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The effect of fiber bleaching treatment on the properties of poly(lactic acid)/oil palm empty fruit bunch fiber composites


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Rayung, Marwah and Ibrahim, Nor Azowa and Zainuddin, Norhazlin and Saad, Wan Zuhainis and Abdul Razak, Nur Inani and Chieng, Buong Woei (2014) The effect of fiber bleaching treatment on the properties of poly(lactic acid)/oil palm empty fruit bunch fiber composites. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 15 (8). pp. 14728-14742. ISSN 1661-6596; ESSN: 1422-0067

Abstract

In this work, biodegradable composites from poly(lactic acid) (PLA) and oil palm empty fruit bunch (OPEFB) fiber were prepared by melt blending method. Prior to mixing, the fiber was modified through bleaching treatment using hydrogen peroxide. Bleached fiber composite showed an improvement in mechanical properties as compared to untreated fiber composite due to the enhanced fiber/matrix interfacial adhesion. Interestingly, fiber bleaching treatment also improved the physical appearance of the composite. The study was extended by blending the composites with commercially available masterbatch colorant.


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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
Faculty of Science
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms150814728
Publisher: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Keywords: Composite; PLA; OPEFB; Bleaching treatment; Hydrogen peroxide; Fiber/matrix interfacial adhesion; Colorant
Depositing User: Nurul Ainie Mokhtar
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2016 00:56
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2016 00:56
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/35668
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