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  • 1.
    García-García, Daniel
    et al.
    Instituto de Tecnología de Materiales (ITM), Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Alicante, Spain.
    Balart, Rafael
    Instituto de Tecnología de Materiales (ITM), Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Alicante, Spain.
    Lopez-Martinez, Juan
    Instituto de Tecnología de Materiales (ITM), Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Alicante, Spain.
    Ek, Monica
    School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health, Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology, KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Moriana, Rosana
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre. School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health, Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology, KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Optimizing the yield and physico-chemical properties of pine cone cellulose nanocrystals by different hydrolysis time2018In: Cellulose (London), ISSN 0969-0239, E-ISSN 1572-882X, Vol. 25, no 5, p. 2925-2938Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) were isolated for the first time from pine cones (PC) by alkali and bleaching treatments and subsequent sulfuric acid hydrolysis (64%) at 45 degrees C. The influence of the hydrolytic reaction time (30, 45, and 90 min) on the yield, chemical composition and structure, and thermal stability of CNCs was evaluated. The removal of non-cellulosic constituents during the alkaline and bleaching treatment resulted in high pure cellulosic fibres. The isolation of CNCs from these cellulosic fibres at different reaction times was verified by the nano-dimensions of the individual crystals (< 3 and < 335 nm of average diameter and length, respectively). The highest yield (15%) and the optimum CNCs properties in terms of aspect ratio, thermal stability and crystallinity were obtained for an extraction time of 45 min. PC appeared to be a new promising source of cellulose fibres and CNCs with potential to be applied as reinforcement in composites and for food-packaging.

  • 2.
    García-García, Daniel
    et al.
    Instituto de Tecnología de Materiales-ITM, Universitat Politècnica de València, Alicante, Spain.
    Lopez-Martínez, Juan
    Instituto de Tecnología de Materiales-ITM, Universitat Politècnica de València, Alicante, Spain.
    Rafael, Balart
    Instituto de Tecnología de Materiales-ITM, Universitat Politècnica de València, Alicante, Spain.
    Strömberg, Emma
    School of Engineering Science in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health, Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology, KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Moriana, Rosana
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre. School of Engineering Science in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health, Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology, KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Reinforcing capability of cellulose nanocrystals obtained from pine cones in a biodegradable poly(3-hydroxybutyrate)/poly(ε-caprolactone) (PHB/PCL) thermoplastic blend2018In: European Polymer Journal, ISSN 0014-3057, E-ISSN 1873-1945, Vol. 104, p. 10-18Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this work, different loads (3, 5 and 7 wt%) of pine cone cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) were added to films ofpoly(3-hydroxybutyrate)/poly(ε-caprolactone) (PHB/PCL) blends with a composition of 75 wt% PHB and 25 wt% PCL (PHB75/PCL25). The films were obtained after solvent casting followed by melt compounding in anextruder and finally subjected to a thermocompression process. The influence of different CNCs loadings on themechanical, thermal, optical, wettability and disintegration in controlled compost properties of the PHB75/PCL25blend was discussed. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) revealed the best dispersion of CNCson the polymeric matrix was at a load of 3 wt%. Over this loading, CNCs aggregates were formed enhancing thefilms fragilization due to stress concentration phenomena. However, the addition of CNCs improved the opticalproperties of the PHB75/PCL25films by increasing their transparency and accelerated the film disintegration incontrolled soil conditions. In general, the blend with 3 wt% CNCs offers the best balanced properties in terms ofmechanical, thermal, optical and wettability

  • 3.
    Moriana, Rosana
    et al.
    Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain.
    Vilaplana, Francisco
    KTH – Royal Institute of Technology.
    Karlsson, Sigbritt
    KTH – Royal Institute of Technology.
    Ribes-Greus, Amparo
    Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain.
    Improved thermo-mechanical properties by the addition of natural fibres in starch-based sustainable biocomposites2011In: Composites. Part A, Applied science and manufacturing, ISSN 1359-835X, E-ISSN 1878-5840, Vol. 42, no 1, p. 30-40Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Sustainable biocomposites based on thermoplastic starch copolymers (Mater-Bi KE03B1) and biofibres (cotton, hemp and kenaf) were prepared and characterised in terms of their thermo-mechanical and morphological properties. Biocomposites exhibit improved thermal stability and mechanical properties in comparison with the Mater-Bi KE. Biofibres act as suitable thermal stabilizers for the Mater-Bi KE, by increasing the maximum decomposition temperature and the Ea associated to the thermal decomposition process. Biofibre addition into the Mater-Bi KE results in higher storage modulus and in a reduction of the free-volume-parameter associated to the Mater-Bi KE glass transition. The influence of different biofibres on the thermo-mechanical properties of the biocomposites has been discussed. Hemp and kenaf enhance the thermal stability and reduce the free volume-parameter of Mater-Bi KE more significantly than cotton fibres, although the latter exhibits the highest mechanical performance. These differences may be explained by the improved interaction of lignocellulosic fibres with the Mater-Bi KE, due to the presence of hemicellulose and lignin in their formulation. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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