'New tailor-made biopolymers produced from lignocellulosic sugars waste for highly demanding fire-resistant applications'

Incorporation of tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) in biodegradable films based on bean starch (Phaseolus vulgaris)

The starch has been investigated to obtain biodegradable films, but has disadvantages such as hydrophilicity and poor mechanical properties. The addition of inorganic materials can improve mechanical properties by the synergism of the components. The aim of this study was to obtain hybrid films of bean starch and different tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) content (5, 20 and 40 g.100 g-1 starch) as well as to evaluate the influence in the properties of films. The films were prepared by casting method replica panerai with hydrolysis and condensation of TEOS in situ under a controlled pH. The films were characterized after 3 and 15 days of storage, presenting a higher value of Young's modulus for the film containing 40 g TEOS, lower melting temperature, more hydrophobic surface, and a higher resistance to degradation than starch film. Furthermore, barrier properties improved when stored for 15 days. The relative crystallinity were not affected by adding the precursor.

» Author: Karina Oliveira Lima, Bárbara Biduski, Wyller Max Ferreira da Silva, Silvia Moreira Ferreira, Lara Machado Pereira Montenegro, Alvaro Renato Guerra Dias, Daniela Bianchini

» Reference: European Polymer Journal

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration