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  • 1.
    Aitomäki, Yvonne
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Berglund, Linn
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Noël, Maxime
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Linder, Tomas
    Löfqvist, Torbjörn
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Light scattering in cellulose nanofibre suspensions: Model and experiments2016In: Computers in Chemistry Proceeding from ACS National Meeting San Diego: Proceeding from ACS National Meeting San Diego, American Chemical Society (ACS), 2016, 122- p., CELL 235Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Here light scattering theory is used to assess the size distribution in a suspension of cellulose as it is fibrillated from micro-scaled to nano-scaled fibres. A model based on Monte carlo simulations of the scattering of photons by different sizes of cellulose fibres was used to predict the UV-IF spectrum of the suspensions. Bleached cellulose hardwood pulp was tested and compared to the visually transparent tempo-oxidised hardwood cellulose nanofibres (CNF) suspension. The theoretical results show that different diameter size classes exhibit very different scattering patterns. These classes could be identified in the experimental results and used to establish the size class dominating the suspension. A comparison to AFM/microscope size distribution was made and the results indicated that using the UV-IF light scattering spectrum maybe more reliable that size distribution measurement using AFM and microscopy on dried CNF samples. The UV-IF spectrum measurement combined with the theoretical prediction can be used even at this initial stage of development of this model to assess the degree of fibrillation when processing CNF.

  • 2.
    Aitomäki, Yvonne
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Jonoobi, Mehdi
    Mathew, Aji P.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Impregnation of cellulose nanofibre networks with a thermoplastic polymer2013Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The emphasis of this study have been to study if impregnation of cellulose nanofibre networks can be made using a thermoplastic polymer as a matrix and to estimate the reinforcing efficiency of the cellulose nanofibres in this composite. A nanofibre network with higher porosity that water-dried nanofibre network was prepared from a cellulose waste byproduct (sludge). This was impregnated using a diluted solution of cellulose acetate butyrate polymer to produce a 60 wt. % CNF/CAB composite. This composite was characterized using microscopy and mechanical testing. High porosity is seen in the SEM images of the acetone-dried fibre network and SEM and film transparency was used to qualitatively assess the impregnation of the network. A significant improvement in the visible light transmittance was observed for the nanocomposite film compared to the nanofibre network as a result of the impregnation. The reinforcing efficiency was calculated based on a model of the nanocomposite and compared to other nanocomposites in the literature. The efficiency factor takes into account the volume fraction and the stiffness of the matrix. This showed that this CNF/CAB combination is similar in efficiency to CNF/PLA nanocomposites and more efficient that nanocomposites using when using stiffer matrices. It was also more efficient CNF nanocomposites based on Chitosan, which has the same stiffness. It is still however not as efficient as traditional glass polymer composites due to the random orientation of the fibres nor nanocomposites with very soft matrices due to the dominating network effect of the CNF in such composites. In conclusion, CAB impregnated cellulose nanofibre networks are promising biocomposite materials that could be used in applications where transparency and good mechanical properties are of interest. The key elements in the impregnation process of the nanocomposites were the use of a porous networks and a low viscosity thermoplastic resin solution.

  • 3.
    Aitomäki, Yvonne
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Moreno, Sergio
    Lundström, Staffan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Fluid and Experimental Mechanics.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Vacuum infusion of cellulose nanofibre network composites: Influence of porosity on permeability and impregnation2016In: Materials & design, ISSN 0264-1275, E-ISSN 1873-4197, Vol. 95, 204-211 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Addressing issues around the processing of cellulose nanofibres (CNF) composites is important in establishing their use as sustainable, renewable polymer reinforcements. Here, CNF networks of different porosity were made with the aim of increasing their permeability and suitability for processing by vacuum infusion (VI). The CNF networks were infused with epoxy using two different strategies. The permeability, morphology and mechanical properties of the dry networks and the resulting nanocomposites were investigated. Calculated fill-times for CNF networks with 50% porosity were the shortest, but are only less than the gel-time of the epoxy if capillary effects are included. In experiments the CNF networks were clearly wetted. However low transparency indicated that impregnation was incomplete. The modulus and strength of the dry CNF networks increased rapidly with decreasing porosity, but their nanocomposites did not follow this trend, showing instead similar mechanical properties to each other. The results demonstrated that increasing the porosity of the CNF networks to ≈ 50% gives better impregnation resulting in a lower ultimate strength, a higher yield strength and no loss in modulus. Better use of the flow channels in the inherently layered CNF networks could potentially reduce void content in these nanocomposites and thus increase their mechanical properties.

  • 4.
    Aitomäki, Yvonne
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Moreno, Sergio
    Lundström, Staffan
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Fluid and Experimental Mechanics.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Vacuum Infusion of Nanocellulose Networks of Different Porosity2015In: 20th International Conference on Composite Materials: Copenhagen, 19-24th July 2015, ICCM , 2015, 4109-1Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cellulose nanofibres (CNF) have shown good potential as sustainable, biobased reinforcing materials in polymer composites. Addressing issues around the processing of these composites is an important part of establishing their use in different applications. Here, CNF networks of different porosity are made from nanofibrillated hardwood kraft pulp with the aim of increasing the impregnation of the CNF networks and to allow vacuum infusion to be used. Two different vacuum infusion strategies: in-plane and out of plane were used to infuse the CNF networks with a low viscosity epoxy. The permeability, morphology and mechanical properties of the dry networks and the resulting nanocomposites were investigated and compared to a micro-fibre based network. Using the out-of-plane permeability measurements and Darcy’s law, the fill-time was calculated and showed that the CNF network with 40% porosity had the lowest fill-time when an out-of-plane impregnation strategy is used. However this exceeded the gel-time of the epoxy system. In experiments, the resin reached the other side of the network but low transparency indicated that wetting was poor. The dry CNF preforms showed a very strong dependence on the porosity with both modulus and strength increasing rapidly at low porosity. Interestingly, the composite based on the 60% porosity network showed good wetting particularly with the in-plane infusion strategy, exhibiting a much more brittle fracture and a high yield strength. This shows that in CNF composites produced by VI, lowering the fibre volume content of the CNF composites gives better impregnation resulting in a lower ultimate strength but higher yield strength and no loss in modulus.

  • 5.
    Aitomäki, Yvonne
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Cellulose nanofibril nanocomposites processing2013In: Production and Applications of Cellulose Nanomaterials, Peachtree Corners, GA: TAPPI Press, 2013, 271-274 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Impregnation of a preformed network of nanofibrils leads to high fibre volume fraction nanocomposites and with this good mechanical properties have been achieved. However, comparing nanofibrils composite made with different volume fractions and different matrices is difficult. In order to do this, and in doing so gain insight into the most promising approaches, methods of measuring reinforcing efficiencies are being developed. The results show that for matrices with low stiffness the stiffness reinforcing efficiency is high. However with high fibre volume fraction and high stiffness, this network effect may lead to a lack of exploitation of the properties of the nanofibrils. Alignment of the nanofibrils is also a key in effective reinforcement. In addition, upscaling of the impregnation process requires a good understanding of permeability and adaptation of existing permeability models for cellulose nanofibrils networks as well as experiments on their permeability are ongoing.

  • 6.
    Aitomäki, Yvonne
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Quantifying reinforcing efficiency of nanocellulose fibres2013In: Processing of fibre composites-challenges for maximum materials performance: Proceedings of 34th Risø International Symposium on Materials Science / [ed] Bo Madsen; Hans Lilholt; Y Kusano; S Fäster; B Ralph, Risö: Dept. of Wind Energy, Technical University of Denmark , 2013, 149-160 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cellulose nanofibres are found in all plants and have the potential to provide a sustainable biobased material source. These nanofibres can be used for reinforcing polymers and thus as structural materials. Very promising results have been reported for different nanocomposites but to compete with existing materials, it is important to understand what progress has been made towards structural materials using nanocellulose. To do this the reinforcing efficiency of the stiffness and strength of nanocellulose in different nanocomposites has been calculated for a number of reported nanocellulose fibre based composites. For the stiffness this is done by back-calculating a reinforcing efficiency factor from a Halpin-Tsai model and laminate theory. For the strength efficiency, two models are used: a classic short fibre composite model and a network model. The results show that orientation is key to the stiffness efficiency, as shown by the high efficiency of aligned natural fibres. The stiffness efficiency is, as expected, high in soft matrices but in stiff matrices, the network effect of the nanofibres is possibility limiting their reinforcing potential. The strength efficiency results show that in all the nanocomposites evaluated the network model is closer to predicting strength than the short fibre composite model. The correlation between the network strength and the composite strength suggest that much of the stress transfer is from fibre to fibre and strong nanocomposites depend heavily on having a strong network. Also noted is that in composite processing a good impregnation of the nanofibers is also seen as an important factor in the efficiency of both strength and stiffness.

  • 7.
    Aitomäki, Yvonne
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Reinforcing efficiency and the manufacture nanocellulose fibre based composites by vacuum infusion2015Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Nanocomposites based on cellulose have received a rapidly rising attention over the last 10 years however the method of manufacturing these composites on a scale larger than that in the lab remains challenging. Another challenge is that low fraction nanocomposites, whilst they can show excellent improvement in polymer properties, have difficultly to compete with traditional fibre reinforced composites [1,2]. A commonly used liquid composite moulding method for producing composites is vacuum infusion and the possibility of trading glass fibre for nanocellulose networks sheets in this type of manufacturing could results in a upscale method for producing high volume fraction cellulose nanocomposites. CNF networks are stiff and strong but have high fibre packing and thus difficult to impregnate. This paper evaluates the effectiveness of increasing the porosity to improve their processability by VI.

  • 8.
    Aitomäki, Yvonne
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Reinforcing efficiency of nanocellulose in polymers2014In: Reactive & functional polymers, ISSN 1381-5148, E-ISSN 1873-166X, Vol. 85, 151-156 p., 6Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Nanocellulose extracted from renewable sources, is a promising reinforcement for many polymers and is a material where strong interfibre hydrogen bonds add effects not seen in microfiber composites. Presented is a tool for comparing different nanocellulose composites based on estimating the efficiency of nanocellulose reinforcement. A reinforcing efficiency factor is calculated from reported values of elastic modulus and strength from various nanocellulose composites using established micromechanical models. In addition, for the strength, a network model is derived based on fibre-fibre bond strength within nanocellulose networks. The strength results highlight the importance of the plastic deformation in the nanocellulose composites. Both modulus and strength efficiency show that the network strength and modulus has a greater effect than that of the individual constituents. In the best cases, nanocellulose reinforcement exceeds all model predictions.

  • 9.
    Aitomäki, Yvonne
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Reinforcing Efficiency of Nanocelluloses in Polymer Nanocomposites2014In: Handbook of Green Materials: Processing Technologies, Properties and Applications, Singapore: World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society, 2014Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 10.
    Aitomäki, Yvonne
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Westin, Mikael
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science. University of Jyvaskyla, Department of Physics.
    Korpimäki, Jani
    CSI Composites.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Nanofibre distribution in composites manufactured with epoxy reinforced with nanofibrillated cellulose: model prediction and verification2016In: IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, ISSN 1757-8981, E-ISSN 1757-899X, Vol. 139, 012011Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study a model based on simple scattering is developed and used to predict the distribution of nanofibrillated cellulose in composites manufactured by resin transfer moulding (RTM) where the resin contains nanofibres. The model is a Monte Carlo based simulation where nanofibres are randomly chosen from probability density functions for length, diameter and orientation. Their movements are then tracked as they advance through a random arrangement of fibres in defined fibre bundles. The results of the model show that the fabric filters the nanofibres within the first 20 µm unless clear inter-bundle channels are available. The volume fraction of the fabric fibres, flow velocity and size of nanofibre influence this to some extent. To verify the model, an epoxy with 0.5 wt.% Kraft Birch nanofibres was made through a solvent exchange route and stained with a colouring agent. This was infused into a glass fibre fabric using an RTM process. The experimental results confirmed the filtering of the nanofibres by the fibre bundles and their penetration in the fabric via the inter-bundle channels. Hence, the model is a useful tool for visualising the distribution of the nanofibres in composites in this manufacturing process.

  • 11.
    Aitomäki, Yvonne
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Westin, Mikael
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Hydrogel state impregnation of cellulose fibre-phenol composites: effects of fibre size distribution2016In: ECCM 2016: Proceeding of the 17th European Conference on Composite Materials, European Conference on Composite Materials , 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Whilst it has been well established that cellulose nanofibres (CNF) networks produce films that have high stiffness and strength, they are difficult to impregnate. Investigated in this study is whether by controlling the degree of nanofibrillation of cellulose, composites based on micro- and nano-size cellulose fibres can be made that are more easily manufactured and have better impregnation than solely cellulose nano-fibre based composites. To evaluate this, cellulose at different stages of ultrafine grinding, extracted at time intervals of 30, 60 and 290 mins, were used to make composites. To achieve good impregnation a novel strategy was used based on impregnation with phenol resin whilst the fibrillated cellulose is in a hydrogel state. The composites were subsequently dried and consolidated by hot press. The current results show that this method of impregnation is successful and the phenol matrix greatly improves the properties of the cellulose with a low degree of fibrillation. In general, as the degree of fibrillation and the proportion of nanofibres increases, the mechanical properties of the networks and their composites increase. The addition of the matrix appears to restrict the deformation of CNF network, increasing the modulus and yield strength but decreasing the ultimate strength. The method also appears to restrict the consolidation and voids remain in the composite, which reduces the modulus when compared to theoretical maximum values for this material. More work on the consolidation process is necessary to achieve the full potential of these composites.

  • 12.
    Alemandar, Ayse
    et al.
    University of Toronto.
    Sain, Mohini
    University of Toronto.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    The effect of decreased fiber size in wheat straw / polyvinyl alchol composites2009In: Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy, ISSN 1556-6560, E-ISSN 1556-6579, Vol. 3, no 1, 75-80 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The reinforcing potential of micro and nano-size fibers from wheat straw in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) was studied. The microfibers were obtained by alkali treatment and disintegration process of wheat straw while nanofibers were obtained after applying further mechanical treatment of this alkali treated wheat straw. The results showed that the alkali treatment increased the α-cellulose content of the fibers from 38% to 73% due to hydrolysis of the hemicelluloses and lignin from the straw walls. The morphology and thermal properties of the micro and nano-size fibers were determined to show their potential as reinforcements. The transmission electron microscopy study showed that the size of the wheat straw fibers was decreased from micro to nano-size by the defibrillation process. Thermogravimetric analysis demonstrated the alkali treatment dramatically increased the thermal properties of the wheat straw fibers. The morphologies and thermal properties of the prepared composites were investigated by scanning electron microscopy and thermogravimetric analysis. The thermal stability of the nanofiber-reinforced composites increased with respect to the neat PVA. The mechanical properties of the composites increased significantly with the addition of microfibers and further increment was obtained with nanofibers. The tensile modulus increased from 2.1 GPa of pure PVA to 3 GPa with the addition of micro sized fibers and further to 3.8 GPa with the decreased fiber size to nano scale. The composites strength showed similar trend.

  • 13.
    Alemdar, Ayse
    et al.
    University of Toronto.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Sain, Mohini
    University of Toronto.
    Reinforcement capability of wheat straw fibers from micro to nano size2007In: 9th International Conference on Wood & Biofiber Plastic Composites: held in Madison, Wisconsin, May 21 -23, 2007, Madison, Wis: Forest Products Society, 2007Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The goal of this study was to explore the reinforcement capability of micro and nano-size fibers from wheat straw. Microfibers were obtained by alkali treatment and disintegration processes of the wheat straw while nanofibers were obtained after applying further mechanical treatment of this alkali treated wheat straw. The morphology and thermal properties of both fiber types were determined to show their suitability as reinforcements. TEM images showed that the diameters of the wheat straw fibers were decreased from micro to nano-size by the defibrillation process. Thermogravimetric analysis showed the alkali treatment dramatically increased the thermal properties of the wheat straw fibers. The composites were produced using, respectively, the microfibers and nanofibers as reinforcement, with both polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB) as the matrix. The morphology and thermal properties of the composites were investigated by scanning electron microscopy and thermogravimetric analysis. The mechanical properties of the composites were compared with those of neat polymer matrix and found to be considerably improved.

  • 14.
    Baillif, Marie Le
    et al.
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    The effect of processing on fiber dispersion, fiber length and thermal degradation of bleached sulfite cellulose fiber polypropylene composites2009In: Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, ISSN 0892-7057, E-ISSN 1530-7980, Vol. 22, no 2, 115-133 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The goal of this study was to examine how the extrusion process affects the dispersion, length and thermal degradation of cellulose fibers (CF) in polypropylene (PP) composites. Bleached sulfite cellulose fibers were pelletized and then compounded (20 and 30 wt%) in a co-rotating twin screw extruder. The pelletizing process of cellulose fibers was found to cause extensive fiber breakage. The fiber length was decreased from an initial 1.7 to 0.8 mm. The results showed that higher screw speed, higher fiber content and two extrusions increased the shear energy, resulting in improved fiber dispersion but also caused fiber breakage and thermal degradation. The composites mechanical properties were not improved with better fiber dispersion and the reason for this might be the extensive fiber breakage and thermal degradation. Moreover, it was found that the PP polymer was also slightly degraded during the compounding process.

  • 15.
    Bengtsson, Magnus
    et al.
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim.
    Gatenholm, Paul
    CTH.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    The effect of crosslinking on the properties of polyethylene/wood flour composites2005In: Composites Science And Technology, ISSN 0266-3538, E-ISSN 1879-1050, Vol. 65, no 10, 1468-1479 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, the possibility of using silane technology in crosslinking composites of wood flour and polyethylene has been investigated. Composites of vinyltrimethoxy silane grafted high density polyethylene and wood flour were produced by compounding in a twin-screw extruder. Gel content analysis with p-xylene extraction revealed higher gel content in the samples where wood flour was added compared to neat crosslinked matrix. Mechanical analysis of the crosslinked composites showed increased tensile strength with increasing amount of wood flour, which might be an indication of improved adhesion between the matrix and the wood flour. The stiffness increased with increasing amount of wood flour with accompanied decrease in strain at break. Dynamic mechanical thermal analysis of crosslinked plastics and composites showed no significant shift in the γ-transition towards higher temperature for the composites compared to neat plastic. Short-term creep experiments showed reduced creep deformation with increasing amount of wood flour. Crosslinking of the composites reduced the creep deformation further. A boiling test in water followed by tensile testing showed that the crosslinked composites were less susceptible to water uptake compared to the non-crosslinked. Moreover, the decrease in tensile strength of the crosslinked composites was not as significant as for the non-crosslinked composites. Scanning electron microscopy revealed good compatibility and adhesion between the plastic and the wood flour for crosslinked composites.

  • 16.
    Bengtsson, Magnus
    et al.
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim.
    LeBaillif, Marie
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Extrusion and mechanical properties of highly filled cellulose fibre-polypropylene composites2007In: Composites. Part A, Applied science and manufacturing, ISSN 1359-835X, E-ISSN 1878-5840, Vol. 38, no 8, 1922-1931 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study focused on manufacturing of highly filled cellulose fibre-polypropylene composites and evaluation of the mechanical properties of the composites. Cellulose fibre reinforced polypropylene composites with up to 60 wt-% of fibres with and without coupling agent were manufactured by extrusion. In order to achieve consistent feeding of the fibres into the extruder a pelletization technique was used where the fibres were pressed into pellets. Two commercial grades of cellulose fibres were used in the study, bleached sulfite and bleached kraft fibres. Fibre dimension measurements showed that the pelletization process and extrusion at high fibre loading caused the most severe fibre breakage. Flexural testing showed that increased fibre loading made the composites stiffer but reduced the toughness. Addition of maleic anhydride grafted coupling agent increased the stiffness and strength of the composites significantly. In general, there was no significant difference in the mechanical properties between the composites with kraft and sulfite fibres. Scanning electron microscopy showed that addition of coupling agent improved the interfacial adhesion between the fibres and polypropylene matrix.

  • 17.
    Bengtsson, Magnus
    et al.
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Crosslinked wood-thermoplastic composites: profile extrusion & mechanical properties2006In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Progress in Wood and Bio-Fibre Plastic Composites, Centre for Materials and Manufacturing , 2006Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 18. Bengtsson, Magnus
    et al.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Optimization of silane crosslinkling technology for use in polyethylene-wood flour composites2005In: 8th International Conference on Woodfiber-Plastic Composites (and Other Natural Fibers): May 23 - 25, 2005, Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, Forest Products Society, 2005Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 19.
    Bengtsson, Magnus
    et al.
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Silane crosslinked wood plastic composites: Processing and properties2006In: Composites Science And Technology, ISSN 0266-3538, E-ISSN 1879-1050, Vol. 66, no 13, 2177-2186 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The focus of the study has been to produce silane crosslinked wood plastic composites in a compounding process. Silane crosslinking is one way to improve the mechanical and long-term properties of wood plastic composites. Silane crosslinked composites with different amounts of vinyltrimethoxy silane were produced in a compounding process using a co-rotating twin-screw extruder. The composites were stored in a sauna and at room temperature to study the effect of humidity on the degree of crosslinking. Gel content and swelling experiments showed that the highest degree of crosslinking was found in the composites stored in a sauna. The crosslinked composites showed toughness, impact strength and creep properties superior to those composites to which no silane was added. The flexural modulus, on the other hand, was lower in the crosslinked samples than in the non-crosslinked ones. Differential scanning calorimetry measurements of the composites showed a lower crystallinity in the crosslinked samples than in the non-crosslinked.

  • 20. Bengtsson, Magnus
    et al.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    The Effect of Crosslinking on the Properties of Polyethylene/Wood Flour Composites2004In: Conference proceedings: Progress in Woodfibre-Plastic Composites Conference 2004 : May 10 - 11, 2004, Toronto, Canada, Toronto, 2004Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 21.
    Bengtsson, Magnus
    et al.
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    The use of silane technology in crosslinking polyethylene/wood flour composites2006In: Composites. Part A, Applied science and manufacturing, ISSN 1359-835X, E-ISSN 1878-5840, Vol. 37, no 5, 752-765 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, the use of silane technology in crosslinking polyethylene-wood flour composites have been investigated. Composites were produced in a one-step process using a co-rotating twin-screw extruder. The composites were stored in a sauna and at room temperature to study the effect of humidity on the degree of crosslinking. Crosslinked composites showed improved toughness and creep properties compared to non-crosslinked composites. The flexural modulus, on the other hand, was lower in the crosslinked samples than in the non-crosslinked ones. FTIR was used to study the crosslinking reaction in the samples. X-ray mapping of the silicon signal was also performed to locate the silane in the composites. This study provides a basis for proposing, that part of the silane is grafted onto polyethylene and wood thereby creating a crosslinked network in the matrix with chemical bonds (covalent and hydrogen bonding) to wood. The other part of the silane remains un-reacted and blends into the system.

  • 22.
    Bengtsson, Magnus
    et al.
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim.
    Stark, Nicole
    Forest Products Laboratory.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Durability and mechanical properties of silane cross-linkedwood thermoplastic composites2007In: Composites Science And Technology, ISSN 0266-3538, E-ISSN 1879-1050, Vol. 67, no 13, 2728-2738 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, silane cross-linked wood-polyethylene composite profiles were manufactured by reactive extrusion. These composites were evaluated regarding their durability and mechanical properties in comparison with two non-cross-linked wood-polyethylene composites. An addition of only 2% w/w of silane solution during manufacturing was enough to achieve almost 60% degree of cross-linking after curing. The cross-linked composites showed flexural toughness superior to the non-cross-linked composites. The cross-linked composites also absorbed less moisture during a boiling test in water and this was an indirect evidence of improved interfacial adhesion. After accelerated weathering for 1000-3000 h the general trend was a decrease in flexural modulus and strength of both the non-cross-linked and cross-linked composites. The decrease in modulus seemed to be lower for the cross-linked composites while the decrease in strength seemed to be higher compared to the non-cross-linked composites. Weathering also resulted in a considerable colour fading of the composites. Water absorption-freeze-thaw cycling decreased the flexural modulus of non-cross-linked composites considerably while there was no statistical decrease in modulus for the cross-linked composites. There was only an insignificant decrease in strength for the composites after the water absorption-freeze-thaw cycling.

  • 23.
    Bengtsson, Magnus
    et al.
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim.
    Stark, Nicole
    Forest Products Laboratory.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Profile Extrusion and Mechanical Properties of Crosslinked Wood-Thermoplastic Composites2006In: Polymer Composites, ISSN 0272-8397, E-ISSN 1548-0569, Vol. 27, no 2, 184-194 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Challenges for wood-thermoplastic composites to be utilized in structural applications are to lower product weight and to improve the long-term load performance. Silane crosslinking of the composites is one way to reduce the creep during long-term loading and to improve the mechanical properties. In this study, silane crosslinked wood-polyethylene composites were produced by reactive extrusion and subsequently manufactured into rectangular profiles. The silane crosslinked composites were stored in a sauna at 90 °C to increase the degree of crosslinking. The toughness of the silane crosslinked composites was significantly higher than for the non-crosslinked composites. Improved adhesion between the wood and polyethylene phases is most likely the reason for the improved toughness of the crosslinked composites. There was no significant difference in flexural modulus between the crosslinked and non-crosslinked composites. In addition, impact testing showed that the impact strength of the crosslinked composites was considerable higher (at least double) than the non-crosslinked. The effect of temperature on the impact strength of the composites indicated slightly higher impact strength at _30 °C than at 0° and at 25 °C, and then an incrase in impact strength at 60 °C. Crosslinking also reduced the creep response during short-term loading. Moreover, scanning electron microscopy on the fracture surface of the crosslinked composites revealed good adhesion between the polyethylene and wood phases.

  • 24.
    Berglund, Linn
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Anugwom, Ikenna
    Technical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Chemical-Biological Centre, Umeå University .
    Hedenström, Mattias
    Technical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Chemical-Biological Centre, Umeå University .
    Aitomäki, Yvonne
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Mikkola, Jyri-Pekka
    Technical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Chemical-Biological Centre, Umeå University.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science. Fibre and Particle Engineering, University of Oulu.
    Switchable ionic liquids enable efficient nanofibrillation of wood pulp2017In: Cellulose (London), ISSN 0969-0239, E-ISSN 1572-882X, Vol. 24, no 8, 3265-3279 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Use of switchable ionic liquid (SIL) pulp offers an efficient and greener technology to produce nanofibers via ultrafine grinding. In this study, we demonstrate that SIL pulp opens up a mechanically efficient route to the nanofibrillation of wood pulp, thus providing both a low cost and chemically benign route to the production of cellulose nanofibers. The degree of fibrillation during the process was evaluated by viscosity and optical microscopy of SIL treated, bleached SIL treated and a reference pulp. Furthermore, films were prepared from the fibrillated material for characterization and tensile testing. It was observed that substantially improved mechanical properties were attained as a result of the grinding process, thus signifying nanofibrillation. Both SIL treated and bleached SIL treated pulps were fibrillated into nanofibers with fiber diameters below 15 nm thus forming networks of hydrophilic nature with an intact crystalline structure. Notably, it was found that the SIL pulp could be fibrillated more efficiently than traditional pulp since nanofibers could be produced with more than 30% less energy when compared to the reference pulp. Additionally, bleaching reduced the energy demand by further 16%. The study demonstrated that this switchable ionic liquid treatment has considerable potential in the commercial production of nanofibers due to the increased efficiency in fibrillation.

  • 25.
    Berglund, Linn
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Noël, Maxime
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Aitomäki, Yvonne
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Öman, Tommy
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Production potential of cellulose nanofibers from industrial residues: Efficiency and nanofiber characteristics2016In: Industrial crops and products (Print), ISSN 0926-6690, E-ISSN 1872-633X, Vol. 92, 84-92 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the production potential of cellulose nanofibers from two different industrial bio-residues: wastes from the juice industry (carrot) and the beer brewing process (BSG). The mechanical separation of the cellulose nanofibers was by ultrafine grinding. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy revealed that the materials were mechanically isolated without significantly affecting their crystallinity. The carrot residue was more easily bleached and consumed less energy during grinding, using only 0.9 kWh/kg compared to 21 kWh/kg for the BSG. The carrot residue also had a 10% higher yield than the BSG. Moreover, the dried nanofiber networks showed high mechanical properties, with an average modulus and strength of 12.9 GPa and 210 MPa, respectively, thus indicating a homogeneous nanosize distribution. The study showed that carrot residue has great potential for the industrial production of cellulose nanofibers due to its high quality, processing efficiency, and low raw material cost

  • 26.
    Bismarck, Alexander
    et al.
    Vienna University of Technology.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Bionanocomposites: Processing Methods, Characterization, and Properties2014In: Handbook of Green Materials: Processing Technologies, Properties and Applications, Singapore: World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society, 2014Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 27. Bondeson, Daniel
    et al.
    Kvien, Ingvild
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Bio-nanocomposites based on cellulose whiskers2006In: 6th Global Wood and Natural Fibre Composites Symposium: April 05 - 06, 2006 ; scientific presentations / [ed] Andrzej K. Bledzki, Lehrstuhl Kunststoff- und Recyclingtechnik , 2006Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 28.
    Bondeson, Daniel
    et al.
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim.
    Kvien, Ingvild
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Strategies for preparation of cellulose whiskers from microcrystalline cellulose as reinforcement in nanocomposites2006In: Cellulose Nanocomposites: Processing, characterization and Properties, Washington: American Chemical Society (ACS), 2006, 10-25 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 29.
    Bondeson, Daniel
    et al.
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim.
    Mathew, Aji P.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim.
    Optimization of the Isolation of Nanocrystals from Microcrystalline Cellulose by Acid Hydrolysis2006In: Cellulose (London), ISSN 0969-0239, E-ISSN 1572-882X, Vol. 13, no 2, 171-180 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The objective of this work was to find a rapid, high-yield process to obtain an aqueous stable colloid suspension of cellulose nanocrystals/whiskers. Large quantities are required since these whiskers are designed to be extruded into polymers in the production of nano-biocomposites. Microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), derived from Norway spruce (Picea abies), was used as the starting material. The processing parameters have been optimized by using response surface methodology. The factors that varied during the process were the concentration of MCC and sulfuric acid, the hydrolysis time and temperature, and the ultrasonic treatment time. Responses measured were the median size of the cellulose particles/whiskers and yield. The surface charge as calculated from conductometric titration, microscopic examinations (optical and transmission electron microscopy), and observation of birefringence were also investigated in order to determine the outcome (efficiency) of the process. With a sulfuric acid concentration of 63.5% (w/w), it was possible to obtain cellulose nanocrystals/whiskers with a length between 200 and 400 nm and a width less than 10 nm in approximately 2 h with a yield of 30% (of initial weight).

  • 30.
    Bondeson, Daniel
    et al.
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Dispersion and characteristics of surfactant modified cellulose whiskers nanocomposites2007In: Composite interfaces (Print), ISSN 0927-6440, E-ISSN 1568-5543, Vol. 14, no 7-9, 617-630 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Biodegradable nanocomposites based on 5 wt% cellulose nanowhiskers (CNW) and polylactic acid (PLA) were prepared using an extrusion process. An anionic surfactant (5, 10, and 20 wt%) was used to improve the dispersion of the CNW in the PLA matrix. The results showed that increased surfactant content resulted in improved dispersion but at the same time degraded the PLA matrix. The results from mechanical testing showed a maximum modulus for the composite with 5 wt% surfactant and as the surfactant content increased, the CNW dispersion improved and the tensile strength and elongation at break was improved compared to its unreinforced counterpart.

  • 31. Bondeson, Daniel
    et al.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Optimization of the preparation of nano crystals from microcrystalline cellulose in aqueous suspensions2005In: Abstracts of papers, 229th ACS national meeting : San Diego, CA, March 13 - 17, 2005, Washington, DC: American Chemical Society (ACS), 2005Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 32.
    Bondeson, Daniel
    et al.
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Polylactic acid/cellulose whisker nanocomposites modified by polyvinyl alcohol2007In: Composites. Part A, Applied science and manufacturing, ISSN 1359-835X, E-ISSN 1878-5840, Vol. 38, no 12, 2486-2492 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was to produce biodegradable polylactic acid/cellulose whisker nanocomposites by compounding extrusion and investigate the possibility to use polyvinyl alcohol to improve the dispersion of whiskers in the matrix. Two feeding methods of polyvinyl alcohol and cellulose nanowhiskers were used and evaluated, dry-mixing with polylactic acid prior extrusion or pumping as suspension directly into the extruder. Various microscopic techniques, tensile testing, and dynamic mechanical thermal analysis were used to study the structure and properties of the nanocomposites. Due to immiscibility of the polymers, phase separation occurred with a continuous polylactic acid phase and a discontinuous polyvinyl alcohol phase. The whiskers were primarily located in the polyvinyl alcohol phase and only a negligible amount was located in the polylactic acid phase. This inadequate dispersion of whiskers in the polylactic acid phase was probably the reason why no improvements in thermal properties were seen for the nanocomposites. The relative small improvements in tensile modulus, tensile strength, and elongation to break for the nanocomposites also indicated that it was principally the polyvinyl alcohol phase that was reinforced with whiskers but not the polylactic acid phase.

  • 33.
    Bondeson, Daniel
    et al.
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim.
    Syre, Peder
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    All cellulose nanocomposites produced by compounding extrusion2007In: Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy, ISSN 1556-6560, E-ISSN 1556-6579, Vol. 1, no 3, 367-371 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A transparent biobased nanocomposite of 5 wt% cellulose nanowhiskers (CNW) and cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB), plasticized by triethyl citrate (TEC), was produced by melt extrusion. The cellulose nanowhiskers were prepared from commercially available microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) by hydrochloric acid hydrolysis. The plasticizer, TEC, was solved in the whisker suspension and this suspension was pumped into the extruder during the compounding process. Scanning electron microscopy, tensile testing, and dynamic mechanical thermal analysis were used to study the structure and properties of the nanocomposite. The tensile modulus and strength indicated an improvement with 300% and 100%, respectively, compared to neat CAB but the elongation at break was decreased. Further more, the softening temperature of CAB was extended for the nanocomposite. Results from DMTA showed that the tanδ peak temperature was shifted by 31 °C, from 117 °C to 148 °C with addition of CNW in CAB. The extrusion process with liquid feeding was shown to be successful for this material combination. AbstractA transparent biobased nanocomposite of 5 wt% cellulose nanowhiskers (CNW) and cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB), plasticized by triethyl citrate (TEC), was produced by extrusion compounding. The cellulose nanowhiskers were prepared from commercially available microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) by hydrochloric acid hydrolysis. The plasticizer, TEC, was solved in the whisker suspension and this suspension was pumped into the extruder during the compounding process. Scanning electron microscopy, tensile testing, and dynamic mechanical thermal analysis were used to study the structure and properties of the nanocomposite. The tensile modulus and strength were improved with 300% and 100%, respectively, compared to neat CAB but the elongation at break was decreased. Further more, the softening temperature of CAB was extended for the nanocomposite. Results from DMTA showed that the tan d peak temperature was shifted by 31 ˚C, from 117 °C to 148 ˚C with addition of CNW in CAB.

  • 34.
    Butylina, Svetlana
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Geng, Shiyu
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Properties of as-prepared and freeze-dried hydrogels made from poly(vinyl alcohol) and cellulose nanocrystals using freeze-thaw technique2016In: European Polymer Journal, ISSN 0014-3057, E-ISSN 1873-1945, Vol. 81, 386-396 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Poly(vinyl alcohol), PVA hydrogels are potential materials for biomedical and biotechnogical applications. However, their low mechanical properties restrict their use. In this study, the effect of PVA concentration, addition of nanocrystalline cellulose, CNC, number of freeze-thaw cycles and freeze-drying stage on properties of resulting hydrogels were investigated. The results showed that increase in PVA concentration and the addition of CNC improved the compressive properties of the hydrogels. Overall, increase in number of freeze-thaw cycles from 3 to 5 did not show any improvements in properties of hydrogels. Concentration of PVA had great effect on morphology of freeze-dried hydrogels. The CNC reduced crystallinity of PVA/CNC hydrogels as compared to PVA hydrogels. Rehydrated PVA and PVA/CNC hydrogels had higher compressive characteristics than their as-prepared analogues. In general, an improvement of compressive properties of hydrogels was achieved via reduction of their water content. In case of 5% PVA hydrogel, an addition of CNC was found to be beneficial because it increased degree of swelling and water content on rehydration.

  • 35.
    Deepa, B.
    et al.
    Department of Chemistry, Bishop Moore College, Mavelikara, 690101, Kerala.
    Abraham, Eldho
    Robert H Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
    Cordeiro, Nerida
    Competence Centre in Exact Science and Engineering, University of Madeira.
    Mozetic, Milan
    Department of Surface Engineering, Jozef Stefan Institute.
    Mathew, Aji P.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Faria, Marisa
    Competence Centre in Exact Science and Engineering, University of Madeira.
    Thomas, Sabu
    Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, Department of Chemistry, C.M.S. College, Kottayam, 686001, Kerala.
    Pothan, Laly A.
    Department of Chemistry, Bishop Moore College, Mavelikara, 690101, Kerala.
    Utilization of various lignocellulosic biomass for the production of nanocellulose: a comparative study2015In: Cellulose (London), ISSN 0969-0239, E-ISSN 1572-882X, Vol. 22, no 2, 1075-1090 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Nanocellulose was successfully extracted from five different lignocellulosic biomass sources viz. banana rachis, sisal, kapok, pineapple leaf and coir using a combination of chemical treatments such as alkaline treatment, bleaching and acid hydrolysis. The shape, size and surface properties of the nanocellulose generally depend on the source and hydrolysis conditions. A comparative study of the fundamental properties of raw material, bleached and nanocellulose was carried out by means of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, birefringence, X-ray diffraction, inverse gas chromatography and thermogravimetric analysis. Through the characterization of the nanocellulose obtained from different sources, the isolated nanocellulose showed an average diameter in the range of 10–25 nm, high crystallinity, high thermal stability and a great potential to be used with acid coupling agents due to a predominantly basic surface. This work provides an insight into the effective utilization of a variety of plant biomass as a potential source for nanocellulose extraction.

  • 36. Duchemin, Benoit
    et al.
    Mathew, Aji P.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    All-cellulose composites by partial dissolution in the ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride2009In: Composites. Part A, Applied science and manufacturing, ISSN 1359-835X, E-ISSN 1878-5840, Vol. 40, no 12, 2031-2037 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Fully bio-based and biodegradable all-cellulose composites were prepared in the form of films by partial dissolution of two cellulose sources: a commercially available microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) and filter paper (FP). The solvent selected for this work was the ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([C4mim]Cl). Both cellulose sources were partially dissolved at 80 °C and consolidated by partial dissolution, resulting in excellent mechanical properties. X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy demonstrated that partial dissolution was a viable path to transform FP into a continuous paracrystalline matrix reinforced with cellulose I crystallites. In contrast, partially dissolved MFC was not as thoroughly dissolved and large amounts of undissolved material were still visible along the center line of the films after the longest dissolution times. Consequently, partially dissolved MFC retained its initially high crystallinity. The degree of polymerization of the materials after dissolution was significantly reduced.

  • 37. Duchemin, Benoit
    et al.
    Mathew, Aji P.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Green ionic liquids for the production of fully-biobased and biodegradable all-cellulose nanocomposites2010In: 10th International Conference on Wood & Biofiber Plastic Composites and Cellulose NanoComposites Symposium, Forest Products Society, 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 38.
    Esmaeili, Chakavak
    et al.
    School of Chemical Sciences and Food Technology, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi.
    Abdi, Mahnaz M.
    University Putra Malaysia, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University Putra Malaysia.
    Mathew, Aji P.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Jonoobi, Mehdi
    Department of Wood and Paper Science and Technology, Faculty of Natural Resources, University of Tehran.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Rezayi, Majid
    Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, University Malaya.
    Synergy Effect of Nanocrystalline Cellulose for the Biosensing Detection of Glucose2015In: Sensors, ISSN 1424-8220, E-ISSN 1424-8220, Vol. 15, no 10, 24681-24697 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Integrating polypyrrole-cellulose nanocrystal-based composites with glucose oxidase (GOx) as a new sensing regime was investigated. Polypyrrole-cellulose nanocrystal (PPy-CNC)-based composite as a novel immobilization membrane with unique physicochemical properties was found to enhance biosensor performance. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) images showed that fibers were nanosized and porous, which is appropriate for accommodating enzymes and increasing electron transfer kinetics. The voltammetric results showed that the native structure and biocatalytic activity of GOx immobilized on the PPy-CNC nanocomposite remained and exhibited a high sensitivity (ca. 0.73 μA·mM(-1)), with a high dynamic response ranging from 1.0 to 20 mM glucose. The modified glucose biosensor exhibits a limit of detection (LOD) of (50 ± 10) µM and also excludes interfering species, such as ascorbic acid, uric acid, and cholesterol, which makes this sensor suitable for glucose determination in real samples. This sensor displays an acceptable reproducibility and stability over time. The current response was maintained over 95% of the initial value after 17 days, and the current difference measurement obtained using different electrodes provided a relative standard deviation (RSD) of 4.47%.

  • 39.
    Eyholzer, Christian
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Bordeanu, Nico
    Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA).
    Lopez-Suevos, F
    Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA).
    Rentsch, D
    Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA).
    Zimmermann, Tanja
    Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA).
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Preparation and characterization of water-redispersible nanofibrillated cellulose in powder form2010In: Cellulose (London), ISSN 0969-0239, E-ISSN 1572-882X, Vol. 17, no 1, 19-30 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Water-redispersible, nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) in powder form was prepared from refined, bleached beech pulp (RBP) by carboxymethylation (c) and mechanical disintegration (m). Two routes were examined by altering the sequence of the chemical and mechanical treatment, leading to four different products: RBP-m and RBP-mc (route 1), and RBP-c and RBP-cm (route 2). The occurrence of the carboxymethylation reaction was confirmed by FT-IR spectrometry and 13C solid state NMR (13C CP-MAS) spectroscopy with the appearance of characteristic signals for the carboxylate group at 1,595 cm-1 and 180 ppm, respectively. The chemical modification reduced the crystallinity of the products, especially for those of route 2, as shown by XRD experiments. Also, TGA showed a decrease in the thermal stability of the carboxymethylated products. However, sedimentation tests revealed that carboxymethylation was critical to obtain water-redispersible powders: the products of route 2 were easier to redisperse in water and their aqueous suspensions were more stable and transparent than those from route 1. SEM images of freeze-dried suspensions from redispersed RBP powders confirmed that carboxymethylation prevented irreversible agglomeration of cellulose fibrils during drying. These results suggest that carboxymethylated and mechanically disintegrated RBP in dry form is a very attractive alternative to conventional NFC aqueous suspensions as starting material for derivatization and compounding with (bio)polymers.

  • 40. Eyholzer, Christian
    et al.
    Couraça, A. Borges de
    Laboratoire de Technologie des Composites et Polymères (LTC) Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
    Duc, F.
    Laboratoire de Technologie des Composites et Polymères (LTC) Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
    Bourban, P.E.
    Laboratoire de Technologie des Composites et Polymères (LTC) Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
    Zimmerman, T.
    Applied Wood Materials Laboratory, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), CH-8600 Dübendorf.
    Tingaut, P.
    Applied Wood Materials Laboratory, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), CH-8600 Dübendorf.
    Månsson, J.A.E.
    Laboratoire de Technologie des Composites et Polymères (LTC) Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Biocomposite hydrogels with carboxymethylated, nanofibrillated cellulose powder for replacement of the nucleus pulposus2011In: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 12, no 5, 1419-1427 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Biocomposite hydrogels with carboxymethylated, nanofibrillated cellulose (c-NFC) powder were prepared by UV polymerization of N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone with Tween 20 trimethacrylate as a crosslinking agent for replacement of the native, human nucleus pulposus (NP) in intervertebral discs. The swelling ratios and the moduli of elasticity in compression of neat and biocomposite hydrogels were evaluated in dependence of c-NFC concentration (ranging from 0 to 1.6% v/v) and degree of substitution (DS, ranging from 0 to 0.23). The viscoelastic properties in shear and the material relaxation behavior in compression were measured for neat and biocomposite hydrogels containing 0.4% v/v of fibrils (DS ranging from 0 to 0.23) and their morphologies were characterized by cryo-scanning electron microscopy (cryo-SEM). The obtained results show that the biocomposite hydrogels can successfully mimic the mechanical and swelling behavior of the NP. In addition, the presence of the c-NFC show lower strain values after cyclic compression tests and consequently create improved material relaxation properties, compared to neat hydrogels. Among the tested samples, the biocomposite hydrogel containing 0.4% v/v of c-NFC with a DS of 0.17 shows the closest behavior to native NP. Further investigation should focus on evaluation and improvement of the long-term relaxation behavior.

  • 41. Eyholzer, Christian
    et al.
    Lopez-Suevos, F
    Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA).
    Tingaut, P
    Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA).
    Zimmermann, Tanja
    Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA).
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Reinforcing effect of carboxymethylated nanofibrillated cellulose powder on hydroxypropyl cellulose2010In: Cellulose (London), ISSN 0969-0239, E-ISSN 1572-882X, Vol. 17, no 4, 793-802 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Bionanocomposites of hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) and nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) were prepared by solution casting. The various NFC were in form of powders and were prepared from refined, bleached beech pulp (RBP) by mechanical disintegration, optionally combined with a pre- or post mechanical carboxymethylation. Dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) and tensile tests were performed to compare the reinforcing effects of the NFC powders to those of their never-dried analogues. For unmodified NFC powders an inferior reinforcing potential in HPC was observed that was ascribed to severe hornification and reagglomeration of NFC. In contrast, the composites with carboxymethylated NFC showed similar behaviors, regardless of the NFC suspensions being dried or not prior to composite preparation. SEM characterization confirmed a homogeneous dispersion of dried, carboxymethylated NFC within the HPC matrix. These results clearly demonstrate that drying of carboxymethylated NFC to a powder does not decrease its reinforcing potential in (bio)nanocomposites.

  • 42.
    Eyholzer, Christian
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Lopez-Suevos, Francisco
    Applied Wood Materials Laboratory, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), CH-8600 Dübendorf.
    Bordeanu, Nico
    Applied Wood Materials Laboratory, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), CH-8600 Dübendorf.
    Zimmermann, Tanja
    Applied Wood Materials Laboratory, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), CH-8600 Dübendorf.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Structure and properties of functional cellulose fibrils-based nanocomposites2008In: Abstract of Papers of the American Chemical Society, ISSN 0065-7727, Vol. 235, no 24Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 43.
    Eyholzer, Christian
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Tingaut, P.
    Applied Wood Materials Laboratory, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), CH-8600 Dübendorf.
    Zimmermann, T.
    Applied Wood Materials Laboratory, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), CH-8600 Dübendorf.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Dispersion and reinforcing potential of carboxymethylated nanofibrillated cellulose powders modified with 1-hexanol in extruded poly(lactic acid) (PLA) composites2012In: Journal of polymers and the environment, ISSN 1566-2543, E-ISSN 1572-8919, Vol. 29, no 4, 1052-1062 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Bionanocomposites of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) and chemically modified, nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) powders were prepared by extrusion, followed by injection molding. The chemically modified NFC powders were prepared by carboxymethylation and mechanical disintegration of refined, bleached beech pulp (c-NFC), and subsequent esterification with 1-hexanol (c-NFC-hex). A solvent mix was then prepared by precipitating a suspension of c-NFC-hex and acetone-dissolved PLA in ice-cold isopropanol (c-NFC-hex sm), extruded with PLA into pellets at different polymer/fiber ratios, and finally injection molded. Dynamic mechanical analysis and tensile tests were performed to study the reinforcing potential of dried and chemically modified NFC powders for PLA composite applications. The results showed a faint increase in modulus of elasticity of 10 % for composites with a loading of 7.5 % w/w of fibrils, irrespective of the type of chemically modified NFC powder. The increase in stiffness was accompanied by a slight decrease in tensile strength for all samples, as compared with neat PLA. The viscoelastic properties of the composites were essentially identical to neat PLA. The absence of a clear reinforcement of the polymer matrix was attributed to poor interactions with PLA and insufficient dispersion of the chemically modified NFC powders in the composite, as observed from scanning electron microscope images. Further explanation was found in the decrease of the thermal stability and crystallinity of the cellulose upon carboxymethylation

  • 44.
    Eyholzer, Christian
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Zimmerman, Tanja
    Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA).
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Water-redispersible, nanofibrillated cellulose powders for polymer reinforcement2010Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 45.
    Fadel, Shaimaa M
    et al.
    Cellulose and Paper Department, National Research Center, Cairo.
    Hassan, Mohammad L
    Cellulose and Paper Department, National Research Center, Cairo.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Improving tensile strength and moisture barrier properties of gelatin using microfibrillated cellulose2013In: Journal of composite materials, ISSN 0021-9983, E-ISSN 1530-793X, Vol. 47, no 16, 1977-1985 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Microfibrillated cellulose isolated from bagasse was used to prepare novel nanocomposites using cross-linked gelatin as a biodegradable polymer matrix. Microfibrillated cellulose loadings up to 25% (weight percent) were used. The prepared nanocomposites were characterized regarding their wet and dry tensile strength, water sorption, and water vapor permeability. Nanocomposites’ surfaces were examined by scanning electron microscopy; the scanning electron microscopy images indicated homogeneous distribution of microfibrillated cellulose in the gelatin matrix. Microfibrillated cellulose improved wet and dry maximum tensile stress and modulus of cross-linked gelatin but resulted in a decrease of its strain at break. Microfibrillated cellulose did not affect the water absorption of cross-linked gelatin but significantly improved its moisture barrier property.

  • 46.
    Frisk, Nikolina
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet.
    Sain, Mohini
    University of Toronto.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Novel Applications of Nanocellulose: Lightweight Sandwich Composites for Transportation2015In: Reference module in materials science and materials engineering / [ed] Saleem Hashmi, Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2015Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter is focusing on improvement of the mechanical properties of bio-polyurethane (PU) foam by reinforcing the pre-resin with cellulose nanofibers (CNF). The prepared foam performance was evaluated by manufacturing lightweight sandwich panels using vacuum infusion process with CNF-reinforced bio-PU foam core. Cellulose fiber network (kraft paper) was used as a skin and epoxy resin was used as adhesive resin. The sandwich was tested and compared to a non-reinforced PU foam core sandwich in terms of compressive, flexural, and structural properties. The results showed that the CNF-reinforced foam resulted in sandwich panel with improved mechanical properties, and to foam with smaller cell size and lower open cell content. Moreover, the results were evaluated in a material selection process by means of minimizing merit indices. A trend in the behavior of compressive properties of the foam and flexural properties of the sandwich panels could be established. Overall, the results indicated that the mechanical properties of bio-PU foam was improved by reinforcing the pre-resin with small amounts of wet carrot CNF.

    Ultimately, this work shows a positive trend suggesting CNF-reinforced bio-PU foam has a great potential for use in commercialized products or structural components in future constructions.

  • 47.
    Geng, Shiyu
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Haque, MD Minhaz Ul
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Crosslinked polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) – structure and mechanical properties2016In: Composites Science And Technology, ISSN 0266-3538, E-ISSN 1879-1050, Vol. 126, 35-42 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The structure of cellulose-based nanocomposites significantly influences their final mechanical properties. However, obtaining a good dispersion of hydrophilic nanocellulose materials in a hydrophobic polymer matrix is challenging. In this study, two unique methods were developed to improve the dispersion of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) in a poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) matrix. One method was the crosslinking of PVAc by sodium tetraborate (borax), which is expected to prevent agglomeration of CNCs during the drying process, and the other method was the in-situ polymerization of vinyl acetate in the presence of CNCs to generate good compatibility between CNC and PVAc. The results showed that the crosslinking degree of PVAc could be varied by tuning the pH. The atomic force microscopy images illustrate that after drying, the in-situ polymerized PVAc/CNC composite was much better dispersed than the composite produced using mechanical mixing. The mechanical and thermo-mechanical characterizations indicate that the in-situ nanocomposite with 10 wt% of CNC had a higher strength and storage modulus compared with the mixed composite with the same CNC concentration. Further investigations of the restriction effect caused by the crosslinker are required.

  • 48.
    Geng, Shiyu
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Haque, MD Minhaz Ul
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Crosslinked polyvinyl acetate reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals –: Characterization of structure and mechanical properties2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The structure of cellulose based nanocomposites influences their final mechanical properties significantly. Obtaining good dispersion of hydrophilic nanocellulose materials in hydrophobic polymer matrix is challenging. Here two unique methods were developed to improve the dispersion of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) in polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) matrix. One is in-situ polymerization of vinyl acetate in the presence of CNCs, and the other one is crosslinking of PVAc by sodium tetraborate (Borax), which restricts the movement of CNCs during the drying process. The results from atomic force microscopy (AFM) show that the in-situ CNC/PVAc emulsion has much better dispersion than the one produced by stirring. Moreover, the mechanical characterization indicates that the in-situ composite with 10 wt% CNC has higher strength compared to the stirred composite with the same CNC concentration. The mechanical properties of crosslinked PVAc materials can be varied by changing the pH and may be attributed to differences of the crosslinking degree. Further investigations of the restriction effect caused by borax are needed.

  • 49.
    Geng, Shiyu
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Noël, Maxime
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Liu, Peng
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Cellulose-based nanocomposites with outstanding dispersion produced by in-situ polymerization2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cellulose-based nanocomposites are promising materials to replace the fossil-based polymers since they are biodegradable and produced from renewable resources. However, achieving good dispersion of nanocellulose in the matrix is one of the main obstacles because nanomaterials tend to form aggregates and lose their merits. In this study we developed an in-situ polymerization method to produce cellulose nanocrystals reinforced polyvinyl acetate, and the method of direct mechanical mixing was used as reference. The stability of in-situ and mixed nanocomposite aqueous dispersions was investigated by zeta potential measurements, and the results show that both of them were electrostatic stable at pH 4. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to characterize the dispersion of cellulose nanocrystals in the in-situ and mixed nanocomposites after drying, and better dispersion could be seen in the in-situ samples compared with the mixed ones. Tensile testing showed that the in-situ nanocomposites with same cellulose content had higher strength and longer elongation at break compared to the mixed nanocomposites. Furthermore, crosslinking the cellulose and partially hydrolyzed polyvinyl acetate with sodium tetraborate was also performed to further improved the reinforcing efficiency. The results from Raman spectroscopy illustrate that the heavy atoms (CC and CO) in cellulose experienced more stretching in the crosslinked nanocomposites, and the tensile testing indicated the elastic modulus and ultimate strength of them were increased significantly than those without crosslinking.

  • 50.
    Geng, Shiyu
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Noël, Maxime
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Liu, Peng
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Oksman, Kristiina
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Single-step method for producing cellulose based nanocomposites with outstanding dispersion2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cellulose nanomaterials are promising as reinforcement in composites, which is attributed to high mechanical properties, generating large interfacial area and biodegradable ability, etc. However, obtaining good dispersion is a main challenge of large-scale industrial applications since nanomaterials tend to form aggregates and lose their merits. In this study we developed a single-step method that is in-situ polymerization to produce cellulose nanocrystals reinforced polyvinyl acetate with good dispersion. Compared to normal composites prepared by direct mechanical mixing, better dispersion of cellulose nanocrystals by using in-situ polymerization has been confirmed by atomic force microscopy. Mechanical testing shown that the in-situ nanocomposites with same cellulose content had higher strength and longer elongation at break compared to direct mixed composites. Moreover, crosslinks between cellulose and partially hydrolysed polyvinyl acetate could be formed by tetrahydroborate ions in aqueous dispersion, which further improved the reinforcing efficiency. The cellulose based nanocomposites produced by in-situ polymerization are potential materials to replace fossil based polymers used in packaging and coating applications.

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