This article proposes a strategy for preparing advanced soy protein (SP)-based films by solution casting of SP and hydroxyl and primary amine-containing hyperbranched polysiloxane (HPSA). It offers a simple methodology for the design of mechanically robust, recyclable, and biodegradable composite films, which have potential applications in the fabrication of high-performance, high-transparency, and anti-counterfeiting packaging materials.
This article explores various combinations of electrolyte concentrations, dielectrics, and dielectric thicknesses to generate maximum output power employing REWOD energy harvester with the objective of implementing a fully self-powered wearable sensor.
March 3, 2021
Adhikari, Pashupati R.; Tasneem, Nishat Tarannum; Reid, Russell C. & Mahbub, Ifana
This article describes a study to improve the electrical and thermal conductivity of the polylactic acid/wood flour/thermoplastic polyurethane composites by Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). The results showed that, when the addition amount of nano-graphite reached 25 pbw, the volume resistivity of the composites decreased to 10⁸ Ω·m, which was a significant reduction, indicating that the conductive network was already formed. It also had good thermal conductivity, mechanical properties, and thermal stability.
This article highlights a study of a bio adhesive was developed from soybean meal and larch tannin that was designed for exterior use. Phenol hydroxymethylated tannin oligomer (PHTO) was synthesized and then mixed with soybean meal flour in order to obtain a soybean meal-based adhesive (SPA). The results showed that the moisture absorption rate, residual rate, and solid content of SPA with 10 wt % PHTO (mass ratio with respect to the entire adhesive) were improved by 22.8%, 11.6%, and 6.8%, respectively, as compared with that of pure SPA.
This article explores self-bonded natural fiber material (SNFM) as a promising alternative for plastic and wood owing to its abundant raw material resources and low environmental impact. In this study, a high-performance SNFM was developed by the comprehensive treatments for the plasticity and structure of fiber cell walls. The self-bonded mechanism for natural fiber materials was also discussed. The SNFM products showed excellent mechanical performance, which was superior to that of natural wood and plastic.
Poster for the 2015 University of North Texas (UNT) Graduate Exhibition. This poster discusses the evaluation of three major emission sources on the Dallas-Fort Worth ozone levels using photochemical modeling.