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Chemical modification of rubber wood with styrene in combination with a crosslinker: effect on dimensional stability and strength property.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12618039     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Chemical modification of rubber wood (Hevea Brasiliensis) was carried out by impregnating the wood with styrene and in combination with a crosslinker Glycidyl Methacrylate (GMA). Polymerization was carried out by catalyst heat treatment. The dimensional stability in terms of % volumetric swelling and anti-shrink efficiency was determined and found to be improved on treatment. Water absorption was also found to be decreased considerably for treated wood samples. Mechanical strength of the treated samples in terms of modulus of rupture and modulus of elasticity were also found to be improved. The wood polymer interaction was confirmed by FT-IR spectroscopy. Biodegradability of the wood/polymer composites was determined and found to be improved on treatment with styrene/styrene-GMA.
Rashmi R Devi; Ilias Ali; T K Maji
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Bioresource technology     Volume:  88     ISSN:  0960-8524     ISO Abbreviation:  Bioresour. Technol.     Publication Date:  2003 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-03-05     Completed Date:  2003-09-24     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9889523     Medline TA:  Bioresour Technol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  185-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Chemical Sciences, Tezpur University, PO: Napaam, 784028, Assam, India.
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MeSH Terms
Biodegradation, Environmental
Cross-Linking Reagents / chemistry*
Epoxy Compounds / chemistry
Hevea / chemistry*
Hot Temperature
Methacrylates / chemistry
Spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared
Styrene / chemistry*
Water / chemistry
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Cross-Linking Reagents; 0/Epoxy Compounds; 0/Methacrylates; 100-42-5/Styrene; 106-91-2/glycidyl methacrylate; 7732-18-5/Water

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