Polypropylene: Properties, Uses and Benefits


Paula Garcia (Editor)

Series: Polymer Science and Technology
BISAC: TEC055000

Polypropylene (PP) is a typical polymorphic polymer with α-form, β-form, γ-form, and mesomorphic smectic form modifications, and crystallizes into diverse morphologies. In this book, Chapter One comprehensively reviews the kinds of self-assembly β-nucleating agents and the manipulation strategies in the practical processing to control the crystal structure and prepare high-performance PP products. Chapter Two discusses the molecular structure at the cross-linking point of stereoregular isotactic polypropylene (iPP) and syndiotactic polypropylene (sPP) gels in comparison with the crystal formed in the solid state such as film. Chapter Three investigates the thermal insulation performance of polypropylene as thermal insulator for a solar air collector in comparison with coconut fibre. Chapter Four reviews the mechanical properties, crystallization and degradation of polypropylene due to nucleating agents, fillers and additives. Chapter Five examines polypropylene biodegradation. Chapter Six addresses the potential utilization of different lignocellulosic biomasses for the development of green materials based on polypropylene, with the objective to elucidate the possibility of using the bio based materials for various industrial applications. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Self-Assembly β-Nucleating Agents and Their Effects on Structure and Performance of Polypropylene
Yijun Li, Min Nie and Qi Wang (State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Polymer Research Institute of Sichuan University, Chengdu, China)

Chapter 2. Molecular Structure of Stereoregular Polypropylene Gel
Takahiko Nakaoki (Department of Materials Chemistry, Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan)

Chapter 3. Polypropylene: A Thermal Insulation Material for Solar Collectors
Wei Chuen Khaw and Chien Hwa Chong (School of Engineering, Taylor’s University, Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus, Selangor, Malaysia)

Chapter 4. Mechanical Properties, Crystallization and Degradation of Polypropylene due to Nucleating Agents, Fillers and Additives
Javier Vallejo-Montesinos, Ulises Morales Muñoz and J.A. Gonzalez-Calderon (Universidad de Guanajuato, División de Ciencias Naturales y Exactas, Departamento de Química, Mexico, and others)

Chapter 5. Polypropylene Biodegradation
Celso Luis de Carvalho and Derval dos Santos Rosa (Universidade Federal do ABC, Santo André, São Paulo, Brasil)

Chapter 6. Lignocellulosic Biomasses, Sustainable Platform for Bio-Based Materials with Polypropylene
Tri-Dung Ngo and Thoi Ho (Biomass Conversion & Processing Technologies, Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and others)


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