Chitin/cellulose blend fibers prepared by wet and dry?wet spinning

We describe the wet and dry?wet spinning of multifilament cellulosic composite fibers, namely chitin/cellulose fibers. The direct solution process for the two biopolymers based on an ionic liquid as solvent represents an environmentally friendly and alternative technology to the industrially applied viscose and lyocell process. Both cellulose and chitin possess good solubility in 1?ethyl?3?methylimidazolium propionate ([C2C1Im][OPr]) and were spun into multifilament composite fibers. Moreover, for the first time, pure chitin multifilament fibers were obtained by dry?wet spinning. The effect of chitin addition on the filament properties was investigated and evaluated by microscopic, spectroscopic, and mechanical analyses.

» Author: Antje Ota, Ronald Beyer, Ulrich Hageroth, Alexandra Müller, Patricija Tomasic, Frank Hermanutz, Michael R. Buchmeiser

» Reference: doi:10.1002/pat.5089

» Publication Date: 10/09/2020

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº 737882.



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