Thermally flexible epoxy/cellulose blends mediated by an ionic liquid

Hameed, N., Bavishi, J., Parameswaranpillai, J., Salim, N.V., Joseph, J., Madras, G. and Fox, B.L. 2015, Thermally flexible epoxy/cellulose blends mediated by an ionic liquid, RSC advances, vol. 5, no. 65, pp. 52832-52836, doi: 10.1039/c5ra05900c.

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Title Thermally flexible epoxy/cellulose blends mediated by an ionic liquid
Author(s) Hameed, N.
Bavishi, J.
Parameswaranpillai, J.
Salim, N.V.
Joseph, J.
Madras, G.
Fox, B.L.
Journal name RSC advances
Volume number 5
Issue number 65
Start page 52832
End page 52836
Total pages 5
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Place of publication Cambridge, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 2046-2069
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
Summary Blends between the widely used thermoset resin, epoxy, and the most abundant organic material, natural cellulose are demonstrated for the first time. The blending modification induced by charge transfer complexes using a room temperature ionic liquid, leads to the formation of thermally flexible thermoset materials. The blend materials containing low concentrations of cellulose were optically transparent which indicates the miscibility at these compositions. We observed the existence of intermolecular hydrogen bonding between epoxy and cellulose in the presence of the ionic liquid, leading to partial miscibility between these two polymers. The addition of cellulose improves the tensile mechanical properties of epoxy. This study reveals the use of ionic liquids as a compatible processing medium to prepare epoxy thermosets modified with natural polymers.
Language eng
DOI 10.1039/c5ra05900c
Field of Research 091209 Polymers and Plastics
Socio Economic Objective 870303 Polymeric Materials (e.g. Paints)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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