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The Use of Graft Copolymers to Bind Immiscible Blends

Science  19 Aug 1994:
Vol. 265, Issue 5175, pp. 1072-1074
DOI: 10.1126/science.265.5175.1072

Abstract

Computer simulations and experimental studies were combined to design copolymers that enhance the strength of polymer composites. These copolymers contain side chains that associate across the boundary between phase-separated regions to form a "molecular velcro" that effectively binds the regions together. This behavior significantly improves the structural integrity and mechanical properties of the material. Because the side chains can be fabricated from a large class of compounds, the technique greatly increases the variety of copolymers that can be used in forming high-strength polymer blends.

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