Physico-mechanical properties, odor and VOC emission of bio-flour-filled poly(propylene) bio-composites with different volcanic pozzolan contents

Hee Soo Kim, Sumin Kim, Hyun Joong Kim, Hak Gyeom Kim

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This study investigated the physico-mechanical properties, odor and VOC emission of bio-flour filled PP bio-composites with different pozzolan contents. On increasing the pozzolan content, the tensile and flexural strengths of the bio-composites were not significantly changed, whereas the impact strength and water absorption increased slightly and the odor intensity decreased due to the absorption of thermal degradation gases of PP and bio-flour at the pore surface of the pozzolan. The VOC emission of the bio-composites, analyzed by GC-MSD, was mainly due to PP oxidation and the thermal degradation of bio-flour during the extrusion process at high manufacturing temperatures. With increased pozzolan content, other organic compounds of the bio-composites were not significantly changed, but the toluene emission of the bio-composites was decreased. SEM and SEM/ EDX mapping techniques were employed to investigate the porous form and the pozzolan distribution in the biocomposites. From these results, we concluded that the addition of pozzolan in the bio-composites was an effective method for reducing their odor and VOC emission without any reduction in mechanical properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1255-1264
Number of pages10
JournalMacromolecular Materials and Engineering
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Oct 20


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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