Mechanical properties of poly(ε-caprolactone) composites with electrospun cellulose nanofibers surface modified by 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane

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To enhance the reinforcement effects of regenerated cellulose nanofibers (RC-NF) in poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL), we synthesized RC-NF-3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APS), the surface-modified RC-NF by APS. The RC-NF were fabricated by the saponification of electrospun cellulose–acetate nanofibers. The surface modification by APS was confirmed by the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). To enhance the mechanical property of PCL, the RC-NF and the RC-NF-APS were separately compounded into PCL by compression molding. It was found that, when the fiber concentration of RC-NF-APS was 17 wt %, the Young's modulus at room temperature increased from 698.0 to 744.7 MPa, whereas the storage modulus at 55 °C almost increased from 180 to 220 MPa. The micrographs of the fracture surface of the composites revealed that the surface modification prevented the pull-out of RC-NF from PCL. It was concluded that the mechanical properties of the composites were enhanced due to the improvement of the compatibility between RC-NF and PCL by the surface modification with APS.

Original languageEnglish
Article number48599
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019 Jan 1



  • composites
  • electrospinning
  • fibers
  • mechanical properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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