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Biopolymer-based nanocomposites: effect of lignin acetylation in cellulose triacetate films

Author(s): Laura Alicia Manjarrez Nevárez, Lourdes Ballinas Casarrubias, Alain Celzard, Vanessa Fierro, Vinicio Torres Muñoz, Alejandro Camacho Davila, José Román Torres Lubian and Guillermo González Sánchez

Journal: Science and Technology of Advanced Materials
ISSN 1468-6996

Volume: 12;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 045006;
Date: 2011;
Original page

We have prepared all-biopolymer nanocomposite films using lignin as a filler and cellulose triacetate (CTA) as a polymer matrix, and characterized them by several analytical methods. Three types of lignin were tested: organosolv, hydrolytic and kraft, with or without acetylation. They were used in the form of nanoparticles incorporated at 1 wt% in CTA. Self-supported films were prepared by vapor-induced phase separation at controlled temperature (35–55 °C) and relative humidity (10–70%). The efficiency of acetylation of each type of lignin was studied and discussed, as well as its effects on film structure, homogeneity and mechanical properties. The obtained results are explained in terms of intermolecular filler-matrix interaction at the nanometer scale, for which the highest mechanical resistance was reached using hydrolytic lignin in the nanocomposite.
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