Nanocellulose and Polysiloxane Coatings for Strength Enhancement and Oil-proof and Hydrophobicity Improvement of Recycled Pulp Sheets
Keywords:Recycled fiber, Hydrophobicity, Polydimethylsiloxane, Oil resistance
Recycled fibers are essential raw materials used by the paper industry. However, the strength of the formed paper may fall off excessively after several cycles of reuse of the fibers. Herein, the authors measured the changes in physical properties and fiber size after multiple recycling of fibers and prepared a handsheet from fiber recycled different times. Then the handsheets made with fibers that had been recycled 5 times were double-coated with nanocellulose derivatives to obtain oleophobic and hydrophobic paper. The first layer applied to the paper was cellulose nanofibril (CNF), and the second coating contained polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and CNF (CNFmp). The physical properties and barrier performance of coated paper were greatly improved compared to recycling paper. The water contact angle of the coated paper was as high as 139.8° and the Cobb60 value was 35.18±2.15 g/m2. The oil contact angle was 97.1°, and the oil kit number was 12/12.