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Findings from Shaanxi University of Science and Technology in Plastics Reported

May 27, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Technology -- Current study results on Plastics have been published. According to news reporting out of Xi'an, People's Republic of China, by VerticalNews editors, research stated, "The effects of stearic acid (SA)/organic montmorillonite (OMMT) on the morphology and mechanical properties of nanocomposite foams based on ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymer were studied. The dispersion of montmorillonite layers was characterized by both X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the Shaanxi University of Science and Technology, "The cellular microstructure of the foamed samples was observed by scanning electron microscope. The effects of SA/OMMT on the mechanical properties of the EVA-based foams were also investigated. It was found that the combined effects of the existence of SA/OMMT led to bimodal foam structure in EVA/SA/OMMT nanocomposite foams."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Compared with pure EVA foams, the density of EVA/SA/OMMT foams became lower with the addition of SA/OMMT, while the peel strength and elongation-at-break of the samples were increased."

For more information on this research see: Effect of stearic acid/organic montmorillonite on EVA/SA/OMMT nanocomposite foams by melting blending. Journal of Cellular Plastics, 2014;50(3):263-277. Journal of Cellular Plastics can be contacted at: Sage Publications Ltd, 1 Olivers Yard, 55 City Road, London EC1Y 1SP, England. (Sage Publications -; Journal of Cellular Plastics -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting Z.H. Duan, Shaanxi Univ Sci & Technol, Coll Resource & Environm, Xian 710021, People's Republic of China. Additional authors for this research include J.Z. Ma, C.H. Xue and F.Q. Deng.

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Xi'an, Plastics, People's Republic of China

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Source: Journal of Technology

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