Preparation of Cellulose Nanofibers Reinforced Polyether-b-Amide Nanocomposite

Hassan Ziaei Tabari, Habibollah Khademieslam, Behzad Bazyar, Amir Nourbakhsh, Amir Homan Hemmasi

Abstract


A new kind of thermoplastic elastomer nanocomposite reinforced with cellulose nanofibers has been reported. The aim of this investigation was to study the interaction and dispersion of cellulose nanofibers into the Pebax matrix. These copolymers are considered as polyether-b-amide thermoplastic elastomers. They are from renewable resources, and their hydrophilic character allows them to interact with nanocellulose. The interaction and reinforcement effect of nanocellulose at 3 levels of nanocellulose, (1%, 3%, and 5%), were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and other mechanical tests. The results achieved from these tests indicated appropriate effects of cellulose nanofibers for the strong interaction and close contact with the polyamide phase of the Pebax polymer via strong hydrogen bonding.

Keywords


Thermoplastic elastomer; cellulose nanofiber; Nanocomposite; Pebax

Full Text: PDF

Welcome to BioResources! This online, peer-reviewed journal is devoted to the science and engineering of biomaterials and chemicals from lignocellulosic sources for new end uses and new capabilities. The editors of BioResources would be very happy to assist you during the process of submitting or reviewing articles. Please note that logging in is required in order to submit or review articles. Martin A. Hubbe, (919) 513-3022, hubbe@ncsu.edu; Lucian A. Lucia, (919) 515-7707, lucian.lucia@gmail.com URLs: bioresourcesjournal.com; http://ncsu.edu/bioresources ISSN: 1930-2126