Role of silica-based porous cellulose nanocrystals in improving water absorption and mechanical properties

Tariq Aziz, Arshad Farid, Fazal Haq, Mehwish Kiran, Naveed Ullah, Shah Faisal, Amjad Ali, Farman Ullah Khan, Siming You, Awais Bokhari, Muhammad Mubashir, Lai Fatt Chuah, Pau Loke Show

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Epoxy resins are important thermosetting polymers. They are widely used in many applications i.e., adhesives, plastics, coatings and sealers. Epoxy molding compounds have attained dominance among common materials due to their excellent mechanical properties. The sol-gel simple method was applied to distinguish the impact on the colloidal time. The properties were obtained with silica-based fillers to enable their mechanical and thermal improvement. The work which we have done here on epoxy-based nanocomposites was successfully modified. The purpose of this research was to look into the effects of cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) on various properties and applications. CNCs have recently attracted a lot of interest in a variety of industries due to their high aspect ratio, and low density which makes them perfect candidates. Adding different amounts of silica-based nanocomposites to the epoxy system. Analyzed with different techniques such as Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscope (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and scanning electronic microscopic (SEM) to investigate the morphological properties of modified composites. The various %-age of silica composite was prepared in the epoxy system. The 20% of silica was shown greater enhancement and improvement. They show a better result than D-400 epoxy. Increasing the silica, the transparency of the films decreased, because clustering appears. This shows that the broad use of CNCs in environmental engineering applications is possible, particularly for surface modification, which was evaluated for qualities such as absorption and chemical resistant behavior.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEnvironmental Research
StatePublished - Apr 1 2023
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • General Environmental Science


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