Tuning the mechanical properties of tapioca starch by plasticizers, inorganic and agro-waste derived fillers
2012 (English)In: Polymer science, ISSN 0965-545X, Vol. 2012, no Article ID 463298Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Mechanical properties of tapioca starch-based films were tuned by different additives and additive combinations. The additives included plasticizers (glycerol, sorbitol, and citric acid), inorganic fillers (halloysite and kaolin), and agrowaste-based fillers (milled wood flour and rice bran). In addition, new biobased additives were prepared from wood flour and rice bran through liquefaction reaction. Through different additive combinations, starch-based materials with significant differences in tensile properties were designed. Addition of halloysite nanoclay resulted in materials with improved tensile strength at break and rather low strain at break. The effect of kaolin on tensile strength was highly dependent on the used plasticizer. However, in most combinations the addition of kaolin resulted in materials with intermediate tensile strength and strain at break values. The addition of milled wood flour and rice bran improved the tensile strength, while the addition of liquefied fillers especially liquefied rice bran increased the strain at break indicating that liquefied rice bran could have potential as a plasticizer for starch blends.
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Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2012. Vol. 2012, no Article ID 463298
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-95499DOI: 10.5402/2012/463298OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-95499DiVA: diva2:528652
QC 201211212012-05-282012-05-282012-11-21Bibliographically approved