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E-Journal of Chemistry
Volume 5 (2008), S1, Pages S980-S986

Synthesis, Characterization and Evaluation of the Transformations in Hibiscus sabdariffa-graft-poly(butyl acrylate)

B. S. Kaith and Aashish Chauhan

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, (Deemed University), Jalandhar (Pb), India

Received 2 March 2008; Accepted 1 May 2008

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Different reaction parameters for the graft copolymerization of butyl acrylate onto Hibiscus sabdariffa fiber were optimized. Graft copolymers thus obtained were subjected to characterization using XRD, TGA, DTA, SEM and FTIR techniques and were evaluated for physio-chemical changes in the behavior. The percentage crystallinity and crystallinity index were found to decrease with increase in grafting while there was reduction in moisture absorption and increase in chemical, thermal resistance of the graft copolymers.