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  • 1 Department of Materials Science, Faculty of Applied Sciences, AIMST University, Jalan Bedong-Semeling, 08100, Bedong, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia
  • | 2 School of Chemical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800, Minden, Penang, Malaysia
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Thermal decomposition of an agrowaste, namely banana trunk fibers (BTF) were investigated by thermogravimetry (TG) and derivative thermogravimetry (DTG) up to 900 °C at different heating rates (from 5 to 100 °C/min). The BTF was subjected to modification by means of various known chemical methods (mercerization, acetylation, peroxide treatment, esterification, and sulfuric acid treatment). Various degradation models, such as the Kissinger, Friedman, and Flynn–Wall–Ozawa were used to determine the apparent activation energy. The obtained apparent activation energy values (149–210 kJ/mol) allow in developing a simplified approach to understand the thermal decomposition behavior of natural fibers as a function of polymer composite processing.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
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