Structure–property relationships of blended polysaccharide and protein biomaterials in ionic liquid

John Stanton, Ye Xue, Joshua C. Waters, Ashley Lewis, Darrel Cowan, Xiao Hu, David Salas de la Cruz

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Cellulose and silk blended biomaterial films were regenerated from ionic liquid solution and investigated to characterize and understand the effect of inter- and intra-molecular interactions upon the morphology and thermal properties. The blended films were dissolved in 1-allyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ionic liquid, coagulated and regenerated with water. Various characterization techniques were implemented to characterize structural, morphological and thermal properties: FTIR, SEM, TGA, DSC and X-ray scattering. The results showed that the cellulose microcrystalline structure and β-sheets from the silk can be disrupted by inter- and intra-molecular hydrogen bonds forming intermediate semicrystalline or amorphous structures. The SEM showed morphological effects of such interactions that cause varying thermal degradation and glass transition temperature. The X-ray scattering confirms such findings at the molecular level, demonstrating that the cellulose microfibril diameter decreases as the silk content increases. It also shows that the β-sheets size increases as the cellulose content increases. These various techniques provide evidence that suggest the hydrogen bonds between the β-sheets and the glucose units in the cellulose chains control the thermal and structural properties of the blended films, changing the morphology and physicochemical properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1775-1789
Number of pages15
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Polymers and Plastics


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