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Radiation Modified CS/PVA Film with PVP Coating as Cu Adsorbent Material

Norhashidah Talip, Amalina Muhammad Afifi, Mohd Yusof Hamzah, Maznah Mahmud and Sarada Idris

Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science, Volume 29, Issue 2, April 2021


Keywords: Chitosan, copper removal, polyvinyl alcohol, polyvinyl pyrrolidone, radiation

Published on: 30 April 2021

Chitosan/Polyvinyl alcohol (CS/PVA) films were coated with layer of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) to improve its mechanical strength. In this study, chitosan/PVA mixture was first cast into film. The films were later dipped into different concentrations of PVP solutions at 1%, 3%, and 5%. They were then exposed to gamma (γ) radiation at 5,10,20 and 30 kGy. The tensile strength of chitosan/PVA films coated with 1% PVP was found to increase up to 31%. Elongation at break was improved by 1% PVP coating. The CS/PVA Removal Efficiency (RE) with or without PVP coatings were not affected by γ irradiation. Result shows that the best settings to enhance the tensile strength of CS/PVA films for Cu adsorption application was 1% PVP coating at 5 kGy γ radiation.

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