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International Journal of Polymer Science
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 954290, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/954290
Research Article

Reducing Water Vapor Permeability of Poly(lactic acid) Film and Bottle through Layer-by-Layer Deposition of Green-Processed Cellulose Nanocrystals and Chitosan

Institute of Wood Based Products and Technologies, University of West Hungary, Sopron 9400, Hungary

Received 30 December 2014; Revised 8 March 2015; Accepted 25 March 2015

Academic Editor: Huining Xiao

Copyright © 2015 Katalin Halász et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Layer-by-layer electrostatic self-assembly technique was applied to improve the barrier properties of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) films and bottles. The LbL process was carried out by the alternate adsorption of chitosan (CH) (polycation) and cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) produced via ultrasonic treatment. Four bilayers (on each side) of chitosan and cellulose nanocrystals caused 29 and 26% improvement in barrier properties in case of films and bottles, respectively. According to the results the LbL process with CH and CNC offered a transparent “green” barrier coating on PLA substrates.