Interaction of casein functionalized cellulose whiskers with poly(lactic acid)

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Abstract

Cellulose fibers are widely used as reinforcing fillers in composite materials. Many studies have been performed on biodegradable composites of poly(lactic acid) incorporating cellulose whiskers with the goal of improving physical properties. However, it is not easy to disperse the generally hydrophilic cellulose fibers uniformly in the hydrophobic polymer matrix. In this study, we proposed a novel way to incorporate cellulose fibers into poly(lactic acid) by functionalizing them with whole milk casein protein. Surface plasmon resonance studies showed strong interaction between whole milk casein and poly(lactic acid). Adsorption coefficient for the binding of poly(lactic acid) to casein surfaces was around 4×10-4 M -1. The potential of using casein as an intermediate to increase the affinity of cellulose fibers to poly(lactic acid) is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2011, ASABE 2011
PublisherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Pages2169-2177
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781618391568
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
EventAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2011 - Louisville, KY, United States
Duration: Aug 7 2011Aug 10 2011

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2011, ASABE 2011
Volume3

Other

OtherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2011
CountryUnited States
CityLouisville, KY
Period8/7/118/10/11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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    Gu, J., & Catchmark, J. M. (2011). Interaction of casein functionalized cellulose whiskers with poly(lactic acid). In American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2011, ASABE 2011 (pp. 2169-2177). (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2011, ASABE 2011; Vol. 3). American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.