Effects of exopolysaccharides from Escherichia coli ATCC 35860 on the mechanical properties of bacterial cellulose nanocomposites

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The effects of growing bacterial cellulose (BC) in the presence of exopolysaccharides (EPS) extracted from Escherichia coli ATCC 35860 on the mechanical properties of BC have been studied. After harvesting and purifying the EPS, its composition was analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. When adding the purified EPS into the culture media, another kind of EPS, composed of fructose, was produced by Gluconacetobacter xylinus ATCC 23769 and a minor portion of the added EPS was incorporated into cellulose fibrillar network. The characteristics of BC nanocomposites synthesized in the presence of purified EPS was systematically studied through tensile testing, x-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and field emission scanning electron microscopy. The results revealed that the EPS affected the cellulose-cellulose interactions during the physical aggregation of crystalline microfibrils, but did not impact the co-crystallization process during BC synthesis. The addition of 4 or 8 mg/L purified EPS into the culture media, was found to significantly improve the mechanical properties of BC nanocomposites while maintaining BC crystallinity and crystal size.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2273-2287
Number of pages15
JournalCellulose
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

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Cellulose
Escherichia coli
Nanocomposites
Mechanical properties
Culture Media
Fructose
Tensile testing
Crystallization
Gas chromatography
Field emission
Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy
Mass spectrometry
Agglomeration
Diffraction
Crystalline materials
X rays
Crystals
Scanning electron microscopy
Chemical analysis

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  • Polymers and Plastics

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