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Nanostructure and Properties of Nacre-Inspired Clay/Cellulose Nanocomposites—Synchrotron X-ray Scattering Analysis
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Fibre- and Polymer Technology, Biocomposites. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Centres, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8547-9046
Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CNRS,CERMAV, 38000 Grenoble, France.
University of Tokyo, Japan.
University of Tokyo, Japan.
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2019 (English)In: Macromolecules, ISSN 0024-9297, E-ISSN 1520-5835, Vol. 52, no 8, p. 3131-3140Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Nacre-inspired clay nanocomposites have excellent mechanical properties, combined with optical transmittance, gas barrier properties, and fire retardancy, but the mechanical properties are still below predictions from composite micromechanics. The properties of montmorillonite clay/nanocellulose nanocomposite hybrids are investigated as a function of clay content and show a maximum Young’s modulus as high as 28 GPa. Ultimate strength, however, decreases from 280 to 125 MPa between 0 and 80 wt % clay. Small-angle and wide-angle X-ray scattering data from synchrotron radiation are analyzed to suggest nanostructural and phase interaction factors responsible for these observations. Parameters discussed include effective platelet modulus, platelet out-of-plane orientation distribution, nanoporosity, and platelet agglomeration state.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
American Chemical Society (ACS), 2019. Vol. 52, no 8, p. 3131-3140
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Composite Science and Engineering Paper, Pulp and Fiber Technology Nano Technology
Research subject
Fibre and Polymer Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-249608DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.9b00333OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-249608DiVA, id: diva2:1304723
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Knut and Alice Wallenberg FoundationSwedish Foundation for Strategic Research , RMA11-0065
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QC 20190521

Available from: 2019-04-12 Created: 2019-04-12 Last updated: 2019-09-04Bibliographically approved
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1. High Clay Content Cellulose Nanocomposites for Mechanical Performance and Fire Retardancy
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2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Materials based on wood can offer sustainable alternatives to fossil-based plastics and composites, and show interesting mechanical properties. However, the issue of their flammability is generally unresolved. In this thesis, eco-friendly, fire retardant clay-cellulose nanofibril materials are investigated. The work focuses particularly on structure-property relationships and physical properties of these materials. The thesis is structured in two parts. The first part is concerned with paper-like materials, designated as “films”. The second part discusses materials of high-porosity, so-called “foams”.

In the first part, films of clay and cellulose nanofibrils are prepared by filtration from water. The composition is systematically varied (from 0 to 100% clay) and effects on the nanostructure are investigated by synchrotron X-ray scattering, helium pycnometry and microscopy techniques. The mechanical properties of the films are determined by tensile testing, optical properties are measured by transmittance/haze tests, and strong effects of nanostructure are observed. A film with 50 wt% clay is demonstrated as a fire retardant coating on wood, by cone calorimetry testing. These films are also pre-impregnated with epoxy precursors and cured, to form ternary composites of clay, cellulose nanofibrils, and epoxy. These ternary nanocomposites show remarkably well-preserved mechanical and gas barrier properties in moist environment.

In the second part, foams of high porosity are prepared by freeze-drying a suspension based on poly(vinyl alcohol), cellulose nanofibrils, and clay. The cellular structure is investigated by scanning electron microscopy, and effects from composition and cross-linking are analyzed. The compressive properties of the foams are determined and related to their structure. Addition of poly(vinyl alcohol) influences the unique degradation and charring behavior of cellulose nanofibrils in the presence of clay so that fire retardancy is decreased.

Abstract [sv]

Material baserade på trä kan erbjuda hållbara alternativ till fossilbaserade plaster och kompositer, men deras brandegenskaper är inte särskilt goda. I denna avhandling undersöks miljövänliga, brandskyddade nanokompositer från cellulosa/nanolera. Arbetet fokuserar särskilt på struktur-egenskapsrelationer och fysikaliska egenskaper hos dessa material. Avhandlingen är uppbyggd i två delar. Den första delen handlar om pappersliknande material, betecknade som "filmer". Den andra delen diskuterar material med hög porositet, så kallade "skum".

I den första delen framställs filmer av lera (montmorillonit) och nanofibriller från cellulosa genom filtrering från vattensuspension. Kompositionen varieras systematiskt (från 0 till 100% lera) och effekter på nanostrukturen undersöks med hjälp av synkrotronröntgen, heliumpyknometri och mikroskopi. Mekaniska egenskaper hos filmerna mäts genom dragprovning, och optisk transmittans / haze där det visar sig att nanostrukturen är betydelsefull. En film med 50 viktprocent lera används som en brandskyddande ytskikt på trä, med konkalorimetri-experiment för att mäta brandegenskaper. Dessa filmer impregneras med epoxi och härdas, och bildar ternära kompositer av nanocellulosa, lera och epoxi. Dessa ternära nanokompositer visar goda mekaniska och gasbarriär-egenskaper i fuktig miljö.

I den andra delen framställs skum med hög porositet genom frystorkning av en suspension baserad på polyvinylalkohol, cellulosa nanofibriller och lera. Cellstrukturen analyseras med elektronmikroskopi, och effekter från sammansättning och tvärbindning analyseras. Skummens tryckegenskaper mäts och relateras till struktur. Polyvinylalkohol påverkar termisk nedbrytning hos nanocellulosa i närvaro av katalyserande lera så att brandhämmande egenskaper försämras.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2019. p. 62
Series
TRITA-CBH-FOU ; 2019:26
Keywords
nanocellulose, nanofibril, nanofiber, CNF, nanoplatelet, nanostructure, tactoid, montmorillonite, MTM, foam, aerogel, porosity, PVA, poly(vinyl alcohol), epoxy, moisture, biocomposite, biomaterial, biobased, flame, cone calorimetry, gas barrier, coating, film.
National Category
Composite Science and Engineering Nano Technology Paper, Pulp and Fiber Technology Materials Chemistry
Research subject
Fibre and Polymer Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-249955 (URN)978-91-7873-174-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-05-22, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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Knut and Alice Wallenberg FoundationSwedish Foundation for Strategic Research , RMA11-0065
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QC 20190425

Available from: 2019-04-25 Created: 2019-04-23 Last updated: 2019-04-25Bibliographically approved

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