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Polymers 2016, 8(12), 415; doi:10.3390/polym8120415

Characterization of Epoxy Composites Reinforced with Wax Encapsulated Microcrystalline Cellulose

Forest Products Development Center, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849, USA
State Key Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640, China
College of Chemical Science and Engineering, Qingdao University, Qingdao 266071, China
College of Material Science and Technology, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083, China
Department of Biosystems Engineering, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849, USA
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Academic Editor: Antonio Pizzi
Received: 19 October 2016 / Revised: 16 November 2016 / Accepted: 22 November 2016 / Published: 30 November 2016
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The effect of paraffin wax encapsulated microcrystalline cellulose (EMC) particles on the mechanical and physical properties of EMC/epoxy composites were investigated. It was demonstrated that the compatibility between cellulose and epoxy resin could be maintained due to partial encapsulation resulting in an improvement in epoxy composite mechanical properties. This work was unique because it was possible to improve the physical and mechanical properties of the EMC/epoxy composites while encapsulating the microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) for a more homogeneous dispersion. The addition of EMC could increase the stiffness of epoxy composites, especially when the composites were wet. The 1% EMC loading with a 1:2 ratio of wax:MCC demonstrated the best reinforcement for both dry and wet properties. The decomposition temperature of epoxy was preserved up to a 5% EMC loading and for different wax:MCC ratios. An increase in wax encapsulated cellulose loading did increase water absorption but overall this absorption was still low (<1%) for all composites. View Full-Text
Keywords: paraffin wax; microcapsules; microcrystalline cellulose; surface property; epoxy composites paraffin wax; microcapsules; microcrystalline cellulose; surface property; epoxy composites

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Pan, Y.; Pan, Y.; Cheng, Q.; Liu, Y.; Essien, C.; Via, B.; Wang, X.; Sun, R.; Taylor, S. Characterization of Epoxy Composites Reinforced with Wax Encapsulated Microcrystalline Cellulose. Polymers 2016, 8, 415.

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