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Physical Properties and Characterization of Biodegradable Films Using Nano-Sized TiO2/Poly(acrylamide-co-methyl methacrylate) Composite

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In this study, biodegradable films were prepared by using corn starch, PVA, nano-sized poly(acrylamide-co-methyl methacrylate) (PAAm-co-MMA), nano-sized TiO2 (P-25)/PAAm-co-MMA composite, and additives which are harmless to the human body, that is, glycerol (GL) and citric acid (CA). Nano-sized PAAm-co-MMA was synthesized by the method of emulsion polymerization. Also, nano-sized TiO2/PAAm-co-MMA composites were synthesized by wet milling for 48 h. The morphology and crystallinty of nano-sized PAAm-co-MMA and TiO2/PAAm-co-MMA composite was observed by the SEM and XRD. The physical properties such as tensile strength (TS), elongation at break (%E), degree of swelling (DS), and solubility (S) of biodegradable films were investigated. The photocatalytic degradability of starch/PVA/nano-sized TiO2/PAAm-co-MMA composite blended films was evaluated using methylene blue as photodegradation target.
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Keywords: BIODEGRADABLE FILMS; PHOTOCATALYTIC DEGRADABILITY; POLY(ACRYLAMIDE-CO-METHYL METHACRYLATE); TIO2

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-02-01

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