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dc.creatorBadrinarayanan, Prashanth
dc.creatorKo, Frank K.
dc.creatorWang, Chunhong
dc.creatorRichard, Brian A.
dc.creatorKessler, Michael
dc.descriptionThis article is under embargo until May 2016 per publisher's policyen_US
dc.description.abstractThe effect of clay nanoparticles on the glass transition and melting behavior of PLA was examined using a heat flux, rapid scanning rate calorimeter. The samples were prepared by electrospinning through incorporation of clay in the electrospinning solution, which facilitated composites with high filler loadings (15–25 wt.%). Incorporation of clay increased the crystallization kinetics of PLA only at lower loading levels. The incorporation of 15.3 wt.% clay resulted in only a slight reduction in the overall degree of crystallinity (wc) in PLA, while a substantial reduction was observed with the incorporation of 25.0 wt.% clay. A significant reduction in the equilibrium melting temperature was observed for nanocomposites containing 15.3 wt.% clay compared to the neat PLA fiber; however, the extent of reduction was mitigated when increasing the clay loading further to 25 wt.%. The PLA nanocomposites with 15.3 wt.% clay exhibited the lowest Tg values in both semicrystalline and amorphous samples. Elucidating the differences in thermal behavior and morphology of these nanocomposites as a function of clay loading is crucial for optimizing their physical and mechanical properties.en_US
dc.publisherPolymer Testingen_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.subjectPolymer nanocompositesen_US
dc.subjectThermal propertiesen_US
dc.subjectDifferential scanning calorimetryen_US
dc.titleInvestigation of the effect of clay nanoparticles on the thermal behavior of PLA using a heat flux rapid scanning rate calorimeter
dc.description.citationP. Badrinarayanan, F. K. Ko, C. Wang, B. A. Richard, M. R. Kesslera: Investigation of the Effect of Clay Nanoparticles on the Thermal Behavior of PLA Using a Heat Flux Rapid Scanning Rate Calorimeter, Polymer Testing, 2014. doi:10.1016/j.polymertesting.2014.02.001.

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    This collection features research by Michael Kessler, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University.

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