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In situ surface modification of natural fiber by conducting polyaniline

Abd. Razak, Saiful Izwan and Wan Abdul Rahman, Wan Aizan and Hashim, Shahrir and Yahya, Mohd. Yazid (2012) In situ surface modification of natural fiber by conducting polyaniline. Composite Interfaces, 19 (6). pp. 365-376. ISSN 0927-6440

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15685543.2012.733178


Newly modified biofibers made up of kenaf fibers (KF) and conducting polyaniline (PANI) were successfully prepared via in situ polymerization. Several characterization methods were done to elucidate the interaction between the KF surfaces and the in situ polymerized PANI. The PANI coated KF (KF/PANI) achieved new electronic properties, without sacrificing its mechanical properties and natural fiber characteristic. Initial mercerization on the KF yielded better PANI coated fibers compared to the untreated KF. Fiber bundle tensile test on the untreated KF/PANI revealed a drop in the unit break of about 48% compared to the untreated neat KF. Meanwhile, the mercerized KF/PANI showed reduction of about 17% compared to the uncoated mercerized KF. The mercerized KF/PANI exhibits polaronic transitions, existence of favorable IR peaks and Raman scattering, enhanced DC conductivity, and better morphological characteristic as a result of the in situ PANI coating. Such electronically modified natural fibers could be suitable as green conducting fillers in composites to replace other synthetic fibers.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:polyaniline, kenaf fiber, surface modification, mercerization, electrical conductivity, mechanical properties
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions:Chemical Engineering
ID Code:47094
Deposited By: Narimah Nawil
Deposited On:22 Jun 2015 05:56
Last Modified:31 Mar 2019 08:31

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