High-toughness natural polymer nonwoven preforms inspired by silkworm cocoon structure
- High-toughness natural polymer nonwoven preforms inspired by silkworm cocoon structure
- 조세연; 곽효원; 엄정주; 이민의; 진형준
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- International journal of biological macromolecules
- VOL 127-152
- As the interest in environmentally friendly materials and concerns regarding depletion of petroleum resources has increased, the research on natural polymers is being actively pursued. Among the various materials based on natural polymeric resources, the interest in using natural fibers in bio-composites has grown due to their lightweight, non-toxicity, low cost, and abundance. However, the lack of interfacial adhesion between filaments and poor water resistance make the use of natural fiber-based polymer composites less attractive. To overcome these drawbacks, formaldehyde-based synthetic binders have been used. However, this requires an additional synthesis of the binder, and potential toxicity problems exist. In this work, robust and rigid natural polymer nonwoven preforms were prepared by mixing jute fibers with silk sericin (SS). SS was employed as a natural facile binder and the strong binding between jute fibers and SS resulted in remarkable enhancements in tensile strength, elongation, and toughness, which increased up to 539.1, 385.7, and 1943.8%, respectively, compared with the pristine jute nonwoven. In addition, the dense and rigid structure obtained through SS coating ensured the structural stability of the nonwoven preforms in moisture environments. Silkworm cocoon-structured natural polymer nonwoven preforms with excellent mechanical strength and higher physical stability may have more potential utilization in the composite material fields.
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