Yuta Hikima

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During melt processing, the moisture inside polylactide (PLA) easily induces hydrolysis, which deteriorates the mechanical and thermal properties of the product. The state of dryness of resin pellets must be monitored to prevent PLA hydrolysis. In this study, near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy was applied to measure water content in PLA. In addition, the(More)
Herein, an ultrahigh 18-fold expansion of isotactic polypropylene (iPP)/cellulose nanofiber (CNF) nanocomposite foams was achieved for the first time using a core-back foam injection molding technique. It was found that CNFs were well dispersed and aligned along the cell wall in the core-back direction. Interestingly, the formations of a hybrid shish-kebab(More)
Molecular alignment underpins optical, mechanical, and thermal properties of materials, however, its direct measurement from volumes with micrometer dimensions is not accessible, especially, for structurally complex bio-materials. How the molecular alignment is linked to extraordinary properties of silk and its amorphous-crystalline composition has to be(More)
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