Characterization and biodegradation study of polymer hydrogel composite based on natural fibers

Polymer hydrogel composites of poly acrylic acid based on plant natural fibers were characterized using Fourier-transform Infrared Spectroscopy. The effect of plant natural fiber on thermal stability and biodegradation of polymer hydrogels was investigated using thermogravimetric analysis and burial test respectively. Surface morphology of polymer hydrogel composites was studied using scanning electron microscopy. Polymer hydrogel based on cotton natural fiber seems to have higher thermal stability and biodegradation rate then plain and oil palm empty fruit bunch based hydrogels. Bigger pores sizes were observed with polymer hydrogel grafted cotton fiber. Fiber size distribution revealed that cotton fiber has higher aspect ratio than oil palm empty fruit bunch. However, 65 % of cotton fiber has the size of less than 30 micron in contrast to 60 % of oil palm empty fruit bunch of range 90-70 micron

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