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See detailDesign of cross-linked semicrystalline poly(ε-caprolactone)-based networks with one-way and two-way shape-memory properties through Diels–Alder
Raquez, Jean-Marie; Vanderstappen, Sophie; Meyer, Franck et al

in Chemistry : A European Journal (2011), 17(36), 10135-10143

Cross-linked poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL)-based polyesterurethane (PUR) systems have been synthesized through Diels–Alder reactions by reactive extrusion. The Diels–Alder and retro-Diels–Alder reactions ... [more ▼]

Cross-linked poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL)-based polyesterurethane (PUR) systems have been synthesized through Diels–Alder reactions by reactive extrusion. The Diels–Alder and retro-Diels–Alder reactions proved to be useful for enhancing the molecular motion of PCL-based systems, and therefore their crystallization ability, in the design of cross-linked semicrystalline polymers with one-way and two-way shape-memory properties. Successive reactions between alpha,omega-diol PCL (PCL2), furfuryl alcohol, and methylene diphenyl 4,4′-diisocyanate straightforwardly afforded the alpha,omega-furfuryl PCL-based PUR systems, and subsequent Diels–Alder reactions with N,N-phenylenedimaleimide afforded the thermoreversible cycloadducts. The cross-linking density could be modulated by partially replacing PCL-diol with PCL-tetraol. Interestingly, the resulting PUR systems proved to be semicrystalline cross-linked polymers, the melting temperature of which (close to 45 °C) represented the switching temperature for their shape-memory properties. Qualitative and quantitative measurements demonstrated that these PUR systems exhibited one-way and two-way shape-memory properties depending on their cross-linking density. [less ▲]

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See detailThermoreversibly crosslinked poly(ε-caprolactone) as recyclable shape-memory polymer network
Defize, Thomas ULg; Riva, Raphaël ULg; Raquez, Jean-Marie et al

in Macromolecular Rapid Communications (2011), 32(16), 1264-1269

A new concept to build shape memory polymers (SMP) combining outstanding fixity and recovery ratios (both above 99% after only one training cycle) typical of chemically crosslinked SMPs with ... [more ▼]

A new concept to build shape memory polymers (SMP) combining outstanding fixity and recovery ratios (both above 99% after only one training cycle) typical of chemically crosslinked SMPs with reprocessability restricted to physically crosslinked SMPs is demonstrated by covalently bonding, through thermoreversible Diels–Alder (DA) adducts, star-shaped poly(epsilon-caprolactones) (PCL) end-functionalized by furan and maleimide moieties. A PCL network is easily prepared by melt-blending complementary end-functional star polymers in retro DA regime, then by curing at lower temperature to favour the DA cycloaddition. Such covalent network can be reprocessed when heated again at the retro DA temperature. The resulting SMP shows still excellent shape memory properties attesting for its good recyclability. [less ▲]

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See detailPMMA/carbon nanotube nanocomposites foams for EMI shielding application
Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Molenberg, Isabel; Huynen, Isabelle et al

Conference (2011, June 27)

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See detailAn efficient biphasic synthesis of polymer-grafted reduced graphite oxide based nanocomposites
Vuluga, Daniela ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Molenberg, Isabel et al

Conference (2011, June 01)

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See detailAn efficient biphasic synthesis of polymer-grafted reduced graphite oxide based nanocomposites
Vuluga, Daniela ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Molenberg, Isabel et al

Poster (2011, March 03)

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See detailOrganomodification of montmorillonite in supercritical carbon dioxide
Naveau, Elodie ULg; Calberg, Cédric ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

in Applied Clay Science (2011), 51(4), 467-772

The use of organo-montmorillonite as nanofiller for the preparation of polymer nanocomposites still attracts a lot of attention both on experimental and industrial scale. In order to enlarge the range of ... [more ▼]

The use of organo-montmorillonite as nanofiller for the preparation of polymer nanocomposites still attracts a lot of attention both on experimental and industrial scale. In order to enlarge the range of organo-montmorillonites available for this application, supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) was used as a medium for the organomodification process. This environmentally friendly solvent showed a great potential to obtain ready-to-use organo-montmorillonite powders. Intercalation with high degrees of exchange was obtained when the surfactants (alkyl ammonium, phosphonium, and imidazolium salts) were in the liquid state at the reaction temperature. The addition of a small quantity of co-solvent enabled the intercalation of solid surfactants, such as those bearing hydroxyl or carboxyl groups. Basal spacings of montmorillonite modified in scCO2 corresponded to those measured for organo-montmorillonite prepared in the wet process. A detailed investigation of the reaction conditions was finally performed in order to up-scale the process. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of clay modification on the structure and mechanical properties of polyamide-6 nanocomposites
Naveau, Elodie ULg; Dominkovics, Zita; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

in European Polymer Journal (2011), 47(1), 5-15

Polyamide-6 nanocomposites were prepared from a new phosphonium organoclay obtained at pilot scale in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) and a commercially available ammonium modified-silicate. The ... [more ▼]

Polyamide-6 nanocomposites were prepared from a new phosphonium organoclay obtained at pilot scale in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) and a commercially available ammonium modified-silicate. The composites were homogenised by twin-screw extrusion, then specimens for testing were prepared by injection moulding. The clay content of the composites was varied from 0 to 7 vol% in 7 steps. The clays were characterised in detail; they differed in their surface coverage and gallery structure, while their particle size was similar and their surface energy differed only slightly. X-ray diffraction, electronic microscopy and rheology were used for the characterisation of composite structure. Different gallery structure of the clays led to dissimilar extent of exfoliation. The phosphonium organoclay exfoliated better in PA than the silicate treated with the ammonium salt in spite of its smaller surface coverage. The nanocomposites showed the usual complex structure: besides individual platelets and intercalated stacks, large particles were also present and the development of a silicate network could be shown at large clay contents. Quantitative determination of the extent of reinforcement revealed two determining factors: contact surface and strength of interaction. The first increases with exfoliation, but the latter decreases as an effect of organophilisation. The extent of exfoliation was also estimated quantitatively, and the calculation confirmed the results of qualitative evaluation showing larger extent of exfoliation for the scCO2-prepared phosphonium clay. [less ▲]

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See detailPMMA/carbon nanotube nanocomposites foams for EMI shielding application
Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Vuluga, Daniela; Alexandre, Michaël ULg et al

in PMSE Preprints (2011), 105

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See detailOxidative degradations of oxodegradable LDPE enhanced with thermoplastic pea starch: thermo-mechanical properties, morphology, and UV-ageing studies
Raquez, Jean-Marie; Bourgeois, Aurore; Jacobs, Heidi et al

in Journal of Applied Polymer Science (2011), 122(1), 489496

The abiotic UV-degradation behavior of oxodegradable LDPE was investigated in the presence of thermoplastic pea starch (TPPS) in this study. Oxodegradable LDPE was first melt-blended with thermoplastic ... [more ▼]

The abiotic UV-degradation behavior of oxodegradable LDPE was investigated in the presence of thermoplastic pea starch (TPPS) in this study. Oxodegradable LDPE was first melt-blended with thermoplastic pea starch (TPPS) using an internal mixing chamber to enhance the abiotic oxidative degradation of oxodegradable LDPE. Because of their different affinity, maleated polyethylene was added as compatibilizer. Tensile properties, thermal properties, and morphology of resulting melt-blends were determined at different content in TPPS. High content in TPPS (40 wt %) could be readily added to oxodegradable LDPE without affecting the tensile properties of resulting melt-blends. UV-ageing studies on compatibilized TPPS/oxodegradable LDPE melt-blends were carried out by Attenuated Total Reflectance infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), Dynamic Thermomechanical Analyses (DMTA) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) under abiotic conditions. These results suggested a synergistic effect on the UV-ageing of TPPS-based melt-blends provided by both components during the first stage of UV-irradiation. [less ▲]

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See detailSupramolecular design of high-performance poly(L-lactide)/carbon nanotube nanocomposites: from melt-processing to rheological, morphological and electrical properties
Manfredi, Erica; Meyer, Franck; Verge, Pierre et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry (2011), 21(40), 16190-16196

The ability of omega-imidazolium functionalized poly(L-lactide) (ImPLLA) chains to improve the CNT dispersion within the PLLA matrix was demonstrated in bulk and at elevated temperatures using melt ... [more ▼]

The ability of omega-imidazolium functionalized poly(L-lactide) (ImPLLA) chains to improve the CNT dispersion within the PLLA matrix was demonstrated in bulk and at elevated temperatures using melt-processing techniques. This approach brings new supramolecular tools to the formation of CNT-based biomaterials derived from renewable resources with outstanding properties for semi-industrial applications. In this work, the PLLA/CNT nanocomposites were prepared using extrusion technology, starting from masterbatches. The rheological, morphological, electrical properties as well as Raman analyses confirmed the establishment of supramolecular cation-pi interactions between ImPLLA and CNT in the melt, leading to a fine dispersion of CNT within PLLA matrix. [less ▲]

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See detailStraightforward synthesis of conductive graphene/polymer nanocomposites from graphite oxide
Vuluga, Daniela ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Molenberg, Isabel et al

in Chemical Communications (2011), 47

The reduction of graphite oxide (GO) in the presence of reactive poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), under mild biphasic conditions, directly affords graphene grafted with PMMA. The resulting nanocomposite ... [more ▼]

The reduction of graphite oxide (GO) in the presence of reactive poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), under mild biphasic conditions, directly affords graphene grafted with PMMA. The resulting nanocomposite shows excellent electrical conductivities resulting from the optimal dispersion and exfoliation of graphene in the polymer matrix. [less ▲]

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