Graft copolymerization of methyl acrylate onto cellulosic biofibers : synthesis, characterization and applications
Thakur, V. K.
Singha, A. S.
Thakur, M. K.
Date of Issue2011
School of Materials Science and Engineering
Graft copolymerization of cellulosic biopolymers with synthetic polymers is of enormous interest because of its application in biofiltration, biosorption, biomedical, biocomposites and various other eco-friendly materials. Synthesis of graft copolymers of methyl acrylate onto mercerized Grewia optivabiofibers using ferrous ammonium sulfate–potassium per sulfate as redox initiator in air was carried out. Different reaction parameters such as amount of solvent, monomer concentration, initiator molar ratio, reaction time and reaction temperature were optimized to get the maximum percentage of grafting. The graft copolymers thus formed were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, differential thermal analysis and differential thermogravimetric techniques. A plausible mechanism for explanation of the graft copolymerization reactions pattern shown is offered. The effect of grafting percentage on the physico–chemical properties of raw as well as grafted Grewia optivabiofibers has also been investigated. The graft copolymers have been found to be more moisture resistant and also showed better chemical and thermal resistance. Green polymer composites were also successfully prepared through compression molding technique by using grafted Grewia optivabiofibers as reinforcement.
Journal of polymers and the environment