Characterisation and Novel Applications of Fibrillar Polymer Composites
Polymer-reinforced polymer composites have been successfully created from blends of engineering and commodity plastics. These microfibril reinforced composites (MFCs) contain molecularly oriented in-situ fibrils, evenly dispersed throughout a homogeneous matrix. MFCs have several potential applications in a range of areas including food packaging materials and biomedical scaffolds. This paper provides an overview of the characterisation of several MFCs derived from polyethylene/poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PE/PET) blends. It investigates the tensile properties of MFCs with different microfibril orientations as a result of various consolidation techniques. It also describes a study on the oxygen permeability of moulded MFC films and evidence of biological cell growth on microfibrillar polymer structures.
Prof. Alan Kin Tak Lau, Dr. J. Lu, Vijay K. Varadan, Fu-Kuo Chang, J.P. Tu and Pou Man Lam
D. Bhattacharyya et al., "Characterisation and Novel Applications of Fibrillar Polymer Composites ", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 47-50, pp. 1278-1281, 2008