Journal of Polymers and the Environment

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 335–342 | Cite as

Improvement of Physico-Mechanical Properties of Photo-Cured Chitosan Films with Ethylene Glycol Dimethacrylate and (2-Hydroxyethyl) Methacrylate

Original Paper


Chitosan, a natural polymer, was prepared by deacetylation of chitin which was obtained from dried prawn shell and was characterized. Thin chitosan film of chitosan was prepared by casting method from 0.2 % chitosan in 2 % acetic acid solution. Five formulations were developed with ethylene glycol dimethacrylate and (2-hydroxyethyl) methacrylate along with photo-initiator, Darocur-1664 (4 %). The chitosan film was soaked in the formulations at different soaking times and irradiated under UV-radiation at different intensities for the improvement of its physical and mechanical properties. The cured chitosan films were then subjected to various mechano-chemical tests like tensile strength, elongation at break, polymer loading, water absorption and gel content. The formulation containing 30 % ethylene glycol dimethacrylate and 66 % (2-hydroxyethyl) methacrylate showed the best performance at the 30th UV pass of UV-radiation for 3 min soaking time.


Chitosan film Photo-curing Acrylate monomer UV-radiation Tensile strength 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringUniversity of RajshahiRajshahiBangladesh

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