large lot chip replication by injection molding; and thermal chip sealing. Since the performance and reliability of microfluidic chips are very sensitive to fluidic impedance and to electromagnetic fluxes, the microchannel dimensions and shape have to be tightly controlled during chip fabrication. In this talk, we will present an overview of chip design and fabrication. Metrology data collected at different fabrication steps and the dimensional deviations of the polymer chip from the original design will be discussed.

  6. Fabrication and characterization of polymer microfluidic devices for bio-agent detection

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    Morales, Alfredo M.; Brazzle, John D.; Crocker, Robert W.; Domeier, Linda A.; Goods, Eric B.; Hachman, John T., Jr.; Harnett, Cindy K.; Hunter, Marion C.; Mani, Seethambal S.; Mosier, Bruce P.; Simmons, Blake A.

    2004-12-01

    Sandia and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories are developing a briefcase-sized, broad-spectrum bioagent detection system. This autonomous instrument, the BioBriefcase, will monitor the environment and warn against bacterium, virus, and toxin based biological attacks. At the heart of this device, inexpensive polymer microfluidic chips will carry out sample preparation and analysis. Fabrication of polymer microfluidic chips involves the creation of a master in etched glass; plating of the master to produce a nickel stamp; large lot chip replication by injection molding; and thermal chip sealing. Since the performance and reliability of microfluidic chips are very sensitive to fluidic impedance and to electromagnetic fluxes, the microchannel dimensions and shape have to be tightly controlled during chip fabrication. In this talk, we will present an overview of chip design and fabrication. Metrology data collected at different fabrication steps and the dimensional deviations of the polymer chip from the original design will be discussed.

  7. Formation and characterization of stable fluorescent complexes between neutral conjugated polymers and cyclodextrins.

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    Martínez-Tomé, Maria José; Esquembre, Rocío; Mallavia, Ricardo; Mateo, C Reyes

    2013-01-01

    Solubilisation and stabilization of conjugated polymers, CPs, in aqueous media remains a challenge for many researches trying to extend the biological and environmental applications of this kind of polymers. A number of different alternatives have been considered to address this problem, which are mostly based on the enhancement of the macromolecule polarity, by appending hydrophilic side chains on the polymer backbone. In this work we have investigated a new strategy in which water solubilization is reached by external addition of classical cyclodextrins (α-, β- and γ-CDs) to a solution of non-polar CPs. This strategy allows working with such polymers eliminating the need to synthesize new water-soluble species. The polymer selected for the study was poly-[9,9-bis(6'-bromohexyl-2,7-fluoren-dyil)-co-alt-(benzene-1,4-diy)], PFPBr(2), a polyfluorene previously synthesized in our laboratory. Results show that PFPBr(2) forms fluorescent complexes in aqueous media with β-CD and γ-CD, and much less efficiently with α-CD, probably due to the small size of its cavity. The new PFPBr(2)/CD complexes are stable in time and in a large range of pH, however, at high concentration and temperature, they tend to aggregate and precipitate. In order to increase stabilization and minimize polymer aggregation, complexes were encapsulated inside the pores of silica glasses fabricated using the sol-gel process, obtaining transparent and fluorescent hybrid matrices which were stable in time and temperature. In addition, immobilization of the complexes allows an easy manipulation of the material, thus offering promising applications in the development of biological and chemical sensors.

  8. Characterization and mechanism of He plasma pretreatment of nanoscale polymer masks for improved pattern transfer fidelity

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    Weilnboeck, F.; Metzler, D.; Kumar, N.; Oehrlein, G. S.; Bruce, R. L.; Engelmann, S.; Fuller, N.

    2011-12-26

    Roughening of nanoscale polymer masks during plasma etching (PE) limits feature critical dimensions in current and future lithographic technologies. Roughness formation of 193 nm photoresist (PR) is mechanistically explained by plasma-induced changes in mechanical properties introduced at the PR surface ({approx}2 nm) by ions and in parallel in the material bulk ({approx}200 nm) by ultraviolet (UV) plasma radiation. Synergistic roughening of polymer masks can be prevented by pretreating PR patterns with a high dose of He plasma UV exposure to saturate bulk material modifications. During subsequent PE, PR patterns are stabilized and exhibit improved etch resistance and reduced surface/line-edge roughness.

  9. Fabrication and Characterization of Porous Alumina Template based Gold-Polymer Nanocomposite Plasmonic Nanoarrays

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    Shukla, Shobha; Kim, K. T.; Baev, A.; Yoon, Y. K.; Prasad, P. N.

    2010-03-01

    Plasmonic nanostructures can be tuned by changing their geometry such as the aspect ratio of gold pillars. Although they are very attractive for many applications such as biosensors, imaging beyond diffraction limit etc. there is lack of an easy, cost-effective process for implementing such structures. We report a simple, facile and manufacturable method to produce gold-polymer plasmonic nanoarrays in nanoporous alumina templates. Two dimensional arrays of gold-polymer nanocomposite support discrete plasmon resonance modes at visible and infrared frequencies. Finite element full-wave analysis in three-dimensional computational domain confirms our experimental results.

  10. Electrical and electro-optic characterization of nonlinear polymer thin films on silicon substrate

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    Prorok, Stefan; Schulz, Marvin; Petrov, Alexander; Eich, Manfred; Luo, Jingdong; Jen, Alex K.

    2014-05-01

    In this paper we present electrical and electro-optical (EO) measurements of polymer thin films on silicon substrates. A method is presented on how to interpret ellipsometric measurements of the (EO) coefficient on silicon substrate by taking into account multiple reflections in each sample layer. The obtained EO coefficients on silicon substrate are compared to measurements for indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates. Electrical measurements are performed to analyze the conduction mechanisms inside the polymer film. Based on the presented experimental data different models are discussed in order to explain the differences in current density during poling between ITO coated glass substrates and silicon substrates.

  11. ALKALINE-SURFACTANT-POLYMER FLOODING AND RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZATION OF THE BRIDGEPORT AND CYPRESS RESERVOIRS OF THE LAWRENCE FIELD

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    Malcolm Pitts; Ron Damm; Bev Seyler

    2003-03-01

    Feasibility of alkaline-surfactant-polymer flood for the Lawrence Field in Lawrence County, Illinois is being studied. Two injected formulations are being designed; one for the Bridgeport A and Bridgeport B reservoirs and one for Cypress and Paint Creek reservoirs. Fluid-fluid and coreflood evaluations have developed a chemical solution that produces incremental oil in the laboratory from the Cypress and Paint Creek reservoirs. A chemical formulation for the Bridgeport A and Bridgeport B reservoirs is being developed. A reservoir characterization study is being done on the Bridgeport A, B, & D sandstones, and on the Cypress sandstone. The study covers the pilot flood area and the Lawrence Field.

  12. ALKALINE-SURFACTANT-POLYMER FLOODING AND RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZATION OF THE BRIDGEPORT AND CYPRESS RESERVOIRS OF THE LAWRENCE FIELD

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    Malcolm Pitts; Ron Damm; Bev Seyler

    2003-04-01

    Feasibility of alkaline-surfactant-polymer flood for the Lawrence Field in Lawrence County, Illinois is being studied. Two injected formulations are being designed; one for the Bridgeport A and Bridgeport B reservoirs and one for Cypress and Paint Creek reservoirs. Fluid-fluid and coreflood evaluations have developed a chemical solution that produces incremental oil in the laboratory from the Cypress and Paint Creek reservoirs. A chemical formulation for the Bridgeport A and Bridgeport B reservoirs is being developed. A reservoir characterization study is being done on the Bridgeport A, B, & D sandstones, and on the Cypress sandstone. The study covers the pilot flood area and the Lawrence Field.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of an insoluble polymer based on polyamidoamine: applications for the decontamination of metals in aqueous systems.

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    Valdés, Oscar; Vergara, Claudia E; Camarada, Maria B; Carrasco-Sánchez, Veronica; Nachtigall, Fabiane M; Tapia, Jaime; Fischer, Rainer; González-Nilo, F D; Santos, Leonardo S

    2015-01-01

    We present a novel, insoluble, low-generation polyamidoamine (PAMAM)-based polymer. The monomer and polymer were characterized by fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, electrospray ionization mass spectrometry and thermogravimetric measurement, revealing that G0 acryloyl-terminated PAMAM were synthesized and polymerized using ammonium persulfate as an initiator, producing a high-density PAMAM derivative (PAMAM-HD). PAMAM-HD was tested for its ability to remove Na(I), K(I), Ca(II), Mg(II), Cu(II), Mn(II), Cd(II), Pb(II) and Zn(II) ions from acidic, neutral and basic aqueous solutions. PAMAM-HD efficiently removed metals ions from all three solutions. The greatest absorption efficiency at neutral pH was observed against Cu(II), Cd(II) and Pb(II), and the experimental data were supported by the calculated Kd values. Our data could have a significant impact on water purification by providing an inexpensive and efficient polymer for the removal of metal ions.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of an insoluble polymer based on polyamidoamine: applications for the decontamination of metals in aqueous systems.

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    Valdés, Oscar; Vergara, Claudia E; Camarada, Maria B; Carrasco-Sánchez, Veronica; Nachtigall, Fabiane M; Tapia, Jaime; Fischer, Rainer; González-Nilo, F D; Santos, Leonardo S

    2015-01-01

    We present a novel, insoluble, low-generation polyamidoamine (PAMAM)-based polymer. The monomer and polymer were characterized by fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, electrospray ionization mass spectrometry and thermogravimetric measurement, revealing that G0 acryloyl-terminated PAMAM were synthesized and polymerized using ammonium persulfate as an initiator, producing a high-density PAMAM derivative (PAMAM-HD). PAMAM-HD was tested for its ability to remove Na(I), K(I), Ca(II), Mg(II), Cu(II), Mn(II), Cd(II), Pb(II) and Zn(II) ions from acidic, neutral and basic aqueous solutions. PAMAM-HD efficiently removed metals ions from all three solutions. The greatest absorption efficiency at neutral pH was observed against Cu(II), Cd(II) and Pb(II), and the experimental data were supported by the calculated Kd values. Our data could have a significant impact on water purification by providing an inexpensive and efficient polymer for the removal of metal ions. PMID:25304521

  15. Dosimetric characterization of CyberKnife radiosurgical photon beams using polymer gels

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    Pantelis, E.; Antypas, C.; Petrokokkinos, L.; Karaiskos, P.; Papagiannis, P.; Kozicki, M.; Georgiou, E.; Sakelliou, L.; Seimenis, I.

    2008-06-15

    Dose distributions registered in water equivalent, polymer gel dosimeters were used to measure the output factors and off-axis profiles of the radiosurgical photon beams employed for CyberKnife radiosurgery. Corresponding measurements were also performed using a shielded silicon diode commonly employed for CyberKnife commissioning, the PinPoint ion chamber, and Gafchromic EBT films, for reasons of comparison. Polymer gel results of this work for the output factors of the 5, 7.5, and 10 mm diameter beams are (0.702{+-}0.029), (0.872{+-}0.039), and (0.929{+-}0.041), respectively. Comparison of polymer gel and diode measurements shows that the latter overestimate output factors of the two small beams (5% for the 5 mm beam and 3% for the 7.5 mm beams). This is attributed to the nonwater equivalence of the high atomic number silicon material of the diode detector. On the other hand, the PinPoint chamber is found to underestimate output factors up to 10% for the 5 mm beam due to volume averaging effects. Polymer gel and EBT film output factor results are found in close agreement for all beam sizes, emphasizing the importance of water equivalence and fine detector sensitive volume for small field dosimetry. Relative off-axis profile results are in good agreement for all dosimeters used in this work, with noticeable differences observed only in the PinPoint estimate of the 80%-20% penumbra width, which is relatively overestimated.

  16. Synthesis and characterization of linear cerium(IV) Schiff-base coordination polymers

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    Chen, H.; Cronin, J.A.; Archer, R.D. . Dept. of Chemistry)

    1994-04-11

    The first soluble linear Schiff-base rare earth coordination polymer, catena-poly[cerium-(4)-[mu]-N,N[prime],N[double prime],N[prime][double prime]-tetrasalicylidene (3,3[prime]-diaminobenzidinato)-O,N,N[prime],O[prime],O[double prime],N[double prime],N[prime][double prime],O[prime][double prime

  17. Characterization of energetic and non-energetic polymers for laser ablation propulsion applications

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    Paturi, Prem Kiran; Chelikani, Leela; Billa, Narasimha Rao; Guthikonda, Nagaraju; Jana, Tushar; Acrhem Team; School Of Chemistry Team

    2015-06-01

    Energetic Polymers, considered to be cleaner, environmental friendly materials are one of the primary candidates for future plasma thrusters. For e.g., energetic hydroxyl terminated polybutadiene (HTPB) is being used as a binder for high-performance composite propellants. Understanding the conversion of optical energy to kinetic energy is essential in evaluating these materials as thrusters. Spatio-temporal evolution of laser ablative (LA) and blow-off (BO) shock waves (SW) during laser excitation provide a valuable insight into the energy release of the polymers. LASW and LBOSW during 7 ns laser pulse (532 nm, 10Hz) interaction with ~ 200 micron thick HTPB and its variants with energetic additives taken in the form of a sheet were studied simultaneously using defocused shadowgraphic imaging over 0.2 - 30 μs time scales. The results were compared with non-energetic polyvinyl chloride (PVC) under same experimental conditions. The SW was observed to propagate faster through the HTPB variant compared to HTPB. Appearance of LBOSW at different time scales for the polymers revealed the shock propagation characteristics through the polymers. The work is supported by Defence Research and Developement Organization, India through Grants-in-Aid Program.

  18. Development and Characterization of Poly(1-vinylpyrrolidone-co-vinyl acetate) Copolymer Based Polymer Electrolytes

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    Sa'adun, Nurul Nadiah; Subramaniam, Ramesh; Kasi, Ramesh

    2014-01-01

    Gel polymer electrolytes (GPEs) are developed using poly(1-vinylpyrrolidone-co-vinyl acetate) [P(VP-co-VAc)] as the host polymer, lithium bis(trifluoromethane) sulfonimide [LiTFSI] as the lithium salt and ionic liquid, and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide [EMImTFSI] by using solution casting technique. The effect of ionic liquid on ionic conductivity is studied and the optimum ionic conductivity at room temperature is found to be 2.14 × 10−6 S cm−1 for sample containing 25 wt% of EMImTFSI. The temperature dependence of ionic conductivity from 303 K to 353 K exhibits Arrhenius plot behaviour. The thermal stability of the polymer electrolyte system is studied by using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) while the structural and morphological properties of the polymer electrolyte is studied by using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), respectively. PMID:25431781

  19. HCN polymers characterized by SSNMR: Solid state reaction of crystalline tetramer (diaminomaleonitrile)

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    Mamajanov, Irena; Herzfeld, Judith

    2009-04-01

    The HCN tetramer, diaminomaleonitrile, crystallizes in sheets with amine and nitrile groups of neighboring molecules in close proximity. This suggests the possibility of relatively facile acid-base addition to form a protopeptide polymer. We find that moderate heating under argon indeed results in an unmistakable reaction, with the abrupt transformation of pale crystallites to shrunken dark particles that become electrically conductive upon doping with iodine. Since nearly a quarter of the mass is lost in the process and the released gas condenses, polymerizes, and reacts with aqueous AgNO3 like HCN, it seems likely that the dark solid is a polymer of HCN trimer. C13 and N15 solid state NMR spectra show the formation of new N-C bonds, and entirely different functional groups from those observed in polymers formed by liquid HCN. These include three different types of nitrogen functionalities and an absence of saturated carbon or nitrile. The observed chemical shifts, optical properties, and electrical conductivity are consistent with polymers of HCN trimer that have undergone cyclization to form poly-[aminoimidazole].

  20. The synthesis and characterization of environmentally-responsive water-swellable and water-soluble polymers for wastewater remediation

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    Armentrout, Rodney Scott

    The primary research goal is the development of new polymeric materials that demonstrate the environmentally-responsive sequestration of common water foulants, including surfactants and oils. Water-swellable and water-soluble polymers have been synthesized, structurally characterized, and their physical properties have been determined. In addition, the ability of the materials to sequester model water foulants has been evaluated. Anionic crosslinked polymer networks of 2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid, acrylamide, and methylene bisacrylamide have been synthesized and characterized by determining the equilibrium water contents as a function of ionic content of the polymer network. The molar ratio of bound surfactant to ionic group was determined to be less than one for all hydrogels studied, indicating an ion-exchange binding mechanism with minimal hydrophobic interactions between bound and unbound surfactant molecules is responsible for surfactant binding. Cationic crosslinked cyclopolymer networks of N,N-diallyl- N-methyl amine (DAMA) and N,N,N,N-tetraallyl ammonium chloride (TAAC) have been synthesized and characterized by determining the equilibrium water content as a function of pH. A maximum in the equilibrium water content is observed for pH-6 when the polymer is fully ionized. The solubilization of a model water foulant, p-cresol, by the polymeric surfactant, Pluronic F127, has been studied via equilibrium dialysis, dynamic light scattering and ultrafiltration experiments. It has been shown that at 25°C p-cresol is readily solubilized by F127 since the polymeric surfactant exists in a multimer conformation. Ultrafiltration experiments have demonstrated that the polymer-foulant binding interactions are largely unaffected by shear in a hollow fiber membrane. Copolymers of the zwitterionic monomer, 3-(N,N-diallyl- N-methyl ammonio) propane sulfonate (DAMAPS) and N,N-diallyl- N,N-dimethylammonium chloride (DADMAC) (the DADS series) or the p

  1. Synthesis and characterization of UO(2)(2+)-ion imprinted polymer for selective extraction of UO(2)(2+).

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    Singh, Dhruv K; Mishra, Shraddha

    2009-06-30

    Ion-imprinted polymers (IIPs) were prepared for uranyl ion (imprint ion) by formation of binary (salicylaldoxime (SALO) or 4-vinylpyridine (VP)) or ternary (salicylaldoxime and 4-vinylpyridine) complex in 2-methoxy ethanol (porogen) following copolymerization with methacrylic acid (MAA) as a functional monomer and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) as crosslinking monomer using 2,2'-azobisisobutyronitrile as initiator. Control polymers (CPs) were also prepared under identical experimental conditions without using imprint ion. The above synthesized polymers were characterized by surface area measurement, microanalysis and FT-IR analysis techniques. The imprinted polymer formed with ternary complex of UO(2)(2+)-SALO-VP (1:2:2, IIP3) showed quantitative enrichment of uranyl ion from dilute aqueous solution and hence was chosen for detailed studies. The optimal pH for quantitative enrichment is 3.5-6.5. The adsorbed UO(2)(2+) was completely eluted with 10 mL of 1.0 M HCl. The retention capacity of IIP3 was found to be 0.559 mmol g(-1). Further, the distribution ratio and selectivity coefficients of uranium and other selected inorganic ions were also evaluated. Five replicate determinations of 25 microg L(-1) of uranium(VI) gave a mean absorbance of 0.032 with a relative standard deviation of 2.20%. The detection limit corresponding to three times the standard deviation of the blank was found to be 5 microg L(-1). IIP3 was tested for preconcentration of uranium(VI) from ground, river and sea water samples. PMID:19463560

  2. Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Spinodal-Assisted Polymer Crystallization

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    Gee, R H; Lacevic, N M; Fried, L

    2005-07-08

    Large scale molecular dynamics simulations of bulk melts of polar (poly(vinylidene fluoride) (pVDF)) polymers are utilized to study chain conformation and ordering prior to crystallization under cooling. While the late stages of polymer crystallization have been studied in great detail, recent theoretical and experimental evidence indicates that there are important phenomena occurring in the early stages of polymer crystallization that are not understood to the same degree. When the polymer melt is quenched from a temperature above the melting temperature to the crystallization temperature, crystallization does not occur instantaneously. This initial interval without crystalline order is characterized as an induction period. It has been thought of as a nucleation period in the classical theories of polymer crystallization, but recent experiments, computer simulations, and theoretical work suggest that the initial period in polymer crystallization is assisted by a spinodal decomposition type mechanism. In this study we have achieved physically realistic length scales to study early stages of polymer ordering, and show that spinodal-assisted ordering prior to crystallization is operative in polar polymers suggesting general applicability of this process.

  3. Reinforcement and degradation mechanisms in polymer/inorganic nanocomposites

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    Bogdanova, Irina Rifkatovna

    This project accomplished the following goals: preparation of polymer/alumina nanocomposites using a single-screw extrusion approach, a systematic investigation of interfacial interactions, the mechanisms for reinforcement, and the thermal degradation and flame retardant mechanisms in polymer nanocomposites. In this work it was found that the stereochemistry of polymer macromolecules and the shapes of nanoparticles are extremely important in determining the interfacial interactions between them. Understanding of the nature of these interactions can result in a comprehensive understanding of reinforcement mechanisms in polymer nanocomposites. It was found that aromatic polymers such as polycarbonate and polystyrene have stronger interfacial interactions with needle or whisker-shaped nanoparticles than with spherical-shaped nanoparticles, while linear aliphatic polymers such as polymethylmethacrylate showed strong interactions with spherical nanoparticles. Other factors affecting the strength of interfacial interactions such as size, surface modification and concentration of nanoparticles were also studied. The thermal stability of polymer nanocomposites was studied to unravel the thermal degradation mechanisms. It was found that the chemical nature of nanoparticles plays a significant role in the thermal decomposition of polymer nanocomposites. For instance, SEM studies of polymer nanocomposites chars revealed that alumina nanoparticles moved to the surface of nanocomposites, while silica nanoparticles stayed in the body of the material, which enhances char formation. The mechanisms for the flammability in polymer/alumina nanocomposites were found to depend on the viscosity of the melt flow of nanocomposites. FT-IR, MS, and surface free energy characterization for modified alumina surfaces were done. The compatibility of polymer molecules and nanoparticles was studied on the basis of surface free energy. It was shown that modification of the alumina surface with

  4. Surface characterization of polymer-drug modified vascular stents and intraocular lenses

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    Elachchabi, Amin

    human coronary smooth muscle cell growth in vitro whereas dexamethasone exhibited no similar effect. A second major subject of this research was a series of studies concerning the properties of foldable hydrophobic acrylic intraocular lenses (IOLs) which have not previously been investigated. Most IOLs implanted today in the U.S. and the western world are foldable. The goal of this research was to conduct new surface characterization studies on the surfaces of several different foldable lenses in clinical use. Atomic force microscopy showed that these IOLs have different morphologies and that hydration greatly altered the surface morphology of these implants. Contact angle goniometry studies indicated that water contact angles varied significantly from one lens to the other and that prolonged hydration led to a reduction of the water contact angle. Nanoindentation experiments yielded new information on the surface mechanical properties of IOLs and a new methodology was developed to analyze nanoindent data to determine the surface modulus and hardness of foldable IOLs and low modulus polymers in general. The novel surface properties studies reported here can be important in guiding the design and the development of new ocular implants.

  5. Spectral and spatial characterization of perfluorinated graded-index polymer optical fibers for the distribution of optical wireless communication cells.

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    Hajjar, Hani Al; Montero, David S; Lallana, Pedro C; Vázquez, Carmen; Fracasso, Bruno

    2015-02-10

    In this paper, the characterization of a perfluorinated graded-index polymer optical fiber (PF-GIPOF) for a high-bitrate indoor optical wireless system is reported. PF-GIPOF is used here to interconnect different optical wireless access points that distribute optical free-space high-bitrate wireless communication cells. The PF-GIPOF channel is first studied in terms of transmission attenuation and frequency response and, in a second step, the spatial power profile distribution at the fiber output is analyzed. Both characterizations are performed under varying restricted mode launch conditions, enabling us to assess the transmission channel performance subject to potential connectorization errors within an environment where the end users may intervene by themselves on the home network infrastructure.

  6. Design, fabrication, and characterization of polymer based bulk heterojunction solar cells with enhanced efficiencies

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    Lu, Haiwei

    Polymer based bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells offer promising technological advantages for actualization of low-cost and large-area fabrication on flexible substrates. To reach the envisaged market entry figure of 10% power conversion efficiency (PCE), it is crucial that more solar energy is utilized in the active layer, requiring both higher energy conversion efficiency and expansion of the absorption spectrum of the active layer to near infrared (NIR) region. The research introduced in this dissertation is an effort to increase PCE of solar cells from the aforementioned two directions. In the first method, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were incorporated into polymer-fullerene BHJ solar cells to increase the hole-collection efficiency. Devices with CNT monolayer networks placed at different positions were fabricated, and the impact of CNTs on device performance was studied. It was demonstrated that CNTs placed on the hole-collection side of the device resulted in optimized performance, with PCE increased from 4% to 4.9%. To realize the controlled deposition of a uniform layer of CNTs on different positions, a mild plasma treatment of the active-layer was employed, and the influence of plasma treatment on device performance was also studied. In the second strategy, I developed an approach to expand the absorption spectrum to NIR region. In this case, hybrid polymer based BHJ solar cells composed of pyridine-capped PbS (PbS-py) quantum dots (QDs) and poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) were proposed. With pyridines as capping ligands, devices showed superior performance compared to with conventionally used oleate agents. PbS QDs with bandgaps of ˜1.13-1.38 eV offered the advantage of energetically favorable charge separation between P3HT and PbS QDs for photoexcitons in both visible and NIR regions. It was also found that thermal annealing leads to the removal of excess and interfacial pyridine ligands in polymer/QDs composites, and thus provides intimate electrical

  7. Fabrication and Characterization of a Micromachined Swirl-Shaped Ionic Polymer Metal Composite Actuator with Electrodes Exhibiting Asymmetric Resistance

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    Feng, Guo-Hua; Liu, Kim-Min

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a swirl-shaped microfeatured ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) actuator. A novel micromachining process was developed to fabricate an array of IPMC actuators on a glass substrate and to ensure that no shortcircuits occur between the electrodes of the actuator. We demonstrated a microfluidic scheme in which surface tension was used to construct swirl-shaped planar IPMC devices of microfeature size and investigated the flow velocity of Nafion solutions, which formed the backbone polymer of the actuator, within the microchannel. The unique fabrication process yielded top and bottom electrodes that exhibited asymmetric surface resistance. A tool for measuring surface resistance was developed and used to characterize the resistances of the electrodes for the fabricated IPMC device. The actuator, which featured asymmetric electrode resistance, caused a nonzero-bias current when the device was driven using a zero-bias square wave, and we propose a circuit model to describe this phenomenon. Moreover, we discovered and characterized a bending and rotating motion when the IPMC actuator was driven using a square wave. We observed a strain rate of 14.6% and a displacement of 700 μm in the direction perpendicular to the electrode surfaces during 4.5-V actuation. PMID:24824370

  8. Modified approach for high frequency dielectric characterization of thinly metallized soft polymer film using grounded coplanar waveguide

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    Baron, Samuel; Nadaud, Kevin; Guiffard, Benoit; Sharaiha, Ala; Seveyrat, Laurence

    2015-08-01

    In this paper, we introduce the dielectric characterization of soft polymer, polyurethane (PU), between 1 and 31 GHz frequency band using Grounded CoPlanar Waveguide (GCPW) lines with a modified analytical method. The unavoidable thin metallization (1 μm) of GCPW lines on polyurethane yields high conductor losses, which contribute to the extracted global losses up to 58% at 4 GHz. In order to get more precisely the dielectric losses, a modification of an already existing analytical model by coupling it with 3D electromagnetic simulations is proposed, which allows to estimate and subtract quickly the conductor losses. The measurements indicated that polyurethane relative permittivity ranges from 3.49 to 2.65 and the loss tangent was about 0.08, which is in agreement with the state of the art on this grade of PU as well as the Metal-Insulator-Metal capacitors characterizations (from 10-1 to 107 Hz and from 2 × 108 to 5 × 109 Hz). The proposed approach may open a fast and simple way for precisely determining the microwave dielectric properties of (ultra) soft polymers in a large bandwidth.

  9. Physicochemical characterization and toxicological evaluation of plant-based anionic polymers and their nanoparticulated system for ocular delivery.

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    Pathak, Deepa; Kumar, Prashant; Kuppusamy, Gowthamarajan; Gupta, Ankur; Kamble, Bhagyashree; Wadhwani, Ashish

    2014-12-01

    The water-soluble fractions of mucilages and gum from the seeds of fenugreek, isphagula and mango bark exudate were isolated, purified and characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectrometry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), maldi/GC-MS, elemental analysis, 1D ((1)H and (13)C) and 2D (HMQC, COSY) nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR). The fenugreek mucilage was identified to be a galactomannan chain consisting of 4 units of galactose attached to the backbone of 6 mannose units in 1:1.5 ratio. The isphagula mucilage was identified to be an arabinoxylan polysaccharide chain consisting of 4 units of arabinofuranose attached to the backbone of 9 xylopyrannose units in 1:3 ratio. The mango gum showed the presence of amylose, α-arabinofuranosyl and β-galactopyranosyl, respectively. The characterized mucilages and gum were individually formulated into nanoparticulate system using their complementarily charged polymer chitosan. The particles were observed to be spherical in shape in the range of 61.5-90 nm having zetapotential between 31 and 34 mV and PDI of 0.097-0.241. The prepared nanoparticles were observed to be nonirritant and nontoxic in vitro and in vivo upto 2000 μg/ml. Therefore, these mucilages and gum can be the alternatives of anionic polymers for the ocular drug delivery system. PMID:23952497

  10. A more informative approach for characterization of polymer monolithic phases: small angle neutron scattering/ultrasmall angle neutron scattering.

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    Ford, Kathleen M; Konzman, Brian G; Rubinson, Judith F

    2011-12-15

    Neutron scattering techniques have been used frequently to characterize geological specimens and to determine the structures of glasses and of polymers as solutions, suspensions, or melts. Little work has been reported on their application in determining polymers' structural properties relevant to separations. Here, we present a comparison of characterization results from nitrogen porosimetry and from combined small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and ultrasmall angle neutron scattering (USANS) experiments. We show that SANS is extremely sensitive to the pore characteristics. Both approaches can provide information about porosity and pore characteristics, but the neutron scattering techniques provide additional information in the form of the surface characteristics of the pores and their length scales. Fits of the scattering data show that cylindrical pores are present with diameters down to 0.6 μm and that, for length scales down to approxmately 20 Å, the material shows self-similar (fractal) slopes of -3.4 to -3.6. Comparison of these characteristics with other examples from the scattering literature indicate that further investigation of their meaning for chromatographic media is required. PMID:22066706

  11. New way to characterize the percolation threshold of polyethylene and carbon nanotube polymer composites using Fourier transform (FT) rheology

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    Ahirwal, Deepak; Palza, Humberto; Schlatter, Guy; Wilhelm, Manfred

    2014-08-01

    In this article, a new way to characterize the percolation threshold of polymer nanocomposites made of polyethylene (PE) with single and multi walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs and MWCNTs) is presented. Small and large oscillatory shear (SAOS and LAOS) experiments were performed to characterize the degree of dispersion and percolation threshold. The analysis of the stress response in the LAOS regime as a function of the applied deformation amplitude and frequency was performed using Fourier Transform (FT)-Rheology. The zero strain intrinsic nonlinear parameter, Q0(ω), was calculated by extrapolation of I3/1(γ0, ω) and was, used to quantify the nonlinearity measured by FT-Rheology. Interestingly, a drop in Q0 as a function of the CNT weight fraction at a fixed frequency was found that was below the percolation threshold. This was followed by, a steep rise in Q0 above the percolation threshold. Therefore, the new method based on this observation that is proposed and described with this article has the potential to lead to a better understanding of structure-property relationships in polymer nanocomposites.

  12. In situ characterization of liquid crystalline polymer flow using neutron scattering

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    Dadmun, M.

    1994-12-31

    The alignment during processing of a liquid crystalline polymer (LCP) results in the unusual ultimate properties and unique physics of LCPs. We are interested in understanding the coupling of shear flow to the orientation of a liquid crystalline polymer in solution. We will describe a method for determining the change in orientation of an LCP by shear flow with neutron scattering. We will discuss results of the application of this technique to solutions of poly (benzyl L-glutamate) (PBLG) in deuterated benzyl alcohol and hydroxypropylcellulose (HPC) in deuterated water. It will also be shown that the neutron scattering results correlate well to the simultaneously measured shear viscosity, which allows the use of this technique to a greater audience as the neutron and viscosity measurements can be completed once and then viscosity can serve as a secondary standard in the future.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of nanocomposite polymer blend electrolyte thin films by spin-coating method

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    Chapi, Sharanappa; Niranjana, M.; Devendrappa, H.

    2016-05-01

    Solid Polymer blend electrolytes based on Polyethylene oxide (PEO) and poly vinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) complexed with zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs; Synthesized by Co-precipitation method) thin films have prepared at a different weight percent using the spin-coating method. The complexation of the NPs with the polymer blend was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The variation in film morphology was examined by polarized optical micrographs (POMs). The thermal behavior of blends was investigated under non-isothermal conditions by differential thermal analyses (DTA). A single glass transition temperature for each blend was observed, which supports the existence of compatibility of such system. The obtained results represent that the ternary based thin films are prominent materials for battery and optoelectronic device applications.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of nanowire coils of organometallic coordination polymers for controlled cargo release.

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    Liang, Guodong; Ni, Huan; Bao, Suping; Zhu, Fangming; Gao, Haiyang; Wu, Qing

    2014-06-12

    Nanowire coils of organometallic coordination polymers have been synthesized for the first time by using the emulsion periphery polymerization technique. An amphiphilic triblock copolymer terminated with inclusion complex of β-cyclodextrin and 4,4'-bipyridine self-assembles into oil-in-water emulsion in a toluene/water mixture. Subsequent coordination of bipyridine with Ni(II) in periphery of emulsions results in the formation of coordination polymer nanowire coils. The nanowire coils are composed of nanowires with diameter of 2 nm. Nanowire coils exhibit enhanced thermal stability in contrast to their parent triblock copolymer. Interestingly, nanowire coils are capable of encapsulating organic cargoes. Encapsulated cargoes can be selectively extracted from nanowire coils without damaging nanowire coils. Nanowire coils are potential candidates for encapsulating and controlled release of organic cargoes. PMID:24842771

  15. Processing and Characterization of Basalt Fiber Reinforced Ceramic Composites for High Temperature Applications Using Polymer Precursors

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    Cox, Sarah B.; Lui, Donovan; Gou, Jihua

    2014-01-01

    The development of high temperature structural composite materials has been very limited due to the high cost of the materials and the processing needed. Polymer Derived Ceramics (PDCs) begin as a polymer matrix, which allows a shape to be formed prior to the cure, and is then pyrolized in order to obtain a ceramic with the associated thermal and mechanical properties. The two PDCs used in this development are polysiloxane and polycarbosilane. Basalt fibers are used for the reinforcement in the composite system. The use of basalt in structural and high temperature applications has been under development for over 50 years, yet there has been little published research on the incorporation of basalt fibers as a reinforcement in composites. Continuous basalt fiber reinforced PDCs have been fabricated and tested for the applicability of this composite system as a high temperature structural composite material.

  16. Edible oleogels based on water soluble food polymers: preparation, characterization and potential application.

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    Patel, Ashok R; Cludts, Nick; Sintang, Mohd Dona Bin; Lesaffer, Ans; Dewettinck, Koen

    2014-11-01

    Oil structuring using food-approved polymers is an emerging strategy and holds significant promise in the area of food and nutrition. In the current study, edible oleogels (containing >97 wt% of sunflower oil) were prepared using a combination of water soluble food polymers (methylcellulose and xanthan gum) and further evaluated for potential application as a shortening alternative. Microstructure studies (including cryo-SEM) and rheology measurements were conducted to gain more insights into the properties of these new types of oleogels. In addition, the functionality of oleogel as a shortening alternative was studied in terms of batter properties and the texture analysis of cakes and compared to the reference batches made using either oil, commercial shortening or cake margarine. Interestingly, while the batter properties (air incorporation, rheology and microstructure) of the oleogel batch were more close to the oil batch, the textural properties of cakes were significantly better than oil and resembled more to the cakes prepared using shortening and margarine.

  17. The origin and characterization of conformational heterogeneity in adsorbed polymer layers

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    Douglas, Jack F.; Schneider, Hildegard M.; Frantz, Peter; Lipman, Robert; Granick, Steve

    1997-09-01

    The equilibration of polymer conformations tends to be sluggish in polymer layers adsorbed onto highly attractive substrates, so the structure of these layers must be understood in terms of the layer growth process rather than equilibrium theory. Initially adsorbed chains adopt a highly flattened configuration while the chains which arrive later must adapt their configurations to the increasingly limited space available for adsorption. Thus, the chains adsorbed in the late stage of deposition are more tenuously attached to the surface. This type of non-equilibrium growth process is studied for polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) adsorbed on oxidized silicon where the segmental attraction is strong (0953-8984/9/37/005/img7/segment) and for polystyrene (PS) adsorbed on oxidized silicon from a carbon tetrachloride solution where the segmental attraction is relatively weak (0953-8984/9/37/005/img8/segment). Measurements were based on Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy in attenuated total reflection (FTIR - ATR). In both cases, the chains arriving first adsorbed more tightly, became flattened (as measured by the dichroic ratio), and occupied a disproportionately large fraction of the surface. This non-uniform structure persisted indefinitely for the strongly adsorbed PMMA chains, while the PS chains exhibited a gradual evolution, presumably reflecting an equilibration of the adsorbed layer occurring after long times. On the theoretical side, the initial heterogeneity of these adsorbed polymer layers is modelled using a random sequential adsorption (RSA) model where the size of the adsorbing species is allowed to adapt to the surface space available at the time of adsorption. The inhomogeneity in the size of adsorbing species (hemispheres) in this model is similar to the distribution of chain contacts in our measurements on adsorbed polymer layers. Owing to extensive variance around the mean, conformations having the mean number of chain contacts are least probable, which

  18. Microstructural Characterization of Semi-Interpenetrating Polymer Networks by Positron Lifetime Spectroscopy

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    Singh, Jag J.; Pater, Ruth H.; Eftekhari, Abe

    1996-01-01

    Thermoset and thermoplastic polyimides have complementary physical and mechanical properties. Whereas thermoset polyimides are brittle and generally easier to process, thermoplastic polyimides are tough but harder to process. A combination of these two types of polyimides may help produce polymers more suitable for aerospace applications. Semi-Interpenetrating Polymer Networks (S-IPN) of thermoset LaRC(TM)-RP46 and thermoplastic LaRC(TM)-IA polyimides were prepared in weight percent ratios ranging from 100:0 to 0:100. Positron lifetime measurements were made in these samples to correlate their free volume features with physical and mechanical properties. As expected, positronium atoms are not formed in these samples. The second lifetime component has been used to infer the positron trap dimensions. The 'free volume' goes through a minimum at a ratio of about 50:50, and this suggests that S-IPN samples are not merely solid solutions of the two polymers. These data and related structural properties of the S-IPN samples are discussed.

  19. Poling and characterization of a novel organic/polymer electro-optic material

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    Liao, Jinkun; Tang, Xianzhong; Lu, Rongguo; Tang, Xionggui; Li, Heping; Zhang, Xiaoxia; Liu, Yongzhi

    2010-10-01

    Electro-optic organic/polymer material is important for the fabrication of polymer integrated optic-electronic devices and organic sensors. Recently, a novel organic high μβ value chromophore FFC have been synthesized by molecular design. The absorption spectrum in 400-4000 cm-1 is measured for the material, and the measurement result shows that the absorption loss is negligibly small. An organic/polymer high electro-optic activity material FFC/PSU is obtained by dissolving guest FFC (wt. 20%) and a host polysulfone (PSU) in a solvent. The resolvability of cyclohexanone for the material is satisfactory by comparison with other solvents experimentally, and the preparation of FFC/PSU thin film is ease relatively. The materiel is poled by electric field-assisted contact poling, and the near optimum poling condition is determined by adjusting poling parameters as pre-curing duration, poling temperature and poling voltage etc. The electro-optic coefficient of the material is measured as high as 130pm/V by using the widely accepted simple reflection technique. The investigation indicates that the FFC/PSU has excellent characteristics, such as high electro-optic coefficient, low absorption loss, good thermal stability and capability for withstanding the subsequent process techniques, suitable for the fabrication of high-performance integrated optic-electronic devices and sensors.

  20. Electro-oxidative polymerization and spectroscopic characterization of novel amide polymers using diphenylamine coupling

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    Wang, L.; Wang, Q.Q.; Cammarata, V.

    1998-08-01

    The authors have electropolymerized 1,1{prime}-bis[[p-phenylamino(phenyl)]amido-]ferrocene from CH{sub 3}CN, tetrahydrofuran (THF), and CH{sub 2}Cl{sub 2} to form an alternating main chain polymer of diphenylbenzidine and ferrocene. As a comparison, the authors have electropolymerized 1,4 bis[[p-phenylamino(phenyl)]amido-]benzene which lacks the electrochemical response of the ferrocene group. In nonaqueous solvents, the diphenylbenzidine group shows two reversible le{sup {minus}} oxidations. The second le{sup {minus}} oxidation of the diphenylbenzidine overlaps with the le{sup {minus}} oxidation of the ferrocene group at 0.88 V vs. Ag/AgCl in CH{sub 2}Cl{sub 2}. The electrochemistry of the polymer film in aqueous acid shows two le{sup {minus}} waves consistent with oxidation of the diphenylbenzidine group to the cation and then the dication. The spectroelectrochemistry of both polymer films show broad, low-energy, near-IR bands in aprotic solvents such as CH{sub 2}Cl{sub 2}, THF, and CH{sub 3}CN and aqueous solutions with pH < 3. The authors assign these bands to intermolecular {pi} stacking of the protonated diphenylbenzidinium cations. The electrochemistry of both materials is chemically reversible and forms the basis for electrochromic and redox applications.

  1. Synthesis, characterization, optical and electrical properties of bis(phenylvinyl)anthracene-based polymers

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    Mansour, Nadia; Hriz, Khaled; Jaballah, Nejmeddine; Kreher, David; Majdoub, Mustapha

    2016-08-01

    A series of bis(phenylvinyl)anthracene-based polymers containing different lengths of polar ethylene glycol groups in the main chain (P1-3) were efficiently synthesized by Wittig polycondensation. These polymers are fully soluble in volatile solvents, which helped a lot to obtain high quality films. Moreover, these semi-conducting materials exhibited semi-crystalline morphology with relatively high glass transition temperature. In this article, the UV-visible absorption and fluorescence properties of P1-3 were studied consequently both in solution and as thin solid film: tan absorption-onset at 433 nm was observed and all these bis(phenylvinyl)anthracene-based polymers (P1-3) show a blue emission in solution, fluorescence quantum efficiencies being respectively 52% for P1, 75% for P2 and 67% for P3. In addition, the HOMO/LUMO energy levels were evaluated by cyclic voltammetry measurements and indicate a p-type semi-conducting materials. Finally, the electrical properties of P1-3 were investigated by recording current-tension characteristics and these experimental results were modeled by the current space-charge-limited (SCLC) mechanism.

  2. Processing and Material Characterization of Continuous Basalt Fiber Reinforced Ceramic Matrix Composites Using Polymer Derived Ceramics.

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    Cox, Sarah B.

    2014-01-01

    The need for high performance vehicles in the aerospace industry requires materials which can withstand high loads and high temperatures. New developments in launch pads and infrastructure must also be made to handle this intense environment with lightweight, reusable, structural materials. By using more functional materials, better performance can be seen in the launch environment, and launch vehicle designs which have not been previously used can be considered. The development of high temperature structural composite materials has been very limited due to the high cost of the materials and the processing needed. Polymer matrix composites can be used for temperatures up to 260C. Ceramics can take much higher temperatures, but they are difficult to produce and form in bulk volumes. Polymer Derived Ceramics (PDCs) begin as a polymer matrix, allowing a shape to be formed and cured and then to be pyrolized in order to obtain a ceramic with the associated thermal and mechanical properties. The use of basalt in structural and high temperature applications has been under development for over 50 years, yet there has been little published research on the incorporation of basalt fibers as a reinforcement in the composites. In this study, continuous basalt fiber reinforced PDCs have been fabricated and tested for the applicability of this composite system as a high temperature structural composite material. The oxyacetylene torch testing and three point bend testing have been performed on test panels and the test results are presented.

  3. Fabrication and characterization of polymer blends and composites derived from biopolymers

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    Sharma, Suraj

    This research focuses on fabricating blends and composites from natural polymers especially from proteins and natural epoxy, and describing the properties of plastics made from them. Specifically, plastic samples from partially denatured feathermeal and bloodmeal proteins, derived from the animal co-products (rendering) industry, were successfully produced through a compression molding process. The modulus (stiffness) of the material obtained was found to be comparable with that of commercial synthetic materials, such as polystyrene, but was found to have lower toughness characteristics, which is a common phenomenon among plastics produced from animal and plant proteins. Therefore, this study explored blending methods for improving the toughness. Plastic forming conditions for undenatured animal proteins such as chicken egg whites albumin and whey, used as a model, were established to prepare plastics from their blends with animal co-product proteins. The resultant plastic samples from these biomacromolecular blends demonstrated improved mechanical properties that were also compared with the established theoretical models known for polymer blends and composites. Moreover, plastics from albumin of chicken egg whites and human serum have demonstrated their potential in medical applications that require antibacterial properties. Another natural polymer vegetable oil-based epoxy, especially epoxidized linseed oil, showed significant potential to replace petroleum-derived resins for use as a matrix for composites in structural applications. Moreover, the research showed the benefits of ultrasonic curing, which can help in preparing the out-of-autoclave composites.

  4. Processing and Characterization of Basalt Fiber Reinforced Ceramic Composites for High Temperature Applications Using Polymer Precursors

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    Cox, Sarah; Lui, Donovan; Gou, Jihua

    2014-01-01

    The development of high temperature structural composite materials has been very limited due to the high cost of the materials and the processing needed. Ceramics can take much higher temperatures, but they are difficult to produce and form in bulk volumes. Polymer Derived Ceramics (PDCs) begin as a polymer matrix, allowing a shape to be formed, to be cured, and be pyrolized in order to obtain a ceramic with the associated thermal and mechanical properties. The two PDCs used in this development are polysiloxane and polycarbosilane. Polysiloxanes contain a silicon oxycarbide backbone when pyrolized up to 1000degC. Polycarbosilane, an organosilicon polymer, contain a silicon-carbon backbone; around 1200degC, -SiC begins to crystallize. The use of basalt in structural and high temperature applications has been under development for over 50 years, yet there has been little published research on the incorporation of basalt fibers as a reinforcement in composites. Basalt is a naturally occurring material found in volcanic rock. Continuous basalt fiber reinforced PDCs have been fabricated and tested for the applicability of this composite system as a high temperature structural composite material. Testing for this included thermal and mechanical testing per ASTM standard tests.

  5. Processing and Characterization of Basalt Fiber Reinforced Ceramic Composites for High Temperature Applications Using Polymer Precursors

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    Cox, Sarah B.; Lui, Donovan; Wang, Xin; Gou, Jihua

    2014-01-01

    The development of high temperature structural composite materials has been very limited due to the high cost of the materials and the processing needed. Ceramics can take much higher temperatures, but they are difficult to produce and form in bulk volumes. Polymer Derived Ceramics (PDCs) begin as a polymer matrix, allowing a shape to be formed and cured and then to be pyrolized in order to obtain a ceramic with the associated thermal and mechanical properties. The two PDCs used in this development are polysiloxane and polycarbosilane. Polysiloxanes contain a silicon oxycarbide backbone when pyrolized up to 1000 deg C. Polycarbosilane, an organosilicon polymer, contain a silicon-carbon backbone; around 1200 deg C, Beta-SiC begins to crystallize. The use of basalt in structural and high temperature applications has been under development for over 50 years, yet there has been little published research on the incorporation of basalt fibers as a reinforcement in composites. Basalt is a naturally occurring material found in volcanic rock. Continuous basalt fiber reinforced PDCs have been fabricated and tested for the applicability of this composite system as a high temperature structural composite material. Thermal and mechanical testing includes oxyacetylene torch testing and three point bend testing.

  6. Processing and Characterization of Basalt Fiber Reinforced Ceramic Composites for High Temperature Applications Using Polymer Precursors

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    Cox, Sarah B.; Lui, Donovan; Gou, Jihua

    2014-01-01

    The development of high temperature structural composite materials has been very limited due to the high cost of the materials and the processing needed. Ceramics can take much higher temperatures, but they are difficult to produce and form in bulk volumes. Polymer Derived Ceramics (PDCs) begin as a polymer matrix, allowing a shape to be formed and cured and then to be pyrolized in order to obtain a ceramic with the associated thermal and mechanical properties. The two PDCs used in this development are polysiloxane and polycarbosilane. Polysiloxanes contain a silicon oxycarbide backbone when pyrolized up to 1000C. Polycarbosilane, an organosilicon polymer, contain a silicon-carbon backbone; around 1200C, beta-SiC begins to crystallize. The use of basalt in structural and high temperature applications has been under development for over 50 years, yet there has been little published research on the incorporation of basalt fibers as a reinforcement in composites. Basalt is a naturally occurring material found in volcanic rock. Continuous basalt fiber reinforced PDCs have been fabricated and tested for the applicability of this composite system as a high temperature structural composite material. Thermal and mechanical testing includes oxyacetylene torch testing and three point bend testing.

  7. Characterization of fabricated three dimensional scaffolds of bioceramic-polymer composite via microstereolithography technique

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    Talib, Marina; Covington, James A.; Bolarinwa, Aminat

    2014-02-01

    Microstereolithography is a method used for rapid prototyping of polymeric and ceramic components. This technique converts a computer-aided design (CAD) to a three dimensional (3D) model, and enables layer per layer fabrication curing a liquid resin with UV-light or laser source. The aim of this project was to formulate photocurable polymer reinforced with synthesized calcium pyrophosphate (CPP), and to fabricate a 3D scaffolds with optimum mechanical properties for specific tissue engineering applications. The photocurable ceramic suspension was prepared with acrylate polyester, multifunctional acrylate monomer with the addition of 50-70wt% of CPP, photoinitiators and photoinhibitors. The 3D structure of disc (5 mm height × 4 mm diameter) was successfully fabricated using Envisiontec Perfactory3® . They were then sintered at high temperature for polymer removal, to obtain a ceramic of the desired porosity. The density increased to more than 35% and the dimensional shrinkage after sintering were 33%. The discs were then subjected compressive measurement, biodegradation and bioactivity test. Morphology and CPP content of the sintered polymer was investigated with SEM and XRD, respectively. The addition of CPP coupled with high temperature sintering, had a significant effect on the compressive strength exhibited by the bioceramic. The values are in the range of cancellous bone (2-4 MPa). In biodegradation and bioactivity test, the synthesized CPP induced the formation of apatite layer and its nucleation onto the composite surface.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of organic semiconducting polymers containing dithienylfluorenone for use in organic photovoltaic cells.

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    Byun, Yun-Sun; Kim, Ji-Hoon; Park, Jong Baek; Hwang, Do-Hoon

    2014-08-01

    2,7-Bis(5-bromo-4-hexylthiophen-2-yl)-9H-fluoren-9-one (DTFO) was synthesized as a new electron-accepting material in semiconducting polymers for use in photovoltaic devices. The synthesized DTFO was polymerized with two different electron-donating counter monomers: 2,7-dibromo-9,9-dioctyl-9H-fluorene (DOF) and 2,6-bis(trimethyltin)-4,8-di(2-ethylhexyloxyl)benzo [1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene (BDT). Two alternating copolymers, poly(DTFO-alt-DOF) and poly(DTFO-alt-BDT), were synthesized through the Suzuki and Stille coupling polymerizations, respectively. The synthesized polymers exhibited good solubility in common solvents and show good thermal stability up to 350 °C. The optical band gap energies of poly(DTFO-alt-DOF) and poly(DTFO-alt-BDT) were determined to be 2.44 and 2.23 eV, respectively. The positions of the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of the polymers were determined by cyclic voltammetry (CV). One of these devices showed a power conversion efficiency of 0.50%, with an open-circuit voltage of 0.67 V, a short-circuit current of 2.34 mA/cm2, and a fill factor of 0.30 under air mass (AM) 1.5 global (1.5 G) illumination conditions (100 mW/cm2).

  9. Characterization of temperature-dependent optical material properties of polymer powders

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    Laumer, Tobias; Stichel, Thomas; Bock, Thomas; Amend, Philipp; Schmidt, Michael

    2015-05-22

    In former works, the optical material properties of different polymer powders used for Laser Beam Melting (LBM) at room temperature have been analyzed. With a measurement setup using two integration spheres, it was shown that the optical material properties of polymer powders differ significantly due to multiple reflections within the powder compared to solid bodies of the same material. Additionally, the absorption behavior of the single particles shows an important influence on the overall optical material properties, especially the reflectance of the powder bed. Now the setup is modified to allow measurements at higher temperatures. Because crystalline areas of semi-crystalline thermoplastics are mainly responsible for the absorption of the laser radiation, the influence of the temperature increase on the overall optical material properties is analyzed. As material, conventional polyamide 12 and polypropylene as new polymer powder material, is used. By comparing results at room temperature and at higher temperatures towards the melting point, the temperature-dependent optical material properties and their influence on the beam-matter interaction during the process are discussed. It is shown that the phase transition during melting leads to significant changes of the optical material properties of the analyzed powders.

  10. Pine-polyethylene (wood-polymer) composites: Synthesis and mechanical behavior characterization

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    Razi, Parviz S.

    Processing of recycled wood chips, recently produced after extraction of creosote from telephone posts and railroad crossties, and combining them with a recycled polymer for the synthesis of novel composite materials would initiate a new trend toward preservation of natural resources. The challenge is taken in this work to produce and study the properties of such materials for further advancement of science. In the present study, addition of pine wood chips to HDPE reduced the tensile strength and break strain in tensile loading. Smaller wood chips generally resulted in smaller reductions. Peak load, modulus of rupture and stiffness were slightly higher at 40% pine wood chip concentration in the composite than the polymer alone; they later decreased with increasing concentration of wood chips. Optimal mechanical properties in these composites were produced by pine wood chips smaller than 0.125 inch in size, at around 40 vol. % in concentration. Pre-treatment of wood chips in a suitable solution of NaOH caused an increase in the coupling strength between protruding wood fibers and polymer. Such a treatment followed by a second one with vinyltrimethoxysilane was found to be the best for obtaining maximum bonding strength. Impact testing of the prepared samples showed that more fracture resistant wood-polymer composites were those with larger wood chips at the higher concentration range of 50 to 60 vol. %. In contrast, composites with 60% fine wood chips would fail easily at energy levels far less than those required to break the polymer alone. Variation of (Keng)2/E vs. crack length, the R curve, indicates three regions. The point of transition from region I (elastic) to region II is considered as a critical point of fracture process initiation, KIif,com. The transition from the state of stable crack growth, region II, to region III is considered to be at the point of instability. Likewise, the point of inflection on the plot of Ktrue vs. crack length, corresponding

  11. Synthesis and surface characterization of electroactive conducting polymers and polyurethane coatings

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    Vang, Chur Kalec

    The direct electrodeposition of electroactive conducting polymers (ECPs) on active metals such as iron, steel, and aluminum is complicated by the concomitant metal oxidation that occurs at the positive potentials required for polymer formation. In the case of aluminum and its alloys, the oxide layer that forms is an insulator that blocks electron transfer and impedes polymer formation and deposition. As a result, only patchy, nonuniform polymer films are obtained. Electron transfer mediation is a well-known technique for overcoming kinetic limitations of electron transfer at metal electrodes. In this dissertation, we report the use of electron transfer mediation for the direct electrodeposition of polypyrrole onto aluminum and onto Al 2024-T3 alloy. The first few chapters focus on the electrochemistry and use of Tiron RTM (4,5-dihydroxy-1,3-benzenedisulfonic acid disodium salt) as the mediator. Electroactive conductive polymers (ECPs) were also being investigated for corrosion protection of Al alloys, with a view toward replacement of chromate-based coating systems. The use of electrochemical methods clearly indicated that the electrodeposited Ppy coatings had altered the corrosion behavior of the Al alloy. Degradation mechanisms for self-priming (unicoat), high-gloss, and fluorinated polyurethane aircraft coatings exposed to QUV/H2O radiation were carried out using linear and step-scan photoacoustic (S2-PA) FTIR spectroscopy (Chapters 7--9). FTIR spectroscopic analysis indicated that, as the depth of sampling increased from film-air to film-substrate, an increase of free carbonyl components was observed. These free carbonyl groups are indicative of polyurethane components. Exposure of the polyurethane coating to prolonged periods of extreme weathering conditions indicated a loss of both polyurethane/polyurea components at the air interface, which has lead to an increase of disordered hydrogen-bonding formations. Contact angle measurement further indicated that as

  12. Surface and bulk characterization of an ultrafine South African coal fly ash with reference to polymer applications

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    van der Merwe, E. M.; Prinsloo, L. C.; Mathebula, C. L.; Swart, H. C.; Coetsee, E.; Doucet, F. J.

    2014-10-01

    South African coal-fired power stations produce about 25 million tons of fly ash per annum, of which only approximately 5% is currently reused. A growing concern about pollution and increasing landfill costs stimulates research into new ways to utilize coal fly ash for economically beneficial applications. Fly ash particles may be used as inorganic filler in polymers, an application which generally requires the modification of their surface properties. In order to design experiments that will result in controlled changes in surface chemistry and morphology, a detailed knowledge of the bulk chemical and mineralogical compositions of untreated fly ash particles, as well as their morphology and surface properties, is needed. In this paper, a combination of complementary bulk and surface techniques was explored to assess the physicochemical properties of a classified, ultrafine coal fly ash sample, and the findings were discussed in the context of polymer application as fillers. The sample was categorized as a Class F fly ash (XRF). Sixty-two percent of the sample was an amorphous glass phase, with mullite and quartz being the main identified crystalline phases (XRD, FTIR). Quantitative carbon and sulfur analysis reported a total bulk carbon and sulfur content of 0.37% and 0.16% respectively. The spatial distribution of the phases was determined by 2D mapping of Raman spectra, while TGA showed a very low weight loss for temperatures ranging between 25 and 1000 °C. Individual fly ash particles were characterized by a monomodal size distribution (PSD) of spherical particles with smooth surfaces (SEM, TEM, AFM), and a mean particle size of 4.6 μm (PSD). The BET active surface area of this sample was 1.52 m2/g and the chemical composition of the fly ash surface (AES, XPS) was significantly different from the bulk composition and varied considerably between spheres. Many properties of the sample (e.g. spherical morphology, small particle size, thermal stability) appeared

  13. Characterization of decomposition products and preclinical and low dose clinical pharmacokinetics of decitabine (5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine) by a new liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry quantification method.

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    Liu, Zhongfa; Marcucci, Guido; Byrd, John C; Grever, Michael; Xiao, Jim; Chan, Kenneth K

    2006-01-01

    Aberrant DNA methylation patterns resulting in gene transcriptional repression are observed in numerous cancers. Decitabine, a DNA methyltransferase inhibitor, is being clinically evaluated in patients with hematologic malignancies and solid tumors. Decitabine is rather unstable and decomposes to 1-beta-D-2'-deoxyribofuranosyl-3-guanylurea under basic conditions and several additional unknown products under neutral conditions. This has greatly limited application of pharmacokinetic assays to clinical development of decitabine. In this paper, a high-performance liquid chromatography/ultraviolet multi-stage mass spectrometry (HPLC-UV-MSn) study of the decomposition of decitabine in water and human plasma revealed that these previously unknown products are isomers of the intermediates formyl-1-beta-D-2'-deoxyribofuranosyl-3-guanylurea and 1-beta-D-2'-deoxyribofuranosyl-3-guanylurea. A HPLC tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) method for the determination of decitabine concentrations in human and rat plasma has been developed. This method was based on a specific fragmentation pathway of the molecular ion of decitabine at m/z 229 to generate a unique fragment ion at m/z 113 under collision-induced dissociation. Separation of decitabine and the stable internal standard dihydro-5-aza-cytidine from the endogenous interfering substance in plasma extract was carried out on a C18 Aquasil column under an isocratic elution with a mobile phase consisting of 5% water/acetonitrile and 10 mM ammonium formate. The detection of decitabine was via selected reaction monitoring (SRM, 229 > 113), and its ionization was enhanced by post-column addition of acetonitrile. Effects of sample preparation and handling parameters on the stability of decitabine were also evaluated in human plasma at various temperatures. The accuracy and precision of this assay showed a coefficient of variation of <15% over the range of 0.5-25 ng for rat plasma and 0.1-25 ng for human plasma injected on

  14. Multicomponent polymer materials

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    Paul, D.R.; Sperling, L.H.

    1986-01-01

    Interpenetrating polymer networks are discussed, taking into account interpenetrating polymer networks based on polybutadiene and polystyrene, polyurethane-polysiloxane simultaneous interpenetrating polymer networks, extraction studies and morphology of physical-chemical interpenetrating polymer networks based on block polymer and polystyrene, twoand three-component interpenetrating polymer networks, and poly(acrylourethane)-polyepoxide semiinterpenetrating networks formed by electron-beam curing. Other topics studied are related to the characterization of polymer blends, the characterization of block copolymers, the mechanical behavior, and rheology and applications. Attention is given to a new silicone flame-retardant system for thermoplastics, recent developments in interpenetrating polymer networks and related materials, miscibility in random copolymer blends, crystallization and melting in compatible polymer blends, and fatigue in rubber-modified epoxies and other polyblends.

  15. Nitromethane decomposition under high static pressure.

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    Citroni, Margherita; Bini, Roberto; Pagliai, Marco; Cardini, Gianni; Schettino, Vincenzo

    2010-07-29

    The room-temperature pressure-induced reaction of nitromethane has been studied by means of infrared spectroscopy in conjunction with ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The evolution of the IR spectrum during the reaction has been monitored at 32.2 and 35.5 GPa performing the measurements in a diamond anvil cell. The simulations allowed the characterization of the onset of the high-pressure reaction, showing that its mechanism has a complex bimolecular character and involves the formation of the aci-ion of nitromethane. The growth of a three-dimensional disordered polymer has been evidenced both in the experiments and in the simulations. On decompression of the sample, after the reaction, a continuous evolution of the product is observed with a decomposition into smaller molecules. This behavior has been confirmed by the simulations and represents an important novelty in the scene of the known high-pressure reactions of molecular systems. The major reaction product on decompression is N-methylformamide, the smallest molecule containing the peptide bond. The high-pressure reaction of crystalline nitromethane under irradiation at 458 nm was also experimentally studied. The reaction threshold pressure is significantly lowered by the electronic excitation through two-photon absorption, and methanol, not detected in the purely pressure-induced reaction, is formed. The presence of ammonium carbonate is also observed. PMID:20608697

  16. Influence of activated-carbon-supported transition metals on the decomposition of polychlorobiphenyls. Part II: Chemical and physical characterization and mechanistic study.

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    Sun, Yifei; Liu, Lina; Oshita, Kazuyuki; Zeng, Xiaolan; Wang, Wei; Zhang, Yibo

    2016-09-01

    This paper studies the synergism between transition metals (TMs) and activated carbon (AC) as a catalyst support used in the catalytic decomposition of PCBs. A series of AC-supported TM catalysts was prepared according to two distinct methods: impregnation and ion exchange which were defined as LaTM-C and IRTM-C, respectively. The catalytic reactions between 2,2',4,4',5,5'-hexachlorobiphenyl (PCB-153) and AC-supported Fe, Ni, Cu and Zn catalysts were conducted under N2 atmosphere. Changes in the nature of the catalysts as well as the decomposition mechanism of PCB-153 are discussed. Important findings include: (i) a higher metal concentration and a better metal distribution on AC is realized using ion-exchange, despite a lower AC specific surface area, (ii) IRTM-C had better effects on the decomposition of PCB-153 than LaTM-C, (iii) the role of Ni, Cu, and Fe as electron donors in PCB dechlorination was evaluated vs. the stability of Zn, and (iv) both temperature and chemical composition of TM catalysts influenced the decomposition efficiency of PCBs.

  17. Influence of activated-carbon-supported transition metals on the decomposition of polychlorobiphenyls. Part II: Chemical and physical characterization and mechanistic study.

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    Sun, Yifei; Liu, Lina; Oshita, Kazuyuki; Zeng, Xiaolan; Wang, Wei; Zhang, Yibo

    2016-09-01

    This paper studies the synergism between transition metals (TMs) and activated carbon (AC) as a catalyst support used in the catalytic decomposition of PCBs. A series of AC-supported TM catalysts was prepared according to two distinct methods: impregnation and ion exchange which were defined as LaTM-C and IRTM-C, respectively. The catalytic reactions between 2,2',4,4',5,5'-hexachlorobiphenyl (PCB-153) and AC-supported Fe, Ni, Cu and Zn catalysts were conducted under N2 atmosphere. Changes in the nature of the catalysts as well as the decomposition mechanism of PCB-153 are discussed. Important findings include: (i) a higher metal concentration and a better metal distribution on AC is realized using ion-exchange, despite a lower AC specific surface area, (ii) IRTM-C had better effects on the decomposition of PCB-153 than LaTM-C, (iii) the role of Ni, Cu, and Fe as electron donors in PCB dechlorination was evaluated vs. the stability of Zn, and (iv) both temperature and chemical composition of TM catalysts influenced the decomposition efficiency of PCBs. PMID:27320438

  18. Synthesis and Characterization of β-Cyclodextrin Functionalized Ionic Liquid Polymer as a Macroporous Material for the Removal of Phenols and As(V)

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    Raoov, Muggundha; Mohamad, Sharifah; Abas, Mhd Radzi

    2014-01-01

    β-Cyclodextrin-ionic liquid polymer (CD-ILP) was first synthesized by functionalized β-cyclodextrin (CD) with 1-benzylimidazole (BIM) to form monofunctionalized CD (βCD-BIMOTs) and was further polymerized using a toluene diisocyanate (TDI) linker to form insoluble CD-ILP (βCD-BIMOTs-TDI). The βCD-BIMOTs-TDI polymer was characterized using various tools and the results obtained were compared with those derived from the native β-cyclodextrin polymer (βCD-TDI). The SEM result shows that the presence of ionic liquid (IL) increases the pore size, while the thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) result shows that the presence of IL increases the stability of the polymer. Meanwhile, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) results show that βCD-BIMOTs-TDI polymer has 1.254 m2/g surface areas and the Barret-Joyner-Halenda (BJH) pore size distribution result reveals that the polymer exhibits macropores with a pore size of 77.66 nm. Preliminary sorption experiments were carried out and the βCD-BIMOTs-TDI polymer shows enhanced sorption capacity and high removal towards phenols and As(V). PMID:24366065

  19. Designing N-halamine based antibacterial surface on polymers: Fabrication, characterization, and biocidal functions

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    Chen, Yong; Han, Qiuxia

    2011-05-01

    We demonstrate a valuable method to generate reactive groups on inert polymer surfaces and bond antibacterial agents for biocidal ability. Polystyrene (PS) surfaces were functionalized by spin coating of sub-monolayer and monolayer films of poly(styrene- b- tert-butyl acrylate) (PS-P tBA) block copolymer from solutions in toluene. PS-P tBA self-assembled to a bilayer structure on PS that contains a surface layer of the P tBA blocks ordering at the air-polymer interface and a bottom layer of the PS blocks entangling with the PS substrate. The thickness of P tBA layer could be linearly controlled by the concentration of the spin coating solution and a 2.5 nm saturated monolayer coverage of P tBA was achieved at 0.35% (w/w). Carboxyl groups were generated by exposing the tert-butyl ester groups of P tBA on saturated surface to trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) to bond tert-butylamine via amide bonds that were further chlorinated to N-halamine with NaOCl solution. The density of N-halamine on the chlorinated surface was calculated to be 1.05 × 10 -5 mol/m 2 by iodimetric/thiosulfate titration. Presented data showed the N-halamine surface provided powerful antibacterial activities against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. Over 50% of the chlorine lost after UVA irradiation could be regained upon rechlorination. This design concept can be virtually applied to any inert polymer by choosing appropriate block copolymers and antibacterial agents to attain desirable biocidal activity.

  20. Mechanical characterization of conducting polymer actuated neural probes under physiological settings

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    Daneshvar, Eugene D.; Smela, Elisabeth; Kipke, Daryl R.

    2010-04-01

    Most implantable chronic neural probes have fixed electrode sites on the shank of the probe. Neural probe shapes and insertion methods have been shown to have considerable effects on the resulting chronic reactive tissue response that encapsulates probes. We are developing probes with controllable articulated electrode projections, which are expected to provoke less reactive tissue response due to the projections being minimally sized, as well as to permit a degree of independence from the probe shank allowing the recording sites to "float" within the brain. The objective of this study was to predict and analyze the force-generating capability of conducting polymer bilayer actuators under physiological settings. Custom parylene beams 21 μm thick, 1 cm long, and of varying widths (200 - 1000 μm) were coated with Cr/Au. Electroplated weights were fabricated at the ends of the beams to apply known forces. Polypyrrole was potentiostatically polymerized to varying thicknesses onto the Au at 0.5 V in a solution of 0.1 M pyrrole and 0.1 M dodecylbenzenesulfonate (DBS). Using cyclic voltammetry, the bilayer beams were cycled in artificial cerebrospinal fluid (aCSF) at 37 °C, as well as in aqueous NaDBS as a control. Digital images and video were analyzed to quantify the deflections. The images and the cyclic voltammograms showed that divalent cations in the aCSF interfered with polymer reduction. By integrating polypyrrole-based conducting polymer actuators, we present a type novel neural probe. We demonstrate that actuating PPy(DBS) under physiological settings is possible, and that the technique of microfabricating weights onto the actuators is a useful tool for studying actuation forces.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of 1D iron(II) spin crossover coordination polymers with hysteresis.

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    Bauer, Wolfgang; Lochenie, Charles; Weber, Birgit

    2014-02-01

    Purposeful ligand design was used for the synthesis of eight new 1D iron(II) spin crossover coordination polymers aiming for cooperative spin transitions with hysteresis. The results from magnetic measurements and X-ray structure analysis show that the combination of rigid linkers and a hydrogen bond network between the 1D chains is a promising tool to reach this goal. Five of the eight new samples show a cooperative spin transition with hysteresis with up to 43 K wide hysteresis loops.

  2. In-situ microwave characterization of ferromagnetic microwires-filled polymer composites: A mini review

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    Qin, F. X.; Luo, Y.; Tang, J.; Peng, H. X.; Brosseau, C.

    2015-06-01

    This review describes the emerging res earch area and relevant physics of polymer-based composites enabled by amorphous ferromagnetic microwires. Fruitful results ranging from their tunable magnetic field and mechanical stress properties and influences of direct current on their microwave behavior are displayed in addition to the brief analysis on the underlying physics. The multifunctionalities exhibited strongly imply a variety of potential applications such as structural health monitoring and high-performance sensors. This article underlines that the future challenge mainly lies in proper microwire tailoring in expectation of a better microwave performance of microwire composites.

  3. Fabrication and characterization of novel polymer-matrix nanocomposites and their constituents

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    Ding, Rui

    Two main issues for the wide application of polymer-matrix nanocomposites need to be addressed: cost-effective processing of high-performance nanomaterials, and fundamental understanding of the nanofiller-polymer interaction related to property changes of nanocomposites. To fabricate inexpensive and robust carbon nanofibers (CNFs) by the electrospinning technique, an organosolv lignin for replacing polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursor was investigated in this work. Modification of lignin to its butyl ester alters the electrospinnability and the thermal mobility of the lignin/PAN blend precursor fibers, which further affect the thermostabilization and carbonization processes of CNFs. The micromorphology, carbon structure, and mechanical properties of resultant CNFs were evaluated in detail. Lignin butyration reveals a new approach to controlling inter-fiber bonding of CNFs which efficiently increases the tensile strength and modulus of nonwoven mats. A commercial vapor-grown CNF reinforcing of room-temperature-vulcanized (RTV) polysiloxane foam has potential impact on the residual tin catalyst in composites and consequently the aging and the long-term performance of the materials. Elemental spectra and mapping were employed to analyze the distribution and the composition of tin catalyst residues in the CNF/polysiloxane composites. Thermal analysis revealed a significant increase of thermal stability for CNF-filled composites. Further, the glass transition properties of polysiloxane are not evidently influenced by the physical interaction between CNF filler and polysiloxane matrix. Nanocomposites consisting of anthracene, a model polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) compound, and a thermosetting epoxy was matrix was studied to interpret the reinforcing effect on the glass transition temperature ( Tg) by different routes: physical dispersion and/or covalent modification. The molecular dynamics of the relaxation processes were analyzed by broadband dielectric

  4. Preparation and Characterization of Biomimetic Hydroxyapatite-Resorbable Polymer Composites for Hard Tissue Repair

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    Hiebner, Kristopher Robert

    Autografts are the orthopedic "gold standard" for repairing bone voids. Autografts are osteoconductive and do not elicit an immune response, but they are in short supply and require a second surgery to harvest the bone graft. Allografts are currently the most common materials used for the repair of segmental defects in hard tissue. Unlike autografts, allografts can cause an undesirable immune response and the possibility of disease transmission is a major concern. As an alternative to the above approaches, recent research efforts have focused on the use of composite materials made from hydroxyapatite (HA) and bioresorbable polymers, such as poly-L-lactide (PLLA). Recent results have shown that the surface hydroxides on HA can initiate the ring opening polymerization (ROP) of L-lactide and other lactones creating a composite with superior interfacial strength. This thesis demonstrates that the surface of porous biologically derived HA substrates, such as coralline HA and trabecular bone, can be used to initiate the ROP of L-lactide and other lactones from the vapor phase. This process increases the strength of the porous scaffold through the deposition of a thin, uniform polymer coating, while maintaining the porous structure. The kinetics of the chemical vapor deposition polymerization (CVDP) are described using a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). The reaction temperature and monomer vapor pressure are found to affect the rate of the polymerization. Also described in this thesis is the preparation of a porous polymer scaffold that mimics the structure of demineralized bone matrix (DBM). This demineralized bone matrix simulant (DBMS) is created using anorganic bovine bone as a template to initiate the polymerization of various lactones, followed by the removal of the HA scaffold. This material retained its shape and exhibits mechanical properties superior to DBM. Finally it is shown that HA can be used to initiate the ROP of a-caprolactam and the biocompatibility

  5. Characterization of particle morphology of biochanin A molecularly imprinted polymers and their properties as a potential sorbent for solid-phase extraction.

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    Chrzanowska, Anna M; Poliwoda, Anna; Wieczorek, Piotr P

    2015-04-01

    Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) with biochanin A as a template were obtained using a bulk polymerization with non-covalent imprinting approach. The polymers were prepared in acetonitrile as porogen, using ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EDMA) as cross-linking agent. The synthesis, with an application of 1',1'-azobis(cyclohexanecarbonitrile) (ACHN) as an initiator, has been performed thermally. During the synthesis process the effect of different functional monomers such as methacrylic acid (MAA), acrylamide (AA) and 4-vinylpyridine (4-VP) was investigated. The application of nitrogen sorption porosimetry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) permitted the characterization and evaluation of synthesized polymers. The adsorption capacity of obtained MIPs was checked by using the binding testing. All synthesized polymers were evaluated as solid-phase extraction (SPE) sorbents for isolation and preconcentration of biochanin A and its analogues, daidzein and genistein. The MIPs exhibited higher affinity for biochanin A over competitive compounds. PMID:25687010

  6. Modeling Decomposition of Unconfined Rigid Polyurethane Foam

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    HOBBS,MICHAEL L.; ERICKSON,KENNETH L.; CHU,TZE YAO

    1999-11-08

    The decomposition of unconfined rigid polyurethane foam has been modeled by a kinetic bond-breaking scheme describing degradation of a primary polymer and formation of a thermally stable secondary polymer. The bond-breaking scheme is resolved using percolation theory to describe evolving polymer fragments. The polymer fragments vaporize according to individual vapor pressures. Kinetic parameters for the model were obtained from Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA). The chemical structure of the foam was determined from the preparation techniques and ingredients used to synthesize the foam. Scale-up effects were investigated by simulating the response of an incident heat flux of 25 W/cm{sup 2} on a partially confined 8.8-cm diameter by 15-cm long right circular cylinder of foam that contained an encapsulated component. Predictions of center, midradial, and component temperatures, as well as regression of the foam surface, were in agreement with measurements using thermocouples and X-ray imaging.

  7. Modeling Decomposition of Unconfined Rigid Polyurethane Foam

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    CHU,TZE YAO; ERICKSON,KENNETH L.; HOBBS,MICHAEL L.

    1999-11-01

    The decomposition of unconfined rigid polyurethane foam has been modeled by a kinetic bond-breaking scheme describing degradation of a primary polymer and formation of a thermally stable secondary polymer. The bond-breaking scheme is resolved using percolation theory to describe evolving polymer fragments. The polymer fragments vaporize according to individual vapor pressures. Kinetic parameters for the model were obtained from Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA). The chemical structure of the foam was determined from the preparation techniques and ingredients used to synthesize the foam. Scale-up effects were investigated by simulating the response of an incident heat flux of 25 W/cm{sup 2} on a partially confined 8.8-cm diameter by 15-cm long right circular cylinder of foam which contained an encapsulated component. Predictions of center, midradial, and component temperatures, as well as regression of the foam surface, were in agreement with measurements using thermocouples and X-ray imaging.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of a novel carboxyl group containing (co)polyimide with sulfur in the polymer backbone

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    Mrsevic, Miroslav; Düsselberg, David

    2012-01-01

    Summary Soluble functional (co)polyimides are of great interest in the area of separation processes or optical applications, due to their excellent mechanical-, thermal- and optical properties, their superior processability and the ability to adapt their properties to a wide range of special applications. Therefore, two series of novel (co)polyimides containing fluorinated sulfur- and carboxylic acid groups consisting of 4,4′-(hexafluoroisopropylidene)di(phthalic anhydride) (6FDA), 3,5-diaminobenzoic acid (DABA), 4,4′-diaminodiphenylsulfide (4,4′-SDA) and 3,3′-diaminodiphenylsulfone (3,3′-DDS) were synthesized in a two-step polycondensation reaction. The synthesized copolymers were characterized by using NMR, FTIR, GPC, and DSC. Furthermore, with regard to processing and potential applications, the thermal stability, solubility in common organic solvents, moisture uptake, and transparency were investigated. Compared to commercially available transparent polymers, i.e., polymethylmethacrylate and cycloolefin polymers, the sulfur (co)polyimides containing carboxyl groups showed much higher glass-transition temperatures, comparably low moisture uptake and high transmission at the sodium D-line. Furthermore, good solubility in commonly used organic solvents makes them very attractive as high-performance coating materials. PMID:23015826

  9. Exposure characterizations of polymer type electron beam resists with various molecular weights for next-generation photomask

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    Takayama, Tomohiro; Asada, Hironori; Kishimura, Yukiko; Hoshino, Ryoichi; Kawata, Atsushi

    2015-10-01

    Higher resolution is eagerly requested to the electron beam resist for the next generation photomask production as well as higher sensitivity. The performance of a polymer resist is mainly characterized by its chemical structure and molecular weight. Positive tone polymer resists with various molecular weights ranging from 60 k to 500 k are synthesized and the molecular weight dependence on exposure characteristics is examined by fabricating line-and-space patterns. The molecular weight dependence of sensitivity for amyl acetate developer is small in the molecular weight range in this study. In a low molecular weight resist, the cross-section profile of the resist pattern becomes rounder and then the disconnections are observed in the 20-nm line-and-space pattern. Although the pattern width change by changing the exposure dose for each resist is quite similar, the exposure dose margin of pattern formation becomes wider with the higher molecular weight. The line width roughness is smaller in a high molecular weight resist than in a low molecular weight resist. The shift amount of the pattern width from the design value for various line-and-space patterns and the dry etching resistance to CF4 plasma are also presented.

  10. Conducting Polymer Nanostructures and Nanocomposites with Carbon Nanotubes: Hierarchical Assembly by Molecular Electrochemistry, Growth Aspects and Property Characterization.

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    Gupta, Sanju; Price, Carson; Heintzman, Eli

    2016-01-01

    Conducting (or π-conjugated) polymers are promising materials for preparing supramolecular nano-structures and nanocomposites. We report controlled nanostructure syntheses of polypyrrole (PPy) and poylaniline (PANi) via electropolymerization (i.e., in-situ electrochemical anodic oxidation). The density, shape, caliber and thickness of self-assembled PPy micro-containers are regulated by electrochemical potential window for H2 bubbles and number of cyclic voltammetric (potentiodynamic) scans. Likewise, we employed amperometry, chronopotentiometry and potentiodynamic modes using hydrochloric acid as oxidizing agent to prepare PANi nanoparticles and nanotubules. We present our findings from the viewpoint of molecular electrochemistry with growth kinetic aspects yielding mechanistic details (initially forming dimers and oligomers as nucleating agents followed by polymer growth). Also targeted is forming nanocomposites with functionalized single- and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (FSWCNTs and FMWCNTs) as reinforced agent to optimize structural and functional properties. All of these novel nanomaterials are characterized using a range of complementary techniques to establish microscopic structure-property-function relationship. PMID:27398466

  11. Characterization of origami shape memory metamaterials (SMMM) made of bio-polymer blends

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    Kshad, Mohamed Ali E.; Naguib, Hani E.

    2016-04-01

    Shape memory materials (SMMs) are materials that can return to their virgin state and release mechanically induced strains by external stimuli. Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are a class of SMMs that show a high shape recoverability and which have attractive potential for structural applications. In this paper, we experimentally study the shape memory effect of origami based metamaterials. The main focus is on the Muira origami metamaterials. The fabrication technique used to produce origami structure is direct molding where all the geometrical features are molded from thermally virgin polymers without post folding of flat sheets. The study shows experimental investigations of shape memory metamaterials (SMMMs) made of SMPs that can be used in different applications such as medicine, robotics, and lightweight structures. The origami structure made from SMP blends, activated with uniform heating. The effect of blend composition on the shape memory behavior was studied. Also the influence of the thermomechanical and the viscoelastic properties of origami unit cell on the activation process have been discussed, and stress relaxation and shape recovery were investigated. Activation process of the unit cell has been demonstrated.

  12. Characterization of the Migration of Hop Volatiles into Different Crown Cork Liner Polymers and Can Coatings.

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    Wietstock, Philip C; Glattfelder, Richard; Garbe, Leif-Alexander; Methner, Frank-Jürgen

    2016-04-01

    Absorption of hop volatiles by crown cork liner polymers and can coatings was investigated in beer during storage. All hop volatiles measured were prone to migrate into the closures, and the absorption kinetics was demonstrated to fit Fick's second law of diffusion well for a plane sheet. The extent and rate of diffusion were significantly dissimilar and were greatly dependent upon the nature of the volatile. Diffusion coefficients ranged from 1.32 × 10(-5) cm(2)/day (limonene) to 0.26 × 10(-5) cm(2)/day (α-humulene). The maximum amounts absorbed into the material at equilibrium were in the following order: limonene > α-humulene > trans-caryophyllene > myrcene ≫ linalool > α-terpineol > geraniol. With the application of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) liners with oxygen-scavenging functionality, oxygen-barrier liners made up from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or liner polymers from a different manufacturer had no significant effect on the composition of hop volatiles in beers after prolonged storage of 55 days; however, significantly higher amounts of myrcene and limonene were found in the oxygen-barrier-type crown cork, while all other closures behaved similarly. Can coatings were demonstrated to absorb hop volatiles in a similar pattern as crown corks but to a lesser extent. Consequently, significantly higher percentages of myrcene were found in the beers. PMID:26996287

  13. Ammonium across a Selective Polymer Inclusion Membrane: Characterization, Transport, and Selectivity.

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    Casadellà, Anna; Schaetzle, Olivier; Loos, Katja

    2016-05-01

    The recovery of ammonium from urine requires distinguishing and excluding sodium and potassium. A polymer inclusion membrane selective for ammonium is developed using an ionophore based on pyrazole substituted benzene. The interactions of the components are studied, as well as their effect on transport and selectivity. Spectroscopic and thermogravimetric measurements show no extensive physical interactions of the components, and that the plasticizer reduces the intermolecular forces (rigidity) of the membrane. The ionophore turns the membrane more rigid, although it increases its swelling degree and therefore the affinity of cations. A ratio of plasticizer (DEHP) and polymer (PVC) of 1:3 in mass gives the highest ammonium flux. Tested contents of ionophore (2 and 5 wt%) show that the higher the content of the ionophore, the fastest the flux is (7.5 × 10(-3) mmol cm(-2) h(-1) ). Selectivity of NH4 (+) over Na(+) and over K(+) is reduced from 13.07 to 9.33 and from 14.15 to 9.57 correspondingly. PMID:27062504

  14. Preparation and characterization of plasticized palm-based polyurethane solid polymer electrolyte

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    Daud, Farah Nadia; Ahmad, Azizan; Badri, Khairiah Haji

    2013-11-27

    Palm-based polyurethane solid polymer electrolyte was prepared via prepolymerization method between palm kernel oil based polyols (PKO-p) and 2,4’-diphenylmethane diisocyanate (2,4’-MDI) in acetone at room temperature with the vary amount of lithium trifuoromethanesulfonate (LiCF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}) salt and polyethylene glycol (PEG). The film was analyzed using attenuated total reflection infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and X-ray diffractometry (XRD). EIS result indicated ionic conductivity obtained with 30 wt% LiCF3SO3 increased to 6.55 × 10{sup −6} S cm{sup −1} when 10 wt.% of plasticizer was added into the system. FTIR analysis showed the interaction between lithium ions and amine (-N-H) at 3600–3100 cm{sup −1}, carbonyl (-C=O) at 1750–1650 cm{sup −1} and ether (-C-O-C-) at 1150–1000 cm{sup −1} of the polyurethane forming polymer-salt complexes. The XRD result confirmed that LiCF{sub 3}SO{sub 3} salt completely dissociated within the polyurethane film with the absence of crystalline peaks of LiCF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}.

  15. Preparation and characterization of plasticized palm-based polyurethane solid polymer electrolyte

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    Daud, Farah Nadia; Ahmad, Azizan; Badri, Khairiah Haji

    2013-11-01

    Palm-based polyurethane solid polymer electrolyte was prepared via prepolymerization method between palm kernel oil based polyols (PKO-p) and 2,4'-diphenylmethane diisocyanate (2,4'-MDI) in acetone at room temperature with the vary amount of lithium trifuoromethanesulfonate (LiCF3SO3) salt and polyethylene glycol (PEG). The film was analyzed using attenuated total reflection infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and X-ray diffractometry (XRD). EIS result indicated ionic conductivity obtained with 30 wt% LiCF3SO3 increased to 6.55 × 10-6 S cm-1 when 10 wt.% of plasticizer was added into the system. FTIR analysis showed the interaction between lithium ions and amine (-N-H) at 3600-3100 cm-1, carbonyl (-C=O) at 1750-1650 cm-1 and ether (-C-O-C-) at 1150-1000 cm-1 of the polyurethane forming polymer-salt complexes. The XRD result confirmed that LiCF3SO3 salt completely dissociated within the polyurethane film with the absence of crystalline peaks of LiCF3SO3.

  16. Characterization of Electrosynthesized Conjugated Polymer-Carbon Nanotube Composite: Optical Nonlinearity and Electrical Property

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    Bahrami, Afarin; Talib, Zainal Abidin; Shahriari, Esmaeil; Yunus, Wan Mahmood Mat; Kasim, Anuar; Behzad, Kasra

    2012-01-01

    The effects of multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWNT) concentration on the structural, optical and electrical properties of conjugated polymer-carbon nanotube composite are discussed. Multi-walled carbon nanotube-polypyrrole nanocomposites were synthesized by electrochemical polymerization of monomers in the presence of different amounts of MWNTs using sodium dodecylbenzensulfonate (SDBS) as surfactant at room temperature and normal pressure. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) indicates that the polymer is wrapped around the nanotubes. Measurement of the nonlinear refractive indices (n2) and the nonlinear absorption (β) of the samples with different MWNT concentrations measurements were performed by a single Z-scan method using continuous wave (CW) laser beam excitation wavelength of λ = 532 nm. The results show that both nonlinear optical parameters increased with increasing the concentration of MWNTs. The third order nonlinear susceptibilities were also calculated and found to follow the same trend as n2 and β. In addition, the conductivity of the composite film was found to increase rapidly with the increase in the MWNT concentration. PMID:22312294

  17. Modeling and characterization of the mechanoelectric response of ionic polymer metal composite (IPMC) energy harvesters

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    Tiwari, Rashi

    2009-12-01

    Electroactive Polymers (EAPs) have gained momentum in the past few years. An especially promising material, Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite (IPMC), was the subject of the reported research. IPMCs are capable of electromechanical and mechanoelectrical transduction (i.e conversion of energy from one form to another) on application of electric field and mechanical deformation, respectively. There are three key aspects of the research reported in this dissertation: develop a framework on the mechanoelectric model, evaluate the capability of IPMC as energy harvester in natural bender configuration and assess the feasibility of non-conventional configurations including disc shaped IPMC for energy harvesting applications. First of all, a framework on mechanoelectric model based on electrostatic effect and ion transport inside the membrane was developed. The model gives an insight into the mechanoelectric principle in IPMC, along with the role played by different material parameters like Young's modulus, cluster dimension, permittivity and diffusivity. Secondly, IPMC was analyzed for energy harvesting applications. The research demonstrates applicability of IPMC as energy harvester in lower frequency regions (<50 Hz) with an average efficiency of around 2% or less. Instantaneous power output from a 10 mm (width) x 50mm (length) x 0.2mm (thickness) was measured to be around 4 muW. The effect of different parameters in mechanical domain (stiffness and scalability) and electrical domain (electrode property like resistance and capacitance) was studied, both experimentally and through a formulated Grey-box model. Lastly, non-traditional configurations were tested for energy harvesting applications.

  18. Experimental and theoretical characterization of non-bending ionic polymer transducer sensing

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    Kocer, Bilge; Zangrilli, Ursula T.; Weiland, Lisa M.

    2012-04-01

    Ionic Polymer Transducers (IPTs) have both actuation and sensing capabilities. However, the electromechanical response of an IPT as a sensor is quite different from the response as an actuator. IPT sensors are not limited to bending, i.e., they also produce current for compressive, extensional, and shear deformations. A robust physical model must be able to predict the existence of a sensing signal in all modes of deformation. Such a model could subsequently be adapted to form a roadmap toward enhancing sensitivity. In this study, the objective is to experimentally define IPT sensing characteristics in shear deformation (non-bending) and compare the empirical results with predictions derived from a model based on the streaming potential hypothesis. An in-house displacement control rig is employed to establish empirical results in shear sensing. A finite element approach is employed in the companion model development. The IPTs considered employ Nafion as the ionic polymer layer, while the electrode includes high surface area ruthenium oxide, RuO2, metallic powder and deposited per the Direct Assembly Process.

  19. Characterization of the Migration of Hop Volatiles into Different Crown Cork Liner Polymers and Can Coatings.

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    Wietstock, Philip C; Glattfelder, Richard; Garbe, Leif-Alexander; Methner, Frank-Jürgen

    2016-04-01

    Absorption of hop volatiles by crown cork liner polymers and can coatings was investigated in beer during storage. All hop volatiles measured were prone to migrate into the closures, and the absorption kinetics was demonstrated to fit Fick's second law of diffusion well for a plane sheet. The extent and rate of diffusion were significantly dissimilar and were greatly dependent upon the nature of the volatile. Diffusion coefficients ranged from 1.32 × 10(-5) cm(2)/day (limonene) to 0.26 × 10(-5) cm(2)/day (α-humulene). The maximum amounts absorbed into the material at equilibrium were in the following order: limonene > α-humulene > trans-caryophyllene > myrcene ≫ linalool > α-terpineol > geraniol. With the application of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) liners with oxygen-scavenging functionality, oxygen-barrier liners made up from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or liner polymers from a different manufacturer had no significant effect on the composition of hop volatiles in beers after prolonged storage of 55 days; however, significantly higher amounts of myrcene and limonene were found in the oxygen-barrier-type crown cork, while all other closures behaved similarly. Can coatings were demonstrated to absorb hop volatiles in a similar pattern as crown corks but to a lesser extent. Consequently, significantly higher percentages of myrcene were found in the beers.

  20. A cyanide-bridged heterometallic coordination polymer constructed from square-planar [Ni(CN)4](2-): synthesis, crystal structure, thermal decomposition, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum and magnetic properties.

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    Qin, Ying Lian; Yang, Bin Wu; Wang, Gao Feng; Sun, Hong

    2016-07-01

    Square-planar complexes are commonly formed by transition metal ions having a d(8) electron configuration. Planar cyanometallate anions have been used extensively as design elements in supramolecular coordination systems. In particular, square-planar tetracyanometallate(II) ions, i.e. [M(CN)4](2-) (M(II) = Ni, Pd or Pt), are used as good building blocks for bimetallic Hofmann-type assemblies and their analogues. Square-planar tetracyanonickellate(II) complexes have been extensively developed with N-donor groups as additional co-ligands, but studies of these systems using O-donor ligands are scarce. A new cyanide-bridged Cu(II)-Ni(II) heterometallic compound, poly[[diaquatetra-μ2-cyanido-κ(8)C:N-nickel(II)copper(II)] monohydrate], {[Cu(II)Ni(II)(CN)4(H2O)2]·H2O}n, has been synthesized and characterized by X-ray single-crystal diffraction analyses, vibrational spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermal analysis, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and magnetic moment measurements. The structural analysis revealed that it has a two-dimensional grid-like structure built up of cationic [Cu(H2O)2](2+) and anionic [Ni(CN)4](2-) units connected through bridging cyanide ligands. The overall three-dimensional supramolecular network is expanded by a combination of interlayer O-H...N and intralayer O-H...O hydrogen-bond interactions. The first decomposition reactions take place at 335 K under a static air atmosphere, which illustrates the existence of guest water molecules in the interlayer spaces. The electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum confirms that the Cu(II) cation has an axial coordination symmetry and that the unpaired electrons occupy the d(x(2)-y(2)) orbital. In addition, magnetic investigations showed that antiferromagnetic interactions exist in the Cu(II) atoms through the diamagnetic [Ni(CN)4](2-) ion.

  1. Synthesis, characterization and femtosecond nonlinear saturable absorption behavior of copper phthalocyanine nanocrystals doped-PMMA polymer thin films

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    Zongo, S.; Dhlamini, M. S.; Neethling, P. H.; Yao, A.; Maaza, M.; Sahraoui, B.

    2015-12-01

    In this work, we report the femtosecond nonlinear saturable absorption response of synthesized copper phthalocyanine nanocrystals (CPc-NCs)-doped PMMA polymer thin films. The samples were initially characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), UV-Vis and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques. The crystalline phase and morphological analysis revealed nanocrystals of monoclinic structure with an average crystallite size between 31.38 nm and 42.5 nm. The femtosecond Z-scan study at 800 nm central wavelength indicated a saturable absorption behavior of which the mechanism is closely related to the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of the particles. This nonlinear effect could potentially make the CPc-NCs useful in nonlinear optical devices.

  2. Multilevel domain decomposition for electronic structure calculations

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    Barrault, M. . E-mail: maxime.barrault@edf.fr; Cances, E. . E-mail: cances@cermics.enpc.fr; Hager, W.W. . E-mail: hager@math.ufl.edu; Le Bris, C. . E-mail: lebris@cermics.enpc.fr

    2007-03-01

    We introduce a new multilevel domain decomposition method (MDD) for electronic structure calculations within semi-empirical and density functional theory (DFT) frameworks. This method iterates between local fine solvers and global coarse solvers, in the spirit of domain decomposition methods. Using this approach, calculations have been successfully performed on several linear polymer chains containing up to 40,000 atoms and 200,000 atomic orbitals. Both the computational cost and the memory requirement scale linearly with the number of atoms. Additional speed-up can easily be obtained by parallelization. We show that this domain decomposition method outperforms the density matrix minimization (DMM) method for poor initial guesses. Our method provides an efficient preconditioner for DMM and other linear scaling methods, variational in nature, such as the orbital minimization (OM) procedure.

  3. Electromechanical characterization of individual micron-sized metal coated polymer particles

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    Bazilchuk, Molly; Pettersen, Sigurd Rolland; Kristiansen, Helge; Zhang, Zhiliang; He, Jianying

    2016-06-01

    Micron-sized polymer particles with nanoscale metal coatings are essential in conductive adhesives for electronics assembly. The particles function in a compressed state in the adhesives. The link between mechanical properties and electrical conductivity is thus of the utmost importance in the formation of good electrical contact. A custom flat punch set-up based on nanoindentation has been developed to simultaneously deform and electrically probe individual particles. The set-up has a sufficiently low internal resistance to allow the measurement of sub-Ohm contact resistances. Additionally, the set-up can capture mechanical failure of the particles. Combining this data yields a fundamental understanding of contact behavior. We demonstrate that this method can clearly distinguish between particles of different sizes, with different thicknesses of metal coating, and different metallization schemes. The technique provides good repeatability and physical insight into the behavior of these particles that can guide adhesive design and the optimization of bonding processes.

  4. Conjugated polymers with pyrrole as the conjugated bridge: synthesis, characterization, and two-photon absorption properties.

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    Li, Qianqian; Zhong, Cheng; Huang, Jing; Huang, Zhenli; Pei, Zhiguo; Liu, Jun; Qin, Jingui; Li, Zhen

    2011-07-14

    The synthesis, one- and two-photon absorption (2PA) and emission properties of two novel pyrrole-based conjugated polymers (P1 and P2) are reported. They emitted strong yellow-green and orange fluorescence with fluorescent quantum yields (Φ) of 46 and 33%, respectively. Their maximal 2PA cross sections (δ) measured by the two-photon-induced fluorescence method using femtosecond laser pulses in THF were 2392 and 1938 GM per repeating unit, respectively, indicating that the 2PA chromophores consisting of the triphenylamine with nonplanar structure as the donor and electron-rich pyrrole as the conjugated bridge could be the effective repeating units to enhance the δ values.

  5. Nanopores in track-etched polymer membranes characterized by small-angle x-ray scattering

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    Cornelius, T. W.; Schiedt, B.; Severin, D.; Pépy, G.; Toulemonde, M.; Apel, P. Yu; Boesecke, P.; Trautmann, C.

    2010-04-01

    Nanochannels and nanowires with diameters ranging from 30 to 400 nm were produced by etching ion tracks in thin polyarylate and polycarbonate foils. The shape and the size distribution of dry and wet nanochannels, as well as of nanowires grown therein, were examined by small-angle x-ray scattering. The x-ray intensity as a function of the scattering vector exhibits pronounced oscillations showing that both the channels and the wires have a highly cylindrical geometry and a very narrow size distribution. UV exposure before chemical etching significantly improves the monodispersity of the nanopores. For fixed etching conditions, the scattering patterns provide evidence that the diameter of dry and water-filled channels as well as for embedded nanowires are identical, demonstrating that the pores in the polymer are completely filled.

  6. Characterization of volume holographic recording in photopolymerizable nanoparticle-(thiol-ene) polymer composites at 404 nm

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    Kawana, Masaru; Takahashi, Jun-ichiro; Yasui, Satoru; Tomita, Yasuo

    2015-02-01

    We report on the photopolymerization dynamics and the volume holographic recording properties of a thiol-ene based nanoparticle-polymer composite (NPC) doped with a blue-sensitive photoinitiator, Darocur® TPO, by using a highly coherent blue diode laser operating at a wavelength of 404 nm. Our study indicates that volume gratings recorded in the NPC amount to meeting the material requirements of refractive index modulation and material recording sensitivity for holographic data storage media. It is also found that polymerization shrinkage of recorded NPC gratings is higher than that of the same thiol-ene based NPC with a green (523 nm)-sensitive photoinitiator, Irgacure® 784/BzO2. We attribute such a difference in shrinkage to the photopolymerization dynamics at these recording wavelengths. We show that this shrinkage increase at 404 nm can be mitigated to some extent by controlling the thiol-ene stoichiometry in the NPC.

  7. Characterization of the mechanical properties of polyphenylene polymer using molecular dynamics simulations

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    Ansari, R.; Ajori, S.; Rouhi, S.

    2016-01-01

    Synthesizing polyphenylene polymer, a two-dimensional hydrocarbon known as porous graphene, has led to the initiation of a new age in nanoscience. In this investigation, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are carried out to study the mechanical properties of porous graphene such as Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio, bulk modulus and ultimate strength and strain. The fracture initiation and propagation pattern of porous graphene are also considered in this study. The results show that Young's and bulk moduli of porous graphene are lower than those of graphene, graphene and graphyne. Unlikely, it is also observed that its Poisson's ratio is considerably more than that of graphene, graphene and graphyne. Furthermore, it is found out that Young's and bulk moduli as well as fracture strain and ultimate stress are extremely size-dependent and also the porous graphene can be considered as an isotropic material.

  8. Core shell hybrids based on noble metal nanoparticles and conjugated polymers: synthesis and characterization

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    Fratoddi, Ilaria; Venditti, Iole; Battocchio, Chiara; Polzonetti, Giovanni; Cametti, Cesare; Russo, Maria Vittoria

    2011-12-01

    Noble metal nanoparticles of different sizes and shapes combined with conjugated functional polymers give rise to advanced core shell hybrids with interesting physical characteristics and potential applications in sensors or cancer therapy. In this paper, a versatile and facile synthesis of core shell systems based on noble metal nanoparticles (AuNPs, AgNPs, PtNPs), coated by copolymers belonging to the class of substituted polyacetylenes has been developed. The polymeric shells containing functionalities such as phenyl, ammonium, or thiol pending groups have been chosen in order to tune hydrophilic and hydrophobic properties and solubility of the target core shell hybrids. The Au, Ag, or Pt nanoparticles coated by poly(dimethylpropargylamonium chloride), or poly(phenylacetylene-co-allylmercaptan). The chemical structure of polymeric shell, size and size distribution and optical properties of hybrids have been assessed. The mean diameter of the metal core has been measured (about 10-30 nm) with polymeric shell of about 2 nm.

  9. Polymer assisted preparation and characterization of ZnO and Sn doped ZnO nanostructures

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    Santhosh Kumar, A.; Nagaraja, K. K.; Nagaraja, H. S.

    2015-02-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) and tin doped ZnO are wide band gap semiconducting materials with excellent optoelectronic properties. In the present study ZnO and Sn: ZnO films are prepared using polymer assisted sol gel process. The thermal behaviour of the dried gel sample studied using DTA and TG analysis. TG-DTA result shown that most of the organic of PVA and CH3COO group of zinc acetate and other volatiles are removed below 500°C. The effect of Sn on the crystallinity, microstructral properties of the deposited films was investigated. XRD patterns of undoped and Sn doped ZnO films indicate enhanced intensities for the peak corresponding to (002) plane, resulting preferential orientation along the c-axis. The SEM images confirm that the grown films are composed of nanorods.

  10. Synthesis and characterization of asymmetric polymer/inorganic nanocomposites with pH/temperature sensitivity

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    Zhang, Xinjie; Gao, Chunmei; Liu, Mingzhu; Huang, Yinjuan; Yu, Xiyong; Ding, Enyong

    2013-01-01

    An easy, comprehensive and inexpensive method is demonstrated to produce asymmetric polymer/inorganic nanocomposites in a large quantity. With the aid of Pickering emulsion, unmodified particles aggregate on the surface of emulsion droplets and are fixed in place when the wax solidifies. The exposed surfaces of immobilized SiO2 particles are modified chemically by 2-(dimethylamino) ethylmethacrylate (DMAEMA). With the removal of wax, the exposed side of particles can be further modified chemically by N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm). Based on these procedures, dual responsive asymmetric nanocomposite particles are achieved with both pH and temperature sensitivities. Due to their dual-stimuli and asymmetric structure, these particles have potential applications in molecule targeting, drug delivery and as building blocks for the assembly of complex nanostructure.

  11. Physical characterization and in silico modeling of inulin polymer conformation during vaccine adjuvant particle formation.

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    Barclay, Thomas G; Rajapaksha, Harinda; Thilagam, Alagu; Qian, Gujie; Ginic-Markovic, Milena; Cooper, Peter D; Gerson, Andrea; Petrovsky, Nikolai

    2016-06-01

    This study combined physical data from synchrotron SAXS, FTIR and microscopy with in-silico molecular structure predictions and mathematical modeling to examine inulin adjuvant particle formation and structure. The results show that inulin polymer chains adopt swollen random coil in solution. As precipitation occurs from solution, interactions between the glucose end group of one chain and a fructose group of an adjacent chain help drive organized assembly, initially forming inulin ribbons with helical organization of the chains orthogonal to the long-axis of the ribbon. Subsequent aggregation of the ribbons results in the layered semicrystalline particles previously shown to act as potent vaccine adjuvants. γ-Inulin adjuvant particles consist of crystalline layers 8.5 nm thick comprising helically organized inulin chains orthogonal to the plane of the layer. These crystalline layers alternate with amorphous layers 2.4 nm thick, to give overall particle crystallinity of 78%. PMID:27083349

  12. Physical characterization and in silico modeling of inulin polymer conformation during vaccine adjuvant particle formation.

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    Barclay, Thomas G; Rajapaksha, Harinda; Thilagam, Alagu; Qian, Gujie; Ginic-Markovic, Milena; Cooper, Peter D; Gerson, Andrea; Petrovsky, Nikolai

    2016-06-01

    This study combined physical data from synchrotron SAXS, FTIR and microscopy with in-silico molecular structure predictions and mathematical modeling to examine inulin adjuvant particle formation and structure. The results show that inulin polymer chains adopt swollen random coil in solution. As precipitation occurs from solution, interactions between the glucose end group of one chain and a fructose group of an adjacent chain help drive organized assembly, initially forming inulin ribbons with helical organization of the chains orthogonal to the long-axis of the ribbon. Subsequent aggregation of the ribbons results in the layered semicrystalline particles previously shown to act as potent vaccine adjuvants. γ-Inulin adjuvant particles consist of crystalline layers 8.5 nm thick comprising helically organized inulin chains orthogonal to the plane of the layer. These crystalline layers alternate with amorphous layers 2.4 nm thick, to give overall particle crystallinity of 78%.

  13. Characterization of Thin Film Polymers Through Dynamic Mechanical Analysis and Permeation

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    Herring, Helen

    2003-01-01

    Thin polymer films are being considered, as candidate materials to augment the permeation resistance of cryogenic hydrogen fuel tanks such as would be required for future reusable launch vehicles. To evaluate performance of candidate films after environmental exposure, an experimental study was performed to measure the thermal/mechanical and permeation performance of six, commercial-grade materials. Dynamic storage modulus, as measured by Dynamic Mechanical Analysis, was found over a range of temperatures. Permeability, as measured by helium gas diffusion, was found at room temperature. Test data was correlated with respect to film type and pre-test exposure to moisture, elevated temperature, and cryogenic temperature. Results indicated that the six films were comparable in performance and their resistance to environmental degradation.

  14. Characterization of an atrazine molecularly imprinted polymer prepared by a cooling method

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    Royani, Idha; Widayani, Abdullah, Mikrajuddin; Khairurrijal

    2014-03-01

    A molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) for atrazine was successfully prepared. Atrazine molecules as templates were incorporated into the pre-polymerization solution containing a functional monomer (methacrylic acid), a cross-linker (ethylene glycol dimethacrylate), and an initiator (benzoyl peroxide). The placement of a tube containing the pre-polymerization solution into a freezer was done to replace nitrogen pouring into the pre-polymerization solution. The sensing characteristic of the obtained MIP was examined and it was found that the amount of atrazine bound to the cavities in the MIP increases with increasing the initial concentration of atrazine. From Scatchard plots, it was found that the equilibrium dissociation constant KD and the apparent maximum number of binding sites Bmax, which are written as (KD, Bmax), are (6.4 μM, 13.41 mmol/g) and (6.5 μM, 4.55 mmol/g) for the 10 and 30 mg of MIP, respectively.

  15. Characterization of polymer coated glass as a passive air sampler for persistent organic pollutants.

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    Harner, Tom; Farrar, Nick J; Shoeib, Mahiba; Jones, Kevin C; Gobas, Frank A P C

    2003-06-01

    The use of thin-film polymer-coated glass surfaces or POGs as passive air samplers was investigated during an uptake experiment in an indoor environment with high levels of gas-phase polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). POGs consisted of a micron thick layer of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) coated onto glass cylinders. The uptake was initially linear with time and governed by the air-side mass transfer coefficient and surface area of the sampler. This was followed by a curvilinear region and finally a constant phase when equilibrium was established between air and EVA. The high surface area-to-volume ratio of the POGs allowed rapid equilibrium with gas-phase PCBs; equilibration times were on the order of hours for the low molecular weight congeners. The equilibrium concentration was dependent on the EVA-air partition coefficient, K(EVA-A), which was shown to be very well correlated to the octanol-air partition coefficient, K(OA). When POGs of varying thickness were equilibrated with air, the amount of PCB accumulated increased with increasing thickness of the EVA, indicating that uptake was by absorption into the entire polymer matrix. A wind field of 4 m s(-1) resulted in an increased uptake rate by a factor of approximately six compared to uptake in relatively still air. This wind speed effect was diminished, however, when POGs were housed in deployment chambers consisting of inverted stainless steel bowls. Relationships based on the air-side mass transfer coefficient and K(EVA-A) were developed for PCBs that describe the entire uptake profile and allow air concentrations to be determined from the amount of chemical accumulated in the POG. It is believed that these relationships are also valid when POGs are used to detect other classes of persistent organic pollutants. PMID:12831034

  16. Characterization of polymer coated glass as a passive air sampler for persistent organic pollutants.

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    Harner, Tom; Farrar, Nick J; Shoeib, Mahiba; Jones, Kevin C; Gobas, Frank A P C

    2003-06-01

    The use of thin-film polymer-coated glass surfaces or POGs as passive air samplers was investigated during an uptake experiment in an indoor environment with high levels of gas-phase polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). POGs consisted of a micron thick layer of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) coated onto glass cylinders. The uptake was initially linear with time and governed by the air-side mass transfer coefficient and surface area of the sampler. This was followed by a curvilinear region and finally a constant phase when equilibrium was established between air and EVA. The high surface area-to-volume ratio of the POGs allowed rapid equilibrium with gas-phase PCBs; equilibration times were on the order of hours for the low molecular weight congeners. The equilibrium concentration was dependent on the EVA-air partition coefficient, K(EVA-A), which was shown to be very well correlated to the octanol-air partition coefficient, K(OA). When POGs of varying thickness were equilibrated with air, the amount of PCB accumulated increased with increasing thickness of the EVA, indicating that uptake was by absorption into the entire polymer matrix. A wind field of 4 m s(-1) resulted in an increased uptake rate by a factor of approximately six compared to uptake in relatively still air. This wind speed effect was diminished, however, when POGs were housed in deployment chambers consisting of inverted stainless steel bowls. Relationships based on the air-side mass transfer coefficient and K(EVA-A) were developed for PCBs that describe the entire uptake profile and allow air concentrations to be determined from the amount of chemical accumulated in the POG. It is believed that these relationships are also valid when POGs are used to detect other classes of persistent organic pollutants.

  17. Comparative characterization of a novel cad-cam polymer-infiltrated-ceramic-network

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    Pascual, Agustín; Camps, Isabel; Grau-Benitez, María

    2015-01-01

    Background The field of dental ceramics for CAD-CAM is enriched with a new innovative material composition having a porous three-dimensional structure of feldspathic ceramic infiltrated with acrylic resins.The aim of this study is to determine the mechanical properties of Polymer-Infiltrated-Ceramic-Network (PICN) and compare its performance with other ceramics and a nano-ceramic resin available for CAD-CAM systems. Material and Methods In this study a total of five different materials for CAD-CAM were investigated. A polymer-infiltrated ceramic (Vita Enamic), a nano-ceramic resin (Lava Ultimate), a feldspathic ceramic (Mark II), a lithium disilicate ceramic (IPS-e max CAD) and finally a Leucite based ceramic (Empress - CAD). From CAD-CAM blocks, 120 bars (30 for each material cited above) were cut to measure the flexural strength with a three-point-bending test. Strain at failure, fracture stress and Weibull modulus was calculated. Vickers hardness of each material was also measured. Results IPS-EMAX presents mechanical properties significantly better from the other materials studied. Its strain at failure, flexural strength and hardness exhibited significantly higher values in comparison with the others. VITA ENAMIC and LAVA ULTIMATE stand out as the next most resistant materials. Conclusions The flexural strength, elastic modulus similar to a tooth as well as having less hardness than ceramics make PICN materials an option to consider as a restorative material. Key words:Ceramic infiltrated with resin, CAD-CAM, Weibull modulus, flexural strength, micro hardness. PMID:26535096

  18. Fabrication and characterization of organic single crystal and printed polymer transistors

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    Xia, Yu

    The key challenges in the development of organic electronics lie in the understanding of the charge transport physics and the realization of low cost device fabrication. Innovative studies on both aspects have been demonstrated in this thesis. On the fundamental side, first, charge transport and localization processes in various organic single crystal transistors have been investigated using a novel "air-gap"device geometry. Second, comparison of mobility - carrier density relation in polymer and single crystal transistors has been made by the utilization of different liquid gate dielectrics with extremely wide capacitance range, and fundamentally different charge transport mechanisms have been proposed. Third, direct measurement of the electrochemical potential at organic semiconductor/gate dielectric interfaces in electrolyte gated transistors has been achieved with the assistance of an embedded reference electrode. The correlation between the referenced turn-on voltages and the organic semiconductor ionization potentials has been discovered. Finally, an unusual negative differential transconductance behavior in electrolyte gated transistors upon inducing high gate carrier densities has been extensively investigated. On the application side, high performance polymer transistors and circuits were fabricated by a commercial aerosol jet printing technique. Printing not only saves the device manufacturing cost through its simple procedure, high throughput and low waste of materials, but also enables the fabrication of electronic devices over large area and on flexible substrates. All-printed transistors with exceptionally large transconductance of 10 mS/mm under 1 V of operating voltage have been realized with the application of specially designed printable high capacitance (>10 muF/cm2) ion gel as the gate dielectric material. Various device configurations and parameters have been investigated to further reduce the fabrication cost and improve the operating speed

  19. Synthesis and characterization of silicon-based polymers for use as organic/inorganic hybrids and silicon carbide precursors

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    Sellinger, Alan

    Organic/inorganic hybrids from silsesquioxanes. This Dissertation describes the synthesis and characterization of methacrylate, epoxy and liquid crystalline (LC)-containing organic/inorganic hybrid materials based on silsesquioxanes. While the methacrylate and epoxy groups provide polymerizable moieties to the hybrids, the LC component is anticipated to provide toughness, and oxidative stability as well as minimize shrinkage during curing. The inorganic silsesquioxane portion, ((RSiOsb{1.5})sb8, cubes), which closely resembles specific crystalline forms of silica and zeolites, may be covalently linked to a variety of organic functional groups. As a result, single-phase organic/inorganic hybrids are formed that when polymerized mimic silica-reinforced composites. The resultant hybrids are liquids at room temperature, and hence allow for single-phase composite processing, ideal for abrasion-resistant coatings and filling molds, as in dental restorative applications. The reactions are based on inexpensive starting materials, have high yields (>80%), and form soluble products containing up to 65% masked silica. The hybrids were characterized using NMR spectroscopy (sp1H,\\ sp{13}C,\\ sp{29}Si), FTIR, size exclusion chromatography (SEC), and thermal analysis (TGA, DSC). A modified polymethylsilane as a precursor of silicon carbide. It is generally known that polymer precursor routes to silicon carbide (SiC) are very important in the processing of SiC fibers and high performance SiC parts with specific shapes. It is further known that commercial SiC precursor polymers are often not resistant to oxidation, and are based on monomers rich in carbon. As a result of this, their pyrolysis yields SiC rich in oxygen and carbon, a feature which drastically reduces the final materials' ultimate properties (high temperature resistance, tensile strength, modulus). To remedy this, we describe in this work the synthesis and characterization of a modified polymethylsilane (mPMS) which

  20. FTIR characterization of heparinizable polymer-coated materials for application in biomedicine

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    Barbucci, Rolando; Magnani, Agnese

    1992-03-01

    Fourier Transform Attenuated Total Reflection Infrared Spectroscopy (ATR/FTIR) was used for surface characterization of some commercial materials used in the biomedical field [polyurethane (PU), plasticized polyvinylchloride (PVC), glass, polytetrafluoroethylene (Goretex) and polyethyleneterephthalate (Dacron)] coated with a well-characterized heparin-complexing biomaterial (PUPA) based on polyurethane and poly(amido-amine) components. In particular, difference spectroscopy was used to analyze the coating-substrate interaction to which the material stability is related, and the heparin-material surface binding.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of CdS nanoparticle/polymer composites

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    Lama, Bimala

    Pure, sulfur rich and wurtzite phase CdS nanoparticles with average size ~4.7 nm were prepared in aqueous solution using thioglycerol as a capping ligand. Approximately 542 molecules of thioglycerol molecules were present on the surface of each CdS-TG nanoparticle. CdS-TG nanoparticles can trap a large amount of water molecules and the chemical shift of the trapped water molecules are dependent on the environment and the amount of water trapped. The presence of sodium ions in CdS-TG increases the order of thioglycerol molecules due to the interaction with ions. Relaxation values indicated the interaction between TSLi molecule and thioglycerol. Formation of the hydrophobic monolayer of TSLi on the outer surface of CdS-TG nanoparticles were confirmed by 2D-HETCOR studies. At the interface, cations are far from the aromatic ring and thioglycerol molecules and remain in water pockets with some motions. Pure, sulfur rich, wurtzite phase CdS-TEG nanoparticles with average size of ~4.5 nm were prepared using 2-mercaptoethanol (also known as thioethyleneglycol, TEG) as a capping ligand. Grafting of aromatic ring containing sulfonyl chloride with CdS-TEG nanoparticles through sulfonate ester was studied using benzene sulfonyl chloride in the basic aqueous medium. NMR studies confirmed the feasibility of the reaction and indicated that the rate of esterification reaction increased with increase in concentration of benzene sulfonyl chloride. Naphthalene sulfonyl chloride with CdS-TEG nanoparticles were used to study the photoluminescence behavior before and after the reaction. Quenching of the light observed in the naphthalene rings bonded to the nanoparticles and confirmed that electron or energy transfer took place easily in covalently bonded aromatic rings and nanoparticles. Grafting of polystyrene chain was done by changing polystyrene sulfonic acid to the polystyrene sulfonyl chloride. Some aromatic rings in polymer were bonded with nanoparticles through ester bond and

  2. Thermal Vapor Deposition and Characterization of Polymer-Ceramic Nanoparticle Thin Films and Capacitors

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    Iwagoshi, Joel A.

    Research on alternative energies has become an area of increased interest due to economic and environmental concerns. Green energy sources, such as ocean, wind, and solar power, are subject to predictable and unpredictable generation intermittencies which cause instability in the electrical grid. This problem could be solved through the use of short term energy storage devices. Capacitors made from composite polymer:nanoparticle thin films have been shown to be an economically viable option. Through thermal vapor deposition, we fabricated dielectric thin films composed of the polymer polyvinylidine fluoride (PVDF) and the ceramic nanoparticle titanium dioxide (TiO2). Fully understanding the deposition process required an investigation of electrode and dielectric film deposition. Film composition can be controlled by the mass ratio of PVDF:TiO2 prior to deposition. An analysis of the relationship between the ratio of PVDF:TiO2 before and after deposition will improve our understanding of this novel deposition method. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy were used to analyze film atomic concentrations. The results indicate a broad distribution of deposited TiO2 concentrations with the highest deposited amount at an initial mass concentration of 17% TiO2. The nanoparticle dispersion throughout the film is analyzed through atomic force microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Images from these two techniques confirm uniform TiO2 dispersion with cluster size less than 300 nm. These results, combined with spectroscopic analysis, verify control over the deposition process. Capacitors were fabricated using gold parallel plates with PVDF:TiO 2 dielectrics. These capacitors were analyzed using the atomic force microscope and a capacohmeter. Atomic force microscope images confirm that our gold films are acceptably smooth. Preliminary capacohmeter measurements indicate capacitance values of 6 nF and break down voltages of 2.4 V

  3. Thermal Vapor Deposition and Characterization of Polymer-Ceramic Nanoparticle Composite Thin Films and Capacitors

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    Ewen, Crystal L.

    Thin films composed of the polymer polyvinylidene uoride (PVDF) and the ceramic nanoparticle titanium dioxide (TiO2) were fabricated via thermal vapor deposition. The goal of this research was to improve the amount of TiO2 deposited by varying the temperature and deposition time, to obtain more accurate thickness measurements, and to improve on the electrical properties. The electrical properties analyzed in this study were the dielectric constant, capacitance, breakdown strength and energy density of the capacitors. A starting mixture of PVDF, TiO2, and dimethylformamide (DMF) was prepared prior to deposition, where DMF was used only as a solvent. The elemental composition of the films was determined with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Elemental mapping of the films shows that the nanoparticles are homogeneously distributed in the polymer. The ideal initial concentrations (which yield the largest TiO2 concentration) of PVDF and TiO2 were determined to be 83% and 17% respectively by weight. The highest weight percent of Ti was 32.4%, which was made with a deposition temperature of 474°C (corresponding to a current of 27 A) and deposition time of 13 minutes. Thefilm thickness was measured by combining EDS and ImageJ to be 243--46 nm. Parallel plate capacitors were fabricated by combining thermal vapor deposition for the dielectric and sputter coating for the electrodes. For the electrodes, the parallel plates are gold palladium (AuPd) with PVDF:TiO2 as the dielectric. The AuPd electrodes were deposited via sputter coating. Each electrode was sputtered for 100s, which yielded a thickness of 33 nm. The dielectric constant was determined experimentally to be 10.8 and estimated using the Maxwell-Garnett effective medium approximation to be 13.1. The capacitance of these capacitors averaged 30--2 nF. The breakdown voltage of the capacitor was 25--4 V, which corresponds to a breakdown strength of 103 MV/m. Lastly

  4. Electromagnetic characterization of strontium ferrite powders in series 2000, SU8 polymer

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    Sholiyi, Olusegun; Williams, John

    2014-12-01

    In this article, electromagnetic characterization of strontium hexaferrite powders and composites with SU8 was carried out to determine their compatibility with micro and millimeter wave fabrications. The structures of both powders and their composites were scanned with electron microscope to produce the SEM images. Two powder sizes (0.8-1.0 μm and 3-6 μm), were mixed with SU8, spin cast and patterned on wafer, and then characterized using energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry, ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) and vibrating sample magnetometry. In this investigation, FMRs of the samples were determined at 60 GHz while their complex permittivity and permeability were determined using rectangular waveguide method of characterization between 26.5 and 40 GHz frequency range. The results obtained show no adverse effects on the electromagnetic properties of the composites except some slight shift in the resonant frequencies due to anisotropic field of the samples.

  5. Variance decomposition in stochastic simulators

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    Le Maître, O. P.; Knio, O. M.; Moraes, A.

    2015-06-01

    This work aims at the development of a mathematical and computational approach that enables quantification of the inherent sources of stochasticity and of the corresponding sensitivities in stochastic simulations of chemical reaction networks. The approach is based on reformulating the system dynamics as being generated by independent standardized Poisson processes. This reformulation affords a straightforward identification of individual realizations for the stochastic dynamics of each reaction channel, and consequently a quantitative characterization of the inherent sources of stochasticity in the system. By relying on the Sobol-Hoeffding decomposition, the reformulation enables us to perform an orthogonal decomposition of the solution variance. Thus, by judiciously exploiting the inherent stochasticity of the system, one is able to quantify the variance-based sensitivities associated with individual reaction channels, as well as the importance of channel interactions. Implementation of the algorithms is illustrated in light of simulations of simplified systems, including the birth-death, Schlögl, and Michaelis-Menten models.

  6. Variance decomposition in stochastic simulators.

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    Le Maître, O P; Knio, O M; Moraes, A

    2015-06-28

    This work aims at the development of a mathematical and computational approach that enables quantification of the inherent sources of stochasticity and of the corresponding sensitivities in stochastic simulations of chemical reaction networks. The approach is based on reformulating the system dynamics as being generated by independent standardized Poisson processes. This reformulation affords a straightforward identification of individual realizations for the stochastic dynamics of each reaction channel, and consequently a quantitative characterization of the inherent sources of stochasticity in the system. By relying on the Sobol-Hoeffding decomposition, the reformulation enables us to perform an orthogonal decomposition of the solution variance. Thus, by judiciously exploiting the inherent stochasticity of the system, one is able to quantify the variance-based sensitivities associated with individual reaction channels, as well as the importance of channel interactions. Implementation of the algorithms is illustrated in light of simulations of simplified systems, including the birth-death, Schlögl, and Michaelis-Menten models.

  7. Variance decomposition in stochastic simulators

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    Le Maître, O. P.; Knio, O. M.; Moraes, A.

    2015-06-28

    This work aims at the development of a mathematical and computational approach that enables quantification of the inherent sources of stochasticity and of the corresponding sensitivities in stochastic simulations of chemical reaction networks. The approach is based on reformulating the system dynamics as being generated by independent standardized Poisson processes. This reformulation affords a straightforward identification of individual realizations for the stochastic dynamics of each reaction channel, and consequently a quantitative characterization of the inherent sources of stochasticity in the system. By relying on the Sobol-Hoeffding decomposition, the reformulation enables us to perform an orthogonal decomposition of the solution variance. Thus, by judiciously exploiting the inherent stochasticity of the system, one is able to quantify the variance-based sensitivities associated with individual reaction channels, as well as the importance of channel interactions. Implementation of the algorithms is illustrated in light of simulations of simplified systems, including the birth-death, Schlögl, and Michaelis-Menten models.

  8. Ferulic Acid-Based Polymers with Glycol Functionality as a Versatile Platform for Topical Applications.

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    Ouimet, Michelle A; Faig, Jonathan J; Yu, Weiling; Uhrich, Kathryn E

    2015-09-14

    Ferulic acid-based polymers with aliphatic linkages have been previously synthesized via solution polymerization methods, yet they feature relatively slow ferulic acid release rates (∼11 months to 100% completion). To achieve a more rapid release rate as required in skin care formulations, ferulic acid-based polymers with ethylene glycol linkers were prepared to increase hydrophilicity and, in turn, increase ferulic acid release rates. The polymers were characterized using nuclear magnetic resonance and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopies to confirm chemical composition. The molecular weights, thermal properties (e.g., glass transition temperature), and contact angles were also obtained and the polymers compared. Polymer glass transition temperature was observed to decrease with increasing linker molecule length, whereas increasing oxygen content decreased polymer contact angle. The polymers' chemical structures and physical properties were shown to influence ferulic acid release rates and antioxidant activity. In all polymers, ferulic acid release was achieved with no bioactive decomposition. These polymers demonstrate the ability to strategically release ferulic acid at rates and concentrations relevant for topical applications such as skin care products. PMID:26258440

  9. Residual Stress Relaxation and Stiffness-Confinement Effects in Polymer Films: Characterization by Non-Contact Ellipsometry and Fluorescence Techniques

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    Askar, Shadid; Torkelson, John

    2015-03-01

    The relaxation of residual stresses in spin-coated polymer films is characterized using two optical techniques: ellipsometry and fluorescence. Both techniques show that residual stresses relax over hours at several tens of degrees above the film glass transition temperature (Tg). Ellipsometry shows that thickness can increase or decrease during residual stress relaxation depending on thermal history of the film. However, the presence or relaxation of stresses has no measurable effect on Tg as measured by ellipsometry. We have adapted the well-known sensitivity of the pyrene dye fluorescence spectral shape to local environment polarity in order to characterize stress relaxation and to monitor stiffness-confinement effects. The spectral shape of the pyrene fluorescence spectrum shows similar stress relaxation regardless of whether relaxation is accompanied by increases or decreases in film thickness. Fluorescence also indicates that single-layer polystyrene films supported on silica stiffen with decreasing nanoscale thickness. For the first time, stiffness gradients as a function of distance from interfaces are demonstrated using pyrene label fluorescence in conjunction with multilayer films.

  10. Composite PEOn:NaTFSI polymer electrolyte: Preparation, thermal and electrochemical characterization

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    Serra Moreno, J.; Armand, M.; Berman, M. B.; Greenbaum, S. G.; Scrosati, B.; Panero, S.

    2014-02-01

    Membranes of sodium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonate) imide (NaTFSI) complexed with poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) salt have been prepared by a solvent-free hot-pressing technique with different EO:Na molar ratio. All membranes show good ionic conductivities in the range of 10-3 S cm-1 above 70 °C. However, the more NaTFSI-concentrated samples are sticky gums due to the plasticizing nature of the anion. The PEO20:NaTFSI sample exhibits the compromise of conductivity, thermal and mechanical properties. The addition of nanometric SiO2 to the PEO20:NaTFSI membranes further enhances their mechanical properties. Moreover, the PEO20:NaTFSI + 5 wt.% SiO2 membranes show similar ionic conductivity and similar anodic electrochemical stability in comparison to the ceramic free PEO20:NaTFSI sample. In a Na(s)/polymer electrolyte/Na(s) symmetrical cell followed up to 30 days, the presence of the ceramic filler slightly increased the interface resistance in comparison to the ceramic-free membrane. Nuclear magnetic resonance determinations of anion diffusion coefficients and Na+ mobility suggest that presence of filler may have a positive affect on the cation transference number that is in accordance with the tNa+ transference number measurement.

  11. Characterizing and modeling the free recovery and constrained recovery behavior of a polyurethane shape memory polymer

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    Volk, Brent L; Lagoudas, Dimitris C; Maitland, Duncan J

    2011-01-01

    In this work, tensile tests and one-dimensional constitutive modeling are performed on a high recovery force polyurethane shape memory polymer that is being considered for biomedical applications. The tensile tests investigate the free recovery (zero load) response as well as the constrained displacement recovery (stress recovery) response at extension values up to 25%, and two consecutive cycles are performed during each test. The material is observed to recover 100% of the applied deformation when heated at zero load in the second thermomechanical cycle, and a stress recovery of 1.5 MPa to 4.2 MPa is observed for the constrained displacement recovery experiments. After performing the experiments, the Chen and Lagoudas model is used to simulate and predict the experimental results. The material properties used in the constitutive model – namely the coefficients of thermal expansion, shear moduli, and frozen volume fraction – are calibrated from a single 10% extension free recovery experiment. The model is then used to predict the material response for the remaining free recovery and constrained displacement recovery experiments. The model predictions match well with the experimental data. PMID:22003272

  12. Synthesis, characterization and evaluation of thiolated tamarind seed polysaccharide as a mucoadhesive polymer.

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    Kaur, Harmanmeet; Yadav, Shikha; Ahuja, Munish; Dilbaghi, Neeraj

    2012-11-01

    In the present study, thiol-functionalization of tamarind seed polysaccharide was carried out by esterification with thioglycolic acid. Thiol-functionalization was confirmed by SH stretch in Fourier-transformed infra-red spectra at 2586 cm(-1). It was found to possess 104.5 mM of thiol groups per gram. The results of differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction study indicate increase in crystallinity. Polymer compacts of thiolated tamarind seed polysaccharide required 6.85-fold greater force to detach from the mucin coated membrane than that of tamarind seed polysaccharide. Comparative evaluation of Carbopol-based metronidazole gels containing thiolated tamarind seed polysaccharide with gels containing tamarind seed polysaccharide for mucoadhesive strength using chicken ileum by modified balance method revealed higher mucoadhesion of gels containing thiolated tamarind seed polysaccharide. Further, the gels containing tamarind seed polysaccharide and thiolated tamarind seed polysaccharide released the drug by Fickian-diffusion following the first-order and Higuchi's-square root release kinetics, respectively.

  13. Surface characterization of carbon fiber polymer composites and aluminum alloys after laser interference structuring

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    Sabau, Adrian S.; Greer, Clayton M.; Chen, Jian; Warren, Charles David; Daniel, Claus

    2016-05-03

    Here, the increasing use of Carbon Fiber-reinforced Polymer matrix Composites (CFPC) and aluminum alloys as lightweight materials in the automotive and aerospace industries demands enhanced surface preparation and control of surface morphology prior to joining. In this study, surfaces of both composite and aluminum were prepared for joining using an Nd:YAG laser in a two-beam interference setup, enabling the (a) structuring of the AL 5182 surface, (b) removal of the resin layer on top of carbon fibers, and (c) structuring of the carbon fibers. CFPC specimens of T700S carbon fiber, Prepreg - T83 epoxy, 5 ply thick, 0/90o plaques weremore » used. The effect of laser fluence, scanning speed, and number of shots-per-spot was investigated on the removal rate of the resin without an excessive damage of the fibers. Optical micrographs, 3D imaging, and scanning electron microscope (SEM) imaging were used to study the effect of the laser processing on surface morphology.« less

  14. Characterization of a new polymer gel for radiosurgery dosimetry using Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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    Petrokokkinos, L.; Kozicki, M.; Pantelis, E.; Antypas, C.; Fijuth, J.; Karaiskos, P.; Sakelliou, L.; Seimenis, I.

    2009-06-01

    The VIPAR polymer gel dosimeter formulation was modified in an effort to eliminate the need for deoxygenation in the manufacturing procedure while preserving its favorable characteristics of dose rate independence and a wide dose response range. Aiming at an adequate dose sensitivity and the extension of dose response in the low dose region to facilitate the dose verification of radiosurgery applications where narrow beams are employed and steep dose gradients are involved, the new formulation consists of 8% N-Vinylpyrrolidone, 7.5% gelatine, 4% N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide, as well as of 0.0008% Copper Sulfate and 0.007% Ascorbic Acid as oxygen scavengers. To study the dose-R2 response, dose rate dependence and ``edge effect'' behaviour of the new formulation, one batch of two gel filled glass vials was prepared. Before MR Imaging, one vial was irradiated with a brachytherapy source while the other one was irradiated using circular CyberKnife radiation fields of 60, 10, 7.5 and 5 mm in diameter. Results of this study suggest that the new gel dosimeter responds linearly in the dose range of about 3 to 30 Gy, whilst the full dose response range exceeds the maximum delivered dose of 50 Gy. No dose rate dependence was observed for the new gel, while Cyberknife dosimetry results in the form of stereotactic field size and penumbra measurements suggest that the new formulation could be effective in the dose verification of demanding radiosurgery techniques.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of photocrosslinkable gelatin and silk fibroin interpenetrating polymer network hydrogels

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    Xiao, Wenqian; He, Jiankang; Nichol, Jason W.; Wang, Lianyong; Hutson, Ché B.; Wang, Ben; Du, Yanan; Fan, Hongsong; Khademhosseini, Ali

    2011-01-01

    To effectively repair or replace damaged tissues, it is necessary to design scaffolds with tunable structural and biomechanical properties that closely mimic the host tissue. In this paper, we describe a newly synthesized photocrosslinkable interpenetrating polymer network (IPN) hydrogel based on gelatin methacrylate (GelMA) and silk fibroin (SF) formed by sequential polymerization, which possesses tunable structural and biological properties. Experimental results revealed that IPNs, where both the GelMA and SF were independently crosslinked in interpenetrating networks, demonstrated a lower swelling ratio, higher compressive modulus and lower degradation rate as compared to the GelMA and semi-IPN hydrogels, where only GelMA was crosslinked. These differences were likely caused by a higher degree of overall crosslinking due to the presence of crystallized SF in the IPN hydrogels. NIH-3T3 fibroblasts readily attached to, spread, and proliferated on the surface of IPN hydrogels as demonstrated by F-actin staining and analysis of mitochondrial activity (MTT). In addition, photolithography combined with lyophilization techniques was used to fabricate 3D micropatterned and porous micro-scaffolds from GelMA-SF IPN hydrogels, furthering their versatility for use in various microscale tissue engineering applications. Overall, this study introduces a class of photocrosslinkable, mechanically robust and tunable IPN hydrogels that could be useful for various tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications. PMID:21295165

  16. Fabrication, Characterization, and Biocompatibility of Polymer Cored Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanofibers.

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    Jin, Lin; Wu, Dingcai; Kuddannaya, Shreyas; Zhang, Yilei; Wang, Zhenling

    2016-03-01

    Graphene nanofibers have shown a promising potential across a wide spectrum of areas, including biology, energy, and the environment. However, fabrication of graphene nanofibers remains a challenging issue due to the broad size distribution and extremely poor solubility of graphene. Herein, we report a facile yet efficient approach for fabricating a novel class of polymer core-reduced graphene oxide shell nanofiber mat (RGO-CSNFM) by direct heat-driven self-assembly of graphene oxide sheets onto the surface of electrospun polymeric nanofibers without any requirement of surface treatment. Thus-prepared RGO-CSNFM demonstrated excellent mechanical, electrical, and biocompatible properties. RGO-CSNFM also promoted a higher cell anchorage and proliferation of human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) compared to the free-standing RGO film without the nanoscale fibrous structure. Further, cell viability of hMSCs was comparable to that on the tissue culture plates (TCPs) with a distinctive healthy morphology, indicating that the nanoscale fibrous architecture plays a critically constructive role in supporting cellular activities. In addition, the RGO-CSNFM exhibited excellent electrical conductivity, making them an ideal candidate for conductive cell culture, biosensing, and tissue engineering applications. These findings could provide a new benchmark for preparing well-defined graphene-based nanomaterial configurations and interfaces for biomedical applications. PMID:26836319

  17. Preparation and characterization of slow-release fertilizer encapsulated by starch-based superabsorbent polymer.

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    Qiao, Dongling; Liu, Hongsheng; Yu, Long; Bao, Xianyang; Simon, George P; Petinakis, Eustathios; Chen, Ling

    2016-08-20

    To enhance the effectiveness of fertilizers, a novel double-coated slow-release fertilizer was developed using ethyl cellulose (EC) as inner coating and starch-based superabsorbent polymer (starch-SAP) as outer coating. For starch-SAPs synthesized by a twin-roll mixer using starches from three botanical origins, a reduced grid size and an increased fractal gel size on nano-scale (i.e., increased stretch of 3D network) contributed to increasing the water absorbing capacity with a reduced absorbing rate and thus improving the slow-release property of fertilizer. The fertilizer particles coated with starch-SAP displayed well slow-release behaviors. In soil, compared to urea particles without and with EC coating, the particles further coated with starch-SAP showed reduced nitrogen release rate, and in particular, those with potato starch-SAP coating exhibited a steady release behavior for a period longer than 96h. Therefore, this work has demonstrated the potential of this new slow-release fertilizer system for improving the effectiveness of fertilizers. PMID:27178919

  18. Hypercondensation of an amino acid: synthesis and characterization of a black glycine polymer.

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    Fox, Stefan; Dalai, Punam; Lambert, Jean-François; Strasdeit, Henry

    2015-06-01

    A granular material was obtained by thermal polymerization of glycine at 200 °C. It has been named "thermomelanoid" because of its strikingly deep-black color. The polymerization process is mainly a dehydration condensation leading to conventional amide bonds, and also CC double bonds that are formed from CO and CH2 groups ("hypercondensation"). Spectroscopic data, in particular from (13) C and (15) N solid-state cross-polarization magic angle spinning (CP-MAS) NMR spectra, suggest that the black color is due to (cross-)conjugated CC, CO, and NH groups. Small glycine peptides, especially triglycine, appear to be key intermediates in the formation of the thermomelanoid. This has been concluded by comparing the thermal behavior of glyn homopeptides (n=2-6) and glycine. The glycine polymerization was accompanied by the formation of small amounts of byproducts. Notably, a few percent of alanine and aspartic acid could be detected in the polymer. By using (13) C-labeled glycine, it was shown that these two amino acids formed through a common pathway, namely CαCα bond formation between glycine molecules. The thermomelanoid is hydrolyzed by strong acids and bases at room temperature, forming brown solutions. PMID:25933438

  19. Synthesis and characterization of the mixed ligand coordination polymer CPO-5

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    Kongshaug, Kjell Ove; Fjellvåg, Helmer

    2003-11-01

    The synthesis and crystal structures of a novel coordination polymer and its high-temperature variant are described. The as-synthesized material (CPO-5-as), of composition Zn(4,4'-bipyridine)(4,4'-biphenyldicarboxylate)·3H 2O, crystallizes in the triclinic space group P-1 (No. 2) with a=11.0197(2), b=14.2975(3), c=7.6586(1) Å, α=95.9760(9)°, β=108.026(1)°, γ=91.373(1)° and V=1139.16(4) Å 3. CPO-5-as is composed of tetrahedral zinc centers that are connected by the organic linkers to give five independent, interpenetrating diamond networks. In the structure, there is additional space for channels that are filled with three water molecules. These water molecules can be removed, leading to an anhydrous variant at 130 oC. CPO-5-130, of composition Zn(4,4'-bipyridine)(4,4'-biphenyldicarboxylate), crystallizes in the triclinic space group P-1 (No. 2) with a=11.1844(6), b=14.0497(7), c=7.7198(3) Å, α=96.917(2)°, β=109.527(2)°, γ=89.115(3)° and V=1134.6(1) Å 3. The structure of the five interpenetrating networks is virtually unchanged after the dehydration resulting in CPO-5-130 being a porous structure with an estimated free volume of 19.8%.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of photocrosslinkable gelatin and silk fibroin interpenetrating polymer network hydrogels.

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    Xiao, Wenqian; He, Jiankang; Nichol, Jason W; Wang, Lianyong; Hutson, Ché B; Wang, Ben; Du, Yanan; Fan, Hongsong; Khademhosseini, Ali

    2011-06-01

    To effectively repair or replace damaged tissues, it is necessary to design scaffolds with tunable structural and biomechanical properties that closely mimic the host tissue. In this paper, we describe a newly synthesized photocrosslinkable interpenetrating polymer network (IPN) hydrogel based on gelatin methacrylate (GelMA) and silk fibroin (SF) formed by sequential polymerization, which possesses tunable structural and biological properties. Experimental results revealed that IPNs, where both the GelMA and SF were independently crosslinked in interpenetrating networks, demonstrated a lower swelling ratio, higher compressive modulus and lower degradation rate as compared to the GelMA and semi-IPN hydrogels, where only GelMA was crosslinked. These differences were likely caused by a higher degree of overall crosslinking due to the presence of crystallized SF in the IPN hydrogels. NIH-3T3 fibroblasts readily attached to, spread and proliferated on the surface of IPN hydrogels, as demonstrated by F-actin staining and analysis of mitochondrial activity (MTT). In addition, photolithography combined with lyophilization techniques was used to fabricate three-dimensional micropatterned and porous microscaffolds from GelMA-SF IPN hydrogels, furthering their versatility for use in various microscale tissue engineering applications. Overall, this study introduces a class of photocrosslinkable, mechanically robust and tunable IPN hydrogels that could be useful for various tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications.

  1. Characterization of conducting cellulose acetate based polymer electrolytes doped with "green" ionic mixture.

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    Ramesh, S; Shanti, R; Morris, Ezra

    2013-01-01

    Polymer electrolytes were developed by solution casting technique utilizing the materials of cellulose acetate (CA), lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (LiTFSI) and deep eutectic solvent (DES). The DES is synthesized from the mixture of choline chloride and urea of 1:2 ratios. The increasing DES content well plasticizes the CA:LiTFSI:DES matrix and gradually improves the ionic conductivity and chemical integrity. The highest conducting sample was identified for the composition of CA:LiTFSI:DES (28 wt.%:12 wt.%:60 wt.%), which has the greatest ability to retain the room temperature ionic conductivity over the entire 30 days of storage time. The changes in FTIR cage peaks upon varying the DES content in CA:LiTFSI:DES prove the complexation. This complexation results in the collapse of CA matrix crystallinity, observed from the reduced intensity of XRD diffraction peaks. The DES-plasticized sample is found to be more heat-stable compared to pure CA. Nevertheless, the addition of DES diminishes the CA:LiTFSI matrix's heat-resistivity but at the minimum addition the thermal stability is enhanced. PMID:23044100

  2. Characterization of multi-walled carbon nanotube-polymer nanocomposites by scanning spreading resistance microscopy.

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    Souier, Tewfik; Stefancich, Marco; Chiesa, Matteo

    2012-10-12

    Nanocomposites of aligned multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) embedded in a polymer matrix yield a unique combination of thermal and electrical properties and mechanical strength. These properties are intimately related to the composite nanostructure and to the growth and processing conditions. The alignment of the tubes, the filling fraction and the contact junction between the nanotubes are key parameters controlling the composite electrical conductivity. For this purpose, a full description of the composite nanostructure is required. Among the non-destructive scanning probe techniques, scanning spreading resistance microscopy is found to be a powerful technique in identifying the carbon nanotubes with true nanometer resolution, thus competing with SEM and TEM imaging. Additionally, the technique provides valuable information about the electrical conduction mechanism within the composite structure. Indeed, by using a controlled contact force and an appropriate model of conduction at the nanoscale, the tip-CNT contact resistance, the CNT intrinsic resistance and the CNT-epoxy-CNT resistance junction are evaluated. This latter is found to be the factor controlling the overall electrical conductivity of the composite. PMID:22995850

  3. Preparation and characterization of PVP-PVA-ZnO blend polymer nano composite films

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    Divya, S.; Saipriya, G.; Hemalatha, J.

    2016-05-01

    Flexible self-standing films of PVP-PVA blend composites are prepared by using ZnO as a nano filler at different concentrations. The structural, compositional, morphological and optical studies made with the help of X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infra-Red spectroscopy (FTIR), Scanning electron microscope (SEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis) and Photoluminescence (PL) spectra are presented in this paper. The results of XRD indicate that ZnO nanoparticles are formed with hexagonal phase in the polymeric matrix. SEM images show the dispersion of ZnO nano filler in the polymer matrix. UV-vis spectra reveal that the absorption peak is centered around 235nm and 370nm for the nano composite films. The blue shift is observed with decrease in the concentration of the nano filler. PL spectra shows the excitation wavelength is given at 320nm.The emission peaks were observed at 383 nm ascribing to the electronic transitions between valence band and conduction band and the peak at 430 nm.

  4. Mucoadhesive polymers: Synthesis and in vitro characterization of thiolated poly(vinyl alcohol).

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    Suchaoin, Wongsakorn; Pereira de Sousa, Irene; Netsomboon, Kesinee; Rohrer, Julia; Hoffmann Abad, Patricia; Laffleur, Flavia; Matuszczak, Barbara; Bernkop-Schnürch, Andreas

    2016-04-30

    The aim of this study was to synthesize thiolated poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and to evaluate its mucoadhesive properties. Thiourea and 3-mercaptopropionic acid were utilized in order to obtain thiolated PVAs, namely, TPVA1 and TPVA2, respectively. TPVA1 and TPVA2 displayed 130.44 ± 14.99 and 958.35 ± 155.27 μmol immobilized thiol groups per gram polymer, respectively, which were then evaluated regarding reactivity of thiol groups, swelling behavior and mucoadhesive properties. Both thiolated PVAs exhibited the highest reactivity at pH 8.0 whereas more than 95% of free thiol groups were preserved at pH 5.0. Thiolation of PVA decelerated water uptake and prolonged disintegration time of test discs compared to unmodified PVA. Contact time of TPVA1- and TPVA2-based test discs on porcine intestinal mucosa was 3.2- and 15.8-fold prolonged, respectively, in comparison to non-thiolated PVA as measured by rotating cylinder method. According to tensile studies on mucosa, the total work of adhesion (TWA) and the maximum detachment force (MDF) were increased when compared to PVA. Furthermore, thiolated PVAs preserved higher percentage of viable cells compared to unmodified PVA within 24h as evaluated by MTT assay. Accordingly, thiolated PVA represents a novel excipient that can likely improve the mucoadhesive properties of various pharmaceutical formulations. PMID:26965199

  5. Preparation and characterization of shape memory composite foams with interpenetrating polymer networks

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    Yao, Yongtao; Zhou, Tianyang; Yang, Cheng; Liu, Yanju; Leng, Jinsong

    2016-03-01

    The present study reports a feasible approach of fabricating shape memory composite foams with an interpenetrating polymer network (IPN) based on polyurethane (PU) and shape memory epoxy resin (SMER) via a simultaneous polymerization technique. The PU component is capable of constructing a foam structure and the SMER is grafted on the PU network to offer its shape memory property in the final IPN foams. A series of IPN foams without phase separation were produced due to good compatibility and a tight chemical interaction between PU and SMER components. The relationships of the geometry of the foam cell were investigated via varying compositions of PU and SMER. The physical property and shape memory property were also evaluated. The stimulus temperature of IPN shape memory composite foams, glass temperature (Tg), could be tunable by varying the constituents and Tg of PU and SMER. The mechanism of the shape memory effect of IPN foams has been proposed. The shape memory composite foam with IPN developed in this study has the potential to extend its application field.

  6. Preparation and characterization of glass fibers - polymers (epoxy) bars (GFRP) reinforced concrete for structural applications

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    Alkjk, Saeed; Jabra, Rafee; Alkhater, Salem

    2016-06-01

    The paper presents some of the results from a large experimental program undertaken at the Department of Civil Engineering of Damascus University. The project aims to study the ability to reinforce and strengthen the concrete by bars from Epoxy polymer reinforced with glass fibers (GFRP) and compared with reinforce concrete by steel bars in terms of mechanical properties. Five diameters of GFRP bars, and steel bars (4mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm) tested on tensile strength tests. The test shown that GFRP bars need tensile strength more than steel bars. The concrete beams measuring (15cm wide × 15cm deep × and 70cm long) reinforced by GFRP with 0.5 vol.% ratio, then the concrete beams reinforced by steel with 0.89 vol.% ratio. The concrete beams tested on deflection test. The test shown that beams which reinforced by GFRP has higher deflection resistance, than beams which reinforced by steel. Which give more advantage to reinforced concrete by GFRP.

  7. Preparation and characterization of slow-release fertilizer encapsulated by starch-based superabsorbent polymer.

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    Qiao, Dongling; Liu, Hongsheng; Yu, Long; Bao, Xianyang; Simon, George P; Petinakis, Eustathios; Chen, Ling

    2016-08-20

    To enhance the effectiveness of fertilizers, a novel double-coated slow-release fertilizer was developed using ethyl cellulose (EC) as inner coating and starch-based superabsorbent polymer (starch-SAP) as outer coating. For starch-SAPs synthesized by a twin-roll mixer using starches from three botanical origins, a reduced grid size and an increased fractal gel size on nano-scale (i.e., increased stretch of 3D network) contributed to increasing the water absorbing capacity with a reduced absorbing rate and thus improving the slow-release property of fertilizer. The fertilizer particles coated with starch-SAP displayed well slow-release behaviors. In soil, compared to urea particles without and with EC coating, the particles further coated with starch-SAP showed reduced nitrogen release rate, and in particular, those with potato starch-SAP coating exhibited a steady release behavior for a period longer than 96h. Therefore, this work has demonstrated the potential of this new slow-release fertilizer system for improving the effectiveness of fertilizers.

  8. Electron photodetachment dissociation for structural characterization of synthetic and bio-polymer anions.

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    Antoine, Rodolphe; Lemoine, Jérôme; Dugourd, Philippe

    2014-01-01

    Tandem mass spectrometry (MS-MS) is a generic term evoking techniques dedicated to structural analysis, detection or quantification of molecules based on dissociation of a precursor ion into fragments. Searching for the most informative fragmentation patterns has led to the development of a vast array of activation modes that offer complementary ion reactivity and dissociation pathways. Collisional activation of ions using atoms, molecules or surface resulting in unimolecular dissociation of activated ions still plays a key role in tandem mass spectrometry. The discovery of electron capture dissociation (ECD) and then the development of other electron-ion or ion/ion reaction methods, constituted a significant breakthrough, especially for structural analysis of large biomolecules. Similarly, photon activation opened promising new frontiers in ion fragmentation owing to the ability of tightly controlled internal energy deposition and easy implementation on commercial instruments. Ion activation by photons includes slow heating methods such as infrared multiple photon dissociation (IRMPD) and black-body infrared radiative dissociation (BIRD) and higher energy methods like ultra-violet photodissociation (UVPD) and electron photo detachment dissociation (EPD). EPD occurs after UV irradiation of multiply negatively charged ions resulting in the formation of oxidized radical anions. The present paper reviews the hypothesis regarding the mechanisms of electron photo-detachment, radical formation and direct or activated dissociation pathways that support the observation of odd and even electron product ions. Finally, the value of EPD as a complementary structural analysis tool is illustrated through selected examples of synthetic polymers, oligonucleotides, polypeptides, lipids, and polysaccharides.

  9. Synthesis, characterization and evaluation of thiolated tamarind seed polysaccharide as a mucoadhesive polymer.

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    Kaur, Harmanmeet; Yadav, Shikha; Ahuja, Munish; Dilbaghi, Neeraj

    2012-11-01

    In the present study, thiol-functionalization of tamarind seed polysaccharide was carried out by esterification with thioglycolic acid. Thiol-functionalization was confirmed by SH stretch in Fourier-transformed infra-red spectra at 2586 cm(-1). It was found to possess 104.5 mM of thiol groups per gram. The results of differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction study indicate increase in crystallinity. Polymer compacts of thiolated tamarind seed polysaccharide required 6.85-fold greater force to detach from the mucin coated membrane than that of tamarind seed polysaccharide. Comparative evaluation of Carbopol-based metronidazole gels containing thiolated tamarind seed polysaccharide with gels containing tamarind seed polysaccharide for mucoadhesive strength using chicken ileum by modified balance method revealed higher mucoadhesion of gels containing thiolated tamarind seed polysaccharide. Further, the gels containing tamarind seed polysaccharide and thiolated tamarind seed polysaccharide released the drug by Fickian-diffusion following the first-order and Higuchi's-square root release kinetics, respectively. PMID:22944414

  10. Material behavior characterization of a thin film polymer used in lithium-ion batteries

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    Martinsen, Michael J.

    The use of lithium-ion batteries in the automotive industry has become increasingly popular. As more hybrid and electric vehicles take to the road an understanding of how these batteries will behave structurally will be of greater concern. Impact testing can give a valuable overview of the strengths and weaknesses of a battery's design, however, these tests can be time consuming, expensive, and dangerous. Finite element analysis can deliver a reliable low cost approximation of physical testing results. The accuracy of FE results depends greatly on the mathematical representation of the material properties of Li-ion battery components. In this study, the material properties of thin film polymer used as a separator between an anode and a cathode of a lithium ion battery are tested experimentally under various temperatures, strain rates, and solvent saturations. Due to the anisotropy of the material, two similar sets of experiments were conducted on the material in perpendicular directions. It was found that temperature and strain rate have a nearly linear effect on the stress experienced by the material. Additionally, saturating the separator material in a common lithium ion solvent resulted in its softening with a positive effect on its toughness. Two viscoplastic constitutive equations developed for modeling polymeric materials were employed to model the experimental data.

  11. Surface Characterization of Carbon Fiber Polymer Composites and Aluminum Alloys After Laser Interference Structuring

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    Sabau, Adrian S.; Greer, Clayton M.; Chen, Jian; Warren, Charles D.; Daniel, Claus

    2016-07-01

    The increasing use of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer matrix composites (CFPC) and aluminum alloys as lightweight materials in the automotive and aerospace industries demands enhanced surface preparation and control of surface morphology prior to joining. In this study, surfaces of both composite and aluminum were prepared for joining using an Nd:YAG laser in a two-beam interference setup, enabling the (1) structuring of the AL 5182 surface, (2) removal of the resin layer on top of carbon fibers, and (3) structuring of the carbon fibers. CFPC specimens of T700S carbon fiber, Prepreg—T83 epoxy, 5 ply thick, 0°/90° plaques were used. The effects of laser fluence, scanning speed, and number of shots-per-spot were investigated on the removal rate of the resin without an excessive damage of the fibers. Optical micrographs, 3D imaging, and scanning electron microscope imaging were used to study the effect of the laser processing on the surface morphology. It was found that an effective resin ablation and a low density of broken fibers for CFPC specimens was attained using laser fluences of 1-2 J/cm2 and number of 2-4 pulses per spot. A relatively large area of periodic line structures due to energy interference were formed on the aluminum surface at laser fluences of 12 J/cm2 and number of 4-6 pulses per spot.

  12. Discovery, synthesis, and characterization of an isomeric coordination polymer with pillared kagome net topology.

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    Chun, Hyungphil; Moon, Jumi

    2007-05-28

    A topological isomer based on Zn2 paddlewheel, dicarboxylate, and diamine ligands is synthesized by solvothermal methods after careful modulation of the reaction conditions. The new framework is characterized by a pillared Kagome net topology and possesses a sustainable pore structure with high surface area (approximately 2400 m2/g) and large hexagonal channels (approximately 15 A).

  13. Decomposition of Sodium Tetraphenylborate

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    Barnes, M.J.

    1998-11-20

    The chemical decomposition of aqueous alkaline solutions of sodium tetraphenylborate (NaTPB) has been investigated. The focus of the investigation is on the determination of additives and/or variables which influence NaTBP decomposition. This document describes work aimed at providing better understanding into the relationship of copper (II), solution temperature, and solution pH to NaTPB stability.

  14. Synthesis, characterization, and application of novel microporous mixed metal oxides, and nanostructured layered material-polymer films

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    Jeong, Hae-Kwon

    Zeolites are microporous crystalline aluminosilicates with pores and cavities of molecular dimension. They consist of interconnected aluminum and silicon tetrahedra to build a variety of 3D open framework structures. Due to their structure, stability, and activity, zeolites have been widely used in a broad variety of applications in industry. It is, therefore, of great interest to make new structures with potentially novel properties. In this regard, there has recently been a growing interest in the synthesis of novel mixed metal oxides with octahedral and tetrahedral units owing to the possibility to find unique electronic and optical properties. Hence, these materials can find advanced applications as well as conventional applications, just like zeolites. Research efforts have led to the discovery of several mixed octahedral and tetrahedral metal oxides with novel crystal structures including titanium silicates and cerium silicate. Layered materials with transport paths along the thickness of the layers are of particular interest due to potential usage as selective layers of nanometer scale in nanocomposite membranes. A new layered silicate (we call AMH-3) has been synthesized under hydrothermal conditions. The crystal structure solution via powder X-ray diffraction has revealed its unique layer structure of three dimensional microporosity within layers. Layered materials with porous layers will open up new areas of applications, such as selective nanocomposite separation membranes. Polymer/selective-flake nanocomposite membranes have been fabricated for the first time, which can, in principle, be scaled down to submicrometer structures. A layered aluminophosphate with a porous net layer is used as a selective phase and a polyimide as a continuous phase. The microstructures of the nanocomposite membranes were investigated using various characterization techniques. Nanocomposite membranes with 10 wt% layered aluminophosphate show substantial enhancement in

  15. Preparation and characterization of superparamagnetic molecularly imprinted polymers for selective adsorption and separation of vanillin in food samples.

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    Ning, Fangjian; Peng, Hailong; Dong, Liling; Zhang, Zhong; Li, Jinhua; Chen, Lingxin; Xiong, Hua

    2014-11-19

    Novel water-compatible superparamagnetic molecularly imprinted polymers (M-MIPs) were prepared by coating superparamagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles with MIPs in a methanol-water reaction system. The M-MIPs were used for the selective adsorption and separation of vanillin from aqueous solution. The M-MIPs were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Results indicated that a core-shell structure of M-MIPs was obtained by coating a layer of silica and MIPs on the surface of the Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The obtained M-MIPs possess a loose and porous structure and can be rapidly separated from the solution using a magnet. The adsorption experiments showed that the binding capacity of the M-MIPs was significantly higher than that of the superparamagnetic non-molecularly imprinted polymers (M-NIPs). Meanwhile, the adsorption of M-MIPs reached equilibrium within 100 min, and the apparent maximum adsorption quantity (Qmax) and dissociation constant (Kd) were 64.12 μmol g(-1) and 58.82 μmol L(-1), respectively. The Scatchard analysis showed that homogeneous binding sites were formed on the M-MIP surface. The recoveries of 83.39-95.58% were achieved when M-MIPs were used for the pre-concentration and selective separation of vanillin in spiked food samples. These results provided the possibility for the separation and enrichment of vanillin from complicated food matrices by M-MIPs.

  16. Preparation and characterization of superparamagnetic molecularly imprinted polymers for selective adsorption and separation of vanillin in food samples.

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    Ning, Fangjian; Peng, Hailong; Dong, Liling; Zhang, Zhong; Li, Jinhua; Chen, Lingxin; Xiong, Hua

    2014-11-19

    Novel water-compatible superparamagnetic molecularly imprinted polymers (M-MIPs) were prepared by coating superparamagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles with MIPs in a methanol-water reaction system. The M-MIPs were used for the selective adsorption and separation of vanillin from aqueous solution. The M-MIPs were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Results indicated that a core-shell structure of M-MIPs was obtained by coating a layer of silica and MIPs on the surface of the Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The obtained M-MIPs possess a loose and porous structure and can be rapidly separated from the solution using a magnet. The adsorption experiments showed that the binding capacity of the M-MIPs was significantly higher than that of the superparamagnetic non-molecularly imprinted polymers (M-NIPs). Meanwhile, the adsorption of M-MIPs reached equilibrium within 100 min, and the apparent maximum adsorption quantity (Qmax) and dissociation constant (Kd) were 64.12 μmol g(-1) and 58.82 μmol L(-1), respectively. The Scatchard analysis showed that homogeneous binding sites were formed on the M-MIP surface. The recoveries of 83.39-95.58% were achieved when M-MIPs were used for the pre-concentration and selective separation of vanillin in spiked food samples. These results provided the possibility for the separation and enrichment of vanillin from complicated food matrices by M-MIPs. PMID:25352428

  17. Study on experimental characterization of carbon fiber reinforced polymer panel using digital image correlation: A sensitivity analysis

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    Kashfuddoja, Mohammad; Prasath, R. G. R.; Ramji, M.

    2014-11-01

    In this work, the experimental characterization of polymer-matrix and polymer based carbon fiber reinforced composite laminate by employing a whole field non-contact digital image correlation (DIC) technique is presented. The properties are evaluated based on full field data obtained from DIC measurements by performing a series of tests as per ASTM standards. The evaluated properties are compared with the results obtained from conventional testing and analytical models and they are found to closely match. Further, sensitivity of DIC parameters on material properties is investigated and their optimum value is identified. It is found that the subset size has more influence on material properties as compared to step size and their predicted optimum value for the case of both matrix and composite material is found consistent with each other. The aspect ratio of region of interest (ROI) chosen for correlation should be the same as that of camera resolution aspect ratio for better correlation. Also, an open cutout panel made of the same composite laminate is taken into consideration to demonstrate the sensitivity of DIC parameters on predicting complex strain field surrounding the hole. It is observed that the strain field surrounding the hole is much more sensitive to step size rather than subset size. Lower step size produced highly pixilated strain field, showing sensitivity of local strain at the expense of computational time in addition with random scattered noisy pattern whereas higher step size mitigates the noisy pattern at the expense of losing the details present in data and even alters the natural trend of strain field leading to erroneous maximum strain locations. The subset size variation mainly presents a smoothing effect, eliminating noise from strain field while maintaining the details in the data without altering their natural trend. However, the increase in subset size significantly reduces the strain data at hole edge due to discontinuity in

  18. Development of sulfonated poly(vinyl alcohol)/polpyrrole based ionic polymer metal composite (IPMC) actuator and its characterization

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    Inamuddin; Khan, Ajahar; Jain, R. K.; Naushad, Mu

    2015-09-01

    In the present study, a novel sulfonated poly(vinyl alcohol)/polypyrrole polymer membrane sandwiched between platinum (SPVA-Py-Pt) is fabricated for a bending actuator which can be used in microrobotic applications. To examine the suitability of SPVA-Py-Pt based ionic polymer metal composite (IPMC) for microrobotic applications, ion exchange capacity (IEC), water uptake, proton conductivity, water loss, cyclic voltammetry (CV), linear sweep voltammetry (LSV), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermal stability, and tip displacement studies are performed. The water holding capacity of the IPMC membrane is found to be 82.23% at room temperature for 8 h of immersion time. The IEC and proton conductivity of the IPMC membrane is found to be 1.2 meq g-1 and 1.6 × 10-3 S cm-1, respectively. Maximum water loss from IPMC is achieved as 31% at 5 V for a time period of 16 min. Based on electromechanical characterization, the maximum tip displacement of SPVA-Py-Pt IPMC (size 30 mm length, 10 mm width, 0.08 mm thickness) is 18.5 mm at 5.25 V. The major advantages of this new type of IPMC are good film-forming capability, short processing time, low cost of fabrication, good flexibility, high thermo-mechanical stabilities, good ion exchange and water holding capacities and proton conductivity as compared to other types of IPMC actuators. The comparison with other type of IPMC actuators is also summarized. A multi SPVA-Py-Pt IPMC based micro-gripping system is developed that shows the potential of microrobotic applications.

  19. Preparation and characterization of PTFE coating in new polymer quartz piezoelectric crystal sensor for testing liquor products

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    Gu, Yu; Li, Qiang

    2015-07-01

    A new method was developed based on the electron beam vacuum dispersion (EBVD) technology to prepare the PTFE polymer coating of the new polymer quartz piezoelectric crystal sensor for testing liquor products. The new method was applied in the new EBVD equipment which we designed. A real-time system monitoring the polymer coating’s thickness was designed for the new EBVD equipment according to the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) principle, playing an important role in preparing stable and uniform PTFE polymer coatings of the same thickness. 30 pieces of PTFE polymer coatings on the surface of the quartz crystal basis were prepared with the PTFE polymer ultrafine powder (purity ≥ 99.99%) as the starting material. We obtained 30 pieces of new PTFE polymer sensors. By using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), the structure of the PTFE polymer coating’s column clusters was studied. One sample from the 30 pieces of new PTFE polymer sensors was analysed by SEM in four scales, i.e., 400×, 1000×, 10000×, and 25000×. It was shown that under the condition of high bias voltage and low bias current, uniformly PTFE polymer coating could be achieved, which indicates that the new EBVD equipment is suitable for mass production of stable and uniform polymer coating. Project supported by the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2013AA030901).

  20. Mechanical characterization of polymers and composites with a servohydraulic high-speed tensile tester

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    Béguelin, Ph.; Barbezat, M.; Kausch, H. H.

    1991-12-01

    This study is concerned with the measurement of the mechanical behaviour of polymers and composites at intermediate strain rates. It illustrates with two examples, the application of a high speed servohydraulic testing machine and a newly designed optical extensometer. In the first part of the study, the dynamic nature of high speed tensile testing with servohydraulic apparatus is discussed, and a damping technique is proposed. In the second part, this technique has been applied to the measurement of the tensile properties of annealed and unannealed neat PEEK at strain rates between 3 × 10^{-2} and 2,4 × 10^2 s^{-1}. Both materials show increased yield stress and drawing stress with increasing strain rate. However, annealed specimens have been shown to exhibit superior mechanical properties. In the third part, mode I delamination tests have been performed on unidirectional IM6/PEEK composites at nominal strain rates between 1 × 10^{-6} and 8 × 10^{-1} s^{-1}. At the higher velocities the analysis is performed by means of FFT filtering. A moderate reduction in interlaminar fracture toughness was found with increasing loading rate. Cette étude aborde la mesure des propriétés mécaniques des polymères et composites soumis à des vitesses de déformation moyennes. Elle illustre au travers de deux exemples l'utilisation d'une machine d'essais servo-hydraulique à grande vitesse. Elle présente également un capteur optique d'extensométrie de conception nouvelle. Dans la première partie de l'étude, la nature vibratoire des essais de traction à vitesse élevée réalisés sur une machine servo-hydraulique est discutée, et une technique d'amortissement est proposée. Dans une deuxième partie, cette technique est appliquée à l'étude des propriétés en traction du PEEK non recuit et recuit dans le domaine des vitesses de déformation de 3 × 10^{-2} à 2,4 × 10^2 s^{-1}. Les résultats montrent un accroissement systématique de la contrainte au seuil