Journal of Polymer Materials : An International Journal

Current Volume: 40 (2023 )

ISSN: 0973-8622

e-ISSN: 0976-3449

Periodicity: Quarterly

Month(s) of Publication: March, June, September & December

Subject: Chemistry

DOI: 10.32381/JPM


Journal of Polymer Materials An International Journal is published quarterly (4 issues per year), which covers broadly most of the important and fundamental areas of Polymer Science and Technology. It reports reviews on current topics and original research results on synthesis of monomers and polymers, polymer analysis, characterization and testing, properties of polymers, structure-property relation, polymer processing and fabrication, and polymer applications. Research and development activities on functional polymers, polymer blends and alloys, composites and nanocomposites, paints and surface coatings, rubbers and elastomeric materials, and adhesives are also published.

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SJR 2015/2016 Impact Factor in SCI is 0.377


Chairman and Editor-in-Chief
Sukumar Maiti

Subarnarekha, J-23 Bidhannagar,
Midnapore 721101, West Bengal,

Swapan Kumar Dolui

Department of Chemical Sciences,
Tezpur University, Tezpur-784028,

Dibyendu S. Bag

Polymer Science Division,
Defence Materials and Store Research and Development Establishment
DMSRDE Post Office, Kanpur-208013, India.

Editorial Board
Charles E. Carraher

Florida Atlantic University, USA

Ben Zhong Tang

Hongkong University of Science & Technology

Tamaki Nakano

Hokkaido University, Japan

Advisory Board
A. Kumar

Tezpur University

Amitabha De

SINP , Kolkata

Asim K. Ghosh

BARC, Mumbai

C. P . Reghunandhan Nair

VSSC, Thruvanthapuram

C.V. Avadhani

NCL, Pune

Cedric Gaillard

NIAR, France

Dilip Kumar Kakati

Gauhati University

H. B. Bohidar

JNU, New Delhi

Jude O. Iroh

University of Chincinnati, USA

K. C. Gupta

 IIT Roorkee

L. Lapcik

Tomas Bata University, Czech Republic

Manoranjan Patri

NMRL, Ambernath

Mariatti Jaafar

Universiti Sains Malaysia

P. H. Parsania

Saurastra University, Rajkot

P. P. Wadgaonkar

NCL, Pune

Pradip Kumar Dutta

MNNIT, Allahabad

Pranesh Chowdhury

Visva Bharati University

Sabu Thomas

 Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam

Susanta Banerjee

IIT Kharagpur

V . K. Gupta

Reliance Industries Ltd, Mumbai

Volume 40 Issue 3-4 , (Jul-2023 to Dec-2023)

Mathematical Modelling and Simulations of Active Direct Methanol Fuel Cell

By: Rabiranjan Murmu , Debashis Roy , Harekrushna Sutar

Page No : 125-139

A one dimensional isothermal model is proposed by modelling the kinetics of methanol transport at anode flow channel (AFC), membrane and cathode catalyst layer of direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC). Analytical model is proposed to predict methanol cross-over rate through the electrolyte membrane and cell performance. The model presented in this paper considered methanol diffusion and electrochemical oxidation at the anode and cathode channels. The analytical solution of the proposed model was simulated in a MATLAB environment to obtain the polarization curve and leakage current. The effect of methanol concentration on cell voltage and leakage current is studied. The methanol cross-over has the significant impact on cell performance. The presented model predicts higher leakage current with the increase of methanol feed concentration. The cell performance was predicted at 70°C and various methanol feed concentration. The proposed model was validated with the experimental polarization curve of active DMFC.

Authors :
Rabiranjan Murmu and Debashis Roy : Department of Chemical Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Harekrushna Sutar : Department of Chemical Engineering, Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology, Sarang, Dhenkanal, Odisha, India.


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Enhanced Mechanical and Electrical Properties of Styrene Butadiene Rubber Nanocomposites with Graphene Platelet Nano-powder

By: Arun Kumar M , Jayakumari LS , Ramji Chandran

Page No : 141-156

Nanocomposites are very important materials because it imparts superior properties than other composites with low level of filler loading. Styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) is a non-polar rubber which acts as an insulator and has low electrical conductivity. Graphene platelet nano-powder from 0.1 to 1.25 phr level is incorporated into SBR rubber in order to improve the electrical properties. Comparative studies on electrical and mechanical properties of styrene butadiene rubber with graphene platelet nano-powder (GPN) by varying the filler content are made. The incorporation of Graphene platelet nano-powder increases the electrical conductivity in styrene butadiene rubber. It has been observed that there is a gradual increase in electrical conductivity by increasing the amount of nanofiller at higher frequency of about 100 kHz. The mechanical properties of styrene butadiene rubber are improved by the incorporation of Graphene platelet nano-powder. The effect of applied pressure and temperature on the volume resistivity and electrical conductivity of the composites is also investigated at a constant frequency of 100 kHz. The electrical properties of the SBR/GPN nanocomposites increases with increase in pressure and temperature up to a certain limit and then becomes constant.

Authors :
Arun Kumar M, Jayakumari LS and Ramji Chandran :
Department of Rubber and Plastics Technology, Anna University, Madras Institute of Technology Campus, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.


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Study on Organic Fluorine Modified Cationic Acrylic Resin and its Application in Cathodic Electrodeposition Coatings

By: Lijun Chen , Zheqing Gong ,

Page No : 157-164

The organic fluorine modified/containing cationic acrylic resin is prepared via solution polymerization technique using hexafluorobutyl methacrylate (HFMA) along with butyl acrylate (BA), methyl methacrylate (MMA), styrene (St), dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) and hydroxy propyl methacrylate (HPMA) as the comonomers, proprylene glycol monomethyl ether (PGME) as the solvent, and 2, 2-Azo-bis-iso-butyronitrile (AIBN) as the initiator. The synthesized resin in which fluorine atom is introduced into the polymer chains. The cathodic electrodeposition (CED) coatings were prepared by mixing the synthesized resin and blocked isocyanate. The influence of the amount of organic fluorine on the resin and the resultant CED coatings is investigated in detail. In view of the appearance and hydrophobicity of the film, the optimum amount of organic fluorine is obtained, which is 12.0%. The hydrophobicity and the acid and alkaline resistance properties of the coating film are improved when the organic fluorine monomer is introduced into the resin.

Authors :
Lijun Chen, Zheqing Gong and Zhengrong Fu :
School of Chemical Engineering, Zhejiang University of Technology, Chaowang Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.


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Investigation of Polypyrrole and Polypyrrolepolyethyleneimine as Adsorbents for Methyl Orange Dye Adsorption

By: Norhabibah Mohamad , Noordini M. Salleh , Habibun Nabi Muhammad Ekramul Mahmud

Page No : 165-189

The present study has explored the adsorption properties of polypyrrole-based adsorbents (polypyrrole and polypyrrole-polyethyleneimine composite) as novel conducting polymers in adsorbing methyl orange (MO) (an anionic dye) effectively from aqueous solution. The adsorption characteristics of the prepared polymer-based adsorbents were characterized by BET, FTIR, FESEM, and XRD methods. The effectiveness of PPy-based adsorbents for MO dye adsorption was examined using the batch adsorption method. Different parameters were changed during the adsorption process, including contact time, solution pH, and adsorbent dosage. The highest BET surface area of the PPy-PEI composite was found to be 11.85 m2 /g, which is much greater than that of the pristine PPy having 8.54 m2/g. The dye removal performance was obtained to be 79.1 % and 98.8 %, by pristine PPy adsorbent and PPy-PEI adsorbent, respectively, at the optimum condition of pH 3, adsorbent dosage of 0.1 g with a contact time of 120 minutes. The Langmuir isotherm model explained the adsorption data better than the Freundlich isotherm model, and the pseudo-second-order model adequately explained the kinetic data for both the adsorbents. The regeneration investigation demonstrated the effectiveness of reusing PPy-PEI composite adsorbents for up to three successive adsorption-desorption cycles. The prepared PPy-PEI composite adsorbents appeared to be very much effective in removing anionic dyes from aqueous solutions.

Authors :
Norhabibah Mohamad, Noordini M. Salleh and Habibun Nabi Muhammad Ekramul Mahmud : Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


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A Brief Review of Surface Modification of Carbonyl Iron Powders (CIPs) for Magnetorheological Fluid Applications

By: Byungil Hwang , Thirumalaisamy Suryaprabha , Chunghyun Cho , Zubair Ahmed Chandio , Lawrence Robert Msalilwa , Jun Young Cheong , Taegwang Yun

Page No : 191-204

Magnetorheological fluids (MRFs) is a smart fluid system that exhibits swift and reversible alterations in their rheological characteristics when exposed to an external magnetic field. MRFs are used for applications in various areas, including automotive systems, robotics, aerospace, and civil engineering. The performance of MRFs depends on the behavior of the dispersed magnetic particles, necessitating thoughtful consideration of particle traits to optimize fluid performance. Carbonyl Iron Powders (CIPs), high purity iron (>98%) reduced from penta carbonyl iron, are widely employed in MRFs due to their exceptional magnetic characteristics. Nevertheless, the innate surfaces of CIPs tend to conglomerate, leading to compromises in fluid stability and rheological performance. To overcome the challenges, an intensive research has been devoted to advancing surface modification techniques that augment the dispersion, stability, and overall functionality of MRFs based on CIPs. This review describes the comprehensive approach to surface modification of CIPs for highly stable MRFs. We discuss the various surface modification methodologies that have been explored to optimize the behavior of carbonyl iron-based MRFs. Coating techniques, surfactant functionalization, magnetic coatings, and emerging approaches such as nanocoatings and electrochemical modification are also summarized. Moreover, insights into potential applications and future prospects of these modified MRFs are provided.

Authors :
Thirumalaisamy Suryaprabha, Chunghyun Choi and Byungil Hwang :
School of Integrative Engineering, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Zubair Ahmed Chandio, Lawrence Robert Msalilwa and Jun Young Cheong : Bavarian Center for Battery Technology (BayBatt) and Department of Chemistry, University of Bayreuth, Universitätsstraße 30, 95447 Bayreuth, Germany
Taegwang Yun : Department of Molecular Science and Technology, Ajou University, Suwon 16499, Republic of Korea.


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Rheological Study on Blend Solutions of Non-mulberry Silk Fibroin and Gelatin Biopolymers

By: Priti , Radha Sachan , Roli Purwar

Page No : 205-214

In current research work, we have studied the blending effect of non-mulberry silk fibroin (10% weight/volume basis) and gelatin (20% weight/volume basis) in formic acid. Several blends as SF10G0, SF2G8, SF3G7, SF5G5 and SF0G10 have been made and their rheological behaviour was investigated. The blend solutions were subjected to a steady shear rheological study in the variety of range of shear rates, namely 0.01–500 sec-1 and the viscosities of blend solutions were noticed to decrease in comparison to pure silk solution. The frequency sweep was employed in dynamic rheological tests to determine complex viscosity of these solutions from range of angular sweep 0.1–100 rad/sec. The consistent shear-thinning behaviour was noted for all the blends. The difference in numerical values of shear and complex viscosities indicated disobedience of Cox-Merz rule. Such analysis can be utilised for tailoring the properties of solution prior to processing them to create a versatile range of materials.

Authors :
Priti :
Discipline of Paint Technology, Department of Paint Technology, Mahamaya Polytechnic of Information Technology, Chail Kaushambi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Radha Sachan : Department of Paint Technology, School of Chemical Technology, Harcourt Butler Technical University, Kanpur, India.
Roli Purwar : Discipline of Polymer Science and Chemical Technology, Department of Applied Chemistry, Delhi Technological University, Shahbad Daulatpur, Delhi, India.


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Tensile Failure Characterization of Glass/Epoxy Composites using Acoustic Emission RMS Data

By: K. Krishnamoorthy , N. Prabhu

Page No : 215-226

The acoustic emission monitoring with artificial neural networks predicts the ultimate strength of glass/epoxy composite laminates using Acoustic Emission Data. The ultimate loads of all the specimens were used to characterise the emission of hits during failure modes. The six layered glass fiber laminates were prepared (in woven mat form) with epoxy as the binding medium by hand lay-up technique. At room temperature, with a pressure of 30 kg/cm2, the laminates were cured. The laminates of standard dimensions as per ASTM D3039 for the tensile test were cut from the lamina. The Acoustic Emission (AE) test was conducted on these specimens under the load of uni-axial tension in the 10 Ton capacity Universal Testing Machine (UTM). In the monitoring process, acoustic emission parameters such as hits, counts, energy, duration, Root Mean Square (RMS) Value and amplitude were recorded. The RMS Values corresponding to the amplitude ranges from tensile test were used to characterise the failure load of all the similar glass-epoxy composite specimens.

Authors :
K. Krishnamoorthy :
Department of Automobile Engineering, PSN Engineering College, Tirunelveli, India
N. Prabhu : Department of Automobile Engineering, PSN Engineering College, Tirunelveli, India.


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A Review on Auxetic Polymeric Materials: Synthetic Methodology, Characterization and their Applications

By: Dibyendu S. Bag , Neetu Tripathi , Mayank Dwivedi

Page No : 227-269

Over the last three decades, there has been considerable interest in the captivating mechanical properties displayed by auxetic materials, highlighting the advantages stemming from their distinct negative Poisson's ratio. The negative Poisson's ratio observed in auxetic polymeric materials is a result of the distinctive geometries of their unit cells. These unit cells, encompassing structures such as chiral, re-entrant, and rotating rigid configurations, are carefully engineered to collectively generate the desired auxetic behaviour. This comprehensive review article explores the field of auxetic polymeric materials, offering a detailed exploration of their geometries, fabrication methods, mechanical properties, and characterisation. The diverse applications of these materials in impact/ballistic, acoustic, automotive, biomedical, sports, shape memory, strain sensors, electromagnetic shielding, smart filters, and rehabilitation fields are thoroughly examined. Furthermore, the article emphasises the significance of auxetic behaviour in enhancing mechanical performance while shedding light on the challenges and limitations associated with large-scale fabrication of auxetic materials.

Authors :
Neetu Tripathi, Dibyendu S. Bag and Mayank Dwivedi :
Defence Materials and Stores Research and Development Establishment DMSRDE PO, Kanpur-208013, India.


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Synthesis and Characterization of Bisphenol-C Epoxy Crotonate and Its Fiber-Reinforced Composites

By: Jignesh P. Patel , Parsotam H. Parsania , Jignesh V. Patel

Page No : 271-284

Bisphenol-C epoxy crotonate resin was synthesized by reacting 8.09g epoxy resin of bisphenol[1]C, and 2.15g crotonic acid using 25 mL 1,4-dioxane as a solvent, and 1 mL triethylamine as a catalyst at reflux temperature for 1-6 h. Solid epoxy crotonate (ECCR) is highly soluble in common organic solvents. ECCR was characterized by its acid (24.5-1.5 mg KOH/g) and hydroxyl (504.5-678.4 mg KOH/g) values. The structure of ECCR is supported by FTIR and 1 HNMR spectroscopic methods. A DSC endothermic transition at 229o C indicated melting followed by thermal polymerization of ECCR. ECCR is thermally stable up to 320o C and follows three-step degradation kinetics. The first step followed first-order degradation kinetics, while the second and third steps followed one-half-order degradation kinetics. High values of kinetic parameters suggested the rigid nature of the crosslinked resin. Jute-, Glass- and Jute-natural fiber-ECCR composites showed moderate tensile strength, flexural strength, electric strength, and volume resistivity due to the rigid nature and poor interfacial adhesion of the composites. J-ECCR and G-ECCR composites showed high water absorption tendency and excellent hydrolytic stability against water, 10% aq. HCl and 10% aq. NaCl and even in boiling water. Mechanical and electrical properties and water absorption tendency of the composites indicated their usefulness as low load-bearing housing and insulating materials. They can also be utilized in harsh environmental conditions.

Authors :
Parsotam H. Parsania, Jignesh V. Patel and Jignesh P. Patel :
Polymer Chemistry Division, Department of Chemistry, Saurashtra University, Rajkot, Gujarat, India.


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Chitosan/PVA Films and Silver Nanoparticle Impregnated Nanofibrous Dressings for Evaluation of their Wound Healing Efficacy in Wistar Albino Rat Model

By: Sobha Kota , Ratnakumari Anantha , Vayunandana Rao Govada , Pradeep Dumpala

Page No : 285-303

The exoskeleton of marine shrimp contains a natural, biocompatible polymer chitin, which is dumped as a waste. The study proposes the sustainable single-pot-extraction of chitosan from the waste and its use in the fabrication of wound-dressings, and thus leverage its piezoelectric, antioxidant, hypoglycaemic and medicinal properties in wound-healing. The Fourier transform infrared spectrum revealed that marine chitosan contains functional groups with N-O, O-H, and CO stretching. Scanning electron micrographs demonstrated the spherical and mesoporous structures of the extracted chitosan. X-ray diffraction analysis showed a semi-crystalline phase of chitosan particles with a mean size of 28.9 nm. The film prepared with marine shrimp chitosan[1]polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) composite, and used as a wound dressing exhibited significant wound healing properties with a regeneration efficiency of 78% in 8 days in Wistar albino rats. The wound healing efficiency was enhanced by the addition of cost effective, non-toxic/environmentally friendly silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) synthesized from Rumex acetosa (sorrel) plant extracts and electrospinning of the nanofibrous composites of chitosan/PVA/AgNPs with high antibacterial, antioxidant and wound healing capacity of 96% in 8 days. Thus, the current study supports the use of a natural piezoelectric chitosan polymer as a wound dressing material, either in film or nanofiber, for normal as well as diabetic wounds.

Authors :
Sobha Kota, Ratnakumari Anantha, Vayunandana Rao Govada and Pradeep Dumpala :
RVR and JC College of Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India.


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Application of Machine Learning For Prediction Dental Material Wear

By: Abhijeet Suryawanshi , Niranjana Behera

Page No : 305-316

Resin composites are commonly applied as the material for dental restoration. Wear of these materials is a major issue. In this study specimens made of dental composite materials were subjected to an in-vitro test in a pin-on-disc tribometer. Four different dental composite materials applied in the experiment were soaked in a solution of chewing tobacco for certain days before being removed and put through a wear test. Subsequently, four different machine learning (ML) algorithms (AdaBoost, CatBoost, Gradient Boosting, Random Forest) were implemented for developing models for the prediction of wear of dental materials. AdaBoost, CatBoost, Gradient Boosting and Random Forest model show an MAE of 0.7011, 0.0773, 0.0771 and 0.2199. AdaBoost model performs poorly in comparison to other models.

Authors :
Abhijeet Suryawanshi : Department of Mechanical Enginering, Zeal College of Engineering and Research, Pune, Maharastra, India
Niranjana Behera : School of Mechanical Engineering, VIT University, Vellore, Tamilanadu, India.


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Effect of Tetramethylurea (TMU) on Polysulfone Membrane Performance for Atrazine-containing Wastewater Treatment

By: Z.V.P. Murthy , Sarita Kalla , Nikita Gupta

Page No : 317-328

Tetramethylurea (TMU) is a good solvent for organic substances and has received little attention as compared to other solvents. The TMU is a polar solution and is one of the molecules with an amphiphilic character. In the present work, an attempt has been made to use TMU as an additive in the preparation of nanofiltration membranes to improve the hydrophilicity of the membrane. The polysulfone membrane has been modified by incorporating different concentrations of TMU (0, 0.5, and 1 wt.%) in order to check the rejection of atrazine in water. This study aim is to optimize the conditions to enhance the flux and the rejection of atrazine. It was observed that the rejection of atrazine was enhanced when feed pH changed to acidic and with increasing the evaporation time. The prepared membranes were subjected to different analyses, such as contact angle measurement, FTIR, porosity, and mean pore size. The effect of the coagulation bath, evaporation time, and pH on the atrazine rejection was also studied. Membrane with 0.5 wt.% TMU shows maximum rejection of atrazine at the operating pressure of 15 kgf /cm2 .

Authors :
Nikita Gupta, Sarita Kalla and Z.V.P. Murthy :
Department of Chemical Engineering, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat, Gujarat, India


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