Institute Investigacion e Ingenieria Ambiental UNSAM 3iA

San Martín, Argentina

Institute Investigacion e Ingenieria Ambiental UNSAM 3iA

San Martín, Argentina
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Bacigalupe A.,Instituto Nacional Of Tecnologia Industrial Inti | Bacigalupe A.,Institute Investigacion e Ingenieria Ambiental UNSAM 3iA | Fernandez Solarte A.M.,CONICET | Fernandez M.A.,CONICET | And 5 more authors.
International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives | Year: 2017

The incorporation of different amounts of montmorillonite (MMT) to soy protein concentrate (SPC) was used to improve the performance of the bio-nano-adhesive obtained. X-Ray diffraction, rheology, thermogravimetric analysis and scanning electronic microscopy were carried out to characterize the adhesives, and dry and wet strength was used to determine the adhesion strength. In the rheological measurement, the incorporation of up to 3 wt% of MMT did not modify the consistency index values of the SPC, while an increase in the flow consistency index for higher concentrations can be observed due to a strong interaction between MMT and the protein. Besides, the flow point values increase four times with respect to the value obtained for SPC alone. The decomposition temperature of SPC increases with the addition of MMT, which provides a tortuous pathway that obstructs the diffusion of volatile products out of the bio-nano-adhesive. Further addition beyond 5 wt% led to the formation of agglomerates, as verified by SEM. Moreover, the roughness of the fractured surface of the matrix can explain the decrease of the net adhesion of the nano-particles to the SPC suspensions. © 2017 Elsevier Ltd

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