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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2013, Article ID 752924, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/752924
Research Article

Study of Mechanical Properties of Composite Material Based on Polypropylene and Vietnamese Rice Husk Filler

1Faculty of Material Science, University of Science, Vietnam National University (VNU-HCM), Ho Chi Minh City, 227 Nguyen Van Cu Road, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
2Faculty of Chemistry, University of Science, Vietnam National University (VNU-HCM), Ho Chi Minh City, 227 Nguyen Van Cu Road, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
3Plastic and Rubber Technology Center, 156 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Road, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Received 28 December 2012; Revised 22 May 2013; Accepted 10 June 2013

Academic Editor: Davide Vione

Copyright © 2013 Thanh Duy Tran 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

Nowadays, the consideration of the environmental impact of polymer products has led to the development of new materials combining polymers and renewable resources. Among these materials, biocomposites have been extensively studied. In the current work, we focused on preparation of biocomposites based on polypropylene and Vietnamese rice husk flour having narrow size distribution (100–125  m) with the presence of maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene as a compatibilizer. The effect of rice husk flour and maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene content on properties of composites was investigated. The results showed that mechanical parameters as well as thermal stability were significantly improved at relatively high rice husk content by the addition of maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene.