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Asian Journal of Research in Chemistry
Year : 2015, Volume : 8, Issue : 7
First page : ( 453) Last page : ( 458)
Print ISSN : 0974-4169. Online ISSN : 0974-4150.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-4150.2015.00074.7

Preparation and Characterization of Micro Crystalline Cellulose Fiber Reinforced Chitosan based Polymer Composites.

Jeevitha R.S. Jeba1,*, Bella G.R.2, Dr. Booshan S. Avila Thanga

1Department of Chemistry, Nesamony Memorial Christian College Marthandam, Tamil Nadu, India

2Department of Chemistry, Women's Christian College, Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, India

*Corresponding Author E-mail: jebajeevitha@gmail.com

Online published on 17 October, 2015.


Plastics are widely used in society due to low cost, light weight and excellent performance which varies from soft rubbers to fibers stronger and stiffer than steel. On the other hand their non-biodegradability creates serious environmental problems. The utilization of packaging films from bio-based compounds has received so much attention lately due to the fact that they are readily biodegradable. The two most abundant polymers on earth like cellulose and chitosan have attracted increasing attention as a source of renewable energy and functional materials. Rice straw fiber is subjected to different treatment along with chitosan to form composites. The film samples have been characterized by FTIR and SEM, thermal properties by TGA and DTA. Reinforcement of chitosan with prepared microcrystalline cellulose from rice straw enhances the moisture resistance and strength of chitosan film.



Chitosan, Microcrystalline cellulose, Rice straw, Dewaxed rice straw, Polymer composites.


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