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Crystallization and morphology development in polyethylene–octakis(n-octadecyldimethylsiloxy)octasilsesquioxane nanocomposite blends

Heeley, E. L.; Hughes, D. J.; Taylor, P. G.; Bassindale, A. R.;
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  • Published: 01 Apr 2015
The dispersion, morphology and crystallization kinetics of low density polyethylene (LDPE)–octakis(n-octadecyldimethylsiloxy)octasilsesquioxane (POSS) nanocomposite blends was investigated. Novel octakis(dimethylsiloxy)octasilsesquioxane (Q8M8H) molecules were octafunctionalised with octadecyl alkyl-chains (Q8C18) and blended with 0.25–10 wt% loadings into a commercial LDPE. Time-resolved Small- and Wide-Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS/WAXS), thermal and microscopy techniques were used to elucidate the POSS dispersal, crystalline morphology and crystallization kinetics of the host polymer. POSS particles dispersed well in the host polymer up to 5% wt loading and ac...
free text keywords: General Chemistry, General Chemical Engineering, Nanocomposite, Low-density polyethylene, Polyethylene, chemistry.chemical_compound, chemistry, Crystallization, law.invention, law, Crystal structure, Polymer, chemistry.chemical_classification, Small-angle X-ray scattering, Crystallinity, Polymer chemistry
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