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  • 1. Adamus, Grazyna
    et al.
    Hakkarainen, Minna
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Höglund, Anders
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Kowalczuk, Marek
    Albertsson, Ann-Christine
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    MALDI-TOF MS Reveals the Molecular Level Structures of Different Hydrophilic-Hydrophobic Polyether-esters2009Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 10, nr 6, s. 1540-1546Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Multi- and triblock copolymers based on 1,5-dioxepan-2-one/epsilon-caprolactone (DXO/CL) were investigated by MALDI-TOF MS to determine the influence of copolymer composition and architecture on the molecular structures at the individual chain level. The copolymer compositions, average block lengths, and molecular weights were determined by H-1 and C-13 NMR and by SEC, respectively. The structures of polyether-ester oligomers (linear, cyclic) as well as the chemical structures of their end groups were established on the basis of their MALDI-TOF mass spectra. The mass spectrum of PDXO homopolymer was relatively simple, however, complex mass spectra were obtained in the case of multi- and triblock copolymers and the mass spectra clearly discerned the molecular level effect of copolymer composition and copolymer type.

  • 2.
    Albertsson, Ann-Christine
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Celebrating 20 years of Biomacromolecules!2019Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 20, nr 2, s. 767-768Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
  • 3.
    Albertsson, Ann-Christine
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Polymerteknologi.
    Frontiers in Biomacromolecules: Functional Materials from Nature2012Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 13, nr 12, s. 3901-3901Artikkel i tidsskrift (Annet vitenskapelig)
  • 4.
    Albertsson, Ann-Christine
    et al.
    KTH, Tidigare Institutioner                               , Polymerteknologi.
    Varma, I. K.
    Recent developments in ring opening polymerization of lactones for biomedical applications2003Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 4, nr 6, s. 1466-1486Artikkel, forskningsoversikt (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Aliphatic polyesters prepared by ring-opening polymerization of lactones are now used worldwide as bioresorbabale devices in surgery (orthopaedic devices, sutures, stents, tissue engineering, and adhesion barriers) and in pharmacology (control drug delivery). This review presents the various methods of the synthesis of polyesters and tailoring the properties by proper control of molecular weight, composition, and architecture so as to meet the stringent requirements of devices in the medical field. The effect of structure on properties and degradation has been discussed. The applications of these polymers in the biomedical field are described in detail.

  • 5.
    Albertsson, Ann-Christine
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik.
    Voepel, Jens
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik.
    Edlund, Ulrica
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik.
    Dahlman, Olof
    Soderqvist-Lindblad, Margaretha
    Design of Renewable Hydrogel Release Systems from Fiberboard Mill Wastewater2010Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 11, nr 5, s. 1406-1411Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    A new route for the design of renewable hydrogels is presented. The soluble waste from masonite production was isolated, fractionized, and upgraded. The resulting hemicellulose rich fraction was alkenyl-functionalized and used in the preparation of covalently cross-linked hydrogels capable of sustained release of incorporated agents. Said hydrogels showed a Fickian diffusion-based release of incorporated bovine serum albumin. Also, a method for the coating of seeds with hydrogel was developed. The sustained release of incorporated growth retardant agents from the hydrogel coating on rape seeds was shown to enable the temporary inhibition of germination.

  • 6.
    An, Junxue
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Kemi, Yt- och korrosionsvetenskap.
    Dédinaité, Andra
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Kemi, Yt- och korrosionsvetenskap.
    Nilsson, Anki
    Holgersson, Jan
    Claesson, Per M.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Kemi, Yt- och korrosionsvetenskap.
    Comparison of a Brush-with-Anchor and a Train-of-Brushes Mucin on Poly(methyl methacrylate) Surfaces: Adsorption, Surface Forces, and Friction2014Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 15, nr 4, s. 1515-1525Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Interfacial properties of two types of mucins have been investigated at the aqueous solution/poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) interface. One is commercially available bovine submaxillary mucin, BSM, which consists of alternating glycosylated and nonglycosylated regions. The other one is a recombinant mucin-type fusion protein, PSGL-1/mIgG(2b), consisting of a glycosylated mucin part fused to the Fc part of an immunoglobulin. PSGL-1/mIgG(2b) is mainly expressed as a (timer upon production. A quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation was used to study the adsorption of the mucins to PMMA surfaces. The mass of the adsorbed mucin layers, including the adsorbed mucin and water trapped in the layer, was found to be significantly higher for PSGL-1/mIgG(2b) than for BSM. Atomic force microscopy with colloidal probe was employed to study interactions and frictional forces between mucin-coated PMMA surfaces. Purely repulsive forces of steric origin were Observed between PSGL-1/mIgG(2b) mucin layers, whereas a small adhesion was detected between BSM layers and attributed to bridging. Both mucin layers reduced the friction force between PMMA surfaces in aqueous solution. The reduction was, however, significantly more pronounced for PSGL-1/mIgG(2b). The effective friction coefficient between PSGL-1/mIgG(2b)-coated PMMA surfaces is as low as 0.02 at low loads, increasing to 0.24 at the highest load explored, 50 nN. In contrast, a friction coefficient of around 0.7 was obtained between BSM-coated PMMA surfaces. The large differences in interfacial properties for the two mucins are discussed in relation to their structural differences.

  • 7. Andersson, M.
    et al.
    Wittgren, B.
    Schagerlof, H.
    Momcilovic, Dane
    Wahlund, K. G.
    Size and structure characterization of ethylhydroxyethyl cellulose by the combination of field-flow fractionation with other techniques. Investigation of ultralarge components2004Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 5, nr 1, s. 97-105Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Ethylhydroxyethyl cellulose (EHEC) of three different viscosity classes (EHEC I, II, and III) was analyzed by programmed cross-flow asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation coupled to multiangle light scattering and refractive index detectors to determine their size and molar mass distribution. Two size populations were detected in the two lower viscosity classes, EHEC I and II, one high molar mass and one ultrahigh molar mass (UHM). The two covered molar masses from 10(4) up to 10(9) g.mol(-1). The highest viscosity class EHEC III was less size-dispersed covering molar masses from 5x10(5) to 5x10(7) g.mol(-1). Filtering of the EHEC II solution removed small amounts of compact UHM material. Enzyme treatments were performed on EHEC II to further characterize it. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry and anion ion-exchange chromatography coupled to pulsed amperometric detection showed that the UHM component contained EHEC.

  • 8.
    Andronova, Natalia
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik.
    Albertsson, Ann-Christine
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik.
    Resilient bioresorbable copolymers based on trimethylene carbonate, L-lactide, and 1,5-dioxepan-2-one2006Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 7, nr 5, s. 1489-1495Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The new combinations of monomers presented in this work were evaluated in order to create an elastic material for potential application in soft tissue engineering. Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) of trimethylene carbonate (TMC) with L-lactide (LLA) and 1,5-dioxepan-2-one (DXO) have been synthesized using a cyclic five-membered tin alkoxide initiator. The block copolymers were designed in such a way that poly(trimethylene carbonate-co1,5-dioxepan-2-one) formed an amorphous middle block and the poly(L-lactide) (PLLA) formed semicrystalline terminal blocks. The amorphous middle block consisted of relatively randomly distributed TMC and DXO monomer units, and the defined block structure of the PLLA terminal segments was confirmed by C-13 NMR. The properties of the TMC-DXO-LLA copolymers were compared with those of triblock copolymers based either on LLA-TMC or on LLA-DXO. Differential scanning calorimetry and dynamic mechanical analysis data confirmed the micro-phase separation in the copolymers. The mechanical properties of the copolymers were evaluated using tensile testing and cycling loading. All of the copolymers synthesized showed a highly elastic behavior. The properties of copolymers could be tailored by altering the proportions of the different monomers.

  • 9.
    Ansari, Farhan
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi. KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Centra, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Berglund, Lars A.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi. KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Centra, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Toward Semistructural Cellulose Nanocomposites: The Need for Scalable Processing and Interface Tailoring2018Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 19, nr 7, s. 2341-2350Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Cellulose nanocomposites can be considered for semistructural load-bearing applications where modulus and strength requirements exceed 10 GPa and 100 MPa, respectively. Such properties are higher than for most neat polymers but typical for molded short glass fiber composites. The research challenge for polymer matrix biocomposites is to develop processing concepts that allow high cellulose nanofibril (CNF) content, nanostructural control in the form of well-dispersed CNF, the use of suitable polymer matrices, as well as molecular scale interface tailoring to address moisture effects. From a practical point of view, the processing concept needs to be scalable so that large-scale industrial processing is feasible. The vast majority of cellulose nanocomposite studies elaborate on materials with low nanocellulose content. An important reason is the challenge to prevent CNF agglomeration at high CNF content. Research activities are therefore needed on concepts with the potential for rapid processing with controlled nanostructure, including well-dispersed fibrils at high CNF content so that favorable properties are obtained. This perspective discusses processing strategies, agglomeration problems, opportunities, and effects from interface tailoring. Specifically, preformed CNF mats can be used to design nanostructured biocomposites with high CNF content. Because very few composite materials combine functional and structural properties, CNF materials are an exception in this sense. The suggested processing concept could include functional components (inorganic clays, carbon nanotubes, magnetic nanoparticles, among others). In functional three-phase systems, CNF networks are combined with functional components (nanoparticles or fibril coatings) together with a ductile polymer matrix. Such materials can have functional properties (optical, magnetic, electric, etc.) in combination with mechanical performance, and the comparably low cost of nanocellulose may facilitate the use of large nanocomposite structures in industrial applications.

  • 10.
    Ansari, Farhan
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Biokompositer. KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Centra, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Salajkova, Michaela
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Biokompositer. KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Träkemi och massateknologi.
    Zhou, Qi
    KTH, Skolan för bioteknologi (BIO), Glykovetenskap. KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Centra, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Lars, Berglund
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Biokompositer. KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Centra, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Strong surface treatment effects on reinforcement efficiency in biocomposites based on cellulose nanocrystals in poly(vinyl acetate) matrix2015Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 16, nr 12, s. 3916-3924Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    In this work, the problem to disperse cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) in hydrophobic polymer matrices has been addressed through application of an environmentally friendly chemical modification approach inspired by clay chemistry. The objective is to compare the effects of unmodified CNC and modified CNC (modCNC) reinforcement, where degree of CNC dispersion is of interest. Hydrophobic functionalization made it possible to disperse wood-based modCNC in organic solvent and cast well-dispersed nanocomposite films of poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) with 1-20 wt % CNC. Composite films were studied by infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), UV-vis spectroscopy, dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA), tensile testing, and field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). Strongly increased mechanical properties were observed for modCNC nanocomposites. The reinforcement efficiency was much lower in unmodified CNC composites, and specific mechanisms causing the differences are discussed.

  • 11.
    Areskogh, Dimitri
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Träkemi och massateknologi.
    Li, Jiebing
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Träkemi och massateknologi.
    Gellerstedt, Göran
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Träkemi och massateknologi.
    Henriksson, Gunnar
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Träkemi och massateknologi.
    Investigation of the Molecular Weight Increase of Commercial Lignosulfonates by Laccase Catalysis2010Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 11, nr 4, s. 904-910Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Lignosulfonates are by-products from the sulfite pulping process. During this process, lignin is liberated from pulp fibers through sulfonation and washed away. As a consequence, the lignosulfonate molecules contain both hydrophobic and hydrophilic moieties. Lignosulfonates are low-value products with limited performance and are used as such as binders, surfactants, and plasticizers in concrete. Lignosulfonates face strong competition from synthetic petroleum-based plasticizers with superior quality. Therefore, increasing the performance of lignosulfonates is desirable not only from a sustainability point of view but also to expand their usage. One important aspect that describes how well lignosulfonates can act as plasticizers is the molecular weight. In this paper, the molecular weight of four commercial lignosulfonates is increased through oxidation by two laccases without utilization of mediators. Different parameters to obtain maximal molecular weight increase were identified and the technical significance of the experiments is discussed.

  • 12.
    Arias, Veluska
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Polymerteknologi.
    Höglund, Anders
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Polymerteknologi.
    Odelius, Karin
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Polymerteknologi.
    Albertsson, Ann-Christine
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Polymerteknologi.
    Tuning the Degradation Profiles of Poly(L-lactide)-Based Materials through Miscibility2014Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 15, nr 1, s. 391-402Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The effective use of biodegradable polymers relies on the ability to control the onset of and time needed for degradation. Preferably, the material properties should be retained throughout the intended time frame, and the material should degrade in a rapid and controlled manner afterward. The degradation profiles of polyester materials were controlled through their miscibility. Systems composed of PLLA blended with poly[(R,S)-3-hydroxybutyrate] (a-PHB) and polypropylene adipate (PPA) with various molar masses were prepared through extrusion. Three different systems were used: miscible (PLLA/a-PHB5 and PLLA/a-PHB20), partially miscible (PLLA/PPA5/comp and PLLA/PPA20/comp), and immiscible (PLLA/PPA5 and PLLA/PPA20) blends. These blends and their respective homopolymers were hydrolytically degraded in water at 37 degrees C for up to I year. The blends exhibited entirely different degradation profiles but showed no diversity between the total degradation times of the materials. PLLA presented a two-stage degradation profile with a rapid decrease in molar mass during the early stages of degradation, similar to the profile of PLLA/a-PHB5. PLLA/a-PHB20 presented a single, constant linear degradation profile. PLLA/PPA5 and PLLA/PPA20 showed completely opposing degradation profiles relative to PLLA, exhibiting a slow initial phase and a rapid decrease after a prolonged degradation time. PLLA/PPA5/comp and PLLA/PPA20/comp had degradation profiles between those of the miscible and the immiscible blends. The molar masses of the materials were approximately the same after 1 year of degradation despite their different profiles. The blend composition and topographical images captured at the last degradation time point demonstrate that the blending component was not leached out during the period of study. The hydrolytic stability of degradable polyester materials can be tailored to obtain different and predetermined degradation profiles for future applications.

  • 13.
    Aulin, Christian
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Fiberteknologi.
    Johansson, Erik
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Fiberteknologi.
    Wågberg, Lars
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Fiberteknologi.
    Lindström, Tom
    Self-Organized Films from Cellulose I Nanofibrils Using the Layer-by-Layer Technique2010Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 11, nr 4, s. 872-882Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The possibility of forming self-organized films using only charge-stabilized dispersions of cellulose I nanofibrils with opposite charges is presented, that is, the multilayers were composed solely of anionically and cationically modified microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) with a low degree of substitution. The build-up behavior and the properties of the layer-by-layer (LbL)-constructed films were studied using a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) and stagnation point adsorption reflectometry (SPAR). The adsorption behavior of cationic/anionic MFC was compared with that of polyethyleneimine (PEI)/anionic MFC. The water contents of five bilayers of cationic/anionic MFC and PEI/anionic MFC were approximately 70 and 50%, respectively. The MFC surface coverage was studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements, which clearly showed a more dense fibrillar structure in the five bilayer PEI/anionic MFC than in the five bilayer cationic/anionic MFC. The forces between the cellulose-based multilayers were examined using the AFM colloidal probe technique. The forces on approach were characterized by a combination of electrostatic and steric repulsion. The wet adhesive forces were very long-range and were characterized by multiple adhesive events. Surfaces covered by PEU/anionic MFC multilayers required more energy to be separated than surfaces covered by cationic/anionic MFC multilayers.

  • 14.
    Azizi Samir, M. A. S.
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för teknikvetenskap (SCI), Farkost och flyg, Lättkonstruktioner. Université Joseph Fourier, France.
    Alloin, F.
    Dufresne, A.
    Review of recent research into cellulosic whiskers, their properties and their application in nanocomposite field2005Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 6, nr 2, s. 612-626Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    There are numerous examples where animals or plants synthesize extracellular high-performance skeletal biocomposites consisting of a matrix reinforced by fibrous biopolymers. Cellulose, the world's most abundant natural, renewable, biodegradable polymer, is a classical example of these reinforcing elements, which occur as whiskerlike microfibrils that are biosynthesized and deposited in a continuous fashion. In many cases, this mode of biogenesis leads to crystalline microfibrils that are almost defect-free, with the consequence of axial physical properties approaching those of perfect crystals. This quite "primitive" polymer can be used to create high performance nanocomposites presenting outstanding properties. This reinforcing capability results from the intrinsic chemical nature of cellulose and from its hierarchical structure. Aqueous suspensions of cellulose crystallites can be prepared by acid hydrolysis of cellulose. The object of this treatment is to dissolve away regions of low lateral order so that the water-insoluble, highly crystalline residue may be converted into a stable suspension by subsequent vigorous mechanical shearing action. During the past decade, many works have been devoted to mimic biocomposites by blending cellulose whiskers from different sources with polymer matrixes.

  • 15. Bamba, Yu
    et al.
    Ogawa, Yu
    Saito, Tsuguyuki
    Berglund, Lars A.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi. KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Centra, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Isogai, Akira
    Estimating the Strength of Single Chitin Nanofibrils via Sonication-Induced Fragmentation2017Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 18, nr 12, s. 4405-4410Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    We report the mechanical strength of native chitin nanofibrils. Highly crystalline alpha-chitiri nanofibrils Were purified from filaments produced by a microalgae Phaeocystis globosa, and two types of beta-chitin nariofibrils were purified from pens of a squid Loligo bleekeri and tubes of a tubeworm Lamellibrachia satsuma, with relatively low and high crystallinity, respectively. These chitin nanofibrils were fully dispersed in water. The strength of individualized nanofibrils was estimated using cavitation induced tensile fracture of nanoscale filaments in a liquid medium. Both types of beta-chitin nanofibrils exhibited similar strength values of approximately 3 GP; in contrast, the alpha-chitin nanofibrils exhibited a much lower strength value of 1.6 GPa. These strength estimates suggest that the tensile strength of chitin nanofibrils is governed by the molecular packing modes of chitin rather than their crystallinity.

  • 16.
    Benselfelt, Tobias
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Fiberteknologi. KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Centra, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Cranston, Emily D.
    Department of Chemical Engineering, McMaster University.
    Ondaral, Sedat
    Department of Pulp and Paper Technology, Karadeniz Technical University.
    Johansson, Erik
    Cellutech AB.
    Brumer, Harry
    The Michael Smith Laboratories and the Department of Chemistry, The University of British Columbia.
    Rutland, Mark W.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Kemi, Yt- och korrosionsvetenskap.
    Wågberg, Lars
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Fiberteknologi. KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Centra, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Adsorption of Xyloglucan onto Cellulose Surfaces of Different Morphologies: An Entropy-Driven Process2016Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 17, nr 9, s. 2801-2811Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The temperature-dependence of xyloglucan (XG) adsorption onto smooth cellulose model films regenerated from N-methylmorpholine N-oxide (NMMO) was investigated using surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy, and it was found that the adsorbed amount increased with increasing temperature. This implies that the adsorption of XG to NMMO-regenerated cellulose is endothermic and supports the hypothesis that the adsorption of XG onto cellulose is an entropy-driven process. We suggest that XG adsorption is mainly driven by the release of water molecules from the highly hydrated cellulose surfaces and from the XG molecules, rather than through hydrogen bonding and van der Waals forces as previously suggested. To test this hypothesis, the adsorption of XG onto cellulose was studied using cellulose films with different morphologies prepared from cellulose nanocrystals (CNC), semicrystalline NMMO-regenerated cellulose, and amorphous cellulose regenerated from lithium chloride/dimethylacetamide. The total amount of high molecular weight xyloglucan (XGHMW) adsorbed was studied by quartz crystal microbalance and reflectometry measurements, and it was found that the adsorption was greatest on the amorphous cellulose followed by the CNC and NMMO-regenerated cellulose films. There was a significant correlation between the cellulose dry film thickness and the adsorbed XG amount, indicating that XG penetrated into the films. There was also a correlation between the swelling of the films and the adsorbed amounts and conformation of XG, which further strengthened the conclusion that the water content and the subsequent release of the water upon adsorption are important components of the adsorption process.

  • 17.
    Benselfelt, Tobias
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Fiberteknologi.
    Wågberg, Lars
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Fiberteknologi.
    Unidirectional Swelling of Dynamic Cellulose Nanofibril Networks: A Platform for Tunable Hydrogels and Aerogels with 3D Shapeability2019Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 20, nr 6, s. 2406-2412Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    A process has been developed to create self-supporting hydrogels with low solids content (down to 0.5 wt %) and anisotropic aerogels with a low density (down to 5 kg/m(3)) from cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs). The CNF networks were formed by vacuum filtration of dilute dispersions (0.2 wt %) of 90% CNFs and 10% alginate. We call this process "the dynamic CNF network approach" since the solids content of these hydrogels can be tuned in the range of 0.5-3 wt % by reswelling the filter cakes in a medium with a controlled osmotic pressure. These hydrogels are significantly stronger than the 1-2 wt % CNF gels typically used to prepare hydrogels and aerogels because the dynamic CNF networks are formed below their arrested state threshold (ca. 0.5 wt %) and are thus homogeneous. The vacuum filtration leads to a directional reswelling vertical to the plane of the filter cake, and this is crucial in order to turn a two-dimensional (2D) shape, cut from the filter cake, into a 3D hydrogel without distorting the 2D shape. The anisotropic swelling was used to create intricate 3D-shaped hydrogels and solved some of the issues involved in the degassing and molding of high-viscosity CNF gels. Multivalent ions were used to lock the CNF and alginate networks at the desired solids content and 3D shape, and resulted in an increase by an order of magnitude in storage modulus. Moreover, the self-supporting nature of the hydrogels allowed us to freeze-cast them into anisotropic aerogels with the same 3D shape without using any container. The 5 kg/m(3) aerogel had a specific modulus of 43 kN m/kg and an anisotropy index of 12, which are impressive properties in relation to earlier experiences. The process can be used for applications where a precise control of density and shape is critical.

  • 18.
    Bjurhager, Ingela
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik.
    Halonen, Helena
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Centra, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Lindfors, E. -L
    Iversen, Tommy
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Centra, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Almkvist, G.
    Gamstedt, E. Kristofer
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik.
    Berglund, Lars A.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik. KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Centra, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    State of degradation in archeological oak from the 17th century vasa ship: Substantial strength loss correlates with reduction in (holo)cellulose molecular weight2012Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 13, nr 8, s. 2521-2527Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    In 1628, the Swedish warship Vasa capsized on her maiden voyage and sank in the Stockholm harbor. The ship was recovered in 1961 and, after polyethylene glycol (PEG) impregnation, it was displayed in the Vasa museum. Chemical investigations of the Vasa were undertaken in 2000, and extensive holocellulose degradation was reported at numerous locations in the hull. We have now studied the longitudinal tensile strength of Vasa oak as a function of distance from the surface. The PEG-content, wood density, and cellulose microfibril angle were determined. The molar mass distribution of holocellulose was determined as well as the acid and iron content. A good correlation was found between the tensile strength of the Vasa oak and the average molecular weight of the holocellulose, where the load-bearing cellulose microfibril is the critical constituent. The mean tensile strength is reduced by approximately 40%, and the most affected areas show a reduction of up to 80%. A methodology is developed where variations in density, cellulose microfibril angle, and PEG content are taken into account, so that cell wall effects can be evaluated in wood samples with different rate of impregnation and morphologies.

  • 19.
    Bjurhager, Ingela
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Biokompositer.
    Olsson, Anne-Mari
    Innventia.
    Zhang, Bo
    Department of Biomaterials, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces.
    Gerber, Lorenz
    Umeå Plant Science Center, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).
    Kumar, Manoj
    Umeå Plant Science Center, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).
    Berglund, Lars A.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Biokompositer.
    Burgert, Ingo
    Department of Biomaterials, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces.
    Sundberg, Björn
    Umeå Plant Science Center, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).
    Salmén, Lennart
    Innventia.
    Ultrastructure and Mechanical Properties of Populus Wood with Reduced Lignin Content Caused by Transgenic Down-Regulation of Cinnamate 4-Hydroxylase2010Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 11, nr 9, s. 2359-2365Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Several key enzymes in lignin biosynthesis of Populus have been down-regulated by transgenie approaches to investigate their role in wood lignification and to explore their potential for lignin modification. Cinnamate 4-hydroxylase is an enzyme in the early phenylpropanoid pathway that has not yet been functionally analyzed in Populus. This study shows that down-regulation of cinnamate 4-hydroxylase reduced Klason lignin content by 30% with no significant change in syringyl to guaiacyl ratio. The lignin reduction resulted in ultrastructural differences of the wood and a 10% decrease in wood density. Mechanical properties investigated by tensile tests and dynamic mechanical analysis showed a decrease in stiffness, which could be explained by the lower density. The study demonstrates that a large modification in lignin content only has minor influences on tensile properties of wood in its axial direction and highlights the usefulness of wood modified beyond its natural variation by transgene technology in exploring the impact of wood biopolymer composition and ultrastructure on its material properties.

  • 20.
    Blomfeldt, Thomas O. J.
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Kuktaite, Ramune
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Johansson, Eva
    Hedenqvist, Mikael S.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Mechanical Properties and Network Structure of Wheat Gluten Foams2011Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 12, nr 5, s. 1707-1715Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    This Article reports the influence of the protein network structure on the mechanical properties of foams produced from commercial wheat gluten using freeze-drying. Foams were produced from alkaline aqueous solutions at various gluten concentrations with or without glycerol, modified with bacterial cellulose nanosized fibers, or both. The results showed that 20 wt % glycerol was sufficient for plasticization, yielding foams with low modulus and high strain recovery. It was found that when fibers were mixed into the foams, a small but insignificant increase in elastic modulus was achieved, and the foam structure became more homogeneous. SEM indicated that the compatibility between the fibers and the matrix was good, with fibers acting as bridges in the cell walls. IR spectroscopy and SE-HPLC revealed a relatively low degree of aggregation, which was highest in the presence of glycerol. Confocal laser scanning microscopy revealed distinct differences in HMW-glutenin subunits and gliadin distributions for all of the different samples.

  • 21.
    Bodin, Aase
    et al.
    Chalmers Tekniska Högskola.
    Ahrenstedt, Lage
    KTH, Skolan för bioteknologi (BIO).
    Fink, Helen
    Vascular Engineering Centre, Sahlgrenska University Hospital.
    Brumer, Harry
    KTH, Skolan för bioteknologi (BIO).
    Risberg, Bo
    Vascular Engineering Centre, Sahlgrenska University Hospital.
    Gatenholm, Paul
    Chalmers Tekniska Högskola.
    Modification of nanocellulose with a xyloglucan-RGD conjugate enhances adhesion and proliferation of endothelial cells: Implications for tissue engineering2007Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 8, nr 12, s. 3697-3704Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper describes a novel method for introducing the RGD cell adhesion peptide to enhance cell adhesion onto bacterial cellulose (BC). BC and cotton linters as reference were modified with xyloglucan (XG) and xyloglugan bearing a GRGDS pentapeptide. The adsorptions followed Langmuir adsorption behavior, where both XGs probably decorate the cellulose surfaces as a monolayer. The adsorption maximum of the XGs reached around 180 mg/g on BC and only about three times as much on cotton linters. The adsorption was verified with colorimetric methods. The specific surface area of BC measured with XG and XG-GRGDS was about 200 m(2)/g and was almost three times less for cotton linters, 60 m2/g. The difference in the amounts of XGs adsorbed might be explained by the swollen network of bacterial cellulose and a more exposed and accessible bulk as compared to cotton linters. The nanocellulose material was modified homogeneously throughout the material, as seen by the z-scan in confocal microscopy. Moreover, the modification in the water phase, in comparison with organic solvents, was clearly advantageous for preserving the morphology, as observed with SEM. The modification slightly increased the wettability, which might explain the decrease in or undetectable adsorption of adhesive protein shown by QCM-D. Initial cell studies showed that adhesion of human endothelial cells is enhanced when the BC hydrogel is modified with XG-GRGDS. QCM-D studies further revealed that the cell enhancement is due to the presence of the RGD epitope on XG and not to a nonspecific adsorption of fibronectin from cell culture medium. Optimization and proliferation studies of human endothelial cells onto bacterial cellulose modified with XG-GRGDS are currently being carried out at the Vascular Engineering Center, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg.

  • 22. Bosmans, Toon J.
    et al.
    Stepan, Agnes M.
    Toriz, Guillermo
    Renneckar, Scott
    Karabulut, Erdem
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Fiberteknologi.
    Wågberg, Lars
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Fiberteknologi. KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Centra, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Gatenholm, Paul
    Assembly of Debranched Xylan from Solution and on Nanocellulosic Surfaces2014Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 15, nr 3, s. 924-930Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    This study focused on the assembly characteristics of debranched xylan onto cellulose surfaces. A rye arabinoxylan polymer with an initial arabinose/xylose ratio of 0.53 was debranched with an oxalic acid treatment as a function of time. The resulting samples contained reduced arabinose/xylose ratios significantly affecting the molecular architecture and solution behavior of the biopolymer. With this treatment, an almost linear xylan with arabinose DS of only 0.04 was obtained. The removal of arabinose units resulted in the self-assembly of the debranched polymer in water into stable nanoparticle aggregates with a size around 300 nm with a gradual increase in crystallinity of the isolated xylan. Using quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring, the adsorption of xylan onto model cellulose surfaces was quantified. Compared to the nonmodified xylan, the adsorption of debranched xylan increased from 0.6 to 5.5 mg m(-2). Additionally, adsorption kinetics suggest that the nanoparticles rapidly adsorbed to the cellulose surfaces compared to the arabinoxylan. In summary, a control of the molecular structure of xylan influences its ability to form a new class of polysaccharide nanoparticles in aqueous suspensions and its interaction with nanocellulose surfaces.

  • 23.
    Boujemaoui, Assya
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Ansari, Farhan
    Stanford Univ, Dept Mat Sci & Engn, Stanford, CA 94305 USA..
    Berglund, Lars
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Biokompositer. KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Centra, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Nanostructural Effects in High Cellulose Content Thermoplastic Nanocomposites with a Covalently Grafted Cellulose-Poly(methyl methacrylate) Interface2019Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 20, nr 2, s. 598-607Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    A critical aspect in materials design of polymer nanocomposites is the nature of the nanoparticle/polymer interface. The present study investigates the effect of manipulation of the interface between cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) on the optical, thermal, and mechanical properties of the corresponding nanocomposites. The CNF/PMMA interface is altered with a minimum of changes in material composition so that interface effects can be analyzed. The hydroxyl-rich surface of CNF fibrils is exploited to modify the CNF surface via an epoxide-hydroxyl reaction. CNF/PMMA nanocomposites are then prepared with high CNF content (similar to 38 wt %) using an approach where a porous CNF mat is impregnated with monomer or polymer. The nanocomposite interface is controlled by either providing PMMA grafts from the modified CNF surface or by solvent-assisted diffusion of PMMA into a CNF network (native and modified). The high content of CNF fibrils of similar to 6 nm diameter leads to a strong interface and polymer matrix distribution effects. Moisture uptake and mechanical properties are measured at different relative humidity conditions. The nanocomposites with PMMA molecules grafted to cellulose exhibited much higher optical transparency, thermal stability, and hygro-mechanical properties than the control samples. The present modification and preparation strategies are versatile and may be used for cellulose nanocomposites of other compositions, architectures, properties, and functionalities.

  • 24. Brismar, Torkel B.
    et al.
    Grishenkov, Dmitry
    KTH, Skolan för teknik och hälsa (STH), Medicinsk teknik, Medicinsk avbildning.
    Gustafsson, Björn
    Härmark, Johan
    KTH, Skolan för teknik och hälsa (STH), Naturvetenskap och biomedicin, Strukturell bioteknik.
    Barrefelt, Åsa
    Kothapalli, Satya V. V. N.
    KTH, Skolan för teknik och hälsa (STH), Medicinsk teknik, Neuronik.
    Margheritelli, Silvia
    Oddo, Letizia
    Caidahl, Kenneth
    Hebert, Hans
    KTH, Skolan för teknik och hälsa (STH), Naturvetenskap och biomedicin, Strukturell bioteknik.
    Paradossi, Gaio
    Magnetite Nanoparticles Can Be Coupled to Microbubbles to Support Multimodal Imaging2012Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 13, nr 5, s. 1390-1399Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Microbubbles (MBs) are commonly used as injectable ultrasound contrast agent (UCA) in modern ultrasonography. Polymer-shelled UCAs present additional potentialities with respect to marketed lipid-shelled UCAs. They are more robust; that is, they have longer shelf and circulation life, and surface modifications are quite easily accomplished to obtain enhanced targeting and local drug delivery. The next generation of UCAs will be required to support not only ultrasound-based imaging methods but also other complementary diagnostic approaches such as magnetic resonance imaging or computer tomography. This work addresses the features of MBs that could function as contrast agents for both ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging. The results indicate that the introduction of iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) in the poly(vinyl alcohol) shell or on the external surface of the MBs does not greatly decrease the echogenicity of the host MBs compared with the unmodified one. The presence of SPIONs provides enough magnetic susceptibility to the MBs to accomplish good detectability both in vitro and in vivo. The distribution of SPIONs on the shell and their aggregation state seem to be key factors for the optimization of the transverse relaxation rate.

  • 25.
    Brännström, Sara
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Johansson, Mats
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Malmström, Eva
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Enzymatically Synthesized Vinyl Ether-Disulfide Monomer Enabling an Orthogonal Combination of Free Radical and Cationic Chemistry toward Sustainable Functional Networks2019Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 20, nr 3, s. 1308-1316Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    This work demonstrates a versatile and environmentally friendly route for the development of new orthogonal monomers that can be used for postfunctionalizable polymer networks. A monomer containing both vinyl ether (VE) and cyclic disulfide moieties was synthesized via enzyme catalysis under benign reaction conditions. The bifunctional monomer could be polymerized to form macromolecues with differing architectures by the use of either cationic or radical photo polymerization. When cationic polymerization was performed, a linear polymer was obtained with pendant disulfide units in the side chain, whereas in the presence of radical initiator, the VE reacted with the disulfide to yield a branched structure. The monomer was thereafter used to design networks that could be postfunctionalized; the monomer was cross-linked with cationic initiation together with a difunctional VE oligomer and after cross-linking the unreacted disulfides were coupled to Rhodamine-VE by radical UV-initiation

  • 26.
    Brännström, Sara
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Ytbehandlingsteknik.
    Johansson, Mats
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Ytbehandlingsteknik.
    Malmström, Eva
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Ytbehandlingsteknik.
    Enzymatically Synthesized Vinyl Ether-Disulfide Monomer Enablingan Orthogonal Combination of Free Radical and Cationic Chemistrytoward Sustainable Functional Networks2019Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 20, nr 3, s. 1308-1316, artikkel-id 10.1021/acs.biomac.8b01710Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    This work demonstrates a versatile and environmentally friendly route for the development of new orthogonal monomers that can be used for postfunctionalizable polymer networks. A monomer containing both vinyl ether (VE) and cyclic disulfide moieties was synthesized via enzyme catalysis under benign reaction conditions. The bifunctional monomer could be polymerized to form macromolecues with differing architectures by the use of either cationic or radical photo polymerization. When cationic polymerization was performed, a linear polymer was obtained with pendant disulfide units in the side chain, whereas in the presence of radical initiator, the VE reacted with the disulfide to yield a branched structure. The monomer was thereafter used to design networks that could be postfunctionalized; the monomer was cross-linked with cationic initiation together with a difunctional VE oligomer and after cross-linking the unreacted disulfides were coupled to RhodamineVE by radical UV-initiation.

  • 27.
    Carlmark, Anna
    et al.
    KTH, Tidigare Institutioner                               , Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Malmström, Eva
    KTH, Tidigare Institutioner                               , Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    ATRP grafting from cellulose fibers to create block-copolymer grafts2003Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 4, nr 6, s. 1740-1745Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Cellulose fibers, in the form of a conventional filter paper, have been modified by reacting the hydroxyl groups on the fiber surface with 2-bromoisobutyryl bromide, followed by grafting using ATRP conditions. The papers were first grafted with methyl acrylate (MA), rendering the paper very hydrophobic as reported in an earlier work. The papers were analyzed by gravimetry, FT-IR, ESCA, and AFM. To verify that the polymerization from the surface was living, a second layer of another, hydrophilic, polymer, 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), was grafted upon the PMA layer, creating a block-copolymer graft from the fibers. After the layer of PHEMA had been attached, contact angle measurements were no longer possible, because of the absorbing nature of PHEMA-grafted layer. This indicates that a copolymer had indeed been formed on the surface. FT-IR showed a large increase in carbonyl content after the PHEMA-grafting, which further proves that a layer of PHEMA was attached to the PMA layer. This goes to show that the hydrophilic/ hydrophobic behavior of a cellulose surface can be tailored by the use of living/controlled radical polymerization methods such as ATRP.

  • 28.
    Cervin, Nicholas Tchang
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi. KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Centra, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Johansson, E.
    Benjamins, J. -W
    Wågberg, Lars
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi. KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Centra, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Mechanisms behind the Stabilizing Action of Cellulose Nanofibrils in Wet-Stable Cellulose Foams2015Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 16, nr 3, s. 822-831Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The principal purpose of the investigation was to clarify the mechanisms behind the stabilizing action of cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs) in wet-stable cellulose foams. Following the basic theories for particle-stabilized foams, the investigation was focused on how the surface energy of the stabilizing CNF particles, their aspect ratio and charge density, and the concentration of CNF particles at the air-water interface affect the foam stability and the mechanical properties of a particle-stabilized air-liquid interface. The foam stability was evaluated from how the foam height changed over time, and the mechanical properties of the interface were evaluated as the complex viscoelastic modulus of the interface using the pendant drop method. The most important results and conclusions are that CNFs can be used as stabilizing particles for aqueous foams already at a concentration as low as 5 g/L. The major reasons for this were the small dimensions of the CNF and their high aspect ratio, which is important for gel-formation and the complex viscoelastic modulus of the particle-filled air-water interface. The influence of the aspect ratio was also demonstrated by a much higher foam stability of foams stabilized with CNFs than of foams stabilized by cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) with the same chemical composition. The charge density of the CNFs affects the level of liberation within larger aggregates and hence also the number of contact points at the interface and the gel formation and complex viscoelastic modulus of the air-water interface. The charges also result in a disjoining pressure related to the long-range repulsive electrostatic pressure between particle-stabilized bubbles and hence contribute to foam stability. (Figure Presented).

  • 29.
    Chen, Chao
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Pettersson, Torbjörn
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Illergård, Josefin
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Ek, Monica
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Wågberg, Lars
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Fiberteknologi. KTH, Tidigare Institutioner (före 2005), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Influence of Cellulose Charge on Bacteria Adhesion and Viability to PVAm/CNF/PVAm-Modified Cellulose Model Surfaces2019Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    A contact-active antibacterial approach based on the physical adsorption of a cationic polyelectrolyte onto the surface of a cellulose material is today regarded as an environment-friendly way of creating antibacterial surfaces and materials. In this approach, the electrostatic charge of the treated surfaces is considered to be an important factor for the level of bacteria adsorption and deactivation/killing of the bacteria. In order to clarify the influence of surface charge density of the cellulose on bacteria adsorption as well as on their viability, bacteria were adsorbed onto cellulose model surfaces, which were modified by physically adsorbed cationic polyelectrolytes to create surfaces with different positive charge densities. The surface charge was altered by the layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly of cationic polyvinylamine (PVAm)/anionic cellulose nanofibril/PVAm onto the initially differently charged cellulose model surfaces. After exposing the LbL-treated surfaces to Escherichia coli in aqueous media, a positive correlation was found between the adsorption of bacteria as well as the ratio of nonviable/viable bacteria and the surface charge of the LbL-modified cellulose. By careful colloidal probe atomic force microscopy measurements, it was estimated, due to the difference in surface charges, that interaction forces at least 50 nN between the treated surfaces and a bacterium could be achieved for the surfaces with the highest surface charge, and it is suggested that these considerable interaction forces are sufficient to disrupt the bacterial cell wall and hence kill the bacteria.

  • 30.
    Chen, Pan
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Centra, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Terenzi, Camilla
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Centra, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Furo, Istvan
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Centra, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Berglund, Lars
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Centra, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Wohlert, Jakob
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Centra, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Hydration-Dependent Dynamical Modes in Xyloglucan from Molecular Dynamics Simulation of C-13 NMR Relaxation Times and Their Distributions2018Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 19, nr 7, s. 2567-2579Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Macromolecular dynamics in biological systems, which play a crucial role for biomolecular function and activity at ambient temperature, depend strongly on moisture content. Yet, a generally accepted quantitative model of hydration-dependent phenomena based on local relaxation and diffusive dynamics of both polymer and its adsorbed water is still missing. In this work, atomistic-scale spatial distributions of motional modes are calculated using molecular dynamics simulations of hydrated xyloglucan (XG). These are shown to reproduce experimental hydration-dependent C-13 NMR longitudinal relaxation times (T-1) at room temperature, and relevant features of their broad distributions, which are indicative of locally heterogeneous polymer reorientational dynamics. At low hydration, the self-diffusion behavior of water shows that water molecules are confined to particular locations in the randomly aggregated XG network while the average polymer segmental mobility remains low. Upon increasing water content, the hydration network becomes mobile and fully accessible for individual water molecules, and the motion of hydrated XG segments becomes faster. Yet, the polymer network retains a heterogeneous gel-like structure even at the highest level of hydration. We show that the observed distribution of relaxations times arises from the spatial heterogeneity of chain mobility that in turn is a result of heterogeneous distribution of water-chain and chain chain interactions. Our findings contribute to the picture of hydration-dependent dynamics in other macromolecules such as proteins, DNA, and synthetic polymers, and hold important implications for the mechanical properties of polysaccharide matrixes in plants and plant-based materials.

  • 31.
    Cranston, Emily D.
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Fiberteknologi.
    Eita, Mohamed
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Fiberteknologi.
    Johansson, Erik
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Fiberteknologi.
    Netrval, Julia
    Salajkova, Michaela
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Fiberteknologi.
    Arwin, Hans
    Wågberg, Lars
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Fiberteknologi.
    Determination of Young's Modulus for Nanofibrillated Cellulose Multilayer Thin Films Using Buckling Mechanics2011Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 12, nr 4, s. 961-969Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The Young's modulus of multilayer films containing nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) and polyethyleneimine (PEI) was determined Using the strain-induced elastic buckling instability for mechanical measurements (SLEBIMM) technique.(1) Multilayer films were built up on polydimethylsiloxane substrates using electrostatic layer-by-layer assembly. At 50% relative humidity, SIEBIMM gave a constant Young's modulus of 1.5 +/- 0.2 GPa for 35-75 run thick films. Conversely, in vacuum, the Young's modulus was 10 times larger, at 17.2 +/- 1.2 GPa. A slight decrease in buckling wavelength with increasing strain was observed by scanning electron microscopy with in situ compression, and above 10% strain, extensive cracking parallel to the compressive direction occurred. We conclude that whereas PEI acts as a "glue" to hold multiple layers of NFC together, it prevents full development of hydrogen bonding and specific fibril-fibril interactions, and at high humidity, its hygroscopic nature decreases the elastic modulus when compared with pure NFC films.

  • 32. David, Geta
    et al.
    Simionescu, Bogdan C.
    Albertsson, Ann-Christine
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik.
    Rapid deswelling response of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)/poly(2-alkyl-2-oxazoline)/poly(2-hydroxyethy l methacrylate) hydrogels2008Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 9, nr 6, s. 1678-1683Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Ternary poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)/poly(2-alkyl-2-oxazoline)/poly(2-hydroxyethy l methacrylate) (PNIPAAm/PROZO/PHEMA) hydrogels were prepared by the free-radical copolymerization of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm), 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), and poly(2-alkyl-2-oxazoline) (PROZO) multifunctional macromonomers. The resulting polymeric materials were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), as well as by equilibrium swelling experiments. All synthesized hydrogels display temperature sensitivity in the 28-38 degrees C range. A high rate of response was registered as compared to that of materials based only on PNIPAAm. The swelling-deswelling peculiar behavior was related to the chemical composition (hydrophile/hydrophobe balance), the length of the inserted PROZO sequence, and inner morphology, an aspect which points on its possible control by synthesis. It was evidenced that the architecture of the resulting porous materials has a high order degree, emerging from the self-assembling of the microgel particles, which provided numerous, nearly uniform, large water release channels.

  • 33.
    Deming, Timothy J.
    et al.
    Univ Calif Los Angeles, Dept Bioengn, Los Angeles, CA 90095 USA.;Univ Calif Los Angeles, Dept Chem & Biochem, Los Angeles, CA 90095 USA..
    Klok, Harm-Anton
    Ecole Polytech Fed Lausanne, Inst Mat, Batiment MXD,Stn 12, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland.;Inst Sci & Ingn Chim, Lab Polymeres, Batiment MXD,Stn 12, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland..
    Armes, Steven P.
    Univ Sheffield, Dept Chem, Dainton Bldg,Brook Hill, Sheffield S3 7HF, S Yorkshire, England..
    Becker, Matthew L.
    Univ Akron, Dept Polymer Sci, Akron, OH 44325 USA..
    Champion, Julie A.
    Georgia Inst Technol, Sch Chem & Biomol Engn, Atlanta, GA 30332 USA..
    Chen, Eugene Y. -X.
    Colorado State Univ, Dept Chem, Ft Collins, CO 80523 USA..
    Heilshorn, Sarah C.
    Stanford Univ, Dept Mat Sci & Engn, Stanford, CA 94305 USA..
    van Hest, Jan C. M.
    Eindhoven Univ Technol, Dept Biomed Engn, POB 513, NL-5600 MB Eindhoven, Netherlands.;Eindhoven Univ Technol, Dept Chem Engn & Chem, POB 513, NL-5600 MB Eindhoven, Netherlands..
    Irvine, Darrell J.
    MIT, Dept Mat Sci & Engn, Koch Inst Integrat Canc Res, Dept Biol Engn, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA..
    Johnson, Jeremiah A.
    MIT, Dept Chem, Program Polymers & Soft Matter, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA.;MIT, Koch Inst Integrat Canc Res, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA..
    Kiessling, Laura L.
    MIT, Dept Chem, 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA..
    Maynard, Heather D.
    Univ Calif Los Angeles, Dept Bioengn, Los Angeles, CA 90095 USA.;Univ Calif Los Angeles, Dept Chem & Biochem, Los Angeles, CA 90095 USA.;Univ Calif Los Angeles, Calif NanoSyst Inst, 570 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095 USA..
    de la Cruz, Monica Olvera
    Northwestern Univ, Dept Mat Sci & Engn, Evanston, IL 60208 USA.;Northwestern Univ, Dept Chem, 2145 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL 60208 USA.;Northwestern Univ, Dept Chem & Biol Engn, Evanston, IL 60208 USA.;Northwestern Univ, Dept Phys & Astron, Evanston, IL 60208 USA..
    Sullivan, Millicent O.
    Univ Delaware, Dept Chem & Biomol Engn, Newark, DE 19716 USA..
    Tirrell, Matthew V.
    Univ Chicago, Inst Mol Engn, Chicago, IL 60637 USA..
    Anseth, Kristi S.
    Univ Colorado, Dept Chem & Biol Engn, Boulder, CO 80309 USA.;Univ Colorado, BioFrontiers Inst, Boulder, CO 80309 USA..
    Lecommandoux, Sebastien
    Univ Bordeaux, CNRS, Bordeaux INP, LCPO,UMR 5629, 16 Ave Pey Berland, F-33600 Pessac, France..
    Percec, Simona
    Temple Univ, Dept Chem, Philadelphia, PA 19122 USA..
    Zhong, Zhiyuan
    Soochow Univ, Coll Chem Chem Engn & Mat Sci, Biomed Polymers Lab, Suzhou 215123, Peoples R China.;Soochow Univ, Coll Chem Chem Engn & Mat Sci, Jiangsu Key Lab Adv Funct Polymer Design & Applic, Suzhou 215123, Peoples R China..
    Albertsson, Ann-Christine
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Polymers at the Interface with Biology2018Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 19, nr 8, s. 3151-3162Artikkel i tidsskrift (Annet vitenskapelig)
  • 34.
    Du, Xueyu
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Träkemi och massateknologi.
    Li, Jiebing
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Träkemi och massateknologi.
    Gellerstedt, Göran
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Träkemi och massateknologi.
    Rencoret, Jorge
    Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiologia de Sevilla.
    Del Rio, Jose C.
    Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiologia de Sevilla.
    Martinez, Angel
    Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas.
    Gutierrez, Ana
    Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiologia de Sevilla.
    Understanding Pulp Delignification by Laccase-Mediator Systems through Isolation and Characterization of Lignin-Carbohydrate Complexes2013Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 14, nr 9, s. 3073-3080Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The effects and mechanism of pulp delignificabon by laccases in the presence of redox mediators have been investigated on unbleached eucalyptus kraft pulp treated with laccases from Pycnoporus cinnabarinus (PcL) and Myceliophthora thermophila (MtL) and 1-hydroxybenzotriazole (HBT) and methyl syringate (MeS) as mediators, respectively. Determination of the corrected kappa number in eucalyptus pulps after the enzymatic treatments revealed that the PcL-HBT system exhibited a more remarkable delignification effect than the MtL-MeS system. To obtain further insight, lignin-carbohydrate complexes were fractionated and subsequently characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance, thioacidolysis (followed by gas chromatography and size exclusion chromatography), and pyrolysis-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (pyrolysis-GC-MS) analyses before and after the enzymatic treatments and their controls. We can conclude that the laccase mediator treatments altered the lignin structures in such a way that more lignin was recovered in the xylan-lignin fractions, as shown by Klason lignin estimation, with smaller amounts of both syringyl (5) and guaiacyl (G) uncondensed units, as shown by thioacidolysis and gas chromatography, especially after the PcL-HBT treatment. The laccase mediator treatment produced oxidation at C alpha and cleavage of C alpha and C beta bonds in pulp lignin, as shown by pyrolysis-GC-MS. The general mechanism of residual lignin degradation in the pulp by laccase-mediator treatments is discussed in light of the results obtained.

  • 35.
    Duval, Antoine
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi. Univ Roma Tor Vergata.
    Lange, Heiko
    Lawoko, Martin
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Crestini, Claudia
    Modification of Kraft Lignin to Expose Diazobenzene Groups: Toward pH- and Light-Responsive Biobased Polymers2015Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 16, nr 9, s. 2979-2989Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    A pH- and light-responsive polymer has been synthesized from softwood kraft lignin by a two-step strategy that aimed to incorporate diazobenzene groups. Initially, styrene oxide was reacted with the phenolic hydroxyl groups in lignin, to offer the attachment of benzene rings, thus creating unhindered reactive sites for further modifications. The use of advanced spectroscopic techniques H-1 and P-31 NMR, UV and FTIR) demonstrated that the reaction was quantitative and selective toward the phenolic hydroxyl groups. In a second step, the newly incorporated benzene rings were reacted with a diazonium cation to form the target diazobenzene motif, whose formation was again thoroughly verified. As anticipated, the diazobenzene-containing kraft lignin derivatives showed a pH-dependent color change in solution and light-responsive properties resulting from the cis-trans photoisomerization of the diazobenzene group.

  • 36.
    Edlund, Ulrica
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik.
    Danmark, Staffan
    Albertsson, Ann-Christine
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik.
    A strategy for the covalent functionalization of resorbable polymers with heparin and osteoinductive growth factor2008Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 9, nr 3, s. 901-905Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The chemical strategy presented herein is the nondestructive preparation of resorbable polymer scaffolds with heparin covalently bonded to the surface and an osteoinductive growth factor, recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2, immobilized in the heparin layer. The coupling scheme involves functionalization of surfaces by grafting in the vapor phase with poly(L-lactide) and poly (e-caprolactone) films chosen as representative substrates. The biocompatibility of functionalized surfaces was verified by a much improved attachment and proliferation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC).

  • 37.
    Edlund, Ulrica
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi. RISE Bioecon, Drottning Kristinas Vag 61, SE-11428 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Lagerberg, Tove
    Alander, Eva
    Admicellar Polymerization Coating of CNF Enhances Integration in Degradable Nanocomposites2019Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 20, nr 2, s. 684-692Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    A water-based one-pot synthesis strategy for converting cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) into a hydrophobic and processable biopolymer grade is devised. CNF was chemically modified through admicellar polymerization, producing fibrils coated with fatty acrylate polymers. The proposed modification targets a change in the interfibrillar interactions and improved CNF compatibility with a degradable plastic composite matrix, poly(butylene adipate-co-terephthalate), PBAT in composites prepared by melt extrusion. CNF had a clear reinforcing effect on PBAT, increasing Young's modulus by at least 35% and 169% at 5 and 20% (w/w) CNF content, respectively. However, unmodified CNF showed aggregation, poor adhesion in the matrix, and severely impaired the ductility of PBAT. CNF modified by admicellar polymerization was homogeneously dispersed in the PBT matrix and showed significantly better preservation of the elongation properties compared to unmodified CNF, especially at 5% (w/w) addition level.

  • 38.
    Edlund, Ulrica
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Polymerteknologi.
    Zhu Ryberg, Yingzhi
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Polymerteknologi.
    Albertsson, Ann-Christine
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Polymerteknologi.
    Barrier Films from Renewable Forestry Waste2010Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 11, nr 9, s. 2532-2538Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Biobased free-standing films and coatings with low oxygen permeability were designed from a wood hydrolysate according to a recovery and formulation procedure that provides added value to wood converting industrial processes. Wood components released to the wastewater in the hydrothermal treatment of spruce wood were recovered and converted to an oligo- and polysaccharide-rich, noncellulosic fraction that was utilized in film formulations in a range of concentrations and compositions. Free-standing smooth and transparent films as well as coatings on thin PET were prepared and characterized with respect to oxygen permeability, tensile properties, structure, and water vapor transmission. With oxygen permeabilities as low as below I cm(3) mu m m(-2) day(-1) kPa(-1) and with adequate mechanical properties, the films and coatings show promising property profiles for renewable packaging applications.

  • 39.
    Enarsson, Lars-Erik
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik.
    Wågberg, Lars
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik.
    Polyelectrolyte Adsorption on Thin Cellulose Films Studied with Reflectometry and Quartz Crystal Microgravimetry with Dissipation2009Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 10, nr 1, s. 134-141Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Thin cellulose films were prepared by dissolving carboxymethylated cellulose fibers in N-methyl morpholine oxide and forming thin films on silicon wafers by spin-coating. The adsorption of cationic polyacrylamides and polydiallyldimethylammonium chloride onto these films was studied by stagnation point adsorption reflectometry (SPAR) and by quartz crystal microgravimetry with dissipation (QCM-D). The polyelectrolyte adsorption was studied by SPAR as a function of salt concentration, and it was found that the adsorption maximum was located at 1 mM NaCl for polyelectrolytes of low charge density and at 10 mM NaCl for polyelectrolytes of high charge density. Electrostatic screening led to complete elimination of the polyelectrolyte adsorption at salt concentrations of 300 mM NaCl. According to the QCM-D analysis, the cellulose films showed a pronounced swelling in water that took several hours to complete. Subsequent adsorption of polyelectrolytes onto the cellulose films led to a release of water from the cellulose, an effect that was substantial for polyelectrolytes of high charge density at low salt concentrations. The total mass change including water could therefore show either an increase or a decrease during adsorption onto the cellulose films, depending on the experimental conditions.

  • 40.
    Enebro, Jonas
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik.
    Momcilovic, Dane
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik.
    Siika-Aho, Matti
    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo.
    Karlsson, Sigbritt
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik.
    A New Approach for Studying Correlations between the Chemical Structure and the Rheological Properties in Carboxymethyl Cellulose2007Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 8, nr 10, s. 3253-3257Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Two model sodium carboxymethyl celluloses (CMC) with similar monomer composition but with significant differences in the viscoelastic properties, that could not be assigned to variations in the average molar mass or molar mass distribution, were investigated with respect to the fraction of nonsubstituted cellulose segments in the polymers. The CMCs were hydrolyzed by a purified highly selective endoglucanase. The average molar mass and molar mass distribution of the enzyme products, as measured by size-exclusion chromatography with online multi-angle light scattering and refractive index detection (SEC/MALS/RI), revealed that the enzyme-catalyzed hydrolysis was more effective on one of the CMCs. To investigate whether this was due to a higher fraction of nonsubstituted cellulose segments in the polymer, the concentrations of nonsubstituted enzyme products, e.g., cellotetraose and cellopentaose, were measured by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOFMS). It was concluded that the two CMCs displayed significant differences in the fraction of nonsubstituted cellulose segments. Furthermore, the CMC with the strongest attractive intermolecular interactions, according to rheometry, also contained the highest fraction of nonsubstituted cellulose segments.

  • 41. Engström, A. C.
    et al.
    Ek, Monica
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Träkemi och massateknologi.
    Henriksson, Gunnar
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Träkemi och massateknologi.
    Improved accessibility and reactivity of dissolving pulp for the viscose process: Pretreatment with monocomponent endoglucanase2006Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 7, nr 6, s. 2027-2031Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    A high accessibility is an essential prerequisite for a homogeneous substitution of cellulose material. In this study, chemical and enzymatic pretreatments to increase the accessibility of cellulose materials have been investigated. Dissolving pulp has been treated with a monocomponent endoglucanase. Fock's method, a microscale process similar to the viscose process, showed an increase in cellulose yield. Simultaneously, the viscosity decreased. To clarify whether the increase in reactivity was due solely to the decrease in the degree of polymerization, the dissolving pulp was also subjected to acid hydrolysis. At a given viscosity level, the enzymatic pretreated pulp had a higher reactivity than the pulp subjected to acid hydrolysis. To achieve 100% reactivity, according to Fock, the acid-treated pulp showed a lower molecular weight compared to the enzymatic-treated pulp. A monocomponent endoglucanase can thus be used to increase the reactivity and accessibility of dissolving pulp in the viscose process.

  • 42.
    Erdal, Nejla B.
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymerteknologi.
    Hakkarainen, Minna
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymerteknologi.
    Construction of Bioactive and Reinforced Bioresorbable Nanocomposites by Reduced Nano-Graphene Oxide Carbon Dots2018Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 19, nr 3, s. 1074-1081Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Bioactive and reinforced poly(ϵ-caprolactone) (PCL) films were constructed by incorporation of cellulose derived reduced nanographene oxide (r-nGO) carbon nanodots. Two different microwave-assisted reduction routes in superheated water were utilized to obtain r-nGO and r-nGO-CA. For the latter, a green reducing agent caffeic acid (CA), was incorporated in the reduction process. The materials were extruded and compression molded to obtain proper dispersion of the carbon nanodots in the polymer matrix. FTIR results revealed favorable interactions between r-nGO-CA and PCL that improved the dispersion of r-nGO-CA. r-nGO, and r-nGO-CA endorsed PCL with several advantageous functionalities including improved storage modulus and creep resistance. The considerable increase in storage modulus demonstrated that the carbon nanodots had a significant reinforcing effect on PCL. The PCL films with r-nGO-CA were also evaluated for their osteobioactivity and cytocompatibility. Bioactivity was demonstrated by formation of hydroxyapatite (HA) minerals on the surface of r-nGO-CA loaded nanocomposites. At the same time, the good cytocompatibility of PCL was retained as illustrated by the good cell viability to MG63 osteoblast-like cells giving promise for bone tissue engineering applications.

  • 43.
    Erdal, Nejla B.
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Yao, Jenevieve G.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymerteknologi.
    Hakkarainen, Minna
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Cellulose-Derived Nanographene Oxide Surface-Functionalized Three-Dimensional Scaffolds with Drug Delivery Capability2019Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 20, nr 2, s. 738-749Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Multifunctional three-dimensional (3D) scaffolds were targeted by surface grafting cellulose-derived nanographene oxide (nGO) on the surface of porous poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) scaffolds. nGO was derived from cellulose by microwave-assisted carbonization process and covalently grafted onto aminolyzed PCL scaffolds through an aqueous solution process. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis both verified the successful attachment of nGO and scanning electron microscopy depicted a homogeneous dispersion of nGO over the scaffold surface. Mechanical tests were performed and demonstrated a significant increase in compressive strength for the nGO grafted scaffolds. Grafting of nGO was also shown to induce mineralization with the formation of calcium phosphate precipitates on the surface of the scaffolds with the size increasing with higher nGO content. The potential of surface-grafted nGO as a nanocarrier of an antibiotic drug was also explored. The secondary interactions between nGO and ciprofloxacin, a broad-spectrum antibiotic used in the treatment of osteomyelitis, were optimized by controlling the solution pH. Ciprofloxacin was found to be adsorbed most strongly in its cationic form at pH 5, in which pi-pi electron donor-acceptor interactions predominate and the adsorbed drug content increased with increasing nGO amount. Further, the release kinetics of the drug were investigated during 8 days. In conclusion, the proposed simple fabrication process led to a scaffold with multifunctionality in the form of improved mechanical strength, ability to induce mineralization, as well as drug loading and delivery capability.

  • 44.
    Eriksson, Magnus
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för bioteknologi (BIO), Biokemi.
    Fogelström, Linda
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Ytbehandlingsteknik.
    Hult, Karl
    KTH, Skolan för bioteknologi (BIO), Biokemi.
    Malmström, Eva
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Ytbehandlingsteknik.
    Johansson, Mats
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Ytbehandlingsteknik.
    Trey, Stacy
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik, Ytbehandlingsteknik.
    Martinelle, Mats
    KTH, Skolan för bioteknologi (BIO), Biokemi.
    Enzymatic One-Pot Route to Telechelic Polypentadecalactone Epoxide: Synthesis, UV Curing, and Characterization2009Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 10, nr 11, s. 3108-3113Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    In an enzymatic one-pot procedure immobilized lipase B from Candida antarctica was used to synthesize semicrystalline diepoxy functional macromonomers based on glycidol, pentadecalactone, and adipic acid. By changing the stoichiometry of the building blocks. macromonomers of controlled molecular weight front 1400 to 2700 g mol(-1) could be afforded. The enzyme-catalyzed reaction went to completion (conversion >= 95%) within 24 h at 60 degrees C. After removal of the enzyme, the produced macromonomers were used for photopolymerization without any purification. The macromonomers readily copolymerized cationically with a cycloaliphatic diepoxide (Cyracure UVR-6110; CA-dE) to high conversion. The cross-linked copolymers formed a durable film with a degree of crystallinity depending on the macromonomer size and amount of CA-dE used, without CA-dE the macromonomers homopolymerized only to a low degree. Combined with CA-dE conversions of 85-90% were determined by FT-Raman spectroscopy. The films became more durable once reinforced with CA-dE, increasing the cross-link density and reducing the crystallinity of the PDL segments in the films.

  • 45. Eriksson, Malin
    et al.
    Notley, Shannon M.
    Wågberg, Lars
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknik.
    Cellulose thin films: Degree of cellulose ordering and its influence on adhesion2007Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 8, nr 3, s. 912-919Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Adhesion measurements have been performed with thin cellulose films using continuum contact mechanics with application of the JKR theory. Three different cellulose surfaces were prepared, one crystalline and two surfaces with a lower degree of crystalline order. Adhesion between two cross-linked poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) caps, as well as the adhesion between PDMS and the various cellulose surfaces, was measured. The work of adhesion (from loading) was found to be similar for all three surfaces, and from contact angle measurement with methylene iodide it was concluded that dispersive interactions dominate. However, the adhesion hysteresis differed significantly, being larger for a less ordered cellulose surface and decreasing with increasing degree of crystalline order. This is suggested to be due to the surface groups' ability to orient themselves and participate in specific or nonspecific interactions, where a surface with a lower degree of crystalline order has a higher possibility for reorientation of the surface groups. The mobility of cellulose chains increases with water uptake, resulting in stronger adhesive joints. These films will hence allow for determination of the contributions of hydrogen bonding and inter-diffusion on the adhesion, determined from the unloading data, as the thermodynamic work of adhesion was found to be independent of the cellulose surface used.

  • 46.
    Erlandsson, Johan
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Fiberteknologi.
    Francon, Hugo
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Fiberteknologi.
    Marais, Andrew
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Fiberteknologi.
    Granberg, Hjalmar
    RISE Bioecon, Papermaking & Packaging, Box 5604, SE-11486 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Wågberg, Lars
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Fiberteknologi. KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Centra, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Cross-Linked and Shapeable Porous 3D Substrates from Freeze-Linked Cellulose Nanofibrils2019Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 20, nr 2, s. 728-737Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Chemically cross-linked highly porous nano cellulose aerogels with complex shapes have been prepared using a freeze-linking procedure that avoids common post activation of cross-linking reactions and freeze-drying. The aerogel shapes ranged from simple geometrical three-dimensional bodies to swirls and solenoids. This was achieved by molding or extruding a periodate oxidized cellulose nanofibril (CNF) dispersion prior to chemical cross-linking in a regular freezer or by reshaping an already prepared aerogel by plasticizing the structure in water followed by reshaping and locking the aerogel into its new shape. The new shapes were most likely retained by new cross-links formed between CNFs brought into contact by the deformation during reshaping. This self-healing ability to form new bonds after plasticization and redrying also contributed to the mechanical resilience of the aerogels, allowing them to be cyclically deformed in the dry state, reswollen with water, and redried with good retention of mechanical integrity. Furthermore, by exploiting the shapeability and available inner structure of the aerogels, a solenoid-shaped aerogel with all surfaces coated with a thin film of conducting polypyrrole was able to produce a magnetic field inside the solenoid, demonstrating electromagnetic properties. Furthermore, by biomimicking the porous interior and stiff exterior of the beak of a toucan bird, a functionalized aerogel was created by applying a 300 mu m thick stiff wax coating on its molded external surfaces. This composite material displayed a 10-times higher elastic modulus compared to that of the plain aerogel without drastically increasing the density. These examples show that it is possible to combine advanced shaping with functionalization of both the inner structure and the surface of the aerogels, radically extending the possible use of CNF aerogels.

  • 47.
    Fagerland, Jenny
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymerteknologi.
    Finne-Wistrand, Anna
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymerteknologi.
    Numata, Keiji
    Short One-Pot Chemo-Enzymatic Synthesis of L-Lysine and L-Alanine Diblock Co-Oligopeptides2014Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 15, nr 3, s. 735-743Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Amphiphilic diblock co-oligopeptides are interesting and functional macromolecular materials for biomedical applications because of their self-assembling properties. Here, we developed a synthesis method for diblock co-oligopeptides by using chemo-enzymatic polymerization, which was a relatively short (30 min) and efficient reaction (over 40% yield). Block and random oligo(L-lysine-co-L-alanine) [oligo(Lys-co-Ala)] were synthesized using activated papain as enzymatic catalyst. The reaction time was optimized according to kinetic studies of oligo(L-alanine) and oligo(L-lysine). Using H-1 NMR spectroscopy and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry, we confirmed that diblock and random co-oligopeptides were synthesized. Optical microscopy further revealed differences in the crystalline morphology between random and block co-oligopeptides. Plate-like, hexagonal, and hollow crystals were formed due to the strong impact of the monomer distribution and pH of the solution. The different crystalline structures open up interesting possibilities to form materials for both tissue engineering and controlled drug/gene delivery systems.

  • 48.
    Fagerland, Jenny
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymerteknologi.
    Pappalardo, Daniela
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymerteknologi. University of Sannio, Italy.
    Schmidt, Björn
    KTH, Skolan för bioteknologi (BIO), Proteinteknologi.
    Syrén, Per-Olof
    KTH, Skolan för bioteknologi (BIO), Proteinteknologi.
    Finne-Wistrand, Anna
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymerteknologi.
    Template-assisted enzymatic synthesis of oligopeptides from a polylactide chain2017Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 18, nr 12, s. 4271-4280Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Peptides are often attached to polymer materials, as bioactive components, for the control of interactions between the material and its surrounding proteins and cells. However, synthesizing peptides and attaching them to polymers can be challenging and laborious. Herein, we describe the grafting of oligopeptides to an aliphatic polyester, using a one-step chemo-enzymatic synthesis with papain as the biocatalySt. To enable enzyme-mediated functionalization of the polyester, ethyl hept-6-enoylalaninate (grafter) was synthesized and attached to polylactide chains using thiol-ene click reactions. The oligopeptides were grafted onto the polylactide chains using two different synthetic routes: the grafting from strategy, in which the grafter was attached to the polyester prior to oligopeptide synthesis, or the grafting to strategy, in which oligopeptides were synthesized on the grafter first, then attached to the polymer chain. The final products were analyzed and their structures were confirmed using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). The peptide attachment was evaluated using size exclusion chromatography (SEC), contact angle measurement and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy scanning electron microscopy (EDS-SEM). Furthermore, the mechanistic aspects of the synthesis of the oligopeptides on the grafter were studied using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The simulation revealed that hydrogen bonding (between the P1 amide nitrogen of the grafter backbone and the carbonyl oxygen of D158 in the papain) maintain the grafter in a productive conformation to stabilize the transition state of nitrogen inversion, a key step of the biocatalytic mechanism. Apart from being biologically relevant, both experimental and computational results suggest that the designed grafter is a good template for initiating chemo-enzymatic synthesis. The results also showed that the grafting to strategy was more successful compared to the grafting from strategy. Overall, a successful synthesis of predefined peptide functionalized polylactide was prepared, where the oligopeptides were grafted in an easy, time efficient, and environmentally friendly way.

  • 49.
    Fahlén, Jesper
    et al.
    STFI-Packforsk AB.
    Salmén, Lennart
    STFI-Packforsk AB.
    Pore and Matrix Distribution in the Fiber Wall Revealed by Atomic Force Microscopy and Image Analysis2005Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 6, nr 1, s. 433-438Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    A method for the ultrastructural investigation of fiber cross-sections based on atomic force microscopy in combination with image analysis is presented. A uniform distribution of pores across the matrix material within the fiber wall was revealed by impregnation of pulp fibers with poly(ethylene glycol). The effects of chemical and mechanical processing on the pore and matrix structure and on the arrangement of the cellulose fibril aggregates were investigated. During chemical processing, changes in the fiber ultrastructure occur: a broadening of the pore and matrix lamella widths in combination with a reduction in their number and an enlargement of the cellulose fibril aggregates. It was found that pores formed during pulping are evenly distributed across the fiber wall in the transverse direction. In contrast, refining increases the pore and matrix lamella width in the fiber wall closest to the middle lamella an effect which gradually decrease in size toward the lumen side.

  • 50. Fang, Wenwen
    et al.
    Paananen, Arja
    Vitikainen, Marika
    Koskela, Salla
    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.
    Westerholm-Parvinen, Ann
    Joensuu, Jussi
    Landowski, Christopher
    Penttilä, Merja
    Linder, Markus
    Laaksonen, Päivi
    Elastic and pH responsive hybrid interfaces created with engineered resilin and nanocellulose2017Inngår i: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 18, nr 6, s. 1866-1873Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    We investigated how a genetically engineered resilin fusion protein modifies cellulose surfaces. We characterized the pH-responsive behavior of a resilin-like polypeptide (RLP) having terminal cellulose binding modules (CBM) and showed its binding to cellulose nanofibrils (CNF). Characterization of the resilin fusion protein at different pHs revealed substantial conformational changes of the protein, which were observed as swelling and contraction of the protein layer bound to the nanocellulose surface. In addition, we showed that employment of the modified resilin in cellulose hydrogel and nanopaper increased their modulus of stiffness through a cross-linking effect.

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