Research Papers/Topics in Chemistry

SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF ECO- FRIENDLY UREA-FORMALDEHYDE COMPOSITES BASED ON NATURAL CELLULOSE FIBER

Cellulose is the most common structural biological organic compound on Earth which is widely used in paper and textile industries and urea-formaldehyde resin is a thermosetting plastic used mostly as adhesives for plywood, particleboard and other structured wood products. Natural fiber composites are realistic alternatives of glass fiber composites. Using urea-formaldehyde, resorcinol-formaldehyde, phenol-formaldehyde, saturated polyesters as matrixes and natural fiber as reinforcement, ...

Eco-friendly Urea-Formaldehyde Composites Based on Natural Cellulose Fiber

The variation of character of urea formaldehyde resin with addition of cellulose extracted from corn husk was tested. Cellulose was extracted from dried raw corn (Zea mays) husk, the second largest agricultural crop grown around the world, by alkaline treatment (mercerization), followed by neutralization with acid; product of which underwent bleaching to produce pure form of cellulose. Urea-formaldehyde (UF) resin was prepared by heating the formaldehyde in paraffin oil bath and adding...

A STUDY OF THE PHYTOCHEMICAL CONSTITUENTS, NUTRITIVE AND ANTI-NUTRITIVE VALUES OF CALABASH FRUIT

The calabash (Cresentia cujete) fruit was studied for its proximate and mineral composition as well as its phytochemical constituents.  The sugar content, energy content, protein, nitrogen, crude fibre, moisture content, sucrose, fructose, galactose and energy content are quite reasonably high (viz: 1.13%, 8.35%, 1.34%,  4.28%,  84.92%,  59.86%,  25.09%, 18.24% and 88.69%). The pH of the fruit falls within the acidic range (4.8) and the mean value recorded for the ele...

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