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Production of regenerated cellulose polymeric films from plantain pseudostem

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Chemistry, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
  • 2Department of Chemistry, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

Res.J.chem.sci., Volume 7, Issue (4), Pages 46-47, April,18 (2017)

Abstract

Regenerated cellulose was prepared from plantain pseudo stem obtained in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. The pulp prepared with 12% NaOH had moisture content of 8.8% and a yield of 36.9% on the average. The pulp was bleached and exposed to air to form “white crumbs”. The aged crumbs was mixed with carbon disulphide at a controlled temperature of 300C to form cellulose xanthate (C6H9O4 – S –SNa)n which was then converted to regenerated cellulose on further treatment with tetraoxosulphate (VI) acid at a yield of 36.4%. This work has revealed that plantain pseudo stem waste can be converted to regenerated cellulose for diverse applications.

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