Plasmon Based Cellulose Nano Fibril–PVA Film for Effective Ultra Violet Radiation Blocking

  • Jeena Thomas
  • Prakash PeriakaruppanEmail author
  • Vinoy Thomas
  • Archana Raj
  • Titu Thomas
  • Jasmine Jose
  • M. S. Latha
  • Rani Abraham
  • Jeyaprabha Balasubramanian
Original Paper


Recent years have witnessed significant interest in biodegradable and transparent ultraviolet (UV) protecting films from renewable resources. In the present paper, preparation, characterization and evaluation of UV radiation blocking capability of transparent and flexible cellulose nano fibril (CNF)–poly vinyl alcohol (PVA) films are described. Synthesized films exhibited good transparency in the visible region and UV blocking ability. Addition of plasmonic silver (~ 22 nm) to the films lead to complete blocking of UV radiations. Synthesized films were highly stable for a long exposure to intense sunlight. The defined methods show a straightforward procedure for the fabrication of environment friendly UV-radiation blocking films for industrial/commercial/textile applications.


Composites Cellulose Nano fibril UV blocking films 



The authors are grateful to Science Engineering Research Board (SERB) (EMR/2017/000178) (Govt. of India) Department of Science and Technology (DST) (SR/FST/college 202/2014), KSCSTE (607/2015/KSCSTE) Government of Kerala for financial assistance in the form of research grants.

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Conflicts of interest

The authors declares that there is no conflict of interest regarding the publication of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryThiagarajar CollegeMaduraiIndia
  2. 2.Center for Functional Materials, Department of PhysicsChristian CollegeChengannurIndia
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryTKMM CollegeNangiarkulangaraIndia
  4. 4.Department of ChemistryChristian CollegeChengannurIndia
  5. 5.Department of Civil EngineeringSethu Institute of TechnologyVirudhunagarIndia

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