Effects of chemical treatments on physical properties of flax fibres

J. Zhu, James Njuguna, J. Pacacz, H. Abhyankar, Krzysztof Pielichowski, H. Zhu, Kirsi Immonen, Antti Nurmi

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Abstract

The hydrophobicity of flax fibres often leads to the poor fibre/hydrophobic matrix adhesion. The flax fibres are amenable to modification so as to solve the problem. Alkali, acetylation, silane treatment and enzymatic treatment were employed for the flax fibre mats in author’s study. To understand how these treatments affect the physical properties, infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) were conducted on flax fibres. It was found that all the treatments result in the removal of pectin component within the primary cell wall due to the disappearance of the characteristic peak at 1735 cm-1. Comparing with the untreated fibres, the onset degradation temperature of treated ones decreased, however, the peak of the maximum decomposition rate shifted to high temperatures, indicating a better thermal stability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationModern Polymeric Materials For Environmental Applications
Pages319-328
Volume5
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event5th International Seminar on Modern Polymeric Materials for Environmental Applications, MPM2013 - Krakow, Poland
Duration: 15 May 201317 May 2013
Conference number: 5

Conference

Conference5th International Seminar on Modern Polymeric Materials for Environmental Applications, MPM2013
Abbreviated titleMPM2013
CountryPoland
CityKrakow
Period15/05/1317/05/13

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Zhu, J., Njuguna, J., Pacacz, J., Abhyankar, H., Pielichowski, K., Zhu, H., Immonen, K., & Nurmi, A. (2014). Effects of chemical treatments on physical properties of flax fibres. In Modern Polymeric Materials For Environmental Applications (Vol. 5, pp. 319-328)