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Title: MACROMOLECULAR MICRO COMPOSITES: FUNDAMENTALS AND A SYSTEM OF A BLEND OF POLYAMIDE-IMIDE / POLYETHERIMIDE
Page Range: p.1-16
Author(s): Sanjay Palsule; Kuldeep Nagar; Shyopat Ram; Himanshu Shekhar
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Journal: Applied Polymer Composites
Issue Year: apc
Volume: 2
Issue No: No. 1

Abstract
A new concept of a 'Macromolecular Micro Composite' is proposed as a melt processable and thermodynamically miscible blend of a flexible polymer and a quasi-rigid polymer in which the flexible polymer is molecularly reinforced by a quasi-rigid macromolecule offering synergistic properties and improved mechanical properties as compared to those of the constituent flexible polymer. Fundamentals are presented and the concept is established, herewith, by melt processing a miscible macromolecular micro composite of flexible polyetherimide reinforced by quasi rigid polyamide-imide with improved mechanical properties as compared to those of flexible polyether-imide. Advantages of macromolecular micro composites over molecular composites, self reinforced blends, and other molecularly reinforced polymer blends are discussed. 23 Refs.

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