Influence of chitosan addition on resorcinol-formaldehyde xerogel structure
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Gels are usually not environment-friendly due to their difficult biodegradability. Therefore, the addition of chitosan, even in small amounts, will make such gels biodegradable and thus can be useful in many applications that require environment-friendly materials. The addition of small quantities of chitosan to the reacting solution resorcinol-formaldehyde xerogel was investigated. Different hybrid resorcinol-formaldehyde-chitosan xerogels were characterized by dierent techniques, including Raman spectra, FTIR, XRD, TGA, SEM, surface area and porosity analyzer, and CHNS/O microanalyzer. It was seen that the addition of chitosan, even in a minor quantity, has a significant influence on the structural features of the resulting xerogels. The lattice order and crystallinity, chemical functions, thermal stability, morphology, elemental ratio, pore structure, and appearance were changed by adding chitosan into the xerogel structure. - 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
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