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Title: Chapter 1.4: Mechanical and Thermal Property Enhancement in Cellulose Nanocrystal/Waterborne Epoxy Composites

Source: In: Production and applications of Cellulose nanomaterials, Chapter 1.4, TAPPI Press, 2013; pp. 97-98.

Author(s)Xu, Shanhong; Girouard, Natalie; Cross, Lionel; Mintz, Eric; Schueneman, Greg; Shofner, Meisha L.; Meredith, Carson

Publication Year: 2013  View PDF »

Category: Book Chapter
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4707-3B

Abstract: Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) are reinforcing fillers of emerging interest for polymers due to their high modulus and potentially sustainable production. In this study, CNC-based composites were prepared with a waterborne epoxy resin matrix and characterized to determine morphological, mechanical, and thermal properties. Although individual CNC dispersion was not achieved in these materials, the modulus and glass-transition temperature for composites increased with increasing CNC content. Additionally, no detrimental changes in water absorption resistance and thermal stability resulting from CNC addition were observed. These results provide initial evidence that CNCs can improve the performance of thermosetting polymers.

Keywords: nanocomposite; waterborne epoxy resin; cellulose nanocrystals; dynamic mechanical analysis

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

Date posted: 02/24/2015
RITS Product ID: 72277
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Schueneman, Gregory
Supervisory Research Materials Engineer

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