Fibers and Polymers

, Volume 20, Issue 11, pp 2407–2415 | Cite as

Flax Fibres Fabric Surface Decoration with Nanoparticles - A Promising Tool for Developing Hybrid Reinforcing Agent of Thermoplastic Polymers

  • Maria Sonmez
  • Denisa FicaiEmail author
  • Ioana Lavinia Ardelean
  • Roxana Trusca
  • Laurentia Alexandrescu
  • Doina Constantinescu
  • Zeno Ghizdavet
  • Ovidiu Oprea
  • Anton Ficai
  • Ecaterina Andronescu


In this study, the synthesis and characterization of functionalized flax fabric with adequate titanium and aluminium precursors is presented (AlCl3 or Ti(C4H9O)4). The modified flax fabrics were analysed both visually and instrumentally by IR spectroscopy and microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and thermal analysis (DTA-TG). The data highlight that the nature and amount of functionalizing agent induce important morphological changes of the surface. These flax fabrics decorated with alumina or titanium dioxide nanoparticles are desired to be used as reinforcing agents of different recycled polyethylene terephthalate. The properties will be designed by the nature, processing route and amount of the precursors used for the surface modification of these cellulosic fibres/fabrics, the surface decoration increasing their thermal properties (especially thermal stability) but also surface properties (especially roughness, hydrophilic/hydrophobic ratio, etc.). All these factors will finally induce improved compatibility between phases and thus improved physico-mechanical and thermal properties. Taking into account the large amount of natural cellulosic fibres and recycled thermoplastic polymers, added-value products will be obtained and at the same time some environmental issues are solved. The expected applications can include the fabrication of automotive parts, protective panels for highways and railways, etc.


Functionalized flax fibres Surface functionalization Cellulose fibres decoration Metal-oxide nanoparticles Advanced surface characterization 


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The financial contribution received from the national project PNIII - “Recovery of recycled thermoplastic polymers by reinforcement with functionalized natural fibres to obtain new added value products (VALPOLYMER)”, contract no.20 PTE/2016 is also highly acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Sonmez
    • 1
  • Denisa Ficai
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ioana Lavinia Ardelean
    • 2
  • Roxana Trusca
    • 2
  • Laurentia Alexandrescu
    • 1
  • Doina Constantinescu
    • 3
  • Zeno Ghizdavet
    • 2
  • Ovidiu Oprea
    • 2
  • Anton Ficai
    • 2
  • Ecaterina Andronescu
    • 2
  1. 1.National Research & Development Institute for Textiles and Leather-Division: Leather and Footwear Research InstituteBucharestRomania
  2. 2.Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials ScienceUniversity Politehnica of BucharestBucharestRomania
  3. 3.SC MONOFIL SRLSavinestiRomania

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