Oxidation Level and Glycidyl Ether Structure Determine Thermal Processability and Thermomechanical Properties of Arabinoxylan-Derived Thermoplastics
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2021

Developing flexible, stretchable, and thermally processable materials for packaging and stretchable electronic applications from polysaccharide-based polymers contributes to the smooth transition of the fossil-based economy to the circular bioeconomy. We present arabinoxylan (AX)-based thermoplastics obtained by ring-opening oxidation and subsequent reduction (dA-AX) combined with hydrophobization with three different glycidyl ethers [n-butyl (BuGE), isopropyl (iPrGE), and 2-ethyl hexyl (EtHGE) glycidyl ether]. We also investigate the relationship between structural composition, thermal processing, and thermomechanical properties. BuGE- A nd iPrGE-etherified dA-AXs showed glass-transition temperatures (Tg) far below their degradation temperatures and gave thermoplastic materials when compression-molded at 140 °C. The BuGE (3 mol)-etherified dA-AX films at 19 and 31% oxidation levels show 244% (±42) and 267% (±72) elongation, respectively. In contrast, iPrGE-dA-AX samples with shorter and branched terminals in the side chains had a maximum of 60% (±19) elongation. No studies have reported such superior elongation of AX thermoplastic films and its relationship with molar substitution and Tg. These findings have implications on the strategic development of chemical modification routes using commercial polymer processing technologies and on fine-tuning structures and properties when specific polysaccharide-based polymers are used to engineer bio-based products for film, packaging, and substrates for stretchable electronic applications.

epoxide ring-opening etherification


thermoplastic film

thermal processability

renewable resource


biomass-wheat bran


Parveen Kumar Deralia

Chalmers, Kemi och kemiteknik, Tillämpad kemi

Aline Maire Du Poset

Chalmers, Kemi och kemiteknik, Tillämpad kemi

Anja Lund

Chalmers, Kemi och kemiteknik, Tillämpad kemi

Anette Larsson

Chalmers, Kemi och kemiteknik, Tillämpad kemi

Anna Ström

Chalmers, Kemi och kemiteknik, Tillämpad kemi

Gunnar Westman

Chalmers, Kemi och kemiteknik, Kemi och biokemi

ACS Applied Bio Materials

25766422 (eISSN)

Vol. 4 4 3133-3144




Textil-, gummi- och polymermaterial



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