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Yue, X., Chen, F., and Zhou, X. (2011). "Improved interfacial bonding of PVC/wood-flour composites by lignin amine modification," BioRes. 6(2), 2022-2034.

Abstract

Soda lignin was divided into two fractions with different molecular weights by methanol extraction. Lignin amine was synthesized from the low-molecular-weight lignin fraction via Mannich reaction and was used for interfacial modification of poly-(vinylchloride) (PVC)/wood-flour composites. The PVC/wood-flour composites were prepared from surface-treated wood flour and PVC by melt compounding. The lignin amine treatment provided almost equivalent improvement in mechanical performances of composites as aminosilane treatment does. The tensile and impact strengths of composites prepared from 30phr of wood flour treated with 2wt% lignin amine were increased by 21.0% and 43.9%, respectively, compared to those prepared from untreated wood flour. Furthermore, lignin amine treatment could also significantly reduce the water absorption of composites. A significant increase in storage modulus (E’) was observed upon incorporation of wood flour with lignin amine treatment. The improved dispersion of wood flour in polymer matrix was observed by SEM images when the wood flour was treated by lignin amine. The experimental data indicate that the polymer-wood interfacial combination is strengthened.
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