F. J. Monteverde

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Homogeneous surface coating of long carbon nanotubes is achieved by in situ polymerization of ethylene as catalyzed directly from the nanotube surface-treated by a highly active metallocene-based complex and allows for the break-up of the native nanotube bundles leading, upon further melt blending with HDPE, to high-performance polyolefinic nanocomposites.
Scanning microscope photometry has been extensively used for image analysis of nuclei and chromosomes and for automated karyotyping. Color graphics terminals, software development and appropriate data manipulation have expanded the scope of scanning microphotometry so that it is now particularly useful for the quantitative analysis of cell components. We(More)
This work describes a new orientation method for semicrystalline poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) thin films, coupling nanorubbing and subsequent crystallization. Using the stylus of an atomic force microscope, we align the polymer chains on P3HT surfaces with a spatial and geometrical control of the oriented domains (nanorubbing). These chain-aligned(More)
Poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS)/montmorillonite (MMT) composites have been prepared using a newly synthesized omega-ammonium functionalized poly(dimethylsiloxane) compatibilizer coupled with a dispersion technique in water. The organoclay containing the new siloxane surfactant was characterized by TGA and XRD. For the first time, a nanoscopic dispersion of(More)
Chlorinated polyethylene (CPE) nanocomposites were synthesized by melt blending clay-rich/poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) masterbatches to CPE matrices. The masterbatches were prepared following two synthetic routes: either PCL is melt-blended to the clay or it is grafted to the clay platelets by in situ polymerization. The microscopic morphology of the(More)
High density polyethylene (HDPE)/clay nanocomposites have been prepared using three different functionalized polyethylene compatibilizers: an ethylene/vinyl acetate copolymer, a polyethylene grafted with maleic anhydride functions and a (styrene-b-ethylene/butylene-b-styrene) block copolymer. The nanocomposites were prepared via two different routes: (1)(More)
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