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  • 901.
    Zafarani-Moattar, Mohammed Taghi
    et al.
    Physical Chemistry Department, Faculty of Chemistry (Excellence of Science for New Materials and Clean Chemistry), University of Tabriz, Iran.
    Nikjoo, Dariush
    Physical Chemistry Department, Faculty of Chemistry (Excellence of Science for New Materials and Clean Chemistry), University of Tabriz, Iran.
    Phase Diagrams for Liquid-Liquid and Liquid-Solid Equilibrium of the TernaryPoly(ethylene glycol) Dimethyl Ether 2000 + Sodium Carbonate + Water System2009In: Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, ISSN 0021-9568, E-ISSN 1520-5134, Vol. 54, no 10, p. 2918-2922Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The complete phase diagram for the poly(ethylene glycol) dimethyl ether 2000 (PEGDME2000) + Na2CO3 + H2O system at 298.15 K was determined. Experimental liquid−liquid equilibrium phase diagrams, tie lines, and plait points were obtained for the ternary system. Compositions of the liquid−liquid and the liquid−liquid−solid equilibria were determined from calibration curves of refractive index of the solutions, and atomic absorption (AA) and X-ray diffraction analyses were made on the solids. Binodal curves were described using the Merchuk equation at T = (288.15, 293.15, 298.15, 308.15, and 318.15) K, and the fitting parameters were obtained for the corresponding temperatures. The effects of temperature on the binodal curve were also studied, and it was observed that the area of the biphasic region increased slightly with increase in temperature. Also, the tie lines were fitted to both the Othmer−Tobias and Bancroft and Setschenow-type equations. Correlation coefficients for all equations are reported.

  • 902. Zhang, Junqiao
    et al.
    Li, Debing
    Sun, Tianyang
    Liang, Lijun
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology. Zhejiang University, China.
    Wang, Qi
    Interaction of P-glycoprotein with anti-tumor drugs: the site, gate and pathway2015In: Soft Matter, ISSN 1744-683X, E-ISSN 1744-6848, Vol. 11, no 33, p. 6633-6641Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Understanding the mechanism and pathway of anti-cancer drugs to be pumped out by P-glycoprotein (P-gp) in cancer cell is very important for the successful chemotherapy. P-gp is a member of ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters. In this study, random accelerated molecular dynamics (RAMD) simulation was used to explore the potential egress pathway of ligands from the binding pocket. This could be considered as a reverse process of drug binding. The most possible portal of drugs to dissociate is TM4/TM6, which is almost the same for different drugs, such as paclitaxel and doxorubicin. The interactions in the binding site are found to be remarkably stronger than that outside of the binding site. The results were suggested by the free energy calculation between P-gp and different drugs from metadynamics simulation. All the results indicate that the flexibility of inner residues, especially the residue Phe339, is very important for the drugs to access the binding site.

  • 903.
    Zhang, Le
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE).
    Large Scale Production of Polylactide Microspheres for Controlled Drug Delivery2012Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Spray drying is presented as an efficient technique to manufacture spherical polylactide particles in large scale for use in controlled drug delivery applications. Poly (L-lactide) (PLLA) was synthesized by ring-opening polymerization and PLLA microspheres were produced by spray drying. The PLLA microspheres were morphologically characterized by SEM and the release profile of drug loaded in the microspheres were analyzed by UV-VIS. The morphology of PLLA microspheres was significantly influenced by solvent, molecular weight, and the operating settings of the instrument.

    PLLA particles loaded with diclofenac sodium and caffeine were produced using the 10,000 and 20,000 g/mol molecular weight PLLAs and the previously determined operating conditions. The morphologies of particles loaded with drug were influenced by solvent type. The drug encapsulation efficiency of caffeine was much higher than that of diclofenac sodium.

    The release rate was affected by the type of drug loaded and the particle morphology. Particles of small size released drug faster because of larger surface area and particles with a rough surface and high porosity also demonstrated an increased drug release rate. All loaded diclofenac sodium was released from the particles after 400 hours whereas only 30-50% of the loaded caffeine was released during the same time period.

  • 904. Zhang, M.
    et al.
    Wang, R.
    Xiang, T.
    Zhao, Wei-Feng
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology. Sichuan University, China.
    Zhao, C. -S
    Preparation, characterization and application of poly(sodium p-styrenesulfonate)/poly(methyl methacrylate) particles2016In: Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, ISSN 1226-086X, E-ISSN 1876-794X, Vol. 34, p. 415-421Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, poly(sodium p-styrenesulfonate)/poly(methyl methacrylate) particles were facilely prepared by in situ cross-linked polymerization followed with a liquid-liquid phase inversion technique. The particles exhibited selective adsorption for cationic dyes due to the negatively charged sulfonic groups. The intra-particle diffusion process was the rate-limiting step for the adsorption of methylene blue. More than 90% of cationic dye was removed by the adsorption column of the particles after three circulations. The particles could be facilely fabricated and industrially used for wastewater treatment.

  • 905. Zhang, Man
    et al.
    Wang, Rui
    Shi, Zhenqiang
    Huang, Xuelian
    Zhao, Weifeng
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology.
    Zhao, Changsheng
    Multi-responsive, tough and reversible hydrogels with tunable swelling property2017In: Journal of Hazardous Materials, ISSN 0304-3894, E-ISSN 1873-3336, Vol. 322, p. 499-507Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A novel family of multi-responsive, tough, and reversible hydrogels were prepared by the combination of dipole-dipole interaction, hydrogen bonding interaction and slightly chemical cross-linking, using monomers of acrylonitrile, sodium allylsulfonate and itaconic acid. Reversible gel-sol transition was achieved by the flexible conversion of the dipole-dipole interactions between acrylonitrile-acrylonitrile and acrylonitrile-sodium thiocyanate, and the hydrogels could freely form desired shapes. The dipole dipole and hydrogen bonding interactions improved the mechanical strength of the hydrogels with a compressive stress of 2.38 MPa. Meanwhile, the hydrogels sustained cyclic compressive tests with 60% strain, and exhibited excellent elastic property. The hydrogels were sensitive to pH and ionic strength, and could keep their perfect spherical structures without any obvious cracks even after immersing in strong ionic strength (or pH) solution for several reversible cycles. Furthermore, the hydrogels were recycled for environmental pollution remediation, and showed great potential to be applied in water treatments and other related fields.

  • 906.
    Zhao, Weifeng
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology. Sichuan Univ, Peoples R China.
    Huang, Xuelian
    Wang, Yilin
    Sun, Shudong
    Zhao, Changsheng
    A recyclable and regenerable magnetic chitosan absorbent for dye uptake2016In: Carbohydrate Polymers, ISSN 0144-8617, E-ISSN 1879-1344, Vol. 150, p. 201-208Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A recyclable and regenerable magnetic polysaccharide absorbent for methylene blue (MB) removal was prepared by coating magnetic polyethyleneimine nanoparticles (PEI@MNPs) with sulfonated chitosan (SCS) and further cross -linked with glutaraldehyde. The driving force for coating is the electrostactic interaction between positively charged PEI and negatively charged SCS. Infrared spectra, zeta potential, thermal gravimetric analysis and X-ray diffraction demonstrated the successful synthesis of magnetic polysaccharide absorbent. The self-assembly of polysaccharide with magnetic nanopartices did not alter the saturation magnetization value of the absorbent confirmed by vibrating sample magnetometer. The nanoparticles showed fast removal (about 30 min reached equilibrium) of MB. In particular, the removal ability of MB after desorption did not reduce, demonstrating an excellent regeneration ability. Our study provides new insights into utilizing polysaccharides for environmental remediation and creating advanced magnetic materials for various promising applications.

  • 907.
    Zhao, Weifeng
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology. Sichuan University, China.
    Nugroho, Robertus Wahyu. N.
    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.
    Edlund, Ulrica
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology.
    Zhao, Changsheng
    Albertsson, Ann-Christine
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology.
    In Situ Cross-Linking of Stimuli-Responsive Hemicellulose Microgels during Spray Drying2015In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, ISSN 1944-8244, E-ISSN 1944-8252, Vol. 7, no 7, p. 4202-4215Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Chemical cross-linking during spray drying offers the potential for green fabrication of microgels with a rapid stimuli response and good blood compatibility and provides a platform for stimuli-responsive hemicellulose microgels (SRHMGs). The cross-linking reaction occurs rapidly in situ at elevated temperature during spray drying, enabling the production of microgels in a large scale within a few minutes. The SRHMGs with an average size range of similar to 1-4 mu m contain O-acetyl-galactoglucomannan as a matrix and poly(acrylic acid), aniline pentamer (AP), and iron as functional additives, which are responsive to external changes in pH, electrochemical stimuli, magnetic field, or dual-stimuli. The surface morphologies, chemical compositions, charge, pH, and mechanical properties of these smart microgels were evaluated using scanning electron microscopy, IR, zeta potential measurements, pH evaluation, and quantitative nanomechanical mapping, respectively. Different oxidation states were observed when AP was introduced, as confirmed by UV spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry. Systematic blood compatibility evaluations revealed that the SRHMGs have good blood compatibility. This bottom-up strategy to synthesize SRHMGs enables a new route to the production of smart microgels for biomedical applications.

  • 908.
    Zhao, Weifeng
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology. Sichuan University, China.
    Odelius, Karin
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Edlund, Ulrica
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Zhao, Changsheng
    Albertsson, Ann-Christine
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    In Situ Synthesis of Magnetic Field-Responsive Hemicellulose Hydrogels for Drug Delivery2015In: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 16, no 8, p. 2522-2528Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A one-pot synthetic methodology for fabricating stimuli-responsive hemicellulose-based hydrogels was developed that consists of the in situ formation of magnetic iron oxide (Fe3O4) nanoparticles during the covalent cross-linking of O-acetyl-galactoglucomannan (AcGGM). The Fe3O4 nanoparticle content controlled the thermal stability, macrostructure, swelling behavior, and magnetization of the hybrid hydrogels. In addition, the magnetic field-responsive hemicellulose hydrogels (MERHHs) exhibited excellent adsorption and controlled release profiles with bovine serum albumin (BSA) as the model drug. Therefore, the MFRHHs have great potential to be utilized in the biomedical field for tissue engineering applications, controlled drug delivery, and magnetically assisted bioseparation. Magnetic field-responsive hemicellulose hydrogels, prepared using a straightforward one-step process, expand the applications of biomass-derived polysaccharides by combining the renewability of hemicellulose and the magnetism of Fe3O4 nanoparticles.

  • 909.
    Zhao, Yadong
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Li, Jiebing
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Excellent chemical and material cellulose from tunicates: diversity in cellulose production yield and chemical and morphological structures from different tunicate species2014In: Cellulose (London), ISSN 0969-0239, E-ISSN 1572-882X, Vol. 21, no 5, p. 3427-3441Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The high crystallinity and the high microfibrils aspect ratio of tunicate cellulose (TC) indicate TC's excellent chemical and material applications. However, its quantity and quality from different species have never been systematically reported and compared. In this study, the tunics of Ciona intestinalis (CI), Ascidia sp. (AS), Halocynthia roretzi (HR) and Styela plicata (SP) were processed to TC after an identical prehydrolysis-kraft cooking-bleaching sequence, while the tunicate fibrils were chemically and structurally characterized in situ and during the sequence. All tunics studied were composed of crystalline cellulose embedded with protein, lipids, sulfated glycans and mucopolysaccharides. The native composite structures are all very compact. However, the tunics from Phlebobranchia order (CI and AS) are soft, while those from Stolidobranchia, HR and SP, are hard. Fibrous cellulose could be prepared after removing the lipids, sulfated glycans and mucopolysaccharides through prehydrolysis, protein removal through kraft cooking and a final purification by bleaching. The final product is similar to 100 % pure cellulose which is in large molecular masses, composed of highly crystalline I-beta crystals, in elementary microfibrils form, with high specific surface area and thermal stability. There were lower TC yields from the soft tunics than from the hard ones. The cellulose fibrils had a section shape of lozenges with higher crystallinity. This study demonstrates that TC could be obtained in different yields and exhibited different chemical and morphological structures depending on the species. There is a great potential of tunicate resources for preparing excellent chemical and material cellulose.

  • 910.
    Zhao, Yadong
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Fibre- and Polymer Technology.
    Moser, Carl
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Fibre- and Polymer Technology.
    Henriksson, Gunnar
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Fibre- and Polymer Technology.
    Transparent Composites Made from Tunicate Cellulose Membranes and Environmentally Friendly Polyester2018In: ChemSusChem, ISSN 1864-5631, E-ISSN 1864-564X, Vol. 11, no 10, p. 1728-1735Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A series of optically transparent composites were made by using tunicate cellulose membranes, in which the naturally organized cellulose microfibrillar network structure of tunicate tunics was preserved and used as the template and a solution of glycerol and citric acid at different molar ratios was used as the matrix. Polymerization through ester bond formation occurred at elevated temperatures without any catalyst, and water was released as the only byproduct. The obtained composites had a uniform and dense structure. Thus, the produced glycerol citrate polyester improved the transparency of the tunicate cellulose membrane while the cellulose membrane provided rigidity and strength to the prepared composite. The interaction between cellulose and polyester afforded the composites high thermal stability. Additionally, the composites were optically transparent and their shape, strength, and flexibility were adjustable by varying the formulation and reaction conditions. These composites of cellulose, glycerol, and citric acid are renewable and biocompatible and have many potential applications as structural materials in packaging, flexible displays, and solar cells.

  • 911.
    ZHAOXUAN, FENG
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE).
    Synthesis and Characterization of Drug-Anchored Pluronic Micelles2014Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Amphiphilic Pluronic block copolymer consisting of hydrophobic poly(propylene oxide) (PPO) and hydrophilic poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) blocks has sparked promising effect in the area of drug delivery systems due to specific advantages over other drug carriers such as 1) biocompatibility and nontoxicity 2) ability to encapsulate water-insoluble drugs 3) possibility to promote its functions by modification. However, a deadly weak point of Pluronic-based drug carriers depends on the relatively weak hydrophobic driving force coming from PPO core to stabilize amphiphilic micelles, which may lead to the micelle disintegration and sudden release of drug after being injected into the bloodstream. In this project, an optimized micelle system with cancerous cell-targeting functionality by conjugated folic acid at the chain end of Pluronic F127 (or L35) together with improved stability through chemical attachment of quercetin on the chain end of Pluronic 10R5 was developed. Data from a series of characterization techniques indicated that quercetin-anchored mixed micelle systems (FF/PQ and LF/PQ) were successfully formed. Folic acid (as a targeting ligand for tumor cells) decorated the surface of the micelles and anti-cancer drug was located in the core. Meanwhile, these mixed micelle system possessed optimized properties in terms of stability, PDI and size.

  • 912.
    Zhou, Qi
    et al.
    Wuhan University, China .
    Zhang, L. N.
    Wuhan University, China .
    Minoda, M.
    Wuhan University, China .
    Miyamoto, T.
    Wuhan University, China .
    Phase transition of thermosensitive amphiphilic cellulose esters bearing olig(oxyethylene)s2000In: Polymer Bulletin, ISSN 0170-0839, E-ISSN 1436-2449, Vol. 45, no 05-apr, p. 381-388Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A series of cellulose esters bearing olig(oxyethylene)s with different degree of substitution (DS) and different length of the oxyethylene chain were synthesized by a homogeneous reaction of cellulose with corresponding monofunctional acid chloride in a 10% LiCl-dimethyl acetoamide (DMAc) solution. The effect of total DS value on the solubility of the derivatives in aqueous solution was investigated. It was found that the lower limit DS value for both water-soluble and amphiphilic derivatives decreases with increasing length of oxyethylene chains. The amphiphilic derivatives, which are soluble in both water and chloroform, precipitate out of aqueous solution on heating without gel forming, such a phase transition behavior was studied in terms of DS value, length of oxyethylene and concentration. The precipitation temperature (T-p) of the amphiphilic derivatives is range from 54 degreesC to 96 degreesC. It decreases with increasing the total DS value, and increases with an increase in the length of oxyethylene chains. The T-p value of the derivatives was found to be almost independent in the concentration range of 1-15 wt %, however the T-p value increases sharply with decreasing polymer concentration when the concentration is lower than 1 wt%.

  • 913.
    Zhu, Jiqing
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport Science, Highway and Railway Engineering.
    Birgisson, Björn
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport Science, Highway and Railway Engineering.
    Kringos, Niki
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport Science, Highway and Railway Engineering.
    Polymer modification of bitumen: Advances and challenges2014In: European Polymer Journal, ISSN 0014-3057, E-ISSN 1873-1945, Vol. 54, no 1, p. 18-38Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Advances and challenges in the field of bitumen polymer modification for road construction during the last 40 years are reviewed in this paper. The history of bitumen polymer modification is described chronologically. Some popular plastomers and thermoplastic elastomers in bitumen modification are discussed regarding their advantages and disadvantages, including polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), ethylene-butyl acrylate (EBA), styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS), styrene-isoprene-styrene (SIS) and styrene-ethylene/butylene-styrene (SEBS). Although these polymers all improve bitumen properties to some extent, there are still some drawbacks limiting the future development of bitumen polymer modification, such as high cost, low ageing resistance and poor storage stability of polymer modified bitumen (PMB). Researchers attempted various ways to remove these drawbacks. Some technical developments for removing drawbacks are reviewed in this paper, including saturation, sulfur vulcanization, adding antioxidants, using hydrophobic clay minerals, functionalization and application of reactive polymers. The future development of polymers for bitumen modification is analyzed as well. Since it is currently challenging to perfectly achieve all expected PMB properties at the same time, some compromised recommendations are given in this paper, among which greatly enhancing the properties with an acceptably high cost, significantly reducing the cost with relatively poor properties and their combinations. Functionalization is emphasized as a promising way to enhance the properties of currently used polymers and develop new-type polymer modifiers with much greater success in the future. It is also recommended that future research on bitumen polymer modification focuses more on function development towards enhancing: adhesion with aggregates, long-term performance and recyclability.

  • 914. Zhu, Liangliang
    et al.
    Li, Xin
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Sanders, Samuel N.
    Ågren, Hans
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Unimolecular Photopolymerization of High-Emissive Materials on Cylindrical Self-Assemblies2015In: Macromolecules, ISSN 0024-9297, E-ISSN 1520-5835, Vol. 48, no 15, p. 5099-5105Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We report a novel self-assembly pathway from a bis(imidazolyl) diphenyl-diacetylene (DPDA) compound as a realization of self-templated photopolymerization with high polymerization degrees. The work takes advantage of a cylindrical self-assembly that strengthens the preorganization of the diphenyl-diacetylene moiety at the single molecular level. On this basis, photopolymerization of DPDA can be conducted smoothly to form high-molecular-weight polydiphenyl diacetylene. Such a cylindrical self-assembly is highly dependent on molecular structure, and control studies show that only oligomers can be formed on random self-assemblies from a monoimidazolyl or nonimidazolyl diphenyl-diacetylene compound. Moreover, the cylindrical self-assembly based systems bear aggregation-induced emission enhancement characteristics and are solution processable. The leading thin-film could afford a selectively tunable function in luminescent micropatterns.

  • 915.
    Zhu Ryberg, Yingzhi
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology.
    Wood hydrolysates- New concepts in renewable material design2013Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Wood hydrolysates (WHs) are biomasses obtained in processes involving hydrothermal treatments of wood. WHs are rich in hemicelluloses and lignin. Instead of complicated extraction processes, such as precipitation, or extensive purification, this work utilizes the crude WHs. These WHs were successfully developed into oxygen-barrier films and coatings and a conceptual model was established to predict biomass matrix performance from molecular structures and interactions.

    Free standing films and coatings from blends of WHs and either chitosan or carboxylmethyl cellulose (CMC) as a co-component, were produced. The films had an excellent oxygen-barrier performance which was even better than the corresponding films prepared from highly purified hemicelluloses. From a fundamental point of view, the Hansen solubility parameter (HSP) theory revealed the interactions between molecules in WHs, as well as in WH-based blends, which shed light on the great barrier performance of WH-based films. The hypothesis was that these strong interactions increased the mutual molecular affinity in the matrix, which led to a denser molecular packing and hence a good oxygen-barrier performance. The positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) measurements quantified the free volumes in the WH-based matrices. The HSP results, free volume size and distribution and thermal analyses supported the hypothesis well.

    The HSP model was then used as a tool for designing oxygen-barrier coatings from WH-based blends. Using the HSP model, the interactions between different WHs and CMC were calculated and quantified. According to our hypothesis, the oxygen-barrier performance could thus be predicted. The free volume from PALS, oxygen permeability (OP) results were generally in consistence with the prediction from HSP model, which shows the potential of the HSP model for designing formulations of WHs for oxygen-barrier coatings for food packaging. 

    To realize an industrially feasible and efficient process for WH-based barrier coating layers, some new approaches were attempted. Previously, coatings were prepared manually from WH-based blends. Now, a creative spray drying (SPD) coating technique was developed for a reproducible, efficient coating process of WHs with no additives or second components. Also, glyoxal crosslinking improved the ductility of the WH-based coatings which in turn improved the quality and oxygen-barrier performance of the coatings. Finally, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) integrated with a micro-tensile test device made it possible the real-time observation of coating surfaces during the deformation process. This can successfully analyze the mechanical performance of the coatings without being influenced by substrate.

    In summary, the WHs present a viable and very promising resource for green barrier design.

  • 916.
    Zhu Ryberg, Yingzhi
    et al.
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology.
    Edlund, Ulrica
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology.
    Albertsson, Ann-Christine
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymer Technology.
    Innovative Approaches for Converting a Wood Hydrolysate to High-Quality Barrier Coatings2013In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, ISSN 1944-8244, E-ISSN 1944-8252, Vol. 5, no 16, p. 7748-7757Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An advanced approach for the efficient and controllable production of softwood hydrolysate-based coatings with excellent oxygen-barrier performance is presented. An innovative conversion of the spray-drying technique into a coating applicator process allowed for a fast and efficient coating process requiring solely aqueous solutions of softwood hydrolysate, even without additives. Compared to analogous coatings prepared by manual application, the spray-drying produced coatings were more homogeneous and smooth, and they adhered more strongly to the substrate. The addition of glyoxal to the aqueous softwood hydrolysate solutions prior to coating formation allowed for hemicellulose cross-linking, which improved both the mechanical integrity and the oxygen-barrier performance of the coatings. A real-time scanning electron microscopy imaging assessment of the tensile deformation of the coatings allowed for a deeper understanding of the ability of the coating layer itself to withstand stress as well as the coating-to-substrate adhesion.

  • 917. Zikeli, Florian
    et al.
    Ters, Thomas
    Fackler, Karin
    Srebotnik, Ewald
    Li, Jiebing
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
    Fractionation of wheat straw Dioxane lignin reveals molar mass dependent structural differences2016In: Industrial crops and products (Print), ISSN 0926-6690, E-ISSN 1872-633X, Vol. 91, p. 186-193Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Dioxane lignin was isolated from ball-milled wheat straw by neutral dioxane-water extraction and subsequently molar-mass-fractionated by flash chromatography in dimethylformamide. The eluted lignin containing material was pooled into six distinct molar mass fractions that were in turn structurally characterized in detail by wet chemistry and NMR spectroscopy methods. Fractions of higher molar mass were found to be enriched in p-hydroxyphenyl units and contained more p-hydroxycinnamic acid units. They were found mainly associated with linear arabinoxylan, while in low-molar-mass fractions additional glucan contributions were found. Fractions of lower molar mass consisted of relatively more guaiacyl units and showed exclusive association with tricin units. One distinct lignin fraction with lower lignin content supposedly contained high ratios of arabinoxylan chains esterified by ferulic acid and cross-linked via ferulic acid dimerization, structures which were considered to represent lignin nucleation sites. High abundance of dibenzodioxocin type structures in this fraction indicated that they could be involved in cross-linking hemicelluloses networks with lignin moieties.

  • 918.
    Zrida, Hana
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Fernberg, Patrik
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Ayadi, Zoubir
    Institut Jean Lamour, Ecole Européenne d’Ingénieurs en Génie des Matériaux, Université de Lorraine.
    Varna, Janis
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
    Microcracking in thermally cycled and aged Carbon fibre/polyimide laminates2017In: International Journal of Fatigue, ISSN 0142-1123, E-ISSN 1879-3452, Vol. 94, no 1, p. 121-130Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Carbon fibre T650 8-harness satin weave fabric composites with thermosetting polyimide resin designed for high service temperatures are solidified at 340 °C. High thermal stresses develop after cooling down to room temperature, which lead to multiple cracking in bundles of the studied quasi-isotropic composite. The composites are subjected to two thermal cycling ramps and the increase of crack density in each bundle is quantified. Comparison of two ramps with the same lowest temperature shows that the highest temperature in the cycle has a significant effect on thermal fatigue resistance. During thermal aging tests at 288 °C the mechanical properties are degrading with time and the crack density after certain aging time is measured. Aging and fatigue effects are separately analysed showing that part of the cracking in thermal cycling tests is related to material aging during the high temperature part of the cycle. Numerical edge stress analysis and fracture mechanics are used to explain observations. The 3-D finite element edge stress analysis reveals that there is large edge effect that induces a large difference in the damage state between the different layers on the edge. The linear elastic fracture mechanics explains the higher initiated and propagated crack density in the surface layers comparing to the inner layers.

  • 919.
    Åkesson, Dan
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Bourmaud, Alain
    Beaugrand, Johnny
    Le Duigou, Antoine
    Skrifvars, Mikael
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Baley, Christophe
    Recycling of L-Poly-(lactide)-Poly-(butylene-succinate)-flax biocomposite2016In: Polymer degradation and stability, ISSN 0141-3910, E-ISSN 1873-2321, Vol. 128, p. 77-88Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The development of new plant fibre composites is a key point in the development of semi-structural biodegradable or biobased parts, especially for automotive applications. The aim of this original and innovating work is to study, at different scales, the recycling ability of a fully biodegradable L-Poly-(lactide)-Poly-(butylene-succinate)-flax (PLLA-PBS-flax) biocomposite. The biocomposites were manufactured by twin-screw extrusion followed by injection moulding, then the recycling behaviour was studied during successive injection moulding cycles. Firstly, we investigated the length of the flax fibre after compounding and injection, as well as the cell wall stiffness and hardness, by in-situ nanoindentation tests. Secondly, we focused on the effects of recycling on thermal, rheological and tensile properties. We highlighted a severe evolution of the cell wall properties, especially concerning the polysaccharidic matrix after the first thermal cycle, nanoindentation properties remaining quasi-stable after this first drop. Furthermore, the biocomposites did not show any significant evolution of their mechanical performances during cycle three or four of the first injection cycles; after this plateau, the tensile strength and strain as well as impact energy were significantly altered due to the conjugated fibre length decrease and degradation of the PLLA, the latter being emphasized when the flax fibre is embedded. Nevertheless, this fully biodegradable composite exhibits a suitable recycling behaviour for 3 or 4 cycles, which is sufficient for industrial applications.

  • 920.
    Åkesson, Dan
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Fazelinejad, Samaneh
    Skrifvars, Ville-Viktor
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Skrifvars, Mikael
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Mechanical recycling of polylactic acid composites reinforced with wood fibres by multiple extrusion and hydrothermal ageing2016In: Journal of reinforced plastics and composites (Print), ISSN 0731-6844, E-ISSN 1530-7964, Vol. 35, no 16, p. 1248-1259Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 921.
    Åkesson, Dan
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Fuchs, Torsten
    Stöss, Michael
    Root, Andrew
    MagSol, Helsinki, Finland.
    Stenvall, Erik
    Chalmers tekniska högskola.
    Skrifvars, Mikael
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Recycling of wood fiber-reinforced HDPE by multiple reprocessing2016In: Journal of Applied Polymer Science, ISSN 0021-8995, E-ISSN 1097-4628, Vol. 133, no 35Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The mechanical recycling of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) reinforced with wood fiber was studied by means of repeated injection moulding. The change in properties during the recycling was monitored by tensile and flexural tests, Charpy impact tests, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), FTIR spectroscopy, and by measuring the fiber lengths. Tests were also done where injection moulding was combined with subsequent accelerated thermo-oxidative ageing and thereafter repeated numerous times. The results showed that the HDPE composites were relatively stable toward both the ageing conditions and the repeated injection moulding. The change of the mechanical properties was mainly observed as an increased elongation at max. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2016, 133, 43877. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  • 922.
    Åkesson, Dan
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Vrignaud, Thomas
    Tissot, Clément
    Skrifvars, Mikael
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Mechanical Recycling of PLA Filled with a High Level of Cellulose Fibres2016In: Journal of polymers and the environment, ISSN 1566-2543, E-ISSN 1572-8919, Vol. 25, no 3, p. 185-195Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Composites consisting of 30 vol% PLA and 70 vol% cellulose fibres were prepared with compression moulding. In the first part of the study, the recyclability of this composite material was investigated by grinding the material and using the recyclate obtained as a filler for PLA. Thus, the recyclate was compounded with PLA in loadings ranging from 20 to 50 wt%. The composites obtained were characterised by tensile tests, Charpy impact tests, DMTA, and SEM. Tests showed that the recyclate had a relatively good reinforcing effect. Stress at break increased from about 50 to 77 MPa and the modulus increased from 3.6 to 8.5 GPa. In the second part of the study, the ability to mechanically recycle the composites obtained was evaluated by repeated processing. Composite with two loadings of the recyclate (20 wt% and 50 %) was injection moulded repeatedly, six times. Tests showed that the composite material with 20 wt% recyclate could withstand six cycles relatively well, while the composite with the higher load degraded much more quickly. For the composites with 50 wt% recyclate, signs of polymer degradation could be seen already after reprocessing the composite once.

  • 923.
    Åsberg, Dennis
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Engineering and Chemical Sciences.
    Samuelsson, Jörgen
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Engineering and Chemical Sciences.
    Lesko, Marek
    Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, Rzeszów University of Technology, PL-35 959 Rzeszów, Poland.
    Cavazzini, Alberto
    Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Ferrara, IT-44 121 Ferrara, Italy.
    Kaczmarski, Krzysztof
    Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, Rzeszów University of Technology, PL-35 959 Rzeszów, Poland.
    Fornstedt, Torgny
    Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Engineering and Chemical Sciences.
    Method transfer from high-pressure liquid chromatography to ultra-high-pressure liquid chromatography. II. Temperature and pressure effects2015In: Journal of Chromatography A, ISSN 0021-9673, E-ISSN 1873-3778, Vol. 1401, p. 52-59Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The importance of the generated temperature and pressure gradients in ultra-high-pressure liquid chromatography (UHPLC) are investigated and compared to high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC). The drug Omeprazole, together with three other model compounds (with different chemical characteristics, namely uncharged, positively and negatively charged) were used. Calculations of the complete temperature profile in the column at UHPLC conditions showed, in our experiments, a temperature difference between the inlet and outlet of 16 degrees C and a difference of 2 degrees C between the column center and the wall. Through van't Hoff plots, this information was used to single out the decrease in retention factor (k) solely due to the temperature gradient. The uncharged solute was least affected by temperature with a decrease in k of about 5% while for charged solutes the effect was more pronounced, with k decreases up to 14%. A pressure increase of 500 bar gave roughly 5% increase in k for the uncharged solute, while omeprazole and the other two charged solutes gave about 25, 20 and 15% increases in k, respectively. The stochastic model of chromatography was applied to estimate the dependence of the average number of adsorption/desorption events (n) and the average time spent by a molecule in the stationary phase (tau(s)) on temperature and pressure on peak shape for the tailing, basic solute. Increasing the temperature yielded an increase in n and decrease in tau(s) which resulted in less skew at high temperatures. With increasing pressure, the stochastic modeling gave interesting results for the basic solute showing that the skew of the peak increased with pressure. The conclusion is that pressure effects are more pronounced for both retention and peak shape than the temperature effects for the polar or charged compounds in our study. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  • 924. Çakir, S.
    et al.
    Eriksson, Magnus
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Industrial Biotechnology.
    Martinelle, Mats
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Industrial Biotechnology.
    Koning, C. E.
    Multiblock copolymers of polyamide 6 and diepoxy propylene adipate obtained by solid state polymerization2016In: European Polymer Journal, ISSN 0014-3057, E-ISSN 1873-1945, Vol. 79, p. 13-22Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Polyesteramide multiblock copolymers based on polyamide 6 and diepoxy propylene adipate blocks were synthesized. For this purpose a carboxyl-terminated polyamide 6 (Mn = 2400 g/mol, Tm = 205.5 °C) and diepoxy propylene adipate (Mn = 450 g/mol) were separately synthesized and characterized. The incorporation of the oligoester into the polyamide 6 backbone was performed by solid state polymerization (SSP) well below the melting temperature of the polyamide (80-140 °C) so that the physical and thermal properties of the original polyamide 6 block were retained. Formation of the multiblock structure was confirmed by following the increase in molecular weight by SEC, reaction of the end groups by 1H NMR and by following the maintained melting temperature after the copolymerization. These segmented copolymers have molecular weights up to 10 kg/mol, thermal stability of 325 °C at 5% weight loss and a melting temperature of 205 °C.

  • 925.
    Öberg Hed, Kim
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Coating Technology.
    Advanced polymeric scaffolds for functional materials in biomedical applications2014Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Advancements in the biomedical field are driven by the design of novel materials with controlled physical and bio-interactive properties. To develop such materials, researchers rely on the use of highly efficient reactions for the assembly of advanced polymeric scaffolds that meet the demands of a functional biomaterial. In this thesis two main strategies for such materials have been explored; these include the use of off-stoichiometric thiol-ene networks and dendritic polymer scaffolds. In the first case, the highly efficient UV-induced thiol-ene coupling (TEC) reaction was used to create crosslinked polymeric networks with a predetermined and tunable excess of thiol or ene functionality. These materials rely on the use of readily available commercial monomers. By adopting standard molding techniques and simple TEC surface modifications, patterned surfaces with tunable hydrophobicity could be obtained. Moreover, these materials are shown to have great potential for rapid prototyping of microfluidic devices. In the second case, dendritic polymer scaffolds were evaluated for their ability to increase surface interactions and produce functional 3D networks. More specifically, a self-assembled dendritic monolayer approach was explored for producing highly functional dendronized surfaces with specific interactions towards pathogenic E. coli bacteria. Furthermore, a library of heterofunctional dendritic scaffolds, with a controllable and exact number of dual-purpose azide and ene functional groups, has been synthesized. These scaffolds were explored for the production of cell interactive hydrogels and primers for bone adhesive implants. Dendritic hydrogels decorated with a selection of bio-relevant moieties and with Young’s moduli in the same range as several body tissues could be produced by facile UV-induced TEC crosslinking. These gels showed low cytotoxic response and relatively rapid rates of degradation when cultured with normal human dermal fibroblast cells. When used as primers for bone adhesive patches, heterofunctional dendrimers with high azide-group content led to a significant increase in the adhesion between a UV-cured hydrophobic matrix and the wet bone surface (compared to patches without primers).

  • 926.
    Öberg, Viktor
    KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE).
    Macroalgae as a renewable resource: Extraction and Characterization of the Major Components in Saccharina Latissima2014Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    A fractionation strategy was developed that made it possible to extract alginate, mannitol, laminarin and cellulose under various conditions from the brown algae Saccharina Latissima (previously known as Laminara Saccharina). The algae were harvested on the west coast of Sweden in the late summer of 2013. After extraction, the alginate and mannitol samples were identified and characterized using 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The yield of alginate (in its sodium salt form) was estimated to be around 18,5 %, and the yield of mannitol was around 9 %. Mild hydrolysis and 1H NMR was performed on the alginate to estimate the ratio of mannuronic and guluronic acids, i.e. the M/G-ratio. The M/G-ratio was calculated to be around 1 for neutral batches and around 1,1 for batches extracted at low or high pH. Laminarin was identified and characterized by 1H NMR, FT-IR, TGA, size exclusion chromatography (SEC) and ion chromatography (IC). Approximately 12 % laminarin was extracted. Cellulose was identified and characterized by FT-IR and IC, and the yield was approximately 2,5 to 3,5 %.

    A three-level statistical factorial screening of the parameters temperature and pH was also performed using multiple linear regression (MLR) from 6 responses: the alginate, laminarin, cellulose, mannitol and total yield as well as the M/G-ratio. However, the yields of alginate, cellulose and mannitol were not possible to assess due to divergent data points. High temperature (75 °C) and pH 2 or 12 degrades alginate, thus decreasing the yield. The screening of laminarin yield showed that a decrease in pH had a significant positive effect. The screening of total yield indicated a negative effect when temperature was increased from 40 °C to 75 °C. At 3 or 40 °C, the M/G-ratio was significantly lower at neutral pH compared to those at pH 2 or 12. At 75 °C and pH 12, a degradation decreased the M/G-ratio to 0,83.

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