This work considers the development of an easy and scalable approach to change the features of poly(L-lactide) (PLLA) films, which is based on the application of a surface treatment with an amino-functionalized polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS). Indeed, the developed approach is based on the potential reactivity of POSS amino group towards the polymer functionalities to produce an aminolysis reaction, which should promote the direct grafting of the silsesquioxane molecules on the polymer surface. Neat and treated films were studied by infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, which proved the effectiveness of POSS grafting. Moreover, scanning electron microscopy measurements demonstrated the homogeneous distribution of Si on the film surface treated with the silsesquioxane. The influence of the film treatment on the surface wettability was evidenced by contact angle measurements. These findings demonstrated a relevant enhancement of the surface hydrophobicity, which increase turned out to depend on the conditions applied, as it increased by increasing the reaction temperature and the contact time. Finally, in order to evaluate the stability of neat and of the treated PLLA films the surface morphology of the samples treated with pH 7.4 buffer at 50 °C was studied.
Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) surface grafting: A novel method to enhance polylactide hydrolysis resistance / Li, K.; Colonna, S.; Fina, A.; Monticelli, O.. - In: NANOMATERIALS. - ISSN 2079-4991. - ELETTRONICO. - 9:8(2019), p. 1144.
|Titolo:||Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) surface grafting: A novel method to enhance polylactide hydrolysis resistance|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/nano9081144|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|