Novel biobased textile fiber from colombian agro-industrialwaste fiber

Maria Camila Amaya Vergara, Melissa Paola Cortés Melic08@hotmail Com Gómez, Maria Clara Restrepo Restrepo, Jorge Manrique Henao, Miguel Angel Pereira Soto, Piedad Felisinda Gañán Rojo, Cristina Isabel Castro Herazo, Robin Zuluaga Gallego

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    Fique fibers, native to Colombia, are traditionally used for ropes and bags. In the extraction of long fibers for these purposes, the same amount of short fibers is generated; the short fibers are then discarded in the soil or in landfills. This agro-industrial waste is cellulose-rich and can be potentially developed into new biobased products. As an alternative use for these fibers, viscose regenerated fibers with potential applications in the textile industry were developed. Fique waste fibers were pulped (to produce fique cellulose pulp, FCP) using a 33 design of experiment (DOE) to adjust the variables of the whitening treatment, and DOE analysis showed that time and hydrogen peroxide concentration do not have a significant effect on non-cellulosic remotion, unlike temperature. The behavior of this pulp in the production of viscose was compared against that of commercially available wood cellulose pulp (WCP). FCP showed a suitable cellulose content with a high degree of polymerization, which makes it a viable pulp for producing discontinuous viscose rayon filaments. Both pulps showed the same performance in the production of the viscose dope and the same chemical, thermal, and mechanical behavior after being regenerated.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number2640
    JournalMolecules (Basel, Switzerland)
    Issue number10
    StatePublished - 15 Oct 2018

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    Funding Information:
    Acknowledgments: Parts of this study were financially supported by Departamento Administrativo de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (Colciencias), Colombia. The authors thank Colorquimica for supplying the wood pulp used for comparison purposes.

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    © 2018 by the authors.


    • Agro-industrial wastes
    • Biobased polymers
    • Cellulose pulp
    • Fique
    • regenerated cellulose
    • Viscose rayon


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