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All-cellulose composites were prepared by dispersing kraft fibers in a matrix made from pulp dissolved in NaOH-water. To hydrophobize the composite surface while maintaining the material fully bio-based and biodegradable, layer-by-layer deposition of cationic starch and carnauba wax was performed. Various options of surface coating, drying, and curing were tested, including partial and complete melting of the wax. The composite surface was characterized by water contact angle, roughness and scanning electron microscopy, and material properties by adsorption and absorption of water (in vapor and liquid form) and tensile testing. The highest water contact angle was obtained when the layer-by-layer deposition was performed by dipping the dry composite into cationic starch solution, then in wax dispersion, and partially melting the wax after coating. However, it was demonstrated that the dipping approach was detrimental to material tensile properties, due to heterogeneous swelling of cellulose during the treatment and multiple drying sequences. Process optimization via spraying resulted in composites with Young's modulus of 6 GPa and hydrophobic surface with water contact angle 122 degrees C.
- Carnauba wax
- Tensile properties
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01/05/2018 → 30/04/2022
Project: Academy of Finland: Other research funding
01/01/2016 → 30/09/2020
Project: Business Finland: Other research funding