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Strengthening wood fiber networks by adsorption of complexes of chitosan with dialdehyde starch
Markus H.J. Korhonen, Gisela Cunha, Raili Koponen, Kirsi Hirvonen and Orlando J. Rojas
Two biopolymers were applied to wood fibers suspended in aqueous media under conditions typical of industrial fiber processing units. Adsorption of the biopolymers, which were added as a pre-formed complex, endowed enhanced network strength upon wet-laying in papermaking. A significant effect in the dry strength of the resultant paper (up to 100 % increase) was recorded. Remarkably, this gain in strength was achieved while maintaining a low water absorption capacity (as measured by the water retention value) and also resulted in an enhanced wet strength. The proposed approach represents a promising alternative since it comprises bio-based polymers that are non-toxic and perform under industrially-relevant conditions.
Chitosan, Dialdehyde starch, Fiber networks, Renewable, Strength
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