Rosica Mincheva

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Novel fibrous materials of stereocomplex between high-molecular-weight poly(d- or l-)lactide (HMPDLA or HMPLLA) and diblock copolymers consisting of poly(l- or d-)lactide and poly(N,N-dimethylamino-2-ethyl methacrylate) blocks, respectively (PLLA-block-PDMAEMA or PDLA-block-PDMAEMA), were prepared by solution electrospinning. Fibers with mean diameters(More)
For the first time the preparation of defect-free fibers from immiscible blends of high molar mass poly(lactic acid) (PLA) and poly(butylene succinate) (PBS) in the whole range of the polyester weight ratios is shown. Electrospinning using the solvent-nonsolvent approach proved most appropriate. Moreover, electrospinning revealed crucial for the obtaining(More)
Novel potentially biobased aliphatic-aromatic copolyesters poly(butylene succinate-co-butylene furandicarboxylate) (PBSFs) in full composition range were successfully synthesized from 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FA), succinic acid (SA), and 1,4-butanediol (BDO) via an esterification and polycondensation process using tetrabutyl titanate (TBT) or(More)
Atomic force microscopy with chemically sensitive tips was used to investigate the hydrophobic and electrostatic interaction forces of a stimuli-responsive adhesive polymer, and their dynamic changes in response to water immersion and salt concentration. Block copolymer-filled coatings were obtained by incorporating an amphiphilic block copolymer containing(More)
For the first time, core-shell nanoparticles were prepared from the natural polyampholyte N-carboxyethylchitosan (CECh). This was triggered by polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) formation between CECh and strong polyelectrolyte-containing double hydrophilic block copolymers. Quaternized poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate]-b-poly(ethylene oxide)(More)
The present work reports on the influence of the dispersion quality of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) in a silicone matrix on the marine fouling-release performance of the resulting nanocomposite coatings. A first set of coatings filled with different nanofiller contents was prepared by the dilution of a silicone/MWCNTs masterbatch within a(More)
New polyesters incorporating a variable quantity of imidazolium rings along the backbone are synthesized by Huisgen 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition ("click" reaction). Subsequently, the imidazolium-grafted copolymers reveal an efficient dispersing ability toward the carbon nanotubes (CNTs) through supramolecular interactions in organic media. Interestingly, these(More)
This article reports on the successful preparation and characterization of cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) surface-modified with polylactide (PLA) and poly(butylene succinate) (PBS) binary mixed homopolymer brushes. Their synthesis was designed as a three-step procedure combining polyester synthesis and surface-modification of CNCs with simultaneous polyester(More)
Environmentally friendly poly(butylenesuccinate-co-butyleneazelate) (P(BS-co-BAz)s) aliphatic copolyesters with composition-dependent thermomechanical properties were synthesized from succinic acid (SuA), 1,4-butanediol (BDO), and dimethylazelate (DMAz) through a two-step polycondensation reaction. The molar SuA/AzA ratio was varied from 4:1 to 1:4, and the(More)
Smart multiresponsive bionanocomposites with both humidity- and thermally activated shape-memory effects, based on blends of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) and thermoplastic starch (TPS) are designed. Thermo- and humidity-mechanical cyclic experiments are performed in order to demonstrate the humidity- as well as thermally activated shape memory properties of(More)