AMIPP research is aimed at developing structural materials and functional materials from the novel morphologies available via immiscible polymer processing and at combining nanoscale particles and fibers with nanoscale morphologies achievable through advanced melt process methods. Five major project/product areas of development are listed below with current projects.

Environmental

This area focuses on developing materials for environmental technologies over a broad range of applications from hazardous treated lumber replacements to minimize the environmental release of toxic materials to biomass conversion and hydrogen storage to address energy and greenhouse gas issues.

Projects
  • Structural composites from recycled plastics [Open PDF]
  • High performance highway and marine structural elements from polymer/inorganic composites. [Open PDF]
  • Marine Materials [Open PDF]
  • The "New" Jersey Shore [Open PDF]
  • Boardwalks [Open PDF]
  • Organic Energetics - an integrated biomass conversion technology [Open PDF]

Packaging

Plastic packaging is an important historical component of the AMIPP Center, with roots extending back to the 1980's in the form of the Center for Packaging Science and Engineering (CSPE) and the Center for Plastics Reclamation and Recycling (CPRR).  Currently our emphasis in this area is on: sustainability of polymer packaging,  blends of biobased polymers, and support for the polymer efforts of the food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, and consumer product industries in NJ and the region.

Projects
  • Bio-based polymer blends for bulk and film applications
  • Processing of drawn and blown film [Open PDF]
  • Structural blends from reclaimed packaging
  • Laboratory support for industrial projects (SEM, TEM, DSC, Mechanical)

Defense

Advanced materials are required for the national defense and homeland security. Structures and components prepared from AMIPP advanced polymer composites enable numerous capabilities critical to mission success in theaters of conflict and at home. Key development concepts center on soldier security, response speed and flexibility, and cost reductions.

Projects
  • Advanced materials for the DoD logistics transformation [Open PDF]
  • Multi-functional Polymer composite materials for the 463L pallet replacement [Open PDF]
  • Broadband RF absorbing polymer composite materials [Open PDF]

Industrial Technologies

Immiscible polymer processing and nanotechnology offer great opportunity to develop new functional materials for industry. The combination of properties possible via blends, the unique morphologies and properties resulting from the process, and the insertion of fibers or nanoparticles are all current approaches to the development of new engineered materials in the Center.

Projects
  • Coatings and Composites from Fine Polymer Particulate [Open PDF]
  • Gas separation membranes
  • Biaxial orientation in sheet polymer composites
  • L-3 templating nanomaterials for high efficiency urethane insulation [Open PDF]
  • High strain-to-failure materials for automotive and aerospace applications [Open PDF]

Biomedical

The AMIPP biomedical research thrust is based on the biomimetic structures generated in certain immiscible polymer blends and the ability to engineer these structures in blends of selected biocompatible polymers.

Projects
  • PLA/PMMA composites for hard tissue replacement [Open PDF]
  • PLA scaffolds from immiscible polymer blends