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Chand, N., Bajpai, S. K., Joshi, R., and Mary, G. (2010). "Thermomechanical behavior of sisal fibers grafted with poly(acrylamide-co-N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) and loaded with silver ions or silver nanoparticles," BioRes. 5(1), 372-388.


The graft copolymerization of acrylamide, N-vinyl-2-pyrralidone and N, N’-methylene-bis-acrylamide was carried out to modify the sisal fiber to improve its mechanical and thermal stability. The grafting of poly-(acrylamide-co-N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) on sisal fiber surfaces facilitated the loading of Ag(I) ions and Ag(0) nanoparticles. Surface microstructure of the surface modified sisal fiber confirmed the grafting of the copolymer. The XRD and FTIR graphs also showed changes on grafting and on Ag(I) ions and the loading of Ag(0) nanoparticles. It is evident from the DSC curves that the initial thermal stability was improved by delaying the hemicellulose decomposition on grafting and silver ion loading.
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