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Physical tuning of cellulose-polymer interactions utilizing cationic block copolymers based on PCL and quaternized PDMAEMA
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Fibre Technology.
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Coating Technology.
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5444-7276
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Coating Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7132-3251
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2012 (English)In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, ISSN 1944-8244, Vol. 4, no 12, 6796-6807 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this work, the objective was to synthesize and evaluate the properties of a compatibilizer based on poly(ε-caprolactone) aimed at tuning the surface properties of cellulose fibers used in fiber-reinforced biocomposites. The compatibilizer is an amphiphilic block copolymer consisting of two different blocks which have different functions. One block is cationic, quaternized poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) and can therefore electrostatically attach to anionic reinforcing materials such as cellulose-based fibers/fibrils under mild conditions in water. The other block consists of poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) which can decrease the surface energy of a cellulose surface and also has the ability to form physical entanglements with a PCL surface thereby improving the interfacial adhesion. Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP) and Ring-Opening Polymerization (ROP) were used to synthesize three block copolymers with the same length of the cationic PDMAEMA block but with different lengths of the PCL blocks. The block copolymers form cationic micelles in water which can adsorb to anionic surfaces such as silicon oxide and cellulose-model surfaces. After heat treatment, the contact angles of water on the treated surfaces increased significantly, and contact angles close to those of pure PCL were obtained for the block copolymers with longer PCL blocks. AFM force measurements showed a clear entangling behavior between the block copolymers and a PCL surface at about 60 C, which is important for the formation of an adhesive interface in the final biocomposites. This demonstrates that this type of amphiphilic block copolymer can be used to improve interactions in biocomposites between anionic reinforcing materials such as cellulose-based fibers/fibrils and less polar matrices such as PCL.

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2012. Vol. 4, no 12, 6796-6807 p.
Keyword [en]
biocomposite, block copolymer, cationic micelle, cellulose, compatibilizer, poly(ε-caprolactone)
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-116785DOI: 10.1021/am301981rISI: 000313149800054ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84871658132OAI: diva2:600935

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1. Surface Modification of Cellulose by Covalent Grafting and Physical Adsorption for Biocomposite Applications
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Surface Modification of Cellulose by Covalent Grafting and Physical Adsorption for Biocomposite Applications
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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There is an increasing interest to replace fossil-based materials with renewable alternatives. Cellulose fibers/nanofibrils (CNF) are sustainable options since they are biobased and biodegradable. In addition, they combine low weight with high strength; making them suitable to, for example, reinforce composites. However, to be able to use them as such, modifications are often necessary. This study therefore aimed at modifying cellulose fibers, model surfaces of cellulose and CNF. Cellulose fibers and CNF were thereafter incorporated into composite materials and evaluated.

Surface-initiated ring-opening polymerization (SI-ROP) was performed to graft ε-caprolactone (ε-CL) from cellulose fibers. From these fibers, paper-sheet biocomposites were produced that could form laminate structures without the need for any addition of matrix polymer.

By combining ROP and atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), diblock copolymers of poly(2-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) and PCL were prepared. Quaternized (cationic) PDMAEMA, allowed physical adsorption of block copolymers onto anionic surfaces, and, thereby, alteration of surface energy and adhesion to a potential matrix. Furthermore, the architecture of block copolymers of PCL and PDMAEMA was varied to investigate effects on morphology/crystallinity and adsorption behavior. In addition, poly(butadiene) was also evaluated as the hydrophobic block in the form of cationic and anionic triblock copolymers.

Polystyrene (PS) was covalently grafted from CNF and used as reinforcement in PS-based composites. In an attempt to determine stress transfer from matrix to CNF, a method based on Raman spectroscopy was utilized.

Covalent grafting and physical adsorption of PCL from/onto CNF were compared by incorporating modified CNF in PCL matrices. Both approaches resulted in improved mechanical properties compared to unmodified CNF, but even at low amounts of modified CNF, covalent grafting gave tougher materials and indicated higher interfacial adhesion.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2014. 89 p.
TRITA-CHE-Report, ISSN 1654-1081 ; 2014:49
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Polymer Technologies Paper, Pulp and Fiber Technology
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-155920 (URN)978-91-7595-322-9 (ISBN)
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2014-12-05, Kollegiesalen, Brinellvägen 8, KTH, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)

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