Nucleation effects of nanoparticles on microcelluar polystyrene foams

Jiong Shen, Changchun Zeng, L. James Lee*

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A study was conducted to estimate the effects of nanoparticles on microcellular polystyrene foams. The study demonstrates the use of carbon nanofibres (CNFs) as a highly efficient nucleating agent to form polystyrene (PS) microcellular foams. A complete dispersion of CNFs in PS matrix can be achieved by high-shear mixing and ultrasonication. It was observed that the presence of a small amount of CNF significantly increases the cell density and reduces the cell size.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Nov 2004
Event2004 AIChE Annual Meeting - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: 7 Nov 200412 Nov 2004


Conference2004 AIChE Annual Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAustin, TX


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