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Polymer Processing

PPP - Polymer Processing

Effect of Processing on Polymer Stability and Properties

The aim is to develop an understanding of the effect of processing and fabrication steps (compounding and conversion into finished products) involving extruders, internal mixers and other processing techniques on the rheological behaviour, melt stability and properties of polymers, including the new generation metallocene polymers, polymer blends and polymer nanocomposites.

Reactive Processing Methods for Polymer Modification

Studies to establish new reactive processing approaches have led us to develop novel, highly effective and flexible reactive processing techniques, which have been patented, that would lead to  high grafting levels of functional additives on polymer melts with minimum negative impact on the rheological and physical properties of the polymers. Areas of applications explored are:

  • In-situ synthesis of modified polymers to produce new value-added materials.
  • Tying-in antioxidants and other additives on polymer backbones to achieve high durability, especially under aggressive extractive environments.
  • Microstructure development in polymer blends for enhanced performance
  •  Interfacial adhesion in polymer micro-composites and nanocomposites for high performance engineering materials.  

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