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  • 51.
    Alin, Jonas
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology.
    Hakkarainen, Minna
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology.
    The significant effect of polypropylene material on the migration of antioxidants from food container to food simulants2010Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 52.
    Alin, Jonas
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology.
    Hakkarainen, Minna
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology.
    Type of Polypropylene Material Significantly Influences the Migration of Antioxidants from Polymer Packaging to Food Simulants During Microwave Heating2010In: Journal of Applied Polymer Science, ISSN 0021-8995, E-ISSN 1097-4628, Vol. 118, no 2, p. 1084-1093Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Three different polypropylene materials, polypropylene homopolymer (PP), propylene-ethylene random copolymer (PP-R), and propylene-ethylene copolymer (PP-C) are commonly used in plastic containers designed for microwave heating of food. Migration of antioxidants, Irganox 1010 and Irgafos 168, from PP. PP-R, and PP-C during microwave heating in contact with different food simulants was investigated by utilizing microwave assisted extraction (MAE) and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The polypropylene material significantly influenced the migration rate, which decreased in the order of increasing degree of crystallinity in the materials. PP homopolymer was the most migration resistant of the studied materials especially in contact with fatty food simulants. The use of isooctane as fatty food simulant resulted in rapid depletion of antioxidants, while migration to another fatty food simulant, 96% ethanol, was much more limited. Migration to aqueous and acidic food simulants was in most cases under the detection limits irrespective of microwaving time and temperature. The diffusion coefficients were similar to what have been found previously under similar conditions but without microwaves. The effect of swelling was shown by the large increase in the calculated diffusion coefficients when isooctane was used as food simulant instead of 96% ethanol. (C) 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. I Appl Polym Sci 118: 1084-1093,2010

  • 53.
    Alipour, Nazanin
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymeric Materials.
    Structure and Mechanical/Transport properties of Single and Multilayer Polyethylene-based Materials2014Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The current study discusses the structure, mechanical and transport properties of polyethylene-based materials into two parts. The first part deals with the migration and chemical depletion of active substance such as insecticides from moulded polyethylene sheets. Deltamethrin (DM) and synergist piperonyl butoxide (PBO) are often used for insect control purpose. It was found that DM as a powder was incapable of recrystallization and remained in liquid state after cooling to room temperature, and that the evaporation of a DM/PBO solution was greater than that predicted from the evaporation rates of pristine separate material components. Infrared spectroscopy and liquid chromatography showed that the loss of DM and PBO through polyethylene sheets was negligible over 30 days, when aged in air at 80 °C (60 and 80 %RH). However, significant migration of the active species was observed in aged polyethylene sheets which were exposed in liquid water (at 80 and 95 °C). In the second part, the structure and properties of multi–layered polymer films were studied in terms of crystallization kinetics, mechanical and transport properties. Previously, it has been shown that when the layer thickness decreases from micrometre-scale to nanometre-scale, leading to improvement of the film performance such as crack propagation and oxygen barrier properties. In this work, two multi-layered systems were considered based on compatible (i) or incompatible layers (ii). In the first case (i), metallocene polyethylene (mPE) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE) where investigated as 2, 24, and 288 adjacent layers. In the second case (ii) poly(ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol) (EVOH) and polyethylene adhesive was evaluated as 5 and 19 layers. The crystallization kinetic studies showed that the crystallization rate was retarded as the layers became thinner with increasing number of layers in the multi-layered films as compared to the reference films (2 and 5 layers). The observation was suggested to stem from greater association between layers (inter layer mixing) in the case of mPE/LDPE films with 2 layers. Furthermore, the crack growth resistance increased with increasing number of layers. The x-ray scattering and tensile testing showed that the films were orientated more in extrusion direction than in the transverse direction, besides the EVOH films (the incompatible system) showed higher orientation in the extrusion direction than mPE/LDPE films. The uptake of n-hexane was reduced significantly in multi-layered EVOH films due to the effective protective role of EVOH. Furthermore, it was revealed that non-homogenous swelling causing a folding/curling of bilayer films when exposed to the vapour of the solvent.

  • 54.
    Alipour, Nazanin
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Andersson, Richard L.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Olsson, Richard T.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Gedde, Ulf W.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Hedenqvist, Mikael S.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    VOC-Induced Flexing of Single and Multilayer Polyethylene Films As Gas Sensors2016In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, ISSN 1944-8244, E-ISSN 1944-8252, Vol. 8, no 15, p. 9946-9953Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The differential swelling and bending of multilayer polymeric films due to the dissimilar uptake of volatile organic compounds (VOCs; n-hexane, limonene) in the different layers was studied. Motions of thin polyethylene films triggered by the penetrant were investigated to learn more about how their deformation is related to VOC absorption. Single layers of metallocene or low-density polyethylene, and multilayers (2-288-layers) of these in alternating positions were considered. Single-, 24-, and 288 layer films displayed no motion when uniformly subjected to VOCs, but they could display simple curving modes when only one side of the film was wetted with a liquid VOC. Two-layer films displayed simple bending when uniformly subjected to VOCs due to the different swelling in the two layers, but when the VOC was applied to only one side of the film, more complex modes of motion as well as dynamic oscillations were observed (e.g., constant amplitude wagging at 2 Hz for ca. 50 s until all the VOC had evaporated). Diffusion modeling was used to study the transport behavior of VOCs inside the films and the different bending modes. Finally a prototype VOC sensor was developed, where the reproducible curving of the two-layer film was calibrated with n-hexane. The sensor is simple, cost-efficient, and nondestructive and requires no electricity.

  • 55.
    Al-Naamani, Laila
    et al.
    Sultan Qaboos Univ, Dept Marine Sci & Fisheries, POB 34, Muscat 123, Oman.;Minist Municipal & Water Resources, Muscat 112, Oman..
    Dutta, Joydeep
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics.
    Dobretsov, Sergey
    Sultan Qaboos Univ, Dept Marine Sci & Fisheries, POB 34, Muscat 123, Oman.;Sultan Qaboos Univ, Ctr Excellence Marine Biotechnol, POB 50, Muscat 123, Oman..
    Nanocomposite Zinc Oxide-Chitosan Coatings on Polyethylene Films for Extending Storage Life of Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)2018In: NANOMATERIALS, ISSN 2079-4991, Vol. 8, no 7, article id 479Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Efficiency of nanocomposite zinc oxide-chitosan antimicrobial polyethylene packaging films for the preservation of quality of vegetables was studied using okra Abelmoschus esculentus. Low density polyethylene films (LDPE) coated with chitosan-ZnO nanocomposites were used for packaging of okra samples stored at room temperature (25 degrees C). Compared to the control sample (no coating), the total bacterial concentrations in the case of chitosan and nanocomposite coatings were reduced by 53% and 63%, respectively. The nanocomposite coating showed a 2-fold reduction in total fungal concentrations in comparison to the chitosan treated samples. Results demonstrate the effectiveness of the nanocomposite coatings for the reduction of fungal and bacterial growth in the okra samples after 12 storage days. The nanocomposite coatings did not affect the quality attributes of the okra, such as pH, total soluble solids, moisture content, and weight loss. This work demonstrates that the chitosan-ZnO nanocomposite coatings not only maintains the quality of the packed okra but also retards microbial and fungal growth. Thus, chitosan-ZnO nanocomposite coating can be used as a potential coating material for active food packaging applications.

  • 56. Amer, Wael A.
    et al.
    Wang, Li
    Amin, Abid M.
    Yu, Haojie
    Zhang, Lei
    Li, Chao
    Wang, Yang
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
    Liquid-crystalline azobenzene-containing ferrocene-based polymers: study on synthesis and properties of main-chain ferrocene-based polyesters with azobenzene in the side chain2013In: Polymers for Advanced Technologies, ISSN 1042-7147, E-ISSN 1099-1581, Vol. 24, no 2, p. 181-190Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Ferrocene-based polymers are characterized by their electrochemical activity, good redox properties, thermal, photochemical stability, and liquid crystallinity, and thus they have various applications in different fields. A comprehensive investigation on the synthesis and properties of three novel main-chain ferrocene-based polyesters with azobenzene in the side chain (MFPAS) was carried out. The main-chain ferrocene-based polyester, poly(N-phenyldiethanolamine 1,1'-ferrocene dicarboxylate (PPFD), was synthesized via the solution polycondensation reaction of 1,1'-ferrocenedicarbonyl chloride with phenyldiethanolamine (PDE). The novel MFPAS were synthesized via the post-polymerization azo-coupling reaction of PPFD with three different 4-substituted anilines including 4-nitroaniline, 4-aminobenzoic acid, and 4-aminobenzonitrile to produce 4-nitrophenylazo-functionalized-PPFD (PPFD-NT), 4-carboxyphenylazo-functionalized-PPFD (PPFD-CA), and 4-cyanophenylazo-functionalized-PPFD (PPFD-CN), respectively. All the synthesized polymers were characterized by 1H NMR spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and UVvisible spectroscopy. In addition, powder X-ray diffraction patterns were measured for the synthesized polymers. The photoisomerization of the MFPAS was studied. The thermal properties of the MFPAS were studied using thermogravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry. PPFD-CA and PPFD-CN were found to be more thermally stable than PPFD-NT. Finally, the liquid-crystalline properties of PPFD and the MFPAS were examined using polarized optical microscope. It was found that all the polymers possessed nematic phases and exhibited textures with schlieren disclinations.

  • 57. Amer, Wael A.
    et al.
    Wang, Li
    Yu, Haojie
    Amin, Abid M.
    Wang, Yang
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
    Synthesis and Properties of a Ferrocene-based Metallomesogenic Polymer Containing Bis(4-hydroxyoctoxyphenyl)sulfone2012In: Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials, ISSN 1574-1443, Vol. 22, no 6, p. 1229-1239Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Poly[bis(4-hydroxyoctoxyphenyl)sulfone 1,1'-ferrocene dicarboxylate] (PHOSFD) was synthesized by solution polycondensation reaction of bis(4-hydroxyoctoxyphenyl)sulfone with 1,1'-ferrocenyl chloride. The synthesized polymer was characterized via the measurement of its H-1 NMR spectrum, UV-Vis spectrum and FTIR spectrum. X-ray diffraction pattern was measured to investigate the crystallinity of the synthesized polymer and it was found that the polymer is mostly amorphous. The molecular weight of the polymer was determined by gel permeation chromatography. In addition, the electrochemical, the thermal, and the liquid crystalline properties of the synthesized polymer were examined and compared with the properties of poly(diethyleneglycol 1,1'-ferrocene dicarboxylate) (PDEFD) that was synthesized in our earlier study. The electrochemical processes of PHOSFD in CH2Cl2 were confirmed neither to be totally reversible nor completely irreversible. Generally, the electrochemical properties of PHOSFD and PDEFD were found to be similar to each other. PHOSFD was found to be thermally stable but its thermal stability is lower than that of PDEFD. Both of PHOSFD and PDEFD showed liquid crystalline properties and they possessed nematic phase textures with schlieren disclinations during heating and cooling.

  • 58.
    Aminlashgari, Nina
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology.
    LDI-MS strategies for analysis of polymer degradation products, additives and drugs2014Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The advancement of mass spectrometry (MS) has been and continues to be a prominent analytical technique for highly accurate determination of analytes. The goal of this thesis was to develop new laser desorption ionization-mass spectrometric (LDI-MS) methods for analysis of polymer degradation products, additives and drugs. Modifications in the sample preparation were evaluated in the presence and absence of surface assisting materials. Various nanoparticles were evaluated as effective absorbents for energy transfer in the LDI procedure of the small molecules.

    In paper I and II, LDI-MS methods were developed for following the progression of chemical reactions. First, the procedure to optimize microwave assisted hydrothermal degradation products of cellulose were analyzed; second, the synthesis of glucose hexanoate ester plasticizers was monitored as a function of reaction time. The LDI-MS method provided rapid detection for the elucidation of the chemical products and their relative ratios. In contrast, the electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) analysis produced a noisy spectrum primarily containing peaks from salt clusters. A surface assisted laser desorption ionization-mass spectrometry (SALDI-MS) method was developed in paper III enabling the identification of poly(e-caprolactone) and its degradation products by using nanoparticles as the substrate. Similar analysis by matrix assisted laser desorption ionization-mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) was not as successful due to convolution of the analyte peaks with clusters released from the matrix. ESI-MS analysis verified the SALDI-MS method as comparable degradation product patterns were observed. Furthermore, the possibility of using polylactide based nanocomposites as surfaces in the analysis of drugs was evaluated in paper IV. An advantage was the ease of handling compared to the use of free nanoparticles. Paper V introduces the potential of direct examination of oxygen plasma modified parylene C surfaces by a LDI-MS methodology. 

  • 59.
    Aminlashgari, Nina
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology.
    SALDI-MS Method Development for Analysis of Pharmaceuticals and Polymer Degradation Products2012Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Surface assisted laser desorption ionization-mass spectrometry (SALDI-MS) was evaluated as a new tool for analysis of polymer degradation products. A SALDI method was developed enabling rapid analysis of low molecular mass polyesters and their degradation products. In addition, the possibility to utilize nanocomposite films as easy-to-handle surfaces for analysis of pharmaceutical compounds was investigated.

    Poly(ε-caprolactone) was used as a model compound for SALDI-MS method development. The signal-to-noise values obtained by SALDI-MS were 20 times higher compared to traditional matrix assisted laser desorption ionization-mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) of the same samples with 2,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid as a matrix. Halloysite nanoclay and magnesium oxide showed best potential as surfaces and clean backgrounds in the low mass range were observed. The SALDI-MS method for the analysis of polyester degradation products was also verified by electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). An advantage over ESI-MS is the possibility to directly analyze degradation products in buffer solutions. Compared to gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) it is possible to analyze polar compounds and larger molecular mass ranges at the same time as  complicated extraction steps are avoided.

    The possibility to use nanocomposite films as surfaces instead of free nanoparticles was evaluated by solution casting of poly(lactide) (PLA) films with eight inorganic nanoparticles. The S/N values of the pharmaceutical compounds, acebutolol, propranolol and carbamazepine, analyzed on the nanocomposite surfaces were higher than the values obtained on the surface of plain PLA showing that the nanoparticles participated in the ionization/desorption process even when they are immobilized. Beside the ease of handling, the risk for instrument contamination is reduced when nanocomposites are used instead of free nanoparticles. The signal intensities depended on the type of drug, type and concentration of nanoparticle. PLA with 10 % titanium oxide or 10 % silicon nitride functioned best as SALDI-MS surfaces.

  • 60.
    Aminlashgari, Nina
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Hakkarainen, Minna
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Emerging Mass Spectrometric Tools for Analysis of Polymers and Polymer Additives2012In: Advances in Polymer Science, ISSN 0065-3195, E-ISSN 1436-5030, Vol. 248, p. 1-38Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The field of mass spectrometry has experienced enormous developments in the last few years. New interesting mass spectrometric techniques have arrived and there have been further developments in the existing methods that have opened up new possibilities for the analysis of increasingly complex polymer structures and compositions. Some of the most interesting emerging techniques for polymer analysis are briefly reviewed in this paper. These include new developments in laser desorption ionization techniques, like solvent-free matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (solvent-free MALDI) and surface-assisted laser desorption ionization (SALDI) mass spectrometry, and the developments in secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), such as gentle-SIMS and cluster SIMS. Desorption electrospray ionization (DESI) mass spectrometry and direct analysis in real time (DART) mass spectrometry offer great possibilities for analysis of solid samples in their native form, while mobility separation prior to mass spectrometric analysis in ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) mass spectrometry further facilitates the analysis of complex polymer structures. The potential of these new developments is still largely unexplored, but they will surely further strengthen the position of mass spectrometry as an irreplaceable tool for polymer characterization.

  • 61.
    Aminlashgari, Nina
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology.
    Hakkarainen, Minna
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology.
    Surface Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization-Mass Spectrometry (SALDI-MS) for Analysis of Polyester Degradation Products2012In: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, ISSN 1044-0305, E-ISSN 1879-1123, Vol. 23, no 6, p. 1071-1076Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Novel surface assisted laser desorption ionization-mass spectrometry (SALDI-MS) method was developed for rapid analysis of low molecular mass polyesters and their degradation products by laser desorption ionization-mass spectrometry. Three polycaprolactone materials were analyzed by the developed method before and after hydrolytic degradation. The signal-to-noise values obtained by SALDI-MS were 20-100 times higher compared with the ones obtained by using traditional MALDI-MS matrices. A clean background at low mass range and higher resolution was obtained by SALDI-MS. Different nanoparticle, cationizing agent, and solvent combinations were evaluated. Halloysite nanoclay and magnesium hydroxide showed the best potential as SALDI surfaces. The SALDI-MS spectrum of the polyester hydrolysis products was verified by ESI-MS. The developed SALDI-MS method possesses several advantages over existing methods for similar analyses.

  • 62.
    Aminlashgari, Nina
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology.
    Pal, Jit
    Sanwaria, Sunita
    Nandan, Bhanu
    Srivastava, Rajiv K.
    Hakkarainen, Minna
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Degradation product profiles of melt spun in situ cross-linked poly(epsilon-caprolactone) fibers2015In: Materials Chemistry and Physics, ISSN 0254-0584, E-ISSN 1879-3312, Vol. 156, p. 82-88Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In situ cross-linking of poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) fiber with bis-(epsilon-caprolactone-4-yl) (BCY) was shown to be a feasible approach to compensate for reduction in molar mass of PCL during melt-spinning. The effect of in situ cross-linking on the degradation profile of melt spun PCL fibers with different amounts of BCY was evaluated using electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry. Degradation of the cross-linked fibers was carried out in aqueous medium at 37 degrees C and 60 degrees C for different periods of time. The degradation profiles were then compared with uncross-linked fiber and 3D porous cross-linked film of PCL Interesting differences in the degradation product profiles with linear, cyclic or BCY-related low molar mass compounds were observed, clearly demonstrating the effect of cross-linking and processing on the degradation process and formation of water-soluble products. In addition the degradation product profiles demonstrated that in situ cross-linking is a feasible technique for counteracting degradation reactions during melt-spinning.

  • 63.
    Aminlashgari, Nina
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology.
    Shariatgorji, Mohammadreza
    Department of Analytical Chemistry, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Ilag, Leopold L.
    Department of Analytical Chemistry, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Hakkarainen, Minna
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology.
    Nanocomposites as novel surfaces for laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry2011In: Analytical Methods, ISSN 1759-9660, E-ISSN 1759-9679, Vol. 3, no 1, p. 192-197Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The possibility to utilize nanocomposite films as easy-to-handle surfaces for surface assisted laser desorption ionization-mass spectrometry (SALDI-MS) of small molecules, such as pharmaceutical compounds, was evaluated. The signal-to-noise values of acebutolol, propranolol and carbamazepine obtained on the nanocomposite surfaces were higher than the values obtained on plain PLA surface showing that the nanoparticles participate in the ionization/desorption process even when they are immobilized in the polymer matrix. The advantages of nanocomposite films compared to the free nanoparticles used in earlier studies are the ease of handling and reduction of instrument contamination since the particles are immobilized into the polymer matrix. Eight inorganic nanoparticles, titanium dioxide, silicon dioxide, magnesium oxide, hydroxyapatite, montmorillonite nanoclay, halloysite nanoclay, silicon nitride and graphitized carbon black at different concentrations were solution casted to films with polylactide (PLA). There were large differences in signal intensities depending on the type of drug, type of nanoparticle and the concentration of nanoparticles. Polylactide with 10% titanium oxide or 10% silicon nitride functioned best as SALDI-MS surfaces. The limit of detection (LOD) for the study was ranging from 1.7 ppm up to 56.3 ppm and the signal to noise relative standard deviations for the surface containing 10% silicon nitride was approximately 20-30%. Scanning electron microscopy demonstrated in most cases a good distribution of the nanoparticles in the polymer matrix and contact angle measurements showed increasing hydrophobicity when the nanoparticle concentration was increased, which could influence the desorption and ionization. Overall, the results show that nanocomposite films have potential as surfaces for SALDI-MS analysis of small molecules.

  • 64.
    Aminzadeh, Selda
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology. KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Centres, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Lauberts, M.
    Dobele, G.
    Ponomarenko, J.
    Mattsson, T.
    Lindström, Mikael
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology. KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Centres, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Sevastyanova, Olena
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology. KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Centres, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Membrane filtration of kraft lignin: Structural charactristics and antioxidant activity of the low-molecular-weight fraction2018In: Industrial crops and products (Print), ISSN 0926-6690, E-ISSN 1872-633X, Vol. 112, p. 200-209Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Lignin, which is the second most abundant biomass component and has carbon-rich phenolic content, is a promising renewable raw material for multiple applications, such as carbon fibers, adhesives, and emulsifiers. To use lignin efficiently, it is important to ensure its purity and homogeneity. As a result, the separation of lignin into fractions with high purity and narrow molecular-weight distributions is likely a prerequisite for several applications. Ultrafiltration using ceramic membranes has many advantages, including enabling direct lignin extraction from Kraft pulp cooking liquors without pH and temperature adjustment. One challenge with membrane filtration using such a system is the potential for reduced membrane performance over time, which is associated with fouling. In this study, LignoBoost Kraft lignin was fractionated using a ceramic membrane with a molecular weight cut-off of 1 kDa. The separation behavior during ultrafiltration fractionation was investigated and the antioxidant properties of the recovered low-molecular-weight (low-MW) lignin samples were evaluated. Using this model system, the permeate fluxes were unstable during the 100 h of membrane operation. However, a decrease in the average MW in the permeate over time was observed. The shift in MW was most pronounced for virgin membranes, while a more stable MW distribution was evident for membranes subjected to multiple cleaning cycles. According to 2D NMR analysis, low-MW lignin that was recovered after 100 h of operation, consisted of smaller lignin fragments, such as dimers and oligomers, with a high content of methoxy-groups. This was confirmed using the size exclusion chromatography method, which indicated an weigh average molecular weight in the range of 450–500 Da. 31P NMR spectroscopy showed that, despite the lower total content of phenolic OH groups, the low-MW sample had a higher proportion of non-condensed phenolic OH groups. The results of the antioxidant tests demonstrated the strong potential of lignin and its low-MW fraction as a natural antioxidant, particularly for lipid-containing systems. The low-MW lignin fraction showed better antioxidant activity than the non-fractionated LignoBoost lignin in the kinetic oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) test and demonstrated three-fold stronger inhibition of the substrate (fluorescein) than the reference antioxidant Trolox (a water-soluble derivative of vitamin E).

  • 65.
    Andersson, Anna
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry.
    Characterisation of the influence of curing temperature on the properties of 2K waterborne topcoat2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Replacing solventborne coating with waterborne can reduce emission of VOC from paint shops, and decrease the amount of CO2 released from after-burners. The chemistry of 2K WB urethane coatings includes complex kinetics, with a selectivity which is highly dependent on application and curing conditions. To be able to design a coating process producing stable high quality coatings, it is important to know what factors affect the material properties. In this project, the effect of variations in temperature during curing of 2K WB and 2K SB topcoats have been evaluated in order to determine if there are any measurable effects on the material. The significance of these difference have also been evaluated to substantiate the need for thorough design of the curing process.

    After evaluation of visual, mechanical and chemical properties, as well as the durability of the cured topcoats, it was found that the effect of curing temperature on the level of gloss on 2K WB topcoats could be seen with the naked eye. Effects on colour, hardness, flexibility, adhesion and durability could also be measured, and revealed apparent changes in the material. Increased curing temperature had effects on both cross-linking density and isocyanate conversion. The heightened temperature contributed to the formation of topcoats with significantly decreased level of gloss and reduced stone-chip resistance, but also increased hardness and chemical resistance to an extent that was deemed significant. Varied curing temperature was found to give variations in durability, which with time may give different ageing properties of parts coated under different conditions. Before implementation of this type of waterborne topcoat, it is recommended that several properties be further evaluated, such as the effect of humidity and wet paint viscosity on the material properties.

  • 66.
    Andersson, Richard L.
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymeric Materials.
    Mallon, Peter E.
    Salajkova, Michaela
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Centres, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Hedenqvist, Mikael S.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymeric Materials.
    Olsson, Richard T.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymeric Materials. KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Centres, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Micromechanics of toughness improved electrospun PMMA fibers with embedded cellulose as tested under in-situ microscopyManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 67.
    Andersson, Richard L.
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymeric Materials.
    Salajkova, Michaela
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Centres, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Mallon, P. E.
    Berglund, Lars A.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology. KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Centres, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Hedenqvist, Mikael S.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymeric Materials.
    Olsson, Richard T.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymeric Materials. KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Centres, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Micromechanical Tensile Testing of Cellulose-Reinforced Electrospun Fibers Using a Template Transfer Method (TTM)2012In: Journal of polymers and the environment, ISSN 1064-7546, E-ISSN 1572-8900, Vol. 20, no 4, p. 967-975Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A template transfer method (TTM) and a fiber fixation technique were established for fiber handling and micro tensile stage mounting of aligned and non-aligned electrospun fiber mats. The custom-made template had been precut to be mounted on a variety of collectors, including a rapidly rotating collector used to align the fibers. The method eliminated need for direct physical interaction with the fiber mats before or during the tensile testing since the fiber mats were never directly clamped or removed from the original substrate. By using the TTM it was possible to measure the tensile properties of aligned poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) fiber mats, which showed a 250 % increase in strength and 450 % increase in modulus as compared to a non-aligned system. The method was further evaluated for aligned PMMA fibers reinforced with cellulose (4 wt%) prepared as enzymatically derived nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC). These fibers showed an additional increase of 30 % in both tensile strength and modulus, resulting in a toughness increase of 25 %. The fracture interfaces of the PMMA-NFC fibers showed a low amount of NFC pull-outs, indicating favorable phase compatibility. The presented fiber handling technique is universal and may be applied where conservative estimates of mechanical properties need to be assessed for very thin fibers.

  • 68.
    Andersson, Richard L.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymeric Materials.
    Micromechanical, Antimicrobial and Filtration Properties of Electrospun Fiber Mats2014Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
  • 69. Ankerfors, Caroline
    et al.
    Wågberg, Lars
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Fibre Technology. KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Centres, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Polyelectrolyte Complexes for Tailoring of Wood Fibre Surfaces2014In: Polyelectrolyte Complexes In The Dispersed And Solid State II: Application Aspects, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2014, p. 1-24Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The use of polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) provides new opportunities for surface engineering of solid particles in aqueous environments to functionalize the solids either for use in interactive products or to tailor their adhesive interactions in the dry and/or wet state. This chapter describes the use of PECs in paper-making applications where the PECs are used for tailoring the surfaces of wood-based fibres. Initially a detailed description of the adsorption process is given, in more general terms, and in this respect both in situ formed and pre-formed complexes are considered. When using in situ formed complexes, which were intentionally formed by the addition of oppositely charged polymers, it was established that the order of addition of the two polyelectrolytes was important, and by adding the polycation first a more extensive fibre flocculation was found. PECs can also form in situ by the interaction between polyelectrolytes added and polyelectrolytes already present in the fibre suspension originating from the wood material, e. g. lignosulphonates or hemicelluloses. In this respect the complexation can be detrimental for process efficiency and/or product quality depending on the charge balance between the components, and when using the PECs for fibre engineering it is not recommended to rely on in situ PEC formation. Instead the PECs should be pre-formed before addition to the fibres. The use of pre-formed PECs in the paper-making process is described as three sub-processes: PEC formation, adsorption onto surfaces, and the effect on the adhesion between surfaces. The addition of PECs, and adsorption to the fibres, prior to formation of the paper network structure has shown to result in a significant increase in joint strength between the fibres and to an increased strength of the paper made from the fibres. The increased joint strength between the fibres is due to both an increased molecular contact area between the fibres and an increased molecular adhesion. The increased paper strength is also a result of an increased number of fibre/fibre contacts/unit volume of the paper network.

  • 70.
    Ansari, Farhan
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Biocomposites. KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Centres, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Salajkova, Michaela
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Biocomposites. KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Wood Chemistry and Pulp Technology.
    Zhou, Qi
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Glycoscience. KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Centres, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Lars, Berglund
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Biocomposites. KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Centres, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Strong surface treatment effects on reinforcement efficiency in biocomposites based on cellulose nanocrystals in poly(vinyl acetate) matrix2015In: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 16, no 12, p. 3916-3924Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this work, the problem to disperse cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) in hydrophobic polymer matrices has been addressed through application of an environmentally friendly chemical modification approach inspired by clay chemistry. The objective is to compare the effects of unmodified CNC and modified CNC (modCNC) reinforcement, where degree of CNC dispersion is of interest. Hydrophobic functionalization made it possible to disperse wood-based modCNC in organic solvent and cast well-dispersed nanocomposite films of poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) with 1-20 wt % CNC. Composite films were studied by infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), UV-vis spectroscopy, dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA), tensile testing, and field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). Strongly increased mechanical properties were observed for modCNC nanocomposites. The reinforcement efficiency was much lower in unmodified CNC composites, and specific mechanisms causing the differences are discussed.

  • 71.
    Ansari, Farhan
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Biocomposites.
    Skrifvars, M.
    Berglund, Lars
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Biocomposites. KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Centres, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Nanostructured biocomposites based on unsaturated polyester resin and a cellulose nanofiber network2015In: Composites Science And Technology, ISSN 0266-3538, E-ISSN 1879-1050, Vol. 117, p. 298-306Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Biocomposites reinforced by natural plant fibers tend to be brittle, moisture sensitive and have limited strength. Wood cellulose nanofibers (CNF) were therefore used to reinforce an unsaturated polyester matrix (UP) without the need of coupling agents or CNF surface modification. The nanostructured CNF network reinforcement strongly improves modulus and strength of UP but also ductility and toughness. A template-based prepreg processing approach of industrial potential is adopted, which combines high CNF content (up to 45 vol%) with nanoscale CNF dispersion. The CNF/UP composites are subjected to moisture sorption, dynamic thermal analysis, tensile tests at different humidities, fracture toughness tests and fractography. The glass transition temperature (T-g) increases substantially with CNF content. Modulus and strength of UP increase about 3 times at 45 vol% CNF whereas ductility and apparent fracture toughness are doubled. Tensile properties at high humidity are compared with other bio-composites and interpreted based on differences in molecular interactions at the interface.

  • 72.
    Antoni, Per
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Hed, Yvonne
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Nordberg, Axel
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Neuronic Engineering (Closed 20130701).
    Nyström, Daniel
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    von Holst, Hans
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Neuronic Engineering (Closed 20130701).
    Hult, Anders
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Malkoch, Michael
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Bifunctional Dendrimers: From Robust Synthesis and Accelerated One-Pot Postfunctionalization Strategy to Potential Applications2009In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition, ISSN 1433-7851, E-ISSN 1521-3773, Vol. 48, no 12, p. 2126-2130Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 73. Arasteh, Rouhollah
    et al.
    Naderi, Ali
    Kaptan, Navid
    Maleknia, Laleh
    Akhlaghi, Shahin
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Nazockdast, Hosein
    Effects of Fiber Spinning on the Morphology, Rheology, Thermal, and Mechanical Properties of Poly(trimethylene terephthalate)/Poly(ethylene terephthalate) Blends2014In: Advances in Polymer Technology, ISSN 0730-6679, E-ISSN 1098-2329, Vol. 33, no S1, p. 21443-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The morphology, thermal behavior, rheological, and mechanical properties of poly(trimethylene terephthalate) (PTT)/poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) blend fibers were investigated. The scanning electron microscopy studies revealed the formation of a microfibrillar network of the PET within the PTT matrix after the fiber-spinning process. Differential scanning calorimetry results demonstrated that although the thermal characteristics of the amorphous phase were unaffected by the fiber-spinning process, the melting and crystallization behavior of the blends was altered by the elongation flow imposed during the melt spinning. The viscoelastic behavior of the PTT/PET blends was also studied by a steady shear rate and dynamic sweep rheological experiments before and after the spinning process. The induced morphology and crystallization reordering resulting from the fibrillation process are shown to have a remarkable effect on the complex viscosity profile of the PTT/PET fibers, particularly in the blend containing 30 wt% PET. The mechanical testing showed that tenacity and Young's modulus of the PTT fibers increased with the addition of PET up to 30 wt%.

  • 74.
    Arias, Veluska
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE).
    COPOLYMER MICELLES FOR TARGETED DRUG DELIVERY2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, two families of amphiphilic block copolymers were synthesized with different block length. The polymer copolymers are PVP-PCL and PEG-PCL. For each family three copolymers were made with variation in the length of the PCL block, thus the length ratios were label using the following composition: 1-2000-2000 g/mol, 2-2000-4000 g/mol and 3-2000-6000 g/mol. In the synthesis of PVP-PCL copolymers, PVP end-capped in ε-Caprolactone was synthesized by free radical polymerization; then the copolymer was synthesized by ring opening polymerization of ε-Caprolactone using BuLi as initiator. In the case of PEG-PCL copolymers, mPEG (Mn=2000 g/mol) was used as a co-monomer and the process was done by ring opening polymerization of ε-Caprolactone in the presence of Sn(Otc)2.The copolymers were characterized by SEC and the molecular structure confirmed using 1H-NMR. Knowing that amphiphilic block copolymers can form micelles at certain concentration, micellization study was performed by UV-vis spectroscopy. All the copolymers showed micelles formation in deionized water. The micellization process was also tested in buffer solutions with difference in pH, where only PVP-PCL copolymers showed micellar formation. The micelles formation was confirmed by SEM after lyophilization process. Also the size of the micelles was measure by Zetasizer, showing a range size between 100 nm and 500 nm. After studied the micelles features given by all the copolymers, one polymer of each family was chosen for drug loading and further study of release kinetics, based on the efficiency of the formulation. The copolymer chosen were the ones with the highest length of the hydrophobic block. The drug loading was done by direct dissolution method. Two types of drugs were used, SBA and Diflunisal. The drug loading content was 20 % w/w and 50 % w/w. Micelles from the PEG-PCL copolymer could achieve retention till 50 % w/w of drug loaded, whereas micelles from PVP-PCL copolymer only achieved retention of 20 % w/w of the drug. The micelles formation was again confirm by SEM and the micelles size was measure by Zetasizer. The size of the loaded micelles was smaller than the unloaded micelles. The delivery kinetics was study by UV-vis. After lyophilization process, the compound polymer-drug was immersed in PBS to perform the study, examining the delivery of both drugs in each copolymer selected. In the case of micelles from PVP-PCL copolymer, the large amount of drug was release after 9 h in PBS for both Pas. The micelles from PEG-PCL copolymer, showed a difference in release rate for both drugs, 9 h for Diflunisal and 3 h for SBA; the nature of the drug play a role in drug release and thus in drug loading efficiency. Finally, the families investigated seemed to be promising carriers for controlled drug release. In addition, they appeared to be promising formulations as injectable DDS.

  • 75.
    Arias, Veluska
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Höglund, Anders
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Odelius, Karin
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Albertsson, Ann-Christine
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Polylactides with "green" plasticizers: Influence of isomer composition2013In: Journal of Applied Polymer Science, ISSN 0021-8995, E-ISSN 1097-4628, Vol. 130, no 4, p. 2962-2970Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Synthesized polylactides (PLA) with different D-isomer contents in the polymer chain were melt-blended with a series of green plasticizers by extrusion. Mechanical and thermal properties as well as the morphology of the plasticized materials were characterized to demonstrate how the combination of PLA with different D-contents and plasticizer controls the material properties. After addition of acetyl tributyl citrate (ATC), the elongation at break for PLA with a low D-isomer content was twice as high as that for PLAs with high D-isomer contents. Similar variations in the plasticization effect on the PLAs were also observed with the other plasticizers used, glyceryl triacetate (GTA), glycerol trihexanoate (GTH) and polyethylene glycol (PEG). In order to continue with the development of renewable polymers in packaging applications, the interrelation between a plasticizer and a specific polymer needs to be understood.

  • 76.
    Arias, Veluska
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Odelius, Karin
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Albertsson, Ann-Christine
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Nano-Stereocomplexation of Polylactide (PLA) Spheres by Spray Droplet Atomization2014In: Macromolecular rapid communications, ISSN 1022-1336, E-ISSN 1521-3927, Vol. 35, no 22, p. 1949-1953Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A direct, efficient, and scalable method to prepare stereocomplexed polylactide (PLA)-based nanoparticles (NPs) is achieved. By an appropriate combination of fabrication parameters, NPs with controlled shape and crystalline morphology are obtained and even pure PLA stereocomplexes (PLASC) are successfully prepared using the spray-drying technology. The formed particles of varying D- and L-LA content have an average size of approximate to 400 nm, where the smallest size is obtained for PLA50, which has an equimolar composition of PLLA and PDLA in solution. Raman spectra of the particles show the typical shifts for PLASC in PLA50, and thermal analysis indicates the presence of pure stereocomplexation, with only one melting peak at 226 degrees C. Topographic images of the particles exhibit a single phase with different surface roughness in correlation with the thermal analysis. A high yield of spherically shaped particles is obtained. The results clearly provide a proficient method for achieving PLASC NPs that are expected to function as renewable materials in PLA-based nanocomposites and potentially as more stable drug delivery carriers.

  • 77.
    Arias, Veluska
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology.
    Odelius, Karin
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology.
    Höglund, Anders
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Fibre Technology.
    Albertsson, Ann-Christine
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Fibre Technology.
    Homocomposites of Polylactide (PLA) with Induced Interfacial Stereocomplex Crystallites2015In: ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, ISSN 2168-0485, Vol. 3, no 9, p. 2220-2231Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The demand for “green” degradable composite materials increases with growing environmental awareness. The key challenge is achieving the preferred physical properties and maintaining their eco-attributes in terms of the degradability of the matrix and the filler. Herein, we have designed a series of “green” homocomposites materials based purely on polylactide (PLA) polymers with different structures. Film-extruded homocomposites were prepared by melt-blending PLA matrixes (which had different degrees of crystallinity) with PLLA and PLA stereocomplex (SC) particles. The PLLA and SC particles were spherical and with 300–500 nm size. Interfacial crystalline structures in the form of stereocomplexes were obtained for certain particulate-homocomposite formulations. These SC crystallites were found at the particle/matrix interface when adding PLLA particles to a PLA matrix with d-lactide units, as confirmed by XRD and DSC data analyses. For all homocomposites, the PLLA and SC particles acted as nucleating agents and enhanced the crystallization of the PLA matrixes. The SC particles were more rigid and had a higher Young’s modulus compared with the PLLA particles. The mechanical properties of the homocomposites varied with particle size, rigidity, and the interfacial adhesion between the particles and the matrix. An improved tensile strength in the homocomposites was achieved from the interfacial stereocomplex formation. Hereafter, homocomposites with tunable crystalline arrangements and subsequently physical properties, are promising alternatives in strive for eco-composites and by this, creating materials that are completely degradable and sustainable.

  • 78.
    Arkannia, Maral
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE).
    Improved Impregnation of Wood Chips and Increased Pulp Yield by Sulfate Cooking2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim in pulp production is to liberate the wood fibres. This study investigates the possibility of using a high effective alkali charge and a low temperature in the impregnation step when using Kraft cooking to produce pulp. This specific approach increases the rate of diffusion without risking enhancing the peeling process, which could result in a higher yield. This study has used eucalyptus wood chips and the impregnation step has been carried out by using an alkali concentration similar to what is currently being used in the pulp mills, which is in this study is referred to as "REF", and the higher alkali concentration which is referred to as HAI. The impregnation temperature for the REF case was 130 °C and for the HAI cases were 105 °C and 115 °C. The study was divided in two parts; an impregnation pre-study and a cooking study. The cooking parameters were kept constant because in this study only the impregnation has been of interest.

    The results from the impregnation pre-study were that for the HAI cases, when the temperature increased, the residual alkali decreased. The temperature also affected the yield, in such way that as the temperature increased, the yield decreased which means that more carbohydrates were dissolved. In the cooking study, the high alkali impregnation resulted in shorter cooking times. The initial concentration of OH

    - in the cooking was too low (0.6 M) and this made the delignification eventually decline.

  • 79.
    Asfaw, Habtom Desta
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Structural Chemistry.
    Multifunctional Carbon Foams by Emulsion Templating: Synthesis, Microstructure, and 3D Li-ion Microbatteries2017Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Carbon foams are among the existing electrode designs proposed for use in 3D Li-ion microbatteries. For such electrodes to find applications in practical microbatteries, however, their void sizes, specific surface areas and pore volumes need be optimized. This thesis concerns the synthesis of highly porous carbon foams and their multifunctional applications in 3D microbatteries. The carbon foams are derived from polymers that are obtained by polymerizing high internal phase water-in-oil emulsions (HIPEs).

    In general, the carbonization of the sulfonated polymers yielded hierarchically porous structures with void sizes ranging from 2 to 35 µm and a BET specific surface area as high as 630 m2 g-1. Thermogravimetric and spectroscopic evidence indicated that the sulfonic acid groups, introduced during sulfonation, transformed above 250 oC to thioether (-C-S-) crosslinks which were responsible for the thermal stability and charring tendency of the polymer precursors. Depending on the preparation of the HIPEs, the specific surface areas and void-size distributions were observed to vary considerably. In addition, the pyrolysis temperature could also affect the microstructures, the degree of graphitization, and the surface chemistry of the carbon foams.

    Various potential applications were explored for the bespoke carbon foams. First, their use as freestanding active materials in 3D microbatteries was studied. The carbon foams obtained at 700 to 1500 oC suffered from significant irreversible capacity loss during the initial discharge. In an effort to alleviate this drawback, the pyrolysis temperature was raised to 2200 oC. The resulting carbon foams were observed to deliver high, stable areal capacities over several cycles. Secondly, the possibility of using these structures as 3D current collectors for various active materials was investigated in-depth. As a proof-of-concept demonstration, positive active materials like polyaniline and LiFePO4 were deposited on the 3D architectures by means of electrodeposition and sol-gel approach, respectively. In both cases, the composite electrodes exhibited reasonably high cyclability and rate performance at different current densities. The syntheses of niobium and molybdenum oxides and their potential application as electrodes in microbatteries were also studied. In such applications, the carbon foams served dual purposes as 3D scaffolds and as reducing reactants in the carbothermal reduction process. Finally, a facile method of coating carbon substrates with oxide nanosheets was developed. The approach involved the exfoliation of crystalline VO2 to prepare dispersions of hydrated V2O5, which were subsequently cast onto CNT paper to form oxide films of different thicknesses.

  • 80.
    Asfaw, Habtom Desta
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Structural Chemistry.
    Tai, Cheuk-Wai
    Stockholm University.
    Nyholm, Leif
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Inorganic Chemistry.
    Edström, Kristina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Structural Chemistry.
    Emulsion-templated graphitic carbon foams with optimum porosity for 3D Li-ion microbatteriesManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 81.
    Asif Jamil, Muhammad
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE).
    Surface functionalization of thermally reduced graphene with 3-aminopropyltriethoxy silane and its composite with crosslinked polyethylene2011Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This research work encompasses the potential application of graphene as filler in high voltage transmission power cables. The graphene was produced through thermal exfoliation method from graphite oxide (GO) in the laboratory. In order to improve dispersion ability, thermally reduced graphene (TRG) was surface modified covalently with 3-aminopropyltriethoxy silane (APTS) at 80°C for 30 minutes in presence of acetone. The silane attachment at the thermally reduced graphene surface was confirmed by the following techniques: FTIR, XPS, SEM and EDS. The APTS functionalized TRG sheets showed better dispersion in organic solvents like DMF (N, N-dimethylformamide) and APTS (3-aminopropyltriethoxy silane) than polar solvents water and ethanol. Furthermore, crosslinked polyethylene was melt processed with thermally reduced graphene in a mini extruder at 135-140°C with rotor speed of 100 rpm. The resulting composites were thermally analysed by DSC and mechanically tested by tensile machine. An increase in crystallinity and tensile modulus was observed for TRG/crosslinked polyethylene nanocomposites. Hence, thermally reduced graphene was successfully surface modified by APTS molecule but quantitatively this modification was lower than expected.

  • 82.
    Atari Jabarzadeh, Sevil
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymeric Materials.
    Prevention of Biofilm Formation on Silicone Rubber Materials for Outdoor High Voltage Insulators2015Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Microbial colonization on the surface of silicone rubber high voltage outdoor insulators often results in the formation of highly hydrated biofilm that influence the surface properties, such as surface hydrophobicity. The loss of hydrophobicity might lead to dry band formation, and, in the worst cases, flashover and failure of the insulator.

    In this work, the biocidal effects of various antimicrobial compounds in silicone rubber materials were determined. These materials were evaluated according to an ISO standard for the antimicrobial activity against the growth of aggressive fungal strains, and microorganisms that have been found colonizing the surfaces of outdoor insulators in several areas in the world. Several compounds suppressed microbial growth on the surfaces of the materials without compromising the material properties of the silicone rubber. A commercial biocide and thymol were very effective against fungal growth, and sodium benzoate could suppress the fungal growth to some extent. Thymol could also inhibit algal growth. However, methods for preservation of the antimicrobial agents in the bulk of the material need to be further developed to prevent the loss of the compounds during manufacturing. Biofilm formation affected the surface hydrophobicity and complete removal of the biofilm was not achieved through cleaning. Surface analysis confirmed that traces of microorganisms were still present after cleaning.

    Further, surface modification of the silicone rubber was carried out to study how the texture and roughness of the surface affect biofilm formation. Silicone rubber surfaces with regular geometrical patterns were evaluated to determine the influence of the surface texture on the extent of microbial growth in comparison with plane silicone rubber surfaces. Silicone rubber nanocomposite surfaces, prepared using a spray-deposition method that applied hydrophilic and hydrophobic nanoparticles to obtain hierarchical structures, were studied to determine the effects of the surface roughness and improved hydrophobicity on the microbial attachment. Microenvironment chambers were used for the determination of microbial growth on different modified surfaces under conditions that mimic those of the insulators in their outdoor environments. Different parts of the insulators were represented by placing the samples vertically and inclined. The microbial growth on the surfaces of the textured samples was evenly distributed throughout the surfaces because of the uniform distribution of the water between the gaps of the regular structures on the surfaces. Microbial growth was not observed on the inclined and vertical nanocomposite surfaces due to the higher surface roughness and improved surface hydrophobicity, whereas non-coated samples were colonized by microorganisms.

  • 83.
    Atarijabarzadeh, Sevil
    et al.
    KTH Royal Inst Technol, Sch Chem Sci & Engn, Fibre & Polymer Technol, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Nilsson, Fritjof
    KTH Royal Inst Technol, Sch Chem Sci & Engn, Fibre & Polymer Technol, Stockholm, Sweden / ABB, Corp Res, Västerås, Sweden.
    Hillborg, Henrik
    KTH Royal Inst Technol, Sch Chem Sci & Engn, Fibre & Polymer Technol, Stockholm, Sweden / ABB, Corp Res, Västerås, Sweden.
    Karlsson, Sigbritt
    University of Skövde. KTH Royal Inst Technol, Sch Chem Sci & Engn, Fibre & Polymer Technol, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Strömberg, Emma
    KTH Royal Inst Technol, Sch Chem Sci & Engn, Fibre & Polymer Technol, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Image Analysis Determination of the Influence of Surface Structure of Silicone Rubbers on Biofouling2015In: International Journal of Polymer Science, ISSN 1687-9422, E-ISSN 1687-9430, article id 390292Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study focuses on how the texture of the silicone rubber material affects the distribution of microbial growth on the surface of materials used for high voltage insulation. The analysis of surface wetting properties showed that the textured surfaces provide higher receding contact angles and therefore lower contact angle hysteresis. The textured surfaces decrease the risk for dry band formation and thus preserve the electrical properties of the material due to a more homogeneous distribution of water on the surface, which, however, promotes the formation of more extensive biofilms. The samples were inoculated with fungal suspension and incubated in a microenvironment chamber simulating authentic conditions in the field. The extent and distribution of microbial growth on the textured and plane surface samples representing the different parts of the insulator housing that is shank and shed were determined by visual inspection and image analysis methods. The results showed that the microbial growth was evenly distributed on the surface of the textured samples but restricted to limited areas on the plane samples. More intensive microbial growth was determined on the textured samples representing sheds. It would therefore be preferable to use the textured surface silicone rubber for the shank of the insulator.

  • 84.
    Atarijabarzadeh, Sevil
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymeric Materials.
    Strömberg, Emma
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymeric Materials.
    Karlsson, Sigbritt
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymeric Materials.
    Biofilm formation on silicone materials containing various antimicrobial agents2010Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The colonisation of microorganisms and subsequent biofilm formation on the surface of polymeric high voltage insulators affect the surface properties and can lead to failure of the insulators.  In this study, silicone materials were prepared with different antimicrobial agents. The materials were analysed for the changes in the physical, chemical, surface and mechanical properties before and after biological growth test.

     

    Microorganisms used for the biological tests were fungi defined in the international standard test ISO 846 for electrical applications (Aspergillus niger van Tieghem, Penicillium funiculosum Thom, Paecilomyces variotii Bainier, Chaetomium globosum Kunze: Fries, Aspergillus terreus Thom, Aureobasidium pullulans (de Bary) Arnaud & Penicillium ochrochloron Biourge) and algae isolated from insulators in Sri Lanka and Tanzania (Chlorella vulgaris var. Autotrophica + various bacterial strains). Fungi growth test was performed by inoculation of the fungi on the surface of the materials and incubation in an oven at 28°C and 98% humidity for a specific period. Algae growth test was performed by inoculation on the material surface and subsequent incubation in room temperature under a constant fluorescent lamps for a specific period.

     

    The results indicated that some of the samples could prevent the biofilm formation on the surface of the materials while the microbial growth was unaffected on the pure silicone rubber.

  • 85.
    Atarijabarzadeh, Sevil
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymeric Materials.
    Strömberg, Emma
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymeric Materials.
    Karlsson, Sigbritt
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymeric Materials.
    Biofilm formation on silicone nanocomposites containing different antimicrobial agents2010Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study three types of clay/silicon nanocomposites were prepared. Clay was modified with two different antimicrobial agents (p-aminobenzoic acid and partially aminated poly(vinylbenzyl chloride) and used for preparation of the nanocomposites, which aimed to show antimicrobial properties and also easy dispersion of the clay into the polymeric matrix. Reference nanocomposites were made through the modification of the clay with a siloxane surfactant to make an easy dispersion of the clay into the silicone rubber. Nanocomposites were studied for resistancy against biological attack according to the international standard tests. Growth test results indicated that some of the nanocomposites can inhibit biological growth more than pristine nanocomposites. Modified clay was studied with x-ray diffraction technique. Materials were also studied with scanning electron microscopy before and after biological growth to analyse the biofilm formation on the surface.

  • 86. Atlas, Salima
    et al.
    Raihane, Mustapha
    Hult, Anders
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Coating Technology.
    Malkoch, Michael
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Coating Technology.
    Lahcini, Mohammed
    Ameduri, Bruno
    Radical copolymerization of acrylonitrile with 2,2,2-trifluoroethyl acrylate for dielectric materials: Structure and characterization2013In: Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, ISSN 0887-624X, E-ISSN 1099-0518, Vol. 51, no 18, p. 3856-3866Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Radical copolymerization based on acrylonitrile (AN) and 2,2,2-Trifluoroethyl acrylate (ATRIF) initited by AIBN was investigated in acetonitrile solution. The resulting poly(AN-co-ATRIF) copolymers were characterized by 1 H, 13 C, and 19 F NMR and IR spectroscopy, and size exclusion chromatography (SEC). Their compositions were assessed by 1 H NMR. The kinetics of radical copolymerization of AN with ATRIF was investigated from sereval experiments achieved at 70 degrees C from initial [AN](0)/[ATRIF](0) molar ratios ranging between 20/80 and 80/20 and was enabled to determine the reactivity ratios of both comonomers. From the monomer-polymer copolymerization curve, the Fineman-Ross and Kelen-Tudos laws enabled to assess the reactivity ratios (r(AN) = r(1) = 1.25 +/- 0.04 and r(ATRIF) = r(2) = 0.93 +/- 0.05 at 70 degrees C) while the revised patterns scheme led to r(12) = r(AN) = 1.03, and r(21) = r(ATRIF) = 0.78 at 70 degrees C. In all cases, rAN x rATRIF product was close to unity, which indicates that poly(AN-co-ATRIF) copolymers exhibit a random structure. This was also confirmed by the Igarashi's and Pyun's laws which revealed the presence of AN-ATRIF, AN-AN, and ATRIF-ATRIF dyads. The Q and e values for ATRIF were also assessed (Q(2) = 0.62 and e(2) = 0.93). The glass transition temperature values, Tg, of these copolymers increased from 17 to 61 degrees C as the molar percentage of ATRIF decreased from 77 to 16% in the copolymer. Thermogravimetry analysis of poly(AN-co-ATRIF) copolymers showed a good thermal stability compared to that of poly(ATRIF) homopolymer due to incorporation of AN comonomer.

  • 87.
    Austrell, Per-Erik
    et al.
    Division of Structural Mechanics, Lund Institute of Technology.
    Kari, LeifKTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering, MWL Structural and vibroacoustics.
    Constitutive Models for Rubber IV: proceedings of the 4th European Conference for Constitutive Models for Rubber, ECCMR 2005, Stockholm, Sweden, 27-29 June 20052005Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The unique properties of elastomeric materials are taken advantage of in many engineering applications. Elastomeric units are used as couplings or mountings between stiff parts. Examples are shock absorbers, vibration insulators, flexible joints, seals and suspensions etc.

     

    However, the complicated nature of the material behavior makes it difficult to accurately predict the performance of these units, using for example finite element modelling. It is therefore necessary that the constitutive model accurately capture relevant aspects of the mechanical behavior.

     

    The latest development concerning constitutive modelling of rubber is collected in these proceedings. It is the fourth ECCMR-European Conference on Constitutive Modelling in a series on this subject.

     

    Topics included in this volume are, Hyperelastic models, Strength, fracture & fatigue, Dynamic properties & the Fletcher-Gent effect, Micro-mechanical & statistical approaches, Stress softening, Viscoelasticity, Filler reinforcement, and Tyres, fiber & cord reinforced rubber.

  • 88.
    Avalos, Arturo Salazar
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Hakkarainen, Minna
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Odelius, Karin
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Superiorly Plasticized PVC/PBSA Blends through Crotonic and Acrylic Acid Functionalization of PVC2017In: Polymers, ISSN 2073-4360, E-ISSN 2073-4360, Vol. 9, no 3, article id 84Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Superior plasticization efficiency was achieved by a grafting from functionalization of the PVC backbone. This was deduced to a synergistic effect of internal plasticization and improved intermolecular interactions between PVC and an oligomeric poly(butylene succinate-co-adipate) ( PBSA) plasticizer. A mild grafting process for functionalization of the PVC chain by crotonic acid ( CA) or acrylic acid ( AA) was used. The formation of PVC-g-CA and PVC-g-AA was confirmed by FTIR and H-1 NMR. Grafting with the seemingly similar monomers, CA and AA, resulted in different macromolecular structures. AA is easily homopolymerized and long hydrophilic poly( acrylic acid) grafts are formed resulting in branched materials. Crotonic acid does not easily homopolymerize; instead, single crotonic acid units are located along the PVC chain, leading to basically linear PVC chains with pendant crotonic acid groups. The elongation of PVC-g-CA and PVC-g-AA in comparison to pure PVC were greatly increased from 6% to 128% and 167%, respectively, by the grafting reactions. Blending 20% ( w/w) PBSA with PVC, PVC-AA or PVC-CA further increased the elongation at break to 150%, 240% and 320%, respectively, clearly showing a significant synergistic effect in the blends with functionalized PVC. This is a clearly promising milestone towards environmentally friendly flexible PVC materials.

  • 89. Axegard, Peter
    et al.
    Bergnor, Elisabeth
    Ek, Monica
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Wood Chemistry and Pulp Technology.
    Ekholm, Ulrika
    Bleaching of softwood kraft pulps with H2O2, O3, and ClO21996In: TAPPI Journal, ISSN 0734-1415, Vol. 79, no 1, p. 113-119Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Ozone or chlorine dioxide bleaching prior to hydrogen peroxide bleaching greatly improves the performance of the hydrogen peroxide stage. The efficiency is further improved by a chelating treatment immediately after the ozone or chlorine dioxide stage. With an optimal metal ion profile, laboratory bleached (OAZQP) softwood kraft pulps can reach brightness levels above 90% ISO, with 5-10% lower pulp strength properties and bleaching costs comparable to ECF bleaching. It also is possible to obtain full brightness with only hydrogen peroxide provided the metal ion profile is optimal, e.g., by using multiple QP treatments. The chemical consumptions, expressed as oxidation equivalents per decreased kappa number are the same as for sequences including ozone or chlorine dioxide. Ozone and chlorine dioxide are comparable as far as delignification and brightness efficiency go.

  • 90. Axegård, Peter
    et al.
    Bergnor, Elisabeth
    Ek, Monica
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Wood Chemistry and Pulp Technology.
    Ekholm, Ulrika
    The role of metal ions in TCF-bleaching of softwood kraft pulps.: Vol.31994In: Proceedings Tappi Pulping conf., 1994, p. 1161-1167Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 91. Axelsson, Patrik
    et al.
    Ek, Monica
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Wood Chemistry and Pulp Technology.
    Teder, Ants
    Bleachability of Alkaline Birch Pulps.2000In: Proceedings 6th European Workshop on Lignocellulosics and Pulp., 2000Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 92. Axelsson, Patrik
    et al.
    Ek, Monica
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Wood Chemistry and Pulp Technology.
    Teder, Ants
    Influence of alkali profile in the kraft cook on the bleachability of birch.2001In: : Book:Vol I, 2001, p. 41-44Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 93.
    Azam, Asad Muhammad
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Ali, A.
    Khan, H.
    Yasin, T.
    Mehmood, M. S.
    Analysis of degradation in UHMWPE a comparative study among the various commercial and laboratory grades UHMWPE2016In: 14TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ADVANCED MATERIALS (ISAM 2015) / [ed] Qaisar, S., Khan, A.N., Mukhtar, E.A., IOP PUBLISHING LTD , 2016, Vol. 146, article id 012025Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Oxidative degradation of the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene ( UHMWPE) limits the life of implants. This degradation can be monitored to estimate the service life of UHMWPE following the standard protocols as defined by American Standards for Testing Materials ( ASTM). In this work, a comparative study has been carried on two commercially available UHMWPE grades i. e. GUR 1020 and GUR 1050 and one laboratory grade UHMWPE which was purchased from Sigma Aldrich. These powder samples were pressed while using hot press with controlled heating and cooling setup in open air under 200 bar of external pressure. These sheets were then subjected to accelerated aging in an oven at 80 degrees C for three weeks. The degradation of the UHMWPE was monitored by ATR-FTIR techniquefor three weeks. The oxidation index ( OI) measurement showed that the commercial grade UHMWPE i. e. GUR-1020 and GUR-1050 degrade more as compared to laboratory grade UHMWPE. The values of OI after three weeks of accelerating aging were found 0.18, 0.14, and 0.09 for GUR-1020, GUR-1050, and Sigma Aldrich, respectively. In addition to this, it was found that commercial grades of UHMWPE suffer more structural alterations as compared to laboratory grade one. We hope that these results will be of particular and fundamental importance for the researchers and orthopaedic industry.

  • 94.
    Azhar, Shoaib
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Wood Chemistry and Pulp Technology. KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Centres, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Henriksson, Gunnar
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Wood Chemistry and Pulp Technology. KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Centres, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Theliander, Hans
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Centres, Wallenberg Wood Science Center. Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
    Lindström, Mikael
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Wood Chemistry and Pulp Technology. KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Centres, Wallenberg Wood Science Center.
    Extraction of hemicelluloses from fiberized spruce wood2015In: Carbohydrate Polymers, ISSN 0144-8617, E-ISSN 1879-1344, Vol. 117, p. 19-24Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A novel mechanical pre-treatment method was used to separate the wood chips into fiber bundles in order to extract high molecular weight wood polymers. The mechanical pre-treatment involved chip compression in a conical plug-screw followed by defibration in a fiberizer. The fiberized wood was treated with hot water at various combinations of time and temperature in order to analyze the extraction yield of hemicelluloses at different conditions. Nearly 6 mg/g wood of galactoglucomannan was obtained at 90◦C/120min which was about three times more than what could be extracted from wood chips. The extracted carbohydrates had molecular weight ranging up to 60 kDa. About 10% of each of the extracted material had a molecular weight above 30 kDa. The extraction liquor could also be reused for consecutive extractions with successive increase in the extraction yield of hemicelluloses. 

  • 95.
    Aziz, Shazed
    et al.
    University Putra Malaysia, UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.
    Rashid, Suraya Abdul
    University Putra Malaysia, UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.
    Rahmanian, Saeed
    University Putra Malaysia, UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.
    Salleh, Mohamad Amran
    University Putra Malaysia, UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.
    Experimental evaluation of the interfacial properties of carbon nanotube coated carbon fiber reinforced hybrid composites2015In: Polymer Composites, ISSN 0272-8397, E-ISSN 1548-0569, Vol. 36, no 10, p. 1941-1950Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A floating catalyst chemical vapor deposition (CVD) unit was utilized to grow CNT onto the surface of carbon fiber (CF). The surface morphology of the resultant fibers, CNT population density and alignment pattern were found to be depended on the CNT growth temperature, growth time, and atmospheric conditions within the CVD chamber. In contrast to the neat‐CF reinforced composites, improved interfacial shear strength (IFSS) between CF and matrix were obtained when the surface of CF was coated by CNT. Particularly, CF treatment condition for CNT‐coating with 700°C reaction temperature and 30 min reaction time has shown a considerable increase in IFSS approximately of 45% over that of the untreated fiber from which it was processed. The proper justification of fiber–matrix adhesion featured by composite interfacial properties was explained through IFSS.

  • 96.
    Azwar, Edwin
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology.
    Agro-Waste Derived Additives for Polylactide and Tapioca Starch2012Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Development of materials from renewable resources is one of the big challenges facing our world. In this thesis agro-industrial waste derivatives were developed and evaluated as additives for two common renewable polymer matrices, polylactide (PLA) and starch. Two waste products, wood flour (WF) and rice bran (RB) were evaluated in different forms. Milled WF and RB were either used directly to prepare PLA and starch biocomposites or they were liquefied by acid catalyzed hydrolysis to low molecular weight products. The complex polyol mixtures from liquefaction were tested directly as PLA and starch additives or utilized as monomers for synthesis of esters. The synthesized esters were evaluated as plasticizers for PLA and starch. The effect of different additives on tensile properties, miscibility, surface chemistry and morphology were evaluated by Instron, DSC, FTIR, FTIR imaging and SEM. In the case of polylactide films the influence of additives on hydrolytic degradation rate and process was evaluated by following the weight loss, surface changes, compositional changes and/or water-soluble migrants and degradation products by FTIR, SEM, pyrolysis-GC-MS and ESI-MS. The most marked difference in mechanical properties was observed in the case of PLA modified with liquefied wood flour derived ester plasticizer (PWF). Addition of 10 and 30 weight-% plasticizer increased the strain at break from a few percent for pure PLA to over 100 and 300%, respectively. The liquefied rice bran based ester, however, did not form miscible blends with PLA and it did not function as plasticizer. In some cases the impact of additives on the following degradation process was significant. Depending on the used additive, they could either concentrate in the matrix during the hydrolysis of polylactide or they were rapidly released to the surrounding water. In some cases clear hydrolysis catalyzing effects were observed. Liquefied rice bran in combination with mineral fillers and/or traditional plasticizers seemed to have the best potential as starch plasticizer.

  • 97.
    Backman, Anna
    et al.
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Lange, Jakob
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Hedenqvist, Mikael S.
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Polymer Technology.
    Transport properties of uniaxially oriented aliphatic polyketone2004In: Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, ISSN 0887-6266, E-ISSN 1099-0488, Vol. 42, no 6, p. 947-955Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The oxygen, carbon dioxide, and water-transport properties of a uniaxially oriented aliphatic polyketone were determined. The polyketone was drawn to 5-10 times its original length. The transport properties were related to changes in crystallinity estimated by differential scanning calorimetry and density measurements and by changes in the molecular and crystal orientation assessed by, respectively, infrared and X-ray spectroscopy. The film structures were characterized by confocal scanning laser microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Stress-strain tests on the drawn specimens enabled the impacts of orientation on the transport and mechanical properties to be compared. A draw-induced increase in crystallinity and molecular orientation yielded permeabilities at a draw ratio of 10 that were 30-40% of the original value, and the percentage decrease was basically independent of the type of gas/vapor molecule. Also, the diffusivities of oxygen and carbon dioxide decreased by an order of magnitude. The fact that the amorphous permeability was peaking at a draw ratio of about 5 was a consequence of a peak in amorphous solubility, which was very high for oxygen and absent for water. It was suggested that the peak in solubility was mainly caused by the destruction of the polymer hydrogen-bond network during drawing and crystal reorientation. The impact of structural reorganization within the polymer and presence of surface valleys seemed to have less impact on the mechanical properties than on the transport properties. This suggested that transport data are more sensitive than mechanical data in probing material defects and changes in molecular packing and morphology.

  • 98.
    Backström, Eva
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Odelius, Karin
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Hakkarainen, Minna
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Trash to Treasure: Microwave-Assisted Conversion of Polyethylene to Functional Chemicals2017In: Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, ISSN 0888-5885, E-ISSN 1520-5045, Vol. 56, no 50, p. 14814-14821Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An effective microwave-assisted process for recycling low-density polyethylene (LDPE) waste into value-added chemicals was developed. To achieve fast and effective oxidative degradation aimed at production of dicarboxylic acids, nitric acid was utilized as an oxidizing agent. Different conditions were evaluated, where recycling time and concentration of oxidizing agent were varied and the end products were characterized by FTIR, NMR, and HPLC. After just 1 h of microwave irradiation at 180 degrees C in relatively dilute nitric acid solution (0.1 g/mL), LDPE powder was totally degraded. This transformation led to few well-defined water-soluble products, mainly succinic, glutaric, and adipic acids, as well as smaller amounts of longer dicarboxylic acids, acetic acid, and propionic acid. The length of the obtained dicarboxylic acids could to some extent be tuned by adjusting the reaction time, temperature, and amount of oxidizing agent. Finally, the developed process was verified by recycling LDPE freezer bags as model LDPE waste. The freezer bags were converted mainly into dicarboxylic acids with a yield of 71%, and the carbon efficiency of the process was 37%. The developed method can, thus, contribute to a circular economy and offers new possibilities to increase the value of plastic waste.

  • 99.
    Badia, J. D.
    et al.
    a Instituto de Tecnología de Materiales (ITM), Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), València, Spain / Departament d’Enginyeria Química, Escola Tècnica Superior d’Enginyeria, Universitat de València, Burjassot, Spain.
    Kittikorn, T.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Fibre and Polymer Technology, Stockholm, Sweden / Department of Materials Science and Technology, Faculty of Science, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand.
    Strömberg, E.
    KTH/ School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Fibre and Polymer Technology, Stockholm.
    Santonja-Blasco, L.
    Instituto de Tecnología de Materiales (ITM), Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Spain / Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, United States.
    Martínez-Felipe, A.
    Instituto de Tecnología de Materiales (ITM), Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Spain / Departamento de Química Orgánica, Facultad de Ciencias, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón (ICMA), Universidad de Zaragoza-CSIC, Spain.
    Ribes-Greus, A.
    Instituto de Tecnología de Materiales (ITM), Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Spain.
    Ek, M.
    Departament d’Enginyeria Química, Escola Tècnica Superior d’Enginyeria, Universitat de València, Burjassot, Spain.
    Karlsson, Sigbritt
    University of Skövde. KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Fibre and Polymer Technology, Stockholm.
    Water absorption and hydrothermal performance of PHBV/sisal biocomposites2014In: Polymer degradation and stability, ISSN 0141-3910, E-ISSN 1873-2321, Vol. 108, p. 166-174Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The performance of biocomposites of poly(hydroxybutyrate-co-valerate) (PHBV) and sisal fibre subjected to hydrothermal tests at different temperatures above the glass transition of PHBV (T-H = 26, 36 and 46 degrees C) was evaluated in this study. The influences of both the fibre content and presence of coupling agent were focused. The water absorption capability and water diffusion rate were considered for a statistical factorial analysis. Afterwards, the physico-chemical properties of water-saturated biocomposites were assessed by Fourier-Transform Infrared Analysis, Size Exclusion Chromatography, Differential Scanning Calorimetry and Scanning Electron Microscopy. It was found that the water diffusion rate increased with both temperature and percentage of fibre, whereas the amount of absorbed water was only influenced by fibre content. The use of coupling agent was only relevant at the initial stages of the hydrothermal test, giving an increase in the diffusion rate. Although the chemical structure and thermal properties of water-saturated biocomposites remained practically intact, the physical performance was considerably affected, due to the swelling of fibres, which internally blew-up the PHBV matrix, provoking cracks and fibre detachment. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • 100. Badia, J. D.
    et al.
    Kittikorn, Thorsak
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Wood Chemistry and Pulp Technology.
    Strömberg, Emma
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology.
    Santonja-Blasco, L.
    Martizez-Felipe, A.
    Ribes-Greus, A.
    Ek, Monica
    Karlsson, Sigbritt
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymeric Materials.
    Water absorption and hydrothermal performance of PHBV/sisal biocomposites2014In: Polymer degradation and stability, ISSN 0141-3910, E-ISSN 1873-2321, Vol. 108, p. 166-174Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The performance of biocomposites of poly(hydroxybutyrate-co-valerate) (PHBV) and sisal fibre subjected to hydrothermal tests at different temperatures above the glass transition of PHBV (T-H = 26, 36 and 46 degrees C) was evaluated in this study. The influences of both the fibre content and presence of coupling agent were focused. The water absorption capability and water diffusion rate were considered for a statistical factorial analysis. Afterwards, the physico-chemical properties of water-saturated biocomposites were assessed by Fourier-Transform Infrared Analysis, Size Exclusion Chromatography, Differential Scanning Calorimetry and Scanning Electron Microscopy. It was found that the water diffusion rate increased with both temperature and percentage of fibre, whereas the amount of absorbed water was only influenced by fibre content. The use of coupling agent was only relevant at the initial stages of the hydrothermal test, giving an increase in the diffusion rate. Although the chemical structure and thermal properties of water-saturated biocomposites remained practically intact, the physical performance was considerably affected, due to the swelling of fibres, which internally blew-up the PHBV matrix, provoking cracks and fibre detachment.

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