Twisting of Fibers Balancing the Gel–Sol Transition in Cellulose Aqueous Suspensions
AbstractCellulose hydrogels and films are advantageous materials that are applied in modern industry and medicine. Cellulose hydrogels have a stable scaffold and never form films upon drying, while viscous cellulose hydrosols are liquids that could be used for film production. So, stabilizing either a gel or sol state in cellulose suspensions is a worthwhile challenge, significant for the practical applications. However, there is no theory describing the cellulose fibers’ behavior and processes underlying cellulose-gel-scaffold stabilizing. In this work, we provide a phenomenological mechanism explaining the transition between the stable-gel and shapeless-sol states in a cellulose suspension. We suppose that cellulose macromolecules and nanofibrils under strong dispersing treatment (such as sonication) partially untwist and dissociate, and then reassemble in a 3D scaffold having the individual elements twisted in the nodes. The latter leads to an exponential increase in friction forces between the fibers and to the corresponding fastening of the scaffold. We confirm our theory by the data on the circular dichroism of the cellulose suspensions, as well as by the direct scanning electron microscope (SEM) observations and theoretical assessments. View Full-Text
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Zlenko, D.V.; Nikolsky, S.N.; Vedenkin, A.S.; Politenkova, G.G.; Skoblin, A.A.; Melnikov, V.P.; Mikhaleva, M.G.; Stovbun, S.V. Twisting of Fibers Balancing the Gel–Sol Transition in Cellulose Aqueous Suspensions. Polymers 2019, 11, 873.
Zlenko DV, Nikolsky SN, Vedenkin AS, Politenkova GG, Skoblin AA, Melnikov VP, Mikhaleva MG, Stovbun SV. Twisting of Fibers Balancing the Gel–Sol Transition in Cellulose Aqueous Suspensions. Polymers. 2019; 11(5):873.Chicago/Turabian Style
Zlenko, Dmitry V.; Nikolsky, Sergey N.; Vedenkin, Alexander S.; Politenkova, Galina G.; Skoblin, Aleksey A.; Melnikov, Valery P.; Mikhaleva, Maria G.; Stovbun, Sergey V. 2019. "Twisting of Fibers Balancing the Gel–Sol Transition in Cellulose Aqueous Suspensions." Polymers 11, no. 5: 873.
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