Polymer Blends and Compatibilization by Volker AltstädtPolymer Blends and Compatibilization by Volker Altstädt

Polymer Blends and Compatibilization

Guest editorVolker Altstädt

Paperback | March 3, 2017

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The market is continuously looking for substitutes for expensive polymers or tailor made polymers for specific applications. Therefore, polymer blends are gaining more interest since they possess a great potential to fulfill these needs. Blending not only results in better final properties, but can also improve the processing behavior and reduce costs. In the field of polymer blends, there are numerous parameters that influence the morphology, e.g., viscosity ratio, blend composition, shear conditions, and blend ratio. There is still a great deal of potential to scientifically exploit the possibilities of blend technology, which is necessary to obtain a foundation based on science, engineering, technology, and applications in order to make it possible to tailor polymer blends as desired.

However, combining two or more different polymers to receive favorable properties by blending often results in immiscible polymer blends. This immiscibility goes hand-in-hand with phase separation leading to weak mechanical properties. The high interfacial tension causing this can be reduced by compatibilization of polymer blends. There are different methods to achieve this, such as adding block and graft copolymers, reactive polymers to form block and graft copolymers, nanoparticles or organic molecules. Using suitable compatibilizers, not only is the interfacial adhesion between matrix and its blends reduced, but also the dispersion of the dispersed phase is improved, the adhesion between the phases is enhanced and the morphology is stabilized. This can lead to improved mechanical and morphological properties.

Designing new polymer blends or improving the properties of immiscible polymer blends by compatibilization is very challenging, but an excellent way to exploit the full potential of polymers for applications and their varied needs.

This Special Issue is a source of information on all recent aspects of polymer blend technology.

Title:Polymer Blends and CompatibilizationFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:150 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 0.41 inShipping dimensions:9.61 × 6.69 × 0.41 inPublished:March 3, 2017Publisher:MDPI AGLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3038423645

ISBN - 13:9783038423645

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Table of Contents

1) Morphology Formation in PC/ABS Blends during Thermal Processing and the Effect of the Viscosity Ratio of Blend Partners
2) Microstructured Polymer Blend Surfaces Produced by Spraying Functional Copolymers and Their Blends
3) Investigation on Polylactide (PLA)/Poly(butylene adipate-co-terephthalate) (PBAT)/Bark Flour of Plane Tree (PF) Eco-Composites
4) Morphological, Rheological, and Mechanical Properties of Polyamide 6/Polypropylene Blends Compatibilized by Electron-Beam Irradiation in the Presence of a Reactive Agent
5) Inkjet-Printed Organic Transistors Based on Organic Semiconductor/Insulating Polymer Blends
6) Surface Characterization of Polymer Blends by XPS and ToF-SIMS
7) Flexible Epoxy Resin Formed Upon Blending with a Triblock Copolymer through Reaction-Induced Microphase Separation
8) Mechanical Properties and Morphologies of Carboxyl-Terminated Butadiene Acrylonitrile Liquid Rubber/Epoxy Blends Compatibilized by Pre-Crosslinking
9) Synthesis of a New Titanate Coupling Agent for the Modification of Calcium Sulfate Whisker in Poly(Vinyl Chloride) Composite
10) Development of Styrene-Grafted Polyurethane by Radiation-Based Techniques
11) Compatibilized Immiscible Polymer Blends for Gas Separations
12) Changes of Lignin Molecular Structures in a Modification of Kraft Lignin Using Acid Catalyst