Reinforcement of alginate-gelatin hydrogel using functionalized polypropylene microfiber

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Lviv Polytechnic National University
Lviv Polytechnic National University
Lviv Polytechnic National University
Lviv Polytechnic National University
Lviv Polytechnic National University

In this paper the method of modification of polypropylene planar surfaces and microfibers through covalent grafting of a polyacrylic acid nanolayer by a free radical mechanismis presented.After grafting of the nanolayers, the hydrophobic surface of the polypropylene acquires hydrophilic properties. These changes are confirmed by the alteration of the free surface energy on the planar surfaces and by the increase of retentioned water by the microfibers before and after modification. Reinforcing of the alginate-gelatin hydrogel by modified microfibers (1% in the hydrogel) allows to achieve a significant (100%) increase of its mechanical properties.

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