Glyoxal was used to crosslink hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) chains. The crosslinking was performed by introducing glyoxal into a water or ethanol solution of HPC at room temperature and allowing the solvent to evaporate under ambient conditions. The mechanical properties of the resultant films were estimated in relation to morphological properties, which were dependent upon the amount of glyoxal in solution. It turned out that a suitable amount of glyoxal causes a significant effect on crosslinking, while an excess amount of glyoxal causes drastic decreases in Young's modulus and tensile strength due to main-chain scission. The crosslinking of HPC molecules in solution could be estimated by dynamic light scattering. The diffusion coefficient and the Stokes radius were very sensitive to the degree of crosslinking. The former became lower and the latter became bigger on increasing the glyoxal content in solution. In contrast, an excess amount of glyoxal invoked the inverse relationship because of main-chain scission. These results indicate that the crosslinking effect in solution is sensitive to the morphology and mechanical properties of the resultant films.
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Morphology and mechanical properties of hydroxypropyl cellulose cast films crosslinked in solution / Naoko Yanagida and Masaru Matsuo // Polymer. – 1992. – Vol 33. – P. 996-1005.