, Volume 24, Issue 10, pp 4303–4312 | Cite as

Microfibrillated cellulose with sizing for reinforcing composites with LDPE

  • Amaury Lepetit
  • Richard Drolet
  • Balázs Tolnai
  • Daniel MontplaisirEmail author
  • Romain Lucas
  • Rachida ZerroukiEmail author
Original Paper


Microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) fibers were acylated by the sizing agent, alkenyl succinic anhydride (ASA) reagent in an aqueous medium, by simple impregnation. The chemical modification was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and solid-state 13C NMR. All the samples were combined with low-density polyethylene and the morphology, thermal properties, mechanical properties and water absorption behavior of the ensuing composites were investigated. The chemical modification of the MFC with ASA improved the interfacial adhesion with the matrix and hence the mechanical properties of the composites while decreasing their water uptake capacity. In addition, it was shown that the degree of substitution strongly influenced the performance of the composites.


Microfibrillated cellulose Polymer-matrix composites Mechanical properties Surface treatments 



The authors are thankful to Kruger Biomaterial Inc. (Trois-Rivières, Canada) for supplying MFC fibers as a raw material.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amaury Lepetit
    • 1
    • 2
  • Richard Drolet
    • 3
  • Balázs Tolnai
    • 3
  • Daniel Montplaisir
    • 2
    Email author
  • Romain Lucas
    • 4
  • Rachida Zerrouki
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Laboratoire de chimie des substances naturellesUniversité de LimogesLimogesFrance
  2. 2.Centre de recherche sur les matériaux renouvelablesUniversité du Québec à Trois-RivièresTrois-RivièresCanada
  3. 3.Kruger Biomaterials IncMontréalCanada
  4. 4.SPCTS - UMR 7315Université de LimogesLimogesFrance

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