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|Title:||Influence of mixed layer of proteins and phospholipids on the unique film formation behavior of Hevea natural rubber latex|
Chee Cheong Ho
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
|Citation:||Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. Vol.466, (2015), 100-106|
|Abstract:||© 2014 Elsevier B.V. This work is an extension on the study of the influence of the mixed surface layer of proteins and phospholipids on latex particles with respect to the film formation behavior of natural rubber (NR) latex. The film formation of untreated fresh NR (FNR) latex was compared with that of deproteinized NR (DPNR) and saponified NR (SPNR) latexes in an attempt to understand the role of the non-rubbers covering the surface of latex particles in film formation process. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) was used to investigate the film formation behavior of these latexes by monitoring the surface morphology and roughness as a function of aging. All NR latexes showed the spherical contour of individual latex particles at the nascent stage of film formation as revealed by AFM. The surface profile subsequently smoothened out and became flattened with aging time. However, the flattened feature of the untreated FNR film was different from those of the DPNR and SPNR films since the mixed layer of proteins and phospholipids had been removed in the former. A mechanism of film formation for NR latex (fresh and untreated) was proposed. The ability of NR latex to form mechanically strong, homogeneous and continuous film has an important impact on its industrial application such as medical gloves.|
|Appears in Collections:||Scopus 2011-2015|
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