Main content

Sustainable Carbon Dioxide based Polymer Blends and Natural Fiber Composites

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisor Misra, Manjusri
dc.contributor.advisor Mohanty, Amar Kumar
dc.contributor.author Enriquez, Eugene
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-06T18:25:10Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-19T05:00:18Z
dc.date.copyright 2016-09
dc.date.created 2016-08-19
dc.date.issued 2016-09-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/9924
dc.description.abstract This thesis is an investigation to enhance the efforts of advancing the CO2 based polymer technology and addresses the issue of carbon emission. The target of this study was to utilize poly(propylene carbonate) (PPC), to develop sustainable biopolymer blends and biocomposites for various applications. This thesis is divided into 3 studies: (1) biopolymer blends of PPC with poly(hydroxybutyrate-co-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV), (2) switchgrass surface modification via alkali and bleach treatments, (3) biocomposites from the chosen biopolymer blend and untreated and treated switchgrass. Incorporating PHBV into PPC was capable of improving thermal and mechanical performance with the added bonus of improving the dimensional stability of the material. Surface modification of switchgrass increased the cellulose content and enhanced the surface roughness of the fiber showing promising results for use in composite applications. Enhancement of the mechanical properties for the chosen blend was observed upon the addition of untreated and treated switchgrass into the system. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Sustainable Carbon Dioxide based Polymer Blends and Natural Fiber Composites en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Engineering en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Applied Science en_US
dc.degree.department School of Engineering en_US
dc.rights.license All items in the Atrium are protected by copyright with all rights reserved unless otherwise indicated.


Files in this item

Files Size Format View
Enriquez_Eugene_201609_MASc.pdf 1.819Mb PDF View/Open

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record