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Title: Aligned nanocomposites from cellulose nanocrystals by electrospinning with a soluble polymer followed by thermoset impregnation

Source: Proceedings of the Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers (ANTEC 2017). 5 p.

Author(s)Clemons, Craig; Walsh, Phil

Publication Year: 2017  View PDF »

Category: Conference Proceedings

Abstract: A two-step procedure for preparing vinyl ester nanocomposites containing aligned, cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) was investigated. First, aligned, continuous fibers of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and CNCs were electrospun. Then the aligned mats were impregnated by a vinyl ester resin in which the PEO was readily soluble. Preparation of aligned elctrospun fibers with a CNC content of up to 50% by weight were possible. The CNCs formed an aligned network with sufficient integrity to maintain its structure during impregnation with a vinyl ester resin and curing. The resulting aligned CNC composites showed different optical and mechanical behavior than the randomly aligned CNC composites.

Keywords: Electrospinning; Cellulose nanocrystals; Poly(ethylene oxide); Vinyl ester; Composite

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

File size: 745 kb(s)

Date posted: 03/30/2017
RITS Product ID: 84383
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Clemons, Craig M.
Materials Research Engineer
  

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