Unique rheological behavior of chitosan-modified nanoclay at highly hydrated state

Songmiao Liang, Linshu Liu, Qingrong Huang, Kit L. Yam

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This work attempts to explore the dynamic and steady-state rheological properties of chitosan modified clay (CMCs) at highly hydrated state. CMCs with different initial chitosan/clay weight ratios (s) were prepared from pre-exfoliated clay via electrostati adsorption process. Thermogravimetric analysis and optical microscopy were used to determine the adsorbed content of chitosan (m) in CMCs and the microstructure of CMCs at highly hydrated state, respectively. Dynamic rheological results indicate that bot stress-strain behavior and moduli of CMCs exhibit strong dependence on m. Shear-thinning behavior for all of CMCs is observed and further confirmed by steady-state shear test. Interestingly, two unique transitions, denoted as a small peak region of the sviscosity for CMCs with m > 2.1% and a sharp drop region of the shear viscosity for CMCs with m ≤ 6.3%, were observed at shear rate range of about 10 < γ̇ < 40 and 0.2 < γ̇ < 0.5 s-1, respectively. Further, analysis on the recoveof CMCs at rest after underwent a preshearing process was performed with an emphasis to explain the presence of these unique transitions. Thixotropic effect was observed in CMCs and showed strong dependence on m and the preshearing history. Failure to Merz rule of the rheological behavior of CMCs suggests that some preferential orientation of the initial quiescent random arrangement of CMCs particles or their tactoids occurs under the applied shearing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5823-5828
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number17
StatePublished - Apr 30 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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