• P-ISSN 0974-6846 E-ISSN 0974-5645

Indian Journal of Science and Technology


Indian Journal of Science and Technology

Year: 2023, Volume: 16, Issue: 20, Pages: 1487-1494

Original Article

Production of Cellulose Hydrogel from Nipa (Nypa fruticans Wurmb) Frond

Received Date:05 December 2022, Accepted Date:08 April 2023, Published Date:20 May 2023


Objectives: The study is aimed to assess the potential of nipa frond biomass to produce cellulose hydrogel by analyzing the elemental composition, morphology, solubility, and effectivity of the isolated nipa a-cellulose (iNaC). Methods: The iNaC was produced through physico-chemical treatments and examined using a scanning electron microscope. After dissolving the cellulose, it was mixed with various chemical cross-linkers to produce cellulose hydrogels. Findings: Results showed that the iNaC had well-distributed microfibrils of cellulose arranged in parallel orthogonal layers. Solubility (%) reveals treatment 2, involving 10% NaOH pre-treatment of iNaC, yielded the ideal cellulose for eco-friendly and cost-effective cellulose solution production with high solubility percentage. Moreover, cellulose-based hydrogels were more viscous and more turbid than water-based hydrogels, increasing the integrity of the produced hydrogels. Novelty: The study demonstrates that iNaC can be transformed into a cellulose-based hydrogel through a one-step chemical crosslinking process, which can streamline the production process and reduce toxic pollution. This has important environmental benefits and potential applications in medical, agricultural, and wastewater treatment.

Keywords: Cellulose Hydrogel; Nipa Frond; Biomass; Chemical Crosslinking


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© 2023 Domingo et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Published By Indian Society for Education and Environment (iSee)


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