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dc.contributor.authorPickering, Kim L.
dc.contributor.authorLi, Y.
dc.contributor.authorFarrell, Roberta L.
dc.contributor.authorLay, Mark C.
dc.date.accessioned2009-09-27T22:05:18Z
dc.date.available2009-09-27T22:05:18Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.identifier.citationPickering, K. L., Li, Y., Farrell, R. L. & Lay, M. (2007). Interfacial modification of hemp fiber reinforced composites using fungal and alkali treatment. Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy, 1(1), 109-117.en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/3218
dc.description.abstractIncreasing worldwide environmental awareness is encouraging scientific research into developing cheaper, more sustainable materials. Industrial hemp fiber is one of the strongest and stiffest available natural fibers [K. L. Pickering, M. Priest, T. Watts, G. Beckermann, and S. N. Alam, J. Adv. Mater. 37, 15 (2005)] and therefore has great potential in composite materials. Incorporated into a thermoplastic matrix, it gives a structural material that is cheap, lightweight, and recyclable. However, natural fibers are commonly incompatible with common molding thermoplastics such as polypropylene, which limits the performance of the composites produced. The main objective of the current work was to investigate the use of fungi to treat hemp fiber to create better bonding characteristics in natural fiber reinforced polypropylene composites. X-ray diffraction (XRD), ζ-potential, lignin testing, thermal analysis, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to characterize the effect of treatment on hemp fibers. A combined alkali and fungi treated fiber composite produced the highest tensile strength of 48.3 MPa, an increase of 32% compared to composites with untreated fiber.en
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherAmerican Scientific Publishersen_NZ
dc.subjectnatural fibersen
dc.subjectinterfaceen
dc.subjectinterphaseen
dc.subjectinjection moldingen
dc.subjectfungal treatmenten
dc.subjectthermoplasticen
dc.titleInterfacial modification of hemp fiber reinforced composites using fungal and alkali treatmenten
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.identifier.doi10.1166/jbmb.2007.012en
dc.relation.isPartOfJournal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergyen_NZ
pubs.begin-page109en_NZ
pubs.editionAprilen_NZ
pubs.elements-id32458
pubs.end-page117en_NZ
pubs.issue1en_NZ
pubs.volume1en_NZ


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