Mechanical Reinforcement of Continuous Flow Spun Polyelectrolyte Complex Fibers

Granero, Alberto J, Razal, Joselito M, Wallace, Gordon G and in het Panhuis, Marc 2009, Mechanical Reinforcement of Continuous Flow Spun Polyelectrolyte Complex Fibers, Macromolecular Bioscience, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 354-360, doi: 10.1002/mabi.200800257.

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Title Mechanical Reinforcement of Continuous Flow Spun Polyelectrolyte Complex Fibers
Author(s) Granero, Alberto J
Razal, Joselito MORCID iD for Razal, Joselito M
Wallace, Gordon G
in het Panhuis, Marc
Journal name Macromolecular Bioscience
Volume number 9
Issue number 4
Start page 354
End page 360
Total pages 7
Publisher Wiley-VCH Verlag
Place of publication Weinheim, Germany
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1616-5187
Keyword(s) Chitosan
Fiber spinning
Gellan gum
Mechanical reinforcement
Polyelectrolyte complexation
Summary A simple continuous flow wet-spinning method to achieve mechanical reinforcement of the two oppositely charged biopolymers chitosan and gellan gum is described. The mechanical properties of these biopolymers are influenced by the order of addition. Using a facile method for mechanical reinforcement of gellan gum/chitosan fibers resulted in increases in Young's modulus, tensile strength, and toughness. Spinning gellan gum into chitosan resulted in the strongest fibers. We show that our fibers can provide a mechanical alternative for bio-fibers without the need of cross-linking. It is demonstrated that the fibers become ionically conducting in the presence of water vapor.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/mabi.200800257
Field of Research 109999 Technology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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