May 11, 2010

Midwest Biopolymers & Biocomposites Workshop


Poster Abstracts

104: Advanced Carbon Fibers from Lignin

Michael R. Kessler1, Prashanth Badrinarayanan1, Richard Larock2, and David Grewell3

1Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 2Department of Chemistry, and 3Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Carbon fibers are known for their high stiffness, high strength, and low density and are used as a reinforcement in structural composites for applications such as wind turbine blades, and tennis rackets. The goal of this work is to develop a robust process for manufacturing high quality and low cost carbon fibers from lignin-based polymer blends. To obtain the optimum combination of spinnability and thermal properties, high molecular weight lignin is blended and melt processed with different polymers and the impact of blending on the properties of the fibers is characterized using advanced thermal analysis.