Novel strategy for polymer blend compatibilization: Solid-state shear pulverization

Naomi Furgiuele*, Andrew H. Lebovitz, Klementina Khait, John M Torkelson

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

120 Scopus citations


Solid-state shear pulverization (S3P) was used to compatibilize a polypropylene/polystyrene blend without adding premade copolymers or conventional functional groups. S3P is done at temperatures below the melt or glass transition. Polymer pellets or flakes undergo compression and high shear/extensional conditions, resulting in fragmentation/fracture into a fine powder without melting. Depending on S3P conditions, chain scission may occur, yielding highly-reactive free radicals at chain ends. Radical combination at interfaces and in highly-mixed regions may yield block copolymers like those achieved with reactive compatibilization during melt mixing of functionalized polymers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-228
Number of pages4
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Novel strategy for polymer blend compatibilization: Solid-state shear pulverization'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this