Polymers, Volume 10, Issue 2 (February 2018) – 121 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): Well-dispersed tungsten disulfide inorganic nanotubes (INT-WS2) are used as a novel nanoreinforcement for enhancing the processability and performance of a poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) PHBV biopolymer. INT-WS2 is found to have a pronounced impact on the morphology and crystallization kinetics of PHBV, reducing the fold surface free energy by up to 24%. This is ascribed to the high nucleation efficiency of INT-WS2 on the crystallization of PHBV. The research reported provides a better understanding of the structure–property relationship of a PHBV biopolymer and its nanocomposites, with an outlook towards extending their practical applications. View this paper.
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