437048 UV Resistibility of Polystyrene Co-Butyl Acrylate (PSBA) Encapsulated Lignin-Saponite Nanohybrid Composite Film

Monday, November 9, 2015: 9:45 AM
250D (Salt Palace Convention Center)
Suguna Jairam1, Zhaohui Tong2, Melanie Correll1, TamilSelvan Sakthivel3, Ray Bucklin1, Sudipta Seal3 and John Truett1, (1)University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, (2)Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, IFAS,, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, (3)University of Center Florida, Orlando, FL

Protecting biological systems and organic materials from high ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a significant issue for engineering materials in both terrestrial and space applications. In this study, the synthesized composites of polystyrene butylacrylate (PSBA) encapsulated lignin based nanohybrid were evaluated as UV resistant cladding materials for both applications. The UV transmittance of the composite films and their physical, thermal, and chemical degradation after prolonged exposure to high UV radiation (10 Earth days and 30 Mars equivalent days) at low temperatures of 3.4 °C were examined. The results showed that the composite films blocked the UV radiation and there was no significant effect of UV radiation on film integrity, mechanical and thermal properties of the composite films when they were exposed to high intensity UV irradiation (1.35107 (KJ/m2)/day UV flux) within 24h. Further, FTIR spectra of the composite films before and after UV radiation demonstrated that the films didn’t have any notable oxidation degradation, although the glass transition temperature was slightly decreased when increasing exposure time. 

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