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  • 1.
    Alander, B.
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Capezza, A.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material. Department of Plant Breeding, The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Box 101, Alnarp, Sweden.
    Wu, Q.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH).
    Johansson, E.
    Olsson, Richard T.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH).
    Hedenqvist, Mikael
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH).
    A facile way of making inexpensive rigid and soft protein biofoams with rapid liquid absorption2018Ingår i: Industrial crops and products (Print), ISSN 0926-6690, E-ISSN 1872-633X, Vol. 119, s. 41-48Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    A novel and facile method to produce inexpensive protein biofoams suitable for sponge applications is presented. The protein used in the study was wheat gluten (WG), readily available as a by/co-product, but the method is expected to work for other cross-linkable proteins. The foams were obtained by high-speed stirring of pristine WG powder in water at room temperature followed by drying. Glutaraldehyde was used to crosslink the foam material in order to stabilize the dispersion, reduce its tackiness and improve the strength of the final foam. The foams were of medium to high density and absorbed readily both hydrophobic and hydrophilic liquids. The foam structure, consisting primarily of an open pore/channel system, led to a remarkably fast capillary-driven (pore-filling only) uptake of a hydrophobic liquid (limonene). Essentially all uptake occurred within the first second (to ca. 90% of the dry weight). In a polar liquid (water), the rapid pore-filling occurred in parallel with a more time-dependent swelling of the foam matrix material. Further improvement in the foam strength was achieved by making a denser foam or adding TEMPO-oxidized cellulose nanofibres. Soft foams were obtained by adding glycerol.

  • 2.
    Antonio, Capezza
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Andersson, Richard L.
    Ström, Valter
    KTH, Skolan för industriell teknik och management (ITM), Materialvetenskap.
    Wu, Qiong
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Biokompositer.
    Sacchi, Benedetta
    Univ Milan, Dept Chem, Via Golgi 19, I-20133 Milan, Italy.
    Farris, Stefano
    Univ Milan, DeFENS, Dept Food Environm & Nutr Sci, Packaging Div, Via Celoria 2, I-20133 Milan, Italy.
    Hedenqvist, Mikael S.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Olsson, Richard T.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Preparation and Comparison of Reduced Graphene Oxide and Carbon Nanotubes as Fillers in Conductive Natural Rubber for Flexible Electronics2019Ingår i: Omega, ISSN 0030-2228, E-ISSN 1541-3764, Vol. 4, nr 2Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Conductive natural rubber (NR) nanocomposites were prepared by solvent-casting suspensions of reduced graphene oxide(rGO) or carbon nanotubes (CNTs), followed by vulcanization of the rubber composites. Both rGO and CNT were compatible as fillers in the NR as well as having sufficient intrinsic electrical conductivity for functional applications. Physical (thermal) and chemical reduction of GO were investigated, and the results of the reductions were monitored by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy for establishing a reduction protocol that was useful for the rGO nanocomposite preparation. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy showed that both nanofillers were adequately dispersed in the main NR phase. The CNT composite displays a marked mechanical hysteresis and higher elongation at break, in comparison to the rGO composites for an equal fraction of the carbon phase. Moreover, the composite conductivity was always ca. 3-4 orders of magnitude higher for the CNT composite than for the rGO composites, the former reaching a maximum conductivity of ca. 10.5 S/m, which was explained by the more favorable geometry of the CNT versus the rGO sheets. For low current density applications though, both composites achieved the necessary percolation and showed the electrical conductivity needed for being applied as flexible conductors for a light-emitting diode. 

  • 3.
    Capezza, Antonio Jose
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Glad, David
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Ozeren, Husamettin Deniz
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Newson, William R.
    SLU Swedish Univ Agr Sci, Fac Landscape Planning Hort & Crop Prod Sci, Dept Plant Breeding, Sundsvagen 10, S-23053 Alnarp, Sweden..
    Olsson, Richard
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Johansson, Eva
    SLU Swedish Univ Agr Sci, Fac Landscape Planning Hort & Crop Prod Sci, Dept Plant Breeding, Sundsvagen 10, S-23053 Alnarp, Sweden..
    Hedenqvist, Mikael S.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Novel Sustainable Superabsorbents: A One-Pot Method for Functionalization of Side-Stream Potato Proteins2019Ingår i: ACS SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY & ENGINEERING, ISSN 2168-0485, Vol. 7, nr 21, s. 17845-17854Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The functionalization of inexpensive potato protein concentrate (PPC) is presented as a simple and easily scalable method to produce bio-based superabsorbent powders. Five nontoxic acylating agents were evaluated at different reaction temperatures for solvent-free acylation of the protein. The best results were obtained for succinic anhydride (SA) and a reaction temperature of 140 degrees C. These conditions resulted in efficient functionalization that provided formation of a useful network, which allowed high uptake of fluids and little material disintegration during the uptake, that is, due to protein hydrolysis during the functionalization. The SA-acylated PPC showed increased water and saline swelling capacities of 600 and 60%, respectively, as compared to untreated PPC. The acylated potato protein also showed a saline liquid holding capacity of approximately 50% after centrifugation at 1230 rpm for 3 min, as well as a significant blood swelling capacity of 530%. This blood swelling represents more than 50% of that of a commercial fossil-based superabsorbent (SAP) used for blood absorption in sanitary health products. The swelling properties of these inexpensive protein-based acylated materials highlight their potential as sustainable SAP materials (from industrial side-streams) in applications such as daily care products that are currently dominated by fossil-based SAPs.

  • 4. Castro-Mayorga, J. L.
    et al.
    Fabra, M. J.
    Pourrahimi, Amir Masoud
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Olsson, Richard T.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Lagaron, J. M.
    The impact of zinc oxide particle morphology as an antimicrobial and when incorporated in poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) films for food packaging and food contact surfaces applications2017Ingår i: Food and Bioproducts Processing, ISSN 0960-3085, E-ISSN 1744-3571, Vol. 101, s. 32-44Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    In this work, zinc oxide (ZnO) micron and nano sized-particles with different morphologies were synthesized by aqueous precipitation and evaluated as antimicrobial agents against foodborne pathogens. The most effective bactericide system was selected to prepare active poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) films by three different methods (i) direct melt-mixing, (ii) melt-mixing of preincorporated ZnO into PHBV18 (18 mol% valerate content) fiber mats made by electrospinning, and, (iii) as a coating of the annealed electrospun PHBV18/ZnO fiber mats over compression molded PHBV. Results showed that ZnO successfully improved the thermal stability of the PHBV18, being the preincorporation method the most efficient in mitigating the negative impact that the PHBV18 had on the thermal stability, barrier and optical properties of the PHBV films. Similar behavior was found for the coating structure although this film showed effective and prolonged antibacterial activity against Listeria monocytogenes. This study highlights the suitability of the PHBV/ZnO nanostructures for active food packaging and food contact surface applications.

  • 5.
    Das, Oisik
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Hedenqvist, Mikael S.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Johansson, E.
    Olsson, Richard
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Loho, T. A.
    Capezza, Antonio J.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Singh Raman, R. K.
    Holder, Shima
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    An all-gluten biocomposite: Comparisons with carbon black and pine char composites2019Ingår i: Composites. Part A, Applied science and manufacturing, ISSN 1359-835X, E-ISSN 1878-5840, Vol. 120, s. 42-48Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Three different charcoals (gluten char, pine bark char and carbon black) were used to rectify certain property disadvantages of wheat gluten plastic. Pyrolysis process of gluten was investigated by analysing the compounds released at different stages. Nanoindentation tests revealed that the gluten char had the highest hardness (ca. 0.5 GPa) and modulus (7.8 GPa) followed by pine bark char and carbon black. The addition of chars to gluten enhanced the indenter-modulus significantly. Among all the charcoals, gluten char was found to impart the best mechanical and water resistant properties. The addition of only 6 wt% gluten char to the protein caused a substantial reduction in water uptake (by 38%) and increase of indenter-modulus (by 1525%). It was shown that it is possible to obtain protein biocomposites where both the filler and the matrix are naturally sourced from the same material, in this case, yielding an all-gluten derived biocomposite.

  • 6. Ghaani, M.
    et al.
    Rovera, C.
    Pucillo, F.
    Ghaani, M. R.
    Olsson, Richard T.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Scampicchio, M.
    Farris, S.
    Determination of 2,4-diaminotoluene by a bionanocomposite modified glassy carbon electrode2018Ingår i: Sensors and actuators. B, Chemical, ISSN 0925-4005, E-ISSN 1873-3077, Vol. 277, s. 477-483Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This work describes the development of a modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE) for the selective determination of 2,4-diaminotoluene (TDA), a primary aromatic amines (PAAs) that can be formed in food packaging materials including aromatic polyurethane (PU) adhesives. The electrode's surface was modified with multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), MWCNTs in chitosan (CS), and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). The highest current response was achieved with AuNPs/MWCNTs-CS/GC electrodes, which exhibited an oxidation peak of 9.87 μA by cyclic voltammetry (CV), compared with 1.39 μA of the bare GCE. A detection limit of 35 nM was estimated by amperometry experiments. The oxidation of TDA was strongly dependent on the pH of the medium, having maximum sensitivity at pH ∼ 7. From a mechanistic point of view, the diffusion coefficient of TDA (D = 6.47 × 10−4 cm2 s−1) and the number of electrons (n ≈ 2) involved in the catalytic oxidation of TDA at the surface of the AuNPs/MWCNTs-CS/GCE were determined. The practical utility of this nanocomposite modified electrode was demonstrated by migration studies from conventional food packaging materials. 

  • 7.
    Karlsson, Mattias E.
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Mamie, Yann C.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Calamida, Andrea
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Gardner, James M.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Centra, Molekylär elektronik, CMD.
    Ström, Valter
    KTH, Skolan för industriell teknik och management (ITM), Materialvetenskap, Teknisk materialfysik.
    Pourrahimi, Amir Masoud
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Olsson, Richard
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Synthesis of Zinc Oxide Nanorods via the Formation of Sea Urchin Structures and Their Photoluminescence after Heat Treatment2018Ingår i: Langmuir, ISSN 0743-7463, E-ISSN 1520-5827, Vol. 34, nr 17, s. 5079-5087Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    A protocol for the aqueous synthesis of ca. 1-mu m-long zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods and their growth at intermediate reaction progression is presented, together with photoluminescence (PL) characteristics after heat treatment at temperatures of up to 1000 degrees C. The existence of solitary rods after the complete reaction (60 min) was traced back to the development of sea urchin structures during the first 5 s of the precipitation. The rods primarily formed in later stages during the reaction due to fracture, which was supported by the frequently observed broken rod ends with sharp edges in the final material, in addition to tapered uniform rod ends consistent with their natural growth direction. The more dominant rod growth in the c direction (extending the length of the rods), together with the appearance of faceted surfaces on the sides of the rods, occurred at longer reaction times (>5 min) and generated zinc-terminated particles that were more resistant to alkaline dissolution. A heat treatment for 1 h at 600 or 800 degrees C resulted in a smoothing of the rod surfaces, and PL measurements displayed a decreased defect emission at ca. 600 nm, which was related to the disappearance of lattice imperfections formed during the synthesis. A heat treatment at 1000 degrees C resulted in significant crystal growth reflected as an increase in luminescence at shorter wavelengths (ca. 510 nm). Electron microscopy revealed that the faceted rod structure was lost for ZnO rods exposed to temperatures above 600 degrees C, whereas even higher temperatures resulted in particle sintering and/or mass redistribution along the initially long and slender ZnO rods. The synthesized ZnO rods were a more stable Wurtzite crystal structure than previously reported ball-shaped ZnO consisting of merging sheets, which was supported by the shifts in PL spectra occurring at ca. 200 degrees C higher annealing temperature, in combination with a smaller thermogravimetric mass loss occurring upon heating the rods to 800 degrees C.

  • 8.
    Liu, Dongming
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Hoang, A. T.
    Pourrahimi, Amir Masoud
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Pallon, Love K. H.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Nilsson, Fritjof
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Gubanski, S. M.
    Olsson, Richard T.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Hedenqvist, Mikael S.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Gedde, Ulf W.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Influence of Nanoparticle Surface Coating on Electrical Conductivity of LDPE/Al2O3 Nanocomposites for HVDC Cable Insulations2017Ingår i: IEEE transactions on dielectrics and electrical insulation, ISSN 1070-9878, E-ISSN 1558-4135, Vol. 24, nr 3, s. 1396-1404Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    LDPE/metal oxide nanocomposites are promising materials for future high-voltage DC cable insulation. This paper presents data on the influence of the structure of the nanoparticle coating on the electrical conductivity of LDPE/Al2O3 nanocomposites. Al2O3 nanoparticles, 50 nm in size, were coated with a series of silanes with terminal alkyl groups of different lengths (methyl, n-octyl and n-octadecyl groups). The density of the coatings in vacuum was between 200 and 515 kg m(-3,) indicating substantial porosity in the coating. The dispersion of the nanoparticles in the LDPE matrix was assessed based on statistics for the nearest-neighbor particle distance. The electrical conductivity of the nanocomposites was determined at both 40 and 60 degrees C. The results show that an appropriate surface coating on the nanoparticles allowed uniform particle dispersion up to a filler loading of 10 wt.%, with a maximum reduction in the electrical conductivity by a factor of 35. The composites based on the most porous octyl-coated nanoparticles showed the greatest reduction in electrical conductivity and the lowest temperature coefficient of electrical conductivity of the composites studied.

  • 9.
    Liu, Dongming
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Pallon, Love K. H.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Pourrahimi, Amir Masoud
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Zhang, P.
    Diaz, A.
    Holler, M.
    Schneider, K.
    Olsson, Richard
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Hedenqvist, Mikael S.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Yu, Shun
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Gedde, Ulf W
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Cavitation in strained polyethylene/aluminium oxide nanocomposites2017Ingår i: European Polymer Journal, ISSN 0014-3057, E-ISSN 1873-1945, Vol. 87, s. 255-265Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The incorporation of metal oxide (e.g. Al2O3) nanoparticles has a pronounced positive effect on low-density polyethylene (LDPE) as an insulating material for high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) cables, the electrical conductivity being decreased by one to two orders of magnitude and charge species being trapped by the nanoparticles. The risk of debonding between the nanoparticles and the polymer matrix leading to electrical treeing via electrical discharges in the formed cavities was the motivation for this study. Scanning electron microscope (SEM), small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and X-ray ptychographic tomography were used to study a series of LDPE nanocomposites which contained Al2O3 nanoparticles treated with silanes having terminal alkyl groups of different lengths (methyl, octyl and octadecyl). When specimens were subjected to a tensile strain (a typical specimen stretched beyond the onset of necking consisted of three zones according to SEM of specimens that were studied after removal of the external force: an essentially cavitation-free zone with low local plastic strain, a transitional zone in which local plastic strain showed a marked increase and the revealed concentration of permanent cavities increased with increasing plastic strain and a highly strained zone with extensive cavitation), the cavitation occurred mainly at the polymer-nanoparticle interface according to SEM and X-ray ptychographic tomography and according to SEM progressed with increasing plastic strain through an initial phase with no detectable formation of permanent cavities to a period of very fast cavitation and finally almost an order of magnitude slower cavitation. The polymer/nanoparticle interface was fractal before deformation, as revealed by the profile of the Porod region in SAXS, presumably due to the existence of bound polymers at the nanoparticle surface. A pronounced decrease in the interface fractal dimension was observed when the strain exceeded a critical value; a phenomenon attributed to the stress-induced de-bonding of nanoparticles. The strain-dependence of the interface fractal dimension value at low strain levels between composites containing differently treated nanoparticles seems to be an indicator of the strength of the nanoparticle-polymer interface.

  • 10.
    Lo Re, Giada
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Biokompositer.
    Engström, Joakim
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Ytbehandlingsteknik. KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Centra, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Wu, Qiong
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Biokompositer.
    Malmström, Eva
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Centra, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Gedde, Ulf W.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Olsson, Richard
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Berglund, Lars
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Biokompositer. KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Ytbehandlingsteknik.
    Improved Cellulose Nanofibril Dispersion in Melt-Processed Polycaprolactone Nanocomposites by a Latex-Mediated Interphase and Wet Feeding as LDPE Alternative2018Ingår i: ACS Applied Nano Materials, ISSN 2574-0970, Vol. 1, nr 6, s. 2669-2677Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This work reports the development of a sustainable and green one-step wet-feeding method to prepare tougher and stronger nanocomposites from biodegradable cellulose nanofibrils (CNF)/polycaprolactone (PCL) constituents, compatibilized with reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer-mediated surfactant-free poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) latex nanoparticles. When a PMMA latex is used, a favorable electrostatic interaction between CNF and the latex is obtained, which facilitates mixing of the constituents and hinders CNF agglomeration. The improved dispersion is manifested in significant improvement of mechanical properties compared with the reference material. The tensile tests show much higher modulus (620 MPa) and strength (23 MPa) at 10 wt % CNF content (compared to the neat PCL reference modulus of 240 and 16 MPa strength), while maintaining high level of work to fracture the matrix (7 times higher than the reference nanocomposite without the latex compatibilizer). Rheological analysis showed a strongly increased viscosity as the PMMA latex was added, that is, from a well-dispersed and strongly interacting CNF network in the PCL.

  • 11.
    Medhi, Pangkhi
    et al.
    Loughborough Univ Technol, Dept Chem Engn, Loughborough, Leics, England..
    Olatunji, Ololade
    Univ Lagos, Dept Chem Engn, Lagos, Nigeria..
    Nayak, Atul
    Loughborough Univ Technol, Dept Chem Engn, Loughborough, Leics, England..
    Uppuluri, Chandra Teja
    KVSR Siddhartha Coll Pharmaceut Sci, Pinnamaneni Polyclin Rd, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India..
    Olsson, Richard T.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Nalluri, Buchi N.
    KVSR Siddhartha Coll Pharmaceut Sci, Pinnamaneni Polyclin Rd, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India..
    Das, Diganta B.
    Loughborough Univ Technol, Dept Chem Engn, Loughborough, Leics, England..
    Lidocaine-loaded fish scale-nanocellulose biopolymer composite microneedles2017Ingår i: AAPS PharmSciTech, ISSN 1530-9932, E-ISSN 1530-9932, Vol. 18, nr 5, s. 1488-1494Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Microneedle (MN) technology has emerged as an effective drug delivery system, and it has tremendous potential as a patient friendly substitute for conventional methods for transdermal drug delivery (TDD). In this paper, we report on the preparation of lidocaine-loaded biodegradable microneedles, which are manufactured from fish scale-derived collagen. Lidocaine, a common tissue numbing anaesthetic, is loaded in these microneedles with an aim of delivering the drug with controlled skin permeation. Evaluation of lidocaine permeation in porcine skin has been successfully performed using Franz diffusion cell (FDC) which has shown that the drug permeation rate increases from 2.5 to 7.5% w/w after 36 h and pseudo steady state profile is observed from 5.0 to 10.0% w/w lidocaine-loaded microneedle. Swelling experiments have suggested that the microneedles have negligible swellability which implies that the patch would stick to the tissue when inserted. The experiments on MN dissolution have depicted that the lidocaine loaded in the patch is lower than the theoretical loading, which is expected as there can be losses of the drug during initial process manufacture.

  • 12.
    Nordenström, Malin
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Riazanova, Anastasia
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Järn, Mikael
    RISE Res Inst Sweden, Div Biosci & Mat, SE-11428 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Paulraj, Thomas
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Turner, Charlotta
    Lund Univ, Dept Chem, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden..
    Ström, Valter
    KTH, Skolan för industriell teknik och management (ITM), Materialvetenskap.
    Olsson, Richard
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Svagan, Anna
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Superamphiphobic coatings based on liquid-core microcapsules with engineered capsule walls and functionality2018Ingår i: Scientific Reports, ISSN 2045-2322, E-ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 8, artikel-id 3647Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Microcapsules with specific functional properties, related to the capsule wall and core, are highly desired in a number of applications. In this study, hybrid cellulose microcapsules (1.2 +/- 0.4 mu m in diameter) were prepared by nanoengineering the outer walls of precursor capsules. Depending on the preparation route, capsules with different surface roughness (raspberry or broccoli-like), and thereby different wetting properties, could be obtained. The tunable surface roughness was achieved as a result of the chemical and structural properties of the outer wall of a precursor capsule, which combined with a new processing route allowed in-situ formation of silica nanoparticles (30-40 nm or 70 nm in diameter). By coating glass slides with "broccoli-like" microcapsules (30-40 nm silica nanoparticles), static contact angles above 150 degrees and roll-off angles below 6 degrees were obtained for both water and low surface-tension oil (hexadecane), rendering the substrate superamphiphobic. As a comparison, coatings from raspberry-like capsules were only strongly oleophobic and hydrophobic. The liquid-core of the capsules opens great opportunities to incorporate different functionalities and here hydrophobic superparamagnetic nanoparticles (SPIONs) were encapsulated. As a result, magnetic broccoli-like microcapsules formed an excellent superamphiphobic coating-layer on a curved geometry by simply applying an external magnetic field.

  • 13. Olatunji, O.
    et al.
    Olsson, Richard
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Processing and characterization of natural polymers2015Ingår i: Natural Polymers: Industry Techniques and Applications, Springer, 2015, s. 19-61Kapitel i bok, del av antologi (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter covers recent techniques applied in processing and characterization of natural polymers. This includes techniques in processing natural polymers from their natural forms into modified forms for more varied application and functionality. It also looks at techniques for processing modified and unmodified natural polymers for various purposes such as film formation for transdermal patches, composite and blends production to form films with improved mechanical properties, magnetic decoration for production of tough membranes with magnetic properties. The characterization methods covered in this chapter include X-ray diffraction, microscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectrometry. We look at recent reported processing and characterization techniques which are applicable to the major industries today for natural polymer-based materials.

  • 14.
    Ozeren, Husamettin Deniz
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Nilsson, Fritjof
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Olsson, Richard
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Hedenqvist, Mikael S.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Prediction of plasticization mechanisms for biobased plastics through a combined experimental and molecular dynamics simulations approach2018Ingår i: Abstract of Papers of the American Chemical Society, ISSN 0065-7727, Vol. 256Artikel i tidskrift (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 15.
    Pourrahimi, Amir Masoud
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Olsson, Richard
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Hedenqvist, Mikael S.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    The Role of Interfaces in Polyethylene/Metal-Oxide Nanocomposites for Ultrahigh-Voltage Insulating Materials2018Ingår i: Advanced Materials, ISSN 0935-9648, E-ISSN 1521-4095, Vol. 30, nr 4, artikel-id 1703624Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Recent progress in the development of polyethylene/metal-oxide nanocomposites for extruded high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) cables with ultrahigh electric insulation properties is presented. This is a promising technology with the potential of raising the upper voltage limit in today's underground/submarine cables, based on pristine polyethylene, to levels where the loss of energy during electric power transmission becomes low enough to ensure intercontinental electric power transmission. The development of HVDC insulating materials together with the impact of the interface between the particles and the polymer on the nanocomposites electric properties are shown. Important parameters from the atomic to the microlevel, such as interfacial chemistry, interfacial area, and degree of particle dispersion/aggregation, are discussed. This work is placed in perspective with important work by others, and suggested mechanisms for improved insulation using nanoparticles, such as increased charge trap density, adsorption of impurities/ions, and induced particle dipole moments are considered. The effects of the nanoparticles and of their interfacial structures on the mechanical properties and the implications of cavitation on the electric properties are also discussed. Although the main interest in improving the properties of insulating polymers has been on the use of nanoparticles, leading to nanodielectrics, it is pointed out here that larger microscopic hierarchical metal-oxide particles with high surface porosity also impart good insulation properties. The impact of the type of particle and its inherent properties (purity and conductivity) on the nanocomposite dielectric and insulating properties are also discussed based on data obtained by a newly developed technique to directly observe the charge distribution on a nanometer scale in the nanocomposite.

  • 16.
    Rovera, Cesare
    et al.
    Univ Milan, Dept Food Environm & Nutr Sci, DeFENS, Via Celoria 2, I-20133 Milan, Italy..
    Ghaani, Masoud
    Univ Milan, Dept Food Environm & Nutr Sci, DeFENS, Via Celoria 2, I-20133 Milan, Italy..
    Santo, Nadia
    Univ Milan, Dept Biosci, Via Celoria 26, I-20133 Milan, Italy..
    Trabattoni, Silvia
    Univ Milano Bicocca, Dept Mat Sci, Via R Cozzi 55, I-20125 Milan, Italy..
    Olsson, Richard
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Romano, Diego
    Univ Milan, Dept Food Environm & Nutr Sci, DeFENS, Via Celoria 2, I-20133 Milan, Italy.;Univ Milan, Local Unit, Natl Consortium Mat Sci & Technol, INSTM, Via Celoria 2, I-20133 Milan, Italy..
    Farris, Stefano
    Univ Milan, Dept Food Environm & Nutr Sci, DeFENS, Via Celoria 2, I-20133 Milan, Italy.;Univ Milan, Local Unit, Natl Consortium Mat Sci & Technol, INSTM, Via Celoria 2, I-20133 Milan, Italy..
    Enzymatic Hydrolysis in the Green Production of Bacterial Cellulose Nanocrystals2018Ingår i: ACS SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY & ENGINEERING, ISSN 2168-0485, Vol. 6, nr 6, s. 7725-7734Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, we extensively describe experimental models, with correlating experimental conditions, which were used to investigate the enzymatic hydrolysis of bacterial cellulose (BC) to obtain nanocrystals. Cellulase from Trichoderma reesei was used in five enzyme/BC ratios over a period of 74 h. The turbidity data was modeled using both logistic regression and empirical regression to determine the fractal kinetics, resulting in unique kinetic patterns for the mixtures that were richest in BC and in enzymes. The evolution of the yield was inversely related to the turbidity, as confirmed through a semiempirical approach that was adopted to model the experimental data. The yield values after 74 h of hydrolysis were higher for the substrate-rich mixtures (similar to 20%) than for the enzyme rich mixtures (similar to 5%), as corroborated by cellobiose and glucose quantification. Transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy analyses revealed a shift from a fibril network to a needle-like morphology (i.e., aggregated nanocrystals or individual nanocrystals similar to 6 nm width and 200-800 nm in length) as the enzyme/BC ratios went from lower to higher. These results were explained in terms of the heterogeneous substrate model and the erosion model. This work initiated a promising, environmentally friendly method that could serve as an alternative to the commonly used chemical hydrolysis routes.

  • 17. Stefelova, Jana
    et al.
    Slovak, Vaclav
    Siqueira, Gilberto
    Olsson, Richard
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Tingaut, Philippe
    Zimmermann, Tanja
    Sehaqui, Houssine
    Drying and Pyrolysis of Cellulose Nanofibers from Wood, Bacteria, and Algae for Char Application in Oil Absorption and Dye Adsorption2017Ingår i: ACS SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY & ENGINEERING, ISSN 2168-0485, Vol. 5, nr 3, s. 2679-2692Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Native cellulose nanofibers (CNF) constitute an abundant resource for pyrolysis leading to char materials offering a wide range of properties and application possibilities. With the aim to produce chars having large surface area and pore volume for dyes adsorption and oil absorption, respectively, we herein explore the slow pyrolysis process of cellulose nanofibers from wood, Cladophora algae and bacteria that were subjected to various drying routes. Whereas algae CNF with their large crystallites lead to high surface area (S-BET) substrates using conventional drying from aqueous suspension, CNF from wood having smaller crystallites requires drying from solvents to reach high S-BET substrates, which results in chars with a good adsorption capacity for both anionic and cationic dyes. Moreover, the porosity of the CNF substrate can be tuned via an ice-templating freeze-drying procedure reaching values as high as 99.7% and corresponding chars capable of absorbing 64-120 g g(-1) of various oils and organic solvents. Besides the absorption/adsorption properties of the chars, we report effects of CNF source and structure on the thermal properties assessed by thermogravimetric and thermomechanical analyses, differential scanning calorimetry, and mass spectrometry, and we identified over 20 decomposition products and 3 expansion events occurring during CNF pyrolysis.

  • 18.
    Wei, Xin-Feng
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Kallio, Kai
    Bruder, Stefan
    Bellander, Martin
    Olsson, Richard
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Hedenqvist, Mikael S.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    High-performance glass-fibre reinforced biobased aromatic polyamide in automotive biofuel supply systemsManuskript (preprint) (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 19.
    Wu, Qiong
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Sundborg, Henrik
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Andersson, Richard L.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Peuvot, Kevin
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Guex, Leonard
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Nilsson, Fritjof
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Hedenqvist, Mikael S.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Olsson, Richard T.
    KTH, Skolan för kemivetenskap (CHE), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Conductive biofoams of wheat gluten containing carbon nanotubes, carbon black or reduced graphene oxide2017Ingår i: RSC Advances, ISSN 2046-2069, E-ISSN 2046-2069, Vol. 7, nr 30, s. 18260-18269Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Conductive biofoams made from glycerol-plasticized wheat gluten (WGG) are presented as a potential substitute in electrical applications for conductive polymer foams from crude oil. The soft plasticised foams were prepared by conventional freeze-drying of wheat gluten suspensions with carbon nanotubes (CNTs), carbon black (CB) or reduced graphene oxide (rGO) as the conductive filler phase. The change in conductivity upon compression was documented and the results show not only that the CNT-filled foams show a conductivity two orders of magnitude higher than foams filled with the CB particles, but also that there is a significantly lower percolation threshold with percolation occurring already at 0.18 vol%. The rGO-filled foams gave a conductivity inferior to that obtained with the CNTs or CB particles, which is explained as being related to the sheet-like morphology of the rGO flakes. An increasing amount of conductive filler resulted in smaller pore sizes for both CNTs and CB particles due to their interference with the ice crystal formation before the lyophilization process. The conductive WGG foams with CNTs were fully elastic with up to 10% compressive strain, but with increasing compression up to 50% strain the recovery gradually decreased. The data show that the conductivity strongly depends on the type as well as the concentration of the conductive filler, and the conductivity data with different compressions applied to these biofoams are presented for the first time.

  • 20.
    Ye, Xinchen
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi.
    Lendel, Christofer
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Kemi, Tillämpad fysikalisk kemi.
    Langton, Maud
    Olsson, Richard
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Hedenqvist, Mikael S.
    KTH, Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH), Fiber- och polymerteknologi, Polymera material.
    Protein nanofibrils: Preparation, properties, and possible applications in industrial nanomaterials2019Ingår i: Industrial Applications of Nanomaterials, Elsevier, 2019, s. 29-63Kapitel i bok, del av antologi (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter deals with protein nanofibrils (PNFs), also referred to as amyloid fibrils. This is an emerging field in nanoscience and engineering. Sources for PNFs, ways of making these, including the mechanisms of the fibrillation process, and factors affecting the production process are presented here. Properties of the PNFs themselves as well as properties and preparation of PNF materials in the form of hydrogels, films, and fibers are also described. In this chapter, PNF-based nanocomposites and templates are also considered. Possible applications of PNFs are discussed and put in the perspective of future uses as, or in, industrial nanomaterials.

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