Mussel-Inspired Polydopamine Modification of Bamboo Fiber and Its Effect on the Properties of Bamboo Fiber/Polybutylene Succinate Composites

Gonghua Hong, Yang Meng, Zexun Yang, Haitao Cheng, Shuangbao Zhang, Wei Song


A bio-inspired approach to coating polydopamine (PDA) onto bamboo fiber (BF) was developed to enhance the poor interfacial bonding of BF/polybutylene succinate (PBS) biocomposites. The macroscopic features, functional groups, nanoscale topography, and crystallinity of the PDA-coated BF (D-BF) were investigated with digital photography, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD), respectively. The effects of the PDA loading rate on the performance of the D-BF/PBS biocomposites were also evaluated through the mechanical properties tests, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Treating BF with an optimum concentration of dopamine (DOPA) decreased the polarity of the bamboo fiber, while maintaining the crystal structure of the cellulose. The thermal stability, mechanical properties, and storage modulus of the D-BF/PBS biocomposites were noticeably enhanced because of the good interfacial compatibility. Moreover, the glass transition temperature (Tg) and crystallinity of the biocomposites increased with higher DOPA loading rates. The best properties were observed with a DOPA concentration of 1.0 mg/mL. These findings exhibited the feasibility for the application of PDA in the biomass fiber-reinforced biodegradable polymer composites industry.


Bamboo fiber; Polybutylene succinate; Composites; Polydopamine; Surface treatment; Interfacial compatibility; Bio-inspiration

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