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Conventionally, the composites are made by incorporating natural fibers during the processing of the resin in the case of thermoplastics and during polymerization/ curing in the case of thermosets. The present study is aimed to prepare hybrid materials by incorporating layered silicates and microcrystalline cellulose into thermoplastic polymer.

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Using ethylene–propylene (EP) copolymer as thermoplastic polymer matrix and maleated EP (MEP) copolymer as compatibilizer, three types of composites were prepared by (i) melt mixing of cellulose with thermoplastics [I], (ii) melt mixing of clay with thermoplastics [II], and (iii) melt mixing of cellulose with the thermoplastic clay nanocomposites [III]. They were characterized by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy.


The incorporation of layered silicates reduced the water absorption of cellulose composites.

Dr Pratheep K Annamalai
University of Queensland

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This page is a summary of: Novel hybrid of clay, cellulose, and thermoplastics. I. Preparation and characterization of composites of ethylene–propylene copolymer, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, January 2007, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1002/app.25659.
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