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Thermally flexible epoxy/cellulose blends mediated by an ionic liquid

Hameed, N and Bavishi, J and Parameswaranpillai, J and Salim, NV and Joseph, J and Madras, G and Fox, BL (2015) Thermally flexible epoxy/cellulose blends mediated by an ionic liquid. In: RSC ADVANCES, 5 (65). pp. 52832-52836.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c5ra05900c


Blends between the widely used thermoset resin, epoxy, and the most abundant organic material, natural cellulose are demonstrated for the first time. The blending modification induced by charge transfer complexes using a room temperature ionic liquid, leads to the formation of thermally flexible thermoset materials. The blend materials containing low concentrations of cellulose were optically transparent which indicates the miscibility at these compositions. We observed the existence of intermolecular hydrogen bonding between epoxy and cellulose in the presence of the ionic liquid, leading to partial miscibility between these two polymers. The addition of cellulose improves the tensile mechanical properties of epoxy. This study reveals the use of ionic liquids as a compatible processing medium to prepare epoxy thermosets modified with natural polymers.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: RSC ADVANCES
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY, THOMAS GRAHAM HOUSE, SCIENCE PARK, MILTON RD, CAMBRIDGE CB4 0WF, CAMBS, ENGLAND
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2015 10:09
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2015 10:09
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/51934

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