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Light-Driven Novel Properties of TiO2-Modified Polypropylene-Based Nanocomposite Films

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Abstract:

Nanocomposite films obtained by TiO2 incorporation into a polypropylene (PP) polymer matrix were prepared via a straightforward melting process. The structural characteristics of the nanocomposite materials were examined by a multitechnique approach showing the outstanding morphological uniformity of the films. TiO2 incorporation into the polymer matrix renders self-sterilized and self-degradable materials which showed an impressive performance against gram-positive, gram-negative, coccus and yeast micro-organisms. Optimization of the novel properties of TiO2-PP nanocomposite films is reached with a 2 wt% of oxide content loading. The physico-chemical bases of this optimum are discussed.

Keywords: NANOCOMPOSITES; POLYPROPYLENE; SELF-DEGRADABLE; SELF-STERILIZED; TITANIA

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2008.363

Publication date: 2008-06-01

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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