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Title: Maleic anhydride polypropylene modified cellulose nanofibril polypropylene nanocomposites with enhanced impact strength

Source: Polymer Composites

Author(s)Peng, Yucheng; Gallegos, Sergio A.; Gardner, Douglas J.; Han, Yousoo; Cai, Zhiyong

Publication Year: 2014  View PDF »

Category: Journal Articles
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4706-1B

Abstract: The unique aspect of polymer composites reinforced by various fillers or additives is that the mechanical properties of the material can be tailored to fit a variety of uses: construction, transportation, industrial, and consumer applications. By selecting a specific reinforcement or designing a particular manufacturing process a material with desired properties can be achieved. In recent years, interest in composites reinforced by renewable materials (wood flour/cellulose fibers) has grown tremendously because of social requests for low environmental impact (biodegradable materials), low-maintenance, and highdurability products [1]. Cellulose, one of the basic structural components of wood fibers, is the most abundant polymer on earth and has a great potential for the preparation of novel composite materials with thermoplastic resins [2, 3]. When compared to conventional reinforcements such as glass fibers or inorganic fillers, cellulosic materials offer a series of advantages: lower density (1.5 g cm-3), better recyclability and disposal, lower price, reduced abrasion to processing machinery, carbon neutrality, and modifiable surface properties [4--6].

Keywords: Cellulose nanofibrils, polypropylene, maleicanhydride, extrusion, composites

Publication Review Process: Formally Refereed

File size: 4,096 kb(s)

Date posted: 09/23/2016

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RITS Product ID: 81890
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Cai, Zhiyong
Supervisory Research Materials Engineer

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