Polymeric Bio-Based Materials: from Plastic Alternatives to Water Purification

dc.contributor.advisorPensini, Erica
dc.contributor.authorHood, Christine
dc.date.accessioned2022-08-25T19:16:36Z
dc.date.available2022-08-25T19:16:36Z
dc.date.copyright2022-08
dc.date.created2022-08-11
dc.degree.departmentSchool of Engineeringen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen
dc.degree.nameMaster of Applied Scienceen_US
dc.degree.programmeEngineeringen_US
dc.description.abstractThe goal of this thesis was to develop polymeric materials using bio-based sources and methods that reduce both the use of toxic reagents in their production as well as the negative environmental impact of the finished product. Elastic and flexible materials were prepared using epoxidized soybean oil, citric acid, and varying amounts of epoxidized oleic acid allowing for the control of mechanical properties. The corn protein zein was chemically modified and combined with tomato cutin to produce hydrophobic flexible films. Acrylamide was polymerized by way of high voltage atmospheric cold plasma without the use of chemical initiators. Sodium alginate and bentonite clay were combined to prepare composite sorbents for Cu2+ and Zn2+ removal from water. The materials produced in this thesis show that bio-based polymeric materials are possible substitutes to some common polymers made using petrochemicals or as sorbents for the removal of unwanted metal ions from water.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNatural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
dc.description.sponsorshipOntario Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs
dc.description.sponsorshipBarret Foundation in Sustainable Food Engineering
dc.identifier.citationHood, C., Ghazani, S. M., Marangoni, A. G., & Pensini, E. (2022). Flexible polymeric biomaterials from epoxidized soybean oil, epoxidized oleic acid, and citric acid as both a hardener and acid catalyst. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, e53011. https://doi.org/10.1002/app.53011
dc.identifier.citationHood, C., Laredo, T., Marangoni, A. G., & Pensini, E. (2021). Water-repellent films from corn protein and tomato cutin. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 138(33), 50831. https://doi.org/10.1002/app.50831
dc.identifier.citationHood, C., & Pensini, E. (2022). Alginate-Bentonite Clay Composite Porous Sorbents for Cu(II) and Zn(II) Removal from Water. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, 233(4), 137. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11270-022-05609-6
dc.identifier.citationHood, C., Rios de Souza, V., Keener, K., Marangoni, A. G., Illera, A. E., & Pensini, E. (2022). Effect of metal salts on high-voltage atmospheric cold plasma-induced polymerization of acrylamide. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 139(18), 52072. https://doi.org/10.1002/app.52072
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10214/27136
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen
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dc.subjectbioplasticen_US
dc.subjectpolymeren_US
dc.subjectflexible bioplasticen_US
dc.subjectepoxidized soybean oilen_US
dc.subjectcitric aciden_US
dc.subjectepoxidized oleic aciden_US
dc.subjectzeinen_US
dc.subjectcutinen_US
dc.subjecthigh voltage atmospheric cold plasmaen_US
dc.subjectacrylamideen_US
dc.subjectpolymerizationen_US
dc.subjectporous sorbenten_US
dc.subjectsodium alginateen_US
dc.subjectbentonite clayen_US
dc.subjecthydrophobic materialen_US
dc.titlePolymeric Bio-Based Materials: from Plastic Alternatives to Water Purificationen_US
dc.typeThesisen

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