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Title: Fibres from blends of epoxidized natural rubber and polylactic acid by the electrospinning process: compatibilization and surface texture
Authors: Mascia, Leno
Su, Ruixue
Clarke, Jane
Lou, Yu
Mele, Elisa
Keywords: Blend
Compatibilization
Epoxidized natural rubber
Electrospinning
Jeffamine
Polylactic acid
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: MASCIA, L. ... et al, 2016. Fibres from blends of epoxidized natural rubber and polylactic acid by the electrospinning process: compatibilization and surface texture. European Polymer Journal, 87, pp. 241-254.
Abstract: Fibres were electrospun from blends of an epoxidized natural rubber (ENR) with a minor amount of a crystalline grade of polylactic acid (PLA), using a graft copolymer compatibilizer (ENR-g-JM) produced by reaction processing of a mixture of PLA and monoamine terminated polypropylene glycol (Jeffamine M600). The incorporation of PLA into the elastomer spinning solution in the form of a blend was necessary to obtain the required solution properties and to establish the appropriate operational conditions for the successful electrospinning of fibres. The addition of a small quantity of compatibilizer to the ENR/PLA blend reduced the severity of surface roughness of the fibres. Moreover, the use of monoamine terminated polypropylene glycol alone, as a plasticizer, was also found to exert a control on the development of surface texture during electrospinning. The rate of solvent induced crystallization in the swollen fibres jet was identified as the factor determining the surface topography.
Description: This paper is closed access until 27th June 2018.
Version: Accepted
DOI: 10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2016.12.033
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/23976
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2016.12.033
ISSN: 0014-3057
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