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Title: Rheology of Nanoparticle/Polymer Mixtures.


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Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Macromolecules; Related Information: Proposed for publication in Macromolecules.
Country of Publication:
United States

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Frischknecht, Amalie, and Curro, John G. Rheology of Nanoparticle/Polymer Mixtures.. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
Frischknecht, Amalie, & Curro, John G. Rheology of Nanoparticle/Polymer Mixtures.. United States.
Frischknecht, Amalie, and Curro, John G. Sun . "Rheology of Nanoparticle/Polymer Mixtures.". United States. doi:.
title = {Rheology of Nanoparticle/Polymer Mixtures.},
author = {Frischknecht, Amalie and Curro, John G.},
abstractNote = {Abstract not provided.},
doi = {},
journal = {Macromolecules},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Sun Apr 01 00:00:00 EDT 2007},
month = {Sun Apr 01 00:00:00 EDT 2007}
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