Morphology, Reversible Phase Crystallization, and Thermal Sensitive shape Memory Effect of Cellulose Whisker/SMPU Nano-Composites

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Author(s)

  • Jianping Han
  • Yong Zhu
  • Hongsheng Luo
  • Lap-Yan Yeung
  • Wenguo Li
  • Qinghao Meng
  • Guangdou Ye
  • Sheng Zhang
  • Ying Fan

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)749-762
Journal / PublicationJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Volume123
Issue number2
Online published8 Aug 2011
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

To investigate the morphology, crystallization properties of reversible phase and thermal sensitive shape memory properties of CW/SMPU (Cellulose Whisker/Shape Memory Polyurethane) nano-composite, the CW/SMPU nano-composite having CW contents of 0.1-3.8 wt % were prepared. SEM investigation showed the evolution of reversible phase morphology from spherolite crystallization structure to uniform matrix with tiny CW aggregates with the addition of CW into the SMPU matrix. DSC and isothermal crystallization kinetic method revealed the effect of CW on crystallization properties of reversible phase and fixed phase, suggesting that the effect of CW on the crystallization of hard segment phase is not comparable with thermal history; the more CW causes the higher crystallization rate of reversible phase; the crystallization mechanism of reversible phase in nano-composite gradually evolves to heterogeneous nucleation and crystal growth in two dimensions with the increase of CW content; the excellent nucleation effect of CW for the reversible phase leads to the drop of activity energy from 134.1 kJ/mol (N-0), to 95.1 kJ/mol (N-4). Cyclic tensile tests illustrate the addition of CW content can engender rapid shape fixity ability after a relative short cooling time; the shape fixity ratio of nano-composite and the control sample after sufficient cooling all can be identically high. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Research Area(s)

  • block copolymers, crystallization, nanocomposite, shape memory, whiskers

Citation Format(s)

Morphology, Reversible Phase Crystallization, and Thermal Sensitive shape Memory Effect of Cellulose Whisker/SMPU Nano-Composites. / Han, Jianping; Zhu, Yong; Hu, Jinlian; Luo, Hongsheng; Yeung, Lap-Yan; Li, Wenguo; Meng, Qinghao; Ye, Guangdou; Zhang, Sheng; Fan, Ying.

In: Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Vol. 123, No. 2, 15.01.2012, p. 749-762.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review